By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2003 0 Comments
    Popular Heartburn Drug Goes OTC

    Q. I have read that Prilosec will be going over the counter in the fall. Perhaps you can answer the following questions: 1. Is this true? 2. When is the expected date? 3. Will it be prescription stren…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Congress Legalize Prescription Drug Smuggli…

    When Alice fell down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, reality was turned upside down. Watches ran backwards and people had to run as fast as they could just to stay in one place. A lot of senior citiz…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2003 0 Comments
    #463 Open Lines

    New research on HRT is more discouraging than ever. We will bring you up-to-date on the latest studies. You will also learn about disappointing data about a natural approach to lowering cholesterol. W…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2003 1 Comments
    #A-91 Congestive Heart Failure

    This mysterious disease is on the rise. As coronary heart disease declines, heart failure is becoming ever more common. Do you know what causes heart failure and how to prevent it? We will find out wh…

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Cornstarch Saves Face

    Q. I have been suffering with an intractable combination of seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. I've been using coal tar Tegrin for the psoriasis and Cortaid cream with poor results. My face, ears an…

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Snorting Ritalin Is Risky Business

    Q. I have a son who takes the medication Ritalin for his behavior problems. He started on Adderall when he was 14 years old, and was switched to Ritalin at 16, with the dosage gradually increased. He …

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Sex Becoming Extinct In America?

    For millions of married Americans, sex has nearly disappeared. Hectic lifestyles and pressures from work and parenting are the enemies of romance and intimacy. Some experts estimate that as many as on…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-80 New Treatments for Schizophrenia

    When a person starts talking to someone you can't see or answering voices you can't hear, it can be very scary. Visual and auditory hallucinations could be a sign of schizophrenia, a mental disorder t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2003 0 Comments
    Who Pays For Doctors’ Free Lunches?

    They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. That may be true for most of us, but if you work in a doctor's office free lunches are frequently standard fare. If you're a doctor, free dinners may al…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2003 0 Comments
    Another Fish Oil Tale Of Gray Hair Gone

    Q. I have been taking fish oil concentrate for heart health. After reading other readers' comments on fish oil restoring their hair to its original color, I checked mine in the bright sunlight. Lo and…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2003 0 Comments
    Manic Spending Ruins Retirement

    Q. After my doctor put me on the andidepressant Effexor, I did things I would never have done otherwise. I spent our life savings and thousands of dollars more on crazy things. We can't sell them to g…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2003 0 Comments
    #462 Diabetes Update

    Why are young children developing adult onset diabetes? Are there important advances in the treatment of this common and dangerous disease that will help diabetics live healthier lives? We will explor…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Television Tip Stops Hiccups

    Q. I really appreciate the tips, updates and news in your column. When I read advice about halting hiccups, I'm reminded about the only sure-fire way I've ever found to stop hiccups--and I learned it …

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Blue Lizard Protects Skin From Sun

    Q. We have an exciting camping trip planned later this summer, with several days rafting on the Colorado River as well as some hiking. Can you recommend a good sunscreen with both physical and chemica…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Your Medicine Bringing You Down?

    If you develop a rash within hours of starting a new medicine, you don't need Sherlock Holmes to help you make the connection. But some drug side effects are harder to recognize. Psychological reactio…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2003 0 Comments
    #461 Herbal Update

    What's the latest information on herbal remedies? Ephedra remains on the market...but more and more pharmacies and health food stores are say NO to diet pills and energy boosters containing ephedra. O…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2003 1 Comments
    Omega-3 Fats Restore Natural Hair Color

    Q. I am responding to a recent column about omega-3 fats changing hair color. When I was 30 years old, my formerly dark brown hair had turned completely gray. Now at age 63 I have a lot of my former h…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Pain Reliever Almost Killed Her

    Q. I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer attributed to ibuprofen. I landed in the ER and almost died because I was taking Motrin. Every time I tell someone my story they are astonished. Most people are…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2003 0 Comments
    Get Cholesterol Down One Way Or Another

    The most successful drugs in the pharmacy are called statins. That's shorthand for products such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor) and pravastatin (Pravachol). Lipit…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2003 0 Comments
    #460 Men and Hormones: Is There Such a THing as …

    The topic is men and testosterone. Women were shocked to learn that hormone replacement therapy has so many unexpected downsides. More and more men are taking hormones--from testosterone to human grow…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-88 End of Life Issues

    What problems do we need to think about when a loved one faces terminal illness? Medical and legal issues become intertwined at the end of life. Do you need health care power of attorney? Who decides …

    By: Joe Graedon July 14, 2003 0 Comments
    Cats Boast Thicker Fur With Supplement

    Q. After an automobile accident that fractured my sternum and ribs and resulted in a herniated disk, I searched diligently for pain relief. Conventional over-the-counter pain relievers all had side ef…

    By: Joe Graedon July 14, 2003 1 Comments
    Music In Head Could Be Lethal Symptom

    Q. My mother suffers from constant music in her ears. Sometimes songs repeat themselves over and over again. What causes this? I know you addressed this once before, but I didn't need this information…

    By: Joe Graedon July 14, 2003 0 Comments
    HRT Bandwagon Went Down Wrong Road

    If physicians are feeling betrayed by opinion leaders in their profession, their distress is understandable. For years, doctors heard from colleagues they trusted that hormone replacement therapy (HRT…

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2003 0 Comments
    #459 Memory Impairment from Prescribed Drugs or …

    Heart bypass surgery can be associated with cognitive decline in some patients. Even five years later more than 40 percent of patients can be affected. What causes this mental deterioration and can it…

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2003 0 Comments
    How Good Are Natural Mosquito Repellents?

    Q. I would like your recommendation for a natural insect repellent. Now that the mosquitoes are buzzing again I want something to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus. A. There's nothing as effective …

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2003 0 Comments
    Back-To-Back Weddings Have Mom On Edge

    Q. I am to be the mother of the bride twice in the next two months. Both of my daughters decided to get married this summer. I am in excellent health, but in the past stress has made me quite ill. I a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2003 0 Comments
    Celiac Disease Is Clinical Chameleon

    as the Chameleon. That's because celiac disease can masquerade under the guise of so many other conditions. It's frequently misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue, osteoporosi…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2003 0 Comments
    #458 Open Lines

    Now that ephedra has come under such scrutiny as a weight loss product, bitter orange is being substituted in some natural products. But this ingredient may interact with medications just the way grap…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Coral Calcium A Miracle Cure?

    Q. I have a friend who is enthusiastic about coral calcium. She claims it is supposed to cure aches, pains and almost anything else. It's pretty hard to believe it could do all that. Is coral calcium …