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. …

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    Sleep Paralysis Can Be Terrifying

    Q. For many years, from age 25 to 45, I experienced the horrifying feelings that I now have learned are associated with "sleep paralysis." I never knew what it was and had no one to ask about it. Luck…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    Extra Care Needed For Elder’s Drugs

    Gun enthusiasts are fond of pointing out that guns don't kill people; people kill people. Drugs are a lot like loaded guns. When used with great care, they rarely cause harm. But if they are prescribe…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Sage For Stopping Bleeding

    Q. More than 40 years ago I worked in a Chinese restaurant. One day at work I somehow stabbed an icepick through the end of my thumb and it bled severely. I couldn't get it stopped even long enough to…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Angry Parent Objects To Deet Advice

    Q. I was shocked that you recommended DEET for a 12-year-old child at summer camp. Don't you know that DEET is dangerous for children? Even if he is allergic to chiggers, you had no business telling t…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Drug Leaflets Flunk Pharmacy Test

    Have you been to a pharmacy lately? If you got a prescription filled, chances are pretty good that you had to wait a long time to get your pills. Pharmacists are slammed with too much work and not eno…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Growth Hormone Keep Him Young?

    Q. I am a 30-year-old man, and I am starting to feel old. I am in the Army and can tell that I've lost a step on the younger guys. I want to improve my overall health, and after looking here and there…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Paxil Caused Problem With Potency

    Q. No one warned me that Paxil might affect my sexual ability. I suffered impotence for several years until I stopped taking Paxil. Then the problem went away. Stopping Paxil turned into a nightmare. …

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Catnip Chase Mosquitoes Away?

    Q. Someone recently inquired about mosquito repellent for a trip to Alaska. I can't remember where I read that catnip proved better as a mosquito repellent than DEET. I put this to the test last week …

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2002 0 Comments
    Study Turns Dietary Dogma Upside-Down

    In his 1973 movie Sleeper, Woody Allen plays a character who ends up in a coma on life support due to a medical error. Two hundred years later, he wakes up to find that the conventional dogma on healt…

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Look To Licorice To Remove Facial Ha…

    Q. I understand that eating licorice lowers testosterone levels in men. Will it have the same impact on testosterone levels in women? Could this hormonal effect be a solution to eliminating unwanted f…

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Ugly Secret Of Hormone Withdrawal Reaction

    Q. In 1985, after 8 months of very annoying hot flashes, I sought medical help and was prescribed Premarin. The first dosage was too strong and caused many headaches. It was cut back and later Provera…

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Women Were Right To Question HRT

    Women are furious. For decades they have been told to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), not only to relieve symptoms of menopause, but also to protect their hearts and preserve their bones. Some…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Alternatives For Treating Lice

    Q. Friends have called in a panic about treating lice. Their six-year-old daughter brought them home from summer camp. When I was a girl my parents used kerosene, but I hated it. These folks are reluc…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2002 0 Comments
    FDA Approves Break Through For Sleep Disorder

    Do you ever get sleepy in the middle of the day? Most of us might suppress a yawn or two if we have to sit through a boring meeting after lunch. But some people are overcome by daytime sleep attacks t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Sex Tip From The Cosmetic Counter

    Q. My husband and I have used Albolene as a sexual lubricant since the early 1970s. I'm not sure how we heard about it, but it's great: odorless, tasteless, slick but not messy. It comes in a white tu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Cookies Combat Doggie Diarrhea

    Q. I've read in your column about coconut macaroon cookies as a treatment for chronic diarrhea. My dog has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, for which he has been prescribed prednisone. I …

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Count On Estrogen To Help The Heart

    The estrogen ship has sunk. For years women were urged to take hormones even if they had no menopausal symptoms. The estrogen was believed to protect their bones as well as their hearts. Women who wer…

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Ways To Avoid The Knife

    Q. I am a distance runner and my feet are in awful shape. They're cracked and scaly and the toenails are thickened with fungus. Trying to clip my nails is an exercise in frustration. To compound my pr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Can His Drugs Affect Her Through Intercourse?

    Q. My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Now I am having health issues myself and my doctor is grasping at straws. At first he thought it was a thyroid problem, then menopausal symptoms, bu…