Ask Dr. Gott

There are 551 comments on the Ukiah Daily Journal story from Sep 19, 2006, titled Ask Dr. Gott. In it, Ukiah Daily Journal reports that:

DEAR DR. GOTT: Are there any drugs other than the statin drugs that I can take for high cholesterol? I have tried Zocor and Lipitor, both of which caused great muscle pain.

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MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#186 Jul 7, 2007
Jeanine Goff wrote:
After much talk about Vick's Vapor Rub, I tried using it on some fever blisters in the nasal area and it worked like a charm. So when my mom had an episode of Shingles, I thought I try Vicks again when she first broke out. Worked well this time as well. The pain associated with the vesicles diminished and they dried and dissappeared within five days. I thought some may want to give it a try.
Since reading about the Vicks remedy I've tried it for all kinds of skin ailments and also occassionally as a moisturizer, and it's incredible! I have to keep it in stock now.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#187 Jul 7, 2007
ALICE R wrote:
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Everything I have seen is eighty dollar and up
It's in a list of Dr. Gott's home remedies in one of the postings on this site - shouldn't cost $80:

- Colon cocktail for constipation: Equal portions of apple sauce, bran and prune juice. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons each morning. May take up to 10 days to be fully effective.

You could also try eating raw carrots or sweet potatoes.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#188 Jul 7, 2007
John Kolkebeck wrote:
Hi, I'm a little fuzzy about this bar of soap tip....I wanna help my Dad with his restless legs problem, but somehow putting a bar of soap in the bed sounds odd. Where does one put it? wouldn't a small pillow under the calves (assuming this is where the soap goes) achieve the same result? Thank you in advance.
I got desparate one night from painful foot cramps that weren't responding to the "walk it off" tactic, so I remembered that goofy "bar of soap for leg cramps" thing & went to the bathroom for the bar by the tub. I rubbed it over the top of my foot & toes where the cramp was and it subsided. Now I keep the bar by the bed & use as needed; it's always worked so far.

Why does it work? No idea. But results trump theory every time.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#189 Jul 7, 2007
Gary Malone wrote:
Dr. Gott,
For many years I have been suffering from mouth ulcers.(white pulsy sores in roof of mouth, tongue, throat, and jaw area). After visiting an Eye, Ear, and Throat Specialist,I was diagnosed with peanut allergy. The symptons continued after treatment.(a five year shot program). Then my PCP recommended me to another specialist. I then was diagnosed with a Viral Infection and told there is nothing that can be done. The condition still exists. Any Recommendations????
I wonder if you might have been on, or still be on, a treatment course that includes very large or very frequent doses of antibiotics?

Or have you been using an alternative antimicrobial product, e.g. colloidal silver, ionic silver, GSE (grapefruit seed extract) or a xylitol-based toothpaste or mouthwash?

The reason I ask is that I developed a similar condition earlier this year which became so painful that it hurt to eat, drink, or talk. I waited for it to get better but it didn't.

After careful thought, I determined that the only change I had made which might explain the problem was a discontinuation of a daily yogurt regimen which I take to counter the overzealous antimicrobial effects of a variety of substances I use internally and topically to control chronic sinus infection (I have multiple allergies, bad sinuses, and multiple antibiotic resistance).

As you may know, both conventional and alternative antibiotics / antimicrobials kill bacteria but in very different ways. The ones I was using will kill any single-celled organism they encounter including many that we need in our digestive tracts, mouths, and elsewhere for normal functioning (I'm told Cipro will do this too).

To check my theory that what I had was a microbial imbalance that had spun completely out of control allowing opportunistic yeast overgrowth, I started the nonfat yogurt program again, taking a heaping tablespoon or two every other hour over the weekend and keeping the stuff in my mouth for a few seconds every time before swallowing.

By the end of the first day I felt a lot better, by the end of the next day the sores were much smaller, and after the fourth day it was as if they were never there at all.

