By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2004 4 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Grow Hair?

    Q. At 62 years old, my hair is thinning, especially on the crown. Both my grandfathers were bald in their 70s, so this doesn't surprise me much. Yesterday, a woman I don't know stopped me in a parking…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2004 2 Comments
    Noxema Provides Help For Hemmorrhoids

    Q. I enjoy reading about Noxzema in your column. I have used this product on my hemorrhoids for years. I used to work for General Motors as a power fork truck driver. I sat on leather seat, sweating, …

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Home Remedies To Relieve Chigger Bite Misery

    Q. My mother has over 100 chigger bites, and the itching is driving her crazy. What can she do to get some relief? Is there any way to prevent this from ever happening again? A: Chiggers are a type of…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Poison Ivy Remedies To The Rescue

    Q. My mother-in-law is incredibly sensitive to poison ivy. A walk in the woods is guaranteed to end in disaster. Is there anything she can use that would either prevent an outbreak or speed recovery? …

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2004 0 Comments
    New Uses For Old Mouthwash

    Q. You have written about a formula using Listerine for hot spots on dogs. I tried it and it works great, but we've nearly used it up and I lost the instructions. Could you give them again? A. A horse…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 0 Comments
    Listerine Mouthwash Eases Itch From Chiggers

    Q. I am intrigued by the unusual ways people use Listerine. Every summer, I am plagued with itchy chigger bites. After reading that Listerine could relieve shingles pain, I tried applying it to the bi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 0 Comments
    Don’t Give Raisin Remedy To Dogs

    Q. I am curious to know if anyone has tried the gin-soaked raisins for arthritic dogs. I have an 80 lb. dog with arthritic hips, although she is only 6. Daily aspirin and glucosamine is helping somewh…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 1 Comments
    Beware Home Remedies That Hurt

    Everyone loves home remedies. Whether it's a banana peel taped to a wart or a teaspoon of sugar for hiccups, these inexpensive approaches seem harmless and amusing. But not all home remedies are safe.…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2004 0 Comments
    Finding Help For Hockey Bruises

    Q. Are there any supplements or vitamins that speed up healing from bruising? I am a 38-year-old man and I have recently started playing ice hockey again. Needless to say, bruises are a part of the ga…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2004 0 Comments
    Smelly Feet Can Be Remedied

    Q. My son has really smelly feet. He can't take off his shoes when we're in the car or the house, or he stinks us all out. His feet must be covered. (Fresh socks, a blanket or a hazmat response suit a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2004 0 Comments
    Prevent Cancerous Chemicals When Grilling

    Q. Our family is big into grilling, even the kids. Our son loves to cook burgers or chicken and my husband is noted for his spare ribs. Last week my sister and her family were over and when we fired u…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    Jelly Bean Cure For Constipation

    Q. I read with interest and sympathy a letter about problems with constipation. I wanted to share something that has helped me. After hearing some people complain that sugar-free jellybeans gave them …

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2004 0 Comments
    Gum To Fight Bad Breath And Cavities

    Q. I read that cinnamon is good against plaque. Can you tell me how to take it? A. Research funded by the Wrigley Company has found that chewing cinnamon gum (Big Red, for example) can kill bacteria i…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Nosebleed Remedy Yields Amazing Results

    Home remedies are usually reserved for minor irritations. Hiccups, heartburn, colds and warts are often treated with remedies passed down from one generation to another. Nosebleeds are common, but the…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Sage Boost Brain Power As We Age?

    Q. I recently read an interesting claim about the herb sage. It is said to increase mental acuity when taken orally. Apparently this is not brand new. Sage has been used this way since the middle ages…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2004 1 Comments
    Listerine Dazzles With Different Uses

    More than 100 years ago Listerine was developed as an antiseptic. At first, surgeons used it in the operating room, but before long it became a household brand. The Lambert Pharmaceutical Company mark…

    By: Joe Graedon March 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Worry Over Penis Size Causes Bashful Bladder

    Q. I hope you will not laugh at my problem. My embarrassment over my small penis makes it impossible for me to use a public restroom to urinate. This causes me great trouble if I go to a football game…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2004 0 Comments
    Aloe Vera Eases Pain Of Cut

    Q. I grew up in South Texas going to the family ranch with my father, who was an excellent self-taught botanist and biologist. He had learned a lot of folk medicine from his father's Hispanic cowhands…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Listerine And Baby Oil For Dandruff

    Q. Have you ever heard of using Listerine for dandruff? Someone told me he heard it on the radio. A. A gentleman called in to our public radio show with an amazing story about Listerine mixed with bab…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 1 Comments
    Mint Makes Heartburn Worse

    Q. Several years ago I was experiencing serious heartburn. I had always enjoyed chewing mint gum, and as the symptoms got worse I chewed more and more. I thought that chewing gum was helping the probl…

