Q and A
Question: When I asked my doctor about taking melatonin, she wrote me a prescription for a drug called Rozerem instead. She said it does the same thing as melatonin, but that it has the benefit of being FDA-approved. It is really better than melatonin?
My dad used to eat almonds all the time, he said it helped with his headaches and joint pain. I inherited this condition, lucky me... and I’m not sure if they work or not but I eat them once a week. Is there any medicinal truth to the almond folklore?
Question: I feel like I'm in pain all the time, and nobody can tell me why. Doctors just want me to take painkillers and deal with it, but I can't take it anymore. What can I do?
I have been experiencing what my cardiologist calls “benign” arrhythmias for 2 years. They come and go, and I am unable to link them to any activities, foods or medicines.
We’ve tried digoxin and beta blockers, which didn’t work. He says he can fix them with ablation and a pacemaker or just leave them alone for now. Sometimes they make me lightheaded and I get frightened.
Do you think I should do the procedure?
Question: I'm almost 40, and I still have acne. I thought this was a teenage problem, but it's just stuck around. Is there anything I can do?
I’m plagued by urinary tract infections (UTIs) and I hate the side effects of the Septra antibiotic that I take daily. I’ve heard that drinking cranberry juice cocktail can help. Should I try that?
Question: I pay a lot for food, and more each day, but then people like you say our food is cheap because its real costs are “externalized.” Huh? What’s that supposed to mean?
Question: A friend of mine said she read a few years ago in your newsletter that iodine can be used to treat breast cancer. How is it administered?
Dear Dr. Mirkin:
Can vitamin D stop the muscle pain and damage caused by statin drugs used to lower cholesterol?