Q and A
Q: I am so glad to have found D-mannose and xylitol through the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary. I have started using xylitol for all of my baking and sweetening needs. My family can’t tell the difference in the desserts. They are just glad that the cookies and pies are back...But I’m wondering if there is any problem in using xylitol every day?
––N.D.K., Sugarland, TX
Q: I am on board with much of what you say. But sometimes it seems you are against all carbohydrates, even of the whole grain kind. I certainly think that the fiber and B-vitamins we get from whole grains add to a healthy diet of fats and protein. Am I right?
Also, do you see a difference between the saturated fat of an egg and that of ordinary animal fat? Do you trim the fat on cuts of beef you eat? Do you eat this fat if you cook the meat with it?
In light of a recent study questioning the effectiveness of vitamins and supplements, a concerned vitamin and supplement user asks Pharmacist Suzy Cohen whether or not he's wasting his money.
QUESTION: You mentioned Padma Basic in a recent article and how it might help autoimmune conditions. I have rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease and the people in my support group don’t know anything about Padma, so can you provide more information? -- E.O., NY, New York
Skin problems seem to run in my family. I have severe rosacea, my husband has a new scar on his face and my daughter has acne and warts! Help us; we look like the Munsters" from TV. What are some "Suzy secrets" to help clear the skin?
D.V., Tulsa, Oklahoma
In this Q and A, Suzy Cohen fields a question about Scientology's impact on the death of John Travolta's son Jett. Is Scientology to blame for his death, or are people too quick to scapegoat?
My grandson is 8 months old, and the pediatrician wants to vaccinate him for the flu. My daughter and I are at odds because she wants to vaccinate him, and I don’t think she should. She reads your column, so what is your opinion?
A.H., Memphis, Tennessee
Dear Pharmacist: I went to your health talk at The Villages last week and it was great. You said that ipriflavone was helpful to people with osteoporosis and I wanted more information about how it works, the dosage and side effects. Can you elaborate?
S.E., Lady Lake
Q: We've been passing a cold from person to person in my house for the past few weeks. I'd like to try natural remedies like zinc, but I heard that the lozenges don't work very well. Is that true?