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 25, 2004 0 Comments
    #515 Makeover Madness

    Reality shows featuring makeovers have become extremely popular on TV. Do these appeal mainly to people's fantasies, or are Americans becoming obsessed with perfection? We'll find out what risks are e…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Juice Saves Money On Medicine

    Q. I noticed your comment on grapefruit juice raising blood levels of some medications. This is true, but as a medical doctor I purposely use it to increase absorption of an expensive drug. A. Grapefr…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Old Approaches To Depression Are Coming Back

    Depression can be a devastating, even life-threatening, disorder. Sadness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, low energy and reluctance to socialize are just some of the symptoms of major depression.…

    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 18, 2004 0 Comments
    #514 Ultraprevention

    Are you really taking as good care of your health as you think? Many chronic diseases start with inflammation you may not even know you have. Our guests will tell you how to combat inflammation and ma…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Low Carb Diet Might Help Daughter’s Acne

    Q. My 14-year-old daughter has had moderate acne for nearly two years. There are always five to ten small pimples on her forehead, and now she has ten to twenty pimples on her cheeks as well. Clearasi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Plan Ahead To Fight Flu Effectively

    Last year's flu season is a distant memory. But in a few months the flu will be back, and no one knows how bad it will be. The experts overreacted last year because influenza struck early. Public heal…

    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 11, 2004 0 Comments
    #513 Keeping Skin Healthy

    The skin is the largest, and the most visible, organ in the body. And from time to time, nearly everyone has an issue about skin, from acne to athlete's foot. Some wrinkle creams are well worth the in…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Hair Pulling Treatment Has Weird Side Effect

    Q. My daughter has been suffering from trichotillomania for five years. Drugs like Zoloft, Zyprexa and Celexa have been only mildly successful. She has been on a combination of Celexa and Risperdal fo…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2004 0 Comments
    States Challenge Rules On Canadian Drugs

    States don't often declare war on the federal government. But several are on the verge of battle over the issue of importing prescription drugs from Canada. The governor of Vermont plans to sue FDA fo…

    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 September 4, 2004 0 Comments
    #512 Health News Update

    The cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor is very effective at lowering cholesterol, especially at high doses. But in a new study higher doses did not prevent heart attacks as well as had been hoped. We'll …

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Stinging Insects Hold Reader Hostage

    Q. I have a deadly allergy to bee, hornet and wasp stings. I am 52 years old and have no medical insurance so I cannot get the shots needed to desensitize myself from this allergy. I am a virtual pris…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Careless Prescribing Puts Elders At Risk

    Doctors know better than to prescribe certain dangerous drugs to pregnant women. Medications like thalidomide (Thalomid) or isotretinon (Accutane) can cause tragic birth defects. The ulcer medicine mi…

    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 28, 2004 0 Comments
    #511 Preventing Medical Mishaps

    A new study suggests that as many as 200,000 people die each year in hospitals because of medical errors. How can you protect yourself or a loved one from such a catastrophe? Our guests will provide p…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Bleeding Ulcer Blamed On Pain Reliever

    Q. At 98, my mother lived in a nursing home but was in good health overall. One night after I visited, I got a call from the home saying she was "out of it." That was odd, but by the time I got back t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Medical Mistakes Still Take Too Many Lives

    In 1999 the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) shook the medical community to its foundation. The IOM estimated that almost 100,000 Americans die in hospitals every year as a consequence of error…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Mustard Alleviates Mom’s Leg Cramps

    Q. I was surprised that in a recent column you seemed unfamiliar with using mustard for leg cramps. Last year you recommended that very same remedy. My mother has leg cramps almost every night. Becaus…

    By: Joe Graedon August 21, 2004 0 Comments
    #510 Health News Update

    For many months, there has been controversy over the safety and effectiveness of popular antidepressants for children and teenagers. A study in this week's JAMA (August 18, 2004) shows that Prozac wor…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Noxzema Banishes Mystery Itch

    Q. Many thanks to whoever wrote about Noxzema for itchy skin. I've been plagued for over four years with a horrible itch on one side of my nose. It may seem laughable, but it's not so funny if you're …

    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 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Home Defibrillators Can Save Lives

    If you watch medical dramas on TV, the chances are good that you have seen a crisis like this: A patient goes into cardiac arrest, someone yells "code blue" and doctors come rushing with a crash cart …

    By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2004 0 Comments
    #509 Overcoming Speech Difficulties

    Many people have difficulties with stuttering and other speech problems. What approaches are most successful to help overcome these impediments? Find out what's behind stuttering and what can be done …

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-130 Health News Update

    Older people are most likely to suffer side effects from certain medicines, yet new research shows one in five seniors is being prescribed at least one drug that may be inappropriate. We talk with the…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Toilet Seat Transmit Herpes?

    Q. I am very disappointed in a recent column about getting herpes from a toilet seat. The herpes simplex virus does not live outside the body and needs direct skin-to-skin contact to spread. It is imp…

    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 …

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 3 Comments
    Older People Are Vulnerable To Drug Disasters

    Children are not just small adults. Drugs that are safe and effective for grown-ups, such as antidepressants or cough syrup, may not work well for kids. Pediatricians have worked hard to tailor childr…