Vitamin/Herb Q&A

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Q. Wow. After reading dozens of other posts to this website I can't believe so many others know what this is like. My sex drive is slightly above average. My boyfriends is well below average. Other than the lack of... (Read More)
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Q. I experience severe menstrual cramps when I start my period. After I read about  a tea of dandelion leaves and parsley as a remedy for bloating experienced with PMS, I tried it in desperation. I always get relief from... (Read More)
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Q. I am 60 years old and have never had a problem with cholesterol in my life and no sign of it in my family either.  All of a sudden a couple of weeks ago when I had my annual... (Read More)
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Q. Here I am - 20 years older - and back to the same problems which caused me to start taking hormonoe replacement therapy (HRT) in the first place. After consulting with my nurse/doctor in October, I phased off my... (Read More)
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Q. I have a friend who has become religious. She's not married and she would like to stay celibate, but she does have a very large libido. She's wondering if there is anything that could help her keep it under... (Read More)
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We have three similar carrot questions to share: Q. I've heard that too much vitamin A can be dangerous. I drink 4 ounces of carrot juice every day (it's delicious) and I'm wondering if that might account for my dry... (Read More)
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Q. I have been reading about the problems of hormone replacement therapy on your website. Since discontinuing HRT I have been using St. John's wort and it has relieved many symptoms, including sleeplessness, stress and fits of temper. I don't... (Read More)
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Q. In the last four months or so, my blood pressure began to climb higher and higher, despite my daily dose of the blood pressure medicine, lisinopril. In the last month, I began to feel short of breath and weak,... (Read More)
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Q. I am thinking about taking St. John's wort for mild depression. My only other medication is aspirin for atrial fibrillation. Is there an interaction? A. It is smart of you to check for interactions before you start to take... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking glucosamine for a year after reading that it could help repair cartilage in joints. I had knee surgery and my recovery was excellent. I believe this is due to taking the supplement. I recently had... (Read More)
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Q. I read in your column about a person who craved ice. A couple of years ago I had the same habit, and had to have ice cubes constantly. Even on trips, my son would have to stop at restaurants,... (Read More)
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Q. Is it dangerous to take aloe for a long time? My 84-year-old mother read about the benefits of aloe for detoxification and thought she should try it. She took it faithfully and over a period of time got a... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking a calcium and magnesium supplement for many years. About a year ago I added 1200 IU of vitamin D at the suggestion of my primary care doctor. I will be hospitalized soon to have... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from tension headaches for many years. The pursuit for a cure included many trials of medications, acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic, Botox injections, epidural steroids and other spinal injections. Nothing helped. I continued to average over eight... (Read More)
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Q. I have been suffering with hives for eight years. No drugstore remedy worked. After reading on your website that vitamins might help, I started to take vitamin C and vitamin D supplements. I am amazed with the results. I... (Read More)
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Q. My father was told he had low levels of vitamin D and that he should take a supplement. He read about vitamin D helping lots of problems, including diabetes, arthritis and the muscle pain from statin cholesterol-lowering drugs. He... (Read More)
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Q. I am 54 and worried about my short term memory. My wife gets annoyed because I forget things she's told me to do. At work I keep lists so I don't slip up. I used to remember all my... (Read More)
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Q. This time of year, when the weather is bad and there isn't much sunlight, I get really down in the dumps. I have found that St. John's wort can help me out of my funk and it doesn't ruin... (Read More)
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Q. I am curious about the health value of cinnamon. A year ago, I ran across a Web site suggesting cinnamon to reduce bad LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. I do not have this disease, but I... (Read More)
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Q. I have had six surgical procedures in as many months, the last being a quadruple bypass. My memory and cognitive thinking has diminished considerably, and I'm wondering if gingko biloba will help that. A. During bypass surgery a machine... (Read More)
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Q. I am 49 and had a bone density scan done since osteoporosis runs on my mother's side of the family. The results showed that I have borderline osteoporosis. I am now taking Fosamax, calcium supplements and estrogen. I am... (Read More)
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Q. Our family is going on a two-week vacation to the beach. I read in your column that there is a problem with St. John's wort and the sun. I am reluctant to stop taking this herb because it has... (Read More)
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Q. I am a clinical pharmacist and know very well the potential adverse effects of the chronic use of NSAIDs. That is why I have avoided ibuprofen and other such agents. I saw my primary care provider for a physical... (Read More)
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Q. My son has molluscum on his back. The dermatologist says he can scrape it off but that might leave some scarring. He also said it will go away by itself in about two years. Is there a natural remedy... (Read More)
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Q. My father and his mother both had psoriasis on their shins and elbows, so when I developed this problem at age 50, I thought I was just stuck with it. I started filling gel caps with cooking grade turmeric... (Read More)
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Q. I hope you can help me because my career is on the line. I was recently promoted to a position which requires me to make periodic presentations to our senior staff and to other organizations. The problem is that... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has suffered from high blood pressure and high cholesterol for years. HCTZ and fosinopril (Monopril) control his hypertension and Vytorin has lowered his cholesterol. Since starting the drugs, he's had trouble with impotence. He refuses to see... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 51-year-old female who has been plagued with persistent eczema. The skin on my hands was always red, itchy, cracked and often bleeding. My hands were always covered with bandages or gauze. Dermatologists prescribed cortisone creams of... (Read More)
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Q. I have been a widow for 10 years and am terribly annoyed by needs I cannot satisfy. Masturbation just increases my sexual desire. I am too embarrassed to talk to my doctor about this. I know it sounds ridiculous... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I drink linden blossom tea for nasal and chest congestion. It is the only way we can sleep soundly when we have a cold. We are both very sensitive to most medications, but we've never had... (Read More)