By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 1 Comments
    Can Sugarless Gum Cause GI Problems?

    Q. I have a nervous stomach. This results in frequent, unpredictable bouts of diarrhea. I have also been chewing sugarless gum daily for years.   I just heard that sugarless gum can combat c…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 1 Comments
    Is Garlic Toxic To The Brain?

    Q. A friend of mine sent me an article about garlic being toxic. He says it slows reflexes and impairs concentration. I am a great fan of garlic and use a lot of it when I cook. Now I am concerned abo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 11 Comments
    Don’t Mix Motrin And Tylenol In Tykes

    Q. I am a pediatrician concerned about parents' use of two over-the-counter medications. I often feel like a "one-woman army" trying to combat simultaneous use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Adults Lick Lollipops For Nicotine Fix

    Are cigarettes drugs? The FDA once argued that a cigarette is a "high technology nicotine delivery system" and therefore should be subject to regulation. A lot of people thought the FDA was way out of…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 1 Comments
    Shelf Life Of Sunscreen

    Q. I just found some left over sunscreen from last summer. Is it safe to use it again this year?   A. Check the expiration date on the label. Most sunscreens are good for a couple years even…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Tasty Metamucil Wafers For Fiber

    Q. In a recent answer to a laxative addict, you suggested psyllium (Fiberall, Metamucil, Per Diem Fiber, etc.) as an approach to easing constipation. But you left out a patient-friendly solution. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Doesn’t Go Well With All Drugs

    Q. We've recently been buying grapefruit by the box from a truck that comes up from Florida. They are incredibly delicious, but my neighbor says they interact with lots of drugs. Where do I find a lis…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Chaste-Tree Berry For Chastity?

    Q. I'm a 39-year-old woman in need of an herb that can decrease sex drive. I think you've written about this before, but I can't recall the herb you suggested. I'm in excellent health,…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 3 Comments
    Remedies For Dry, Itchy Skin

    Q. My skin is so dry and itchy that sometimes I have to stop and scratch in the middle of a tennis game. This annoys my partner, and of course it bothers me more than I can say. What suggestions do yo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 1 Comments
    Don’t Kill Kitty Yourself

    Q. I have a 19-year-old cat to which I am very attached. I know her time will come soon. I don't want to take her to the vet to be put down because she is terrified of both vets and needles. I would l…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Secret Language Divides Doctors And Patients

    Once upon a time anyone who wanted to be a doctor had to study Latin. It was the language of learning. It also created a mystique that patients could not penetrate. It's been decades since Latin was r…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Is Enteric Aspirin Safer?

    Q. What is the value of the "enteric" form of aspirin? I need to take aspirin for my heart and I'm aware it can cause gastric ulcers. I thought the enteric aspirin would be safer than re…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 2 Comments
    Alternatives To Vancenase Nasal Spray

    Q. After 30 years of frequent and severe sinus infections, I was delighted when an allergist put me on Vancenase nasal spray. It afforded me great relief, and I've been using it since 1993. &…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 3 Comments
    Varied Uses For Vicks

    Q. Your column is a blast. Have you compiled a list of all the uses of Vicks VapoRub? I find it amazing how many things can be done with one simple product! A. Vicks VapoRub has been available for nea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Getting Off The Laxative Bandwagon

    Q. Years ago I had a serious eating problem (anorexia) and began to use laxatives to help me keep weight off. I eventually became dependent on them and now would like to discontinue their use. When I …

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Red Wine And Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Q. I heard today that red wine and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are a bad mix. Is this true and if so how come? I thought red wine was supposed to be good for you. A. Red wine in moderation has b…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Are Diet Drugs Dangerous?

    For decades Americans have looked for a quick and easy way to lose weight. Despite the popularity of vibrating gizmos and battery-powered gadgets, diet pills are the preferred method. No muss, no fuss…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 1 Comments
    DASH Diet For High Blood Pressure

    Q. I have high blood pressure (about 180/80) and my doctor has prescribed nearly everything he can think of. We have tried over a dozen different medicines, with unacceptable results or side effects. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice For Canker Sores

     Q. I have read that sauerkraut juice is good for canker sores, but I can't find it in stores. Where can I get it?    A. Many grocery stores carry or will order pure sauerkraut…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Are Avocados Good Or Bad For Heart Health?

    Q. Do avocados have cholesterol? I've been told to watch my diet, and I've heard that I should avoid avocados, but I love them. Are they really bad for my heart?   A. Avocados contai…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 4 Comments
    Parkinson’s Drugs for Restless Leg Syndrom…

    Q. My wife suffers unmercifully from Restless Leg Syndrome. Over the years physicians have prescribed a variety of medications, but only two worked. Both are powerful pain relievers--Talwin and Vicodi…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Relief For Jock Itch

    Q. I've been fascinated by the discussion of jock itch in your column. I've had this problem for years and tried dozens of over-the-counter medicines. None of them worked for more than a few days.  L…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    How Much Wine Is Good For You?

    Q. I keep reading about how much good "a glass of red wine" can do, but nobody ever says how big the glass should be. Any ideas? A. Harvard epidemiologists who study the effects of alcohol on heart di…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Careless Use Of Healing Herbs Might Harm

    Humans have been using herbal medicines for millennia. Every culture on earth has learned to harness the pharmaceuticals mother nature provided. But what happens when an herb is adopted by people who …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Laxatives And Diuretics No Way To Control Weight

    Q. My niece takes laxatives and diuretics weekly to stay in drill team weight range. Is this dangerous? A. Both laxatives and diuretics (water pills) can deplete the body of essential minerals. If pot…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Banana Peel and Cabbage for Hemorrhoids?

    Q. When I first developed hemorrhoids I could hardly believe this was happening to me. I called my doctor and she suggested surgery, but I didn't want to go under the knife. A favorite book about food…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Could Low DHEA Explain Low Libido?

    Q. What can you tell me about DHEA? I recently had my hormones checked and the results showed I have very little testosterone or DHEA. Could this explain my lack of sex drive? I have had a very low li…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 110 Comments
    Allergy to Vicks VapoRub?

    Q. Have you ever heard of anyone being allergic to Vicks VapoRub? A few days ago I had some congestion, and instead of taking a decongestant I decided to try rubbing a small amount of Vicks on my ches…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 2 Comments
    Depression or Underactive Thyroid?

    Q. Years ago my symptoms of depression, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, intolerance to cold, cold hands and feet and fatigue led my doctor to test me and diagnose low thyroid function. He put m…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 5 Comments
    Are Vitamin B12 Tablets As Good As Injections?

    Q. About six years ago my doctor informed me that I had low vitamin B12 levels and started giving me monthly injections. Now he says that B12 pills are just as good as the shots.  Is this really true…