Subscriptions
  • Join our People's Pharmacy Page on Facebook
  • Follow JoeGraedon on Twitter
  • Follow Us
  • Free email newsletter

Home Remedy Q&A: October 2011

Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (182 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I tried numerous OTC remedies to ease my inflamed hemorrhoids, to no avail. I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that surgery was the only answer left. I was in absolute misery until I found a testimonial... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.2/5 (67 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.2/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago and my doctor started me on metformin. At first it caused horrible diarrhea. Taking the drug with food lessened that problem a bit. Now I find that the... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (56 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. You recently wrote that sea salt has no iodine, but there are brands on the market that are iodized. I use Hain Iodized Sea Salt and I have also seen Morton Iodized Sea Salt. I trust this is a... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.3/5 (127 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.3/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I really love chocolate and if there are proven health benefits I will be very happy indeed! I still have doubts whether chocolate can be healthy. How about sharing information on side effects and disadvantages? A. Chocolate can lower... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.1/5 (99 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.1/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. My cardiologist insists that I have to take low-dose aspirin and Plavix to prevent a heart attack. The trouble is that I have arthritis and bursitis. Because of the Plavix and aspirin I can't take the usual ibuprofen or... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (72 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. My primary care doctor prescribed Cymbalta for neuropathy, a very painful burning sensation in three of my toes. It seemed to work, but it is expensive. The doctor I saw at the VA recommended capsicum since Cymbalta is not... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (61 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. Recently, after my first pedicure ever, I got fungus on both big toenails. Is there a good home remedy to try? A. There are lots of home remedies, including dilute vinegar soaks, tea tree oil and vitamin E used... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.7/5 (84 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.7/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. My 37-year-old daughter has battled canker sores her entire life. It's not unusual for her to have more than 10 at a time. She's tried a lot of different treatments over the years with little success. Recently she had... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.7/5 (138 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.7/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. My wife is always telling me not to eat so many Brazil nuts. The last 10 days I have eaten more than usual, up to six a day. I probably ate at least 40 nuts. I estimate that batch... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (80 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I have been taking red yeast rice (RYR) for a couple of years. My cholesterol dropped dramatically, but I began to develop muscle aches and joint pain in my legs and hips. Now my pain has become debilitating and... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (92 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I have been taking a magnesium supplement (300 mg of magnesium oxide daily) for a while to combat terrible leg cramps that wake me up in the middle of the night. It has been an incredible help. (Magnesium citrate... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.3/5 (102 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.3/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I stopped using estrogen last summer, but now I am suffering with vaginal dryness. This is causing me a lot of discomfort and is making relations with my husband difficult. I remember reading in your column that one woman... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (83 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. My daughter's psoriasis was quite severe. She had a red rash and scaling on both arms from shoulders to wrists. When I read your column about turmeric helping psoriasis, she started taking this spice in gel capsules. The rash... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (128 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I have been an amputee for 48 years. I've been struggling with a pressure sore on my stump for two and a half years. My wound had staph bacteria almost to the bone. I tried all of the modern-day... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (79 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. Years ago I read in one of your books that canned pears help with nausea. They're my go-to food when my stomach is bothering me. A. An old country doctor told us that canned pear juice could ease nausea... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (43 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I absolutely get relief from my migraines with ice cream. Starbucks Frappuccinos are just as good or better. Any combination of cold and carbohydrates is great. Add caffeine and protein (the milk in ice cream) and you've got a... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (53 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I had a splinter in my heel area and used white Elmer's glue and a bandage for a few hours and the splinter came out when I pulled it off. I thought this wouldn't work but I was pleasantly... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.7/5 (64 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.7/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I can remember stinking since elementary school and nothing would help my underarm odor. All the years of being made fun of despite being an attractive girl turned me into a recluse. I'd wear sweaters and carry extra shirts... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.1/5 (47 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.1/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. When I started suffering hot flashes, my gynecologist recommended soy instead of hormones. Although adding soy to my diet did not reduce my hot flashes and night sweats, my thyroid levels got worse each time they were checked and... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (73 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. A while back you had a column on pomegranate juice helping reduce cholesterol. I had been struggling to reduce my LDL cholesterol for several years. I tried the pomegranate juice and my LDL dropped significantly and is now at... (Read More)