If you have been taking antibiotics or alternative antimicrobials you can try this. It's cheap, easy, and can't hurt you, even if it doesn't help.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#190 Jul 7, 2007
donna wrote:
Recently, there was something in your column about an OTC medicine for symptoms of IBS. What is the name of it?
It might have been "Digestive Advantage" for IBS, www.ganedenbiotech.com , 800-456-0276, or try your local pharmacy. The formula is sugar-free.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#191 Jul 7, 2007
Elizabeth wrote:
Dr. Gott: I have been to a dermatologist regarding nail thickening (fingernails) He took nail samples and tryed to grow them both in a bacteria and fungal medium. Neither grew. He repeated the fungal medium growing effort. Nothing grew. I have put on an ointment which did nothing. He will not prescribe lamasil. I have tried vicks vaporub for 5 months. It has not cleared it up. The best it has done is keep the infection from going to the nail bed. Today in a followup he is suggesting perhaps psoriasis is the cause, particularly because of the ridges that have caused the nails to change shape. I would appreciate any suggestions
Try the Vicks regimen again but first immerse each fingertip / nail into Clorox for a second or two, then pat dry with a fresh tissue and apply the Vicks Vaporub. To make sure it gets under the nail you can use a cuticle pusher, orange stick, or something of the kind (just make sure to disinfect it before & after use).

Be sure to keep your jar of Vicks totally disinfected too; scoop out what you need with a fresh cotton swab or other clean instrument, not your fingers.

If this doesn't work I sure hope you find something that does!
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#192 Jul 7, 2007
Jamie wrote:
Dr. Gott,
I have psoriasis on the front of my knees. I have tried lots of OTC lotions, as well as, presription drugs. I heard there is an herbal remedy that will "cure" or at least make the disease more tolerable. I hate wearing shorts beause my knees look awful! Please help!
"Psoriasis" appears to be a non-diagnostic diagnosis like "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" that simply labels set of symptoms without identifying a cause or a reliable treatment. It's broken into multiple categories that bear a rough similarity to each other and treatment is "trial and error." In other words, doctors don't really know what's wrong with you or how to fix it. What a rotten condition to have!

You might as well try different things yourself, as long as they won't hurt you. That's all your doctor is going to be able to do anyway, and it sounds like you've already been to that well without relief.

To start out there are a couple of Dr. Gott's old reliables:

Have you tried Vicks Vaporub or Mentholatum? The stuff seems to be a kind of skin condition miracle cure... I know it will help dry scaly elbows. If you want to try it, do a test spot first in case it aggravates the condition.

Another thing that is helpful for a stubborn skin condition is duct tape. It's a real pain to wear duct tape over your knees for several days, but you won't rack up a huge doctor / pharmacy bill trying it. Again, do a spot test first.

If those don't work, keep browsing the internet every few months and checking out posting sites like this one for new info.

Start observing your condition carefully too, noting any changes and what they're associated with. You might come up with the answer on your own, or with the help of others in the online community.

Good luck, hope you find the answer!
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#193 Jul 7, 2007
amy wrote:
can you use salt water to snort it through a straw to clear up your sinuses?my mother has read this some where and passed it on to me. is that safe?
Sounds like a do-it-yourself method that would work OK & can't hurt you if you make sure the water is sterile (the salt will help with that).

The traditional Indian method is to use a Neti pot which you can buy online. I've never used one but the mechanical principle is sound enough and it should work also.

What I use: NeilMed Sinus Rinse, which was recommended to me years ago by an allergist. The system is inexpensive and easy to use, consisting of a squeeze bottle to get the preparation into your nasal passages, plus premixed Ph balanced solution packets to mix with water so you won't feel a "burn."

I buy mine at Walgreens but you can also order it online, just google "NeilMed" or go to: www.neilmed.com (1-877-477-8633)

If you want some extra clearing power you can add a splash of a product called "Alkalol." I order it online since pharmacies tend to run short on it around here.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#194 Jul 7, 2007
Mary Ann wrote:
I need new suggestions to get rid of my planters worts,both feet. I'm now on the 3rd doctor in 2 years and still dealing with worts!! These are causing me much pain and $$.
Duct tape. Be patient, keep applying it daily over the plantar's warts. It should work within a couple of weeks if you're careful not to delay between removing one piece (before you bathe) and applying the next (immediately after you finish your bath once your foot is completely dry).

