By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2003 0 Comments
    #442 Open Show Format

    Open Lines. Topics include: Thyroid function and new research on thyroid testing. Addiction to anti-anxiety drugs. How can patients phase off drugs like Ativan or Xanax? Are there any alternatives to …

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-74 How Can You Tell if You’re Really in…

    If you think you are in love, you probably are...but have you picked the right person to love? Today's show will help you determine if that special person will make a great partner for the long term o…

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Money-Back Offer Is No Guarantee Of Penis Enlarg…

    Q. I read about some herbal pills on the market that are supposed to increase the length and girth of the penis. I wonder if there is really anything to that. They offer a money-back guarantee if you'…

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Do Hair Dyes Cause Cancer?

    Q. My beautician says that hair dyes are absorbed into the circulatory and lymphatic system and can cause some forms of cancer. Is this true? A. The safety of hair dyes has been debated since the 1970…

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2003 0 Comments
    How Good Are Generic Drugs?

    Generic drugs have become a huge business. As prices for brand name medicines skyrocket, people are looking to generic equivalents to save money. Over the last two decades the market share of generics…

    By: Joe Graedon February 8, 2003 0 Comments
    #441 Health Care in Crisis

    More than 41 million Americans have no health insurance. What impact does that have on the health care system? Hospitals are absorbing huge costs in caring for the uninsured. How does that affect ever…

    By: Joe Graedon February 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Don’t Laugh At Licorice

    Q. My adult son eats large amounts of black licorice regularly. I have told him that eating large amounts of licorice can have a negative effect on his health. He tells me I'm crazy! I can't remember …

    By: Joe Graedon February 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Teenager Relies On Red Bull At Breakfast

    Q. My 15-year-old son has a hard time getting up in the morning. He's always running late and insists that I have Red Bull for him to drink on his way out the door. He says it gives him energy. If I r…

    By: Joe Graedon February 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Don’t Let Flu Kill Someone You Love

    Most people think of the flu as a minor inconvenience, in the same category as a bad cold. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that influenza is a major killer. In an a…

    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2003 0 Comments
    #440 Making Sense of Dietary Guidelines

    Have you become totally confused about making healthy food choices? The government has created the USDA Food Pyramid to "simplify" our decision making. But our guest, Walter Willett, MD, PhD, says the…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-72 How Important is School Lunch?

    Is your child flunking lunch? A lot of schools now provide fast food in the cafeteria along with vending machines that sell sodas and candy. One principal is bucking that trend. We will discuss her de…

    By: Joe Graedon January 27, 2003 0 Comments
    Readers Offer Solutions For Skunk Smell

    Q. Several weeks ago, I read in your column about getting skunk smell off a dog. I had a dog that got skunked several times and the best natural remedy was plain tomato juice. I soaked him in it for a…

    By: Joe Graedon January 27, 2003 0 Comments
    Lipitor Raises Diabetic’s Blood Sugar

    Q. Recently, our physician prescribed Lipitor for my husband and myself. We both have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. We both take Glyburide and my husband takes Avandia as well. Since we started…

    By: Joe Graedon January 27, 2003 0 Comments
    Drugs Ads May Mislead Consumers

    Are you a drug company sales representative? If you actually were, you might be earning close to $100,000 per year. Not a bad salary for trying to convince doctors to prescribe certain drugs to their …

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2003 0 Comments
    #439 Open Show Format

    Open Lines. Topics include: How much vitamin A is enough and how much is too much? We'll discuss the consequences of consuming high doses of this nutrient, which is found in cold liver oil and som…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-71 New Treatments for Sexual Dysfunction

    Viagra became a household word almost overnight. Now Levitra will soon offer competition. How do they compare and what other drugs are in the pipeline for erectile dysfunction? How do hormones affect …

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2003 0 Comments
    Oolong Tea Banished Bad Skin Problem

    Q. I have been plagued with nummular eczema for years. It does not respond to Benadryl, prednisone or any kind of topical cortisone ointment. I read in your column about some doctors in Japan who had …

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2003 0 Comments
    Orange Peel Addiction Could Signal Anemia

    Q. Have you ever heard of eating orange peel? After almost every meal I eat, especially after eating something sweet, I get a craving for orange peel. It seems to satisfy some unknown dietary need in …

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2003 0 Comments
    Drug Interactions Are Neglected But Deadly

    Drug interactions are one of the most complicated and neglected problems in health care. Physicians, pharmacists and nurses all realize how dangerous it can be to combine certain medications, but they…

    By: Joe Graedon January 18, 2003 1 Comments
    #438 Natural Remedies for Colds

    What do you do when you come down with a cold? Is Nyquil your preferred treatment...or do you reach for the vitamin C? On this show you will learn about the benefits and risks of cold and flu remedies…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-70 Fit or Fat? Shedding Holiday Weight

    Did you gain a few pounds over the holidays? Are you continuing to overeat because you are feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? Is the cold weather making it hard to get mobilized to exercise? What c…

    By: Joe Graedon January 13, 2003 0 Comments
    Grape Juice Blocks Iron Absorption

    Q. I recently heard part of a medical segment on the news regarding the effects of dark colored fruit juices like grape or cranberry on iron absorption. I regularly drink cranberry juice and I am also…

    By: Joe Graedon January 13, 2003 0 Comments
    Sex Headaches Ruining Relationship

    Q. After being divorced several years ago I have started dating again. I am now spending time with a wonderful man but I have discovered to my dismay that whenever I have an orgasm I experience an exc…

    By: Joe Graedon January 13, 2003 0 Comments
    Medical Errors Are Still A Problem

    Ask physicians about mistakes, and if they are honest they'll admit that medical errors are common, especially other people's errors. In a recent survey in the New England Journal of Medicine more tha…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2003 0 Comments
    #437 Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

    There are uncertain times and people are feeling a great deal of stress. This in turn can have many negative effects on health from anxiety and depression to hypertension and headaches. How can we lea…

    By: Joe Graedon January 6, 2003 0 Comments
    Vitamin Pill Linked To Bad Breath

    Q. We have had a strange experience with prescription drugs combined with a multiple vitamin. My husband takes Verelan, Altace and Proscar. His doctor also recommended a daily multi-vitamin. Shortly a…

    By: Joe Graedon January 6, 2003 0 Comments
    No Need To Fear Eating Eggs

    Q. For years I have been conscientiously avoiding eggs. I am hoping I won't need cholesterol-lowering medication. I heard that it's not necessary to give up eggs entirely. But if eggs are loaded with …

    By: Joe Graedon January 6, 2003 0 Comments
    Cheaper Is Better For Blood Pressure Control

    Last summer the Women's Health Initiative toppled the estrogen bandwagon. For years doctors had been told that women needed estrogen after menopause, but the government-sponsored study contradicted ye…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2003 0 Comments
    #436 Which Blood Pressure Drugs Are Best?

    A large government-sponsored study has shown that old-fashioned inexpensive diuretics work at least as well as the newer medications drug companies promote so aggressively. Even more shocking, the cho…

    By: Joe Graedon December 30, 2002 0 Comments
    Child May Benefit From New Drug For ADHD

    Q. My son has ADHD. He was on Ritalin twice daily for about a month, but we had problems with mid-day "crashes." He is now taking Concerta. So far the results have been favorable, except for loss of a…