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Home Remedy Q&A: July 2011

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Q. Do you know of any good ways to deal with swimmer's ear? I can usually feel it coming on (often after swimming in a lake or pond), but I haven't been able to clear it up before it gets... (Read More)
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Q. I have had high cholesterol for many years, mostly around 335. I have taken statin drugs to lower it but I didn't like the side effects. I read about avocados lowering cholesterol in your column and decided to try... (Read More)
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Q. Several years ago a friend recommended a remedy for arthritis and tendinitis. It was raisins soaked in apple cider vinegar and honey INSTEAD of in gin. When I found that it worked I wrote you and you printed the... (Read More)
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Q. I recently spent an entire day weeding our overgrown yard. Unwittingly, I pulled a lot of poison ivy. Over the next few days my arms and shins were covered with itchy rash. I treated this with Benadryl at night... (Read More)
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Q. I clipped your article on a cornmeal cure for nail fungus but mislaid it. Not knowing the proportions, I cooked some up and soaked my nails. Even done wrong, it helped mightily. Please forward the correct recipe, which my... (Read More)
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Q. I heard a caller on your radio show talk about a vitamin for peripheral neuropathy and restless leg syndrome. What is it? Can you tell me more? A. The compound is benfotiamine, a synthetic form of thiamine (vitamin B1).... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a 48-year-old male not taking any medicines, just daily vitamins. At the start of this year, my blood pressure was about 135 over 86. It had been hovering around that level for months. I recently lost nearly 50... (Read More)
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Q. You have had several questions about stage fright, so I'd like to share my experience. I am a professional singer and my daughter gives public presentations as part of her job. We both swear by valerian! It does the... (Read More)
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Q. I chuckled when I read your newspaper column about athlete's foot and saliva. The fellow had read that dogs lick their wounds because saliva has healing properties, and he wondered if it would work for athlete's foot. My uncle... (Read More)
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Q. I am going through menopause. Hot flashes don't bother me much because they go away quickly. But I do have a problem with a lack of vaginal lubrication. When my husband and I make love I find that intercourse... (Read More)
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Q. Holy cow! I can't believe ice cream is a legitimate treatment for headaches. I just had three migraines right in a row and didn't know how I was going to take care of my 3-month-old baby all day if... (Read More)
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Q. I have been on omeprazole for years. It relieved my severe reflux, but unfortunately, it caused my bones to thin. My hip socket cracked and I needed hip replacement surgery. I am worried about another fracture. A. There is... (Read More)
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Q. I volunteer at a local high school in the theater department. Acne is a constant issue for the kids. I suggested that the students try the MoM (milk of magnesia) treatment and it worked! One parent even told me... (Read More)
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Q. What's the best way to sterilize a needle? Every time our five-year-old daughter gets a splinter there is a family argument. My husband insists on waving a lit match under the needle for about 5 seconds. In my family... (Read More)
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Q. Your column on quinine water proved almost fatal for me. Night-time leg cramps have been an ongoing problem, so I bought a bottle of tonic water. On Saturday I had a 5 ounce glass before supper; Sunday morning by... (Read More)
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Q. I've had a plantar wart on the sole of my foot that is painful indeed. I am an RN, so I had one of the orthopedic docs look at it. Here is his suggestion: Eat a banana and cut... (Read More)
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Q. I am 34 and have been dealing with acne since my teens. I tried everything to alleviate the problem, but nothing worked. I finally found a remedy that has helped dramatically--salt water. I mix 2 teaspoons of sea salt... (Read More)
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Q. How does a vegetarian achieve a low carbohydrate diet? I thought I was eating healthily, but my blood sugar is creeping up and my waistline is over 38 inches. A. Belly fat is linked to heart disease (Obesity Reviews,... (Read More)