June 2004

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Q. I am intrigued by the unusual ways people use Listerine. Every summer, I am plagued with itchy chigger bites. After reading that Listerine could relieve shingles pain, I tried applying it to the bites. This is the most helpful... (Read More)
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Q. I am curious to know if anyone has tried the gin-soaked raisins for arthritic dogs. I have an 80 lb. dog with arthritic hips, although she is only 6. Daily aspirin and glucosamine is helping somewhat but not enough.... (Read More)
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Everyone loves home remedies. Whether it's a banana peel taped to a wart or a teaspoon of sugar for hiccups, these inexpensive approaches seem harmless and amusing. But not all home remedies are safe. Even though your great-grandparents may have... (Read More)
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For many of us, both men and women, life is so busy that we rush from one day to the next with little awareness of how we feel. Can conscious awareness help women deal better with common issues like pregnancy,... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I have read questions in your column about a personal lubricant. Many years ago, my gynecologist told me to use Albolene. It is a mascara remover, but has nothing harmful in it. It melts on contact... (Read More)
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Q. Are there any supplements or vitamins that speed up healing from bruising? I am a 38-year-old man and I have recently started playing ice hockey again. Needless to say, bruises are a part of the game. Is there anything... (Read More)
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Nothing stirs up emotions quite like toilet seats. The frightening idea of catching an infection from simply sitting has been hotly contested. We recently heard from a senior citizen who reported that her husband had contracted herpes from the facilities... (Read More)
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We all have stress in our lives, but how do we handle it? Sometimes, fear or anxiety and the shame that underlies those emotions can interfere with our ability to function and achieve our goals. But we don't have to... (Read More)
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Q. I was troubled for months by itching on my scalp and eyebrows and around the edges of my nose. My dermatologist suggested trying a mild corticosteroid cream for the facial dermatitis, but she cautioned that corticosteroids might cause thinning... (Read More)
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Q. My son has really smelly feet. He can't take off his shoes when we're in the car or the house, or he stinks us all out. His feet must be covered. (Fresh socks, a blanket or a hazmat response... (Read More)
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Robert Atkins may be dead, but his low-carbohydrate, high protein diet lives on. In fact, it may be picking up steam. The low-carb craze has been blamed for losses at Krispy Kreme. In response, the company is considering a low-sugar... (Read More)
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Most people know that Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is crucial for calcium metabolism. But it is also involved in many health functions that seem to have nothing to do with strong bones. Without adequate vitamin D, people may be... (Read More)
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Q. You recently wrote that people can't catch anything serious from a toilet seat, but you were mistaken. My husband and I work out at a local gym. Somehow he picked up a herpes infection on his bottom by sitting... (Read More)
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Q. Our family is big into grilling, even the kids. Our son loves to cook burgers or chicken and my husband is noted for his spare ribs. Last week my sister and her family were over and when we fired... (Read More)
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Most of the time, we take breathing for granted. On average, each of us inhales 26,000 times a day without even thinking about it. But breathing can be controlled. We can decide how fast or slow, how shallow or deep... (Read More)