September 2003

#467 Hormone Deception

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Could everyday products be affecting our hormonal balance? With PCBs showing up in farmed fish and pesticides in fresh produce, some people wonder how to find food that's fit to eat. Many chemicals in our environment can mimic estrogen. Others... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter has unlimited access to diet pills on the Internet. She sometimes orders three months supply from one source and shortly thereafter orders more, either from another source or under another name. I fear she is addicted to... (Read More)
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Q. I was incinerating papers in the back yard one day when the wind changed and my hand was badly burned. I rushed into the house, and my daughter, who did not know anything had happened, handed me a glass... (Read More)
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Experts estimate that six million Americans suffer from a mysterious condition called fibromyalgia. They suffer constant pain, especially in trigger points around the neck and upper back. Weakness and fatigue are also common. Some doctors doubt the very existence of... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor put me on a vacuum therapy pump a few years ago and it has proven to be a godsend. I am 81 and am now having the best sex ever. He had prescribed various medications to help... (Read More)
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Q. My 37-year-old daughter has battled canker sores her entire life. It's not unusual for her to have more than 10 at a time. She's tried a lot of different treatments over the years with little success. Recently she had... (Read More)
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If you were going to buy a new car, a laptop computer or a stereo system, you'd want to know how to get the best buy for your money. Instead of relying on advertising from the manufacturer, you might turn... (Read More)

#466 Open Lines

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How should you dispose of old medicines? Experts are debating the proper methods. There are now two treatments for baldness, Propecia and Rogaine. A new study shows which works better. We explore the health benefits of a high-fiber diet and... (Read More)
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Q. What can you tell me about a compulsion to chew ice? I once read that it signals some deficiency, but I can't remember what. Someone close to me eats ice cubes every day, all day long. She's 32 years... (Read More)
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Q. I was too lazy to put on jeans yesterday afternoon and went out to weed the garden in shorts. I had no insect repellent, so of course the mosquitoes ate me alive. I was in a hurry to finish... (Read More)
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When's the last time you sat down to a leisurely dinner with the family? Nowadays, that seems like a fantasy from Norman Rockwell. Americans eat on the run. With pressure to work late, lots of after-school activities for the kids,... (Read More)
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Staying fit is one of the most important health promoting activities, but all the advice can get confusing. How can you exercise safely? How much is enough and how much might be harmful? Do you need a personal trainer and... (Read More)
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Q. My sex drive is much stronger than my wife's and this is causing conflict. I used to hear that saltpeter would suppress sexual desire. Does it work? Is there anything else that would help? A. Potassium nitrate, also known... (Read More)
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Q. I keep reading that eating fish is good for your heart, your brain and just about everything else. I am not fond of fish, so I have started taking fish oil capsules. A friend says fish oil is contaminated... (Read More)
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Five million Americans suffer from a potentially life-threatening condition. It has claimed the lives of Henry Fonda, Ella Fitzgerald, Wilt Chamberlain, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Even though half a million patients are diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF) each... (Read More)
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Half of all heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels. Researchers are looking into many other risk factors that often go undetected and untreated. For example, inflammation is now considered a key step in heart disease. How do you know... (Read More)
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Q. I have had persistent atrial fibrillation for several years. The doctors attempted to correct this abnormal heart rhythm but they were unsuccessful. I have been taking Betapace, which controls the problem beautifully. Recently I goofed and ran out of... (Read More)
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Q. A few months ago you wrote about turmeric being used for boils and also being studied for treating arthritis and cancer. This bit of information has changed my life. I've suffered with psoriasis for 25 years, having it over... (Read More)
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Millions of women are dazed and confused. For decades they were told that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) would protect their bones, their hearts and their brains. If they worried about rumors of breast cancer, they were frequently reassured that the... (Read More)