By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Angry Parent Objects To Deet Advice

    Q. I was shocked that you recommended DEET for a 12-year-old child at summer camp. Don't you know that DEET is dangerous for children? Even if he is allergic to chiggers, you had no business telling t…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Drug Leaflets Flunk Pharmacy Test

    Have you been to a pharmacy lately? If you got a prescription filled, chances are pretty good that you had to wait a long time to get your pills. Pharmacists are slammed with too much work and not eno…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Growth Hormone Keep Him Young?

    Q. I am a 30-year-old man, and I am starting to feel old. I am in the Army and can tell that I've lost a step on the younger guys. I want to improve my overall health, and after looking here and there…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Paxil Caused Problem With Potency

    Q. No one warned me that Paxil might affect my sexual ability. I suffered impotence for several years until I stopped taking Paxil. Then the problem went away. Stopping Paxil turned into a nightmare. …

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Catnip Chase Mosquitoes Away?

    Q. Someone recently inquired about mosquito repellent for a trip to Alaska. I can't remember where I read that catnip proved better as a mosquito repellent than DEET. I put this to the test last week …

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2002 0 Comments
    Study Turns Dietary Dogma Upside-Down

    In his 1973 movie Sleeper, Woody Allen plays a character who ends up in a coma on life support due to a medical error. Two hundred years later, he wakes up to find that the conventional dogma on healt…

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Look To Licorice To Remove Facial Ha…

    Q. I understand that eating licorice lowers testosterone levels in men. Will it have the same impact on testosterone levels in women? Could this hormonal effect be a solution to eliminating unwanted f…

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Ugly Secret Of Hormone Withdrawal Reaction

    Q. In 1985, after 8 months of very annoying hot flashes, I sought medical help and was prescribed Premarin. The first dosage was too strong and caused many headaches. It was cut back and later Provera…

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Women Were Right To Question HRT

    Women are furious. For decades they have been told to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), not only to relieve symptoms of menopause, but also to protect their hearts and preserve their bones. Some…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Alternatives For Treating Lice

    Q. Friends have called in a panic about treating lice. Their six-year-old daughter brought them home from summer camp. When I was a girl my parents used kerosene, but I hated it. These folks are reluc…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2002 0 Comments
    FDA Approves Break Through For Sleep Disorder

    Do you ever get sleepy in the middle of the day? Most of us might suppress a yawn or two if we have to sit through a boring meeting after lunch. But some people are overcome by daytime sleep attacks t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Sex Tip From The Cosmetic Counter

    Q. My husband and I have used Albolene as a sexual lubricant since the early 1970s. I'm not sure how we heard about it, but it's great: odorless, tasteless, slick but not messy. It comes in a white tu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Cookies Combat Doggie Diarrhea

    Q. I've read in your column about coconut macaroon cookies as a treatment for chronic diarrhea. My dog has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, for which he has been prescribed prednisone. I …

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Count On Estrogen To Help The Heart

    The estrogen ship has sunk. For years women were urged to take hormones even if they had no menopausal symptoms. The estrogen was believed to protect their bones as well as their hearts. Women who wer…

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Ways To Avoid The Knife

    Q. I am a distance runner and my feet are in awful shape. They're cracked and scaly and the toenails are thickened with fungus. Trying to clip my nails is an exercise in frustration. To compound my pr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Can His Drugs Affect Her Through Intercourse?

    Q. My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Now I am having health issues myself and my doctor is grasping at straws. At first he thought it was a thyroid problem, then menopausal symptoms, bu…

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2002 0 Comments
    The Fine Science Of Fighting Mosquitoes

    Before there were air conditioners or even window screens, people spent a lot of time slapping at mosquitoes. There was no safe haven in the summer. You either sweltered in a closed house or scratched…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Bad Breath Is All In His Head

    Q. My husband believes that he has halitosis. However, after living with him for 18 years, I can assure you that he does not. Because of this belief, he has begun buying a special mouthwash product co…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Sex Headaches Hamper Love Life

    Q. I have recently become sexually active after several years of abstinence. I have had severe headaches upon becoming sexually aroused and wonder if anything I take could be causing them. I take a lo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    The Vitamin Wars Are Over

    The vitamin wars are officially over. Record the date for posterity: June 19, 2002. That's when the American Medical Association published a radical new recommendation-most Americans should be taking …

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Drinking Tea Has Many Health Benefits

    Q. I am a tea drinker--green, black and herbals. I grew up putting milk in my black tea but I drink iced tea and herbals unadulterated. I happened to overhear a conversation in which someone said putt…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Fish Oil Fights High Cholesterol

    Q. I have taken Zocor for several years to control my cholesterol, and it keeps the cholesterol around 200. It does nothing for my elevated triglycerides, though, and my ratio has been around 5 althou…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 1 Comments
    Surprising Uses For Vicks Vaporub

    Some of the most fascinating medical discoveries happen by accident. Aspirin was originally a pain reliever, plain and simple. But a chance discovery by a family physician in Glendale, California, sug…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    A Spoonful Of Cinnamon Makes The Sugar Go Down

    Q. I believe I heard that cinnamon helps with blood sugar control in diabetes. Is this true and if so, how much does it take? A. We have heard from a number of people that one teaspoon of cinnamon on …

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Bra Itch Responds To Athlete’s Foot Remedi…

    Q. You've given men advice on coping with jock itch, so I decided to tell you how I deal with the bra itch we ladies get. When I had my last mammogram, the technician said some gals come in looking li…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2002 0 Comments
    Man Fakes Orgasm To Satisfy His Wife

    Q. I read with interest your comments on male premature ejaculation, but my problem is just the opposite. My wife and I have a very good sexual relationship (with the help of Viagra), but I very seldo…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2002 1 Comments
    Lowering The Price On Prescription Drugs

    Legend has it that the emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Today's politicians are bickering while drug prices soar. Despite years of promises about protecting senior citizens from having to choos…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Herbs Pump Up The Penis?

    Q. I have seen advertisements for pills that are supposed to enlarge and lengthen the penis naturally. They contain herbal ingredients such as yohimbe, ginseng, ginkgo and some that I have never heard…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Is Douching Necessary–Or Dangerous?

    Q. Can douching prevent pregnancy and venereal disease? I was told when I was growing up that you should douche right after intercourse. This is not always convenient, but I try to do so for health re…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Fighting Foot Fungus Isn’t Fun

    Are you afraid to put your best foot forward? This is the time of year when millions of Americans wish their feet were more presentable. Normally we take our tootsies for granted. We count on them to …