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Health Headlines 8/25/09

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Surprising Soap Story! Can Soap Relieve Leg Cramps?
"My husband was having severe leg cramps at night. Without telling him, I placed a soap bar under his sheets for two nights before he noticed. It worked! He's had no more cramps. We still can't believe it!" This home remedy mystifies us, but we have heard from many readers who found relief from leg cramps and restless leg syndrome with a bar of soap under the bed sheet. Read more from our readers:
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Listen To Our Podcast: 736 Health Care Overhaul
Overhauling the health care system is high on the President's list of to-dos. But it has become a political hot potato. Why are so many people so excited about this policy issue? We talk with Howard Dean, MD, about...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/08/22/736-health-care-overhaul/
Vitamin E Is Controversial Treatment for Scars
Dermatologists insist that putting vitamin E on a burn or a wound will do nothing to prevent scarring and may even do harm. The People's Pharmacy readers, on the other hand, are convinced that topical use of vitamin E...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/08/24/vitamin-e-is-controversial-treatment-for-scars/
Ground Flaxseed Solves Constipation Problem
Q. I have been having constipation problems for over a year. I tried everything, from increasing my activity level to adding more fiber to my diet. I took soluble fiber supplements and Chinese herbal medicine. Nothing really worked. Then...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/08/24/ground-flaxseed-solves-constipation-problem/
Epsom Salts Soak Eased Rosacea
Q. I read about using milk of magnesia for treating acne. My skin condition is called rosacea. It is a painfully embarrassing problem and no one seems to know what causes it or how to cure it. (W. C....
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/08/24/epsom-salts-soak-eased-rosacea/
Beet Juice and Breathing for Blood Pressure
Q. I was diagnosed recently with borderline hypertension. My internist has prescribed the diuretics HCTZ and spironolactone. My reactions to those have been headache, nausea and intestinal upset. We have also tried Coreg, Norvasc, Accupril and lisinopril. My reaction to...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/08/24/beet-juice-and-breathing-for-blood-pressure/
Excessive Sweating Might Be Caused by Overactive Thyroid
Q. Recently, someone complained to you of excessive sweating. That person might have an endocrine problem. I used to sweat so much that I would ruin my clothes. This stopped once I had my hyperactive thyroid removed. A. Excessive...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/08/24/excessive-sweating-might-be-caused-by-overactive-thyroid/
Non-Hormonal Help for Hot Flashes
Q. I am 51 years old and my doctor says I can't take estrogen or other HRT because I am very prone to blood clots. Do you have any recommendations for natural remedies for hot flashes and insomnia? The hot...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/08/24/non-hormonal-help-for-hot-flashes/
Mother Desperate for New Lice Treatment
Q. My kids and I have a major problem with lice. We have spent lots of time and money fighting them, but it doesn't seem to be doing any good. Nix and Rid (at $10 an ounce) are supposed to...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2009/08/24/mother-desperate-for-new-lice-treatment/
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