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January 2003 (Vol. 13 Issue 10)

MagazineJanuary 2003 (Vol. 13 Issue 10)

This issue

FEATURE Intravenous magnesium helps severe asthma

Yet another trial has confirmed the usefulness of intravenous magnesium therapy as a treatment for severe asthma, according to a new double-blind, placebo-controlled study

FEATURE A chemical-free gel for vaginal dryness

Referring to the question on vaginal dryness (WDDTY vol 13 no 8), I recommend the use of a product called The Gel, which is made by Beth Jacobs at Gagnon Therapies

FEATURE Shingles (herpes zoster)

Shingles, an acute infection caused by varicella zoster (chickenpox) virus (VZV), can be an excruciating condition with painful skin blisters, generally down one side of the body, following the course of the inflamed nerve


Once upon a time there were arthritis drugs known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), but they caused gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers

FEATURE Side-effects of drug didn't interest doctor

My wife has had a bad experience with the drug tramadol (brand name Zydol), featured as your Drug of the Month (WDDTY vol 8 no 10) in January 1998, a few months after our own experience

FEATURE High-intensity exercise yields extra heart effects

The risk of heart disease steadily decreases as the intensity of exercise increases

FEATURE What about organic?

Organic vegetables and fruits are usually better, but may not be treasure troves of necessary minerals either

FEATURE Has atenolol caused my eczema and wheezing?

Having read your booklet Guide to Asthma and Eczema, I feel I should write to you about something you wrote on page 23

FEATURE Air pollution control reduces death rate

Irish researchers have found that measures to control air pollution have dramatically reduced the death rate from respiratory and cardiovascular disease

FEATURE How to get enough vitamins and minerals

Since food, in the main, is no longer very nutritional, your only recourse is to supplement with vitamins and minerals

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