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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | March 18, 2001
Q. I have been taking Echinacea with goldenseal every day since the beginning of fall. It works great. My husband has had four terrible colds since fall, and I haven't caught any of them. I have been hearing, however, that it is not good to continue taking Echinacea over a long period of time. I was told to wait until I think I might be getting a cold and then take it for a week to 10 days. It seems silly to me to wait until you get sick to start taking Echinacea, but I don't want to damage my body.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | March 18, 2001
Q. I have been taking Echinacea with goldenseal every day since the beginning of fall. It works great. My husband has had four terrible colds since fall, and I haven't caught any of them. I have been hearing, however, that it is not good to continue taking Echinacea over a long period of time. I was told to wait until I think I might be getting a cold and then take it for a week to 10 days. It seems silly to me to wait until you get sick to start taking Echinacea, but I don't want to damage my body.
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By Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | November 9, 1993
Have you tried shopping for a moisturizer lately? The shelves are stuffed with an incredible array of products, each one claiming to outdo the next.You can "discover the oriental secret to younger-looking skin" with Sudden Change Oriental Pearl Moisture Rich Potion for $3.59 per ounce. No wonder it's so pricey: This cream contains "crushed precious oriental pearls."If fancy French-sounding creams are your style, look for Nivea Visage. (Visage means "face" in French.) The Liposome Creme with Vitamin E -- at $7.64 an ounce -- "visibly improves skin's tone and texture for a smoother, more supple appearance."
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | July 16, 2000
Q. My latest tests show a cholesterol of 251 (not unusual for me), an HDL of 60 and LDL of 128. I am worried because my triglycerides went from 82 or 88 in the past to 313 this time, with no change of diet. My cholesterol/HDL ratio is good. I already take Lopressor and Dyazide. Now the doctor wants to add Lipitor, but I am reluctant. I've heard that fish can help with some types of blood fats, but I dislike it and couldn't bring myself to eat it regularly. Would fish oil capsules be of any benefit?
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By Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | December 27, 1994
Winter is hard on skin. Chapped hands, cracked nails, dry lips and nonstop dandruff are common problems this time of year. Low humidity is the culprit.Dermatologists tell us that some of the cheapest skin creams are the most effective. Petroleum jelly works wonders when it is applied after a bath or shower.But many of our readers prefer a different alternative, resorting to Bag Balm or Udder Cream, old-fashioned veterinary products that have a long track record as good moisturizers.Hairdressers and manicurists, who have their hands in water, chemicals and detergent much of the day, have written that such barnyard beauty aids restore moisture to rough skin.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | July 16, 2000
Q. My latest tests show a cholesterol of 251 (not unusual for me), an HDL of 60 and LDL of 128. I am worried because my triglycerides went from 82 or 88 in the past to 313 this time, with no change of diet. My cholesterol/HDL ratio is good. I already take Lopressor and Dyazide. Now the doctor wants to add Lipitor, but I am reluctant. I've heard that fish can help with some types of blood fats, but I dislike it and couldn't bring myself to eat it regularly. Would fish oil capsules be of any benefit?
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.,SPECIAL TO THE SUN King Features Syndicate | November 25, 1997
What's the story on ciwujia? I am a long-distance runner and work out at the gym. A lot of my fitness-oriented friends take a supplement that contains this herb. It's supposed to boost energy and improve endurance. I would like to know more about this stuff before I start popping pills.You stumped us at first. None of our herbal references covered ciwujia. But with the help of the North Carolina health science librarians, we found it in the Chinese Materia Medica.Ciwujia has been used traditionally for treating low back and knee problems, particularly weakness and soreness.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | April 15, 2001
Q. My husband works in construction finishing Sheet-rock. Sandpaper and spackle dust dry his hands out so the tips of his fingers are often split and painful. A friend suggested wrapping the split fingertips with electrical tape. Amazingly, his fingers healed in a couple of days. This is a trick of the trade I thought you would like to know. A.Thanks for this remedy. People also report success putting Vaseline, Vicks VapoRub, Bag Balm or Udder Cream on their hands at night and covering them with cotton gloves.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 26, 1999
Nilo Amier massages Bag Balm into her chapped hands. Formulated 100 years ago to soften the udders of milking cows, the salve works just as well on people, said Amier, who tends a half-acre mini-ranch in Tarzana, Calif.Feed dealers Odie Fox and his son, Jerry, swear by Flex Free, a pricey supplement for easing stress and strains in horses. One dissolves a pinch of the bitter powder in his orange juice. The other sprinkles it on breakfast cereal."It really works," said Jerry Fox, claiming it counters aches from slinging 120-pound hay bales.
