Avoiding gas attacks

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY

May 09, 1999|By JOE GRAEDON, AND TERESA GRAEDON | JOE GRAEDON, AND TERESA GRAEDON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Q. Would you send me a listing of foods that cause gas? I have been declining invitations because I don't want to embarrass myself.

A. The best way to determine which foods cause you difficulties is to keep a diary recording what you eat and counting flatus events. This way you will be able to tell if you react to bagels and pretzels, as some people do, or to apples and radishes. The most notorious culprits are beans, of course, and vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower.

For those who are lactose intolerant, milk causes gas or diarrhea. These people may benefit from Lactaid, which contains the enzyme lactase. Yogurt is less likely to trigger digestive problems if it contains live cultures.

Q. I have used Aquamirabilis moisturizer since you first mentioned it many years ago. I have given it to my nurse daughter, son and friends who have hooves for hands. It also works on dry feet and chapped lips, and just a tad looks good in sparse silver hair. The lotion is more soothing than any after-shave and works well also as a pre-shave for an electric razor. It's great stuff.

A. Thanks for sharing your experience. Aquamirabilis contains food-grade oils, including beeswax and mango kernel oil, so it is ideal for cooks as well as nurses. It costs $10.50 for a 2-ounce tin. Anyone who would like to order it may call 800-789-1991. The Web site is www. aquamirabilis. com.

Q. I enjoy your lively and informative program on public radio. Did the doctor you interviewed from Harvard really say eggs are OK, or did I dream it? For years I have not touched one!

A. Dr. Walter Willett, Ph.D. and chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, said eggs are fine in moderation.

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Pub Date: 05/09/99

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