November 2011

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Listen To Our Podcast: 802 Sugar Hazards (Archive)
Public Speaking Phobia Dissolves with Herbs
Are Medicines Making Mother's Muscles Ache?
Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis Hip
Supplements Soothe Winter Itch
Coping with Cracked Fingertips
Widow Wishes to Lower Libido
Stopping Antidepressants Proved Challenging (Read More)
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Q. I have been a middle school teacher for 37 years. I have never had a problem speaking to my students or their parents, but otherwise public speaking turns me to Jell-O. I recently needed to give a speech at... (Read More)
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Q. My mother has high blood pressure and cholesterol. She takes lots of medications including simvastatin for cholesterol and atenolol, clonidine and HCTZ for high blood pressure. In addition, she takes a drug called Detrol for overactive bladder. I fear... (Read More)
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Q. Three years ago I had bad arthritis in my right hip. After suffering for two years, I began taking gin-drenched raisins in desperation. I had much less pain in the hip within a few weeks. The past year I've... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer from "winter itch" which has been getting progressively worse each winter. I began taking a biotin supplement and a turmeric capsule daily. Much to my surprise, my winter itch was almost negligible last winter. What's more, a... (Read More)
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There are some common problems that may not warrant medical treatment. Cracked fingertips are a great example. At this time of year, when the air inside is dry and we start washing our hands more frequently to avoid catching colds,... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 38-year-old widow. When my husband was alive, we had an amazing sex life. We enjoyed sex two or three times daily, sometimes up to five times. Each time I experienced orgasm. So I can't forget those... (Read More)
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Q. Thank you for addressing the many issues with antidepressants. I was given a prescription to help with hot flashes due to menopause. Many years later when I tried to get off of them, my withdrawal symptoms were debilitating. After... (Read More)
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The obesity epidemic in the U.S. has been increasing alarmingly. The usual explanation is that we eat too much and exercise too little. But some scientists think that the explanation lies in the type of food now found in our... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 802 Sugar Hazards (Archive)
What Are The Most Dangerous Prescription Drugs?
Olive Oil Solves Sticky Sexual Problem
Outraged Readers React to Arrogant Podiatrist
Canned Soup Raises BPA Levels
Small Overdose of Pain Reliever Risky
Avastin Approval for Breast Cancer Withdrawn
Malaria Drug May Fight Metastatic Breast Cancer
Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk of Uterine Cancer
Sweet Drinks with Bitter Consequences (Read More)
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Researchers have estimated that medications cause 17 million visits to emergency rooms and 8.7 million hospitalizations each year [Johnson, J.A. and Bootman,, J. L. "Drug-Related Morbidity and Mortality: A Cost-of-Illness Model." Archives of Internal Medicine, 1995; 155:1949-1956.] It has been... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I have found that olive oil is the best sexual lubricant, and it's natural. First we tried Astroglide but didn't find it helpful. We got rid of the product but kept the little container and filled... (Read More)
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Eating canned soup raises levels of the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A in the body. Canned soup has enjoyed a reputation as a healthful hot food for decades, but new research from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that canned... (Read More)
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Acetaminophen can be a dangerous drug despite its reputation for safety and its ready accessibility. For years, commercials for the popular pain reliever used to proclaim: "Trust Tylenol. The pain reliever hospitals use most." A new study from Scotland suggests... (Read More)
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The FDA has changed its mind about treating breast cancer with Avastin. This anti-angiogenesis drug was hailed as a breakthrough against colon cancer when it was approved in 2004. THe drug works by blocking the development of blood vessels that... (Read More)
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Preliminary research suggests that a very old drug might help women with metastatic breast cancer. Chloroquine has been used since 1947 to prevent or treat malaria. Scientists became intrigued with its potential anti-cancer activity when a study of malaria therapy... (Read More)
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A few weeks ago we posted this message from a podiatrist who hated home remedies: Q. I am a Podiatrist, and I would like to comment on toenail fungus and treatment. When you write, "Home remedies don't always work," you... (Read More)
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Data from the Nurses' Health Study suggests that women who drink coffee are less likely to develop endometrial cancer. This cancer of the uterine lining was 25 percent less common among women who drank at least four cups of coffee... (Read More)
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Sugar sweetened beverages are associated with a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes in women. Researchers queried nearly 4200 healthy men and women about their dietary habits. These people, who ranged in age from 45 to 84 were... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 836 Foods for Weight Control
Home Remedies for Holiday Hazards
Doctor Supports Sugar for Hiccups
Hemorrhoid Remedy Raises Blood Pressure
Will Vitamin D Supplements Be Harmful?
Soap Eases Foot Pain
New Use for Cialis
Skeptical Doctor Demands Scientific Evidence
Watch Out for Problem Pills (Read More)
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As much as we look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, this time of year can be fraught with unexpected hazards. For one thing, there is the traveling to gather with family and friends. Planes, trains and buses can be incubators... (Read More)
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Q. I have seen some of your articles on curing hiccups and noted my favorite remedy was not mentioned. Just swallow a teaspoon of granulated sugar dry. I learned in med school that this works by stimulating the vagus nerve... (Read More)
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Q. I used Preparation H for some hemorrhoid irritation in the morning before I saw my doctor for a normal checkup. I almost broke the blood pressure machine. They measured my blood pressure three times because it was so high.... (Read More)
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Q. I read recently that women who take vitamins die sooner than women who don't. That puzzled me, but the vitamin I am especially concerned about is vitamin D. My doctor has made it clear that if I don't get... (Read More)

Soap Eases Foot Pain

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Q. For over 15 years, I have suffered from a foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. It is a ganglia of nerves centered in the ball of the foot between the third and fourth toes. The problem begins with intense... (Read More)

New Use for Cialis

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Q. I read in your column that Cialis is now indicated for benign prostate enlargement (BPH). I am very interested in this treatment, but I expect my doctor will be skeptical. Where can I find documentation to show him? A.... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor is extremely skeptical about health information that does not have credible support. If I mention a home remedy from your column he either laughs if off or scowls. I have found your suggestion to try tart cherries... (Read More)

Watch Out for Problem Pills

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When Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, many people might have concluded that propofol is an especially dangerous drug. This is the medication that Dr. Murray injected to try to put Michael to sleep when... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 836 Foods for Weight Control
Doctor Hates Home Remedies
Almonds Overcome Constipation Problem
Cardiac Stem Cells Show Promise
Stem Cell Research Shelved
No Difference Between Statin Drugs
Cheese Better Than Butter for Cholesterol
Sleep Problems Contribute to Fibromyalgia
More Medicines Increase ED Risk (Read More)
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There's good news and bad news in the field of stem cell research. A small, preliminary study of patients with heart failure showed that cardiac stem cells can improve the heart's ability to pump blood. Cardiac surgeons removed a bit... (Read More)