By: Joe Graedon February 17, 2003 4 Comments
    Does Emu Oil Relieve Skin Problems

    Q. My sister-in-law says that emu oil has helped clear up both her psoriasis and her arthritis. She had tried all sorts of medications before that without much success. What can you tell me about emu …

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Money-Back Offer Is No Guarantee Of Penis Enlarg…

    Q. I read about some herbal pills on the market that are supposed to increase the length and girth of the penis. I wonder if there is really anything to that. They offer a money-back guarantee if you'…

    By: Joe Graedon January 27, 2003 0 Comments
    Readers Offer Solutions For Skunk Smell

    Q. Several weeks ago, I read in your column about getting skunk smell off a dog. I had a dog that got skunked several times and the best natural remedy was plain tomato juice. I soaked him in it for a…

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2003 0 Comments
    Oolong Tea Banished Bad Skin Problem

    Q. I have been plagued with nummular eczema for years. It does not respond to Benadryl, prednisone or any kind of topical cortisone ointment. I read in your column about some doctors in Japan who had …

    By: Joe Graedon December 30, 2002 0 Comments
    Pheromone Perfume No Guarantee Of Sexual Success

    Q. I think I heard that chemists have isolated pheromones from the human body, both male and female. Is this true? I believe they are being sold on the Internet, but I wonder if tests have been conduc…

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Getting Skunk Smell Off The Dog

    Q. My dog got too close to a skunk yesterday, and now he's not fit to come in the house. I've given him three baths, but he still smells terrible. Do you have any recommendations? A. A few years ago, …

    By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2002 0 Comments
    How To Use Duct Tape On Warts

    Q. I have heard that duct tape works to get rid of warts. How do you use it and how long does it take? A. Research on duct tape was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (Oct.…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2002 0 Comments
    Olive Oil Solves Sticky Problem

    Q. My husband and I have found that olive oil is the best sexual lubricant, and it's natural. First we tried Astroglide but didn't find it helpful. We got rid of the product but kept the little contai…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2002 1 Comments
    Allergy Herb Relieves Prostate Problem

    Q. A couple of months ago I read a letter in your column about a man with allergies. Because of an enlarged prostate, he couldn't take the usual over-the-counter antihistamines. You suggested the herb…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Treat Stiff Joints Like Squeaky Hing…

    Q. I recently learned that an uncle is using WD-40 on his arthritic joints. A friend of his has been doing this for some time. Since my uncle had some in the garage he put it on his knees. Have you ev…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 1 Comments
    Peppermint May Interact With Medications

    Q. Periodic bouts with irritable bowel syndrome cause me painful cramping and gas. My doctor prescribes Donnatal, but it makes me drowsy. I have read that peppermint oil would help. Could you give me …

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Douche With Yogurt -Eat It!

    Q. I have infrequent vaginal yeast infections, but I don't like to use creams like Monistat. They were once prescribed by doctors and now are available over the counter, but I prefer a more natural ap…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Remedy For Morning Sickness

    Q. My daughter is in the seventh week of her second pregnancy. She is experiencing excessive morning sickness, vomiting four or five times a day. The doctor at a pregnancy clinic told her to take pren…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Count On Catnip Against West Nile Vi…

    Q. I read the article about using catnip as a mosquito repellent. Will merely planting catnip around the house ward off mosquitoes? Or is it necessary to crush the leaves, releasing the plants' oils? …

    By: Joe Graedon September 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Reader Worried About Licorice Fetish

    Q. I was alarmed to read that eating licorice can lead to high blood pressure, weakness, fatigue, loss of libido and mineral imbalance. Is this only true of black licorice? I eat a good deal of strawb…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    West Nile Worries Feed Mosquito Phobia

    Q. Whenever I turn on the television and see another report about West Nile Virus it scares me to death. I live in Florida and play golf at least three times a week and also work outside in the yard. …

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Growth Hormone Keep Him Young?

