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June 2008

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Q. I heard on the news that red yeast rice can help lower cholesterol, but I’d like to know more about the pros and cons. Are there dangerous side effects? Someone told me red yeast rice can cause liver problems.... (Read More)
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Imagine a wonder drug that could reduce your risk of developing arthritis, high blood pressure, many common cancers, diabetes, depression and heart disease. What would it be worth?If drug companies could patent such a miracle medicine they might well charge... (Read More)
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Q. I've been advised to use diaper rash ointment containing zinc oxide to keep my horse's muzzle from getting sunburned while he's grazing. I've been wondering if this would also work to keep me from developing a "horse-woman's tan." All... (Read More)

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If you find it hard to converse in a busy restaurant, the problem could be your hearing. Nearly 10 percent of Americans have trouble with their hearing, but a surprising number aren't doing anything about it. What are the latest... (Read More)

686 Hearing

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If you find it hard to converse in a busy restaurant, the problem could be your hearing. Nearly 10 percent of Americans have trouble with their hearing, but a surprising number aren't doing anything about it. What are the latest... (Read More)
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Q. You wrote recently about the dangers of carrying germs around on your shoes or bare feet. Because of studies on the germs found on women's purses, I avoid putting my grandchildren's backpacks on the kitchen table. Who knows where... (Read More)
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Q. My niece told me that drinking tonic water helped her restless legs syndrome. I tried sipping some before I went to bed, and it helps. After I read in your column that the FDA bars doctors from prescribing quinine,... (Read More)
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Q. I use sunscreen daily because I have red hair and fair skin, but I love the outdoors. A lab test shows that I am vitamin D deficient. How can I balance my need for sunscreen and the need for... (Read More)
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Q. I have found a home remedy for stinky feet. Brew 8 to 10 tea bags in a foot tub. Allow the tea to cool slightly, then soak the feet until the tea cools. Do this as often as necessary.... (Read More)
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If you’ve ever had something on the tip of your tongue that you just couldn’t recall, you know how frustrating it is to have trouble retrieving information from the memory banks. Is it because we store too many factoids as... (Read More)

Honey For Wounds

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Q. I have been using honey as an ointment to prevent and treat skin infections for years. Not only does it work for cuts and scrapes, but it also works on herpes cold sores, cutting down on the length and... (Read More)
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Q. I have been plagued with nummular eczema for years. It does not respond to Benadryl, prednisone or any kind of topical cortisone ointment.  I read in your column about some doctors in Japan who had people with eczema drink... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis by one of the best foot doctors in my city. I was given pain medicines, many anti-inflammatory drugs and foot splints with no success. As a last resort, he recommended steroid injections for... (Read More)
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“Are you experiencing crushing chest pain with shortness of breath? Are you sweating profusely? You could be having a heart attack! Ask your doctor whether Zycrox is right for you.” Would an ad like that sound preposterous? We have to... (Read More)
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Q. I'm 18 now, a male, 5’9”. I began drinking caffeinated sodas in great excess (1 liter or more a day) when I was 10 or 11. By the time I was 13 I had completely stopped growing. My height... (Read More)
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Q. Have you ever heard of using castor oil for bruises? My mother-in-law swears by this remedy. Whenever one of my kids bumps a knee, she rubs castor oil on it and there is never a bruise.   A. Arnica... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a 39-year-old woman in need of an herb that can decrease sex drive. I think you've written about this before, but I can't recall the herb you suggested. I'm in excellent health, taking only Flonase, Ortho Tri-Cyclen and... (Read More)
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Q. I have high blood pressure (about 180/80) and my doctor has prescribed nearly everything he can think of. We have tried over a dozen different medicines, with unacceptable results or side effects. I am currently taking Diovan which makes... (Read More)
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Q. When I first developed hemorrhoids I could hardly believe this was happening to me. I called my doctor and she suggested surgery, but I didn't want to go under the knife. A favorite book about foods that heal suggested... (Read More)
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Q. One of your readers requested natural recommendations for migraines. I had tried many migraine treatments. Then I developed wheat intolerance, and since quitting grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats), I have not suffered a migraine for almost two years. I... (Read More)
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When the FDA approves a new medication for the market, it has undergone extensive testing to demonstrate it is safe and effective for the intended use. But once it is available, doctors can prescribe it for nearly any purpose that... (Read More)
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Q. Can you help me? I’ve had a burning sensation on my tongue and the soles of my feet for weeks. I’ve tried Benadryl, OTC hydrocortisone cream and ice packs. Nothing is helping. My internist has said everything looks all... (Read More)
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Q. My husband swears by golden raisins soaked in gin for arthritis pain. I don't like the taste and read about pomegranate juice with Certo in your column. How much Certo should I use to a glass (8 ounces) of... (Read More)
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Q. I'm 52, and since I was a teenager I've had dry skin, or as my dermatologist puts it, “atopic dermatitis.” He tells me it is stress-related and genetic. Every three months I can get a steroid shot, but it... (Read More)
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Q. I often get a very itchy sun rash when I first go on holidays. Listerine calms it down so I can sleep and soon clears it. It also soothed an allergic reaction after a massage. I don’t travel without... (Read More)
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Doctors don’t like the word addiction. It has overtones of moral weakness when applied to drugs like alcohol, nicotine, cocaine or heroin. Physicians prefer the term dependence because it describes withdrawal symptoms rather than depravity. Problems with withdrawal don’t only... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter’s husband and two sons are barefoot guys. They walk all around the house and outside in the gardens in their bare feet. When they come in they put their feet on upholstered furniture, sometimes even on pillows... (Read More)
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Q. We gave our 6-year-old daughter a heartburn medicine, cimetidine, for her warts. It's amazing! After months of visits to the dermatologist, the warts on the back of her hand are gone. She had up to 40 big and tiny... (Read More)
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Q. What is the home remedy for getting rid of skin tags on the neck? A. Dermatologists can remove skin tags surgically. Some readers of this column also report success with a liquid bandage called New-Skin. Although this remedy doesn’t... (Read More)