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Home Remedy Q&A: November 2011

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Q. I have been a middle school teacher for 37 years. I have never had a problem speaking to my students or their parents, but otherwise public speaking turns me to Jell-O. I recently needed to give a speech at... (Read More)
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Q. Three years ago I had bad arthritis in my right hip. After suffering for two years, I began taking gin-drenched raisins in desperation. I had much less pain in the hip within a few weeks. The past year I've... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer from "winter itch" which has been getting progressively worse each winter. I began taking a biotin supplement and a turmeric capsule daily. Much to my surprise, my winter itch was almost negligible last winter. What's more, a... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I have found that olive oil is the best sexual lubricant, and it's natural. First we tried Astroglide but didn't find it helpful. We got rid of the product but kept the little container and filled... (Read More)
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A few weeks ago we posted this message from a podiatrist who hated home remedies: Q. I am a Podiatrist, and I would like to comment on toenail fungus and treatment. When you write, "Home remedies don't always work," you... (Read More)
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Q. I have seen some of your articles on curing hiccups and noted my favorite remedy was not mentioned. Just swallow a teaspoon of granulated sugar dry. I learned in med school that this works by stimulating the vagus nerve... (Read More)

Soap Eases Foot Pain

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Q. For over 15 years, I have suffered from a foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. It is a ganglia of nerves centered in the ball of the foot between the third and fourth toes. The problem begins with intense... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor is extremely skeptical about health information that does not have credible support. If I mention a home remedy from your column he either laughs if off or scowls. I have found your suggestion to try tart cherries... (Read More)
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Q. I am a Podiatrist, and I would like to comment on toenail fungus and treatment. When you write, "Home remedies don't always work," you imply that sometimes they do work. This is untrue. Home remedies rarely work. There are... (Read More)
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Q. I'm 50 and I have had problems with constipation most of my life. Nothing I tried helped at all until I read about raw almonds. I started eating a handful of almonds every day. As long as I eat... (Read More)
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Q. Every few months I wake up with a headache that makes me ill for about five days. The headache gets progressively worse and by the third day there is no comfortable position. I have to sit in a hot... (Read More)
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Q. Where can I find the recipes you write about in your newspaper articles? Specifically, I would like the persimmon tea formula for heartburn to help me get off omeprazole. I would also like to know more about which foods... (Read More)
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Q. My 86-year-old mother got an email from her brother listing WD-40 as a pain relief aid for arthritis. Before she sprays it on her skin, please let me know if this is a safe remedy. A. Bad idea. The... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from debilitating diarrhea for years and no one (including my doctors) has come up with a cure. I have taken many different medications with no beneficial results. Do you have any suggestions? I am getting desperate!... (Read More)
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Q. I Iive in "the bird dog capital of the world," where a common add-in to dog food is a sprinkling of garlic powder to repel fleas, ticks and mosquitos. It seems to work, as many handlers and kennels do... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 63-year-old female who always had perfect blood pressure. Suddenly I've developed hypertension. My doctor wants me to start on lisinopril, but I fear side effects. What are some natural remedies for high blood pressure? A. You... (Read More)
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Q. Many people have trouble with acid reflux and find it hard to get off reflux meds such as Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec. I too had a rough time with acid reflux until my doctor suggested flax seed tea. I... (Read More)
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Q. I had high triglycerides until I read about taking 1/4 teaspoon a day of cinnamon. My triglycerides have been perfect ever since. Sugar is the culprit in high triglycerides. A. Other readers have also found that cinnamon can help... (Read More)