(This works for regular warts too.)
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#195 Jul 7, 2007
Sabra wrote:
I know you will think I am crazy but if you will try putting a cork (just the kind that comes in a wine bottle) in your bed at night your foot and leg cramps will go away. It works so good that just to be sure I went to the hardware store and bought a 12 inch square of thin cork and lay under my covers each night. IT WORKS!!
Wow! I'm going to try that. It would be much less intrusive than soap.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#196 Jul 7, 2007
herr hitler wrote:
VEI DID ZE MIGHTY AXIS FORCES BEKOMMEN KAPUTT?
HOOOAH!!!!
Hey, H2, take a deep healing breath and get yourself some O.
;)
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MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#197 Jul 7, 2007
Melissa wrote:
My 20 year old daughter is very verbally abusive and attacks everyone verbally, even when not instigated. I do not excuse her behavior and I want her to get help. Do you know of a book that she can read that may turn her in the right direction for help. Her father lived in the same home with us but was very verbally abusive as well. He had nothing to do with her, attended no birthdays or school events, and is still verbally abusive toward her to this day. He blames her for their non-existant relationship. This is the core of her problem. Deep inside she is not this person. Its the outside defense mechanism that is making her so unfriendly. She is truly a very tenderhearted person. She could never withstand the pain of someone speaking to her like she speaks to others. She is too embarrassed for counseling. What can we do?
Melissa, what I'm going to tell you may sound crazy but maybe it can help your daughter. Recently I happened upon something that revolutionized my relationship with someone who sounds a lot like your daughter and her dad.

First, a list of symptoms: Nonstop insult and criticism, bitter resentment in response to ordinary challenges and setbacks, blame heaped upon others for any issue or problem whatsoever, and others are invariably at fault when relationships wither under the blast of continual rage.

As you say of your daughter, the rotten exterior hides something better and worthier; but this person will never be happy until they break out of the hell they create for those closest to them.

Like you, I constructed psychosocial explanations for these behavioral disabilities, having to do with bad parenting & so on. Over the years I've changed my mind, concluding that parenting per se probably has less to do with it than genetics and that being the case, all the talk in world will not help much.

Well, earlier this year I shopped online for "Rescue Remedy,” a homeopathic preparation recommended in several books I bought searching for a clue how to help a hostile, miserable little rescue terrier I adopted.

I found a table listing other Bach Flower preparations and read with interest descriptions of what we usually consider "character flaws" and how each remedy would alter behavior and outlook. I found my person in the table right away. Well, why not, I thought - it's cheap and it's homeopathic so it certainly can't hurt. I ordered Rescue Remedy for my dog and Beech for my human and started discretely putting 4-5 drops a day into a Coke or beer (for the human, not the dog).

And – I'm a believer. There was a dramatic alteration in attitude and behavior that can only be explained as a result of the one variable pre- to post-treatment: the administration of Bach Beech.

It happened just in time because not long after, said individual had to spend over two weeks with an ill family member ... and despite a long-standing hostile relationship brought it off without a single invective-laden blow-up!(The dog is better too.)

If you’d like to see if there’s something that might help your daughter here's the table site – scroll to the bottom and click one of the 3 links:
http://www.geocities.com/ashoka_kumar_2000/ak...

To try a remedy, go to Froogle.com and enter the remedy name. Make sure to get Bach, not a "look alike."

Important: Give only a few drops at a time. Overdosage can’t hurt anyone but can render the remedy ineffective.

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NOTE: If you research homeopathy (try Wikipedia) you’ll learn that science as we know it cannot explain how these preps could have any effect whatsoever, good or bad. But results always trump theory as far as I'm concerned.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#198 Jul 7, 2007
Eleanor T wrote:
In one of the newspaper articles, a man talked about being argumentative all his life then one day he took half of a tablet of his wifes estrogen and is very pleasant now. could I please have that article.
LOL
Maybe I should take estrogen and give my coworkers a break.
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#199 Jul 7, 2007
Jamie wrote:
Dr. Gott,
I have psoriasis on the front of my knees. I have tried lots of OTC lotions, as well as, presription drugs. I heard there is an herbal remedy that will "cure" or at least make the disease more tolerable. I hate wearing shorts beause my knees look awful! Please help!
Forgot about this one til I read an earlier posting: I've read that if you take the fresh peel of a banana and lay the inside directly on the affected skin, it will clear up psoriasis. Worth a try!
MemphisMyoho

Memphis, TN

#200 Jul 7, 2007
Joe Williams wrote:
Please tell me what the banana peel treatment for psoriasis is. Mine is worst in the hair area.
Thanks
I had forgotten about that one. I don't know if it works, but I did read that if you take the fresh peel of a banana and lay the inside directly on the skin it will clear psoriasis.

