By: Terry Graedon March 27, 2006 0 Comments
    Best Aspirin Dose–Not Too Low, Not Too Hig…

    Q. I keep reading about taking aspirin on a daily basis to cut my risk of a heart attack. Now, the experts are saying this daily dose of aspirin will also help cut my chance of developing breast cance…

    By: Terry Graedon March 27, 2006 0 Comments
    Don’t Suffer in Secret from Peyronie’…

    Peyronie’s disease is not a household name. Most people have never heard of this condition, which affects the most private part of a man’s anatomy. Yet it can have a major impact on self esteem or…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2006 0 Comments
    581 Understanding Medicare Part D

    What does the “D��? in Medicare Part D stand for? It could stand for Drugs, since this is the part of Medicare that pays for prescription medications for seniors. But at this point in time, it a…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2006 0 Comments
    Is Grapefruit Safe for Lowering Cholesterol?

    Grapefruit has long had a reputation as a health food. Not only is it loaded with nutrients like vitamin C, potassium and folic acid, but it also has been reported to help people lose weight. For deca…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2006 0 Comments
    Indian Spice Rescued Potbellied Pig

    Q. My pet potbellied pig (Bradford) was down for six weeks with a disc problem in his back. We tried everything to help him, including prednisone. What finally saved him, just before the vet was set t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2006 0 Comments
    Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Changes Hair Color

    Q. I have read in your column that cholesterol-lowering drugs might affect hair color. I was relieved because I was afraid I was going nuts. My hair has been pure white for years. Since I started taki…

    By: Terry Graedon March 18, 2006 0 Comments
    580 Advances for Arthritis

    Arthritis has plagued mankind for millennia, and the search for relief is ongoing. One popular arthritis drug, Vioxx, was taken off the market because it increases the risk of heart attacks. There are…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2006 0 Comments
    Dietary Dogma Causes Credibility Crisis

    Is it any wonder people are feeling betrayed and bewildered? Over the last couple of decades they have been given a lot of advice on healthy living. Most of the suggestions required sacrifice and self…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2006 5 Comments
    Peanut Butter Dose Is Lethal

    Q. You've discussed remedies for hiccups in your column. You got a warning about eating peanut butter off a spoon and responded: "If someone has trouble swallowing, it would be prudent to avoid peanut…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2006 0 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Makes Good Antiperspirant

    Q. You expressed surprise that someone might use milk of magnesia as an underarm deodorant. I have been using milk of magnesia for several years. Despite my initial skepticism, I've found it to be a r…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2006 3 Comments
    #579 The Soy Story

    Soybeans are high in protein and rich in isoflavones that are said to have health benefits. Soy foods certainly provide alternatives to high-fat, high-cholesterol products like sausage, hamburger and …

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2006 0 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia for Underarms

    Q. I want to share a remedy I learned about when traveling in Brazil. Just apply milk of magnesia to your armpits. It is the best underarm deodorant! A. What an unusual idea. Milk of magnesia contains…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2006 0 Comments
    Estrogen Story Is Confusing

    Q. I took hormones for four years and then discontinued for a year. Now I have started again, at the urging of my doctor. While I was not taking hormones, I had hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal d…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2006 0 Comments
    Low-Price Drugs May Have Hidden Costs

    For years we have been critical of “me-too��? drugs. These are copy-cat medicines. When a pharmaceutical company comes up with a brilliant new compound, it doesn’t take competitors long to cre…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2006 0 Comments
    578 Health News Update

    An expert panel for the FDA has recommended stronger warnings for the stimulant drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADHD). Will cautions about heart attacks and strokes scare parents away …

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2006 0 Comments
    Low-Fat Diet Reaps Few Rewards

    A century ago, our forebears were happy to eat eggs and bacon for breakfast and a big meal of steak or fried chicken for dinner. They worked hard, they liked the taste, and they didn’t worry about h…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2006 0 Comments
    Herbal Gel Banished Bruises

    Q. Yesterday I had a slow motion tumble off my bike onto my knees on the way home. They were bruised, but I was able to pedal home and get arnica gel on them in about ten minutes. I also took some hom…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2006 0 Comments
    Can Getting a Chill Cause a Cold?

    Q. My husband hates wearing a coat in the winter. Unless it is freezing and blowing he mostly throws on a flannel shirt over a turtleneck. Forget hat, gloves or boots. He won’t have anything to do w…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2006 0 Comments
    New Diet Pill May Have Benefits Beyond Weight Lo…

    Everyone wants an easy way to lose weight. That's why diet pills have been greeted with such enthusiasm over the years. But safe and easy weight loss has been an unfulfilled promise--until now, that i…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2006 1 Comments
    Is Peanut Butter Safe As Hiccup Remedy?

    Q. I was surprised to see in a recent column a suggestion for swallowing peanut butter as a cure for hiccups. Years ago I read that one should never eat peanut butter unless it is on a cracker, bread,…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2006 0 Comments
    Antidepressant Linked to Suicide

    Q. My husband went into the hospital for chest pains on a Sunday. He was kept overnight and lots of tests were run. After all that, he was told he was physically healthy and probably just had an anxie…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2006 0 Comments
    #576 Coping with Chronic Pain

    Chronic pain affects millions of Americans. Migraine sufferers, arthritis victims, people with bad backs and those with cancer pain all have to cope with pain over the course of many months or years. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2006 1 Comments
    Are Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Memory Loss?

    Can cholesterol-lowering drugs affect memory? That is a question we have wrestled with for nearly six years. It started when we received a letter from a woman who complained that several months after …

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2006 0 Comments
    Prick Up Your Ears for Hiccup Cure

    Q. I have a hiccup cure that I've used all my life and passed on to my kids: Have someone stand behind you and pull straight up on your ears while you take sips of water. I do this by myself by taking…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2006 0 Comments
    Can Lip Balm Be Addicting?

    Q. Is there any help for dry, chapped and peeling lips? I use lip balm constantly, but it only helps for a little while. I think I am addicted to this stuff. I’ve got tubes in the car, in my coat po…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2006 0 Comments
    #538 (archive) Untangling Thyroid Confusion

    A little gland in your neck can control your sex life, your weight, your energy and even your mood. But surprisingly, this gland (the thyroid) frequently gets out of whack. Of the 20 million Americans…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2006 0 Comments
    Drug Warnings Too Often Ignored

    Doctors are way too busy these days. Full waiting rooms and crammed schedules mean physicians rush from one patient to another with barely enough time to do scribble a prescription. Because of this fr…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2006 0 Comments
    Will Herb for Prostate Make Hair Grow?

    Q. Are there any herbs that will help hair grow back? I read that saw palmetto worked for some men. My dermatologist, who is bald, tells me nothing works and it is all a waste of money. According to h…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2006 0 Comments
    Did Heartburn Drug Trigger Ice Craving?

    Q. About 5 months ago I started craving ice. I think the condition is called pica, but I don't know what it means. Before this, I would always order my drinks with no ice, and I couldn't stand drinks …

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2006 0 Comments
    #575 Men’s Health: The Prostate Connection

    Prostate cancer is extremely common, affecting one man in every six. Is it possible to prevent prostate cancer? Not everyone with prostate cancer will develop disease. How can men decide what treatmen…