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May 2010

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Listen To Our Podcast: 771 Dealing with Depression
Turmeric Against Psoriasis
Diarrhea Drug Soothed Skin
How Sinful Is Your Steak?
Persistence Pays Off Against Pinworms
Soap Under Sheet Seen as Silly
No Evidence of Cranberry/Coumadin Interaction
Heartburn--Treatment and Prevention
Fungus Fix: How to Treat Nail Fungus
Looking for Lubricant (Read More)
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Turmeric is the yellow spice in curry powder and yellow mustard. It has been used for thousands of years in India both to flavor food and for its medicinal properties. Several years ago we heard from readers that it might... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer periodically from eczema. Recently a new shampoo set off a bad bout. The rash went down my neck, across my shoulders and onto my arms. The itching was driving me crazy! I went to the Internet and... (Read More)
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Americans are passionate about food. We're not suggesting that they are fanatical about gourmet cooking like the French. After all, the U.S. is the home of fast food. What gets Americans excited is dietary dogma, especially if it disagrees with... (Read More)
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Q. My neighbor's five-year-old daughter came down with a pinworm infestation. They found tiny worms crawling out of her anus. She was taken to the pediatrician and given medication. The pinworms went away and my friend thought all was well,... (Read More)
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Depression is a debilitating disease that affects as many as 20 million Americans in a year. It can take a terrible toll on health as well as on family and work relationships. Many drugs are prescribed to treat depression, but... (Read More)
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Q. Being from a science/medical background, it frustrates and irritates me to no end that a silly nonsense remedy, putting soap under the bottom sheet, actually WORKS. I've dealt with severe restless legs syndrome (RLS) for years. During the worst... (Read More)
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Q. Recently I had to increase my dose of warfarin by one mg. On the label it said avoid cranberry juice but I've not seen this on previous warfarin prescriptions. I have atrial fibrillation and that is why I take... (Read More)
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Learn how to treat and prevent heartburn in this video with Joe and Terry Graedon.... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 771 Dealing with Depression
Heartburn--Treatment and Prevention
Fungus Fix: How to Treat Nail Fungus
Raisin Remedy Raises Questions
Fewer Soft Drinks May Lower Blood Pressure
Chocolate Lowers Blood Sugar
Diabetes Drug May Cause B12 Deficiency
Presurgical Checklists Save Lives
Heat or Ice for Sore Back (Read More)
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Cutting down on soda may save the heart. Sugar sweetened beverages have been blamed for many of the excess pounds American carry around. A new study suggests they may also raise blood pressure. A study of more than 800 adults... (Read More)
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One small study confirmed that chocolate is a tasty way to reduce blood pressure. Surprisingly, it can also lower blood sugar. In this trial, 14 obese adults were given 20 grams of special high-polyphenol chocolate called Acticoa. For two weeks... (Read More)
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One of the most commonly prescribed drugs for type 2 diabetes may lead to the development of vitamin B12 deficiency over time. Symptoms of the deficiency include fatigue, tingling or numbness in the feet or hands, mental confusion or forgetfulness... (Read More)
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Before pilots are cleared for takeoff they must run through a checklist. Until recently, however, doctors did not have a comparable safety procedure. There is a growing movement to encourage health care providers and surgical teams to use a checklist.... (Read More)
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Back pain is common and there is no agreement about the best way to treat this common condition. A new study in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine attempted to determine whether heat or cold is more effective. People with acute... (Read More)
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Learn how to treat nail fungus in this video with Joe Graedon.... (Read More)
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Q. I read about golden raisins and gin helping arthritis. I am 66 with arthritis and post-polio syndrome, so I am looking for any conservative approach to pain relief. Is there a reason that people choose golden rather than brown... (Read More)
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Q. What do you recommend as a sexual lubricant for intercourse? I am 68 years young but have been celibate for over 30 years. I have met someone very special and it may eventually evolve into a sexual relationship. On... (Read More)
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Q. I have a new patient with severe heartburn. As a naturopathic physician, I find taking a person off their particular food allergens usually clears heartburn up permanently. I saw her yesterday and she had a bad episode during our... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 770 Stabbed in the Back
Looking for Lubricant
Two Almonds Put Stop to Heartburn
Mouthwash Kills Ticks on Contact
Failing the Acid Test
Keys Down Neck Stop Nosebleed
Is Caffeine Taboo with Atrial Fibrillation? (Read More)
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Q. Last summer I learned that antiseptic mouth rinse kills ticks immediately. When I found a tick, I used to remove it and put it into rubbing alcohol where it died after a minute or so. Once I had no... (Read More)
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There was a time when people treated heartburn symptoms with simple remedies. A half-teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water was one standby. If you wanted to get a little fancier you could chew a few Tums or... (Read More)
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Q. I have read in your column that people put keys down the back of the neck to stop a nosebleed. This is extremely unclear. What does "drop them down the back of the neck" mean? I interpret this as... (Read More)

Home Remedies for Cough

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Learn home remedies for cough from The People's Pharmacy. (Read More)
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Q. Ten years ago I experienced atrial fibrillation three times in one month. It never recurred until recently. My wife has suggested that I should refrain from eating or drinking anything that contains caffeine. I dislike coffee but I do... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 770 Stabbed in the Back
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Cranberry Cocktail Against Urinary Tract Infections
Difficulties with Osteoporosis Treatments
Acid Suppressors Linked to Fractures
Vitamin D May Fight Flu
Does Too Much Protein Weaken Bones?
Cough Medicine Ingredient Under Scrutiny
Physicians Reporting on Pharma Missteps
Coffee for a Healthy Heart
Bar Codes in the Hospital (Read More)
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Back pain is extremely common, but there is not great consensus about how it should be treated. Billions are spent on surgery without much evidence that it makes a significant difference. Our guest, Dr. Nortin Hadler, has examined the evidence... (Read More)
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Vitamin D may help ward off influenza infections during the winter. Grandma always used to administer cod liver oil to keep the family healthy during flu season. Many health professionals relegated this quaint practice to folk medicine at best and... (Read More)
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We were astonished to discover that the diet dictocrats have so brainwashed the American public that data has been trumped by dogma. We recently interviewed Eric Westman, MD. He is associate professor of medicine at Duke University Health System and... (Read More)
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Critics of a low-carb diet sometimes suggest that too much protein will weaken bones. A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition throws doubt on that belief. Researchers collected dietary data from more than 500 women between the... (Read More)