    Q. I am a 30-year-old man, and I am starting to feel old. I am in the Army and can tell that I've lost a step on the younger guys. I want to improve my overall health, and after looking here and there…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Catnip Chase Mosquitoes Away?

    Q. Someone recently inquired about mosquito repellent for a trip to Alaska. I can't remember where I read that catnip proved better as a mosquito repellent than DEET. I put this to the test last week …

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Look To Licorice To Remove Facial Ha…

    Q. I understand that eating licorice lowers testosterone levels in men. Will it have the same impact on testosterone levels in women? Could this hormonal effect be a solution to eliminating unwanted f…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Alternatives For Treating Lice

    Q. Friends have called in a panic about treating lice. Their six-year-old daughter brought them home from summer camp. When I was a girl my parents used kerosene, but I hated it. These folks are reluc…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Cookies Combat Doggie Diarrhea

    Q. I've read in your column about coconut macaroon cookies as a treatment for chronic diarrhea. My dog has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, for which he has been prescribed prednisone. I …

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Bad Breath Is All In His Head

    Q. My husband believes that he has halitosis. However, after living with him for 18 years, I can assure you that he does not. Because of this belief, he has begun buying a special mouthwash product co…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 1 Comments
    Surprising Uses For Vicks Vaporub

    Some of the most fascinating medical discoveries happen by accident. Aspirin was originally a pain reliever, plain and simple. But a chance discovery by a family physician in Glendale, California, sug…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 0 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo Works For Jock Itch

    Q. I liked your article on relieving jock itch by using Cetaphil skin cleanser. I tried it and it works great. My family doctor recommended an alternative to Cetaphil: Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo. Ap…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2002 123 Comments
    Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies For Diarrhea

    This is one of the tastiest and most unusual home remedies we have ever collected. Donald Agar had suffered from Crohn's disease for many years. Diarrhea was a constant problem. By accident he discove…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Remedies For Arthritis And High Cholesterol

    Q. I have a sensitive stomach and cannot tolerate aspirin, ibuprofen or even Celebrex or Vioxx. Tylenol isn't very helpful for my stiff fingers and sore knees.   My doctor seems frustrated about…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Chaste-Tree Berry For Chastity?

    Q. I'm a 39-year-old woman in need of an herb that can decrease sex drive. I think you've written about this before, but I can't recall the herb you suggested. I'm in excellent health,…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 3 Comments
    Remedies For Dry, Itchy Skin

    Q. My skin is so dry and itchy that sometimes I have to stop and scratch in the middle of a tennis game. This annoys my partner, and of course it bothers me more than I can say. What suggestions do yo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 4 Comments
    Varied Uses For Vicks

    Q. Your column is a blast. Have you compiled a list of all the uses of Vicks VapoRub? I find it amazing how many things can be done with one simple product! A. Vicks VapoRub has been available for nea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Getting Off The Laxative Bandwagon

    Q. Years ago I had a serious eating problem (anorexia) and began to use laxatives to help me keep weight off. I eventually became dependent on them and now would like to discontinue their use. When I …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Careless Use Of Healing Herbs Might Harm

    Humans have been using herbal medicines for millennia. Every culture on earth has learned to harness the pharmaceuticals mother nature provided. But what happens when an herb is adopted by people who …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Banana Peel and Cabbage for Hemorrhoids?

    Q. When I first developed hemorrhoids I could hardly believe this was happening to me. I called my doctor and she suggested surgery, but I didn't want to go under the knife. A favorite book about food…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 111 Comments
    Allergy to Vicks VapoRub?

    Q. Have you ever heard of anyone being allergic to Vicks VapoRub? A few days ago I had some congestion, and instead of taking a decongestant I decided to try rubbing a small amount of Vicks on my ches…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 1999 2 Comments
    Wart Plaster for Splinters

    Here is another doctor-recommended home remedy. Russell Copelan, M.D., wrote about this one in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.* He suggests adhering a tiny piece of salicylic acid …