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 March 3, 2003 1 Comments
    Home Remedies For Arthritis Safer Than Drugs

    Arthritis is not for sissies. Inflamed joints make it hard to climb stairs, play tennis or button shirts. But treatment also carries risks that often go unrecognized. According to an article in the Ne…

    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 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 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 January 6, 2003 0 Comments
    Vitamin Pill Linked To Bad Breath

    Q. We have had a strange experience with prescription drugs combined with a multiple vitamin. My husband takes Verelan, Altace and Proscar. His doctor also recommended a daily multi-vitamin. Shortly a…

    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 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Dhea Turbo-Charge Sex Life?

    Q. Is DHEA a safe way to increase testosterone and improve libido? My wife and I take good care of ourselves, but we do have some health problems that require medications. Our sex life has suffered ov…

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Ways To Avoid The Knife

    Q. I am a distance runner and my feet are in awful shape. They're cracked and scaly and the toenails are thickened with fungus. Trying to clip my nails is an exercise in frustration. To compound my pr…

    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 15, 2002 0 Comments
    The Vitamin Wars Are Over

    The vitamin wars are officially over. Record the date for posterity: June 19, 2002. That's when the American Medical Association published a radical new recommendation-most Americans should be taking …

    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…