By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Sunshine Vitamin In Short Supply

    If you spend 10 to 15 minutes out in the sun two or three times a week, you make enough vitamin D to stay healthy. Our ancestors had little trouble getting that much sunshine. They walked and worked o…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Acupressure May Work For Insomnia

    Q. I would like to share an acupressure tip that helps me sleep. Tape a dried kidney bean to the inside of your right wrist. I locate this point between the two tendons by measuring the width of three…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2004 0 Comments
    #519 Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding

    A lot of people struggle with clutter, but some people are overpowered by it. You may not know someone with more than twenty years' worth of old newspapers stacked up in the living room but you may kn…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 0 Comments
    Despite TV Ads, It’s hard To Talk About ED

    Q. I know erectile dysfunction is discussed on TV, but some of us are still too embarrassed to ask about it. Could high blood pressure contribute to this problem? What about medications for hypertensi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 0 Comments
    Antiviral Drugs Can Ease Flu Frenzy

    Even though the influenza season has barely begun, millions of Americans are in a frenzy over flu. You can hardly blame them. Earlier this fall, public health officials were emphasizing the dangers of…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 1 Comments
    Cinnamon Lowers Cholesterol

    Q. I am curious about the health value of cinnamon. A year ago, I ran across a Web site suggesting cinnamon to reduce bad LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. I do not have this disease, bu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2004 0 Comments
    #493 Heeding Antidepressant Warnings

    Antidepressants like Zoloft, Paxil or Prozac have become extremely popular because they work well to ease many kinds of psychological distress, from premenstrual dysphoria to extreme shyness to depres…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    Did Antibiotics Lead To Unplanned Pregnancy?

    Q. I recently became pregnant while taking the birth control pill. I was later told that antibiotics can make the pill inactive and that my doctor and pharmacist should have warned me. Is this true? I…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    Federal Watch Dog Doesn’t Bark

    Almost 100 years ago Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, setting the stage for federal regulation of medications. Americans had become sick and tired of fraudulent advertising and ineffective …

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    New Health Findings For Ancient Fruit

    Q. I'm so glad pomegranates are back in season. I love them! Are there health benefits from eating pomegranates, so I don't have to feel bad about spending money on them? A. Scientists keep finding ne…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2004 0 Comments
    #518 Health News Update

    The health effects of cell phones have been controversial, with most studies showing no serious problems. Swedish researchers have found, however, that long-term cell-phone users have a higher risk fo…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2004 0 Comments
    Radish Addiction Could Signal Deficiency

    Q. I have become addicted to radishes. If I don't have them, the withdrawal is the same as smoking. Is there a reason for this? Can it hurt me? Do you think that it will pass? Please help! A. Ask your…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2004 1 Comments
    Leg Cramp Remedies Earn Boos and Cheers

    Nothing can ruin a good night's sleep faster than a sudden leg cramp. There you are, sleeping peacefully one minute and then the next you are awakened by excruciating pain like a bolt of lightning. No…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2004 0 Comments
    Cheap Gin May Not Work With Raisin Remedy

    Q. You have recommended soaking golden raisins in gin for arthritis relief and suggested that cheap gin would work fine. I spent several years in the distilled spirits business. It was said that the c…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2004 0 Comments
    #517 Overcoming Anger

    Anger can be one of the most damaging emotions...both to our relationships and to our health. But we don't have to be at its mercy. While anger is sometimes appropriate, we can learn better ways to so…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2004 0 Comments
    Erection Trouble Could Be Red Flag For Heart

    Q. Up until six months ago I had a successful and satisfying sex life. Now I cannot get a full erection. I don't understand why I have developed this condition which was never a problem before. Before…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2004 0 Comments
    Mood Altering Drugs Have Unexpected Risks

    Americans have had a love-hate relationship with mood medicine for decades. During the 1970s and 1980s Valium was one of the most popular drugs in the country. This anti-anxiety agent was even the sub…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2004 0 Comments
    Bad Breath May Be Infectious

    Q. A family member pulled me aside a few months ago and informed me that I have had bad breath for years although I brush and floss religiously. I went to see the dentist, who took x-rays and said I h…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2004 0 Comments
    Birth Control Pills May Also Ease Acne

    Q. You recently ran a question about a teenage girl with acne. Nothing the dermatologist prescribed had worked and her mother refused to consider birth control pills for her. My heart goes out to her.…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Couples Cope With The Viagra Challenge?

    Viagra, Levitra and Cialis have become household names. That's because the manufacturers of these drugs broke the taboos against discussing erectile dysfunction in public. Turn on the television and y…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2004 0 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo May Ease Jock Itch

    Q. Are there natural ways to keep jock itch from returning? My husband has been using Lotrimin cream or other antifungals daily for about 3 years. Within 2 or 3 days of stopping the cream, the rash al…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2004 0 Comments
    #516 Update on Children’s Health

    There's no question that parenting is one of the most important--and most challenging--jobs most of us face. We'll sort through the hype with a modern-day Dr. Spock to find out what really matters for…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 2 Comments
    Can Drug Turn White Hair Black?

    Q. I am a naturally blonde woman, age 57, taking Zocor and Zetia to lower my cholesterol. Since starting Zetia (about 6 months ago), I am sprouting a head of black hair. Where I used to find white mix…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 0 Comments
    New Drug Warnings Require Vigilance

    If you've ever watched TV commercials for drugs like Viagra, Vioxx or Zocor, you know that they present such medications in a very appealing light. Actors smile and seem to be having such a wonderful …

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 1 Comments
    Silver May Turn Children Gray

    Q. My daughter and her husband make their own formulation of colloidal silver. They think this mixture protects them against the flu and other infections because it provides a natural boost to the imm…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2004 0 Comments
    #491 New Advances in Men’s Sexual Health

    Viagra is a household name. Now there are other drugs for erectile dysfunction. How well do Levitra and Cialis work? What other options are available? Testosterone replacement therapy is becoming incr…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Viagra Reverse Effexor Effect

    Q. I have heard that premature ejaculation is a common problem. I suffer just the opposite: delayed ejaculation. It can take me 20 or 30 minutes and this is far too long for my wife. This has become a…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    The Dark Side Of Statins

    Bill Clinton's recent bypass surgery has captured a lot of attention. Some commentators publicly rebuked the former president for his fondness for fast food and cigars and for stopping his cholesterol…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Turmeric-Flavored Eggs Fight Arthritis

    Q. After reading about turmeric in your column, I started using one teaspoon in my scrambled eggs each morning. My arthritis has greatly improved, and I have far less pain when I walk. I work in my ya…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2004 0 Comments
    #515 Makeover Madness

    Reality shows featuring makeovers have become extremely popular on TV. Do these appeal mainly to people's fantasies, or are Americans becoming obsessed with perfection? We'll find out what risks are e…