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  • Analysis on red meat hard to swallow

    Americans are passionate about food. We’re not suggesting that they are fanatical about gourmet cooking like the French. After all, the U.S. is the home of fast food. What gets …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Almonds can settle heartburn

    Q. I have a new patient with severe heartburn. As a naturopathic physician, I find taking a person off her particular food allergens usually clears heartburn up permanently. I saw …


  • Weaning off reflux drugs takes time

    Q. I have been taking either Prilosec or Nexium for more than seven years for reflux. No one seems concerned about it but me. I would like to get off …


  • Desensitizing toothpaste eased asthma

    Q. A caller on your radio show said that using Crest desensitizing toothpaste instead of the usual brand had abolished his lifelong asthma symptoms. I went right out and bought …


  • Cranberry juice can prevent UTI

    Q. Do you have any information about remedies for urinary-tract infections (UTI) besides antibiotics? There are lots of herbal concoctions on the Web with lengthy testimonials by people who feel …


  • Some people sensitive to vitamin B-6

    Q. Last October, I started having neurological symptoms. My hands were falling asleep every night with pins and needles. The symptoms got worse, and I developed pain in my neck, …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Studies show benefits of eggs

    Q. I gave up eating eggs years ago due to high cholesterol. I have only been eating egg substitutes. I recently heard that eating eggs doesn’t really raise cholesterol. If …


  • Can chickpeas banish age spots?

    Q. You recently fielded a question about age spots. In the back of my mind, I remember a comment made by a guest on a TV talk show. He suggested …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Do sexual side effects from Prozac persist?

    Q. I am 50 years old and in good health. I have taken Prozac until quite recently. In the past few years, my libido and my ability to perform sexually …


  • Many remedies may rout jock itch

    Q. I have a bad case of jock itch, for want of a better word. I’ve used Neosporin, Lotrimin Ultra and one other medication I can’t remember right now. I …


  • Ginger tea restores voice

    Q. For two consecutive years after a prolonged, forceful cough that lasted one or two months, I totally lost my voice. My ear, nose and throat doctor diagnosed me with …


  • Flomax can ease passage of stone

    Q. Is there any way to make passing a kidney stone less painful? I went from uncomfortable to unbearable pain within a couple of hours. The emergency- room doctors gave …


  • Did saltpeter sabotage sex life?

    Q. I’m a 28-year-old male, and I’ve never had much of a sex drive. I recently learned from a family member that my mother, believing it curbed sexual appetite, dosed …


  • Cheap and easy bedbug detector

    Q. How can I tell if my apartment is infested with bedbugs? A friend has just gone through a nightmare experience trying to get rid of them. She had to …


  • Soy sauce fails to soothe burn

    Q. I burned my thumb on a pan of roasted veggies last night. I remembered your advice and reached for the tamari soy sauce. (I had a low-sodium variety.) To …


  • Will hot-pepper nose spray soothe sinuses?

    Q. Can you comment on the efficacy and safety of nasal capsaicin (Sinus Buster, Sinol-M) for rhinitis, sinusitis or sinus headache? A. Capsaicin is the hot substance that gives chili …


  • Drug discard date creates discord

    The question is common, and it seems so simple. Do we need to worry about medicines going bad if they are used beyond their expiration date? The answer is a …


  • Blackstrap molasses treats hemorrhoids

    Q. Several years ago, I had hemorrhoids so bad that I couldn’t even go to work. The only comfort I could find was sitting in a tub of warm water. …


  • Drugs may increase risk for falls

    If you watch the evening news on television, you are likely to see commercials for osteoporosis drugs. Sally Field will tell you that Boniva builds strong, healthy bones to help …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Vitamin C doses bring fewer hives

    Q. My son, age 14, has suffered from chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives) for five years. Several months ago, your column featured another person suffering from hives. He had success with …


  • Wet pj’s eased son’s eczema

    Q. Do you know about the “wet pajama” treatment for childhood eczema? Wet a pair of cotton pajamas and wring them out. Put them on the child, then layer a …


  • How good is the flu vaccine?

    People are desperate for protection against pandemic H1N1 influenza. That’s understandable given the media reports of deaths among otherwise healthy children and young adults. TV news cameras have focused on …


  • Vaporub soothes swollen breast

    Q. As a registered nurse, I am often skeptical of herbs and home remedies. When I had a baby, I wanted to breast-feed, but I had a lot of problems …


  • Cinnamon toothpaste linked to sore mouth

    Q. The inside of my mouth became very sensitive to salt, acid and anything spicy. When my wife looked, she said it looked like thrush. I went to my dentist …


  • Vicks rub subdues persistent cough

    Q. I am a research scientist, so I like evidence. My husband is an architect who is a critical thinker and not about to fall prey to nonsense. He came …


  • Soy sauce soothes pain of wasp sting

    Q. I was adjusting my sprinkler timer and did not realize my arm was bumping against a wasp nest. That’s how I got stung on the elbow by four or …


  • Oxygen aided suicidal reader

    Q. I have suffered with “The Monster” for more than 20 years. That’s what I call my headaches. It took five years and trips to five different teaching hospitals to …


  • Doctor disagrees with stance on statins

    Q. As a doctor who treats heart patients, I am thwarted by your unbalanced reporting about cholesterol-lowering drugs. In your column, you repeatedly emphasize the negative perceptions people have of …


  • Arthritis relief comes at high price

    Rheumatoid arthritis is a devastating disease. Besides crippling joints, it can leave the victim exhausted and in excruciating pain. During the past several decades, drug companies have offered patients a …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Propofol doesn’t deserve bad rap

    Before Michael Jackson’s tragic death, most people had never heard of the drug propofol (Diprivan). It’s not the kind of medication that anyone would ever seek out on the street. …

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