By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2005 0 Comments
    Vicks Helps Relieve Persistent Cough

    Q. I have allergies that result in postnasal drainage. As a result, I find I cough all night long this time of year. Is there a good home remedy to help nighttime coughs? A. Some readers report that V…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Vitamin D May Boost Cancer Survival

    Q. I know that we need Vitamin D for absorption of calcium. Do you make Vitamin D if the sunlight is coming through glass (when you're riding in a car or sitting by a window)? A. The body makes vitami…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Skeptic Trashes Magnetic Bracelets

    Q. I cannot believe you would write about magnetic bracelets for arthritis. This is just a bunch of hooey designed to loosen the purse strings of gullible readers. I am surprised you would give creden…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Cornmeal Fights Fungus on Roses and Toes

    Q. You have responded to many questions about curing toenail fungus with home remedies, but here's one you've never mentioned. Put about an inch of cornmeal in plastic dishpan. Pour in hot water, stir…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Choosing Chocolate For Good Health

    Q. I am confused about chocolate. I read that it's good for me because of its flavonoids. But I've also heard that alkali processing strips cocoa of most of these antioxidant chemicals. If the good st…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

    Q. I was astonished to hear on the radio that a laxative can be used to remove earwax. Do you have any details? A. Consumer Reports On Health (March, 2005) reports that a few drops of liquid docusate …

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Shellfish Allergy Leads to Hospitalization

    Q. My husband's internist suggested glucosamine and chondroitin for mild arthritis. My husband's medical records state that he is allergic to shellfish. I guess his doctor did not know ground shellfis…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Would Boyfriend’s Marijuana Cause Her Grie…

    Q. Can semen transmit drugs? If my boyfriend smokes marijuana and ejaculates inside of me could I fail a drug test? A. Semen can carry certain drugs. For example, a woman who is allergic to penicillin…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Coconut Help Thyroid?

    Q. Can coconut counter hypothyroidism? I started eating two macaroons daily to control diarrhea after finding this remedy in your column. I didn't expect any effect on my thyroid. I'd been told my thy…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 2 Comments
    Cinnamon-Ginger Drink Fights Heartburn

    Q. I'm disappointed that you did not mention ginger in your comments on acid reflux. My reflux became really bad when I stopped hormone replacement therapy. Acid suppressing drugs worked great, but af…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 0 Comments
    No Way To Boost Bust Size

    Q. I'm in 8th grade and have a very small chest size. This wouldn't bother me, except that lots of other girls in my grade have large B and C cup sizes. I have heard that eating lots of chicken helps …

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Treasure Hunt For Whole Grains Beyond Bread

    Q. I keep reading that we should be eating more whole grains. But what are they? My neighbor, who is a nutrition nut, says that whole wheat bread doesn't really count as a whole grain. A. Many of the …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    Soap For Restless Legs

    Q. This is either an urban legend or a friend is playing a joke on me. She says that if you sleep with a bar of soap (not Dove or deodorant kind) the restless leg syndrome (RLS) will not occur. She sw…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Aluminum Be Absorbed From Antiperspirants?

    Q. I have read that antiperspirants could be dangerous because the aluminum they contain can be absorbed into the body. Is there any basis to this? A. The association between aluminum and Alzheimer's …

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2005 0 Comments
    Curtail Dog Flatulence

    Q. What can you recommend for dog flatulence? It is so smelly and in the winter we can't put the dog outside at night. A. Look for CurTail. When drops are added to food, they control pet gas with the …

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2005 0 Comments
    Flavoring Agent Fights Flatulence

    Q. Do you have a suggestion for someone with frequent, odorous flatus? One of my sons has this problem and besides causing lots of laughs, it also causes the rest of us to groan. A. We recently receiv…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2005 0 Comments
    Magnets Really Ease Arthritis Pain

    Q. I heard a report on the radio about the effectiveness of magnetic bracelets for arthritis pain. My 85-year-old dad suffers terribly and has been taking Celebrex. We're concerned about reports linki…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2005 0 Comments
    Sloe Gin May Substitute In Arthritis Remedy

    Q. I've read about raisins and gin for arthritis. When I went to the liquor store, they said slow gin is best for this remedy. Your Web site just says gin. Which is it? With the bad news on Vioxx, I'd…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Herbs May Ease Persistent Cough

    Q. Last month I had a nasty cold. Even though it went away after about a week, the cough has lingered all this time. It is troublesome during the day and downright disturbing at night. I hate the tast…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Melatonin Conquers Morning Migraines

    Q. Since the age of 23 I have had frequent migraine headaches. Over the years, many doctors have prescribed medicines to prevent them, but none has worked. Drugs can stop the migraine if I take them e…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Is Chocolate Good For You?

