July 2007

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Q. I finally fell asleep last night but woke back up an hour and a half later. I had started getting cramps and a creepy-crawly feeling in my legs.I know some people who have RLS (restless leg syndrome) so I... (Read More)
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Q. I read that Proscar and Avodart both cause impotence. My boyfriend is on Proscar and recently said he would rather have a backrub than sex! He used to worship me and now we are just pen pals. He still... (Read More)
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In the 1960s Alka-Seltzer came up with a new reason for people to plop-plop and fizz-fizz. The company invented a new disease called the “blahs.” It wasn’t exactly clear what the blahs were, though. The TV commercial described the blahs... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a nurse in a rural hospital. Some of the mountain folk I care for tell me that a bee sting every two years or so will significantly decrease arthritis inflammation and pain. They attribute this remedy to the... (Read More)
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Q. I have read about combining something called Certo with grape juice for arthritis pain. I suffer something awful and have never heard of Certo. My pharmacist was no help.Is it an herb, a home remedy, a drug or a... (Read More)
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The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they are also a reflection of our health. Common causes of vision loss include glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. New research suggests that nutrition can help prevent age-related macular degeneration.... (Read More)
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Health News 7/27/07

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This week: Diet Pop Doesn't Protect Health Vitamin D And Blood Pressure Mercury Hazards From Sushi New Yorkers High In Mercury Less Hormone Use Leads To Lower Breast Cancer Rates... (Read More)
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Diet Pop Doesn't Protect Health
Vitamin D And Blood Pressure
Mercury Hazards From Sushi
New Yorkers High In Mercury
Less Hormone Use Leads To Lower Breast Cancer Rates (Read More)
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Q. I have battled toenail fungus off and on for the past 25 years. I have been on Lamisil three times and tried all sorts of OTC and prescription topical medicines. I decided to try two of the remedies I... (Read More)
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Q. My husband suffered with jock itch for a long time. He would use medicine to clear it up but it always returned. Then he tried applying antiperspirant daily to the affected areas, and this solved the problem. A. Jock... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on thyroid hormone replacement for more than 20 years. Now I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.My doctor prescribed Fosamax and then Actonel. I have heard that such drugs can cause jaw bone deterioration. This happened to... (Read More)
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Q. I would like some info about cherries for a friend who suffers from arthritis and gout. A. A small study in the Journal of Nutrition (June, 2003) suggested that sweet cherries could lower uric acid levels that cause gout.... (Read More)
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Q. Let's talk about the crawling wasps and hornets of the American Southwest--fire ants and scorpions. These critters give a wallop of a bite or sting without the warning of a buzz. Years ago, when I moved to Texas with... (Read More)
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A trip to the emergency room is stressful. The only reason you go is because of a health crisis. These days you almost have to be at death’s doorstep to make a trip to the ER. That’s because the waits... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column about a person concerned about a prescription that was a couple of months past its use-by date. Whenever I receive a prescription from a pharmacy, I ask for the date on the bottle the medication... (Read More)
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Q. Several years ago I noticed that gum irritations healed more quickly after I used Listerine. I decided to try it on facial blemishes. If it is applied as soon as a blemish begins, the spot fades quickly without becoming... (Read More)
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Chocolate has a surprising number of health benefits. Previous studies have shown it can even lower blood pressure, but the dose was quite high. Now we know even a little bit of chocolate a day may help keep high blood... (Read More)
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Health News 7/20/07

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This week: Healthy Diet Fizzles On Cancer Recurrence Dairy Products Reduce Risk Of Diabetes Do Diabetes Drugs Raise Risk Of Cancer? Low LDL May Be Linked To Cancer Curry Spice May Reverse Alzheimer's Vitamin C Won't Chase Common Cold... (Read More)
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Healthy Diet Fizzles On Cancer Recurrence
Dairy Products Reduce Risk Of Diabetes
Do Diabetes Drugs Raise Risk Of Cancer?
Low LDL May Be Linked To Cancer
Curry Spice May Reverse Alzheimer's
Vitamin C Won't Chase Common Cold (Read More)
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Q. Months ago I heard about a new prescription drug for weight loss that also lowered cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It was awaiting approval. Has it become available? A. The drug is rimonabant. Although it is now available in... (Read More)
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Q. I am totally confused about hormone therapy. I used to take Premarin to keep my bones stronger and reduce the risk of a heart attack. Then a friend who is a nurse pleaded with me to stop taking hormones... (Read More)
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Q. I have just been through detox hell after stopping the antidepressant Cymbalta. After a week of dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, sweats, chills, itching, disorientation, mood swings and headaches, I am angry! My doctor did not tell me that this might... (Read More)
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Q. I am looking for a home recipe for colon cleansing without having to use expensive over-the-counter detox programs.  I've seen your recipes for constipation, but I'm specifically looking for a thorough cleansing of the colon. A. We really can’t... (Read More)
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 Q. I have an embarrassing question. What are your suggestions regarding penile fracture? I admit to being too wild and crazy one night. I bent a fully erect penis about 90 degrees. It was very painful and turned purple, black... (Read More)
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The first email message in February piqued our interest: “I have been taking Budeprion XL 300 mg for 3 months instead of Wellbutrin XL 300 mg. I find that I am easily upset and cry very easily. Sometimes I feel... (Read More)
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Q. A few weeks ago someone reporting using Miracle Whip on her scaly flaky scalp. She said that after a couple of hours she had a flake-free scalp and wanted to know why it worked so well. I think the... (Read More)
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Listen to our extended interview with Dr. Michael First. An edited version of this interview appeared on our July 14, 2007 program, The Loss of Sadness.... (Read More)
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Some experts estimate that up to a quarter of those who might be diagnosed as depressed under current criteria are actually suffering from normal reactions to loss. Psychiatrists take bereavement into account, but what about divorce or losing a job?... (Read More)
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Q. I had constipation for five years. I was using Citrucel and extra bran on my cereal. I drank lots of water but still had very hard rabbit-like stools. At water aerobics a friend told me about taking magnesium. It... (Read More)
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Corrupt FDA Head Put To Death In China
Dial 911 For Stroke
Stop-Smoking Drug May Also Help Alcoholics
Cola Fans Risk Kidney Problems
Pumpkin Restores Rat Blood Sugar
Folate Deficiency Linked To Depression (Read More)