By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Your Medicine Bringing You Down?

    If you develop a rash within hours of starting a new medicine, you don't need Sherlock Holmes to help you make the connection. But some drug side effects are harder to recognize. Psychological reactio…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2003 0 Comments
    #461 Herbal Update

    What's the latest information on herbal remedies? Ephedra remains on the market...but more and more pharmacies and health food stores are say NO to diet pills and energy boosters containing ephedra. O…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2003 1 Comments
    Omega-3 Fats Restore Natural Hair Color

    Q. I am responding to a recent column about omega-3 fats changing hair color. When I was 30 years old, my formerly dark brown hair had turned completely gray. Now at age 63 I have a lot of my former h…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Pain Reliever Almost Killed Her

    Q. I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer attributed to ibuprofen. I landed in the ER and almost died because I was taking Motrin. Every time I tell someone my story they are astonished. Most people are…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Get Cholesterol Down One Way Or Another

    The most successful drugs in the pharmacy are called statins. That's shorthand for products such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor) and pravastatin (Pravachol). Lipit…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2003 0 Comments
    #460 Men and Hormones: Is There Such a THing as …

    The topic is men and testosterone. Women were shocked to learn that hormone replacement therapy has so many unexpected downsides. More and more men are taking hormones--from testosterone to human grow…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-88 End of Life Issues

    What problems do we need to think about when a loved one faces terminal illness? Medical and legal issues become intertwined at the end of life. Do you need health care power of attorney? Who decides …

    By: Joe Graedon July 14, 2003 0 Comments
    Cats Boast Thicker Fur With Supplement

    Q. After an automobile accident that fractured my sternum and ribs and resulted in a herniated disk, I searched diligently for pain relief. Conventional over-the-counter pain relievers all had side ef…

    By: Joe Graedon July 14, 2003 1 Comments
    Music In Head Could Be Lethal Symptom

    Q. My mother suffers from constant music in her ears. Sometimes songs repeat themselves over and over again. What causes this? I know you addressed this once before, but I didn't need this information…

    By: Joe Graedon July 14, 2003 0 Comments
    HRT Bandwagon Went Down Wrong Road

    If physicians are feeling betrayed by opinion leaders in their profession, their distress is understandable. For years, doctors heard from colleagues they trusted that hormone replacement therapy (HRT…

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2003 0 Comments
    #459 Memory Impairment from Prescribed Drugs or …

    Heart bypass surgery can be associated with cognitive decline in some patients. Even five years later more than 40 percent of patients can be affected. What causes this mental deterioration and can it…

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2003 0 Comments
    How Good Are Natural Mosquito Repellents?

    Q. I would like your recommendation for a natural insect repellent. Now that the mosquitoes are buzzing again I want something to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus. A. There's nothing as effective …

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2003 0 Comments
    Back-To-Back Weddings Have Mom On Edge

    Q. I am to be the mother of the bride twice in the next two months. Both of my daughters decided to get married this summer. I am in excellent health, but in the past stress has made me quite ill. I a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2003 0 Comments
    Celiac Disease Is Clinical Chameleon

    as the Chameleon. That's because celiac disease can masquerade under the guise of so many other conditions. It's frequently misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue, osteoporosi…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2003 0 Comments
    #458 Open Lines

    Now that ephedra has come under such scrutiny as a weight loss product, bitter orange is being substituted in some natural products. But this ingredient may interact with medications just the way grap…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Coral Calcium A Miracle Cure?

    Q. I have a friend who is enthusiastic about coral calcium. She claims it is supposed to cure aches, pains and almost anything else. It's pretty hard to believe it could do all that. Is coral calcium …

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2003 0 Comments
    Does Paxil Increase Risk Of Suicide?

    Q. My 16-year-old daughter has had severe menstrual pain, missing two or three days of school each month. Her doctor recently prescribed birth control pills for this problem, and they seem to be helpi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Generic Drugs Save The Day?

    President Bush is pushing FDA to approve more generic drugs, and to do it faster. The idea is to save money for insurance companies and government programs like Medicaid and the Veterans Administratio…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2003 0 Comments
    #457 Women and Heart Disease

    Heart disease is an equal opportunity slayer. Although men tend to suffer heart attacks at earlier ages, women also die from America's number one killer. They often don't realize they're at risk and m…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-86 Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

    Are you confused about the best diet for losing weight? Should you be eating less fat, less carbohydrate, or just plain less? And what about exercise? How much do you need to maintain cardiovascular f…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2003 1 Comments
    Unfreeze Your Brain With Your Tongue

    Q. What causes "brain freezes" from eating ice cream too fast? Is there any drug or supplement to prevent these excruciating headaches? A. Brain freeze, or as doctors call it, "frigid headache," occur…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Making Cook Out Less Carcinogenic

    Q. My husband is the self-anointed barbecue king. He got a new grill for our anniversary and he fires it up every chance he gets. I keep reading that charbroiled meat is bad for you. What's the proble…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Home Remedies Offer Alternatives For Arthritis

    The three As, aspirin, Advil and Aleve, are mainstays in American medicine chests. Millions rely on such anti-inflammatory medicines to cope with arthritis pain, sports injuries and backaches. But wha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2003 0 Comments
    #456 Saving Money on Medicine

    The cost of prescription medicine has been skyrocketing. Politicians have been promising a Medicare drug benefit for years. Now, there is a glimmer of possibility that it could become reality. How wil…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gum Eases Acid Reflux

    Heartburn Remedies Q. Do you have any inexpensive suggestions for treating heartburn? My son suffers from reflux, especially after eating. He has no insurance so cannot afford drugs like Nexium or Pre…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2003 0 Comments
    More Bad News On Hormone Replacement Therapy

    For decades doctors have been pushing women to take hormone replacement therapy. That's why drugs like Premarin, Provera and Prempro were among the most popular prescription pills in the pharmacy. Pre…

    By: Joe Graedon June 16, 2003 0 Comments
    Does Marijuana Make Men Grow Breasts?

    Q. I just read that smoking pot makes men's breasts grow, and I'm skeptical. How was this effect discovered? Does it happen to users of Marinol, the drug derived from marijuana? I've worked in the mus…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2003 0 Comments
    #455 The Many Facets of Celiac Disease

    One of the world's leading experts recently produced research showing that celiac disease is much more common in America than most doctors recognize. Symptoms can be subtle, ranging from anemia and fa…

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Curry Powder Fight Cancer?

    Q. Could you please respond to all of the articles that I've been reading lately that hail turmeric as a powerful herb for its anti-inflammatory abilities, cancer prevention abilities and much more? A…

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2003 0 Comments
    Menstrual Mood Swings Causing Marital Difficulti…

    Q. I am 32 years old and suffering from PMS. Two weeks before my period starts, I get irritable and sensitive. I find myself picking fights with my husband. This situation is affecting my marriage. I …