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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 19, 2004
I noticed your comment on grapefruit juice raising blood levels of some medications. This is true, but as a medical doctor, I purposely use it to increase absorption of an expensive drug. Grapefruit does not actually improve absorption of medications. It does, however, interfere with the breakdown (metabolism) of dozens of drugs. In effect, that raises blood levels and increases the impact the drug has on the body. Your strategy does require careful monitoring. The grapefruit effect is highly variable.
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By Evan Siple and For The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Fells Point's self-appointed cocktail-nerd bar Bad Decisions recently rewrote its "Booze Bible" -- a rather sizable tome of original alcoholic creations that is constantly being added to and revised. From sophisticated blends to twists on the classics, all entries in the Booze Bible have one thing in common: an exceedingly zany (or in some cases outright offensive) name. One lengthily dubbed mezcal-based concoction that caught my eye is known as the Lonesome George's eHarmony Profile.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN King Features Syndicate | October 8, 1996
I was admitted to the emergency room with extremely low blood pressure and an altered heartbeat. They thought I might be in shock, and they treated me with antibiotics although no infection was ever found. If I had died, as several doctors and nurses thought I might, no one would have known the cause of my death.It wasn't until I was out of the hospital that I read about grapefruit juice interacting with Procardia. That clicked, because I had consumed more than a quart of grapefruit juice the day I was admitted.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Everyone has a remedy to beat the summer heat, from a trip to the pool to a snowball from a shack. At Midnight Sun, we prefer the tried, true and futile practice of complaining about unrelenting humidity over cold drinks at a comfortable bar. It accomplishes little besides a buzz, and that's just fine. On a recent Friday evening, Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites - which opened in May on Hampden's West 36th Street, better known as the Avenue - offered a low-key backdrop for such sweat-induced grumbling.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | December 1, 2006
If grapefruit increases the action of Lipitor, is it OK to drink grapefruit juice and reduce the dosage of Lipitor to save money? This is an intriguing strategy. Researchers have occasionally used grapefruit to boost the power of some expensive medications. Cyclosporine (Sandimmune), used to prevent organ transplant rejection, can cost thousands of dollars per year. Although grapefruit juice may enable transplant patients to lower the dose and save money, researchers find that there is too much variability among patients and in batches of juice for this to be safe.
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By Elizabeth Large | October 1, 1997
Christmas pears will be appearing in supermarketsComice pears should be appearing in the supermarket any day now. These are the mail-order Christmas pears -- a real bargain when you get them locally, even if they are more expensive than other varieties. They are extremely fragile and may look bruised and unappealing in the market, but usually the blemishes are only skin deep.Don't try to cook with these sweet, juicy beauties; they turn to mush. But they are a superb dessert pear, particularly with soft ripening or bleu cheeses.
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By Meekah Hopkins | January 31, 2012
Pamplemousse: "grapefruit" in French; or, the name of a sunny winter fruit cocktail at Bluegrass Tavern in Federal Hill. Kelli Kulnich, bar manager at Bluegrass, admits, "Grapefruit's always remind me of my grandmother ... you know, the big box of citrus?" In fact, I also recall my grandmother's own advice: eat one every morning for breakfast and you'll never get sick. I'm pretty sure the same is true here, except this grapefruit comes with a side of vodka AND Scotch. Healthy?
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE | December 19, 1995
Several of your columns have discussed how certain foods and beverages affect drugs. We were especially interested in grapefruit juice and Procardia, since my husband takes this drug for high blood pressure.When he asked his doctor about grapefruit juice, the physician told him not to pay any attention to that information. He insisted there is no mention of such an interaction in his current medical reference book and assured my husband he could take Procardia with any juice he wants to use.We are confused and don't know what to believe.
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By Meekah Hopkins | April 3, 2012
Picture a curvy-but-cute, sassy-yet-sweet lass with a passion for beer. She is buxom, bawdy, smooth-bodied and straight up. Is she every man's fantasy? Pretty close. She's the image that developed in my mind when when I tried Alewife's signature beer cocktail, the Hop Betty. A beer … cocktail? Talk about a dream come true. Don't question it; just trust general manager and co-owner Bryan Palombo and his team on this one. After all, this is revolutionary stuff here. Palombo takes pride in claiming that his cocktail is the first hops-infused drink in the city.
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By Evan Siple and For The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Fells Point's self-appointed cocktail-nerd bar Bad Decisions recently rewrote its "Booze Bible" -- a rather sizable tome of original alcoholic creations that is constantly being added to and revised. From sophisticated blends to twists on the classics, all entries in the Booze Bible have one thing in common: an exceedingly zany (or in some cases outright offensive) name. One lengthily dubbed mezcal-based concoction that caught my eye is known as the Lonesome George's eHarmony Profile.
