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I 1l CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, May 2 - Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 35 The sunshine vitamin eases joint pain Q.: For people who have general joint pain and no specific diagnosis of arthritis, consider telling them to take vitamin D. Many more people are deficient than is generally believed, and one symp- tom is bone or joint pain. When I discovered this, I was able to relieve all the discomfort I had been experiencing. A.: Researchers have established that low levels of vitamin D are associated with bone and muscle pain. here's not much data demonstrating that taking vitamin D relieves joint pain, but one small study suggested that correcting vitamin D deficiency diminishes discomfort ("BMC Family Practice," Jan. 23, 2006.) Duct tape the warts Q.: As a doctor, I don't embrace all home reme- dies, but I like the duct tape idea with warts. It real- ly works. In fact, I had one teenager with warts all over his finger and around the fingernail - which is very difficult to treat. He tried athletic tape, which looks a little better than duct tape, and the warts disappeared within a month. We think the tape causes some local inflammatory reaction that induces the immune system to kill the wart virus. A.: Ever since an article appeared in the" Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine" (October 2002), we have been hearing about the benefit of duct tape for warts. Some dermatologists remain skeptical, but if it works, duct tape repre- sents an inexpensive and low-risk solution to a common problem. For more details, search our website at www.peoplespharmacy.com for duct tape. Colon cleansing unnecessary Q.: The latest health craze seems to be bowel- cleansing products. I have many questions regard- PEOPLE'S PHARMACY Joe and Teresa Graedon ing this: Is a cleanse really needed? Is it true that people have fecal material sitting in their colons for years? I read in a magazine that you should have a bowel movement twice or three: times a day. Is this true? I sometimes have constipation problems, so I need to know. A." Regularity is something that varies tremen- dously from one person to another. Some people are perfectly healthy going to the bathroom two or three times a week. Others go that many times in a day. There is no set rule. Gastroenterologists assure us that the colon does not collect material for months or years. The only time one needs a cleansing is prior to a colonoscopy or other surgical procedure. Editor's note: Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist, and Teresa Graedon is a. medical anthropologist. Write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, or via their website at www.peoplespharmacy.com. Delaware author to sign books on cancer FOX-PEDICONE Local author and The Wellness Community-Delaware (TWC) participant Wendi Fox Pedicone will to sign copies of her book "Hanging Out With Lab Coats: Hope, Humor & Help for Cancer Patients and their Caregivers" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday May 13, at Browseabout Books. Her book chronicles her journey after being diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. In it Pedicone shares her personal story and passes along helpful resource information she gathered along the way. This includes her experi- ence as a participant in the programs offered by TWC. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her books goes the TWC. More informa- tion about The Wellness Community is available on the website at www.wellness- delaware.org. Springtime: New Beginnings & Growth RENEW YOUR RELATIONSHIPS Call us for Couple's Counseling Depressive & Addictions Disorders Couples, Adults, Teens & Children (Now accepting Delaware Physicians Care, Inc.) Rehoboth Beach * (302) 226-3661 Rita's to participate in Get the Scoop on Mental Health Studies have shown that at least one in five children and adoles- cents have a mental disorder. An estimated one-third do not receive help to address these issues. By taking advantage of existing resources these children and their families can achieve a better qual- ity of life. Rita's Ices, Cones, Shakes and Other Cool Stuff will join the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth & their Families in Get The Scoop on Mental Health to educate families on the resources available to help youth with mental issues Wednesday, May 3. Representatives will be at eight Rita's locations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to provide information and answer questions. Anyone visit- ing an information table at one of the participating Rita's locations will receive a free kid's size Italian ice. Rita's in Rehoboth and Milford are among the participating stores. For more information, visiting Rita's website: www.ritasice.com. Celebrate a memorable event with friends & family. Post an announcement for you and your loved one on CapeGazette.com for four weeks. After we email you the web address, you can forward the link to everyone you know and share the joy. You'll even receive a laminated copy to display proudly in your home - all for only $15.95. For more Information, visit