October 2004

#518 Health News Update

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The health effects of cell phones have been controversial, with most studies showing no serious problems. Swedish researchers have found, however, that long-term cell-phone users have a higher risk for a rare problem affecting the auditory nerve. Research has shown... (Read More)
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Q. I have become addicted to radishes. If I don't have them, the withdrawal is the same as smoking. Is there a reason for this? Can it hurt me? Do you think that it will pass? Please help! A. Ask... (Read More)
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Nothing can ruin a good night's sleep faster than a sudden leg cramp. There you are, sleeping peacefully one minute and then the next you are awakened by excruciating pain like a bolt of lightning. No one really knows what... (Read More)
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Q. You have recommended soaking golden raisins in gin for arthritis relief and suggested that cheap gin would work fine. I spent several years in the distilled spirits business. It was said that the cheap gins are not true distilled... (Read More)

#517 Overcoming Anger

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Anger can be one of the most damaging emotions...both to our relationships and to our health. But we don't have to be at its mercy. While anger is sometimes appropriate, we can learn better ways to solve problems and cope... (Read More)
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Q. Up until six months ago I had a successful and satisfying sex life. Now I cannot get a full erection. I don't understand why I have developed this condition which was never a problem before. Before I start asking... (Read More)
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Americans have had a love-hate relationship with mood medicine for decades. During the 1970s and 1980s Valium was one of the most popular drugs in the country. This anti-anxiety agent was even the subject of the Rolling Stones' song, "Mother's... (Read More)
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Q. A family member pulled me aside a few months ago and informed me that I have had bad breath for years although I brush and floss religiously. I went to see the dentist, who took x-rays and said I... (Read More)
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Q. You recently ran a question about a teenage girl with acne. Nothing the dermatologist prescribed had worked and her mother refused to consider birth control pills for her. My heart goes out to her. I too have suffered with... (Read More)
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Viagra, Levitra and Cialis have become household names. That's because the manufacturers of these drugs broke the taboos against discussing erectile dysfunction in public. Turn on the television and you may see provocative ads touting the benefit of these medications... (Read More)
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Q. Are there natural ways to keep jock itch from returning? My husband has been using Lotrimin cream or other antifungals daily for about 3 years. Within 2 or 3 days of stopping the cream, the rash always comes back.... (Read More)
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There's no question that parenting is one of the most important--and most challenging--jobs most of us face. We'll sort through the hype with a modern-day Dr. Spock to find out what really matters for your children's health...and how you can... (Read More)
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Q. I am a naturally blonde woman, age 57, taking Zocor and Zetia to lower my cholesterol. Since starting Zetia (about 6 months ago), I am sprouting a head of black hair. Where I used to find white mixed in... (Read More)
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If you've ever watched TV commercials for drugs like Viagra, Vioxx or Zocor, you know that they present such medications in a very appealing light. Actors smile and seem to be having such a wonderful time that it is little... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter and her husband make their own formulation of colloidal silver. They think this mixture protects them against the flu and other infections because it provides a natural boost to the immune system. My main concern is that... (Read More)
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Viagra is a household name. Now there are other drugs for erectile dysfunction. How well do Levitra and Cialis work? What other options are available? Testosterone replacement therapy is becoming increasingly popular. Is it safe for men? What about women?... (Read More)