By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gum Replaces Heartburn Pills

    Q. I suffer from heartburn on a daily basis, sometimes even with medication. So I was very interested to read that chewing gum might help. I take over-the-counter acid suppressors and decided to subst…

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 1 Comments
    Flea Infestation Is Hard To Fight

    Q. Help me! I have fleas! I mean, the dog has fleas but they are eating me alive. My ankles look like they have been through a meat grinder. What can I do? A. The first thing to do is treat your pet. …

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Preventing And Treating Colds Is Tricky

    The flu has arrived ahead of schedule and is hitting hard. Millions may suffer, but doctors speculate some might side-step problems with a flu shot. The vaccine is not a perfect match for the dominant…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2003 0 Comments
    #478 Faith and Medicine

    What role does spirituality play in healing? When we face a health crisis it often challenges us to examine our most profound beliefs. We will examine the importance of trust and connection with our h…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Medical Error Proves Lethal!

    Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Medical Error Proves Lethal! 12/15/2003 Q. I wish my mother had read your column on medical mistakes before it was too late. For four years she had been taking Coumad…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Coconut Treats May Relieve Diarrhea

    Q. More than 20 years ago I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Tests revealed no cause. Diarrhea attacks accompanied by severe abdominal pain rarely gave me time to find a bathroom bef…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Diet Advice Full Of Big Fat Lies?

    Americans were told for decades that if they just cut back on eggs, butter and red meat, they would lower their cholesterol and reduce their risk of heart disease. The French, on the other hand, conti…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2003 0 Comments
    #477 Fighting Flu, Overcoming Colds & Manag…

    How bad is this year's flu epidemic? Now that the vaccine is almost gone, what else can you do? Can echinacea do anything for the common cold? How will the new Medicare legislation change seniors' hea…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Treating Warts With Tagamet

    Q. My 9-year-old son has a wart on his toe that is about the size of 4 or 5 regular warts clumped together. He has had every topical application available multiple times without result. His doctor rec…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2003 0 Comments
    Olive Oil May Restore Marital Bliss

    Q. I stopped using estrogen last summer, but now I am suffering with vaginal dryness. This is causing me a lot of discomfort and is making relations with my husband difficult. I remember reading in yo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2003 0 Comments
    Don’t Become A Statistic This Flu Season

    The flu is back, it's early and it's bad! Thousands will die over the next few months. Many of the deaths could be prevented, if only people took action soon enough. Getting a flu shot is a good idea.…

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Antidepressant Can Raise Cholesterol

    Q. I received your Guide to Heart Health. It contained a list of medications that have a negative effect on blood lipids, and I was shocked to read that one of those medications was Effexor. Where doe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Turmeric Eases Suffering From Psoriasis

    Q. My daughter's psoriasis was quite severe. She had a red rash and scaling on both arms from shoulders to wrists. When I read your column about turmeric helping psoriasis, she started taking this spi…

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Women Care About Sex Too

    For hundreds of years men suffered impotence in silence. The very word implied weakness, so it's no wonder the topic was taboo. Then Viagra brought a new terminology. Bob Dole introduced "erectile dys…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2003 0 Comments
    #475 Protecting Your Vision

    How careful are you when it comes to saving your sight? Do you take the right vitamins and minerals? Researchers have demonstrated that certain nutrients can protect your eyes from damage. Do sunglass…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2003 0 Comments
    Depression Returns With Prozac Poop-Out

    Q. I have been on Prozac for approximately five years. I began with 20 mg but recently, with my doctor's okay, I increased the dose to 40 mg. 20 didn't seem to be working any more. I have been on the …

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2003 0 Comments
    Clear The Air With A Charcoal Cushion

    Q. I have been searching high and low for a pillow that is supposed to deodorize gas. You sit on it and something inside the cushion traps offensive odors. If you've written about this product, please…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2003 0 Comments
    Court Cracks Down On Canadian Imports

    The high cost of prescription drugs is creating chaos, confusion and conflict. Congress, the FDA, a federal judge and several state governments are all working at cross-purposes. Because brand name me…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2003 0 Comments
    #474 What’s Really in the Bottle?

    Herbs and dietary supplements are immensely popular, but there is minimal oversight to make sure consumers are really getting what they think they are buying. Studies have shown that there are sometim…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Sex Headaches Can Be Treated

    Q. Sometimes when my husband and I make love I get an excruciating headache at climax. It lasts only a few minutes, but it is so painful I am nervous about having sex. I asked my doctor, who said sex …

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Podiatrist Knocks Home Remedies For Nail Fungus

    Q. I am a Podiatrist, and I would like to comment on toenail fungus and treatment. When you write, "Home remedies don't always work," you imply that sometimes they do work. This is untrue. Home remedi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks Is Risky

    True drug breakthroughs are few and far between. In a good year, the FDA might approve a handful of new medications that are truly innovative. But teaching old drugs new tricks is becoming increasingl…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2003 0 Comments
    #473 Open Lines

    Which diets work best--low fat, high carb--or low-carb high protein? The data is in and we will fill you in. The lines are open for your calls and questions: (888-472-3366).…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-99 Itching and Other Skin Problems

    What makes a mosquito bite itch? Why are some people plagued by dry, itchy skin? Are they are solutions? We will talk to two renowned dermatologists about itching, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, dandr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Caffeine Pills Help Java Junkie Quit

    Q. Giving up coffee for better health was a real challenge for me. I can't tolerate decaf, so substituting was out. But stopping caffeine gave me migraines. Irritability and the threat of migraines ga…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Superglue Solution To Stubborn Warts

    Q. I read your article on getting rid of warts by soaking them in hot water. I have a better solution. I had a huge wart come up on my stomach. I used instant glue and smothered it to death! It turned…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Playing Doctor Is A Game Of Russian Roulette

    Once upon a time if you wanted to practice medicine you had to graduate from college, spend four years in medical school, pass rigorous medical board exams and do several years of residency. After thi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Sleep Paralysis Solved Without Drugs

    Q. Some time ago you mentioned that anti-depressants might help someone if his sleep paralysis got too bad. I've had sleep paralysis for years. It's one of the symptoms of narcolepsy and often occurs …

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Natural Approaches Can Lower Cholesterol

    Q. My cholesterol has ranged from 240 to 300 for years. My doctor finds these numbers unacceptable and has insisted I take medication. First I was put on Lescol. My muscles hurt so much I could barely…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Food And Drug Interactions Can Be Lethal

    Most of us swallow our pills with a glass of juice or a swig of water. We rarely think twice about when we take our medicine or what we eat with it. Yet food and drug interactions can be dangerous or …