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Q. I have diabetes. I started eating cinnamon on my breakfast cereal and my fasting glucose numbers dropped significantly. That's the only thing I was doing differently. My HbA1c reading dropped from 6.2 to 5.5, putting me back in non-diabetic... (Read More)
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Q. I would like to share an acupressure tip that helps me sleep. Tape a dried kidney bean to the inside of your right wrist. I locate this point between the two tendons by measuring the width of three fingers... (Read More)
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Q. I have had severe heartburn problems for 15 years. I have tried Nexium, Prilosec and many other over-the-counter medicines. I knew that coffee triggered my heartburn, but I could not give it up. After one bad attack I started... (Read More)
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Q. The People's Pharmacy is batting three for three in our household. First, it was the fresh-cut onion to ease the pain of a bee sting. Next it was soy sauce on a kitchen burn. Then I cut my thumb... (Read More)
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Q. I have a question about consuming coconut oil. A psychiatrist I know said that a person could avoid Alzheimer's disease with mental stimulation, regular exercise, vitamin E and virgin coconut oil in the diet. I was always under the... (Read More)
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Q. When my brother was young he took a drink from a bottle of pop not realizing there was a wasp inside the bottle. It stung him far down his throat, which quickly began swelling up. We had a general... (Read More)
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Q. My favorite People's Pharmacy cure? Archway Coconut cookies for diarrhea. Normally one small cookie does the trick for me, small children and, oh yes, even my dogs. I gave one to my daughter's beagle when she had a bout... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I both take fish oil supplements and Benecol Smart Chews to lower our cholesterol, but our doctor wants us to raise our HDL. I started restricting my carb intake to see if that might have an... (Read More)
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Q. I have had success using fresh pineapple peel on a plantar wart. I applied the pineapple skin to the wart overnight with the fleshy fruit side toward the foot. I saved the peel in a plastic bag in the... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, for back pain over the last several months. It has helped quite a lot, but my gums started to bleed badly. I realized that I was also... (Read More)
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Q. I was looking for information about fire ant stings and arthritis because this just happened to me. I live in Florida and two days ago I got about 30 fire ant stings on my foot. I used baking soda... (Read More)
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Q. What is a good home remedy for yellow, ugly toenails? Yuck! A. Just when we thought everyone in the known universe had become sick and tired of reading about remedies for nail fungus, along comes this question from Pat... (Read More)
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Q. Years ago on a hike in an Oregon forest I was complaining about the itch of a mosquito bite. A fellow hiker said she knew a remedy that Native Americans supposedly used: apply the juice from crushed stems of... (Read More)
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Q. Six years ago my doctor prescribed Lipitor to control my cholesterol. I was switched to simvastatin the last few years. Over that time I have gained weight and there is something wrong with my muscles. My legs have no... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken several prescribed antidepressants over the years, but was not on any when I was offered a cup of St John's wort tea. It elevated my mood surprisingly well. I began drinking the tea intermittently and eventually... (Read More)
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Q. I really appreciate the tips, updates and news in your column. When I read advice about halting hiccups, I'm reminded about the only sure-fire way I've ever found to stop hiccups--and I learned it from the "Bullwinkle Show" when... (Read More)
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Q. Years ago, you wrote about an enzyme in pineapple juice that helps with arthritis pain. At that time I was in my early 40s and already having pain in my hands and feet from arthritis. I started drinking one... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with canker sores my whole life despite trying numerous remedies including rinsing my mouth with peroxide, salt and water or a benzocaine solution. Eating is excruciating when they are present. In trying to stay hydrated and... (Read More)
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Q. I played senior softball for 20 years. At many tournaments, our team might play several games a day, sometimes several in a row. Our bat bags were full of bandages, knee braces, bat gloves and yellow mustard. One packet... (Read More)
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Q. What can you tell me about Rhodiola rosea? I've started taking it and found it really helps in dealing with fatigue and anxiety. Increased libido is an unexpected positive side effect, too. What should I know about possible downsides?... (Read More)
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Q. I read a letter in your column from a person whose cholesterol had gone up dramatically after taking glucosamine. I had the same thing happen. I started using glucosamine with chondroitin four months ago for back pain and... (Read More)
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Q. Thanks for writing about coconut macaroon cookies. I'd had diarrhea for almost 18 months. Last year the doctor did a colonoscopy and found an ulcer in my colon. He put me on a low-fat, low-fiber diet and prescribed Rowasa.... (Read More)
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Q. I must be especially tasty to mosquitos, since they attack me and leave other folks alone. I have read in your column about hot water to stop itching. I've got a different solution: warm a spoon in hot water... (Read More)
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Q. My sweetheart developed type 2 diabetes a few years ago after decades of being overweight. Metformin caused severe diarrhea and other drugs the doctor tried were very expensive and caused nausea. In desperation, she started exercising every day and... (Read More)
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Q. My mother sent me one of your newspaper columns over 20 years ago. It had a recipe for plant food that I have used successfully for years. Now I cannot find a key ingredient, saltpeter, except as a tree... (Read More)
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Q. My wife loves chocolate, but she read that it can trigger headaches. Now she won't eat it, even on special occasions. I used to buy her great chocolate for Valentine's day and her birthday and she really enjoyed it.... (Read More)
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Q. If I work hard in the hot sun for a couple of hours I get serious muscle cramps. Last week I worked for nine hours at 90 plus degrees scraping, sanding, caulking and painting my house. Later I had... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a long time ago and prescribed Synthroid (levothyroxine). It improved my lab numbers (TSH) but never got them to normal. As an aside, I have been under treatment for depression for decades. A new... (Read More)
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Q. I have been using aloe vera gel for vaginal dryness on the recommendation of my urologist. It works for me and I wanted to share this with your readers. A. You are not the first one to suggest aloe... (Read More)
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Q. Do you have any remedies for red bumps after a bikini wax? A. Dermatologists have a name for razor bumps, whether they occur on a man's neck or around a woman's bikini line: pseudofolliculitis barbae. In this condition, hairs... (Read More)