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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | January 24, 2008
We are at a standoff with our son. During his eight-day visit over the holidays, he used 3 1/2 bottles (1.5 liters each) of Listerine. We are concerned because it contains alcohol. Our son went through detox treatment four years ago. He refuses to attend AA meetings where he lives. His other addiction is nicotine (in snuff). He tells us he only rinses his mouth with Listerine after he finishes the snuff, but we have seen so many changes in his behavior (abusive language, attitudes, unsteady walk and speech)
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By JOE AND TERESA GRAEDON | April 6, 2009
We are lice-free at last with Listerine, alcohol, vinegar and Denorex! We sprayed four heads every night with Listerine before bed, then combed and combed every inch with a nit comb. The lice were gone in three days, but we continued this ritual for seven more days to kill off any newly hatched eggs each day. I soaked the four separate nit combs in rubbing alcohol between uses and dipped them periodically in the alcohol as I combed. We also used vinegar on one severely affected head to loosen the nits.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | July 11, 2004
You have written about a formula using Listerine for hot spots on dogs. I tried it, and it works great, but we've nearly used it up, and I lost the instructions. Could you give them again? A horse lover shared the following formula she used on the mane and tail of her filly: " 1/3 Listerine (original), 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water. Put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray it on." This is similar to the formula recommended for dogs' itchy hot spots. We also came across another novel use for Listerine.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | February 14, 2008
When I needed treatment for toenail fungus, my doctor suggested I soak my toes in Listerine for 30 minutes a night for 30 days. I sent my husband to Costco for a giant jug of Listerine. He returned with the mint one. It's blue, but I figured that wouldn't really make a difference. It did. My feet turned blue, and no amount of scrubbing could take the color off. After switching to the regular (amber) Listerine, my toenail fungus did clear up, but the nails themselves were very dry. The herbal oils in Listerine, such as thymol and eucalyptol, have antifungal activity.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | February 14, 2008
When I needed treatment for toenail fungus, my doctor suggested I soak my toes in Listerine for 30 minutes a night for 30 days. I sent my husband to Costco for a giant jug of Listerine. He returned with the mint one. It's blue, but I figured that wouldn't really make a difference. It did. My feet turned blue, and no amount of scrubbing could take the color off. After switching to the regular (amber) Listerine, my toenail fungus did clear up, but the nails themselves were very dry. The herbal oils in Listerine, such as thymol and eucalyptol, have antifungal activity.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 1, 2004
My wife has recently developed diabetes and watches her sugar intake carefully. She uses Equal to sweeten her coffee or iced tea. We read that Equal might be helpful against arthritis pain, but her doctor has never heard of this. He prescribed Vioxx, but it is too expensive. Aspirin and ibuprofen are cheap, but they give her heartburn. Is it true that Equal might work? If so, how much does it take? Research published in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (May 1998) showed that aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet)
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By JOE AND TERESA GRAEDON | April 6, 2009
We are lice-free at last with Listerine, alcohol, vinegar and Denorex! We sprayed four heads every night with Listerine before bed, then combed and combed every inch with a nit comb. The lice were gone in three days, but we continued this ritual for seven more days to kill off any newly hatched eggs each day. I soaked the four separate nit combs in rubbing alcohol between uses and dipped them periodically in the alcohol as I combed. We also used vinegar on one severely affected head to loosen the nits.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | July 12, 2007
Several years ago, I noticed that gum irritations healed more quickly after I used Listerine. I decided to try it on facial blemishes. If it is applied as soon as a blemish begins, the spot fades quickly. You are the second person who has told us that Listerine mouthwash can speed blemish healing. We cannot explain why it might work, but it seems like a benign approach. Months ago, I heard about a new prescription drug for weight loss that also lowered cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
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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 Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | June 6, 2004
Our family is big into grilling. Our son loves to cook burgers or chicken, and my husband is noted for his spare ribs. Last week my sister and her family were over, and when we fired up the grill there was a look of horror on her face. She says charbroiled meat causes cancer. I have a hard time imagining this. What's the story? Your sister isn't wrong. Cooking meat on a grill can create carcinogenic chemicals. But you don't have to give up the barbecue. For safer grilling, use the three M's -- marinate, microwave and manipulate the meat.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | January 24, 2008
We are at a standoff with our son. During his eight-day visit over the holidays, he used 3 1/2 bottles (1.5 liters each) of Listerine. We are concerned because it contains alcohol. Our son went through detox treatment four years ago. He refuses to attend AA meetings where he lives. His other addiction is nicotine (in snuff). He tells us he only rinses his mouth with Listerine after he finishes the snuff, but we have seen so many changes in his behavior (abusive language, attitudes, unsteady walk and speech)
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | July 12, 2007
Several years ago, I noticed that gum irritations healed more quickly after I used Listerine. I decided to try it on facial blemishes. If it is applied as soon as a blemish begins, the spot fades quickly. You are the second person who has told us that Listerine mouthwash can speed blemish healing. We cannot explain why it might work, but it seems like a benign approach. Months ago, I heard about a new prescription drug for weight loss that also lowered cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 1, 2004
My wife has recently developed diabetes and watches her sugar intake carefully. She uses Equal to sweeten her coffee or iced tea. We read that Equal might be helpful against arthritis pain, but her doctor has never heard of this. He prescribed Vioxx, but it is too expensive. Aspirin and ibuprofen are cheap, but they give her heartburn. Is it true that Equal might work? If so, how much does it take? Research published in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (May 1998) showed that aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet)
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | July 11, 2004
You have written about a formula using Listerine for hot spots on dogs. I tried it, and it works great, but we've nearly used it up, and I lost the instructions. Could you give them again? A horse lover shared the following formula she used on the mane and tail of her filly: " 1/3 Listerine (original), 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water. Put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray it on." This is similar to the formula recommended for dogs' itchy hot spots. We also came across another novel use for Listerine.
NEWS
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 Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | January 25, 2004
I use a French press coffee maker, which in my opinion makes a superior cup of coffee. A friend said that brewing coffee this way will raise my cholesterol, so I should pour the coffee through a paper filter (like the ones in drip coffeepots). This seems silly, but my cholesterol is a little high. Would this make a difference? The way coffee is brewed might affect cholesterol levels. After debating this issue for decades, scientists have concluded that coffee made in a percolator or with grounds in a pot (cowboy-style)
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE | April 10, 2005
I have glaucoma, diagnosed about 35 years ago. I loved black licorice, but it raised my eye pressure nearly off the charts. A pharmacist friend was curious to see what caused it to rise so rapidly when it had been under control. He discovered that it was due to the licorice. All people with glaucoma should be warned. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has been used medicinally for coughs, digestive problems and inflammation. It is also used to flavor candy and chewing tobacco. But licorice has some potentially serious side effects, including fluid retention, potassium depletion and high blood pressure.
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