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Home Remedy Q&A: March 2012

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Q. You mentioned an old-fashioned product which might work as a sexual lubricant for older people. We would appreciate the name of it. A. We have heard from readers that Corn Huskers Lotion is useful as a personal lubricant as... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a roofer. One day I thought I'd broken my toe but the doctor said I was in the gout club. I've tried everything, and only one thing works: celery seed extract (3 tablets a day) and plenty of... (Read More)
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Q. My doctor would like to know how you apply blackstrap molasses to hemorrhoids. Does it come in a capsule form or is it an ointment? What strengths or milligrams does the molasses come in? A. Do NOT apply blackstrap... (Read More)
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Q. I used to play golf twice a week and tennis three times a week but now arthritis is slowing me down. My knees and hips complain bitterly after a round of golf or a tennis match. I used to... (Read More)
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Q. I feel like crying for joy when yesterday I was just ready to cry. After battling lice for weeks I was almost ready to take a razor to the long brown locks that have taken me three years to... (Read More)
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Q. I hope you can help me. I have very bad leg cramps during the night. I awaken three or four times some nights and have to walk around. I took quinine capsules for years, buying them over the counter.... (Read More)
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Q. I just read the letter from a reader who had recurrent sinus infections for years. I too had this same problem in my 20s and 30s. I found a remedy that worked for me. Alcohol is widely used for... (Read More)
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Q. I was a ballet dancer from age 3 to 21 and danced pointe for the last ten years. My big toenails would always crack and fall off. (My sister doesn't have pinky toenails any more for the same reason.)... (Read More)
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Q. It sounds crazy, but your website really helped in an emergency. I heated spaghetti rings in the microwave for two minutes. I spilled the stuff on my hand getting it out of the microwave. It felt like it was... (Read More)
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Q. I have had a painful canker sore for a week. I had been using saltwater rinses to no avail. Yesterday, when I heard The People's Pharmacy radio program I was prompted to search your website for a home remedy... (Read More)
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Q. Several months ago I heard about a remedy for heartburn that involved a tea made with persimmons. That's the only ingredient I can remember. I suffer from acid reflux and I am looking for a natural remedy rather than... (Read More)
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Q. Some time ago, you offered a good solution to the problem of nosebleeds. My husband threw the paper out before I could save it. I wanted to tell a friend with a nosebleed about it the other day, but... (Read More)
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Q. Both of my parents have dementia. I just read that coconut oil has helped some people reverse dementia. What are your thoughts on this? I'm considering an experiment with it on my mom. I'd measure any changes in her... (Read More)
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Q. I tried your suggestion of blackstrap molasses for hemorrhoids and it was apparent that it worked within a day. I also had a pleasant side effect. I have degenerative back disease that keeps me on morphine and I suffer... (Read More)
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Q. A few months ago you offered a solution to a problem I've had on and off for years, but especially recently. I've had explosive flatulence during my work day. I tried the crushed fennel seed tea three times a... (Read More)