By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Sex Headaches Hamper Love Life

    Q. I have recently become sexually active after several years of abstinence. I have had severe headaches upon becoming sexually aroused and wonder if anything I take could be causing them. I take a lo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    The Vitamin Wars Are Over

    The vitamin wars are officially over. Record the date for posterity: June 19, 2002. That's when the American Medical Association published a radical new recommendation-most Americans should be taking …

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Drinking Tea Has Many Health Benefits

    Q. I am a tea drinker--green, black and herbals. I grew up putting milk in my black tea but I drink iced tea and herbals unadulterated. I happened to overhear a conversation in which someone said putt…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Fish Oil Fights High Cholesterol

    Q. I have taken Zocor for several years to control my cholesterol, and it keeps the cholesterol around 200. It does nothing for my elevated triglycerides, though, and my ratio has been around 5 althou…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 1 Comments
    Surprising Uses For Vicks Vaporub

    Some of the most fascinating medical discoveries happen by accident. Aspirin was originally a pain reliever, plain and simple. But a chance discovery by a family physician in Glendale, California, sug…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    A Spoonful Of Cinnamon Makes The Sugar Go Down

    Q. I believe I heard that cinnamon helps with blood sugar control in diabetes. Is this true and if so, how much does it take? A. We have heard from a number of people that one teaspoon of cinnamon on …

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Bra Itch Responds To Athlete’s Foot Remedi…

    Q. You've given men advice on coping with jock itch, so I decided to tell you how I deal with the bra itch we ladies get. When I had my last mammogram, the technician said some gals come in looking li…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2002 0 Comments
    Man Fakes Orgasm To Satisfy His Wife

    Q. I read with interest your comments on male premature ejaculation, but my problem is just the opposite. My wife and I have a very good sexual relationship (with the help of Viagra), but I very seldo…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2002 1 Comments
    Lowering The Price On Prescription Drugs

    Legend has it that the emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Today's politicians are bickering while drug prices soar. Despite years of promises about protecting senior citizens from having to choos…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Herbs Pump Up The Penis?

    Q. I have seen advertisements for pills that are supposed to enlarge and lengthen the penis naturally. They contain herbal ingredients such as yohimbe, ginseng, ginkgo and some that I have never heard…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Is Douching Necessary–Or Dangerous?

    Q. Can douching prevent pregnancy and venereal disease? I was told when I was growing up that you should douche right after intercourse. This is not always convenient, but I try to do so for health re…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Fighting Foot Fungus Isn’t Fun

    Are you afraid to put your best foot forward? This is the time of year when millions of Americans wish their feet were more presentable. Normally we take our tootsies for granted. We count on them to …

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 0 Comments
    Do Herbal Enhancers Increase Breast Size?

    Q. What can you tell me about herbal breast enlargers? I'm considering surgery, but first I would like to try one of these products if they work and don't have nasty side effects. I am generally skept…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 0 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo Works For Jock Itch

    Q. I liked your article on relieving jock itch by using Cetaphil skin cleanser. I tried it and it works great. My family doctor recommended an alternative to Cetaphil: Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo. Ap…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 2 Comments
    Doctors Defend Latin Abbreviations

    Why do doctors love Latin? No one has spoken this language in daily life for hundreds of years. And yet physicians insist on writing prescriptions with Latin abbreviations like hs (hora somni, or bedt…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 19 Comments
    Aloe Vera

    There are nearly five hundred species of aloe, a type of plant that originated in southern Africa, near the Cape of Good Hope. The use of aloe goes back in history. There are pictures of aloe plants o…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2002 0 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice To Prevent Heart Disease

    Q. I have recently read that there are health benefits of drinking several ounces of pomegranate juice daily. I can't find where I read this and would appreciate knowing what your research on pomegran…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2002 5 Comments
    ‘Save-The-Baby’ Hard To Find

    Q. More than fifty years ago when I was a child, my mother used "Save-the-Baby" on us when we had a bad cold. She rubbed it on our chests. I loved the smell and it seemed to work quite well. In the ea…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2002 0 Comments
    Good Sleep Essential For Good Health

    Are you getting a good night's sleep? If you are like many Americans, the chances are you're not. According to one survey, 40 percent of us get less than seven hours of shut-eye each night. Here's a l…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2002 0 Comments
    What Kind Of Tea Prevents Heart Attacks?

    Q. There was something on the news about how tea drinkers are less likely to have heart attacks. Does it matter if it is regular or decaffeinated tea? What about hot tea compared to iced tea? And is h…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Sweaty Arm Pits Pose Embarrassing Problem

    Q. My daughter suffers from excessive underarm perspiration. I told her to ask her doctor about it, but the doctor said she has not heard of a prescription deodorant to deal with this problem. My daug…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2002 0 Comments
    Placebo Power Fights Depression

    Placebo power can be embarrassing. A recent study of St. John's wort found that it was no more effective against major depression than placebo-but neither was Zoloft, the prescription antidepressant t…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2002 123 Comments
    Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies For Diarrhea

    This is one of the tastiest and most unusual home remedies we have ever collected. Donald Agar had suffered from Crohn's disease for many years. Diarrhea was a constant problem. By accident he discove…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Diet Help Relieve Joint Pain?

    Q. I was eating a piece of chocolate when a friend said, "That's not good for your arthritis." Since then, another friend told me to avoid tomatoes. All this advice is confusing me. Are there really f…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 5 Comments
    Beware Of Baking Soda Overdose

    Q. I want to warn people about using baking soda to treat heartburn and indigestion. Although there are instructions right on the package for treating GI upset with baking soda, I must stress the impo…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 0 Comments
    Drug Interactions Can Be Deadly

    Bill Cosby likes to tell the story about his childhood chemistry experiments. He liked to mix the components of his chemistry set in the basement to see what would happen. When he succeeded in produci…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2002 0 Comments
    Sunscreen Allergy Makes Her Red

    Q. Can you tell me what to do about sunblock? I have become increasingly sensitive to the sun, although I always wear sunblock. The problem is that I seem to be very allergic to the ingredients that m…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2002 1 Comments
    Restless Legs Keep Millions Awake

    Imagine it's the end of a long day, and you gratefully climb into bed, put your head down on the pillow, and relax. But just as you are drifting into dreamland, you're awakened by a sudden violent mot…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Viagra Prolong Intercourse?

    Q. I have suffered from an embarrassing problem for years and I cannot bring myself to discuss it with my doctor. No matter how much I try to concentrate on other things or how slow I go, I climax wit…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2002 0 Comments
    Discount Drug Cards Create Confusion

    Beware politicians and pharmaceutical firms that promise lower prices for life-saving medicine. What do they deliver? During the last election, the high cost of prescription drugs was a major campaign…