By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2005 0 Comments
    #557 Open Lines

    The beverage of choice for hundreds of millions of people is coffee. We've been told that it causes insomnia, raises blood pressure and may even increase the risk of heart disease. But new research al…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Listerine Works For Trucker’s Bottom

    Q. I read an article in your column about using Listerine for itchy scalp. It reminded me that forty-plus years ago when I was a glue chemist, we kept a crystal of thymol in our pH buffers to prevent …

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2005 0 Comments
    How Much Tylenol Is Too Much?

    Q. I take six Tylenol Arthritis Pain pills every day. They contain 650 mg each of acetaminophen. I read recently that acetaminophen can increase blood pressure. Should I worry? A. You are taking the m…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Old Scams In New Bottles

    Why is the grass always greener someplace else? The idea that remedies from a far-away, exotic location are more potent than anything home grown harkens back to the traveling medicine shows of the 19t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2005 0 Comments
    #556 Letting Go of Shame

    Shame is a universal emotion that fuels fears and wreaks havoc on our capacity to act, speak, create, or even just show up! Why is something that's been studied since Adam and Eve talked about so infr…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Drug Make Gray Hair Turn Black?

    Q. A year or so ago, you had a letter from a reader who said a pill she was taking turned her gray hair dark again. I know it's not guaranteed to work, but I'd like to try it. Do you know what she was…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Hospitals Take Lessons From Supermarkets

    Ever since 1999, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published its landmark report on medical error, health care leaders have been bemoaning the sorry state of American medicine. Authors of the study…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Lowering Cholesterol With A Bit Of Cinnamon

    Q. I have a history of high cholesterol dating at least to bypass surgery about 12 years ago. My cholesterol was running around 290. Several months ago I decided to try cinnamon, about a quarter teasp…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2005 0 Comments
    #555 Open Lines

    The pharmaceutical industry is issuing new guidelines for prescription drug advertising to consumers. We talk with Ken Johnson, Senior Vice President of PhRMA, to find out what they are. New research …

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2005 0 Comments
    Low Potassium Nearly Killed Construction Worker

    Q. I am in the construction industry and have to deal with all kinds of weather. I am also an emergency medical technician with 18 years of experience. On July 19th, I died. Fortunately for me, I was …

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2005 0 Comments
    Criticism Of Drug Advertising Prompts Review

    In 1997 the FDA opened Pandora's box when it changed its rules to permit widespread advertising of prescription drugs to consumers. Before that, regulations were so strict that most drug companies did…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2005 0 Comments
    Pennyroyal Plants Beat Off Bugs

    Q. A camper recently asked how to avoid insect bites. My family faced this problem when I was young, living in the hills of Arkansas. Much of our food, such as huckleberries or blackberries, came from…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2005 0 Comments
    #554 Achieving Resilience

    What do Albert Einstein, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong have in common? Rather than letting hardship, trauma or physical illness destroy their lives, their resilient natures allowed t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2005 0 Comments
    #447 How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

    With scary headlines and late breaking news, it's hardly any wonder so many people are staying up past their bed times. Even under the best of conditions, Americans are severely sleep deprived. There …

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2005 0 Comments
    Warning Too Late Re: Antidepressants and Suicide

    Q. My son Mike was prescribed Paxil for depression while he was a graduate teaching assistant at New Mexico State University. Around day 13 he slipped into a mood that I had never seen before. He neve…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2005 0 Comments
    Battling Lice Takes Persistence

    LICE! Just reading the word can make your head itch. What is it about lice that inspires such loathing? Otherwise normal people become hysterical at the mere thought of these bloodsuckers. Many people…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2005 0 Comments
    Echinacea Strikes Out As Cold Cure

    Q. My sister recently visited me with a bad cold and introduced me to echinacea. I now take it three times a day to prevent colds. What do you think about it? Are there any other natural cold remedies…

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2005 0 Comments
    #553 Sinatra’s Supplements for Heart Healt…

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, more than one million people will have a heart attack this year. Over half of them will d…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Doggy Drug Ward Off Dementia?

    Q. What can you tell me about selegiline? The vet prescribed it for my elderly dog. She had been showing serious agitation, pacing for hours at a time (sometimes 12 or 15 hours straight!). She would p…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2005 0 Comments
    Is Carob Healthier Than Chocolate?

    Q. I have heard that carob is a healthy substitute for chocolate. I don't like it as much, but if it really is better I would consider it when I crave chocolate. How healthy is it? A. Carob is complet…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2005 0 Comments
    #552 Selling Sickness

    Last year the pharmaceutical industry spent over $4 billion advertising drugs to consumers. Drug companies maintain that this educates people about serious health problems like acid reflux, overactive…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Lemon Conquer Nail Fungus?

    Q. I have suffered for years with a fungal growth under my big toenail and would like to get rid of it. I read somewhere that sticking my big toe in half a lemon every night would do this. Apparently …

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Tonic Water May Cause Tinnitus

    Q. I have just developed a hissing sound in my ears. The onset was very rapid! The doctor diagnosed it as tinnitus, but would give me no reason for the problem. He said there wasn't anything I could d…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2005 0 Comments
    New Antidepressant Warning Is Too Late For Some

    Some psychiatrists may have been shocked by the FDA's recently revised labeling for antidepressants: "Adults being treated with antidepressant medication, particularly those being treated for depressi…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2005 0 Comments
    #551 Open Lines

    Many religious Americans pray for the recovery of sick friends and family. A new scientific study casts doubt on whether prayer makes any difference in recovery time or complications, however. The sam…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Pomegranate May Help Fight Prostate Cancer

    Q. I have prostate cancer. I heard on the local news that pomegranate juice might lower PSA. Is there any scientific research to back this up? A. A group of scientists in Marburg, Germany, has been in…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Did Cholesterol Drug Cause Amnesia?

    Q. My cholesterol has always been around 200 but I have a bad family history and a past angioplasty. In addition to a good diet and regular exercise, my doctor has prescribed various statin drugs to l…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Skin Doctors Turn Thumbs Down On Sun

    Dermatologists hate the sun. There's a good reason for their loathing. They see the effects of excessive sun exposure-not just wrinkles, age spots and leathery skin, but also a variety of skin cancers…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2005 0 Comments
    #550 Interpreting the New Food Pyramids

    The old Food Guide Pyramid from the USDA was misleading, perhaps because the Department of Agriculture was looking out for the interests of agricultural businesses as well as the health of consumers. …

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Sour Cherries Worked Against Gout

    Q. My sister has had two recent episodes of gout. Because she has no health insurance, she could not afford to go to the doctor. I gave her some samples of an anti-inflammatory medicine I had on hand.…