January 2005

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Q. I have read that antiperspirants could be dangerous because the aluminum they contain can be absorbed into the body. Is there any basis to this? A. The association between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease has been controversial for decades. Research... (Read More)
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Q. My grandson has behavior problems and has been on Prozac since age four. Because he is still disruptive in class, the doctor recently added Adderall. His concentration is somewhat improved but he is still disruptive. Is the combination of... (Read More)
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For 70 million arthritis sufferers, the last few months have been a nightmare. The medicines they rely on to ease their aches and pains have come under fire. First, Merck withdrew its popular arthritis drug Vioxx because it increased the... (Read More)
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Death and taxes are inevitable. While we cannot ignore the Internal Revenue Service, most people have a hard time contemplating disability or death. When a crisis occurs, people are frequently unprepared. What issues should families address before someone gets sick?... (Read More)

#527 Runaway Eating

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Anorexia and bulimia were once problems associated almost exclusively with teenage girls and young women. Now, women in midlife and older and even men are also experiencing severe eating problems. We'll find out how eating can get out of control... (Read More)
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Q. What can you recommend for dog flatulence? It is so smelly and in the winter we can't put the dog outside at night. A. Look for CurTail. When drops are added to food, they control pet gas with the... (Read More)
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Q. I am in very good health except for recurrent sinus infections. Recently, my internist put me on a 12-day tapered course of prednisone. Within days I thought I was going crazy. I became extremely agitated and irritable and the... (Read More)
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Millions of Americans have figured out a way to save big bucks on prescription drugs. A click of a computer mouse allows access to Canadian online pharmacies with prices that run 30 to 50 percent lower than in the U.S.... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have a suggestion for someone with frequent, odorous flatus? One of my sons has this problem and besides causing lots of laughs, it also causes the rest of us to groan. A. We recently received a suggestion... (Read More)
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Q. I go to the pain center at our local hospital and a few times a year we are given a urine test. Last week my urine test came out positive for morphine and since I don't take morphine, I... (Read More)

What Is A Safe Drug?

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"There is no such thing as a safe drug. Each medication is a double-edged sword, with a good side and a bad side." We wrote those words thirty years ago in the first edition of our book The People's Pharmacy.... (Read More)

#526 Diabetes Update

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Diabetes is one of the fastest growing epidemics in America! More than 18 million people have the disease, but another 41 million may be pre-diabetic. We'll find out why so many people are candidates for this serious condition and what... (Read More)
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Q. I heard a report on the radio about the effectiveness of magnetic bracelets for arthritis pain. My 85-year-old dad suffers terribly and has been taking Celebrex. We're concerned about reports linking Celebrex to heart attacks and strokes. Heart disease... (Read More)
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Q. Seven years ago I was prescribed Prozac after several other antidepressants had not helped. I was hesitant, as I had heard of a man who committed suicide on Prozac. But I went ahead with the minimum dose. I had... (Read More)
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First it was Vioxx. Then Bextra and Celebrex were tarnished. Even the over-the-counter arthritis drug Aleve (naproxen) has been linked to cardiovascular complications. Several weeks ago a safety expert for the FDA estimated that as many as 160,000 Americans may... (Read More)
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Inflammation is emerging as one of the most important factors influencing a person's risk of heart attack. We find out about new research on how statin cholesterol-lowering drugs affect an inflammatory marker, C-reactive protein, and the risk of heart attack.... (Read More)

#285 Old Souls

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Some children report extraordinary experiences from what they believe were prior lives. Are they just fantasizing or is there a way to study such reports scientifically? More than half the world believes in reincarnation, but Western science dismisses such belief... (Read More)
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Q. I've read about raisins and gin for arthritis. When I went to the liquor store, they said slow gin is best for this remedy. Your Web site just says gin. Which is it? With the bad news on Vioxx,... (Read More)
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Q. I am 74 with fine hair. A month ago I came down with a case of lice after a visit to a barber shop. My doctor recommended Rid. I used it twice with no success. I bought a product... (Read More)
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SEX! From the beginning of human history sex has been a topic of compelling interest. And people can't seem to get enough. They have been trying to concoct aphrodisiacs for thousands of years. Truffles, oysters, artichokes and crocodile kidneys all... (Read More)