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Ways to Avoid the Flu

What are some suggestions to avoid catching cold this season? –R. P. Albany, New York Answer: The common cold has been around for eon, even though it has morphed a bazillion times. It’s brilliant at outsmarting us, this is why we don’t have an effective remedy to cure or prevent it. Health experts will tell […]

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Shocking Cholesterol News

Dear Pharmacist, I saw Dr. Oz interview a doctor on television about cholesterol. The guest said your total cholesterol doesn’t matter and I read that in your book 6 years ago. Suzy, I take a statin, and do a “Lipid Profile” annually. Is this okay? –M.D., Austin, Texas Answer: No, it’s not okay, and I’m […]

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What Works for Weight Loss

Dear Pharmacist, What are some natural dietary supplements that can help me lose weight, or at least manage it during the holidays? –C.A., Gainesville, Florida Answer: When it comes to weight management, nothing works better and faster than exercising and reducing your portion size. Do that alone and you can down a pound of pumpkin […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers – Don’t Take Glucosamine

Rheumatoid Arthritis Suffers – Don’t Take Glucosamine Dear Pharmacist, In a recent column, you said that a person should NOT take glucosamine if they have Rheumatoid Arthritis, but that it was useful for people with osteoarthritis. I have just been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and my doctor started me on glucosamine and chondroitin immediately. Why […]

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Strange Causes for Seizure Disorders

Dear ReadersThis is the EXTENDED more comprehensive version of the article that printed in your local paper:    Dear Pharmacist,  My brother suddenly developed seizures, at the age of 26, never having a history. I’ve searched your archives at your site but do not find columns there on the topic. I’d like to discover why he […]

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Non-Drug Solutions for Restless Legs Syndrome

Dear Pharmacist, I’ve had restless legs syndrome (RLS) for 4 years and it’s keeping my husband awake, and I’m so tired during the day I can’t function. My doctor is sick of me, and wants to try Horizant now, since Requip and Mirapex didn’t work. Should I try? –T.N., Centennial Colorado   Answer: Your doctor […]

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The Benefits of Vitamin A

  A friend of mine suggested that I get more vitamin A to help my immune system.  I’ve always heard that vitamin D is better. Do you think that’s a good idea? –P.K., Rockwall, Texas Answer: Yes, just keep in mind that vitamin A is not the be-all and end-all for immune function. You need […]

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How To Look 15 Years Younger

Dear Pharmacist, I met you at a book signing and was in awe of how good you look at 49 yo, your skin was radiant and you look 30 something, not a deep wrinkle on you. What’s your secret? –L.J., San Diego, California   Answer: Thank you, that warms my heart because I work at […]

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Fatigue Solutions That Make Sense

Dear Pharmacist,  Dr. Oz said magnesium was the number one thing for exhaustion. Do you agree? What are the best supplements? –C.T., Charlotte, North Carolina   Answer: I adore him and know it’s impossible to state everything about fatigue in a 20 minute segment, or for that matter, a 500 word column (which is what […]

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What Dr. Oz Forgot to Say About Green Coffee Bean Extract

Dear Pharmacist,  I heard on the Dr. Oz show that green coffee bean extract could help me lose weight, what do you think of this? –G.H., Gainesville, Florida Answer: I think it has good potential as part of a bigger plan that includes a Paleo diet and exercise. I always recommend a sensible weight loss […]

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