CapeGazette.com or call 645-7700. I 1l CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, May 2 - Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 35 The sunshine vitamin eases joint pain Q.: For people who have general joint pain and no specific diagnosis of arthritis, consider telling them to take vitamin D. Many more people are deficient than is generally believed, and one symp- tom is bone or joint pain. When I discovered this, I was able to relieve all the discomfort I had been experiencing. A.: Researchers have established that low levels of vitamin D are associated with bone and muscle pain. here's not much data demonstrating that taking vitamin D relieves joint pain, but one small study suggested that correcting vitamin D deficiency diminishes discomfort ("BMC Family Practice," Jan. 23, 2006.) Duct tape the warts Q.: As a doctor, I don't embrace all home reme- dies, but I like the duct tape idea with warts. It real- ly works. In fact, I had one teenager with warts all over his finger and around the fingernail - which is very difficult to treat. He tried athletic tape, which looks a little better than duct tape, and the warts disappeared within a month. We think the tape causes some local inflammatory reaction that induces the immune system to kill the wart virus. A.: Ever since an article appeared in the" Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine" (October 2002), we have been hearing about the benefit of duct tape for warts. Some dermatologists remain skeptical, but if it works, duct tape repre- sents an inexpensive and low-risk solution to a common problem. For more details, search our website at www.peoplespharmacy.com for duct tape. Colon cleansing unnecessary Q.: The latest health craze seems to be bowel- cleansing products. I have many questions regard- PEOPLE'S PHARMACY Joe and Teresa Graedon ing this: Is a cleanse really needed? Is it true that people have fecal material sitting in their colons for years? I read in a magazine that you should have a bowel movement twice or three: times a day. Is this true? I sometimes have constipation problems, so I need to know. A." Regularity is something that varies tremen- dously from one person to another. Some people are perfectly healthy going to the bathroom two or three times a week. Others go that many times in a day. There is no set rule. Gastroenterologists assure us that the colon does not collect material for months or years. The only time one needs a cleansing is prior to a colonoscopy or other surgical procedure. Editor's note: Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist, and Teresa Graedon is a. medical anthropologist. Write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, or via their website at www.peoplespharmacy.com. Delaware author to sign books on cancer FOX-PEDICONE Local author and The Wellness Community-Delaware (TWC) participant Wendi Fox Pedicone will to sign copies of her book "Hanging Out With Lab Coats: Hope, Humor & Help for Cancer Patients and their Caregivers" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday May 13, at Browseabout Books. Her book chronicles her journey after being diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. In it Pedicone shares her personal story and passes along helpful resource information she gathered along the way. This includes her experi- ence as a participant in the programs offered by TWC. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her books goes the TWC. More informa- tion about The Wellness Community is available on the website at www.wellness- delaware.org. Springtime: New Beginnings & Growth RENEW YOUR RELATIONSHIPS Call us for Couple's Counseling Depressive & Addictions Disorders Couples, Adults, Teens & Children (Now accepting Delaware Physicians Care, Inc.) Rehoboth Beach * (302) 226-3661 Rita's to participate in Get the Scoop on Mental Health Studies have shown that at least one in five children and adoles- cents have a mental disorder. An estimated one-third do not receive help to address these issues. By taking advantage of existing resources these children and their families can achieve a better qual- ity of life. Rita's Ices, Cones, Shakes and Other Cool Stuff will join the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth & their Families in Get The Scoop on Mental Health to educate families on the resources available to help youth with mental issues Wednesday, May 3. Representatives will be at eight Rita's locations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to provide information and answer questions. Anyone visit- ing an information table at one of the participating Rita's locations will receive a free kid's size Italian ice. Rita's in Rehoboth and Milford are among the participating stores. For more information, visiting Rita's website: www.ritasice.com. Celebrate a memorable event with friends & family. Post an announcement for you and your loved one on CapeGazette.com for four weeks. After we email you the web address, you can forward the link to everyone you know and share the joy. You'll even receive a laminated copy to display proudly in your home - all for only $15.95. For more Information, visit CapeGazette.com or call 645-7700.