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Home Remedy Q&A: May 2012

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Q. My husband is a physician. When I told him about the "mustard cure" for leg cramps, he laughed it off as just another old wives' tale. Then when he had leg cramps during the night, I insisted on giving... (Read More)
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Q. I got my hot flashes under control by using cold-milled ground golden flaxseed. I started with as much as 4 tablespoons per day, adding the ground flaxseed to cereal in the morning and yogurt later in the day. I... (Read More)
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Q. The absolute best cure I've ever found for hiccups is CHOCOLATE. Don't believe me? Try it. Keep some 70 to 90 percent cocoa dark chocolate on hand. (Lindt is good.) Smooth a bite of the chocolate on the roof... (Read More)
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Q. I have been trying to find white (no dye) iodine. No pharmacy near me carries it. In the past I used it successfully to get rid of wart-like growths. I have also heard that it works against nail fungus.... (Read More)
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Q. Is there any herb I can take to make myself less attractive to mosquitoes without also making myself less attractive to the human race? I wear no perfumed lotions but seem to attract mosquitoes like a magnet. A. We... (Read More)
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First, a big apology to our loyal MoM (milk of magnesia) deodorant fans. We have been out of stock for the last several weeks because of the popularity of the product and the time it took to re-manufacture to the... (Read More)
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Q. I have had toenail fungus for years. It started with a big toe and eventually spread to all my piggies. My wife complained, but since no one else ever sees my ugly toes I wasn't too concerned. Now I... (Read More)
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Q. I've used milk of magnesia to clear up poison ivy. I used to get poison ivy all over after clearing the weeds and grass from my mowers in the Texas winds. I had to go to the doctor for... (Read More)
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Q. I put baking cocoa in my morning coffee instead of eating high-calorie dark chocolate. Is cocoa as good as the chocolate that is touted as beneficial to our health? A. Cocoa that has been processed with alkali (termed "Dutch... (Read More)
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Q. I am an avid gardener. I love digging in the earth and even find weeding enjoyable. My flowers and vegetables are looking fabulous, but my hands are a mess. What is it about digging around in the dirt that... (Read More)
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Q. At 39, my brother had knots come up on his shins. His ankles and knees got swollen, and he had pain so excruciating he could barely walk. Tests showed his uric acid levels were extremely high and he was... (Read More)
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Q. Is there anything natural that I can use to keep away ants, roaches, flies and bees? I don't like using pesticides if I can avoid them. A. Readers of this column have offered a variety of remedies to keep... (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!
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Q. During a visit to an amusement park last fall I encountered severe leg cramps while walking around the park. This happened several times during the day and each time I got a little cup of mustard from a food... (Read More)
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Q. After reading about toenail fungus, I could not resist passing along my recommendation. Four months ago a nurse who does foot care suggested I use Vicks VapoRub for my own nail fungus. I rub it on each nail every... (Read More)
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Q. My dad has suffered with pain from shingles for almost 2 years. Yesterday, during a nap on the deck, he got stung on the toe by a bee. Even though that was painful, he's feeling no shingles pain! Did... (Read More)