Home Remedy Q&A: April 2012

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Q. Your column about using maggots medicinally for skin injuries brought back a memory of another long-ago treatment: LEECHES. Over sixty years ago, when I was growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the pharmacy in my neighborhood routinely sold leeches to... (Read More)
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Q. What can I substitute for aspirin to ease pain without stomach problems? Will it thin the blood as well? If inflammation in the body is a problem, what home remedy will help reduce it? A. Aspirin is the gold... (Read More)
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Q. My son has had multiple warts on his hands. He has tried everything, including getting them frozen off by the doctor with liquid nitrogen. He developed a huge wart on the inside of his middle finger. The doctor said... (Read More)
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Q. I will be starting chemotherapy for breast cancer. What can I do to improve my chances for the best result? I am especially interested in healthy anti-cancer foods. I don't just want to be passive in my treatment! A.... (Read More)
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Q. I have heart damage caused by a virus. They say I must keep my cholesterol lower than most, because of the cardiac damage I already have. My last two cholesterol readings were 240 and then 260. My doctor argued... (Read More)
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Q. I suffer from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and am wondering if cinnamon would make it even worse, since it helps diabetics lower their sugar? I certainly do not want my blood glucose any lower! A. Cinnamon has been suggested... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered with canker sores all my life. I've read in your column about sauerkraut but I've found kiwi fruit works better. If you eat at least two kiwi fruit a day, the next morning the canker sore... (Read More)
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Q. I snore a lot at night. My wife is always complaining about her sleep being interrupted by my loud snoring. I recently wore earplugs to bed for another reason, and this had the unintended result of stopping me from... (Read More)
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Q. I've had 20 years of trial and error in fighting constipation. I am lean and fit and have a very healthy lifestyle. I was disappointed to see your suggestions for a constipated reader were more of the same--just fiber-related... (Read More)
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Q. Thanks for the information about gin-soaked raisins. My experience with them inspired me to wax poetic: This bod I used to use to sin Before arthritis did it in Has got another crack at life From golden raisins steeped... (Read More)
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Q. My grandfather was bayoneted in the stomach in World War I. His comrades left, promising to pick him up later. They did leave some water for him. He said as he lay there he watched the maggots eating at... (Read More)
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Q. Some time ago you mentioned that coffee grounds can stop bleeding from cuts in the kitchen. I have another alternative that I learned at a cooking class. I cut my finger within the first couple minutes of the class... (Read More)
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Q. You sometimes have questions from people who want a way to stop a headache. I use pure cacao (100 percent or 99 percent, which means no sugar) for migraines and tension headaches. I've found that half a teaspoon (12... (Read More)
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Q. Have you ever heard that liquid Pepto-Bismol applied topically can help speed acne healing? A. There is nothing in the scientific literature suggesting that bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) would be helpful against blemishes. That said, salicylates have been used in... (Read More)
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Q. I have had rather severe arthritis for just over a year and have made considerable progress in recent months.  I have added MSM, prednisone (3 mg cut back to 2), and Certo in a glass of grape juice...along with... (Read More)
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Q. When I told my dermatologist that you could cover your chigger bites with clear nail polish to get rid of them he laughed at me and said that was an old wives tale that was nonsensical. I remember this... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from sharp pains in my feet diagnosed as peripheral neuropathy. I heard on your radio show that a supplement called benfotiamine might help. I tried it and feeling has returned and the pain is gone. Thanks!... (Read More)
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Q. What can I do to get a reasonable night's sleep? I have just spent another sleepless night. If I don't get some sleep soon I will go nuts. I also worry that insomnia will undermine my overall health. I... (Read More)
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Q. I have type 2 diabetes and heard that if you drink nopal cactus tea it can help control blood sugar. Where can I get the fresh cactus pads or ready made tea? A. You will need to be in... (Read More)
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Q. I have had bad toenail fungus for YEARS! The toe that is really infected is the one next to my big toe and because it is LONGER than my big toe it gets bruised a lot from my power... (Read More)
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Q. I have had success with a remedy I read about in your newspaper column. I have persistent heartburn and was on prescription medications for more than a decade. I was surprised to read that cayenne pepper extract had helped... (Read More)
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Q. At 40, my health, weight and energy were all normal. Then I began to feel tired all the time and suffered with constipation, very dry skin and puffy eyes. My elderly family doctor ran a blood test and found... (Read More)