By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2005 0 Comments
    Sleep Deprivation Makes Driving Dangerous

    Are you a hazard on the highways? Do you drive impaired? Most people would answer no, but they might be deluding themselves. Far too many people drink and drive. Even a few glasses of wine can slow re…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2005 0 Comments
    Insomniacs Will Soon Have a New Pill for Sleep

    Q. I have fibromyalgia and it disturbs my sleep. I take Lunesta for sleep every night (in addition to practicing healthy sleep habits). What is your opinion of the new medication Rozerem? A. Lunesta (…

    By: Joe Graedon September 17, 2005 0 Comments
    #559 Open Lines

    Although pomegranates are mentioned in Greek myths and the Bible, researchers are rediscovering the healing power of this ancient fruit. New research suggests that something in pomegranates may improv…

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2005 0 Comments
    Insomniacs Will Soon Have A New Pill For Sleep

    Q. I have fibromyalgia and it disturbs my sleep. I take Lunesta for sleep every night (in addition to practicing healthy sleep habits). What is your opinion of the new medication Rozerem? A. Lunesta (…

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2005 0 Comments
    Cutting Carbs Controls Indigestion

    Q. Years ago, I was overweight and had high blood pressure. So my doctor put me on a diet. When I reached a plateau, the doctor told me to cut out bread. It worked. I lost the desired amount and my bl…

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2005 0 Comments
    FDA Delay of Plan B Triggers Complaints

    The FDA is in hot water. Not long ago the agency was under scrutiny for its handling of the Vioxx problem. Critics charged that the Food and Drug Administration was more concerned about the health of …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Eggplant Lower Blood Pressure?

    Q. Have you ever heard of this remedy for high blood pressure? Wash but don't peel a medium eggplant. Dice it into 1-inch cubes. Place the cubes in a glass gallon jug and cover the eggplant with disti…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2005 1 Comments
    ADD Drug Linked To Weight Loss

    Q. My 10-year-old granddaughter has ADHD. She has been prescribed Concerta and Ritalin and takes both pills every morning. At a birthday party for her cousin recently, my wife and I noticed that our g…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Arthritis Sufferers Caught In Dilemma

    Pity anyone with pain that lasts more than 10 days. That's how long the FDA says you can safely take an over-the-counter analgesic such as Advil, Aleve or Tylenol on your own. The trouble is that one …

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2005 14 Comments
    Black Cohosh

    This plant, native to North American forests, has a number of popular names: bugbane, black snakeroot, rattleroot, and squaw root. It sends up graceful tall spires of white flowers; the black in its c…

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2005 11 Comments
    Bilberry

    "Bilberry" sounds a lot like "blueberry," and for good reason. The bilberry is a European blueberry. American blueberries are Vaccinium corymbosum. Huckleberries and whortleberries are also closely re…

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2005 29 Comments
    Arnica

    Arnica montana is a perennial flowering plant native to southern Russia and other mountainous areas in Europe. In Germany, A. montana is a protected species, so the pharmacopoeia there includes the ve…

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2005 1 Comments
    Aspartame for Arthritis

    This is one of the most bizarre discoveries we have ever heard about. A scientist noticed that when he got up out of his chair after watching a football game, his arthritis pain was greatly diminished…

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2005 1 Comments
    Aromatherapy for Hair Loss

    When we read about aromatherapy for hair loss (treatment for alopecia areata) in the Archives of Dermatology (November 1998)* we were astounded. The Scottish dermatologists stated that: "Cedarwood, l…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2005 0 Comments
    #557 Open Lines

    The beverage of choice for hundreds of millions of people is coffee. We've been told that it causes insomnia, raises blood pressure and may even increase the risk of heart disease. But new research al…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Listerine Works For Trucker’s Bottom

    Q. I read an article in your column about using Listerine for itchy scalp. It reminded me that forty-plus years ago when I was a glue chemist, we kept a crystal of thymol in our pH buffers to prevent …

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2005 0 Comments
    How Much Tylenol Is Too Much?

    Q. I take six Tylenol Arthritis Pain pills every day. They contain 650 mg each of acetaminophen. I read recently that acetaminophen can increase blood pressure. Should I worry? A. You are taking the m…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Old Scams In New Bottles

    Why is the grass always greener someplace else? The idea that remedies from a far-away, exotic location are more potent than anything home grown harkens back to the traveling medicine shows of the 19t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2005 0 Comments
    #556 Letting Go of Shame

    Shame is a universal emotion that fuels fears and wreaks havoc on our capacity to act, speak, create, or even just show up! Why is something that's been studied since Adam and Eve talked about so infr…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Drug Make Gray Hair Turn Black?

    Q. A year or so ago, you had a letter from a reader who said a pill she was taking turned her gray hair dark again. I know it's not guaranteed to work, but I'd like to try it. Do you know what she was…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Hospitals Take Lessons From Supermarkets

    Ever since 1999, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published its landmark report on medical error, health care leaders have been bemoaning the sorry state of American medicine. Authors of the study…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Lowering Cholesterol With A Bit Of Cinnamon

    Q. I have a history of high cholesterol dating at least to bypass surgery about 12 years ago. My cholesterol was running around 290. Several months ago I decided to try cinnamon, about a quarter teasp…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2005 0 Comments
    #555 Open Lines

    The pharmaceutical industry is issuing new guidelines for prescription drug advertising to consumers. We talk with Ken Johnson, Senior Vice President of PhRMA, to find out what they are. New research …

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2005 0 Comments
    Low Potassium Nearly Killed Construction Worker

    Q. I am in the construction industry and have to deal with all kinds of weather. I am also an emergency medical technician with 18 years of experience. On July 19th, I died. Fortunately for me, I was …

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2005 0 Comments
    Criticism Of Drug Advertising Prompts Review

    In 1997 the FDA opened Pandora's box when it changed its rules to permit widespread advertising of prescription drugs to consumers. Before that, regulations were so strict that most drug companies did…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2005 0 Comments
    Pennyroyal Plants Beat Off Bugs

    Q. A camper recently asked how to avoid insect bites. My family faced this problem when I was young, living in the hills of Arkansas. Much of our food, such as huckleberries or blackberries, came from…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2005 0 Comments
    #554 Achieving Resilience

    What do Albert Einstein, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong have in common? Rather than letting hardship, trauma or physical illness destroy their lives, their resilient natures allowed t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2005 0 Comments
    #447 How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

    With scary headlines and late breaking news, it's hardly any wonder so many people are staying up past their bed times. Even under the best of conditions, Americans are severely sleep deprived. There …

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2005 0 Comments
    Warning Too Late Re: Antidepressants and Suicide

    Q. My son Mike was prescribed Paxil for depression while he was a graduate teaching assistant at New Mexico State University. Around day 13 he slipped into a mood that I had never seen before. He neve…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2005 0 Comments
    Battling Lice Takes Persistence

    LICE! Just reading the word can make your head itch. What is it about lice that inspires such loathing? Otherwise normal people become hysterical at the mere thought of these bloodsuckers. Many people…