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Remedy for canker sores

October 03, 2005|Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon | The People's Pharmacy

My doctor had me take Prelief because he thought I had interstitial cystitis. It turns out I don't. But since I started using Prelief, I have hardly had any canker sores, which I got every time I ate something acidic, like salsa or barbecue sauce.

I hope you will pass this information on to other canker-sore sufferers.

Prelief, or calcium glycerophosphate, is sold as a supplement to take the acid out of food. It can help people who suffer heartburn or bladder problems. We're glad to hear it worked for your canker sores.

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My 14-year-old son suffers from eczema. We see a dermatologist regularly, and he has tried many different prescription and over-the-counter lotions.

It seems to be a losing battle. The condition flares up under his arms and behind his ears. His torso is now becoming covered in dry bumps. Can you suggest a natural remedy?

Eczema is an itchy skin condition that is sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis. One natural treatment approach is to have your son drink oolong tea. In a Japanese study, adults with atopic dermatitis improved after a month of drinking a liter of oolong tea a day. For a 14-year-old, two or three cups a day might be enough. This tea does have caffeine, though considerably less than coffee.

Another approach is to use Noxzema Original Cleansing Cream on the affected skin as if it were a moisturizer. This old-fashioned product contains a number of herbal oils that might be beneficial.


Joe Graedon, a pharmacologist, and Teresa Graedon, an expert in medical anthropology and nutrition, can be reached at People's Pharmacy, King Features Syndicate, 888 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019, or at peoplespharmacy@gmail.com.

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