By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2003 0 Comments
    Too Much Tuna Risky For Pregnant Woman

    Q. I love tuna fish and salmon and eat at least four or five servings a week (especially tuna). I am trying to get pregnant and read that a pregnant woman should limit her intake of fish. Is that true…

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Cornstarch Saves Face

    Q. I have been suffering with an intractable combination of seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. I've been using coal tar Tegrin for the psoriasis and Cortaid cream with poor results. My face, ears an…

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Diet Change Hair Color?

    Q. My husband and I have started eating more omega-3 fats. We now take a spoonful of freshly ground flax seed daily. We eat salmon and English walnuts several times a week to improve our health. As a …

    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 April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Kissing Could Be Lethal

    Q. My girlfriend is very allergic to shrimp and crab and, I suspect, lobster as well. I love them but have avoided eating them since we have been together. This summer we shall have our vacation at th…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Mango Reaction Mimics Poison Ivy Rash

    Q. I've got a bad reaction on my hand between my thumb and forefinger that I think resulted from pulling an unknown weed. It isn't responding to my usual treatment, a concoction of tea tree oil, witch…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2003 0 Comments
    Evidence Grows On Pomegranate Benefits

    Q. I have read that pomegranate juice has health benefits, but I haven't been able to find any. Would you get the same benefits by eating pomegranates, which I love? A. You may get some benefit from e…

    By: Joe Graedon April 7, 2003 0 Comments
    B Vitamins Lower Cancer Risk From Wine

    Q. I love a glass of wine with dinner now and again. My doctor has said this is fine and may even reduce my risk of heart disease. What has me concerned, however, is a report that I read about alcohol…

    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…

    By: Joe Graedon March 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Ice Cream Is Unorthodox Cough Remedy

    Q. I went to my physician when I had a really bad cold with a cough and asked her what over-the-counter cough medicine I should buy. She told me, "None! Get some vanilla ice cream and pour Kahlua over…

    By: Joe Graedon March 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Enjoy Your Chocolate Without Guilt

    Most people think of chocolate as a decadent dessert that should be avoided by health-conscious consumers. The idea that chocolate could be health food seems too good to be true. Yet there is research…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Do Antiperspirants Cause Cancer Or AlzheimerR…

    Q. A friend recently accompanied me to the drugstore where I was buying deodorant along with some other personal items. She warned me not to buy any products containing aluminum because it could cause…

    By: Joe Graedon February 24, 2003 1 Comments
    Can Green Beans Cure Canker Sores?

    Q. For over half a century, my family has been curing our canker sores quickly and easily. Just this week, I bit my lip during sleep and the spot kept growing. When the sore was 2/3 inch by 1/4 inch, …

    By: Joe Graedon February 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Don’t Laugh At Licorice

    Q. My adult son eats large amounts of black licorice regularly. I have told him that eating large amounts of licorice can have a negative effect on his health. He tells me I'm crazy! I can't remember …

    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 January 13, 2003 0 Comments
    Grape Juice Blocks Iron Absorption

    Q. I recently heard part of a medical segment on the news regarding the effects of dark colored fruit juices like grape or cranberry on iron absorption. I regularly drink cranberry juice and I am also…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Nuts Have Become The New Health Food

    For years the dietary dogmatists have told us to avoid lots of delicious foods. People were supposed to eat brown rice and broccoli and avoid steak, chocolate and nuts. But now the nutrition nay-sayer…

    By: Joe Graedon December 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Coconut Solves Diarrhea Problem

    Q. I read in your column that coconut macaroon cookies could help control diarrhea. I have had chronic intermittent diarrhea once or twice a week for 20 years. The doctors have never been able to solv…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Garlic Won’t Replace Cholesterol Drug

    Q. For several years my cardiologist has had me on Lescol to lower my cholesterol. Lately I have noticed muscle pain and weakness that I think are tied to this drug. When I had my blood tested, my ove…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Carrot Juice May Turn Skin Orange

    Q. I've heard that too much vitamin A can be dangerous. I drink 4 oz. of carrot juice every day and I'm wondering if that might account for my dry skin. A. Regular intake of vitamin A at a dose of mor…

    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 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 October 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Power Of Pomegranates To Promote Health

    Q. I read your summary of the cardiovascular health benefits of pomegranate juice, and couldn't believe my eyes. I love pomegranates! Can you tell me more about the potential of this juice to promote …

    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 September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Sage For Stopping Bleeding

    Q. More than 40 years ago I worked in a Chinese restaurant. One day at work I somehow stabbed an icepick through the end of my thumb and it bled severely. I couldn't get it stopped even long enough to…

    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 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 0 Comments
    Drinking Tea Has Many Health Benefits

    Q. I am a tea drinker--green, black and herbals. I grew up putting milk in my black tea but I drink iced tea and herbals unadulterated. I happened to overhear a conversation in which someone said putt…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    A Spoonful Of Cinnamon Makes The Sugar Go Down

    Q. I believe I heard that cinnamon helps with blood sugar control in diabetes. Is this true and if so, how much does it take? A. We have heard from a number of people that one teaspoon of cinnamon on …

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2002 0 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice To Prevent Heart Disease

    Q. I have recently read that there are health benefits of drinking several ounces of pomegranate juice daily. I can't find where I read this and would appreciate knowing what your research on pomegran…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2002 0 Comments
    What Kind Of Tea Prevents Heart Attacks?

    Q. There was something on the news about how tea drinkers are less likely to have heart attacks. Does it matter if it is regular or decaffeinated tea? What about hot tea compared to iced tea? And is h…

    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 May 20, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Diet Help Relieve Joint Pain?

    Q. I was eating a piece of chocolate when a friend said, "That's not good for your arthritis." Since then, another friend told me to avoid tomatoes. All this advice is confusing me. Are there really f…

    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 1 Comments
    Is Garlic Toxic To The Brain?

    Q. A friend of mine sent me an article about garlic being toxic. He says it slows reflexes and impairs concentration. I am a great fan of garlic and use a lot of it when I cook. Now I am concerned abo…