Q. I read your article on getting rid of warts by soaking them in hot water. I have a better solution.
I had a huge wart come up on my stomach. I used instant glue and smothered it to death! It turned black after a few days. Then I used a small brush to get rid of the black layer, and reapplied superglue until it was gone. Beats hot water, ouch!
A. We’ve heard of dozens of remedies for wart removal, but this is a new one for us. You can’t technically “smother” a wart. The virus responsible doesn’t breathe. But it sounds as if your tactic is at least as interesting as using castor oil or banana skin to banish warts.
Q. I have lived with chronic constipation for years. Doctors repeatedly tell me to avoid laxatives and to eat more fiber and drink more water. Well, duh!
I consume lots of fruits and vegetables, take extra fiber supplements and drink glass after glass of water. Nothing really helps.
I suspect my medications (Actonel, and Detrol) are contributing to the problem, but when I mention this to my doctor he shrugs it off. I am desperate. Do you have any non-laxative remedies to suggest?
A. Please ask your doctor to review your osteoporosis drug Actonel and the medicine you are taking for overactive bladder (Detrol). Both can contribute to constipation.
Antidepressants, pain relievers and many other medications can cause constipation. Trying to overcome drug-induced constipation can be like climbing a mountain with lead overshoes.
We are sending you our Guides to Digestive Disorders and Constipation with a comprehensive list of drugs that cause problems plus practical solutions like a pumpkin-bran muffin recipe. Anyone who would like copies, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (no. 10) stamped (60 cents), self-addressed envelope: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. GG-33, P. O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027.
If changing your medicines doesn’t solve the problem, you may want to consider magnesium supplementation, sugarless gum or even ginger.
Q. A friend of mine has had persistent psoriasis for about 25 years. After reading your column, I bought her a bottle of turmeric and her skin cleared up completely!
When the bottle ran out, the scales started coming back in just a couple of days, but cleared once more when she started taking turmeric again.
She can’t stand the taste, so she mixes it with strong foods that she likes. If nothing like that is handy she skips the turmeric and the psoriasis returns. I’m going to pick up some empty gelatin capsules for her so she can take it without tasting it.
A. Turmeric is the yellow spice that gives curry powder its distinctive flavor and color. We have heard from several readers that regular use of this spice seems to help control the itchy, scaly skin associated with psoriasis.
Many scientists are studying the effects of curcumin, a component of turmeric, on cancer cells in tissue culture. Scientists have recently published research that helps explain how curcumin acts against psoriasis (British J Dermatol. Nov. 2000; In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. Jan. 2003).
Because turmeric is so widely used in cooking, it seems safe. The gelatin capsules to hide the flavor may solve the taste problem

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