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Q: For years, I was plagued with at least two annual bouts of cold sores. One outbreak occurred during a visit to New Zealand. I went to a pharmacy for Zovirax, since it was available there without a prescription.

Q: I switched to a mineral salts deodorant crystal to try to get away from aluminum. Now I read that it DOES have aluminum (it’s marked“ammonium alum”).

In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration issued a stern warning that “NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events – blood clots, myocardial infarction, heart attack and stroke, which can be fatal.”

Joe and Terry Graedon answer readers’ questions in People’s Pharmacy.

Q: Yesterday, my next-door neighbor, a nurse, vented about doctors she witnesses moving from patient to patient without washing their hands or wearing gloves. According to her, MRSA and C. diff infections are rampant at this hospital. When nurses have suggested hand-washing or gloves to these doctors, there have been disciplinary comments placed in their personnel records.

Q: I have two daughters, ages 6 and 11. My oldest daughter brought home head lice, and it was a nightmare. Over-the-counter lice shampoos did nothing.

Reader’s gluten-free diet helps with migraines and celiac disease.

What can you tell me about the after-effects of surgical anesthesia?

Is there any way to avoid acetone breath when following a ketogenic diet to lose weight and control blood sugar?

Q: I am addicted to ice and eat big cups of it daily at both work and home. I compulsively fill the ice trays when they seem a little low.

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Joe and Terry Graedon
Joe and Terry Graedon are authors of The People's Pharmacy book and host an award-winning health talk show on public radio.