By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Herpes Drug Can Prevent Spread To Spouse

    Q. Is there a point when herpes stops being contagious? I was diagnosed with herpes 15 years ago. I stopped having vaginal outbreaks after I started taking Valtrex daily. Because I was worried about l…

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Getting Skunk Smell Off The Dog

    Q. My dog got too close to a skunk yesterday, and now he's not fit to come in the house. I've given him three baths, but he still smells terrible. Do you have any recommendations? A. A few years ago, …

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Getting Skunk Smell Off The Dog

    Q. My dog got too close to a skunk yesterday, and now he's not fit to come in the house. I've given him three baths, but he still smells terrible. Do you have any recommendations? A. A few years ago, …

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Viagra Will Soon Have Competition From Levitra

    Viagra revolutionized the treatment of erectile dysfunction. In fact, the term "ED" first gained popularity when former senator Bob Dole went on television to promote Viagra. It may come as a surprise…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Minister Fears Illegality Of Importing Wife̵…

    Q. My wife lost her health insurance and we cannot afford her medications. We saw an ad in the paper about buying drugs by mail from Canada at substantial savings. Needless to say, we are very interes…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Dhea Turbo-Charge Sex Life?

    Q. Is DHEA a safe way to increase testosterone and improve libido? My wife and I take good care of ourselves, but we do have some health problems that require medications. Our sex life has suffered ov…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Nuts Have Become The New Health Food

    For years the dietary dogmatists have told us to avoid lots of delicious foods. People were supposed to eat brown rice and broccoli and avoid steak, chocolate and nuts. But now the nutrition nay-sayer…

    By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2002 0 Comments
    Overcoming The Stigma Of Bed Wetting

    Q. My daughter still wets the bed at age six. She has been seen by a urologist who didn't find anything wrong. Needless to say, she is extremely embarrassed about this situation. She can't sleep over …

    By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2002 0 Comments
    How To Use Duct Tape On Warts

    Q. I have heard that duct tape works to get rid of warts. How do you use it and how long does it take? A. Research on duct tape was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (Oct.…

    By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2002 1 Comments
    Can Home Defibrillators Raise The Dead?

    Restoring life to the dead is in the realm of miracles and mythology. The fabled phoenix rose out of the ashes of its own funeral pyre. The Bible tells us that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, thou…

    By: Joe Graedon December 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Farmer’s Hand Lotion Stars In Bedroom

    Q. I have been amused reading your columns about sexual lubricants and would like to offer a cheaper alternative. Years ago I found out about Corn Huskers Lotion for this purpose. The ingredients in t…

    By: Joe Graedon December 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Coconut Solves Diarrhea Problem

    Q. I read in your column that coconut macaroon cookies could help control diarrhea. I have had chronic intermittent diarrhea once or twice a week for 20 years. The doctors have never been able to solv…

    By: Joe Graedon December 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Follow Mom’s Advice: Wash Hands For Health

    Howard Hughes was a genuine eccentric. He let his hair and fingernails grow to amazing lengths. He was so paranoid about germs he refused to shake people's hands or touch doorknobs. When this kind of …

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2002 2 Comments
    Pain Pills Temporarily Help Alzheimer’s Pa…

    Q. My mother has Alzheimer's disease and hasn't spoken coherently for more than two years. She fell and broke her hip and was given a shot for pain. Like magic she became lucid and responsive. This co…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Garlic Won’t Replace Cholesterol Drug

    Q. For several years my cardiologist has had me on Lescol to lower my cholesterol. Lately I have noticed muscle pain and weakness that I think are tied to this drug. When I had my blood tested, my ove…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Children Vulnerable To Medication Problems

    Children are at the mercy of parents and physicians when it comes to pharmaceuticals. If a grownup says "take your medicine," there's not much a kid can do. And that is happening more and more often t…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Does Buying Medicine In Canada Make You A Crimin…

    Q. Is it true that buying prescription medicines in Canada is illegal? I have seen ads for online pharmacies based in Canada and I am desperate to save money on my drugs. I spend well over $100 a mont…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Carrot Juice May Turn Skin Orange

    Q. I've heard that too much vitamin A can be dangerous. I drink 4 oz. of carrot juice every day and I'm wondering if that might account for my dry skin. A. Regular intake of vitamin A at a dose of mor…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Beware Tempting Claims And False Promises

    Would you like a longer penis, bigger breasts or a better memory? Perhaps you would prefer to lose weight overnight or grow hair on a balding head. If any of this sounds too familiar, you've been read…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2002 0 Comments
    Fish Oil May Defeat Depression

    Q. I have been taking Zoloft for four months and my doctor wants me to stick with it. He keeps increasing the dose so that it will relieve my depression, but it hasn't done so yet. It has made me jitt…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2002 0 Comments
    Olive Oil Solves Sticky Problem

    Q. My husband and I have found that olive oil is the best sexual lubricant, and it's natural. First we tried Astroglide but didn't find it helpful. We got rid of the product but kept the little contai…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2002 0 Comments
    Aspirin Continues To Astound Researchers

    For more than 100 years aspirin has been a staple in medicine cabinets all around the world. At pennies a pill, it remains the best bargain in the drug store. Amazingly, even after all this time aspir…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Hemorrhoid Ointment Work For Wrinkles

    Q. I have a friend who says that Preparation H can smooth wrinkles on your face. She has lovely skin, but I am dubious. Could a hemorrhoid product really do any good against wrinkles, or is this an ur…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2002 1 Comments
    Allergy Herb Relieves Prostate Problem

    Q. A couple of months ago I read a letter in your column about a man with allergies. Because of an enlarged prostate, he couldn't take the usual over-the-counter antihistamines. You suggested the herb…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2002 0 Comments
    Duct Tape Remedy Beats Freezing Warts

    Who says home remedies don't work? When it comes to warts, even dermatologists sometimes use unorthodox approaches. For years such doctors have whispered the tricks of their trade. Some have claimed t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Treat Stiff Joints Like Squeaky Hing…

    Q. I recently learned that an uncle is using WD-40 on his arthritic joints. A friend of his has been doing this for some time. Since my uncle had some in the garage he put it on his knees. Have you ev…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Mixing Household Chemicals Can be Deadly

    Q. I read somewhere recently that a woman almost died while cleaning with chlorine bleach and ammonia. I clean with these items every week. Could you tell me how this could possibly cause death? A. Co…

    By: Joe Graedon October 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Medication Mistakes Are Common And Serious

    To err is human, but mistakes are unforgivable when lives are at stake. That's why pilots go through a comprehensive checklist before takeoff and why copilots are always vigilant for any unexpected pr…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 0 Comments
    Sexy Guy Doesn’t Need Viagra

    Q. My boy friend does not suffer from impotence, far from it. But he is taking Viagra. He says it helps him achieve better erections and last longer. I think it's ridiculous, but he jokes about it and…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 1 Comments
    Peppermint May Interact With Medications

    Q. Periodic bouts with irritable bowel syndrome cause me painful cramping and gas. My doctor prescribes Donnatal, but it makes me drowsy. I have read that peppermint oil would help. Could you give me …