By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2004 0 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo May Ease Jock Itch

    Q. Are there natural ways to keep jock itch from returning? My husband has been using Lotrimin cream or other antifungals daily for about 3 years. Within 2 or 3 days of stopping the cream, the rash al…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2004 0 Comments
    #516 Update on Children’s Health

    There's no question that parenting is one of the most important--and most challenging--jobs most of us face. We'll sort through the hype with a modern-day Dr. Spock to find out what really matters for…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 2 Comments
    Can Drug Turn White Hair Black?

    Q. I am a naturally blonde woman, age 57, taking Zocor and Zetia to lower my cholesterol. Since starting Zetia (about 6 months ago), I am sprouting a head of black hair. Where I used to find white mix…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 0 Comments
    New Drug Warnings Require Vigilance

    If you've ever watched TV commercials for drugs like Viagra, Vioxx or Zocor, you know that they present such medications in a very appealing light. Actors smile and seem to be having such a wonderful …

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 1 Comments
    Silver May Turn Children Gray

    Q. My daughter and her husband make their own formulation of colloidal silver. They think this mixture protects them against the flu and other infections because it provides a natural boost to the imm…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2004 0 Comments
    #491 New Advances in Men’s Sexual Health

    Viagra is a household name. Now there are other drugs for erectile dysfunction. How well do Levitra and Cialis work? What other options are available? Testosterone replacement therapy is becoming incr…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Viagra Reverse Effexor Effect

    Q. I have heard that premature ejaculation is a common problem. I suffer just the opposite: delayed ejaculation. It can take me 20 or 30 minutes and this is far too long for my wife. This has become a…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    The Dark Side Of Statins

    Bill Clinton's recent bypass surgery has captured a lot of attention. Some commentators publicly rebuked the former president for his fondness for fast food and cigars and for stopping his cholesterol…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Turmeric-Flavored Eggs Fight Arthritis

    Q. After reading about turmeric in your column, I started using one teaspoon in my scrambled eggs each morning. My arthritis has greatly improved, and I have far less pain when I walk. I work in my ya…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2004 0 Comments
    #515 Makeover Madness

    Reality shows featuring makeovers have become extremely popular on TV. Do these appeal mainly to people's fantasies, or are Americans becoming obsessed with perfection? We'll find out what risks are e…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Juice Saves Money On Medicine

    Q. I noticed your comment on grapefruit juice raising blood levels of some medications. This is true, but as a medical doctor I purposely use it to increase absorption of an expensive drug. A. Grapefr…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Old Approaches To Depression Are Coming Back

    Depression can be a devastating, even life-threatening, disorder. Sadness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, low energy and reluctance to socialize are just some of the symptoms of major depression.…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    No Relish For Mustard Remedy

    Q. Some time ago I read about a common kitchen condiment that was supposed to be good for severe leg cramps. Now I can't recall what it was. Can you help? A. The remedy in question involved a teaspoon…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2004 0 Comments
    #514 Ultraprevention

    Are you really taking as good care of your health as you think? Many chronic diseases start with inflammation you may not even know you have. Our guests will tell you how to combat inflammation and ma…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Low Carb Diet Might Help Daughter’s Acne

    Q. My 14-year-old daughter has had moderate acne for nearly two years. There are always five to ten small pimples on her forehead, and now she has ten to twenty pimples on her cheeks as well. Clearasi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Plan Ahead To Fight Flu Effectively

    Last year's flu season is a distant memory. But in a few months the flu will be back, and no one knows how bad it will be. The experts overreacted last year because influenza struck early. Public heal…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2004 4 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Grow Hair?

    Q. At 62 years old, my hair is thinning, especially on the crown. Both my grandfathers were bald in their 70s, so this doesn't surprise me much. Yesterday, a woman I don't know stopped me in a parking…

    By: Joe Graedon September 11, 2004 0 Comments
    #513 Keeping Skin Healthy

    The skin is the largest, and the most visible, organ in the body. And from time to time, nearly everyone has an issue about skin, from acne to athlete's foot. Some wrinkle creams are well worth the in…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Hair Pulling Treatment Has Weird Side Effect

    Q. My daughter has been suffering from trichotillomania for five years. Drugs like Zoloft, Zyprexa and Celexa have been only mildly successful. She has been on a combination of Celexa and Risperdal fo…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2004 0 Comments
    States Challenge Rules On Canadian Drugs

    States don't often declare war on the federal government. But several are on the verge of battle over the issue of importing prescription drugs from Canada. The governor of Vermont plans to sue FDA fo…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2004 2 Comments
    Noxema Provides Help For Hemmorrhoids

    Q. I enjoy reading about Noxzema in your column. I have used this product on my hemorrhoids for years. I used to work for General Motors as a power fork truck driver. I sat on leather seat, sweating, …

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2004 0 Comments
    #512 Health News Update

    The cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor is very effective at lowering cholesterol, especially at high doses. But in a new study higher doses did not prevent heart attacks as well as had been hoped. We'll …

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Stinging Insects Hold Reader Hostage

    Q. I have a deadly allergy to bee, hornet and wasp stings. I am 52 years old and have no medical insurance so I cannot get the shots needed to desensitize myself from this allergy. I am a virtual pris…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Careless Prescribing Puts Elders At Risk

    Doctors know better than to prescribe certain dangerous drugs to pregnant women. Medications like thalidomide (Thalomid) or isotretinon (Accutane) can cause tragic birth defects. The ulcer medicine mi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Vitamin E Won’t Prevent Heart Problems

    Q. My husband had bypass surgery five years ago, and last year he had two stents put in. The heart doctor asked if he were taking vitamin E. We said he'd taken it for years, and the doctor said to sto…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2004 0 Comments
    #511 Preventing Medical Mishaps

    A new study suggests that as many as 200,000 people die each year in hospitals because of medical errors. How can you protect yourself or a loved one from such a catastrophe? Our guests will provide p…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Bleeding Ulcer Blamed On Pain Reliever

    Q. At 98, my mother lived in a nursing home but was in good health overall. One night after I visited, I got a call from the home saying she was "out of it." That was odd, but by the time I got back t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Medical Mistakes Still Take Too Many Lives

    In 1999 the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) shook the medical community to its foundation. The IOM estimated that almost 100,000 Americans die in hospitals every year as a consequence of error…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 6 Comments
    Mustard Alleviates Mom’s Leg Cramps

    Some remedies maintain their popularity for years and years. We received this letter back in 2004, when we were just getting used to the idea that swallowing a spoonful of yellow mustard alleviates a …

    By: Joe Graedon August 21, 2004 0 Comments
    #510 Health News Update

    For many months, there has been controversy over the safety and effectiveness of popular antidepressants for children and teenagers. A study in this week's JAMA (August 18, 2004) shows that Prozac wor…