By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 1 Comments
    Can Sugarless Gum Cause GI Problems?

    Q. I have a nervous stomach. This results in frequent, unpredictable bouts of diarrhea. I have also been chewing sugarless gum daily for years.   I just heard that sugarless gum can combat c…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 11 Comments
    Don’t Mix Motrin And Tylenol In Tykes

    Q. I am a pediatrician concerned about parents' use of two over-the-counter medications. I often feel like a "one-woman army" trying to combat simultaneous use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 1 Comments
    Shelf Life Of Sunscreen

    Q. I just found some left over sunscreen from last summer. Is it safe to use it again this year?   A. Check the expiration date on the label. Most sunscreens are good for a couple years even…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Tasty Metamucil Wafers For Fiber

    Q. In a recent answer to a laxative addict, you suggested psyllium (Fiberall, Metamucil, Per Diem Fiber, etc.) as an approach to easing constipation. But you left out a patient-friendly solution. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Doesn’t Go Well With All Drugs

    Q. We've recently been buying grapefruit by the box from a truck that comes up from Florida. They are incredibly delicious, but my neighbor says they interact with lots of drugs. Where do I find a lis…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 1 Comments
    Don’t Kill Kitty Yourself

    Q. I have a 19-year-old cat to which I am very attached. I know her time will come soon. I don't want to take her to the vet to be put down because she is terrified of both vets and needles. I would l…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Is Enteric Aspirin Safer?

    Q. What is the value of the "enteric" form of aspirin? I need to take aspirin for my heart and I'm aware it can cause gastric ulcers. I thought the enteric aspirin would be safer than re…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 2 Comments
    Alternatives To Vancenase Nasal Spray

    Q. After 30 years of frequent and severe sinus infections, I was delighted when an allergist put me on Vancenase nasal spray. It afforded me great relief, and I've been using it since 1993. &…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Red Wine And Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Q. I heard today that red wine and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are a bad mix. Is this true and if so how come? I thought red wine was supposed to be good for you. A. Red wine in moderation has b…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Are Diet Drugs Dangerous?

    For decades Americans have looked for a quick and easy way to lose weight. Despite the popularity of vibrating gizmos and battery-powered gadgets, diet pills are the preferred method. No muss, no fuss…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 4 Comments
    Parkinson’s Drugs for Restless Leg Syndrom…

    Q. My wife suffers unmercifully from Restless Leg Syndrome. Over the years physicians have prescribed a variety of medications, but only two worked. Both are powerful pain relievers--Talwin and Vicodi…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Laxatives And Diuretics No Way To Control Weight

    Q. My niece takes laxatives and diuretics weekly to stay in drill team weight range. Is this dangerous? A. Both laxatives and diuretics (water pills) can deplete the body of essential minerals. If pot…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 2 Comments
    Depression or Underactive Thyroid?

    Q. Years ago my symptoms of depression, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, intolerance to cold, cold hands and feet and fatigue led my doctor to test me and diagnose low thyroid function. He put m…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 5 Comments
    Are Vitamin B12 Tablets As Good As Injections?

    Q. About six years ago my doctor informed me that I had low vitamin B12 levels and started giving me monthly injections. Now he says that B12 pills are just as good as the shots.  Is this really true…