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December 2008

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Q. I have been taking lisinopril for seven months to control my high blood pressure. Soon I developed a hacking cough. When it wouldn’t go away I saw an ear, nose and throat specialist. He shrugged and said this comes... (Read More)
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Q. I have bad leg cramps that wake me up early in the morning. I read that a bar of soap placed between the sheets might help.Where precisely do you place it? I can't take quinine because it interacts with... (Read More)
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“Physician, heal thyself” is a proverb from the Bible. It is often interpreted to mean that people should tend to their own frailties before trying to correct the defects of others.Doctors frequently offer lifestyle advice to their patients. “Lose weight”... (Read More)
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Q. I have enjoyed reading about home remedies on your Web site and would like to share mine. Dip a bleeding (cut-nicked-sliced or whatever) finger in ground coffee and the bleeding stops. If after the first dip, it still shows... (Read More)

708 Anti-Cancer

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David Servan-Schreiber was a young doctor and neuroscientist when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. After it recurred and he had gone through the standard treatment, he combed the medical literature to find ways to strengthen his defenses against its... (Read More)
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Q. I read in your column a while back that a person heard music after taking the antidepressant amitriptyline. My urologist prescribed a similar drug (imipramine) for a mild urinary problem. After a few days, I too started hearing music.... (Read More)
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Q. I was having trouble with my nails. Although I tried a number of remedies, some very expensive, nothing seemed to work. Then my daughter told me to try castor oil.I put it on my nails and leave it on... (Read More)

708 Anti-Cancer

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David Servan-Schreiber was a young doctor and neuroscientist when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. After it recurred and he had gone through the standard treatment, he combed the medical literature to find ways to strengthen his defenses against its... (Read More)
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Q. A reader recently reported using zinc oxide to treat hemorrhoid symptoms. I just wanted you to know that I have been using zinc oxide for this purpose for years. I thought no one else knew about it!It’s something I... (Read More)
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Q. I received a list of “helpful hints” in an email recently stating that if you have arthritis or joint pain, you should spray WD-40 on it. Could this possibly be true? It seems that it might be more harmful... (Read More)
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Q. I have been hearing that something called CRP may be more important than cholesterol when it comes to heart disease. I don’t know much about it. What are normal CRP values?My doctor says everything’s fine and that he does... (Read More)
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Q. I've suffered with Raynaud’s disease in my hands for two years. There is no underlying cause for it such as lupus.My doctor has prescribed various blood pressure medicines that are supposed to work for this condition, but nothing seems... (Read More)
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Fungi love damp dark places, so they often thrive in the crevices between toes and in folds of skin. The groin is especially susceptible. That's why men often complain of jock itch. Women can have jock itch too. But they... (Read More)

707 Unexpected Blessings

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Roxanne Black was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 15. She had been an athletic teenager, a rower on her high school crew, and suddenly she had to shun the sun and face a life of chronic illness. Instead... (Read More)
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Q. I accidentally learned that turmeric could help reduce my high blood pressure. It went from 160/80 to 140/60 after eating an Indian meal of curry.After I made this discovery, my nutritionist daughter advised me to use 1/2 teaspoon of... (Read More)
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Q. Does Topamax cause complete lack of sexual desire? And I do mean complete!A. Topamax (topiramate) is prescribed for epilepsy, but it is also used to prevent migraine headaches. Your short question implies a lot of frustration and sent us... (Read More)

707 Unexpected Blessings

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Roxanne Black was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 15. She had been an athletic teenager, a rower on her high school crew, and suddenly she had to shun the sun and face a life of chronic illness. Instead... (Read More)
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Fish Oil for Health

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Q. My husband and I are 55 and 53. We detest seafood and do not eat it. With all the news we've been hearing about the benefits of eating fish, is there a supplement we should add to our diet?A.... (Read More)
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Q. I'm responding to a column in which a young woman committed suicide after starting Cymbalta. I worry that others will use this tragedy to say that antidepressants are dangerous.I take the same pills she did: clonazepam and Cymbalta. These... (Read More)
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Q. Several months ago I discovered that OFF insect repellent wipes remove temporary tattoos. Yesterday I discovered they also dissolve Super Glue when the tube is stuck to your finger. Just squeeze the liquid onto the 'stuck' area and gently... (Read More)
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Q. I had acid-reflux surgery because stomach acid was irritating my throat. After the surgery, the correct diagnosis of celiac disease was finally made. Eating wheat caused the acid in my throat.People often write you about chronic heartburn. They should... (Read More)
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Q. Add me to the list of people who have been helped by 
Certo mixed with grape juice for 
arthritis. (Actually, I use generic plant pectin.)For years I controlled my high cholesterol by 
watching my diet and exercising. I love... (Read More)
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Everyone loves a bargain. Imagine buying a new Mercedes-Benz worth $60,000 for the price of a Hyundai, say around $20,000. As long as the vehicle had Mercedes parts and performed like a Mercedes, you would be thrilled.In reality, no one... (Read More)
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Q. My father and uncle both have diabetes. I would like to reduce my risk of developing this disease and I’ve heard that drinking coffee can help. Is there any evidence behind this claim?A. There are several epidemiological studies that... (Read More)
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Q. I had shingles many years ago. So did my friend. Her doctor gave her a shingles injection so she won't get it again. My doctor said by having shingles I built antibodies to it and don't need the shot.... (Read More)

706 Side Effects

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Before 2000, the FDA rarely highlighted suicide as a possible side effect. But in 2004, after years of controversy, the agency reversed course and issued warnings to doctors and patients that some popular antidepressants are linked to suicidal thoughts and... (Read More)

706 Side Effects

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Q. My boyfriend was recently released from prison and believes there was saltpeter put in the food. How do you remove the effects after numerous years?A. Saltpeter (potassium nitrate) is falsely believed to lower libido. Youngsters in boarding schools and... (Read More)
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Q. Is there any way to get rid of warts other than duct tape? I have more than twenty of these ugly things on my hands, and I can’t imagine trying to get on with daily life with that much... (Read More)
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Q. Once there was only one Robitussin cough medicine. Now there are lots. The one with DM almost killed me. I had such a hard time breathing I thought I was going to die.I reported this to my pharmacist and... (Read More)