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By Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | May 9, 1995
Please settle a family feud. My husband keeps giving our dog chocolate chips as treats when she does some stupid tricks he taught her. I keep telling him that chocolate is bad for dogs. He says it hasn't killed her yet and she loves chocolate chips.According to our veterinarian consultant, dogs vary tremendously in their susceptibility to chocolate. In general, however, it is poisonous to dogs. They have a difficult time metabolizing the active ingredient, theobromine, which is related caffeine.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.,SPECIAL TO THE SUN King Features Syndicate | November 25, 1997
What's the story on ciwujia? I am a long-distance runner and work out at the gym. A lot of my fitness-oriented friends take a supplement that contains this herb. It's supposed to boost energy and improve endurance. I would like to know more about this stuff before I start popping pills.You stumped us at first. None of our herbal references covered ciwujia. But with the help of the North Carolina health science librarians, we found it in the Chinese Materia Medica.Ciwujia has been used traditionally for treating low back and knee problems, particularly weakness and soreness.
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By Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | December 27, 1994
Winter is hard on skin. Chapped hands, cracked nails, dry lips and nonstop dandruff are common problems this time of year. Low humidity is the culprit.Dermatologists tell us that some of the cheapest skin creams are the most effective. Petroleum jelly works wonders when it is applied after a bath or shower.But many of our readers prefer a different alternative, resorting to Bag Balm or Udder Cream, old-fashioned veterinary products that have a long track record as good moisturizers.Hairdressers and manicurists, who have their hands in water, chemicals and detergent much of the day, have written that such barnyard beauty aids restore moisture to rough skin.
FEATURES
By Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Dr. Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | November 9, 1993
Have you tried shopping for a moisturizer lately? The shelves are stuffed with an incredible array of products, each one claiming to outdo the next.You can "discover the oriental secret to younger-looking skin" with Sudden Change Oriental Pearl Moisture Rich Potion for $3.59 per ounce. No wonder it's so pricey: This cream contains "crushed precious oriental pearls."If fancy French-sounding creams are your style, look for Nivea Visage. (Visage means "face" in French.) The Liposome Creme with Vitamin E -- at $7.64 an ounce -- "visibly improves skin's tone and texture for a smoother, more supple appearance."
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | February 4, 2001
Q. Can you tell me about lice and the use of Listerine in eradicating them? My niece and my nephew have both contacted me because their children have had lice. I told them I'd read that Listerine could help, but they think I'm crazy. A. We have heard from several readers that Listerine can be helpful in preventing lice infestations. We recently received this testimonial from a reader: "The best way to prevent head lice is old-fashioned Listerine Antiseptic mouthwash. We were in the Army 33 years and moved a lot, but my kids never got lice.
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By Joe and Teresa Graedon | October 19, 2009
Question: : I have been washing my hands so many times a day to avoid colds and flu that they are incredibly red and rough. My fingertips are cracked and split, and it hurts to type on the computer. Normal moisturizers aren't cutting it. Answer: : Many readers sing the praises of instant glue to seal cracked or split fingers. If you prefer pharmacy-grade glue, try Band-Aid Liquid Bandage or New-Skin Liquid Bandage. It sounds as if you need an industrial-strength moisturizer. Dermatologists often recommend Lac-Hydrin 12 percent, which is effective but pricey.
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