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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)
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Q. I take meds to control my high blood pressure (verapamil and clonidine), cholesterol (atorvastatin) and pain (tramadol). This causes major constipation, which I suspect is related to the drugs. Are there any natural remedies to help with this problem?... (Read More)
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Q. I was stung by a wasp last night. I had been drinking wine so I could not take Benadryl. I did cut open a Benadryl capsule and put the contents in a glass, poured a small amount of apple... (Read More)
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Q. I am looking for a remedy to remove splinters. I heard about instant glue, but I am not sure how to use it. A. Do NOT use instant glue to remove a splinter. That is likely to seal the... (Read More)
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Q. My wife has had several urinary tract infections lately. Will cranberry juice be effective for prevention?A. Cranberry juice has a reputation for reducing the number of urinary tract infections women suffer. Doctors and nutrition scientists have been arguing ever... (Read More)
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Q. Thank you for writing about Certo and grape juice. I was having excruciating pain in the metatarsal area of my foot, which caused me great difficulty walking. After two weeks of using Certo and grape juice as you described,... (Read More)
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Q. Some years ago, when I was a volunteer on the tall ship Elissa berthed in Galveston, Texas, I heard about a mosquito repellent used by the crews on barges plying the Intracoastal Waterway when they had to go out... (Read More)
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Q. I was taking metoprolol to control my blood pressure but it wasn't working well enough. My doctor added lisinopril, which only helped a little. Amlodipine was included in the mix and it has brought my blood pressure into the... (Read More)
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Q. I have had a large prostate for many years resulting in problems with the stream when urinating. I took one of those pills that was supposed to help. It did, but the side effects were not worth the treatment.... (Read More)
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Q. I was at the beach last week and didn't venture out without my high-powered sunscreen (SPF 45). It worked so well that I never burned. In fact, I never even got pink. I am as pale now as before... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column recently about nail fungus and the proposed remedies. I had nail fungus on one fingernail and two large toenails for many years. I had tried many of the "cures" you noted, but the one that... (Read More)
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Q. I read about eating raisins before bed to reduce nighttime urination and I love this idea. It worked the first night I tried it. Instead of visiting the bathroom every hour all night long, I made half as many... (Read More)
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Q. I read about using almonds for heartburn, and I've found it works great, better than any over-the-counter medicine I've ever tried. (I am leery of the prescription meds due to food allergies and medication sensitivities.) I have also tried... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from bursitis in my right hip for about four years. I had six cortisone shots in my hip during this time. The first shots helped a lot, but the later ones did virtually nothing. I started... (Read More)
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Q. L-lysine works for cold sores, and I believe it can ease shingles too. I was plagued with cold sores and then developed a shingles rash. I've had success in both cases with large doses of L-lysine. Everyone I have... (Read More)
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Q. Our backyard backs up to the woods and we have a huge chigger problem every year. Here's my remedy for the terrible itching. If you try this, be very careful and don't burn yourself. I turn a hair dryer... (Read More)
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Q. I have type 2 diabetes. Last summer my triglycerides were dangerously high (300), my cholesterol was 288, and my HbA1C was 8.2. I was taking Janumet and Trilipix, but they were not working. I decided to try taking 3/4... (Read More)
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Q. Both my husband and I ate pine nuts last Sunday. On Tuesday we both began to experience a horrible bitter taste. Now, nothing tastes good. Mint tea is the only thing that doesn't taste bad. Reading on your site... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from foot and leg cramps for years. Every night! No matter how much potassium and calcium I took, these minerals didn't make a difference. I need my feet and legs for my job. I would actually... (Read More)
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Q. For over two decades a friend has been plagued with daily diarrhea that may have been caused by years of chronic antibiotic use. Doctors eliminated Crohn's and celiac disease as the cause. They suggested a fungal infection might be... (Read More)
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Q. My wife and I have tried resveratrol several times and had to stop because it triggered itchy bug bite-like feelings. I'm 100 percent sure it's the resveratrol. I recently tried taking half a capsule of the resveratrol and the... (Read More)
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Q. I was fascinated by a recent report in your column that black tea can counteract headache. On any given day I can wake up with a headache that I describe as burning. Although I take acetaminophen and a fish... (Read More)
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Q. About 30 years ago, I slammed my thumb in a heavy desk drawer, below the nail bed. It hurt like the dickens, and over the years the nail has become uglier and uglier--thickened, very wavy and dented, but now... (Read More)