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How Can I Reduce the Risk of Bone and Stress Fractures?

My 86-year-old active mother is having problems with bone fractures. She also has had stress fractures that seem to happen after she overdoes it around the house. Her doctor always puts her in a cast, but this seems to further weaken the affected area and we don't know what to do. What would you…

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How Can I Stop Ringing in My Ears?

Six months ago I started having a ringing in my ears. The doctors tell me it's tinnitus, and hopefully it will go away one day. I can't wait. It keeps me from sleeping at night, causes severe dizzy spells, and is ruining my life. I've tried taking vitamin D, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and ginkgo…

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How Can I Lower the Amount of Insulin I Need?

I'm a diabetic and must take insulin. I realize that the excess (or unregulated) insulin I must use will probably bring on problems like atherosclerosis and vision loss over time. So, I’ve asked my doctor to help me try to reduce my need for insulin by using nutritional supplements (zinc…

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How Can I Stop Persistent Arthritic Knee Pain?

How Can I Stop Persistent Arthritic Knee Pain?--> About three years ago, I started having arthritis pain in my knees. I've been to more doctors than I can remember, and their recommendations haven't worked. I've now been told that I need to have surgery to implant artificial joints. If there are…

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Avocados Are High in Fat, but Are They Bad for You?

I would like to know what you think about avocados. I know they're pretty high in fat but are they bad for you? No. Just because they're high in fat doesn't necessarily make avocados bad for you. There's such a thing as good fats and bad fats. Avocados contain good fats. In fact, studies have shown…

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What Do You Recommend for Angina Pain?

Perhaps you can help me. I continue to have bouts of angina pain even though I've increased my intake of vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, hawthorn berry, vitamin B6, and others. I'm sure the angina will improve with time, but could you make any additional suggestions? Angina is a common problem. In some…

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What Do You Recommend for Treating Colic in a Baby?

My baby has a problem with colic and nothing seems to help. Do you have any tricks up your sleeve for colic? For ages, people in Europe have been using fennel seeds or leaves to relieve gas problems. For colicky children, they make a tea using either two teaspoons of seeds or one teaspoon of…

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How Can I Get Rid of Plantar Warts Naturally?

I have a severe problem with plantar warts on both feet. I have been to three dermatologists and one podiatrist. My warts have been frozen, burned with acid, flooded with creams, and even electrocuted, but nothing seems to work. If you have any suggestions that work, I'll be grateful to you every…

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Can I Eat Eggs if I Want to Lower My Cholesterol?

I have been trying to watch my cholesterol levels and I want to know if eggs are okay to eat. I can't seem to get a straight answer from anyone. The cholesterol and egg controversy has been going on for about 30 years, and eggs have gotten lots of bad publicity for no reason. Eggs are close to the…

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What Can I Do to Control Hypoglycemia?

I have serious problems with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). If I deviate even the least bit from my very structured diet, I get weak and experience headaches. What I can do? The trace mineral chromium may help you control your hypoglycemia with diet. Simply put, chromium is necessary for your…

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How Can I Relieve Chronic Indigestion?

I have chronic indigestion. I'm pretty sure I have a digestive enzyme problem and could benefit from hydrochloric acid tablets, but my doctor doesn't recommend them (I have a past problem with ulcers and other complaints). Are there other natural products that might relieve my indigestion? You may…

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Mood and Memory Q&As

* How can I improve my short-term memory? * How can I relieve anxiety naturally? More Advice From Dr. Williams * Browse Q&As on all health topics * Go to Dr. Williams' Mood and Memory Center

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Response to the Soy Controversy

I’ve been recommending soy foods since the 1970s. Like all legumes, soybeans are superb sources of fiber, essential fatty acids, and other key nutrients. They contain high quality, low-fat protein, provide relief from menopausal symptoms, help conserve bone mass, and reduce your risk of heart…

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How Can I Prevent Constipation After Taking a Multivitamin?

After taking any multivitamin for a few days, I become constipated. What can be done to relieve the problem? More than likely it's the iron in the multivitamin that's causing the problem. Various forms of iron can be constipating to some people. I would suggest one of four things: First, you might…

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Is There Anything That Can Prevent the Need for Bifocals?

I'm in my late 40s and I have had to wear glasses for nearsightedness for 20 years. Lately, however, I've begun to have difficulty reading with my glasses on. My doctor told me it was a common occurrence and said I would now need bifocals. I hate wearing glasses. Is there anything that can be done?…

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Swallowing Pills: How Can I Make It Easier?

I'd like to start taking some supplements, but a lot of the tablets and gelcaps they come in are huge—and I have a hard time swallowing pills. Call me crazy, but I'm afraid I'll choke. Do you by chance have any suggestions for making pills easier to swallow? Having trouble swallowing pills is a…

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How Can I Reduce Nasal Mucus?

I have a continuing problem with mucus. I’ve been checked for all types of allergies and everything shows up normal. I’ve tried nasal sprays, antihistamines, and probably every antibiotic over the years and nothing has helped. My sinuses run all day—so much so that my throat is sore sometimes…

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What Non-Antibiotic Solutions Are There for Yeast Infections?

I recently became pregnant and, shortly thereafter, I came down with a vaginal yeast infection. My doctor's only suggestion is to take antibiotics, but I would prefer something that won’t disrupt the normal bacteria in my bowel, and I don't want to do anything that might adversely affect the baby.…

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What's Causing My Stubborn Thyroid Problem?

I'm 63 years old and in pretty good health with the exception of having low thyroid function. I've tried most of the natural techniques to boost function with only marginal success. I've taken thyroid hormones and again it has only provided marginal results. My doctor continues to monitor my T3 and…

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How Can I Relieve Gas?

I am 85 years old and have never found anything to solve my excessive gas problem. I've talked to my regular doctor, and he tells me that I will have to put up with it or get a new colon. But if you have a possible solution to get rid of gas, I would like to hear it. As we get older, our bodies…

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What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Head Lice?

My granddaughter has head lice. Her parents have used over-the-counter pesticides, tea-tree shampoos, and castor and neem oil—all without results. Do you have any other suggestions? An extremely hardy form of head lice has invaded the United States, likely coming from the Middle East. With the…

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