By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2005 0 Comments
    Embarrassing Side Effects Make Patient Quit Proz…

    Q. Seven years ago I was prescribed Prozac after several other antidepressants had not helped. I was hesitant, as I had heard of a man who committed suicide on Prozac. But I went ahead with the minimu…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2005 0 Comments
    Old-Fashioned Drug Trumps New Arthritis Pills

    First it was Vioxx. Then Bextra and Celebrex were tarnished. Even the over-the-counter arthritis drug Aleve (naproxen) has been linked to cardiovascular complications. Several weeks ago a safety exper…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2005 0 Comments
    #525 Health News Update

    Inflammation is emerging as one of the most important factors influencing a person's risk of heart attack. We find out about new research on how statin cholesterol-lowering drugs affect an inflammator…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2005 0 Comments
    #285 Old Souls

    Some children report extraordinary experiences from what they believe were prior lives. Are they just fantasizing or is there a way to study such reports scientifically? More than half the world belie…

    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 January 3, 2005 0 Comments
    Senior Citizen Fights Resistant Lice

    Q. I am 74 with fine hair. A month ago I came down with a case of lice after a visit to a barber shop. My doctor recommended Rid. I used it twice with no success. I bought a product on the Internet an…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2005 0 Comments
    FDA Has Double Standard On Testosterone

    SEX! From the beginning of human history sex has been a topic of compelling interest. And people can't seem to get enough. They have been trying to concoct aphrodisiacs for thousands of years. Truffle…

    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 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Nosebleeds Can Be Disabling

    Q. My son, my granddaughter and I have inherited a blood vessel disease (HHT) that results in frequent debilitating nosebleeds. My mother had thousands of transfusions that led her to contract AIDS an…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2004 0 Comments
    The Power Of Prescription Drug Advertising

    When visitors from another country turn on the TV in the U.S., they are often shocked to see commercials for prescription drugs. The only other place in the world where this is permitted is New Zealan…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2004 0 Comments
    #499 Forgiveness

    Carrying around anger and resentment can certainly poison our relationships. But it may also harm our health. How can we address this problem? As difficult as it may be, forgiving those who have harme…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2004 0 Comments
    #294 Faith in God in the Face of Crisis

    Reynolds Price describes his interaction with readers after writing the memoir of his life-threatening illness in A Whole New Life. One person in particular asked him if God exists and does He care? R…

    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
    Does Prozac Change Personality?

    Q. I want to tell you of my experience with Prozac so that no one else has to go through it. I had taken Xanax for several years for periodic stress. I used it only intermittently, when the stress of …

    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 18, 2004 0 Comments
    #524 Alcohol: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The health benefits of alcohol have been documented in many studies over the last few decades. We will explore the research behind the health claims. Are there differences in effect among wine, beer, …

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Keep Raw Eggs Out Of Child’s Milk Shake

    Q. I have relatives that make milk shakes for my five-year-old granddaughter. They always put a raw egg in the milk shake. They seem to think the uncooked egg is better for the child. I believe I have…

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Is Candy Craving Due To Deficiency?

    Q. In the last 4 years I have had 2 children. During both pregnancies I craved mint sweets (Humbugs or Evertons). I could not get enough of them and in the final months more or less ate nothing else a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Drugs For Kids Pose Parental Dilemma

    Double bind: n. 1. A psychological impasse created when contradictory demands are made of an individual so that no matter which directive is followed, the response will be construed as incorrect. 2. A…

    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 December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Soy Milk Lower Libido?

    Q. I'm a 49-year-old male in excellent health. I'm not overweight and run 35 miles a week. I've noticed a slight decline in my sex drive (mostly just my desire for sex). I wonder if phytoestrogens in …

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Can The FDA Handle Drug Safety

    How safe are America's medicines? Ask the pharmaceutical industry or the FDA, and you will be told that we have the safest drugs in the world. But the Vioxx fiasco has Americans starting to wonder if …

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2004 0 Comments
    #522 Overcoming Performance Addiction

    Today's culture has an insatiable thirst for perfection and status. How is it that so many of us are compulsive achievers, living with the deep and debilitating belief that perfecting appearance and c…

    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 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Will Surgery Help Hip And Harm Head?

    Q. I'm about to have hip surgery and I'm worried about an article I read that anesthesia may lead to memory loss. What can you tell me about it? A. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found …

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2004 0 Comments
    How Good Are Children’s Cold Medicines?

    Americans spend billions each year on cough and cold remedies. Much of that money is wasted. Many products on drug store shelves are ineffective, but don't tell Dr. Mom that. It will just make her mad…

    By: Joe Graedon November 27, 2004 0 Comments
    #521 Health News Update

    FDA has come under scrutiny lately. Not only did Dr. David Graham testify before Congress about shortcomings in the agency's safety record, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Saving Skin With Hand Sanitizers

    Q. I have become obsessive about washing my hands. All the news reports about the shortage of flu vaccine stress the importance of washing hands. Now they are red and rough and getting worse by the da…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Genric Drug Problem Raises Questions On Quality

    For decades the FDA has maintained that generic drugs are every bit as good as their brand name counterparts. Millions of people rely on generics as less expensive alternatives to pricey products like…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 1 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…