By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2004 0 Comments
    Are Antidepressants Hazardous Just Kids?

    The Food and Drug Administration is in a bind. Millions of people, including many children, have taken antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil and Wellbutrin. Physicians and patients assumed that the FDA s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-122 New Advances Against Cancer

    Two of the country's leading clinicians and researchers will join us to discuss the latest advances in preventing, diagnosis and treating cancer. We'll discuss the latest finding about aspirin vs. bre…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 0 Comments
    Herpes Infection Threatens Relationship

    Q. I have been with my partner for 10 years and we are finally talking marriage. But we just found out he has herpes. He swears he has not been with anyone but me in our 10 years, but isn't this a sex…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 0 Comments
    Ice Addiction Is Out Of Control

    Q. I need help. Twenty years ago, I developed a craving for cornstarch during my second pregnancy. It disappeared with the birth of my son. I thought that was the end of it, but some years later it re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 13 Comments
    Serotonin Syndrome Can Be Deadly

    Serotonin is a critically important neurochemical that helps control mood and is also involved in appetite, sexual behavior, sleep and learning. Millions take medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Lexapr…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    Jelly Bean Cure For Constipation

    Q. I read with interest and sympathy a letter about problems with constipation. I wanted to share something that has helped me. After hearing some people complain that sugar-free jellybeans gave them …

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    How Dangerous Is The Toilet Seat?

    Q. What illness or infection, if any, can a person get from sitting on a toilet seat? A. Conventional medical wisdom maintains that you can't catch an infection from sitting on a toilet seat. Intact s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    Choosing A Discount Drug Card Is Challenging

    Beware politicians bearing gifts. After years of wrangling, the first phase of the Medicare drug benefit is going into effect. But saving money with drug cards won't be simple. Congress knows that the…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2004 0 Comments
    #498 Agricultural Chemicals and their Effects on…

    Farm families could be seen as the canaries in the coal mines: they are exposed to higher levels of pesticides and herbicides than the rest of us. How do these compounds affect their health? What are …

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2004 0 Comments
    Gum To Fight Bad Breath And Cavities

    Q. I read that cinnamon is good against plaque. Can you tell me how to take it? A. Research funded by the Wrigley Company has found that chewing cinnamon gum (Big Red, for example) can kill bacteria i…

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2004 0 Comments
    Getting Through College Without Drugs

    Q. We are trying to give our daughter the skills to handle college stresses without resorting to SSRI-type drugs. There must be natural ways that she can remain calm in stressful situations without re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2004 0 Comments
    Spring Cleaning Is Still In Style For The Medici…

    Spring cleaning seems like such an old-fashioned concept. Years ago this was the time to put warm coats and sweaters away, store the heavy quilts and get rid of the junk that piled up in the attic or …

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2004 0 Comments
    #476 Is Chocolate Health Food?

    We've all heard that chocolate is the ultimate in decadent desserts. But increasingly, research shows that chocolate has health effects. Are we just rationalizing a sweet tooth, or could there actuall…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2004 2 Comments
    Miraculous Relief With Coconut Cookies

    Q. While my friends yack about constipation, I've been suffering the reverse for the past several months. I don't know why, but it is ruining my life. I'm supposed to go to England in June and I am dr…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Young Wife Worried By Loss Of Libido

    Q. In January I started taking birth control pills. Since then, I have not only gained weight, I've also lost all desire to have sex. I am 22 years old and have been married for 3 years to a wonderful…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Nosebleed Remedy Yields Amazing Results

    Home remedies are usually reserved for minor irritations. Hiccups, heartburn, colds and warts are often treated with remedies passed down from one generation to another. Nosebleeds are common, but the…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2004 0 Comments
    #495 Preventing Heart Disease with new Approache…

    Dr. Peter Salgo is the Director of the Cardio-Thoracic ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at New York Presbyterian Hospital. In his new book, The Heart of the Matter, Dr. Salgo reveals the latest insights on h…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Sage Boost Brain Power As We Age?

    Q. I recently read an interesting claim about the herb sage. It is said to increase mental acuity when taken orally. Apparently this is not brand new. Sage has been used this way since the middle ages…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Pharmacist Bashes Canadian Drugs

    Q. As a practicing pharmacist, I have to read your column because my patients do. Half of the time I applaud you, but I often disagree with you. Many letters complain about the high cost of prescripti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    FDA Issues Warning On Antidepressant Dangers

    When Prozac (fluoxetine) came on the market in 1987 there wasn't a lot of fanfare. Eli Lilly introduced it slowly and carefully as the first of a new generation of antidepressants called SSRIs (select…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2004 0 Comments
    #494 Post-Polio Syndrome: What Can We Learn?

    Back in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, polio epidemics were a regular and frightening feature of summertime in the U.S. The invention of the polio vaccine drastically reduced the number of people afflicted w…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Herbal Extract For Battling Baldness

    Q. Several months ago I started taking 160 mg/day of saw palmetto extract to slow the progression of male pattern baldness. To my surprise, the regimen seems to work. There is less hair in the bathroo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Drug-Induced Nightmare Leads To Black Eye

    Q. Every night for years I have had terrible dreams. Last night, while trying to hurry down some steps in my nightmare, I went headfirst out of bed onto my cement floor. A large lump raised on my fore…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Patients Pay For Meds And Meals

    Drug companies are concerned about their image. For decades, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and patients admired the pharmaceutical industry because it produced drug breakthroughs and provided life-s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-117 New Advances in Stroke Prevention and Tre…

    Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in this country, affecting more than 700,000 people a year. But although most people know when to call 911 for the symptoms of a heart attack, too man…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Music In Head Could Signal Trouble

    Q. One of your readers complained about music she heard playing in her head. I want to reinforce your advice to see a neurologist. I don't know if that would have helped me. I was healthy and active a…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Do Antiperspirants Cause Alzheimer’s Disea…

    Q. When people ask about excessive perspiration you frequently recommend aluminum-containing antiperspirants. Aren't you concerned that aluminum may cause Alzheimer's disease? I have read that antiper…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Interactions Are Confusing

    Ever since the "grapefruit effect" was discovered more than a decade ago, this fascinating food and drug interaction has confused patients, physicians and pharmacists. People still don't understand wh…

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2004 0 Comments
    #492 Open Lines

    The FDA is asking for a stronger warning on antidepressant drugs like Prozac and Paxil. What's behind this caution? FDA has also issued new guidelines about mercury in Fish. To help us understand this…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Will Olive Oil Work As Sexual Lubricant?

    Q. I read about olive oil improving a woman's sex life. Vaginal dryness is the only symptom I have ever suffered due to menopause. My gynecologist has recommended almost everything, including the topi…