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January 3, 2003

What do "green drinks" provide in the way of nutrients, and are they any better than eating green vegetables?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

December 27, 2002

Is it worth the extra expense to buy organically grown produce?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

December 20, 2002

As I get older my eyes keep getting dryer. Some brands of the artificial tears seem to make it even worse. Is there a "natural" remedy?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

December 13, 2002

I keep hearing about omega-3 fatty acids. What are they, where do they come from, and what good are they?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

December 6, 2002

Several years ago I stopped eating alfalfa sprouts when there were reports of bacterial contamination. Are there safe sprouts on the market now?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

November 22, 2002

I have decided that it is prudent to start taking a multivitamin, but it seems like there are hundreds of choices. How do I narrow down the selections?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

November 15, 2002

I've decided I'm ready to give up coffee and thinking of switching to tea. What are my other options for a replacement?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

November 8, 2002

My nails were never great, but the last two years I have really suffered from nails that are too soft to hold up to daily wear and tear. I also notice some ridges developing. What can I do to improve them?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

November 1, 2002

My city recently voted to begin fluoridation of the municipal water supply. Should I be concerned, and if so, how would I remove the fluoride?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

October 25, 2002

I've been considering adding coenzyme Q-10 to my supplement program, but I couldn't really decide if CoQ is an essential nutrient or not. How does CoQ help, if it does?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

October 18, 2002

My bowel habits have been poor all my life, and seem to worsen as I get older. I am well aware of the importance of good elimination. How can I do better?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

October 11, 2002

I am very concerned about my 12-year-old son. He mopes around the house, doesn't seem to have hobbies or friends, and the friends he does have are rather unsavory characters. I was like that when I was a teenager, but I don't want him to suffer like I did, even to the point of having suicidal thoughts. How can I help him?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

October 4, 2002

A trainer where I work out has recommended a supplement called MCT oil. He says it will improve athletic performance and help with weight loss. How can increased fat in the diet help with weight loss?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

September 20, 2002

For the past 20 years or so I have conscientiously restricted egg yolks to less than three per week as advised by my physician. Do I need to continue to be cautious, since recent news indicates that eggs are not as bad as once thought?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

September 13, 2002

Why can't I just completely eliminate fat from my diet?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

September 6, 2002

I have now made it five years since breast cancer was diagnosed. I consider myself very fortunate and want to do everything I can to stay well and avoid future chemo. Where do I start?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

August 30, 2002

Since heart disease runs in my family I have tried to "eat healthy" for several years. Recently I have been hearing about vitamin supplements that may help prevent heart disease. What are the best ones?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

August 23, 2002

I had stopped worrying about brain cancer from cell phones until another worrisome report came out recently. I can't give up the convenience of my cell phone, so how real is the risk, and are there ways to reduce it?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

August 16, 2002

What are the safest non-prescription pain remedies and how do they work compared to the regular pain relievers?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

August 9, 2002

I am nearing menopause and really worried about osteoporosis now that we know hormone replacements carry an increased risk of cancer and heart disease. What are the alternatives?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

August 2, 2002

I have recently begun to suffer what my doctor diagnoses as carpal tunnel syndrome, apparently connected with long hours at my computer keyboard. I am now wearing a "splint" and have changed my keyboard, but would like to do more. What nutrients might help?

July 26, 2002

Q. I have recently begun to suffer what my doctor diagnoses as carpal tunnel syndrome, apparently connected with long hours...

James Heffley, Ph.D.

July 19, 2002

I get confused about the various kinds of vitamin E on the vitamin labels. Why can't labels just say "tocopherol"?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

July 5, 2002

I have decided to start taking a multivitamin/mineral of some sort, but I don't want to waste money taking more than I need. How would I know if I am getting enough, but not too much, of a nutrient?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

June 28, 2002

I don't know whether to be worried about genetically modified food or not. Should I be, and if so why?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

June 21, 2002

My thyroid test results vary a lot and don't seem to match the way I feel. My prescription for thyroid is usually 75 micrograms (mcg) per day, but sometimes down to 50 mcg/day or up to 88 mcg/day. Why would it vary and what is the best way to tell if my thyroid is OK?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

June 14, 2002

I am 68 years old, and I can't decide how best to delay the aging process. I exercise some, eat sensibly, and take a multivitamin. What else works?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

June 7, 2002

I know I should eat more of my food raw, but when I try to eat more raw foods it really upsets my stomach and gives me painful gas. What are my options?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

May 31, 2002

I'm a distance runner, not too much overweight but I would still like to lose about 10 more pounds. Some of my friends are losing weight on the Atkins Diet, but it takes away some very good foods. Is it still worth doing?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

May 24, 2002

Q. All my life I have really loved milk, but my wife is concerned that it is making me gain...

James Heffley, Ph.D.

May 17, 2002

All my life I have really loved milk, but my wife is concerned that it is making me gain weight. At age 30 I am otherwise healthy but about 20% over my ideal weight. Would two glasses of milk per day be too much?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

May 10, 2002

After my last Pap test, which came out mildly abnormal, I "spotted" for several days. My doctor's nurse told me not to worry and I finally did have a normal menstrual period. Why would that happen, and is it worrisome?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

May 3, 2002

My thighs look like orange peel! I've seen this on older women, but I am only 28. My friends call it cellulite, so what is cellulite and more important, how do I make it go away?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

April 26, 2002

I was born six weeks premature, and as a result I have some visual problems. I'm now 28 years old and I need to make a decision soon about starting a family. I've been concerned that there might be problems if I had a premature baby. Can these problems be avoided now?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

April 19, 2002

What is different about the "super water" now appearing in health food stores? Is it really healthier than regular bottled water?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

April 12, 2002

Is earwax supposed to be dry or sticky? Mine seems to be too dry and is hard to remove. Is there a remedy other than having a doctor remove it?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

April 5, 2002

I notice bleeding gums when I brush my teeth. My dentist is concerned and wants me to come more often for cleaning. Am I really risking the loss of my teeth if I don't, and what else will help me preserve my teeth?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

March 29, 2002

I am trying to avoid diabetes, which runs in my family, by choosing foods for their low glycemic index. Some of the foods I want to eat because they ought to have a low glycemic index are not on anyone's list. Is there some way to calculate the glycemic index myself?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

March 22, 2002

I'm working hard to limit sugar for my family and for me. There are several new artificial sweeteners, and I don't want to be surprised with unexpected health concerns as I was with aspartame. Is there any good news on the horizon?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

March 15, 2002

I plan to visit the Northeast this summer and I worry about Lyme disease. How can I avoid getting bitten by ticks, and are there nutrients that would help if I do get Lyme disease?

James Heffley, Ph.D.

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