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Thursday, November 3,2011

Tinnitus: What To Do For Ringing In The Ears

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, What can be done to relieve the discomfort of tinnitus? The crackling, buzzing, and popping in my friend’s ear drives her to distraction. She’s tried several commercially available products from the health food store, all without relief so far. What do you suggest? --L.J., Orlando, Florida
Thursday, October 27,2011

Hot Flashes or PMS? Progesterone to the Rescue

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I met you at a book signing, and didn’t want to hold up the line to elaborate on my health concerns. You said I should not be taking “unopposed estrogen” and I don’t know what that means. If you recall, I’m post-menopausal, I had a hysterectomy, and my doctor prescribes estradiol tablets. --L.Y., Baltimore, Maryland
Thursday, October 13,2011

Are Your Vitamins Helping or Hurting You?

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I see on the news that taking vitamins can be dangerous for my health. Since I read your column weekly, I know that you like vitamins, and that they help reduce side effects in some cases. Does this study change your position? --T.C., Gainesville, Florida
Thursday, October 6,2011

Bone Marrow Soup, Yummy or Yuckkkkkkkk?

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, Every fall, I worry about catching cough and cold. My Jewish grandmother used to come over and cook soup with bones in it. She insisted it would keep us healthy and made us suck the marrow out of the bones. Truthfully, we never got sick. What do you think of this idea? I don’t want to torture my own kids but she may have on to something. --B.E., Hartford, Connecticut
Thursday, September 29,2011

Advice for Whatever Ails School kids

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I have 4 kids all in school between kindergarten and 8th grade. We are at the doctor’s office all year long. Do you have advice to help parents like me (and other students) who catch whatever is floating around? --L.Y., Long Island, New York
Thursday, September 22,2011

Potassium Perfects Blood Pressure

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I have high blood pressure but I’m not willing to start medication yet. It’s only borderline high and I don’t have insurance. If you had to pick only one vitamin, what would you suggest? --M.G., Ocala, Florida
Thursday, September 15,2011

Best Medications and Herbs for Muscle Relaxation

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I was in a car accident. I’ve been taking medicine for my muscle aches and pain, but once the drug wears off, my pain returns. What are the best prescription muscle relaxers, and are there natural alternatives? --K.B., Los Angeles
Thursday, September 8,2011

Holy Basil is a Heavenly Herb

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I’m concerned about diabetes, I’m overweight, and it runs in my family. My sister has your diabetes book and said you recommend Holy Basil, among other herbs and nutrients. Is that the same as regular basil and would you tell me more? --.A.L., Rockwall, Texas
Thursday, September 1,2011

10 Tips for a Healthy Hiney

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, What are the best treatments for hemorrhoids, both the internal sort and the external? I ask because my wife and I suffer with these. Lucky us. --S. D., Gainesville, Florida
Thursday, August 25,2011

Prepare Yourself In Case of Emergency

By Suzy Cohen
Dear Pharmacist, I just dealt with the ramifications of the earthquake in Virginia and now a hurricane is barreling towards us. What tips can you offer? --T.R., Richmond, Virginia