By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Vitamins Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

    Q. I just heard on the news that large doses of vitamins C and E have been shown to help stave off Alzheimer's in older people. Do you know anything about this? And if this is true, what constitutes a…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Generic Drug Switch Almost Disastrous

    Q. I had a terrible experience with a generic high blood pressure medication. For five years, I took Tenoretic. Both my doctor and I were pleased with the results. Then the pharmacist encouraged me to…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2004 5 Comments
    Winter Skin Problems Bring Misery

    In the grand scheme of things, dry skin, rough nails and cracked fingertips are not serious health problems. But they certainly can make life miserable. Writing a check or buttoning a shirt with crack…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2004 0 Comments
    #485 Restoring Sexual Excitement to Marriage

    Our society seems obsessed with sex, but intimacy has become a lost art. Too many couples are focused on having sex instead of making love. They may find their relationship eventually loses its sizzle…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Cornstarch Did Not Solve Skin Problem

    Q. I have to correct something I sent you a while ago. I have rosacea and when I read that someone used cornstarch to control it, I tried it. I thought it was great and wrote to you. But I was mistake…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2004 0 Comments
    New Way To Stop Nosebleeds

    Q. I know a lot of first aid, but I've never seen anything like this home remedy. A few years ago, a co-worker suddenly developed a major nosebleed. I tried ice, pressure and all the usual treatments,…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Mystery Disease Causes Great Suffering

    In medical school, professors often warn their students, "When you hear hoof beats, think of horses, not zebras." In other words, the patient's problems are much more likely to be caused by something …

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2004 0 Comments
    #484 The Anatomy of Hope

    How do people prevail in the face of serious illness? Hope, or despair, can make a huge difference in survival. For some patients, hope and tenacity can result in a medical miracle. According to Dr. J…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2004 2 Comments
    #A-108 Calming Anxiety in a Stressful World

    Over 25 million Americans currently suffer from some form of anxiety. If you or someone you know is easily upset, fearful or anxious, this show will offer options to alleviate that distress. Mindfulne…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 1 Comments
    Mint Makes Heartburn Worse

    Q. Several years ago I was experiencing serious heartburn. I had always enjoyed chewing mint gum, and as the symptoms got worse I chewed more and more. I thought that chewing gum was helping the probl…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Coffee Raise Cholesterol

    Q. I use a French press coffee maker, which in my opinion makes a superior cup of coffee. A friend said that brewing coffee this way will raise my cholesterol so I should pour the coffee through a pap…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Sex and Drugs Still Interest Aging Rockers

    The slogan for the hippy generation of the 1960s was sex, drugs and rock and roll. The drugs involved were marijuana and hallucinogens like LSD. Forty years later, the slogan for aging baby boomers co…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2004 0 Comments
    #483 Open Lines

    Can you take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol)? People assume that this over-the-counter pain reliever is perfectly safe. But it is estimated that more than 50,000 emergencies occur every year because …

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Flu Drug Works Better Than Vaccine

    Q. Last Thursday my daughter came home from school sick and running a fever. I took her to the doctor, who diagnosed her with the flu and wrote a prescription for Tamiflu. Because I had gotten a flu s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Drug Company Secret Shocks Patients

    If you watch television you can't miss the commercials for prescription drugs like Lipitor, Zoloft, Viagra and Vioxx. Judging from the smiles on the actors' faces, you would assume that everyone is be…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2004 0 Comments
    #482 The Estrogen Experiment

    When the enormous experiment called the Women's Health Initiative determined that postmenopausal women taking Prempro were at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia, many doctors were aston…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Sexual Vibrancy Can Be Restored

    Q. I am in my mid-60's and in good health except for asthma I've had since I was a child. I take Advair, Prempro and Lipitor. My husband and I have been married for 44 years with four children. As I h…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Nail Fungus Remedies Kick Up Controversy

    Something about home remedies stirs strong emotions. Not long ago, we heard from a podiatrist who was very unhappy with us. "Home remedies hardly ever work," he wrote. "The unproven treatments you men…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2004 0 Comments
    #481 Open Lines

    Dr. Dean Edell is called America's Doctor because he makes house call to millions of people over the radio every day. Dr. Edell is heard on more than 400 radio stations across the country. His new boo…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-105 Autism

    More and more children are being diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. They have difficulty relating to family or friends. This is a mysterious condition with no clear cause and no cure. But th…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Daily Dose Of Cinnamon May Cut Risk Of Diabetes

    Q. I'd like some advice on blood sugar. At present I am not a diabetic. My blood glucose is 125 and my hemoglobin A1C is 5.7, which puts me in the high normal range. I do not take any medication, but …

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Powerful Drugs Fight Fujian Flu

    Q. My pharmacist said that there are effective oral medicines for the flu but they require a prescription. I didn't manage to get a flu shot this year before they ran out. What can you tell me about f…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Do Antidepressants Provoke Suicide In Kids?

    In 1988 an ophthalmologist contacted us because his daughter had unexpectedly committed suicide while taking Prozac. He was convinced that this antidepressant had somehow triggered her sudden violent …

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2004 0 Comments
    #480 Open Lines

    Ephedra will soon be taken off the market. What took the FDA so long? Also, we will discuss the implications of mad cow disease. A new study shows that an anti-viral drug called valacyclovir can preve…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Testosterone Shots May Prevent Pregnancy

    Q. My husband takes testosterone injections to gain muscle at the gym. Will that be detrimental to our plans to have a baby? Will the injections hurt our chance of conceiving a child? Or will the incr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Coconut Control Doggie Diarrhea?

    Q. I have read in your column that coconut can help relieve chronic diarrhea in humans. Would the coconut work on dogs? I have an 8-year-old Lab with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and would lov…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Medication Mistakes Are Common And Can Be Deadly

    When an airplane crashes, the public demands to know what went wrong. They also want the problem to be corrected so it won't happen again. The entire space shuttle program has been grounded since the …

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2003 0 Comments
    #479 Essentials for Highly Healthy People

    Highly healthy people have certain things in common. You might be surprised to learn that one of the most important is forgiveness. For optimal health, you need to look beyond your cholesterol and blo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gum Replaces Heartburn Pills

    Q. I suffer from heartburn on a daily basis, sometimes even with medication. So I was very interested to read that chewing gum might help. I take over-the-counter acid suppressors and decided to subst…

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 1 Comments
    Flea Infestation Is Hard To Fight

    Q. Help me! I have fleas! I mean, the dog has fleas but they are eating me alive. My ankles look like they have been through a meat grinder. What can I do? A. The first thing to do is treat your pet. …