March 10, 1999 |
By titling her new mystery "The Revenge of Kali-Ra" (Mysterious Press, $22, 229 pages) and dedicating it "affectionately and respectfully" to the memory of Sax Rohmer and H. Rider Haggard (among others), the witty novelist K.K. Beck sets us up for a playful spoof of those writers of the purple page. She delivers that in spades, along with a gleeful evisceration of today's Hollywood, where youth must be served . . . and served . . .
February 23, 1998 |
Question: My husband, a 77-year-old medical doctor who still works, suffered from severe flatulence for almost two years. Believe me, it's no joke. He switched to soy milk and tried Beano to no avail. Doctors and pharmacists didn't help. Then a wise Hungarian masseuse suggested flax seed powder: one tablespoon with juice twice a day, and two capsules of fennel seed, taken two or three times a day. Both are available at health food stores. Within a few days the gas was gone.
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March 13, 1999 |
Time was, health-food stores drew alternative types interested in purchasing boxes of tigers' milk cookies or bottles of strange elixirs from the mysterious East. But no more. "It used to be a select group who shopped in health-food stores," said Russell Brisbois, assistant manager at Lassen's Health Foods in Thousand Oaks.
September 15, 1997 |
We have earthquake preparedness kits, smoke alarms and escape ladders. But what should we have in the house when a catastrophe doesn't strike? What medical items should always be handy to treat everything from hand cuts to upset stomach? We went to the experts and they developed two lists of medical products that every home must have or ought to have: The top 10 medical must-haves * Two kinds of pain relievers: acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and either aspirin or ibuprofen.
May 1, 2003 |
"Il Trovatore," often maligned, spoofed and denigrated, nonetheless remains a trove of musical riches high in the Verdi canon, and a gem of the composer's cherishable middle period. The reasons are obvious: its relentless melodiousness, its dramatic pungency, its wealth of great vocal ensembles.
October 16, 2000 |
Question: My husband is having a terrible time with his medicine. He must take Coumadin because of a heart rhythm thing, but his doctor keeps readjusting the dose. His bleeding time never seems right. He also takes Lanoxin, Plendil and Zocor. He eats grapefruit with bran cereal or oatmeal at breakfast. I fix veggies for lunch and dinner. Is grapefruit a problem with his pills? The doctor said that he should avoid salads and broccoli and that he shouldn't take aspirin but that Tylenol is OK.
November 30, 1998 |
Herbal medicines are increasingly popular, but many patients do not inform their physicians that they are using these alternative remedies, according to one of the studies released earlier this month by the American Medical Assn. This can be dangerous because some of the herbs affect prescription drugs that patients may also use. * Chamomile: Contains coumarin, but chamomile's effects on the body's anticoagulation system have not been studied.
June 18, 2001 |
Many women rely on black cohash, wild yam and the Chinese herb Dong Quai as alternative therapies to ease the symptoms of menopause, but a leading medical organization says there is little scientific evidence that these and other natural therapies actually work. As many as 30% of women turn to acupuncture or natural products for relief of menopausal symptoms, according to the North American Menopause Society.
July 15, 2002 |
More women than ever may now look for other ways to ease menopausal symptoms after last week's news that long-term hormone therapy increases slightly the risk of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer. One of the most likely options, experts say, will be natural therapies. Already, more than 30% of women say they use herbs and other supplements, according to the North American Menopause Society.
December 29, 2009 |
In Los Angeles, where medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants combined, a mood-altering beverage with a cannabis-oriented marketing campaign is gaining traction. Southern California has become the bestselling market for Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda, a sugary drink laced with kava, a South Pacific root purported to have sedative properties. Matt Moody, a Denver nutritional supplement developer who created the beverage, said the name is an unabashed reference to weed, though the relaxant compounds in kava are chemically unrelated to those in marijuana.