May 2007

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Q. I think I remember reading about some simple remedies for nail fungus in your column. At the time I didn’t need the information but now my toenails are discolored and ugly. They want to remove the nails, but that... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I was taking Synthroid for an underactive thyroid, but I just didn't feel well. I found a doctor who prescribed Armour Thyroid instead and now I feel great! A. An... (Read More)
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Q. What is the best thing to do for daily, frustrating, embarrassing gas? I eat high-fiber foods during the week, but I eat various things on the weekends and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. I have continuous gas... (Read More)
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Cancer is one of the scariest words in medicine. Decades ago the diagnosis seemed like a death sentence. Many doctors didn’t even tell the patient because they didn’t want to deliver such bad news.Today, cancer is still not good news,... (Read More)
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Q. You wrote recently about selenium and said three or four Brazil nuts daily supplied enough selenium to cause toxicity. I'm taking 100 micrograms of selenium daily to ward off prostate cancer. Is this dosage of selenium safe? A. Selenium... (Read More)

Are We Really #1?

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Americans love being #1. Just watch any sporting event—high school, college or pro—and you will see team members and fans flashing the big #1 sign with their forefinger whenever the camera zooms past them. Obviously, not every team in... (Read More)
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Q. My 5-year-old granddaughter sucks her thumb.  Is there something that tastes bitter or unpleasant I can buy to put on her thumb to remind her to not suck it? A. Most children give up on thumb sucking before they... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that a banana peel can be helpful against warts but I am not clear on how you would use it. My doctor burns off several warts yearly but they inevitably come back. I would be grateful... (Read More)
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Study Sounds Alarm On Avandia
Chromium Supplements No Help For Diabetics
Erin Brockovich Chemical Found In Water
Lycopene Loses Its Luster
Light Drinking Lowers Risk Of Kidney Cancer
Alcohol Slows Mental Decline
Aspirin Fights Pre-Eclampsia During Pregnancy (Read More)
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This week:Study Sounds Alarm On Avandia Chromium Supplements No Help For Diabetics Erin Brockovich Chemical Found In Water Lycopene Loses Its Luster Light Drinking Lowers Risk Of Kidney Cancer Alcohol Slows Mental Decline Aspirin Fights Pre-Eclampsia During Pregnancy... (Read More)
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Q. My wife suffers from debilitating leg cramps. For years she has relied on quinine. It works like a charm and she has never experienced any side effects. She has just discovered that she can no longer get her prescription... (Read More)
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Q. You recently answered a question from a vegetarian blood donor who has trouble with low hemoglobin. He was concerned about caffeinated beverages. I too am a vegetarian and donate blood every 56 days. I do not consume caffeine at... (Read More)
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Best Choices From The People's Pharmacy is filled with natural approaches to dozens of common conditions including: arthritis, diabetes, headaches, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heartburn, menopause and insomnia. We also rate prescription drugs so you will know what... (Read More)
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Q. I have discovered another use for Listerine. For the last year I have had problems with whitehead blemishes on my face that wouldn't go away. I tried many things, including non-oily soaps and a range of topical treatments. One... (Read More)
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The FDA has a mandate to make sure all drugs (prescription and OTCs) are “safe and effective.” This is the law. The only trouble is that FDA’s definition of ‘safe’ is hard to get a handle on. The feds routinely... (Read More)
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Q. Is there a book that has all of your home remedies in it? I really would like to have something as a reference to all of these great ideas. A. We have included many of our favorite home remedies... (Read More)
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Q. I am a breast cancer survivor. I play tennis and golf five days a week and smear a high SPF sunscreen all over my body. I also wear protective clothing to block the sun. I have heard that some... (Read More)
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Generic drugs are supposed to be identical to their brand name counterparts. For nearly 30 years, we believed this argument. All that changed several years ago. Have you had a negative experience with a generic drug? (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I take black cherry juice concentrate for arthritis aches and pains. I buy it at the local health food store. We take a teaspoon a day, like cough syrup. My finger joints are no longer swollen... (Read More)
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Most doctors think they are way too smart to be influenced by drug companies. Physicians believe that they choose the best medicine for their patients based on science, not bribery.Although almost all doctors in America accept free lunches for staff,... (Read More)
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Everyone has heard about the health benefits of garlic, but how many of us are up to speed on the power of curry powder? We discuss culinary herbs and spices with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, one of the country’s foremost... (Read More)
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FDA Under Scrutiny
Uninsured Pay More For Health Care
Heartburn Drugs Increase Risk Of Pneumonia
Fish Oil Fights Macular Degeneration
Vitamin D Protects Against Eye Disease
Fiber And Magnesium Ward Off Diabetes (Read More)
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This week:FDA Under ScrutinyUninsured Pay More For Health CareHeartburn Drugs Increase Risk Of PneumoniaFish Oil Fights Macular DegenerationVitamin D Protects Against Eye DiseaseFiber And Magnesium Ward Off Diabetes... (Read More)
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 Have you ever bought a car? Did you pay full sticker price or did you bargain with the dealer? Most people realize that the price is negotiable. If you drive a hard bargain, you can often save thousands of dollars... (Read More)
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Ask a sex therapist about the most common complaint couples have and it is likely to be mismatched sex drives. In other words, one partner desires sex more frequently than the other.In a recent column, a woman complained that she... (Read More)
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Q. I have arthritis in my fingers and I'm sure using the computer has compounded the pain. I can't take anti-inflammatory medication due to an ulcer, so I am hoping you could suggest other supplements that might help. A. There... (Read More)
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Q. My blood pressure is slightly elevated. I take a water pill to control it, and my doctor suggested that I restrict salt. My adult-ed science teacher claims that only half the adult population is sensitive to salt so that... (Read More)
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Q. Help! Now that Zelnorm has been taken off the market, what can I do for my irritable bowel syndrome? I depended on this drug.A. Zelnorm was prescribed for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation. Because of concerns about increased... (Read More)
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Q. I recently began taking fish oil for heart health. I have fibrocystic breasts, and after about a week on fish oil I noticed a reduction in the number and size of the cysts.Is there any evidence that fish oil... (Read More)
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Q. Both my niece and I have to take anti-seizure medications. Are there any food interactions with Dilantin, Mysoline or Tegretol?A. This is a crucial question that is often overlooked. Many drugs are affected by food. In some instances, food... (Read More)