    The Mayan Indians of Central America recognized the power of chocolate more than 3000 years ago. They liked the taste, but they also believed chocolate had healing properties. They used it as medicine…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Key Trick Saves Business Meeting

    Q. I want to thank you for saving me from a most embarrassing situation. I am president of a small corporation and we were making a pitch to an important client. I had been suffering from a cold for a…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2004 1 Comments
    Urine Is Simple Cure For Smelly Feet

    Q. A few years back my teenage son suffered terrible foot odor. My husband and I would not let him bring his sneakers into the house, nor would we let him put his dirty socks in the hamper! His worst …

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 2 Comments
    Black Walnut Remedy For Ringworm

    Q. I've read a couple of questions about ringworm in your column and want to give you the benefit of my experience. I grew up in the country. As a teenager, I got ringworm on the back of my leg. Sever…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Sunshine Vitamin In Short Supply

    If you spend 10 to 15 minutes out in the sun two or three times a week, you make enough vitamin D to stay healthy. Our ancestors had little trouble getting that much sunshine. They walked and worked o…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Acupressure May Work For Insomnia

    Q. I would like to share an acupressure tip that helps me sleep. Tape a dried kidney bean to the inside of your right wrist. I locate this point between the two tendons by measuring the width of three…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 1 Comments
    Cinnamon Lowers Cholesterol

    Q. I am curious about the health value of cinnamon. A year ago, I ran across a Web site suggesting cinnamon to reduce bad LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. I do not have this disease, bu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    New Health Findings For Ancient Fruit

    Q. I'm so glad pomegranates are back in season. I love them! Are there health benefits from eating pomegranates, so I don't have to feel bad about spending money on them? A. Scientists keep finding ne…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2004 0 Comments
    Cheap Gin May Not Work With Raisin Remedy

    Q. You have recommended soaking golden raisins in gin for arthritis relief and suggested that cheap gin would work fine. I spent several years in the distilled spirits business. It was said that the c…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2004 0 Comments
    Bad Breath May Be Infectious

    Q. A family member pulled me aside a few months ago and informed me that I have had bad breath for years although I brush and floss religiously. I went to see the dentist, who took x-rays and said I h…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2004 0 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo May Ease Jock Itch

    Q. Are there natural ways to keep jock itch from returning? My husband has been using Lotrimin cream or other antifungals daily for about 3 years. Within 2 or 3 days of stopping the cream, the rash al…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 1 Comments
    Silver May Turn Children Gray

    Q. My daughter and her husband make their own formulation of colloidal silver. They think this mixture protects them against the flu and other infections because it provides a natural boost to the imm…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Turmeric-Flavored Eggs Fight Arthritis

    Q. After reading about turmeric in your column, I started using one teaspoon in my scrambled eggs each morning. My arthritis has greatly improved, and I have far less pain when I walk. I work in my ya…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    No Relish For Mustard Remedy

    Q. Some time ago I read about a common kitchen condiment that was supposed to be good for severe leg cramps. Now I can't recall what it was. Can you help? A. The remedy in question involved a teaspoon…

    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 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Vitamin E Won’t Prevent Heart Problems

    Q. My husband had bypass surgery five years ago, and last year he had two stents put in. The heart doctor asked if he were taking vitamin E. We said he'd taken it for years, and the doctor said to sto…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 6 Comments
    Mustard Alleviates Mom’s Leg Cramps

    Some remedies maintain their popularity for years and years. We received this letter back in 2004, when we were just getting used to the idea that swallowing a spoonful of yellow mustard alleviates a …

    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 August 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Mineral Supplement Helps Her Sleep

    Q. I suffered from insomnia for three miserable years during menopause. My doctor prescribed Sonata but could not guarantee more than four hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly. I decided not to spend …