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 …

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2003 0 Comments
    Does Paxil Increase Risk Of Suicide?

    Q. My 16-year-old daughter has had severe menstrual pain, missing two or three days of school each month. Her doctor recently prescribed birth control pills for this problem, and they seem to be helpi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Generic Drugs Save The Day?

    President Bush is pushing FDA to approve more generic drugs, and to do it faster. The idea is to save money for insurance companies and government programs like Medicaid and the Veterans Administratio…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2003 0 Comments
    #457 Women and Heart Disease

    Heart disease is an equal opportunity slayer. Although men tend to suffer heart attacks at earlier ages, women also die from America's number one killer. They often don't realize they're at risk and m…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-86 Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

    Are you confused about the best diet for losing weight? Should you be eating less fat, less carbohydrate, or just plain less? And what about exercise? How much do you need to maintain cardiovascular f…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2003 1 Comments
    Unfreeze Your Brain With Your Tongue

    Q. What causes "brain freezes" from eating ice cream too fast? Is there any drug or supplement to prevent these excruciating headaches? A. Brain freeze, or as doctors call it, "frigid headache," occur…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Making Cook Out Less Carcinogenic

    Q. My husband is the self-anointed barbecue king. He got a new grill for our anniversary and he fires it up every chance he gets. I keep reading that charbroiled meat is bad for you. What's the proble…

    By: Joe Graedon June 23, 2003 0 Comments
    Home Remedies Offer Alternatives For Arthritis

    The three As, aspirin, Advil and Aleve, are mainstays in American medicine chests. Millions rely on such anti-inflammatory medicines to cope with arthritis pain, sports injuries and backaches. But wha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2003 0 Comments
    #456 Saving Money on Medicine

    The cost of prescription medicine has been skyrocketing. Politicians have been promising a Medicare drug benefit for years. Now, there is a glimmer of possibility that it could become reality. How wil…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gum Eases Acid Reflux

    Heartburn Remedies Q. Do you have any inexpensive suggestions for treating heartburn? My son suffers from reflux, especially after eating. He has no insurance so cannot afford drugs like Nexium or Pre…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2003 0 Comments
    More Bad News On Hormone Replacement Therapy

    For decades doctors have been pushing women to take hormone replacement therapy. That's why drugs like Premarin, Provera and Prempro were among the most popular prescription pills in the pharmacy. Pre…

    By: Joe Graedon June 16, 2003 0 Comments
    Does Marijuana Make Men Grow Breasts?

    Q. I just read that smoking pot makes men's breasts grow, and I'm skeptical. How was this effect discovered? Does it happen to users of Marinol, the drug derived from marijuana? I've worked in the mus…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2003 0 Comments
    #455 The Many Facets of Celiac Disease

    One of the world's leading experts recently produced research showing that celiac disease is much more common in America than most doctors recognize. Symptoms can be subtle, ranging from anemia and fa…

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Curry Powder Fight Cancer?

    Q. Could you please respond to all of the articles that I've been reading lately that hail turmeric as a powerful herb for its anti-inflammatory abilities, cancer prevention abilities and much more? A…

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2003 0 Comments
    Menstrual Mood Swings Causing Marital Difficulti…

    Q. I am 32 years old and suffering from PMS. Two weeks before my period starts, I get irritable and sensitive. I find myself picking fights with my husband. This situation is affecting my marriage. I …

    By: Joe Graedon June 9, 2003 0 Comments
    Common Sense Best Guide For Health

    With years of research and millions of taxpayer dollars, scientists have discovered what the old wives always knew. The cornerstone to good health is common sense. Grandma always said that to stay hea…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2003 0 Comments
    #454 Foods to Make You Healthier

    Can special infant formula make babies smarter or improve their vision? Nutritional research is being used to promote everything from chewing gum and potato chips to margarine and vegetable juice. Can…

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Diet Change Hair Color?

    Q. My husband and I have started eating more omega-3 fats. We now take a spoonful of freshly ground flax seed daily. We eat salmon and English walnuts several times a week to improve our health. As a …

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Toothpaste Banish Underarm Odor?

    Q. I am always on the lookout for a new deodorant for my daughter, since the usual products don't work for her. A friend who works out in the hot sun as a surveyor told me about an unusual product, Re…

    By: Joe Graedon June 2, 2003 0 Comments
    Don’t Get Addicted To Your Cure

    They say the cure shouldn't be worse than the disease. But sometimes the medicine can actually cause the very symptoms it's supposed to treat. Nowhere is this more apparent than with headache remedies…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2003 0 Comments
    #453 Plastic and Your Health

    Plastic is everywhere...from soft drink containers to water pipes. Do any chemicals in the plastic get into our food and beverages? Do they pose a threat to our health? We will discuss these issues wi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2003 0 Comments
    #452 Controlling Carbohydrates: The Road to Weig…

    The very low-carbohydrate diet championed by the late Dr. Atkins has come in for a lot of criticism from the nutrition establishment over the years. But new studies suggest the objections may not hold…

    By: Joe Graedon May 26, 2003 0 Comments
    Vicks Vaporub Heals Sore Heels

    Q. You have often mentioned unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub. I decided to try it on my cracked heels. For the past three years I have applied every possible cream, but nothing worked till I decided to …

    By: Joe Graedon May 26, 2003 0 Comments
    Whirlpool Responsible For Rash

    Q. I have developed an itchy, burning rash on my bottom. It sometimes becomes red and inflamed. I trace this to the whirlpool facility at our spa, which I use every day after exercising. I have tried …

    By: Joe Graedon May 26, 2003 0 Comments
    Emergency Contraception Is A Well Kept Secret

    For decades doctors have known that it is possible to prevent pregnancy even after unprotected sex. The ingredients in birth control pills, when used in the right dose and at the right time, can provi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2003 0 Comments
    Sticky Solution For Wound Healing

    Q. I have been using honey as an ointment to prevent and treat skin infections for years. Not only does it work for cuts and scrapes, but it also works on herpes cold sores, cutting down on the length…

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2003 0 Comments
    The Mystery Of Drug-Induced Weight Gain

    Q. Approximately a year ago I suffered a tragedy in my life. Afterwards I was diagnosed with a variety of conditions, including acid reflux, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety and chronic hea…