By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Mustard Eases Leg Cramps In A Pinch

    Q. At a social function last week, a lady stood up and was hit with a leg cramp so severe she could not move. The hostess rushed to the kitchen, returned with some French's mustard in a teaspoon and a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Importing Drugs From Canada Back On The Agenda

    The high cost of medicine remains one of the hottest political buttons in this election year, just as it has been for the last several elections. The reason is that senior citizens vote--and they are …

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2004 0 Comments
    #464 Overcoming Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia means misery for millions of Americans. The extreme fatigue and chronic pain associated with this condition may be linked to the sleep difficulties sufferers experience. Many have been fr…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 0 Comments
    Listerine Mouthwash Eases Itch From Chiggers

    Q. I am intrigued by the unusual ways people use Listerine. Every summer, I am plagued with itchy chigger bites. After reading that Listerine could relieve shingles pain, I tried applying it to the bi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 0 Comments
    Don’t Give Raisin Remedy To Dogs

    Q. I am curious to know if anyone has tried the gin-soaked raisins for arthritic dogs. I have an 80 lb. dog with arthritic hips, although she is only 6. Daily aspirin and glucosamine is helping somewh…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 0 Comments
    Beware Home Remedies That Hurt

    Everyone loves home remedies. Whether it's a banana peel taped to a wart or a teaspoon of sugar for hiccups, these inexpensive approaches seem harmless and amusing. But not all home remedies are safe.…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2004 0 Comments
    #504 Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit in Women&…

    For many of us, both men and women, life is so busy that we rush from one day to the next with little awareness of how we feel. Can conscious awareness help women deal better with common issues like p…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2004 0 Comments
    Cleanser Offers Cheap Personal Lubrication

    Q. My husband and I have read questions in your column about a personal lubricant. Many years ago, my gynecologist told me to use Albolene. It is a mascara remover, but has nothing harmful in it. It m…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2004 0 Comments
    Finding Help For Hockey Bruises

    Q. Are there any supplements or vitamins that speed up healing from bruising? I am a 38-year-old man and I have recently started playing ice hockey again. Needless to say, bruises are a part of the ga…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2004 0 Comments
    Toilet Seat Contagion Is Disputed

    Can You Catch Something From a Toilet Seat? Nothing stirs up emotions quite like toilet seats. The frightening idea of catching an infection from simply sitting has been hotly contested. We recently h…

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2004 0 Comments
    #503 Coping with Fear, Anxiety and Shame

    We all have stress in our lives, but how do we handle it? Sometimes, fear or anxiety and the shame that underlies those emotions can interfere with our ability to function and achieve our goals. But w…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2004 0 Comments
    Noxzema Works Against Itchy Skin

    Q. I was troubled for months by itching on my scalp and eyebrows and around the edges of my nose. My dermatologist suggested trying a mild corticosteroid cream for the facial dermatitis, but she cauti…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2004 0 Comments
    Smelly Feet Can Be Remedied

    Q. My son has really smelly feet. He can't take off his shoes when we're in the car or the house, or he stinks us all out. His feet must be covered. (Fresh socks, a blanket or a hazmat response suit a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2004 0 Comments
    Atkins Diet Data Confounds Experts

    Robert Atkins may be dead, but his low-carbohydrate, high protein diet lives on. In fact, it may be picking up steam. The low-carb craze has been blamed for losses at Krispy Kreme. In response, the co…

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2004 0 Comments
    #502 Do We Need More Vitamin D?

    Most people know that Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is crucial for calcium metabolism. But it is also involved in many health functions that seem to have nothing to do with strong bones. Without ad…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2004 0 Comments
    Toilet Seat Was Source Of Herpes Infection

    Q. You recently wrote that people can't catch anything serious from a toilet seat, but you were mistaken. My husband and I work out at a local gym. Somehow he picked up a herpes infection on his botto…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2004 0 Comments
    Prevent Cancerous Chemicals When Grilling

    Q. Our family is big into grilling, even the kids. Our son loves to cook burgers or chicken and my husband is noted for his spare ribs. Last week my sister and her family were over and when we fired u…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2004 1 Comments
    Breathing Offers New Approach To Healing

    Most of the time, we take breathing for granted. On average, each of us inhales 26,000 times a day without even thinking about it. But breathing can be controlled. We can decide how fast or slow, how …

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2004 0 Comments
    Chocolate And Raisins No Good For Dogs

    Q. Is it really bad for dogs to eat chocolate? Some of my co-workers don't believe that giving chocolate cake or even candy to their dogs is a problem, but I've heard that it's dangerous. What does it…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2004 0 Comments
    Beer And Licorice Diet Bad For Health

    Q. My husband's doctor says he's fine except for being borderline diabetic. My husband retired recently and is now in the house all day. He hardly eats during the day. He thinks he's too fat, though h…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2004 0 Comments
    Are Antidepressants Hazardous Just Kids?

    The Food and Drug Administration is in a bind. Millions of people, including many children, have taken antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil and Wellbutrin. Physicians and patients assumed that the FDA s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-122 New Advances Against Cancer

    Two of the country's leading clinicians and researchers will join us to discuss the latest advances in preventing, diagnosis and treating cancer. We'll discuss the latest finding about aspirin vs. bre…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 0 Comments
    Herpes Infection Threatens Relationship

    Q. I have been with my partner for 10 years and we are finally talking marriage. But we just found out he has herpes. He swears he has not been with anyone but me in our 10 years, but isn't this a sex…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 0 Comments
    Ice Addiction Is Out Of Control

    Q. I need help. Twenty years ago, I developed a craving for cornstarch during my second pregnancy. It disappeared with the birth of my son. I thought that was the end of it, but some years later it re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 13 Comments
    Serotonin Syndrome Can Be Deadly

    Serotonin is a critically important neurochemical that helps control mood and is also involved in appetite, sexual behavior, sleep and learning. Millions take medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Lexapr…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    Jelly Bean Cure For Constipation

    Q. I read with interest and sympathy a letter about problems with constipation. I wanted to share something that has helped me. After hearing some people complain that sugar-free jellybeans gave them …

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    How Dangerous Is The Toilet Seat?

    Q. What illness or infection, if any, can a person get from sitting on a toilet seat? A. Conventional medical wisdom maintains that you can't catch an infection from sitting on a toilet seat. Intact s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    Choosing A Discount Drug Card Is Challenging

    Beware politicians bearing gifts. After years of wrangling, the first phase of the Medicare drug benefit is going into effect. But saving money with drug cards won't be simple. Congress knows that the…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2004 0 Comments
    #498 Agricultural Chemicals and their Effects on…

    Farm families could be seen as the canaries in the coal mines: they are exposed to higher levels of pesticides and herbicides than the rest of us. How do these compounds affect their health? What are …

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2004 0 Comments
    Gum To Fight Bad Breath And Cavities

    Q. I read that cinnamon is good against plaque. Can you tell me how to take it? A. Research funded by the Wrigley Company has found that chewing cinnamon gum (Big Red, for example) can kill bacteria i…