December 2004

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Q. Last month I had a nasty cold. Even though it went away after about a week, the cough has lingered all this time. It is troublesome during the day and downright disturbing at night. I hate the taste of... (Read More)
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Q. My son, my granddaughter and I have inherited a blood vessel disease (HHT) that results in frequent debilitating nosebleeds. My mother had thousands of transfusions that led her to contract AIDS and die 20 years ago. I am on... (Read More)
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When visitors from another country turn on the TV in the U.S., they are often shocked to see commercials for prescription drugs. The only other place in the world where this is permitted is New Zealand, and efforts are underway... (Read More)

#499 Forgiveness

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Carrying around anger and resentment can certainly poison our relationships. But it may also harm our health. How can we address this problem? As difficult as it may be, forgiving those who have harmed us may be the best medicine.... (Read More)
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Reynolds Price describes his interaction with readers after writing the memoir of his life-threatening illness in A Whole New Life. One person in particular asked him if God exists and does He care? Reynolds responded with a book titled: Letter... (Read More)
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Q. Since the age of 23 I have had frequent migraine headaches. Over the years, many doctors have prescribed medicines to prevent them, but none has worked. Drugs can stop the migraine if I take them early enough, but they... (Read More)
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Q. I want to tell you of my experience with Prozac so that no one else has to go through it. I had taken Xanax for several years for periodic stress. I used it only intermittently, when the stress of... (Read More)

Is Chocolate Good For You?

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The Mayan Indians of Central America recognized the power of chocolate more than 3000 years ago. They liked the taste, but they also believed chocolate had healing properties. They used it as medicine, for fertility and spiritual guidance. For the... (Read More)
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The health benefits of alcohol have been documented in many studies over the last few decades. We will explore the research behind the health claims. Are there differences in effect among wine, beer, and spirits? We will also find out... (Read More)
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Q. I have relatives that make milk shakes for my five-year-old granddaughter. They always put a raw egg in the milk shake. They seem to think the uncooked egg is better for the child. I believe I have read that... (Read More)
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Q. In the last 4 years I have had 2 children. During both pregnancies I craved mint sweets (Humbugs or Evertons). I could not get enough of them and in the final months more or less ate nothing else as... (Read More)
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Double bind: n. A psychological impasse created when contradictory demands are made of an individual so that no matter which directive is followed, the response will be construed as incorrect. A situation in which a person must choose between equally... (Read More)
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Q. I want to thank you for saving me from a most embarrassing situation. I am president of a small corporation and we were making a pitch to an important client. I had been suffering from a cold for about... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a 49-year-old male in excellent health. I'm not overweight and run 35 miles a week. I've noticed a slight decline in my sex drive (mostly just my desire for sex). I wonder if phytoestrogens in soy milk could... (Read More)
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How safe are America's medicines? Ask the pharmaceutical industry or the FDA, and you will be told that we have the safest drugs in the world. But the Vioxx fiasco has Americans starting to wonder if this is true, especially... (Read More)
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Today's culture has an insatiable thirst for perfection and status. How is it that so many of us are compulsive achievers, living with the deep and debilitating belief that perfecting appearance and continuous achievements will secure the love and respect... (Read More)