July 2008

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Q. I read about coconut oil as a lubricant in the Whole Earth Catalog. Needless to say, that means I have been using it for years. My wife and I love it for general massage, more intimate massage, or simply... (Read More)
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Q. My wife has a problem with noise in her right ear. The noise is so constant that it affects her ability to sleep. It started several years ago when she was treated for the flu. The doctor prescribed a... (Read More)
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Q. I would like to take red yeast rice as a supplement to lower my cholesterol. But I heard that in 2007 the FDA restricted sales of red yeast rice if it contained lovastatin, the ingredient in Mevacor. Is that... (Read More)
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When automobiles first started showing up on America’s streets, a lot of people were skeptical. Cars were noisy and unreliable and many people thought they were just a passing fancy.Within a few decades, though, cars ruled the roads. Those with... (Read More)
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Q. While I was working at a restaurant, one of our chefs was burned badly by a fryer. I happened to be in the kitchen when it happened, and the manager screamed, “get me a fresh onion out of the... (Read More)
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Q. You have written about people having a hard time getting off antidepressants without awful side effects. I had a terrible time getting off Xanax, a highly addictive medication. A pill can only be cut into so many pieces. So... (Read More)
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Vitamin and mineral supplements are popular, but do they make sense? Many people have been told that taking vitamins just results in expensive urine. Find out which vitamins really make a difference—you may be surprised. Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is... (Read More)
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Vitamin and mineral supplements are popular, but do they make sense? Many people have been told that taking vitamins just results in expensive urine. Find out which vitamins really make a difference—you may be surprised.Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is one... (Read More)
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We host huge numbers of bacteria in our bodies—so many, in fact, that there are more bacterial cells than human cells in each of us. What are those bacteria doing there, and what happens when our personal ecological systems get... (Read More)
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Q. Has anyone else wet the bed while taking Chantix? I had a very vivid dream that I had gotten out of bed, gone into the bathroom, sat down and urinated. Then I woke up and discovered that I had... (Read More)
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Q. You’ve written about baking soda and vinegar to ease wasp stings. Until about 35 years ago I used this remedy. Then a friend suggested that I apply raw yellow onion as soon as possible. I take about a teaspoon... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking Toprol XL for about two years for high blood pressure, and my hair is getting so thin you can see through it. Is there any other medication that can replace Toprol XL that would not... (Read More)
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Q. I am in good health and take Toprol for blood pressure, Crestor for cholesterol and Evista to prevent osteoporosis. My problem is smelly gas. I have so much that it is very embarrassing when I work with the other... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has canker sores in his mouth all the time. The doctors he has seen say there’s no cure, so he has to live with it. What can you recommend? He has tried many topical remedies, plus some... (Read More)
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Blood pressure measurement is one of the most fundamental tests any health professional performs. No physical exam would be complete without it. Despite its importance, blood pressure measurement is frequently done incorrectly. That’s the consensus of experts at a scientific... (Read More)
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Q. You have written columns suggesting use of sunscreens with microparticles of zinc or titanium. I read that some scientists are concerned about nanoparticles found in products such as sunscreen. These particles are so tiny they could get into places... (Read More)
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Q. I have been eating Argo cornstarch since I was 19. It started when I was in my first pregnancy and I've been eating it ever since. I used to eat a box a day and I think it is... (Read More)
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The problem of antibiotic resistance is increasing. Superbugs like MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph aureus) are becoming harder and harder to treat as they evolve resistance to the most powerful antibiotics used against them. Back before the development of antibiotics, scientists were... (Read More)
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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler shares with us her advice on treating dry and chapped lips. She disusses what causes chapped lips, and what to avoid to prevent becoming dependent on lip balm. --------... (Read More)
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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler tells us about some warning signs that should send you to see a dermatologist right away. --------... (Read More)
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Q. I've been suffering with a constant swollen sore throat due to acid reflux. I've been on several different acid-suppressing drugs that worked temporarily and then stopped working. Today I tried ginger candy to soothe my throat and it's working.... (Read More)
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Q. I have granuloma annulare and would love to find out if you have any information on ways to cure these raised spots on my skin. I have them on my hands, wrists, elbows and shoulder. I know that they... (Read More)
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Q. I am 44 years old and have had acne since I was a teenager. Dermatologists have prescribed countless antibiotics, including Cleocin-T, to no avail. Birth control pills worked, but when I stopped the acne returned. I also took Retin-A,... (Read More)
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Q. I have been struggling with joint pain and just found out that my vitamin D level is really low. My doctor put me on a megadose of 50,000 IU (international units) each week for 8 weeks. Then I will... (Read More)
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When Tim Russert died unexpectedly of a heart attack, millions of Americans mourned his passing and wondered what he had been doing wrong. The answer is nothing. Unlike most people, Tim Russert got superb medical care. Although he suffered from... (Read More)

688 Superfoods

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There’s a lot of hype about superfoods that are said to have near-mystical properties to promote health. Should we be chowing down on blueberries, Swiss chard, pomegranates and pumpkin? Or do we need to concentrate on goji and acai berries... (Read More)
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Q. What do you know about the sleeping pill Ambien? A friend of mine has been taking it occasionally for years. The other night she took one and when she awoke the next morning, she saw signs that she had... (Read More)
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Q. Thanks for suggesting milk of magnesia as a deodorant. I tried it and it works like a miracle. Vinegar did not, and made me smell like sauerkraut besides. A. Many readers report that milk of magnesia applied to the... (Read More)

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Dermatologist Amy Wechsler shares her tips for treating oily skin. --------... (Read More)