By: Joe Graedon September 15, 2003 3 Comments
    Witch Hazel Fights Off Mosquitoes

    Q. I was too lazy to put on jeans yesterday afternoon and went out to weed the garden in shorts. I had no insect repellent, so of course the mosquitoes ate me alive. I was in a hurry to finish the job…

    By: Joe Graedon September 15, 2003 0 Comments
    No Vacancy At Heartburn Hotel

    When's the last time you sat down to a leisurely dinner with the family? Nowadays, that seems like a fantasy from Norman Rockwell. Americans eat on the run. With pressure to work late, lots of after-s…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2003 0 Comments
    #GK-21 The Science Behind the Fitness Craze

    Staying fit is one of the most important health promoting activities, but all the advice can get confusing. How can you exercise safely? How much is enough and how much might be harmful? Do you need a…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2003 5 Comments
    Will Saltpeter Dampen Sexual Desire?

    Q. My sex drive is much stronger than my wife's and this is causing conflict. I used to hear that saltpeter would suppress sexual desire. Does it work? Is there anything else that would help? A. Potas…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Full Of Mercury?

    Q. I keep reading that eating fish is good for your heart, your brain and just about everything else. I am not fond of fish, so I have started taking fish oil capsules. A friend says fish oil is conta…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2003 0 Comments
    Heart Failure Is A Confusing Killer

    Five million Americans suffer from a potentially life-threatening condition. It has claimed the lives of Henry Fonda, Ella Fitzgerald, Wilt Chamberlain, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Even though half a m…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2003 0 Comments
    #444 Risk Factors Beyond Cholesterol

    Half of all heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels. Researchers are looking into many other risk factors that often go undetected and untreated. For example, inflammation is now considere…

    By: Joe Graedon September 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Generic Drug Failure Scares Patient

    Q. I have had persistent atrial fibrillation for several years. The doctors attempted to correct this abnormal heart rhythm but they were unsuccessful. I have been taking Betapace, which controls the …

    By: Joe Graedon September 1, 2003 0 Comments
    Curry Powder Clears Skin Condition

    Q. A few months ago you wrote about turmeric being used for boils and also being studied for treating arthritis and cancer. This bit of information has changed my life. I've suffered with psoriasis fo…

    By: Joe Graedon September 1, 2003 0 Comments
    More Bad HRT News Creates Chaos

    Millions of women are dazed and confused. For decades they were told that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) would protect their bones, their hearts and their brains. If they worried about rumors of br…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2003 0 Comments
    #465 Helping Children with ADD Become Happy Adul…

    Millions of children are being diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD). The inability to focus in the classroom leads to frustration for children, teachers and parents. Drugs like Ritalin, Add…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Popular Pain Relievers May Prevent Senility

    Q. Are there any pharmaceuticals that prevent dementia? Alzheimer's disease runs in my family and I would do anything reasonable to avoid it. What about Aricept? A. Evidence is accumulating that commo…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2003 0 Comments
    Too Much Tuna Risky For Pregnant Woman

    Q. I love tuna fish and salmon and eat at least four or five servings a week (especially tuna). I am trying to get pregnant and read that a pregnant woman should limit her intake of fish. Is that true…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2003 0 Comments
    Diabetic Diet Creates Controversy

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so they say. For diabetics, that may be literally true. Food is turned into sugar (glucose), the fuel that runs our bodies. In diabetes, glucose builds up in…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2003 0 Comments
    Ginkgo Restores Sexual Pleasure

    Q. I started taking Gingko biloba a few months ago for leg pain due to poor circulation. I got moderate relief from the leg pains, but I also began having great orgasms! I didn't ascribe it to the her…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2003 0 Comments
    Popular Heartburn Drug Goes OTC

    Q. I have read that Prilosec will be going over the counter in the fall. Perhaps you can answer the following questions: 1. Is this true? 2. When is the expected date? 3. Will it be prescription stren…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Congress Legalize Prescription Drug Smuggli…

    When Alice fell down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, reality was turned upside down. Watches ran backwards and people had to run as fast as they could just to stay in one place. A lot of senior citiz…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2003 0 Comments
    #463 Open Lines

    New research on HRT is more discouraging than ever. We will bring you up-to-date on the latest studies. You will also learn about disappointing data about a natural approach to lowering cholesterol. W…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2003 1 Comments
    #A-91 Congestive Heart Failure

    This mysterious disease is on the rise. As coronary heart disease declines, heart failure is becoming ever more common. Do you know what causes heart failure and how to prevent it? We will find out wh…

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Cornstarch Saves Face

    Q. I have been suffering with an intractable combination of seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. I've been using coal tar Tegrin for the psoriasis and Cortaid cream with poor results. My face, ears an…

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Snorting Ritalin Is Risky Business

    Q. I have a son who takes the medication Ritalin for his behavior problems. He started on Adderall when he was 14 years old, and was switched to Ritalin at 16, with the dosage gradually increased. He …

    By: Joe Graedon August 11, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Sex Becoming Extinct In America?

    For millions of married Americans, sex has nearly disappeared. Hectic lifestyles and pressures from work and parenting are the enemies of romance and intimacy. Some experts estimate that as many as on…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-80 New Treatments for Schizophrenia

    When a person starts talking to someone you can't see or answering voices you can't hear, it can be very scary. Visual and auditory hallucinations could be a sign of schizophrenia, a mental disorder t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2003 0 Comments
    Who Pays For Doctors’ Free Lunches?

    They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. That may be true for most of us, but if you work in a doctor's office free lunches are frequently standard fare. If you're a doctor, free dinners may al…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2003 0 Comments
    Another Fish Oil Tale Of Gray Hair Gone

    Q. I have been taking fish oil concentrate for heart health. After reading other readers' comments on fish oil restoring their hair to its original color, I checked mine in the bright sunlight. Lo and…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2003 0 Comments
    Manic Spending Ruins Retirement

    Q. After my doctor put me on the andidepressant Effexor, I did things I would never have done otherwise. I spent our life savings and thousands of dollars more on crazy things. We can't sell them to g…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2003 0 Comments
    #462 Diabetes Update

    Why are young children developing adult onset diabetes? Are there important advances in the treatment of this common and dangerous disease that will help diabetics live healthier lives? We will explor…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Television Tip Stops Hiccups

    Q. I really appreciate the tips, updates and news in your column. When I read advice about halting hiccups, I'm reminded about the only sure-fire way I've ever found to stop hiccups--and I learned it …

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Blue Lizard Protects Skin From Sun

    Q. We have an exciting camping trip planned later this summer, with several days rafting on the Colorado River as well as some hiking. Can you recommend a good sunscreen with both physical and chemica…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Your Medicine Bringing You Down?

    If you develop a rash within hours of starting a new medicine, you don't need Sherlock Holmes to help you make the connection. But some drug side effects are harder to recognize. Psychological reactio…