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30 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, October 10 - Thursday, October 12, 2006 Bacon fat defeats plantar wart on the foot Q.: I read about someone who wanted to know how to get rid of plantar warts. My grandson had one on his foot for quite some time and was going to a doctor for treat- ment. His grandpa had him put a piece of raw bacon fat on the wart overnight, and in a couple of nights the wart was gone. To try this, use a fresh piece of bacon each night and fasten it on with a bandage. A." Plantar warts (warts on the soles of the feet) are notoriously hard to treat. Readers have suggested duct tape, castor oil and hot-water soaks. Bacon fat is a new one for our collection. Joe and Teresa Graedon Ginger for motion sickness Q.: For all of his 65 years, my partner has gotten seasick whenever he was on a boat. This was true even for two years serving on a ship in the Navy. We just took an Alaskan cruise on which I served as a guide. He felt just fine, even though some others did not. Why? Because we read your column about ginger capsules, available in health- food stores. He took the capsules with meals three times a day. He got great ben- efit and had no side effects. I am telling everyone I know. PEOPLE'S PHARMACY A.: Thanks for sharing his experience. Ginger has a long history against motion sickness. Fenugreek for blood sugar Q.: What is fenugreek? I have been diag- nosed as borderline diabetic. The doctor said that with proper diet and exercise, I can beat the diabetes. My neighbor said this over-the-counter product helps keep blood sugar in check: Do you have any addition- al information? A." Fenugreek is an herb used as a culi- nary flavoring in Indian cooking. Research in animals shows that it can help lower blood sugar. There are many other natural approaches to controlling blood sugar, including cinna- mon, bitter melon, oolong tea and vinegar. Several years ago a physician shared a patient's success with nopal cactus (prickly pear) tea. Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of blood-sugar control. Whatever you try, make sure your doctor is supervising your progress. Is vitamin dose correct? Q.: I'm a woman who takes a multivita- min, a B-50 complex, a calcium tablet and a couple of prescription pills daily. Within a half-hour of taking my vitamins, I pee a bright yellow color. Doesn't this mean the dosage is excessive? Should I cut the tablets in half?. A." Your vitamin B-50 complex contains riboflavin (vitamin B-2). This fluorescent yellow compound is rapidly eliminated through the urine and is responsible for the bright yellow color you have noticed. It's not dangerous, and you don't need to cut the pills in half, though if it bothers you, you could purchase a lower dose of B vitamins. Black cohosh affects liver Q.: My wife had been taking black cohosh for menopausal symptoms for sev- eral months when an annual checkup showed that some of her liver enzymes were elevated. After ruling out various forms of hepatitis, fatty liver disease or other liver pathology, her doctors conclud- ed that the black cohosh was probably the source of her problem. She discontinued the black cohosh, and her liver enzyme panel is back to normal. I just thought you should know that not everyone does well on this product. A.: The British equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration (the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) issued a warning last summer that black cohosh may cause liver disorders. Such reactions are believed rare but can be very serious. Editor's note: Joe Graedon is a pharma- cologist, 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. Briefly Caregivers support group meets Wednesdays Caring for someone who is ill is a physical and an emotional responsibility. When a loved one is being treated for cancer, the stress of caring for him or her can be palpable. Research has shown caregivers who join support groups with other caregivers in a professionally monitored situation are less isolated and feel more able to deal with their stressors than those who do it alone. A sup- port group specifically for care- givers who have a loved one with cancer is available at The Wellness Community-Delaware at no charge. The weekly group meets from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesdays. For more informa- tion or to register contact Kaye 'or Lori at 227-1155. Bayhealth offers free diabetes screenings About 66,000 Delawareans are believed to have diabetes, but only 45,000 have been diagnosed. Bayhealth Medical Center offers free diabetes screenings from 1 to 3 p.m., every Wednesday, at Milford Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services Department, 21 West Clarke Ave., Milford. For details call, toll-free, 302-744- 7135. Lutheran. church to offer grief support group The Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach will offer a grief support group to com- munity members beginning Monday, Oct. 21. The support group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Mondays, through Oct. 30. Or_..__R_eetu_.. S!ogh_!# Movlnall! .L ln diM.er,,  and tte/n diase The group's aim is to offer knowl- edge about the grieving process, support while grieving and to develop new friendships with those in similar situations. Individuals who may benefit from this group are those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. The meet- ings will be facilitated by a grief therapist. Registration is required. The Lutheran Church of Our Savior is located at 7 Bay Vista Road in Rehoboth Beach, behind Big Fish Grill. Call 227-3066 to register. Prostate group to meet Oct. 17 The southern Delaware prostate cancer support group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Milford Memorial Hospital conference room A. The group is for anyone who has been diag- nosed with prostate cancer, regardless of the stage of treat- ment or recovery. Spouses, friends and other family members are welcome to attend. The mem- bers are provided with an opportu- nity to share their experiences with others who are facing similar challenges. For more informa- tion, call 877-453-7107. PAID ADVERTISEMENT New Hope For Carpal Tunnel Sufferers! 'Tve done all I can, you're just going to have to learn to live with the pain or maybe even have surgery." Delaware - h new free report reveals the symptoms when they diagnose and treat you. shocldng truth about carpal tunnel/hand & There may be other options available to your wrist pain your doctor may not know! If which are far more effective. If you'd like a you've ever heard you had to live with the copy of this special report, written by a D.C. pain, take pills, wear splints or even consider mailed to you, call our toll-free 24-hour surgery than your doctor may be part of the recorded message at 1-800-595-6795. If you 99% of doctors who neglect to check one of would like to schedule an appointment the forgotten causes of carpal tunnel immediately, call302-645-6681. 