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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., Columns, Oct. 18, 2002

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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., Columns, Oct. 11, 2002

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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., Columns, Oct. 4, 2002

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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., Columns, Sept. 20, 2002

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

James Heffley, Ph.D., Columns, Sept. 13, 2002

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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., Columns, Sept. 6, 2002

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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., Columns, Aug. 30, 2002

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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., Columns, Aug. 23, 2002

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

James Heffley, Ph.D., Columns, Aug. 16, 2002

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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., Columns, Aug. 9, 2002

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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?

Columns, Aug. 2, 2002

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James Heffley, Ph.D., Columns, July 26, 2002

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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., Columns, July 19, 2002

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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., Columns, July 5, 2002

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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., Columns, June 28, 2002

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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., Columns, June 21, 2002

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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., Columns, June 14, 2002

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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., Columns, June 7, 2002

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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., Columns, May 31, 2002

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James Heffley, Ph.D., Columns, May 24, 2002

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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., Columns, May 17, 2002

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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., Columns, May 10, 2002

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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., Columns, May 3, 2002

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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., Columns, April 26, 2002

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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., Columns, April 19, 2002

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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., Columns, April 12, 2002

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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., Columns, April 5, 2002

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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., Columns, March 29, 2002

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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., Columns, March 22, 2002

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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., Columns, March 15, 2002

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