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 1 Comments
    Flea Infestation Is Hard To Fight

    Q. Help me! I have fleas! I mean, the dog has fleas but they are eating me alive. My ankles look like they have been through a meat grinder. What can I do? A. The first thing to do is treat your pet. …

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Turmeric Eases Suffering From Psoriasis

    Q. My daughter's psoriasis was quite severe. She had a red rash and scaling on both arms from shoulders to wrists. When I read your column about turmeric helping psoriasis, she started taking this spi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2003 0 Comments
    Clear The Air With A Charcoal Cushion

    Q. I have been searching high and low for a pillow that is supposed to deodorize gas. You sit on it and something inside the cushion traps offensive odors. If you've written about this product, please…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Podiatrist Knocks Home Remedies For Nail Fungus

    Q. I am a Podiatrist, and I would like to comment on toenail fungus and treatment. When you write, "Home remedies don't always work," you imply that sometimes they do work. This is untrue. Home remedi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Superglue Solution To Stubborn Warts

    Q. I read your article on getting rid of warts by soaking them in hot water. I have a better solution. I had a huge wart come up on my stomach. I used instant glue and smothered it to death! It turned…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Natural Approaches Can Lower Cholesterol

    Q. My cholesterol has ranged from 240 to 300 for years. My doctor finds these numbers unacceptable and has insisted I take medication. First I was put on Lescol. My muscles hurt so much I could barely…

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Iced Tea Soothes Singed Hand

    Q. I was incinerating papers in the back yard one day when the wind changed and my hand was badly burned. I rushed into the house, and my daughter, who did not know anything had happened, handed me a …

    By: Joe Graedon September 15, 2003 3 Comments
    Witch Hazel Fights Off Mosquitoes

    Q. I was too lazy to put on jeans yesterday afternoon and went out to weed the garden in shorts. I had no insect repellent, so of course the mosquitoes ate me alive. I was in a hurry to finish the job…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2003 0 Comments
    Ginkgo Restores Sexual Pleasure

    Q. I started taking Gingko biloba a few months ago for leg pain due to poor circulation. I got moderate relief from the leg pains, but I also began having great orgasms! I didn't ascribe it to the her…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Television Tip Stops Hiccups

    Q. I really appreciate the tips, updates and news in your column. When I read advice about halting hiccups, I'm reminded about the only sure-fire way I've ever found to stop hiccups--and I learned it …

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2003 1 Comments
    Omega-3 Fats Restore Natural Hair Color

    Q. I am responding to a recent column about omega-3 fats changing hair color. When I was 30 years old, my formerly dark brown hair had turned completely gray. Now at age 63 I have a lot of my former h…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2003 1 Comments
    Unfreeze Your Brain With Your Tongue

    Q. What causes "brain freezes" from eating ice cream too fast? Is there any drug or supplement to prevent these excruciating headaches? A. Brain freeze, or as doctors call it, "frigid headache," occur…

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2003 0 Comments
    Common Sense Best Guide For Health

    With years of research and millions of taxpayer dollars, scientists have discovered what the old wives always knew. The cornerstone to good health is common sense. Grandma always said that to stay hea…

    By: Joe Graedon May 26, 2003 0 Comments
    Vicks Vaporub Heals Sore Heels

    Q. You have often mentioned unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub. I decided to try it on my cracked heels. For the past three years I have applied every possible cream, but nothing worked till I decided to …

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2003 0 Comments
    Sticky Solution For Wound Healing

    Q. I have been using honey as an ointment to prevent and treat skin infections for years. Not only does it work for cuts and scrapes, but it also works on herpes cold sores, cutting down on the length…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2003 0 Comments
    Do Older Folks Need To Give Up On Sex?

    Q. My husband and I live in a retirement community. One common subject here is what to do when one spouse has an active sex drive but the other no longer functions in this area. Usually, the reason is…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Fatty Acids Cure Cocker Spaniel’s Itch…

    Q. I know you mostly answer questions about human problems but I have three pedigree cocker spaniels with dry skin. They scratch all the time but have no fleas. I have tried conditioner and baby oil o…

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2003 0 Comments
    St. John’s Wort Does Not Mix Well With Sun…

    Q. I tried taking St. John's wort some time ago to relieve anxiety. After several months I found I had become sensitive to sunlight. Not only was it difficult to look at things in bright light, but I …

    By: Joe Graedon March 24, 2003 0 Comments
    Cactus May Help Control Blood Sugar

    Q. I am a family practitioner and want to share an herbal remedy with you. A 60-year-old male Hispanic diabetic patient has had trouble controlling his blood sugar. Despite intensive diet changes and …

    By: Joe Graedon March 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Vinegar Victorious Over Dandruff

    Q: I have heard using vinegar on my scalp could help. Now I rub vinegar on my head for a few minutes before I shampoo. I have not been troubled since. A. You are not the first to share the vinegar app…