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December 2006

#570 Changing Habits

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As another year draws to a close, and we prepare to welcome the new year, one thing is guaranteed to help all of us! As Bernie Siegel says in his introduction to Debbie Mandel’s book, Changing Habits, “There are few... (Read More)
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Until 1989, grapefruit was just another citrus fruit. It had a pronounced taste that some people found refreshing and others rejected as bitter. But then Canadian scientists published a surprising finding: taking the blood pressure pill Plendil (felodipine) with double-strength... (Read More)
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Q. I listened to your public radio show and heard a man call in recommending soy sauce for burns. "How weird is that?" I thought. But then, as I took a loaf of bread out of the oven, the inner... (Read More)
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Q. I just read a question about Zicam Cold Remedy. Here is another instance of loss of sense of smell from this zinc nasal gel. My sister took it recently and immediately lost her sense of smell. Her doctors say... (Read More)
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In our busy lives we rarely take time to reflect on the many blessings that we are given. Even adversity can have unexpected benefits if we will let it. Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen shares the old Testament stories her rabbi... (Read More)
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Physicians frequently look down on home remedies and other alternative therapies because there is rarely scientific evidence to support them. In an age of “evidence-based medicine,” there is no room for folklore. When our readers tell us that Vicks VapoRub... (Read More)
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Q. My son and I have suffered yearly from allergies when we bring our freshly cut Christmas tree into the house. We have tried rinsing off the tree at home and letting it dry in the closed garage before setting... (Read More)
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Q. I've been struggling with body odor for years. When someone approaches me, I hear them continuously sniffling or covering up their nose to mask the odor. What is it that irritates so many people on a daily basis? I've... (Read More)
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Are you as sick and tired of drug ads on TV as I am? Have you had it with commercials for erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder or high cholesterol? Unfortunately, there is no relief in sight. The FDA is actually considering... (Read More)

615 Heart Health Update

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According to a recent study, special drug-coated stents put in arteries to help hold them open may not prevent heart attacks as they were expected to do. What is going on? Lowering bad cholesterol is accepted as one way to... (Read More)
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For generations Americans have been told, “you get what you pay for.” That’s why many people are willing to pay extra for Hershey’s Kisses, Dole pineapple or Hellmann’s mayonnaise. When you buy new tires for your car, you know you... (Read More)
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Q. You recently had a letter from someone with frequent sinus infections. For many years, I too struggled with sinus infections every few months. I’d feel bad and usually have bad breath. To deal with them, I went to a... (Read More)
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Q. When I was very small (late 1950's) there was a great children's cold salve called "Save the Baby.” It was rubbed on the chest to help clear congestion. Do you know if this product still exists? A. When we... (Read More)
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Q. I recently read that nutmeg can be poisonous in large doses when it is used as a folk remedy. Is the same true of cinnamon? I use a large amount of cinnamon on my oatmeal every morning, probably about... (Read More)
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For decades, the “old wives” have been ridiculed as superstitious know-nothings. Now science seems about to vindicate them. The old wives maintained that a dose of cod liver oil would do a body good. Many children dreaded it because it... (Read More)
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Q. If grapefruit increases the action of Lipitor, is it OK to drink grapefruit juice and reduce the dosage of Lipitor to save money? A. This is an intriguing strategy. Researchers have occasionally used grapefruit to boost the power of... (Read More)

613 Health News Update

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Sunshine is in short supply in the wintertime, and so is vitamin D. Could lack of this nutrient be partially responsible for our susceptibility to infections such as colds and flu? Folic acid is another nutrient that is often lacking... (Read More)