December 2003

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Q. My husband takes testosterone injections to gain muscle at the gym. Will that be detrimental to our plans to have a baby? Will the injections hurt our chance of conceiving a child? Or will the increased levels of testosterone... (Read More)
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Q. I have read in your column that coconut can help relieve chronic diarrhea in humans. Would the coconut work on dogs? I have an 8-year-old Lab with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and would love to give him some... (Read More)
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When an airplane crashes, the public demands to know what went wrong. They also want the problem to be corrected so it won't happen again. The entire space shuttle program has been grounded since the Columbia tragedy last February. There... (Read More)
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Highly healthy people have certain things in common. You might be surprised to learn that one of the most important is forgiveness. For optimal health, you need to look beyond your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers to the state of... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer from heartburn on a daily basis, sometimes even with medication. So I was very interested to read that chewing gum might help. I take over-the-counter acid suppressors and decided to substitute sugarless gum after breakfast and then... (Read More)
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Q. Help me! I have fleas! I mean, the dog has fleas but they are eating me alive. My ankles look like they have been through a meat grinder. What can I do? A. The first thing to do is... (Read More)
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The flu has arrived ahead of schedule and is hitting hard. Millions may suffer, but doctors speculate some might side-step problems with a flu shot. The vaccine is not a perfect match for the dominant flu strain this year (Fujian),... (Read More)

#478 Faith and Medicine

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What role does spirituality play in healing? When we face a health crisis it often challenges us to examine our most profound beliefs. We will examine the importance of trust and connection with our health professionals. We will also explore... (Read More)
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Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Medical Error Proves Lethal! 12/15/2003 Q. I wish my mother had read your column on medical mistakes before it was too late. For four years she had been taking Coumadin to prevent a stroke... (Read More)
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Q. More than 20 years ago I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Tests revealed no cause. Diarrhea attacks accompanied by severe abdominal pain rarely gave me time to find a bathroom before it was too late. I would... (Read More)
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Americans were told for decades that if they just cut back on eggs, butter and red meat, they would lower their cholesterol and reduce their risk of heart disease. The French, on the other hand, continued to eat croissants, brie... (Read More)
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How bad is this year's flu epidemic? Now that the vaccine is almost gone, what else can you do? Can echinacea do anything for the common cold? How will the new Medicare legislation change seniors' health coverage? Guest: Walter Orenstein,... (Read More)
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Q. My 9-year-old son has a wart on his toe that is about the size of 4 or 5 regular warts clumped together. He has had every topical application available multiple times without result. His doctor recently prescribed Tagamet. Does... (Read More)
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Q. I stopped using estrogen last summer, but now I am suffering with vaginal dryness. This is causing me a lot of discomfort and is making relations with my husband difficult. I remember reading in your column that one woman... (Read More)
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The flu is back, it's early and it's bad! Thousands will die over the next few months. Many of the deaths could be prevented, if only people took action soon enough. Getting a flu shot is a good idea. This... (Read More)
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Q. I received your Guide to Heart Health. It contained a list of medications that have a negative effect on blood lipids, and I was shocked to read that one of those medications was Effexor. Where does that information come... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter's psoriasis was quite severe. She had a red rash and scaling on both arms from shoulders to wrists. When I read your column about turmeric helping psoriasis, she started taking this spice in gel capsules. The rash... (Read More)

Women Care About Sex Too

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For hundreds of years men suffered impotence in silence. The very word implied weakness, so it's no wonder the topic was taboo. Then Viagra brought a new terminology. Bob Dole introduced "erectile dysfunction" on prime time television. With Levitra competing... (Read More)