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October 2008

Chantix Success Story

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Q. I used Chantix to quit smoking on May 30. I don't recall any psychological side effects and have been recommending it to everyone.After using it successfully, I figured all smokers should try it and wondered why they weren’t. Reading... (Read More)
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Q. An old doctor told my husband that Kyolic garlic capsules might bring his blood pressure down. I started taking them myself, one in the morning and one at night. Now my blood pressure is lower than normal most of... (Read More)

FDA Blows Off BPA

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Has the Food and Drug Administration painted itself into a corner when it comes to bisphenol A (BPA)? This chemical is found in hard, clear plastic. It also used to line metal cans (soda, beer and food). Dentists use BPA-containing... (Read More)
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Q. The recent melamine scare from China has me wondering. Due to the fact that supplements have little regulatory control, is there a risk that protein powders sold for dieters and muscle builders could contain melamine to increase the amount... (Read More)

699 Worried Sick

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We expect our pricey prescription pills to be as reliable as our toasters—that they will work every time. But when it comes to medications, the success rate is much lower. Just how effective are medications for lowering cholesterol or treating... (Read More)
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Q. My husband had been in the hospital for several weeks with a virulent form of pneumonia. After multiple courses of IV antibiotics he developed serious diarrhea. He was very weak and actually fell twice trying to get to the... (Read More)
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Little kids catch lots of colds. That’s because they’re not very careful about washing their hands or keeping their fingers out of eyes, noses and mouths.When children catch colds, everyone sneezes. They spread their viruses generously to teachers, friends and... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 21-year-old college student, and I have not had a "normal" big toenail on my left foot since I was 14. It came off when I was a freshman in high school as I was removing nail... (Read More)
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Q. As a forensic crime scene detective, I have used Vicks in my nose to block the smell of noxious odors for many years. No adverse effects have been apparent. However, I am aware that adverse effects may still present... (Read More)

699 Worried Sick

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We expect our pricey prescription pills to be as reliable as our toasters—that they will work every time. But when it comes to medications, the success rate is much lower. Just how effective are medications for lowering cholesterol or treating... (Read More)
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Q. My endocrinologist said my vitamin D level is too low and told me to take 2,000 IU daily. I have done that and find that my arthritis pain has disappeared. Is there a connection?A. It’s possible. There is growing... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer from interstitial cystitis. I have tried prescription drugs, acupuncture and a dietary supplement called CystoProtek. I heard that Botox might be helpful in relieving symptoms. What are your thoughts?A. People with interstitial cystitis (IC) have to urinate... (Read More)
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Q. I’m not a pill taker, but my doctors insist I get my blood pressure down to 120/80. I started on beta blockers (first propranolol, then atenolol and now metoprolol). They make my joints ache and I feel tired, depressed... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have any information about apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for stiff joints? I have mixed a cup of vinegar with a cup of honey in a gallon jug and then filled it up with cold water.... (Read More)
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Millions of American kids have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without hyperactivity. This can make for challenges in the classroom, and even at home or with friends. People with ADD are often prescribed stimulant medications to help... (Read More)
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Do you consume carcinogens? These cancer-causing chemicals are everywhere, but most people either don’t recognize them or can’t avoid them.Obviously, cigarette smoke is one of the most notorious sources of carcinogens. Other compounds that have been linked to cancer include... (Read More)
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Q. I've been using a lot of cinnamon for the taste on my morning granola and yogurt. My hot flashes have ceased and my cholesterol is down. Unfortunately, my liver enzymes are elevated. I was told to cut out alcohol... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking Prozac for the past five years. I am happily married, but I've definitely noticed a downturn in my ability to achieve a climax.My doctor recently switched me to Celexa to see if it would offer... (Read More)
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Millions of American kids have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without hyperactivity. This can make for challenges in the classroom, and even at home or with friends.People with ADD are often prescribed stimulant medications to help them... (Read More)
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Q. A friend of mine just announced that she has genital herpes. She has had it for quite a few years and has never told her husband.She claims she contracted herpes from a low immune system due to chronic arthritis.... (Read More)
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Q. Once my wife and I had children, I began to get several colds every winter. Of course, the kids would recover in a couple of days, but my own congestion would last a couple of weeks.Eventually, I would get... (Read More)
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Q. I believe my friend was sleep driving when he was killed in a car accident. A dump truck slammed into his car at an intersection he’d known all his life. It was only two blocks from his house.I called... (Read More)
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An Airborne Ranger shares with us his experience of being burned during a training excercise, and what the Special Forces medic used to treat him might surprise you. --------... (Read More)
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Cinnamon has been proven to help lower blood sugar, and can be helpful for people with type 2 Diabetes trying to manage their blood sugar. --------... (Read More)
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One reader shares his story of using spicy hot gumbo soup to stop a migraine cold. --------... (Read More)
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This is a lovely story from a retired nurse describing one of our favorite home remedies for treating arthritis. --------... (Read More)
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Q. My cholesterol is high but I cannot tolerate statin-type drugs. My doctor has prescribed Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor. They all make my muscles and joints hurt. Now he wants to prescribe Vytorin.I am reluctant to try yet another cholesterol... (Read More)
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Senior citizens are getting slammed. Just when their retirement savings are being affected by the Wall Street boondoggle, they will have to pay more for Medicare drug coverage in 2009.Here’s a quick refresher on the Part D Medicare prescription drug... (Read More)
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Q. I read your coconut macaroon article and asked my doctor about using coconut instead of my Crohn’s medicine. He said that he has seen it work for others and to give it a try. He said to add pineapple... (Read More)
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Q. I am seeing a new guy and the stubble on his face has left a large chapped area on my face that almost feels burned. It’s an unpleasant aftermath of an enjoyable kissing session. I'm putting Vaseline on it.... (Read More)