May 2004

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Q. Is it really bad for dogs to eat chocolate? Some of my co-workers don't believe that giving chocolate cake or even candy to their dogs is a problem, but I've heard that it's dangerous. What does it do? A.... (Read More)
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Q. My husband's doctor says he's fine except for being borderline diabetic. My husband retired recently and is now in the house all day. He hardly eats during the day. He thinks he's too fat, though he is not. He... (Read More)
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The Food and Drug Administration is in a bind. Millions of people, including many children, have taken antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil and Wellbutrin. Physicians and patients assumed that the FDA seal of approval on these drugs meant they were safe... (Read More)

#500 Food Fight

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How does the food industry affect health in America? Dr. Kelly Brownell suggests that it contributes to our national problem of obesity. What can we do to prevent an epidemic of obesity in our children, not to mention ourselves? Guests:... (Read More)
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Two of the country's leading clinicians and researchers will join us to discuss the latest advances in preventing, diagnosis and treating cancer. We'll discuss the latest finding about aspirin vs. breast cancer as well as the controversial findings that the... (Read More)
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Q. I have been with my partner for 10 years and we are finally talking marriage. But we just found out he has herpes. He swears he has not been with anyone but me in our 10 years, but isn't... (Read More)
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Q. I need help. Twenty years ago, I developed a craving for cornstarch during my second pregnancy. It disappeared with the birth of my son. I thought that was the end of it, but some years later it returned for... (Read More)
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Serotonin is a critically important neurochemical that helps control mood and is also involved in appetite, sexual behavior, sleep and learning. Millions take medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro or Zoloft that work by regulating serotonin levels in the brain.... (Read More)
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Q. I read with interest and sympathy a letter about problems with constipation. I wanted to share something that has helped me. After hearing some people complain that sugar-free jellybeans gave them diarrhea if eaten in quantity, I decided to... (Read More)
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Q. What illness or infection, if any, can a person get from sitting on a toilet seat? A. Conventional medical wisdom maintains that you can't catch an infection from sitting on a toilet seat. Intact skin is a good barrier... (Read More)
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Beware politicians bearing gifts. After years of wrangling, the first phase of the Medicare drug benefit is going into effect. But saving money with drug cards won't be simple. Congress knows that the high cost of prescription medicine is a... (Read More)
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Farm families could be seen as the canaries in the coal mines: they are exposed to higher levels of pesticides and herbicides than the rest of us. How do these compounds affect their health? What are the risks of cancer... (Read More)
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Q. I read that cinnamon is good against plaque. Can you tell me how to take it? A. Research funded by the Wrigley Company has found that chewing cinnamon gum (Big Red, for example) can kill bacteria in the mouth... (Read More)
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Q. We are trying to give our daughter the skills to handle college stresses without resorting to SSRI-type drugs. There must be natural ways that she can remain calm in stressful situations without resorting to a medicine like Paxil or... (Read More)
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Spring cleaning seems like such an old-fashioned concept. Years ago this was the time to put warm coats and sweaters away, store the heavy quilts and get rid of the junk that piled up in the attic or the cellar.... (Read More)