November 2005

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As the old saying goes, if it hurts or tastes bad it must be good for you. That may be why generations of children were dosed with cod liver oil or had their skinned knees doused with alcohol. Those practices... (Read More)
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Q. Long ago when I was in high school, my baseball coach provided "oil of wintergreen" for our sore muscles. Is this approach still considered valid? Now that I’m pushing eighty, I have a few aches and pains. A. Oil... (Read More)
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Q. My father came from China. He couldn’t handle alcohol, and I’ve inherited this trait. I experience reddish skin, elevated heart rate and bloodshot eyes after only a small amount of alcohol, such as half a beer. The research I’ve... (Read More)

#567 Choosing Forgiveness

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Doctors often overlook patients’ feelings of anger and hostility. Some experts now believe, however, that these emotions play an important role in causing many diseases. The antidote to anger is often forgiveness, but our society does not reward forgiving. If... (Read More)
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Three years ago the world of women’s health turned upside down. That was when a large study, the Women’s Health Initiative, showed that hormone replacement therapy could have serious health consequences. HRT was expected to protect women from heart attacks... (Read More)
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Q. I have been eating two cloves of raw garlic every day at my evening meal. It may be a coincidence, but I have not had a cold in over 10 years and I don’t get sick for any other... (Read More)
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Q. In 1999 shortly after I began taking Lipitor I was working at the church with other volunteers. I went off to use the restroom and after half an hour someone came to look for me. I was walking around... (Read More)

#566 Health News Update

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Millions of chickens and other birds have succumbed to the H5N1 Avian flu. This week there were new cases of humans that have been affected by this virus and people are worried that it could become a pandemic. A veterinary... (Read More)
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Do you have more questions about avian influenza? Check out avianinfluenzainfo.com. The information is factual and responsible despite being sponsored by US poultry industry associations. The site has appropriate links to CDC, USDA and international organizations.... (Read More)
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Turmeric and its most active ingredient curcumin have gotten attention for their anti-inflammatory properties. We have heard from readers that this yellow spice used in curry powder and mustard can help alleviate arthritis pain. One reader offered the following experience.... (Read More)
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One of the strangest remedies we have ever heard of involves sauerkraut juice against canker sores. Take a tablespoon of sauerkraut juice in your mouth and swish it around morning and night, then swallow it. Do this twice a day... (Read More)
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Recipe 1 cup applesauce 1 cup coarse, unprocessed bran 3/4 cup prune juice Mix all the ingredients together. They will turn into a pasty, stiff glop about the consistency of peanut butter. After mixing, it should be kept refrigerated. Take... (Read More)
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A reader offered the following suggestion for getting rid of nail fungus: "I cured my toenail fungus using a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and Listerine. I combined them in a quart jar with a screw-on lid and used a clean... (Read More)

Listerine for Lice

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We have heard from several readers that Listerine can be helpful in preventing lice infestations. We recently received this testimonial from a reader: "The best way to prevent head lice is old-fashioned Listerine Antiseptic Mouthrinse. We were in the Army... (Read More)

Listerine for Hot Spots

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A horse lover shared the following formula she used on the mane and tail of her filly: 1/3 Listerine (original formula) 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water Put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray it on. This is... (Read More)

Listerine for Dandruff

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A gentleman called in to our public radio show with an amazing story about Listerine mixed with baby oil. His veterinarian had recommended this combination for relieving itchy spots on his Dobermans and horses. He found that it worked and... (Read More)
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Here’s a remedy that goes back generations. We can’t explain or vouch for it…but it has been popular for a long time to promote regularity. A reader shared the following : "I have always had problems with regularity and recently... (Read More)
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Flaxseed is rich in soluble fiber. One reader has found a way to utilize this property to prevent constipation: "I purchase flaxseed in bulk at a health food store for about $1.50 per pound. I put three quarts of water... (Read More)
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Research on duct tape was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (Oct. 2002). Parents were told to cover the wart with a piece of duct tape for six days. If it fell off, they were to replace... (Read More)

Banana Peel for Warts

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Warts are extremely susceptible to home remedies, and many have been developed for this common condition. One of our favorites is readily available at any grocery store. Tape a small piece of banana skin (with the fleshy side towards the... (Read More)
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Have you eaten a pomegranate? The fruit features in Greek mythology in the story of Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter. Hades, the lord of the underworld, kidnapped the beautiful maiden. Because she ate a few pomegranate seeds before... (Read More)
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Q. Thank you for your advice to try oolong tea for eczema. It’s been like a miracle. I’ve had eczema on my scalp for most of my life. I would have terrible itching and scaling on my scalp that would... (Read More)
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Q. I was surprised to hear that taking acetaminophen daily might lead to elevated blood pressure. Even though I eat a low-fat, vegetarian diet I am stuck with the family curse—high blood pressure. I take extra-strength pain relievers containing acetaminophen... (Read More)
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Do you get eight hours of sleep a night? It turns out that most Americans don't. The NIH has declared chronic insomnia a major public health problem. Teenagers and young children are especially likely to be sleep deprived. How does... (Read More)
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Take Charge of Your Child's Sleep by Judith Owens, MD, and Jodi Mindell, PhD, published by Marlowe & Co. Oct. 2005. Web site for information on children's sleep problems: www.kidzzzsleep.org... (Read More)
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The vitamin formula Dr. Carmen Puliafito mentioned on The People's Pharmacy® radio show for macular degeneration is: 500 mg vitamin C 400 IU vitamin E 15 mg beta-carotene 80 mg zinc 2 mg copper This combination of vitamins was tested... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer with type 2 diabetes. My doctor prescribed Glucotrol for my blood sugar. It helped to a degree, but I have found that by adding apple cider vinegar and cinnamon to a careful diet, I can control my... (Read More)
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The smell and taste of original Listerine are so distinctive that, once experienced, they can never be forgotten. Gargling with this mouthwash can’t be described as pleasant. The taste is bitter. It puckers the mouth and makes the tongue tingle.... (Read More)
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Q. How dangerous is it to drink wine if you are at risk of breast cancer? My mother died of breast cancer so I know I am at higher than average risk. I have heard that moderate drinking may not... (Read More)
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Medical research shows that many chronic conditions are caused or aggravated by inflammation. Not all inflammation causes obvious swelling and reddening, though. How can we overcome the silent inflammation that may be affecting blood vessels and other organs? Dr. Barry... (Read More)