Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Allergic reaction causes hives ]]>

Q: I enjoy your column very much. I went to a physician for hives. He did a host of blood work and only found low vitamin D levels. He said there is an ingredient called carrageenan that causes allergic reactions and inflammation in the body. He told me to go home and check everything I use to see if it’s in there. Sure enough, the creamer that I have every day had it in there. I thought that this couldn’t possibly be the answer; it was too simple. I stopped using the creamer anyway, and my hives disappeared. Just to … ]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 09:02:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sunscreen eliminates tinea versicolor ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: I have been plagued with an extensive tinea versicolor skin infection on my back and abdomen since I was a teenager. I was treated by at least five doctors over the years. One suggested using Selsun Blue shampoo as a lotion overnight for several days, which was unpleasant and only provided a few weeks of relief. The infection even returned within about four to six months of taking oral antifungal medication. My last doctor said these meds were dangerous to the liver. I am an otherwise healthy woman in my 50s. About three years ago, I used … ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:34:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lab abnormalities frighten patient ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: My most recent lab work, from October of last year, indicated a sudden increase in my platelet count to 446 as compared to 369 in December of 2009. My monocytes increased from 7 to 10 during that same 10-month period. The doctor said not to be concerned, but after reading your article “Low Platelet Count Concerns Reader,” I am concerned! I’m a 55-year-old African-American female. I have been a diabetic since 1998. Should I seek further testing? Dear Reader: A platelet count measures how many platelets you have in your blood. Their purpose is to help blood … ]]> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:40:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prostate issues make for unhappy spouse ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: My husband has been having a problem for at least a year with having to get up several times at night. Then he had a burning sensation when he went to the bathroom. He started taking a product called Super Beta Prostate. He went to a urologist, who gave him antibiotics and said he was retaining a day’s urine in his bladder. Is there anything he can do, take or eat to help with the retention? The urologist said he could wear a catheter, but my husband is 83 years old and will not do this. Thank … ]]> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:40:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Torticollis really is a pain in the neck ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: I have been diagnosed with torticollis. I am 60 years old but was diagnosed with the condition about 25 years ago. The doctor said it was a mild case and didn’t feel it would get any worse. Well, it seems to be doing just that, especially if I have any stress in my life. This has put such limitations on the types of activities I participate in. Plus, I feel as if everyone is staring at me because of the turning of my head to the right. What do you know about this condition, and could you … ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:58:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Versatile, remarkable garlic ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: I have written to you before about alternative uses for garlic but have never seen them published in your column. Garlic gel capsules will prevent or cure a cold or sinus infection, as well as alleviate tooth abscesses if taken every two hours until relief of the symptoms occurs. Dear Reader: I apologize if I haven’t responded to your letters in the past, but I can assure you that I have endorsed this remarkable product for such things as easing the pain of an earache, controlling hot flashes and keeping mosquitoes from biting, to name a few. … ]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:53:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Itching: The eyelids have it ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: I have itchy, dry eyelids that burn. My doctor prescribed 10 milligrams of prednisone, a steroid. It seemed to help, at least while I was taking it, but I can feel the burning sensation coming back. He asked me if I had done something new or contaminated my eye, but I can’t think of anything that I’ve applied or eaten differently. I don’t wear eye makeup. Is there something safe that I can put on my eyelid that will help with that? I’m assuming it’s either psoriasis or eczema of the eyelid. I’ve looked online for a … ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:58:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chronic pericarditis responds to prednisone ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: Several years ago, I had single-bypass heart surgery. About two weeks later, I developed pericarditis. At first, it manifested itself as a fluid buildup in the pericardial sac and later just as inflammation. Several drugs were prescribed to eliminate the inflammation. The only one that had any real effect was prednisone. I was put on a regimen starting at 40 mg, slowly tapering down to nothing. Shortly after finishing it, my pericarditis would return and I would have to start all over again. After a year of this, my cardiologist decided to have me taper from 40 … ]]> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 17:19:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Here are a few tips for dealing with gout ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: I just found out that the terrible pain I have been having is gout. Through many hours of research on the Internet, I have found out that I should not eat high-purine foods but should eat low-purine foods. However, I cannot find a list of what is acceptable versus what is not. Can you help? Also, is there a website, book or other resource where I could find menus? Thank you. Dear Reader: Gout is a form of arthritis that causes a buildup of urate crystals in one or more joints. These crystals develop because of greater-than-normal … ]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:52:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Are antibiotics always good? ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: I get frequent UTIs, especially after intercourse. How do I convince my doctor that a low-dosage refillable antibiotic instead of a seven-day treatment is the way to go for my situation? I have taken to saving a pill or two from my prescription so that when I feel the onset of an infection, I can take one pill and drink plenty of water to thwart a full-blown episode. Also, what is your opinion on D-Mannose as a treatment? I read about it online and am considering giving it a try. Dear Reader: Urinary-tract infections are common and … ]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:51:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cinnamon bark may lower cholesterol ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: Back in 2006, you ran a column in which a gentleman said he had good results taking two 1,200-mg capsules of cinnamon bark every morning. You said you were going to experiment on yourself and report back to your readers. Well, I never saw the follow-up article and was wondering how your experiment went. Can you share your results with me? I’m currently on 80 mg of Lipitor every day and would like to try to eliminate that, if possible. Thanks. Dear Reader: I’m sorry to say it didn’t work for me, but I must commend you … ]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:51:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gamma knife treats trigeminal neuralgia ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: My mother-in-law has been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. There are many treatment options, but she would have to travel to another state for some of them. She is in her 90s, so travel is difficult for her. The headaches are severe and have landed her in the hospital in the past. There is a procedure using a gamma ray that we are considering but are unable to find statistics on a cure rate. What can you tell us about this and other treatment options that might be available for this condition? Dear Reader: This condition, also referred … ]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:58:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Celery may help symptoms of BPH ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: I have had an enlarged prostate gland for a number of years and have found saw palmetto beneficial in relieving the symptoms. I have also modified my diet and try to eat several stalks of raw celery every day. Much to my surprise, I can now sleep through the night without getting up for the usual bathroom break. It is also possible to go for six to eight hours during the daytime without the urge to urinate. I am not sure why eating celery alleviates the symptoms of BPH, but I think this dietary tip might be … ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:36:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reader asks about newsletter subscriptions ]]>

D ear Dr. Gott: I really enjoy your news column. I am interested in your newsletters and would like information and pricing on a yearly subscription. Dear Reader: I do not offer a yearly subscription because I don’t offer monthly reports. For example, you may not be interested in vitamins and minerals but may want to learn more about hypertension. By selecting the specific category you are seeking, you will not be burdened by receiving something in which you have no interest and might choose to discard without even reading. I update my Health Reports on a periodic basis. I … ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:35:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dr. Gott: Think twice about Ketamine treatment ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: I was compelled to respond to the letter from a 39-year-old mother with RSD who was contemplating Ketamine infusion. ]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:51:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Can anxiety drug be addictive? ]]>

Dear Dr. Gott: My mother is 74 years old and has been taking lorazepam 0.5 milligrams nightly to help her sleep for almost two months. She would like to continue taking it but is concerned about the side effects. She prefers this medication over the other brand-name sleeping pills. Should she try to go without for a few days to see if she has become dependent? She doesn’t want to skip it for fear she won’t be able to sleep. Please advise, and thank you in advance. Dear Reader: Lorazepam is one in a group of drugs known as benzodiazepines … ]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 21:44:32 -0500