Columnists: Joe & Terry Graedon

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 06:59 PM

People's Pharmacy: Does anesthesia affect brain function?

Q. I know two senior citizens (in their 70s) who had misadventures with surgical anesthesia. They are both rapidly losing their short-term memory. Do specific anesthesia drugs cause this in genetically susceptible individuals? Or would this result from a lack of sufficient oxygen during surgery or its aftermath?


Jan. 03, 2015 @ 06:05 PM

People's Pharmacy: Generic drug failure can be life-threatening

Q. My 7-year-old child had not had a seizure in four years. Her epilepsy has been controlled with Keppra and the ketogenic diet. Recently, she was switched to levetiracetam, the generic form of Keppra, and now the seizures have returned. ... How can I get the pharmacy to dispense name-brand Keppra?


Dec. 27, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

People's Pharmacy: Tramadol brings out ghosts

Q. I was recently prescribed tramadol for pain from a bad hip. (There is probably surgery in my future.) I ended up with hallucinations. Ghostlike people were floating along next to my shoulder.


Dec. 20, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

The People's Pharmacy: Sunblock was source of cheilitis

Q. I had no end of trouble with cheilitis for several years. Eventually, a very practical allergist suspected the benzones in lip sunblocks could be causing the irritation of my lips.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Graedons: Toilet issues? Try these solutions

Q. I have bowel movements that are so large, they clog the toilet. I am not constipated and eat my share of fruits and vegetables. This is not a big deal at home, since I have a plunger in the bathroom to deal with the plumbing problem.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 09:14 AM

Solutions for troubling BM dilemma


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Research not available on statins and anorgasmia

             Q. I am a healthy, 53-year-old man with high cholesterol. I take atorvastatin to keep it under control.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

Graedons: Did ballerina’s pain reliever trigger her stroke?

Q. I am a 56-year-old woman recovering from a stroke. Although my general health was very good, I had long used NSAIDs to ease the pain and inflammation of chronic injuries from 35 years of teaching classical ballet.

 

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Graedons: RLS drug triggered serious gambling addiction

Q. I have had restless leg syndrome for as long as I can remember. I've been on a lot of different medications that did not work.

 

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

Graedons: Nurse distressed that doctors don’t wash hands

Q. Yesterday, my next-door neighbor (a nurse in our local monster-size hospital) vented aggressively about doctors she witnesses moving from patient to patient without washing their hands or wearing gloves. According to her, MRSA and C. diff infections are rampant at this hospital.

 

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 09:48 AM

Shampoo-resistant lice succumb to Listerine

Q. I have two daughters, ages 6 and 11. My oldest daughter brought home head lice, and it was a nightmare. Over-the-counter lice shampoos did nothing.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 02:48 PM

Graedons: Halting chronic migraines with a gluten-free diet

Q. Reading your column provided me with life-changing information. I am now 56. As a child and into my late teens, I endured chronic belly pain. Despite many tests through the years, no diagnosis was established.


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Graedons: Acetone breath from a high-fat ketogenic diet

Q. I have been reading about the advantages of a ketogenic diet to lose weight and control blood sugar. I tried this in the past. I lost fat and felt healthy, but I had horrible acetone-smelling breath. This was even mentioned in my student evaluations -- not a good thing for a professor. Is there any way to avoid this?


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Graedons: Ice addict hospitalized due to anemia

Q. I am addicted to ice and eat big cups of it daily at both work and home. I compulsively fill the ice trays when they seem a little low.


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Graedons: Little girl’s bad breath cured by nose spray

Q. My 11-year-old daughter had terrible breath. The dentist said that it wasn't coming from her teeth and referred us to an ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor).