April 2008

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The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most profitable, both in America and around the world. But recently in the US, fines for malfeasance have stained its image. We speak with Dr. Peter Rost, who worked inside the pharmaceutical industry... (Read More)
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Q. I take hormone replacement in the form of bio-identical hormones from a compounding pharmacy. The prescription is a triple-estrogen compound with progesterone. The compounding pharmacist stated that because all three forms of estrogen are used, the risk that accompanies... (Read More)
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Q. I have severe restless leg syndrome (RLS), but it has been controlled with diazepam. Recently the doctor diagnosed me with an underactive thyroid condition and prescribed levothyroxine. It really made my RLS worse.He suggested that I stop the thyroid... (Read More)
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OK, I admit it: I am somewhat nervous about exposure to EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation. My interest predates the cell phone and cancer controversy. It all started during the late 1960s because I was working in a neuropharmacology laboratory at... (Read More)
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Q. When I was a kid, I would get very bad nosebleeds. If nothing else worked, my mother would get out her keys and drop them down the back of my neck. I wish I knew why it worked it... (Read More)
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What may be good for the heart could be bad for the brain. Lowering cholesterol, especially bad LDL cholesterol, appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks. But new studies suggest that very low cholesterol might pose unexpected problems for... (Read More)
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Q. I desperately need your help. I was diagnosed with genital herpes three years ago, and this diagnosis has left me full of emotions. I am crying as I write this letter.For fear of scorn and rejection, I cannot disclose... (Read More)
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Q. Is chewing Aspergum as effective as chewing an aspirin if you think you are having a heart attack?A. Physicians frequently advise patients who think they may be having a heart attack to dial 911 and chew a baby aspirin... (Read More)
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The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most profitable, both in America and around the world. But recently in the US, fines for malfeasance have stained its image.We speak with Dr. Peter Rost, who worked inside the pharmaceutical industry for... (Read More)
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Q. I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Is there a home remedy I can take to ease the discomfort? I currently use Nexium every day.I drink a lot of water and try to stay regular, but I am always uncomfortable.... (Read More)
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Q. My 81-yr-old Mom is currently prescribed allopurinol to prevent gout, enalapril and labetalol for high blood pressure, metformin for diabetes, Plavix to thin her blood, Zocor to control cholesterol plus extra Magnesium and potassium (Klor-Con).She exhibits confusion, symptoms of... (Read More)
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Q. After dieting and exercising hard for the last year I managed to get my cholesterol down from over 260 to below 220. Then sore joints led me to take glucosamine and chondroitin. Now my cholesterol is up over 240.... (Read More)
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Melinda Beck of the Wall Street Journal has written about the generic drug controversy. You can read it at: Health Journal. Years ago, we loved generic drugs and encouraged patients to request that their doctors prescribe generically whenever possible. The... (Read More)
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Doctors go into medicine because they want to help people. They put in extraordinarily long hours during their training that no other profession is expected to endure.Caring and compassionate physicians are challenged these days by a medical system that is... (Read More)
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Q. I had headaches for over 30 years--migraine, tension, cluster, you name it! The Group Health Pain Clinic told me to take mega doses of vitamin B2, and no painkillers.I learned I had been causing my own headaches because of... (Read More)
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Listen to an extended interview with Dr. Paul Sharek. Dr. Sharek appeared on our April 12 program, 676 Health News Update.... (Read More)
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Q. I have a much higher sex drive than my partner. He is in his late 30s, while I am in my mid 20s. I would prefer to have sex every couple of days while he is fine with having... (Read More)
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Medical errors and adverse events are much too common, especially when it come to pediatric patients. Is there a way to protect children in the hospital? Traumatic brain injury affects more than 1,000,000 people in the United States each year,... (Read More)
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Q. I have back problems and have been taking Vicodin daily for pain. The last six months, my breathing has been terrible. I’d have to stop and catch my breath with any little thing.I’ve been off Vicodin for a week... (Read More)
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Medical errors and adverse events are much too common, especially when it come to pediatric patients. Is there a way to protect children in the hospital?Traumatic brain injury affects more than 1,000,000 people in the United States each year, not... (Read More)
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Cholesterol Treatment 101

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Learn how to manage cholesterol levels in this video with Joe Graedon.... (Read More)
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Q. I awoke one night with the muscles and nerves in my legs feeling like fireworks (little explosions-big explosions-the grand finale!). They were so active that they started twisting into cramps. This literally kept me awake all night. The cramps... (Read More)
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Q. I developed a dry cough soon after my doctor diagnosed me with hypertension and put me on Altace. I would cough and cough until I would gag and throw up at work into my trashcan because the coughing would... (Read More)
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Q. As an active senior, I was more than dismayed with increasing arthritis that caused pain when I attempted simple activities. Aspirin and exercise helped a bit. I tried deleting the “reds” from my diet (meat, tomatoes, eggplant). I also... (Read More)
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Exercise is essential for keeping the heart and circulatory system healthy. It helps, too, to moderate blood sugar and control metabolism. Now, animal research suggests that physical fitness also benefits the brain. Guest: John Ratey, MD, is an associate clinical... (Read More)
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What should the FDA do when a drug might make someone depressed or even suicidal? The agency has wrestled with this dilemma for decades.When reports surfaced in the 1990s that the antidepressant Prozac might trigger “intense, violent suicidal preoccupation,” the... (Read More)
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Q. Have you heard of using milk of magnesia on severe acne? My son has cystic nodular acne. He is 16 and has been under a dermatologist’s care for many years.We have spent thousands to no avail. He has recently... (Read More)
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Q. You recently offered a list of natural migraine remedies people have tried. I've had migraines since before I was in kindergarten, and I'm 58 now. The best thing I've found is ginger: Jamaican-style ginger beer (stronger than ginger ale)... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with celiac disease and advised to avoid gluten from wheat, rye and barley. Avoiding gluten in my diet has made a huge difference for me. Are there any resources to help me avoid gluten in pills?... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that an ingredient in plastic called bisphenol A can get into foods and beverages from containers. I was so impressed with the evidence of harm that I thought I would see what food I could buy... (Read More)