April 2007

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Q. My husband has difficulty with his daily bowel movement. We eat dark bread and yogurt every day. He drinks milk but it does not seem to be helping the constipation. He is bloated and feels uncomfortable. Any help would... (Read More)
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Q. I would like to know the formula you once printed about using bitters for flatulence.A. The Angostura bitters label suggests taking one to four teaspoonfuls after meals for flatulence. Some readers put it in club soda or 7-Up to... (Read More)
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Q. Do you know of any ointment, poultice or herb that will get rid of skin tags? I had a dermatologist examine me. He told me this skin tag was not dangerous, but the cost of removing a small skin... (Read More)
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Q. I take 600 mg to 1200 mg of Motrin every day for headaches. My doctor wants me to take aspirin for my heart. Is there a conflict?A. The ibuprofen (Motrin) you take may counteract the heart protecting power of... (Read More)
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Q. I read about the person who ate ice all the time. I too ate ice excessively. When I started taking an iron tablet every day, the craving stopped.Eating ice can totally ruin your teeth. Several months after I quit... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 35-year-old woman who lives a very active and busy life. I work three jobs and have a family with three teenage boys.The problem is that within the last two years my sexual drive has dwindled down... (Read More)
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Allergy sufferers get very little sympathy. People with migraines or arthritis endure hardship, but at least everyone recognizes the difficulties of living with such chronic conditions.The tens of millions who sniffle and sneeze throughout allergy season are mostly ignored. And... (Read More)
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Q. You recently had a question from a person with arthritic fingers who can't use anti-inflammatory drugs because of an ulcer. Many years ago, an old man panning gold in icy water told me of an arthritis cure. He'd had... (Read More)
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Q. A lot of press attention has been given recently to the benefits of dark chocolate for lowering blood pressure. A banner at the bottom of the television screen said that eating chocolate is as good as some blood pressure... (Read More)
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Q. I have dry cracked heels. What can I do to make them nice and smooth again? A. There are expensive foot creams on the market, but we like affordable products like Bag Balm and Udderly Smooth Foot Cream (an... (Read More)
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Q. I have read several columns about how to lower cholesterol. Mine is somewhat high but my HDL is good (75). Maybe that’s because I exercise four times a week, getting my heart rate up to the 130s for at... (Read More)
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We all think we know what will make us happy, but we are mistaken surprisingly often. Parents make decisions for their children based on what will give them happiness, but we are no better at predicting happiness for our children... (Read More)
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Chondroitin Missing From Many Supplements
New Arthritis Drug From Merck Hits Speed Bump
New Celebrex Ads Spark Controversy
Bladder Drug May Cause Hallucinations
Telephone Therapy Helps Against Depression
Flavonoids From Fruits And Veggies Fight Off Cancer (Read More)
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Life is not a bowl of cherries. People get fired or divorced. Investments go sour and savings are lost. Friends and family members die. It’s inevitable.When bad things happen, people frequently feel sad. It’s normal.Over the last couple of decades,... (Read More)
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Q. Your column often covers high cholesterol issues. Why don't you mention the value of adding a daily dose of organic apple cider vinegar as a great way of reducing cholesterol? I add 1 to 2 teaspoons to my morning... (Read More)
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Q. I try to limit my family's salt intake because high blood pressure runs in my husband's family. I found "Morton's Lite Salt" at the store. The package claims it has "half the sodium of table salt...can be used in... (Read More)
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Q. I just wanted you to know I read your column recently about the power of green olives fighting hiccups. My 5 year old got the hiccups the next day. Guess what? One green olive did the trick. Coincidence or... (Read More)
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Q. I have always had a problem with dry hands in the winter. The skin on my hands dries out, splits and peels off time and again. Ten years ago a co-worker told me about Bag Balm. (I later read... (Read More)
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Q. My husband was diagnosed with diverticulitis. He was treated with antibiotics, but the doctor said he could have another attack at any time.My husband now avoids seeds and nuts, but a different doctor says food has very little impact.... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking Ambien for about six months. It really helps me get a decent night’s sleep but now I have heartburn.Can Ambien cause reflux? I hate to take Nexium to counteract indigestion that might be caused by... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken Wellbutrin XL for two years and it has taken care of my depression beautifully. In January my insurance company switched me to the generic called Budeprion XL. I didn’t think twice about it. I just assumed... (Read More)
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Pregnancy is an exciting time in a couple’s life together, but it can also be stressful. We talk with Dr. Tracy Gaudet about how mindfulness can help.We often go to great lengths to lower a fever, but are we making... (Read More)

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This week: Chondroitin Missing From Many Supplements New Arthritis Drug From Merck Hits Speed Bump New Celebrex Ads Spark Controversy Bladder Drug May Cause Hallucinations Telephone Therapy Helps Against Depression Flavonoids From Fruits And Veggies Fight Off Cancer... (Read More)
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Remember when you were a kid and you told your mother that everybody else was doing something you wanted to do too? For most moms that excuse never worked! That’s why we’re so surprised to see the latest Celebrex ads.... (Read More)
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Chondroitin Missing From Many Supplements
New Arthritis Drug From Merck Hits Speed Bump
New Celebrex Ads Spark Controversy
Bladder Drug May Cause Hallucinations
Telephone Therapy Helps Against Depression
Flavonoids From Fruits And Veggies Fight Off Cancer (Read More)
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Q. Last summer you ran a letter from a woman who reported that gin-soaked raisins had helped BOTH her arthritis and restless legs syndrome (RLS). Mercifully, I don't have arthritis, but I do have RLS, so I've been trying this... (Read More)
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Q. I am 70. When I was 13 my mother told me to use rubbing alcohol as a deodorant. It works.I have tried over-the-counter products but find Mom’s advice works like a gem. All my six children use this cheap... (Read More)
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Q. I am interested in purchasing flatulence filters.  My mom has severe gas problems and is taking charcoal tablets along with other things. The problem is still noticeable. I would like to try the filters.  I have checked a couple... (Read More)
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Q. Like some of your readers, I get cracked fingers when it's cold. This year I decided to try something different. I had a place split open at the end of my thumb. I put Super Glue on it, held... (Read More)
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Unless you have been hibernating for the last few weeks, you have probably heard that Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental overdose. According to the Broward County Medical Examiner, the legal medicines she was taking led to “combined drug... (Read More)