By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2005 1 Comments
    Heartburn Help Is Within Reach

    Between now and New Year's Day we put a terrible strain on our stomachs. Holiday parties and family feasts mean overindulgence: rich food and too much of it. For millions of people this means heartbur…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2005 0 Comments
    What Can Be Done When ED Drugs Fail?

    Q. For the past few years, I have been experiencing erectile dysfunction. My urologist had me try all the oral medications on the market. They helped a bit, but none gave me the results needed for int…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2005 0 Comments
    #569 Helping Children Through the Holidays

    Sometimes the anticipation of Santa and all the toys he might bring is just too much for a tot. Instead of nestling snug in her bed, she may be bouncing off the walls. With luck she won't try to taste…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 432 Comments
    Soap Under the Sheets for RLS, Leg Cramps

    There is now a prescription drug (Requip) to treat RLS (restless leg syndrome). The only problem is that some people fall asleep during the day. This could be risky if they are behind the wheel. As fa…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 25 Comments
    Keys for Nosebleeds

    Q. I want to thank you for saving me from a most embarrassing situation. I am president of a small corporation and we were making a pitch to an important client. I had been suffering from a cold for a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 129 Comments
    Sliced Onion for Wasp Stings

    People use all sorts of remedies for bee or wasp stings. Some swear by tobacco juice, but that is getting hard to come by as the habit of chewing tobacco is fading (along with cigarette smoking). Othe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 66 Comments
    Sugar for Hiccups

    Hiccups are rarely serious, but they certainly can be annoying. There are dozens of remedies from holding your breath to drinking water from the far side of a glass. This is one we have been talking a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2005 155 Comments
    Vinegar for Underarm Odor

    Almost all antiperspirants contain aluminum, in one form or another. It is hard to say at this time whether we absorb any of that aluminum into our systems and even if we did, whether it would be harm…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Orphan Drugs Have Become Big Business

    Orphan: Noun: 1a. A child whose parents are dead. b. A child who has been deprived of parental care and has not been adopted...4. An orphan technology or product. Adjective: 1. Deprived of parents…5…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Q. Are there any natural treatments for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? I think they should call it cranky colon or irritable intestine or something alliterative, but I've had it for several years and…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Will the Medicare Drug Plan Suit Everyone?

    Q. My 71-year-old husband is in very good health and doesn’t need any prescriptions at this point. We are being urged to sign up for the Medicare drug plan, and we realize he might need it some day.…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2005 0 Comments
    #568 Health News Update

    The artificial sweetener aspartame is consumed by millions of people every day. But how safe is it? A new study in animals re-opens this controversial issue: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/8711/ab…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Simple Pleasures Can Be Healthy

    As the old saying goes, if it hurts or tastes bad it must be good for you. That may be why generations of children were dosed with cod liver oil or had their skinned knees doused with alcohol. Those p…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2005 1 Comments
    Will Old-Fashioned Liniment Help Sore Muscles?

    Q. Long ago when I was in high school, my baseball coach provided "oil of wintergreen" for our sore muscles. Is this approach still considered valid? Now that I'm pushing eighty, I have a few aches an…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Alcohol Is Not Appropriate for Everyone

    Q. My father came from China. He couldn’t handle alcohol, and I’ve inherited this trait. I experience reddish skin, elevated heart rate and bloodshot eyes after only a small amount of alcohol, suc…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2005 0 Comments
    #567 Choosing Forgiveness

    Doctors often overlook patients’ feelings of anger and hostility. Some experts now believe, however, that these emotions play an important role in causing many diseases. The antidote to anger is oft…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Are Natural Hormones Better?

    Three years ago the world of women's health turned upside down. That was when a large study, the Women's Health Initiative, showed that hormone replacement therapy could have serious health consequenc…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Garlic Ward Off Colds?

    **Q. I have been eating two cloves of raw garlic every day at my evening meal. It may be a coincidence, but I have not had a cold in over 10 years and I don't get sick for any other reason either. I'm…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Lipitor Linked to Memory Loss Episodes

    **Q. In 1999 shortly after I began taking Lipitor I was working at the church with other volunteers. I went off to use the restroom and after half an hour someone came to look for me. I was walking ar…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Show 566: Health News Update

    Millions of chickens and other birds have succumbed to the H5N1 Avian flu. This week there were new cases of humans that have been affected by this virus and people are worried that it could become a …

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 146 Comments
    Turmeric and Curcumin for Arthritis

    Turmeric and its most active ingredient curcumin have gotten attention for their anti-inflammatory properties. We have heard from readers that this yellow spice used in curry powder and mustard can he…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 33 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice for Canker Sores

    One of the strangest remedies we have ever heard of involves sauerkraut juice against canker sores. Take a tablespoon of sauerkraut juice in your mouth and swish it around morning and night, then swal…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 43 Comments
    Prune Juice, Bran, and Apple Sauce for Constipat…

    Recipe 1 cup applesauce 1 cup coarse, unprocessed bran 3/4 cup prune juice Mix all the ingredients together. They will turn into a pasty, stiff glop about the consistency of peanut butter. After mixin…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 443 Comments
    Listerine for Toenail Fungus

    A reader offered the following suggestion for getting rid of nail fungus: "I cured my toenail fungus using a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and Listerine. I combined them in a quart jar with a screw-on lid …

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 267 Comments
    Listerine for Lice

    We have heard from several readers that Listerine can be helpful in preventing lice infestations. We recently received this testimonial from a reader about using Listerine for Lice: "The best way to p…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 16 Comments
    Listerine for Hot Spots

    A horse lover shared the following formula she used on the mane and tail of her filly: 1/3 Listerine (original formula) 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water Put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray it on. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 38 Comments
    Listerine for Dandruff

    A gentleman called in to our public radio show with an amazing story about Listerine mixed with baby oil. His veterinarian had recommended this combination for relieving itchy spots on his Dobermans a…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 45 Comments
    Honey & Lemon Juice for Constipation

    Here's a remedy that goes back generations. We can't explain or vouch for it... but it has been popular for a long time to promote regularity. A reader shared the following: "I have always had problem…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 93 Comments
    Flaxseed for Constipation

    Flaxseed is rich in soluble fiber. One reader has found a way to utilize this property to prevent constipation: "I purchase flaxseed in bulk at a health food store for about $1.50 per pound. I put thr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 145 Comments
    Duct Tape for Getting Rid of Warts

    Research on duct tape was published in the *Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine* (Oct. 2002). Parents were told to cover the wart with a piece of duct tape for six days. If it fell off, they…