By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Beware Tempting Claims And False Promises

    Would you like a longer penis, bigger breasts or a better memory? Perhaps you would prefer to lose weight overnight or grow hair on a balding head. If any of this sounds too familiar, you've been read…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2002 0 Comments
    Fish Oil May Defeat Depression

    Q. I have been taking Zoloft for four months and my doctor wants me to stick with it. He keeps increasing the dose so that it will relieve my depression, but it hasn't done so yet. It has made me jitt…

    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 11, 2002 0 Comments
    Aspirin Continues To Astound Researchers

    For more than 100 years aspirin has been a staple in medicine cabinets all around the world. At pennies a pill, it remains the best bargain in the drug store. Amazingly, even after all this time aspir…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Hemorrhoid Ointment Work For Wrinkles

    Q. I have a friend who says that Preparation H can smooth wrinkles on your face. She has lovely skin, but I am dubious. Could a hemorrhoid product really do any good against wrinkles, or is this an ur…

    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 November 4, 2002 0 Comments
    Duct Tape Remedy Beats Freezing Warts

    Who says home remedies don't work? When it comes to warts, even dermatologists sometimes use unorthodox approaches. For years such doctors have whispered the tricks of their trade. Some have claimed t…

    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 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Mixing Household Chemicals Can be Deadly

    Q. I read somewhere recently that a woman almost died while cleaning with chlorine bleach and ammonia. I clean with these items every week. Could you tell me how this could possibly cause death? A. Co…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Medication Mistakes Are Common And Serious

    To err is human, but mistakes are unforgivable when lives are at stake. That's why pilots go through a comprehensive checklist before takeoff and why copilots are always vigilant for any unexpected pr…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 0 Comments
    Sexy Guy Doesn’t Need Viagra

    Q. My boy friend does not suffer from impotence, far from it. But he is taking Viagra. He says it helps him achieve better erections and last longer. I think it's ridiculous, but he jokes about it and…

    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 21, 2002 0 Comments
    Buying Medicine In Canada Makes You A Criminal

    Thousands of older Americans are breaking the law. Most don't even realize they are engaged in criminal activity. In an attempt to save money they are purchasing prescription medicines in Canada or Me…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2002 0 Comments
    Pulling Her Hair Out Over Lack Of Insurance

    Q. I have just changed jobs and my new employer does not offer medical insurance. I am presently taking Luvox for trichotillomania and Synthroid for a thyroid condition. I am having trouble getting in…

    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 14, 2002 0 Comments
    Are You Overdosing On TV Drug Ads?

    If you watch the evening news on TV these days, you've seen more than your fill of prescription drug ads. There's the "celebrate with Celebrex" commercial, not to mention ads for the competition, Viox…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2002 0 Comments
    Make-Up Remover Doubles As Sexual Lubricant

    Q. Some time ago a reader praised a moisturizer that she and her husband had been using for 27 years as a sexual lubricant. I meant to save the column, but by mistake I recycled the newspaper. This pr…

    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 7, 2002 2 Comments
    Constipation Can Be Cured

    Never let it be said that Americans lack compassion. So many readers responded to a letter from a woman suffering severe constipation that our mailbox was full. She said, "Unless I use a laxative, two…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Shocking Pink Nits Easier To Locate

    Q. I am going crazy looking for nits. My eight-year-old daughter caught lice at school and we are having an awful time getting rid of them. The school has a no-nit policy, which means I have to search…

    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 October 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Patient Power Resurrects Drug

    Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the prescription drug Lotronex is about to return to drugstore shelves. This kind of resurrection is unprecedented in FDA history. Lotronex was approved for sale …

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Private Eye Seeks Way To Avoid Blood Clots

    Q. I am a private investigator. Believe me when I tell you the job is not as glamorous as most people think. I spend hours sitting in a car watching and waiting. I have read that people who sit throug…

    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 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Pepto-Bismol May Rescue Wedding Guest

    Q. I cannot talk to anyone about this embarrassing problem, not even my doctor. Some days I experience bouts of flatulence that are so smelly that I cannot bear to go out in public. My niece is gettin…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Doctor Rejects Patients Over HRT

    People hate change. Even scientists get comfortable with their theories about the way the world works. When Galileo challenged the prevailing 17th century belief that the sun revolved around the earth…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Wife Worried About Lack Of Ejaculation

    Q. I've never seen this subject addressed in your column, and hope it is not taboo. My husband had one problem which Viagra addressed, but now he cannot ejaculate. I've read that ejaculating at least …

    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 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Politicians’ Promises Try Patience

    Election day is just around the corner. Over the next few months we will be bombarded by political messages from candidates who are desperate for our votes. The high cost of prescription drugs is once…

    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. …