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Spicing Things Up Can Improve Your Health

Published March 1, 2008 Spicing Things Up Can Improve Your Health Dear Pharmacist, I came to a local talk you gave in my city and was impressed with your vast knowledge of nutrition. You mentioned the spice cayenne pepper and that it may normalize cholesterol. I never thought of spices as anything but for flavoring […]

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Stop Blowing Smoke

Published February 2008 Dear Pharmacist, I’ve been a smoker for 37 years, since the age of 17.  My fianceé says she won’t marry me until I stop smoking.  She mentioned Chantix, a new drug her uncle used successfully.  I’m willing to try this, but scared of side effects like baldness or loss of sex drive. […]

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Losing It! Ways to Overcome Cravings

Published 1-3-08 Dear Pharmacist, Since my son left for college, I have developed the most insatiable cravings for sweets. It’s so bad that I have to eat candy bars every day and I’ve put on 20 pounds in two months. I’m very embarrassed but I don’t know how to stop myself.  LA  Winter Park, Florida […]

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Protecting Your Private Parts from Cancer

Published September 2007 Dear Pharmacist, I used to take Prempro, but shortly after that scary study years ago my doctor stopped all my hormones. He said it could in-crease my risk for breast cancer or a heart attack. It’s been four years since I’ve been off hormones. Does this mean I don’t have to worry […]

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Don’t Let PMS Sink Your Marriage

QUESTION: My marriage is on the rocks. Recently, my husband told me, “If you don’t do something for your PMS, I’m packing my stuff and leaving!” I honestly want to get well, and I’ve tried birth control pills, Midol, countless tranquilizers and antidepressants. I feel doped and still cry a lot and feel moody. Can […]

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7 Sensible Steps to Safety

Published July 2007 My pill was smaller this month than it normally is. When I called my pharmacy, they said they gave me a lower dosage of the same drug by accident. Suzy, I think you should tell readers how to cut down on medication errors. D.W., Coconut Creek, Fla. A: You’re fortunate that your […]

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It’s Not “Anti-Drug” to Advocate Consumer Caution About Medications

Dear Pharmacist, While I enjoy your columns and the wealth of information you give the public, I detect a bit of an anti-drug attitude. I find that ironic, since it is drugs that support your business of pharmacy. As a retired physician, I know we need our medications and I don’t understand why a pharmacist […]

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