30 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, October 10 - Thursday, October 12, 2006 Bacon fat defeats plantar wart on the foot Q.: I read about someone who wanted to know how to get rid of plantar warts. My grandson had one on his foot for quite some time and was going to a doctor for treat- ment. His grandpa had him put a piece of raw bacon fat on the wart overnight, and in a couple of nights the wart was gone. To try this, use a fresh piece of bacon each night and fasten it on with a bandage. A." Plantar warts (warts on the soles of the feet) are notoriously hard to treat. Readers have suggested duct tape, castor oil and hot-water soaks. Bacon fat is a new one for our collection. Joe and Teresa Graedon Ginger for motion sickness Q.: For all of his 65 years, my partner has gotten seasick whenever he was on a boat. This was true even for two years serving on a ship in the Navy. We just took an Alaskan cruise on which I served as a guide. He felt just fine, even though some others did not. Why? Because we read your column about ginger capsules, available in health- food stores. He took the capsules with meals three times a day. He got great ben- efit and had no side effects. I am telling everyone I know. PEOPLE'S PHARMACY A.: Thanks for sharing his experience. Ginger has a long history against motion sickness. Fenugreek for blood sugar Q.: What is fenugreek? I have been diag- nosed as borderline diabetic. The doctor said that with proper diet and exercise, I can beat the diabetes. My neighbor said this over-the-counter product helps keep blood sugar in check: Do you have any addition- al information? A." Fenugreek is an herb used as a culi- nary flavoring in Indian cooking. Research in animals shows that it can help lower blood sugar. There are many other natural approaches to controlling blood sugar, including cinna- mon, bitter melon, oolong tea and vinegar. Several years ago a physician shared a patient's success with nopal cactus (prickly pear) tea. Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of blood-sugar control. Whatever you try, make sure your doctor is supervising your progress. Is vitamin dose correct? Q.: I'm a woman who takes a multivita- min, a B-50 complex, a calcium tablet and a couple of prescription pills daily. Within a half-hour of taking my vitamins, I pee a bright yellow color. Doesn't this mean the dosage is excessive? Should I cut the tablets in half?. A." Your vitamin B-50 complex contains riboflavin (vitamin B-2). This fluorescent yellow compound is rapidly eliminated through the urine and is responsible for the bright yellow color you have noticed. It's not dangerous, and you don't need to cut the pills in half, though if it bothers you, you could purchase a lower dose of B vitamins. Black cohosh affects liver Q.: My wife had been taking black cohosh for menopausal symptoms for sev- eral months when an annual checkup showed that some of her liver enzymes were elevated. After ruling out various forms of hepatitis, fatty liver disease or other liver pathology, her doctors conclud- ed that the black cohosh was probably the source of her problem. She discontinued the black cohosh, and her liver enzyme panel is back to normal. I just thought you should know that not everyone does well on this product. A.: The British equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration (the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) issued a warning last summer that black cohosh may cause liver disorders. Such reactions are believed rare but can be very serious. Editor's note: Joe Graedon is a pharma- cologist, 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. Briefly Caregivers support group meets Wednesdays Caring for someone who is ill is a physical and an emotional responsibility. When a loved one is being treated for cancer, the stress of caring for him or her can be palpable. Research has shown caregivers who join support groups with other caregivers in a professionally monitored situation are less isolated and feel more able to deal with their stressors than those who do it alone. A sup- port group specifically for care- givers who have a loved one with cancer is available at The Wellness Community-Delaware at no charge. The weekly group meets from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesdays. For more informa- tion or to register contact Kaye 'or Lori at 227-1155. Bayhealth offers free diabetes screenings About 66,000 Delawareans are believed to have diabetes, but only 45,000 have been diagnosed. Bayhealth Medical Center offers free diabetes screenings from 1 to 3 p.m., every Wednesday, at Milford Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services Department, 21 West Clarke Ave., Milford. For details call, toll-free, 302-744- 7135. Lutheran. church to offer grief support group The Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach will offer a grief support group to com- munity members beginning Monday, Oct. 21. The support group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Mondays, through Oct. 30. Or_..__R_eetu_.. S!ogh_!# Movlnall! .L ln diM.er,,  and tte/n diase The group's aim is to offer knowl- edge about the grieving process, support while grieving and to develop new friendships with those in similar situations. Individuals who may benefit from this group are those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. The meet- ings will be facilitated by a grief therapist. Registration is required. The Lutheran Church of Our Savior is located at 7 Bay Vista Road in Rehoboth Beach, behind Big Fish Grill. Call 227-3066 to register. Prostate group to meet Oct. 17 The southern Delaware prostate cancer support group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Milford Memorial Hospital conference room A. The group is for anyone who has been diag- nosed with prostate cancer, regardless of the stage of treat- ment or recovery. Spouses, friends and other family members are welcome to attend. The mem- bers are provided with an opportu- nity to share their experiences with others who are facing similar challenges. For more informa- tion, call 877-453-7107. PAID ADVERTISEMENT New Hope For Carpal Tunnel Sufferers! 'Tve done all I can, you're just going to have to learn to live with the pain or maybe even have surgery." Delaware - h new free report reveals the symptoms when they diagnose and treat you. shocldng truth about carpal tunnel/hand & There may be other options available to your wrist pain your doctor may not know! If which are far more effective. If you'd like a you've ever heard you had to live with the copy of this special report, written by a D.C. pain, take pills, wear splints or even consider mailed to you, call our toll-free 24-hour surgery than your doctor may be part of the recorded message at 1-800-595-6795. If you 99% of doctors who neglect to check one of would like to schedule an appointment the forgotten causes of carpal tunnel immediately, call302-645-6681.