Since you've got it in your hair, if your hair is short maybe you could pound the effective (inside) surface of the skin gently with a meat tenderizer to make it more permeable so that your hair doesn't prevent contact between your skin and the banana's.

If your hair is long, I suppose you could scrape off the inside of the skin and pulverize it in a blender, applying it like a conditioner to the roots of your hair.

If the banana peel doesn't work try some other things like Vicks VapoRub or oatmeal.

You can get oatmeal products for skin online, or you can just pick up a cheap box of oatmeal at the grocery, pour some into an old, clean sock or knee high hose and knot the end, drop it into boiling water for about 10 seconds or so, take it and cool it a bit, then apply to your scalp by gently squeezing the sock close to the skin and letting the oatmeal drip out.(The sock method is messy but saves you having to painstakingly pick bits of oatmeal out of your hair later on.)

Or, you can take the uncooked oatmeal sock to the tub with you and drop it into moderately hot bath water - it will melt away into the water and after a few minutes you can apply the sock directly to the skin or squeeze it out as described earlier.

Unfortunately, one of my favorite skin ailment treatments - duct tape - isn't an option for you unless you shave your head and remain home for a couple of weeks!
lorar

Bristol, VA

#201 Jul 8, 2007
sally jane wrote:
My husband had major surgery in Sept. He has had numb pinkies since -doctor attributes to way his arms were positioned on operating table. Any treatment he can do to help hasten recovering feeling in hands,?(Had prostate removed)
Thank you!
It took about a year for my husband to get the feeling back in his elbow. He was on the table for about 10 hours for open heart surgery (Ross Procedure), and the doctor told him the same thing. Even though the table was well-padded, just the way his arm was for that whole time contributed to a bit of nerve damage, but he is completely fine now and it has been five years out.
Marty

Albuquerque, NM

#202 Jul 12, 2007
Be careful of using melatonin if you are diabetic, as it can interfere with glucose control.
Sheryl

Bismarck, ND

#203 Jul 13, 2007
Mary Elizabeth wrote:
I read where Dr Gott recommened Certo & Grape juice for joint arthritis..but do not recall in what amount these should be taken If anyone knows please e-mail me i588mybabe2@aol.com Thank you.
I was looking for the same formula - this is what I found: The recipe is 3 or 4 ounces of grape juice to 1 tablespoon Certo liquid pectin, taken once in the morning and once at night.
pat040394

Hollywood, FL

#204 Jul 14, 2007
I had blood drawn yesterday after fasting 12 hours; and was called a few hours after tests being told my glucose was 154. I was advised to see a my Physician ASAP as 154 is high and indicative of diabetes. I have no history of diabetes.

Secondly, they added my triglyceride was 303 and I've been on cholesterol meds for almost 10 months!
I don't understand either of these results. I made an appt to see my PCP next Monday.(The original DR who ordered the tests cannot see me for diabetes.)

The main reason for the fasting blood tests was my thyroid (which is fine) yet also because I keep putting on weight (even though I've been dieting).

I am a 54 year old female who quit smoking last November when told I have Stage 2A COPD.

“Keep Coming Back!”

Since: Jul 07

East Coast Florida

#205 Jul 14, 2007
I am a 54 year old female who quit smoking last November when told I have Stage 2A COPD.

I had blood drawn yesterday after fasting 12 hours; and was called a few hours after tests being told my glucose was 154. I was advised to see a my Physician ASAP as 154 is high and indicative of diabetes. I have no history of diabetes.

Secondly, they said my triglyceride was 303 and I've been on cholesterol meds for almost 10 months!
I don't understand either of these results. I made an appt to see my PCP next Monday.(The DR who ordered the tests cannot see me for diabetes.)

The main reason for the fasting blood tests was my thyroid (which is fine); yet also because I keep putting on weight (even though I've been dieting).

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