March 2006

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Q. My 12-year-old daughter is a ballet dancer and has started pointe. Her feet smell so bad we gag if she takes her shoes off. Do you have any remedies for foot odor? A. Foot odor seems to be a... (Read More)
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Q. I keep reading about taking aspirin on a daily basis to cut my risk of a heart attack. Now, the experts are saying this daily dose of aspirin will also help cut my chance of developing breast cancer. How... (Read More)
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Peyronie’s disease is not a household name. Most people have never heard of this condition, which affects the most private part of a man’s anatomy. Yet it can have a major impact on self esteem or even marital relations. No... (Read More)
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What does the “D��? in Medicare Part D stand for? It could stand for Drugs, since this is the part of Medicare that pays for prescription medications for seniors. But at this point in time, it also could stand for... (Read More)
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Grapefruit has long had a reputation as a health food. Not only is it loaded with nutrients like vitamin C, potassium and folic acid, but it also has been reported to help people lose weight. For decades, dieters were convinced... (Read More)
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Q. My pet potbellied pig (Bradford) was down for six weeks with a disc problem in his back. We tried everything to help him, including prednisone. What finally saved him, just before the vet was set to euthanize him, was... (Read More)
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Q. I have read in your column that cholesterol-lowering drugs might affect hair color. I was relieved because I was afraid I was going nuts. My hair has been pure white for years. Since I started taking Zetia I have... (Read More)
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Arthritis has plagued mankind for millennia, and the search for relief is ongoing. One popular arthritis drug, Vioxx, was taken off the market because it increases the risk of heart attacks. There are lingering questions about the safety of Celebrex.... (Read More)
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Is it any wonder people are feeling betrayed and bewildered? Over the last couple of decades they have been given a lot of advice on healthy living. Most of the suggestions required sacrifice and self-denial. The message from the “experts��?... (Read More)
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Q. You’ve discussed remedies for hiccups in your column. You got a warning about eating peanut butter off a spoon and responded: "If someone has trouble swallowing, it would be prudent to avoid peanut butter. But for most folks, we... (Read More)
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Q. You expressed surprise that someone might use milk of magnesia as an underarm deodorant. I have been using milk of magnesia for several years. Despite my initial skepticism, I’ve found it to be a remarkably effective antiperspirant. I apply... (Read More)

#579 The Soy Story

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Soybeans are high in protein and rich in isoflavones that are said to have health benefits. Soy foods certainly provide alternatives to high-fat, high-cholesterol products like sausage, hamburger and half-and-half. But will soy actually control cholesterol? Is it safe for... (Read More)
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Q. I want to share a remedy I learned about when traveling in Brazil. Just apply milk of magnesia to your armpits. It is the best underarm deodorant! A. What an unusual idea. Milk of magnesia contains magnesium hydroxide, which... (Read More)
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Q. I took hormones for four years and then discontinued for a year. Now I have started again, at the urging of my doctor. While I was not taking hormones, I had hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. I... (Read More)
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For years we have been critical of “me-too��? drugs. These are copy-cat medicines. When a pharmaceutical company comes up with a brilliant new compound, it doesn’t take competitors long to create variations on the theme. For example, Prilosec (omeprazole) was... (Read More)
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An expert panel for the FDA has recommended stronger warnings for the stimulant drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADHD). Will cautions about heart attacks and strokes scare parents away from Adderall, Concerta and Ritalin for hyperactive kids? Ancient... (Read More)