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Q. My husband and I have been together for over 16 years. I'm 34 and he's a few years older. I'm the one who wants to have sex more often. I love him. He is a great guy, but sex... (Read More)
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Q. A number of years ago, my blood pressure was 210/100. I took the prescribed medication but started reading about how to control high blood pressure naturally. I forget to take pills if I have no symptoms. I read that... (Read More)
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Q. I recently began using a castor oil pack (castor oil and a heating pad) on my tummy for abdominal pain on the advice of my acupuncturist. To my surprise, after about 10 applications, an itchy skin tag I'd had... (Read More)
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Q. My home town is in extreme drought and about the only thing growing now are weeds. They were getting pretty tall, so I decided to mow. When I stopped to pick up a limb, I felt hot stinging and... (Read More)
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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot take them. A. Red yeast rice contains natural statins at a low dose and can lower cholesterol (Annals of Internal Medicine, June... (Read More)
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Q. You had a question from a reader about plantar warts. From the age of 14, through about 30, I was plagued with them. Doctors used cryosurgery [freezing] and scraping, but the warts kept coming back and multiplying. Finally, a... (Read More)
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Q. My wife and I have found that papaya enzyme is a quick solution for heartburn and upset stomach and calms the effects of niacin. I have been in a heart study for the past 13 years. I started with... (Read More)
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Q. Your recent show on chocolate and its health benefits was appreciated. We start our day with granite stone ground cacao with chiles and cinnamon in coconut milk as our morning beverage. This has eased inflammation and cut sugar cravings... (Read More)
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Q. After menopause, sex became painful and almost impossible. I tried Estring, an estrogen product you place up inside, but that caused a terrible yeast infection. I tried all kinds of lubricants, but they lost their slipperiness before correcting the... (Read More)
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Q. I tried cornmeal paste on a fungus-infected big toenail. I think I did it just once or twice and decided this is dumb and didn't do it again. Lo and behold, I recently noticed the fungus is gone and... (Read More)
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Q. I was diagnosed with psoriasis several years ago. My dermatologist prescribed a number of medications including steroid creams but I did not get much relief. My doctor started talking about adding chemotherapy (methotrexate) and I balked at such a... (Read More)
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Q. I'm so confused about eggs. First we were told to avoid them because of the cholesterol. Then I read that eggs are not harmful. In fact, the suggestion was that pancakes and cold cereal are less healthful for breakfast.... (Read More)
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Q. Your recent discussion on NSAIDs for dogs was of interest to me since our last dog, an 85-pound Newfoundland mix, developed painful, vet-diagnosed arthritis in his legs and hips. He would cry and refuse to walk whenever he had... (Read More)
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Q. One of my Mexican friends told me about hibiscus tea. They call it "jamaica," and I get it loose at a Mexican market. It only costs about $4 a pound, and it doesn't take much to make a cup... (Read More)
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Q. As a health professional, I appreciate many of the pharmaceutical issues you write about, especially when you provide scientific support in the form of published research. I sometimes learn about drug interactions that might be a problem and for... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has had Crohn's disease since he was 17, and he's now 48. Fourteen years ago, just before our first child was born, he was in the hospital with a bad flare and was very close to surgery.... (Read More)
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Q. I have rosacea, and as I've gotten older, the outbreaks on my cheeks and nose have become more pronounced. I have tried Prosacea, Finacea, dietary change and various creams-even Vagisil! Nothing worked until a daily application of pure... (Read More)
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Q. I have been suffering for six months with hemorrhoids. I was buying a tube of Preparation H at least once a week and getting very little relief. When I Googled for an herb remedy, I found a suggestion... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that Concord grape juice will lower cholesterol and alleviate joint pain. Do you know anything about that? A. Concord grape juice contains antioxidants that improve blood vessel flexibility (American Journal of Hypertension, Jan. 2014). Other... (Read More)
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Q. I have been consulting a nutritionist who trained as a pharmacist. She has been very helpful. I emailed her a list of my husband's medications and asked which ones could cause erectile dysfunction. She said it could be enalapril... (Read More)
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Q. After my migraines began flaring up weekly, I started taking riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily. Ten weeks into this regimen, I have only had two really bad headaches. I still have Maxalt as a backup, but I haven't needed to... (Read More)
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Q. I get plantar warts on the soles of my feet. The doctor scrapes them, applies acid cream and covers them for 48 hours. They go away and then come back a few months later. Help! How can I get... (Read More)
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Q. You wrote about a home remedy for a nighttime cough that called for putting a heating pad under the butt. As a doctor, I must say: Don't do this! Nasty burns can result. A. Thank you for the reminder.... (Read More)
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Q. I solved my acid reflux problem with an answer that had been in your column a few years ago: almonds. I had just had a bad experience with a medication called Dexilant. It made my acid reflux ten times... (Read More)
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Q. I have been afflicted with hand psoriasis for several years. My dermatologist has prescribed a $1000 UV light that is less than effective. She has also given me a prescription steroid ointment that I apply and then wear vinyl... (Read More)
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Q. I want to share with fellow readers a pleasant discovery about an unpleasant subject: constipation. I have tried most conventional remedies for this problem. I eat a high-fiber diet, drink water regularly and take a stool softener every evening... (Read More)
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Q. I have ice pick migraines. They caused sharp stabbing pain in my head all day long, 7 days a week, until I heard about mustard. I can get two hours of pure pain relief from swallowing a teaspoon of... (Read More)
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Q. How long does it take Listerine and vinegar to work on nail fungus? I have never seen any information on how long this method might take, only that it works. I am not sure how long to soak my... (Read More)
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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot tolerate them. A. Red yeast rice naturally contains a low dose of various statin compounds and has been shown to lower cholesterol... (Read More)
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Q. I've heard of soap for leg cramps before but sounded more like an urban myth.  Lately I have been having  cramps at least several times a night. This has been going on for months. I tried potassium and calcium... (Read More)