By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Medication Mistakes Are Common And Deadly

    Millions of people are apprehensive about flying. It's more dangerous to drive to the airport than it is to fly across the country, but a lot of folks worry that there could be a plane crash. Imagine …

    By: Joe Graedon June 11, 2005 0 Comments
    #546 Statins: Miracle or Menace

    Millions of Americans lower their cholesterol with statin-type medications such as Lipitor, Lescol, Pravachol and Zocor. The most recent statin, Crestor, has stirred up controversy because of reports …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Common Weed Eases Alcohol Cravings

    Q. Some time ago you had a letter from a woman who was drinking too much wine in the evening and wanted to cut back. You told her about a tea or an herbal concoction to diminish her desire to drink. S…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Will New Drug Improve Love Life?

    A. You have plenty of company. Experts estimate that 20 to 30 percent of men climax too early. Some studies have defined that as lasting less than two minutes after intercourse begins. Drug companies …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Doctors Squabble Over Sunshine Vitamin

    Is it any wonder so many people are confused about the sun? On the one hand, dermatologists have been issuing dire warnings for decades. They tell us that sun exposure causes wrinkles, age spots and s…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2005 0 Comments
    #545 What’s New in Contraception

    Long before condoms came in rainbow colors, legendary lover Casanova was sewing together strips of fine linen. Centuries before nonoxynol 9, young women in Constantinople shook the gritty sand from se…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2005 11 Comments
    Turmeric Can Cause Allergic Reaction

    Q. I am always interested in the arthritis remedies I find in your column. After reading that turmeric could help, I bought some and took the pills according to directions. Several days later I had su…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2005 0 Comments
    Taping Ticks Is Safe Disposal System

    Q. What's the best way to get rid of ticks? When I go hiking in the woods I constantly find ticks crawling on my body. I don't want to let them loose again to bite someone else. Is there a simple way …

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2005 0 Comments
    Prepare Now For Coming Flu Season

    Experts are worried about the next big flu outbreak. While most of the rest of us don't give influenza a single thought in the spring and summer, world health authorities are preparing for a possible …

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2005 0 Comments
    #544 Open Lines: Vitamin D vs. Cancer

    Americans have been urged to stay out of the sun...or slather on sunscreen. But research is accumulating to suggest that we all need some sunshine to reduce our risk of common cancers. The dangers of …

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Key Remedy Rescues Indian Princess

    Q. I have read with interest your columns reporting keys as a solution for nosebleeds. I've been reading "A Princess Remembers:The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur," an autobiography by Gayatri Devi.…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Pharmacists Refuse to Fill Prescriptions?

    Q. I have been reading about pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control pills on moral grounds. I find this attitude infuriating! They would be amusing in their self-importance if th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Overcoming Constipation Is A Challenge

    Judging from the popularity of laxatives, a lot of Americans think that regularity is essential for good health. But is this true or is it a myth? Although grandmothers in many countries have promoted…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2005 0 Comments
    #543 Happiness for Good Health

    Depression is linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or other chronic conditions. Does happiness provide protection against these same hazards? New studies suggest that optimi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2005 0 Comments
    Antiperspirant Dries Sweaty Feet

    Q. I am having a problem with my feet. They sweat constantly and are very tender. With warm weather they get worse. Do you have any remedies for this problem? A. You're in luck. We just received the f…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2005 1 Comments
    Allergy Medicines Make Driving Dangerous

    People often think that the most dangerous time to drive is between Christmas and New Year's. That's because of all the holiday parties that lead revelers to drink too much and get behind the wheel. W…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2005 0 Comments
    #542 Keeping Kids Healthy

    Summertime is nearly here, and that means more fun outdoors. Unfortunately, it also means more exposure to certain health hazards, like bee stings, sunburns and scrapes. We'll talk to The People's Pha…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Indian Spice Clears Scalp Psoriasis

    Q. Have you ever heard of any remedies for psoriasis? So far nothing that the doctor prescribed has worked. A. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells turn over too quickly, causing flakes and re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2005 0 Comments
    Vicks Helps Relieve Persistent Cough

    Q. I have allergies that result in postnasal drainage. As a result, I find I cough all night long this time of year. Is there a good home remedy to help nighttime coughs? A. Some readers report that V…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2005 0 Comments
    Low Cholesterol Linked to School Troubles

    Q. I heard that there was a study about possible bad effects of low cholesterol in children. I am concerned about this because my teenagers have cholesterol of 103 and 110. What were the problems? I w…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2005 5 Comments
    Drug-Induced Hallucinations Distressing

    When people hear music no one else can hear or see things that aren't really there, they may worry they are going crazy. If they tell anyone what's happening, they may be taken in for a psychiatric ev…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2005 0 Comments
    #541 Dealing wtih ADHD

    Short attention spans seem to be pervasive, in every classroom and every occupation. Having trouble focusing can cause trouble at school and at work, but there are ways for people to cope with attenti…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Vitamin D May Boost Cancer Survival

    Q. I know that we need Vitamin D for absorption of calcium. Do you make Vitamin D if the sunlight is coming through glass (when you're riding in a car or sitting by a window)? A. The body makes vitami…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Overdosing On Water Can Be Dangerous

    Q. I drink at least eight large glasses of water every day to maintain good health. When I play soccer or tennis I force myself to drink a lot more. I recently heard that you can drink too much water.…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Should Pharmacists Refuse to Fill Prescriptions?

    Pharmacists have consistently ranked among the most highly respected professionals in the country. According to a Gallup poll, Americans consider pharmacists highly ethical, above medical doctors, pol…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Skeptic Trashes Magnetic Bracelets

    Q. I cannot believe you would write about magnetic bracelets for arthritis. This is just a bunch of hooey designed to loosen the purse strings of gullible readers. I am surprised you would give creden…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Personal Lubricant Eases Dry Nostrils

    Q. Some people have written about dryness in the nose. I work for a man on oxygen all the time. His doctor said we could use KY Jelly to help keep his nose moist. A. Thanks for the tip. KY Jelly is a …

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Seniors and Drug Industry Fight Over Prices

    Americans are cynical about statistics. They know that numbers can be tortured to tell tales. Two new studies on the cost of prescription drugs illustrate the problem. One was announced by PhRMA, the …

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2005 0 Comments
    #540 Open: Light for Depression

    Phototherapy has been touted as a non-drug approach to treating depression. But how good is the evidence? We talk with an expert who has reviewed it. There's also a report based on animal research tha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Cornmeal Fights Fungus on Roses and Toes

    Q. You have responded to many questions about curing toenail fungus with home remedies, but here's one you've never mentioned. Put about an inch of cornmeal in plastic dishpan. Pour in hot water, stir…