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A friend recently asked us the question: "I would love to find out what you think about the thought-provoking article regarding a breakthrough against Alzheimer's disease." It's hardly any wonder people are intrigued. The headlines have been tantalizing. Forbes offered... (Read More)
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For reasons that remain somewhat mysterious to us, amlodipine (Norvasc) is one of the most popular blood pressure medications in the pharmacy. This calcium channel blocker lowers blood pressure in part by interfering with the flow of calcium into artery... (Read More)
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Several weeks ago we received a question from a reader about lemon wedges in restaurant water glasses. Our answer started a firestorm of controversy. Visitors to the website sounded off on all sides of this controversy. Read on to see... (Read More)
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Over the last couple of decades lice have become resistant to some of the most common treatments. This spells frustrations for parents. There is a new prescription product called Ulesfia Lotion (benzyl alcohol). According to the FDA, this topical treatment... (Read More)
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We first heard about gin-soaked raisins as a remedy for arthritis back in 1994. A gentleman wrote to ask our opinion about this approach. At the time, we thought it was the most original home remedy we had encountered, but... (Read More)
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We are constantly amazed by some of the comments we receive about home remedies for arthritis, bursitis and other painful inflammatory conditions. We have been writing about such non-drug approaches for decades and believe that there must be something going... (Read More)
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A few days ago we received a fascinating message about the use of marijuana and a special dietary regimen for pancreatic cancer. At first we had some reservations about publishing this story. Pancreatic cancer is an especially hard-to-treat cancer... (Read More)
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Joe and Terry, This past weekend, I heard you read a comment from a listener who was critical of the reports you do on 'unproven' remedies. Included in the listener's criticism was the use of soap under a mattress for... (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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Sometimes discoveries are made by serendipity. Several years ago we received the following message from a reader of our syndicated newspaper column. We incorporated it into our Q&A format and it was published on February 5, 2007. *********************** Q.... (Read More)
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We stirred up a hornets' nest of controversy with our editorial column about prescribing the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor for healthy people with normal cholesterol levels. What got people so excited was the idea of putting statin-type medications in salt shakers... (Read More)
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Six years ago we first heard about putting soap under the bottom sheet to prevent leg cramps. We thought it was ridiculous, but this remedy seemed to fit our motto: "might help, won't hurt and is affordable." We wrote about... (Read More)
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Several months ago we heard from a reader that soaking her feet in vinegar and Listerine cleaned up her toenail fungus: +++++++++++++++++++ "When I read your article about soaking the toes in vinegar and Listerine every day, I figured I... (Read More)
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Every once in awhile someone sends us a remedy that is so unusual that it stops us cold. Such was the case when Ken D. contacted us about his dietary solution to a very serious condition called hemochromatosis. In this... (Read More)
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On December 30, 2002 we heard from Helene F. about an unusual side effect she associated with Lipitor: "I have a question about Lipitor. Recently, our family physician prescribed Lipitor for my husband and myself. We both have been... (Read More)
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Our first concern about fluoroquinolone antibiotics occurred in July of 1994 when we received the following question from a reader of our newspaper column: "I often have side effects from medicines, but have never experienced anything like Floxin. I took... (Read More)
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The following comment was posted to this Web site on Jan. 20, 2010 by April. This story captures the dilemma that so many people must face when balancing the benefits and risks of powerful medicines. Support groups can be very... (Read More)
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In September of 2007 we first heard from a reader that a common laxative, milk of magnesia (also known as MoM), could be good for the face and scalp if someone suffered from the skin condition known as seborrheic dermatitis.... (Read More)
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The following comment was posted to this Web site on Dec. 29, 2009 by Ann H. We found it so powerful that we wanted to make sure others have a chance to read it, vote and comment if so inclined.... (Read More)