By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Shocking Pink Nits Easier To Locate

    Q. I am going crazy looking for nits. My eight-year-old daughter caught lice at school and we are having an awful time getting rid of them. The school has a no-nit policy, which means I have to search…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Pepto-Bismol May Rescue Wedding Guest

    Q. I cannot talk to anyone about this embarrassing problem, not even my doctor. Some days I experience bouts of flatulence that are so smelly that I cannot bear to go out in public. My niece is gettin…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Wife Worried About Lack Of Ejaculation

    Q. I've never seen this subject addressed in your column, and hope it is not taboo. My husband had one problem which Viagra addressed, but now he cannot ejaculate. I've read that ejaculating at least …

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    Sleep Paralysis Can Be Terrifying

    Q. For many years, from age 25 to 45, I experienced the horrifying feelings that I now have learned are associated with "sleep paralysis." I never knew what it was and had no one to ask about it. Luck…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    Extra Care Needed For Elder’s Drugs

    Gun enthusiasts are fond of pointing out that guns don't kill people; people kill people. Drugs are a lot like loaded guns. When used with great care, they rarely cause harm. But if they are prescribe…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Angry Parent Objects To Deet Advice

    Q. I was shocked that you recommended DEET for a 12-year-old child at summer camp. Don't you know that DEET is dangerous for children? Even if he is allergic to chiggers, you had no business telling t…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Drug Leaflets Flunk Pharmacy Test

    Have you been to a pharmacy lately? If you got a prescription filled, chances are pretty good that you had to wait a long time to get your pills. Pharmacists are slammed with too much work and not eno…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Paxil Caused Problem With Potency

    Q. No one warned me that Paxil might affect my sexual ability. I suffered impotence for several years until I stopped taking Paxil. Then the problem went away. Stopping Paxil turned into a nightmare. …

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Ugly Secret Of Hormone Withdrawal Reaction

    Q. In 1985, after 8 months of very annoying hot flashes, I sought medical help and was prescribed Premarin. The first dosage was too strong and caused many headaches. It was cut back and later Provera…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Sex Tip From The Cosmetic Counter

    Q. My husband and I have used Albolene as a sexual lubricant since the early 1970s. I'm not sure how we heard about it, but it's great: odorless, tasteless, slick but not messy. It comes in a white tu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Can His Drugs Affect Her Through Intercourse?

    Q. My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Now I am having health issues myself and my doctor is grasping at straws. At first he thought it was a thyroid problem, then menopausal symptoms, bu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Fish Oil Fights High Cholesterol

    Q. I have taken Zocor for several years to control my cholesterol, and it keeps the cholesterol around 200. It does nothing for my elevated triglycerides, though, and my ratio has been around 5 althou…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Bra Itch Responds To Athlete’s Foot Remedi…

    Q. You've given men advice on coping with jock itch, so I decided to tell you how I deal with the bra itch we ladies get. When I had my last mammogram, the technician said some gals come in looking li…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2002 0 Comments
    Man Fakes Orgasm To Satisfy His Wife

    Q. I read with interest your comments on male premature ejaculation, but my problem is just the opposite. My wife and I have a very good sexual relationship (with the help of Viagra), but I very seldo…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Is Douching Necessary–Or Dangerous?

    Q. Can douching prevent pregnancy and venereal disease? I was told when I was growing up that you should douche right after intercourse. This is not always convenient, but I try to do so for health re…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2002 5 Comments
    ‘Save-The-Baby’ Hard To Find

    Q. More than fifty years ago when I was a child, my mother used "Save-the-Baby" on us when we had a bad cold. She rubbed it on our chests. I loved the smell and it seemed to work quite well. In the ea…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Sweaty Arm Pits Pose Embarrassing Problem

    Q. My daughter suffers from excessive underarm perspiration. I told her to ask her doctor about it, but the doctor said she has not heard of a prescription deodorant to deal with this problem. My daug…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 5 Comments
    Beware Of Baking Soda Overdose

    Q. I want to warn people about using baking soda to treat heartburn and indigestion. Although there are instructions right on the package for treating GI upset with baking soda, I must stress the impo…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 0 Comments
    Drug Interactions Can Be Deadly

    Bill Cosby likes to tell the story about his childhood chemistry experiments. He liked to mix the components of his chemistry set in the basement to see what would happen. When he succeeded in produci…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2002 0 Comments
    Sunscreen Allergy Makes Her Red

    Q. Can you tell me what to do about sunblock? I have become increasingly sensitive to the sun, although I always wear sunblock. The problem is that I seem to be very allergic to the ingredients that m…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Viagra Prolong Intercourse?

    Q. I have suffered from an embarrassing problem for years and I cannot bring myself to discuss it with my doctor. No matter how much I try to concentrate on other things or how slow I go, I climax wit…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 1 Comments
    Libido Loss At Menopause Threatens Marriage

    Q. I am a 48 year old woman who has been happily married for 17 years. Now I have entered menopause and have no more sexual desire. Since my mother died of breast cancer, I am reluctant to start hormo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Solutions For Sweaty Armpits

    Q. I am a 50 year old male in good health. For years I have perspired heavily in my armpits. This begins early in the morning and continues all day. By the time I get to work, my shirt is soaked. This…

    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 15 Comments
    Don’t Mix Motrin And Tylenol In Tykes

    In the middle of cold and flu season, parents are no doubt desperately searching for medications to help their sick children get better faster. Those who suspect their youngsters have the flu should b…

    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…