January 2009

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Q. I suffered from Raynaud’s disease for many years. My doctor suggested I take grape seed extract tablets.I take two a day. They are not expensive and can be purchased at any health store. Best of all, they have no... (Read More)
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Listen to our extended interview with Dr. Sam Parnia, founder and director of the Human Consciousness Project at the University of Southampton, U.K. Dr. Parnia appeared on our January 31, 2009 program, 713 The Nature of Consciousness.... (Read More)
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Listen to our extended interview with Bruce Greyson, MD, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Greyson appeared on our January 30, 2009 program, 713 The Nature of Consciousness.... (Read More)
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Consciousness is one of the great puzzles of modern neuroscience. Most scientists believe that awareness arises from interactions between neurons in the brain, but the details on how that works, exactly, are still unclear. And what happens as we die?... (Read More)
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Q. Please tell me if my blood work is good or if I need medicines. My total cholesterol is 156, LDL is 62.9, HDL is 89.5, triglycerides 18 and glucose 105. I am 79 plus years young and active with... (Read More)
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Q. Is there a natural alternative to Certo or other sugar-based pectins? I’d like to try pectin with grape or pomegranate juice to reduce inflammation, but I would rather avoid the extra sugar and preservatives. A. Home canners use plant... (Read More)
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Q. Can you please give me more information on the connection between Boniva and osteonecrosis of the jaw? I heard about this on the radio.I have taken Fosamax and Actonel for osteoporosis but had to discontinue because of digestive problems.... (Read More)
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Q. Ground coffee to stop bleeding really works! I just punctured my pointer finger fairly deeply with a fillet knife and it bled profusely. I had my skeptical husband coat the wound with ground coffee. This weird but effective treatment... (Read More)

712 Musicophilia

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Human beings seem to be wired for music. Neurologists get some unique insights into that wiring when things go wrong, such as musical hallucinations. They can also use music therapeutically for conditions ranging from autism to stroke and Parkinson’s disease.... (Read More)
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Drug companies justify the high cost of prescription medicines to help pay for breakthroughs of the future. One company even advertises: “Today’s medicines finance tomorrow’s miracles.”The implication is that if we want wonderful medications to cure Alzheimer’s disease, cancer or... (Read More)
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Q. I take several medicines that I suspect may be contributing to uncomfortable constipation. They include Fosamax and calcium for bones and Lipitor for cholesterol.Please suggest something to provide relief from this problem. My bowels are totally locked up. Do... (Read More)
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Q. Please help me. I am 35 years old and have been addicted to Argo Corn Starch for the past four years. How can I stop eating it? It makes my mouth dry and my limbs cramp. I have mood... (Read More)

712 Musicophilia

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Human beings seem to be wired for music. Neurologists get some unique insights into that wiring when things go wrong, such as musical hallucinations. They can also use music therapeutically for conditions ranging from autism to stroke and Parkinson’s disease.... (Read More)
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Q. When I was young I had an ongoing dandruff problem. This was about 45 years ago.My uncle was a barber, and he told me to use the old brown Listerine. I have used it ever since, every time I... (Read More)
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Dental health may be as important as mental health in affecting the rest of the body. Periodontal disease appears to provide a reservoir of inflammation and possibly infection that can greatly increase the risk of other conditions, such as heart... (Read More)
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Q. My husband got Super Glue on his glasses. (Don't ask!) We tried everything to get it off until I read on your Web site about using the insect repellent DEET. I sprayed OFF out of the can on them.... (Read More)
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Q. I was put on Lipitor to control cholesterol and found it shot my blood sugar through the roof. My doctor suggested switching to Crestor. Would this drug also affect blood sugar?A. You are not the first person to note... (Read More)
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Q. I read a letter in your column from a person whose cholesterol went from 180 to over 300 after taking glucosamine and chondroitin for sore knees. I think it is not the glucosamine, but the chondroitin that raises cholesterol.I... (Read More)

Guide to Osteoporosis

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Information on osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Pros and cons of Actonel, Boniva, Evista, Forteo, Fortical, Fosamax, Menostar, Miacalcin and Reclast for strengthening bones. Drugs that may contribute to bone loss.... (Read More)
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At this time of year we get inundated with queries about dry, cracked fingertips. It may seem like a minor annoyance compared to health problems like diabetes or high blood pressure. For those who suffer, though, this can truly make... (Read More)
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Q. Now that my son is in daycare, I am constantly getting his colds and coughs. What can you recommend for easing the symptoms? I am not big on drugstore remedies.A. Readers of this column are enthusiastic about ginger. Here... (Read More)
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Q. What can you tell me about testosterone to jump start diminished sex drive in women? I used to have a fantastic libido and enjoyed a great sex life with my husband. But ever since menopause I am rarely interested... (Read More)
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Q. I was on omeprazole for gastroesophageal reflux for several years until I saw a PBS program on heartburn and acid reflux problems. The expert said the worst culprit for heartburn is refined sugar!Not one doctor I had ever seen... (Read More)
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ED Drugs May Help Painful Fingers

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Q. The cold weather has exacerbated my Raynaud’s disease. I was told Viagra could help this condition since it opens the blood vessels. Would it help me?A. Several years ago an article in the journal Circulation (Nov. 8, 2005) suggested... (Read More)
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Q. You recently had a story in which a person reported that zinc oxide worked for hemorrhoids. This made me laugh and brought back the memory of a dear family friend who has been dead for more than 45 years.Mrs.... (Read More)
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Q. When I read in your column that a person was surprised that the blood pressure pill lisinopril caused his constant cough, I just shook my head and wondered why people don't know the side effects of the drugs they... (Read More)
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Q. I loved the recipe you gave for fennel tea to relieve a sore throat and sinus problems. Is there a book that would have similar home remedies, like teas for common symptoms? I have been searching for an easy-to-use... (Read More)

710 Health News Update

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People with diabetes have been urged to keep their blood sugar as close to normal as possible. Doctors believed that this would reduce the likelihood of serious complications from the disease. A new study from the Veterans Affairs Health Centers... (Read More)
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Americans take way too many medications. They mix and match with barely a second thought.Researchers found that 81 percent of older adults took prescribed drugs. More than half “used 5 or more prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, or dietary supplements” (Journal... (Read More)