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By Meekah Hopkins | May 14, 2013
Grand Cru, a mainstay of Govan's Belvedere Square, is a quiet little secret of a good cocktail joint. You associate the place with wine, I'm sure. But they have a pretty nice little drink program and a team of bartenders who can make you just about anything your heart desires. But if you'd rather let the menu do the ordering for you, let me suggest you try The Old Man and the Sea - the drink not the acclaimed novel, though both are Hemingway crafted. Cuba 1935. As bartender Constante "Constantino" Grande's mixed drinks at his bar, El Floridita, "a scruff, bearish man entered and asked to use the bathroom.
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By Meekah Hopkins | July 10, 2012
It has come to this, an almost dreaded time of year for we imbibers: having to base our beverage choices around the temperature outside. Is it really "weather appropriate" to drink an Old Fashioned when it's 103 degrees? Shall I enjoy a frothy Guinness next to the pool in a swimsuit? Call me crazy, but I say no. Still, if you don't want to take my word for it, I've got professional backup: Brendan Finnerty and Randal Etheridge, co-owners of Idle Hour in Federal Hill. Their drink - Josh's Last Call - is the answer to your overheated woes.
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By Meekah Hopkins | April 3, 2012
Picture a curvy-but-cute, sassy-yet-sweet lass with a passion for beer. She is buxom, bawdy, smooth-bodied and straight up. Is she every man's fantasy? Pretty close. She's the image that developed in my mind when when I tried Alewife's signature beer cocktail, the Hop Betty. A beer … cocktail? Talk about a dream come true. Don't question it; just trust general manager and co-owner Bryan Palombo and his team on this one. After all, this is revolutionary stuff here. Palombo takes pride in claiming that his cocktail is the first hops-infused drink in the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Meekah Hopkins | January 31, 2012
Pamplemousse: "grapefruit" in French; or, the name of a sunny winter fruit cocktail at Bluegrass Tavern in Federal Hill. Kelli Kulnich, bar manager at Bluegrass, admits, "Grapefruit's always remind me of my grandmother ... you know, the big box of citrus?" In fact, I also recall my grandmother's own advice: eat one every morning for breakfast and you'll never get sick. I'm pretty sure the same is true here, except this grapefruit comes with a side of vodka AND Scotch. Healthy?
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Rob Kasper and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2010
If the Black Eyed Susan were a race horse, it would be a sprinter. It makes one strong move, then fades quickly. The strong move occurs this weekend when the cocktail will be in demand at Pamlico Race Track, during both the running of the Black Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday and the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Over these two days, about 25,000 servings of the libation, poured into commemorative glasses, will be sold at track officials say. But as soon as Preakness weekend ends, so does the does the local thirst for the Susan.
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By Rob Kasper | February 24, 2010
I was out in the alley digging through the lunar landscape of snow, when I accidentally hit the button on my cell phone and rang my brother-in-law in Arizona. I was up to my keister in cold, as I heard that the temperature in Phoenix was headed toward 80 degrees. Ouch! I switched the conversation to citrus. In keeping with family tradition, the Arizonans had shipped us boxes of oranges and grapefruit. It is payback for the crabs we Marylanders feed them in the summer. Our snowbound household had already polished off the oranges.
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By Meekah Hopkins | July 10, 2012
It has come to this, an almost dreaded time of year for we imbibers: having to base our beverage choices around the temperature outside. Is it really "weather appropriate" to drink an Old Fashioned when it's 103 degrees? Shall I enjoy a frothy Guinness next to the pool in a swimsuit? Call me crazy, but I say no. Still, if you don't want to take my word for it, I've got professional backup: Brendan Finnerty and Randal Etheridge, co-owners of Idle Hour in Federal Hill. Their drink - Josh's Last Call - is the answer to your overheated woes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Meekah Hopkins | May 14, 2013
Grand Cru, a mainstay of Govan's Belvedere Square, is a quiet little secret of a good cocktail joint. You associate the place with wine, I'm sure. But they have a pretty nice little drink program and a team of bartenders who can make you just about anything your heart desires. But if you'd rather let the menu do the ordering for you, let me suggest you try The Old Man and the Sea - the drink not the acclaimed novel, though both are Hemingway crafted. Cuba 1935. As bartender Constante "Constantino" Grande's mixed drinks at his bar, El Floridita, "a scruff, bearish man entered and asked to use the bathroom.
NEWS
By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | December 1, 2006
If grapefruit increases the action of Lipitor, is it OK to drink grapefruit juice and reduce the dosage of Lipitor to save money? This is an intriguing strategy. Researchers have occasionally used grapefruit to boost the power of some expensive medications. Cyclosporine (Sandimmune), used to prevent organ transplant rejection, can cost thousands of dollars per year. Although grapefruit juice may enable transplant patients to lower the dose and save money, researchers find that there is too much variability among patients and in batches of juice for this to be safe.
NEWS
By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 19, 2004
I noticed your comment on grapefruit juice raising blood levels of some medications. This is true, but as a medical doctor, I purposely use it to increase absorption of an expensive drug. Grapefruit does not actually improve absorption of medications. It does, however, interfere with the breakdown (metabolism) of dozens of drugs. In effect, that raises blood levels and increases the impact the drug has on the body. Your strategy does require careful monitoring. The grapefruit effect is highly variable.
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