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Ask the Doctors - What are the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar?

August 17, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What are the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar? I hear about it on social media, but I don’t understand how vinegar can lead to weight loss or help me control my blood sugar. My mom is a big proponent of apple cider vinegar.  She likes to put it on her salads, vegetables or […]

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Tags: apple cider vinegar, Ask the Doctors, blood sugar, Dr. Robert Ashley, glycemic index, insulin


Ask the Doctors - How much do sugar and additives impair dark chocolate's benefits?

August 16, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How much do sugar and additives impair dark chocolate’s benefits?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I have read about the health benefits of dark chocolate for the brain and the heart, but that it must contain about 80% chocolate to be effective. How much sugar or additives (nuts, fruit) can be added before chocolate loses its health benefits?  Ah, chocolate, a food that so often inspires a passionate response. […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, cocoa, dark chocolate, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, flavanols, flavonoids


Ask the Doctors - Are large doses of B12 safe?

August 15, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Are large doses of B12 safe?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m almost 90 years old and always tired. I took two capsules of 2,000 mcg vitamin B12 the other night, and felt stronger and not as tired. Is it safe? My first thought is that you might have B12 deficiency, caused either by inadequate intake or by inadequate absorption of B12. Animal products […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, B12 anemia, B12 supplements, Dr. Robert Ashley, vitamins


Ask the Doctors - Should I be worried about frequent headaches?

August 14, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I be worried about frequent headaches?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I’ve always had headaches, from the time I was a teenager. But now I get them more often – about one headache per week. Is this a warning sign of something? Headache is among the most common – and ancient – of physical complaints. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, cluster headaches, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, headaches, migraines, sinus headache, tension headache


Ask the Doctors - How can I ease the pain of shingles?

August 13, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How can I ease the pain of shingles?

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Dear Doctor: I’m a 78-year-old woman who developed shingles in December 2014. The rash settled in the nerves on my left side, from under the breast, to the waist and around the middle of my back. Is there anything to ease the pain? Would the shot help? Shingles is a reactivation of the herpes zoster […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, capsaicin, Dr. Robert Ashley, gabapentin, herpes zoster virus, post-herpetic neuralgia, pregalbin, shingles, shingles pain, shingles vaccination


August 10, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I take a multivitamin, just to be safe?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Do I really need to take a multivitamin? My sisters are convinced that you can’t get all of the nutrients that you need without one, but it seems to me that as long you’re eating right, you’re covered. Multivitamins are the most widely used supplements in the U.S. It is estimated that between […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, balanced diet, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, healthy diet, multivitamins, nutrition


Ask the Doctors - Is it safe to use an allergy drug as a sleep aid?

August 9, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is it safe to use an allergy drug as a sleep aid?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m leery of sleep drugs, so I’ve been taking the allergy drug diphenhydramine HCL to help me sleep. Now I read that it should be taken only for a limited time. What’s the story on this drug? Diphenhydramine HCL is a sedating antihistamine.  The medication has been used since 1946 for allergies, but […]

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Tags: allergies, antihistamine, Ask the Doctors, diphenhydramine HCL, insomnia, research, sleep aid


Ask the Doctors - Do glasses weaken your eyes?

August 8, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Do glasses weaken your eyes?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: About a year ago, when I turned 44, I started using reading glasses that I purchased at the drug store and they seemed to work just fine. Now I need a stronger pair and I wonder whether using them has weakened my eyes. We’re happy to be able to reassure you that using […]

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Tags: aging, Ask the Doctors, corrective lenses, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, eyesight, farsightedness, glasses, glaucoma, nearsightedness, vision


Ask the Doctors - Can vitamin D protect against colds and flu?

August 7, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can vitamin D protect against colds and flu?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m hearing that vitamin D can reduce the risk of colds and flu – and that more foods should be fortified with it. What’s the evidence for that? As a doctor, I’ll  confess I’m skeptical about such a broad claim.  As I wrote in a prior column, vitamin D is not so much […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, colds, Dr. Robert Ashley, flu, influenza, lung disease, research, vitamin D


Ask the Doctors - What is vascular dementia, and can it be prevented?

August 6, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What is vascular dementia, and can it be prevented?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: My dad has just been diagnosed with vascular dementia. What is it? Can it be prevented? Dementia is a general term used to categorize symptoms that relate to the decline or loss of cognitive function. These include confusion, memory loss, impaired language skills, changes in personality or behavior, and the inability to think […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, high blood pressure, vascular dementia