Q. Two years ago, my entire family had a severe case of head lice, including my 4-year-old daughter, 6- and 10-year-old sons and my wife. (I was spared.) We settled on the Cetaphil method. It worked 100 percent. We didn’t even need to clean the sheets, vacuum the house or wash the slipcovers. I convinced two friends to try the Cetaphil method, and they had 100 percent success. I have no issues with chemicals. We were just desperate, and our pediatrician recommended this method. I urge anyone with a family lice problem to use it!
To treat lice, Cetaphil skin cleanser is applied liberally to the hair and scalp. Use a blow-dryer after application. (It will form a hard shell on the hair.) Leave the hardened Cetaphil on the hair overnight and shampoo it out the next morning. All the lice should be dead (Pediatrics, September 2004). The procedure can be repeated a week later, if needed. In addition to avoiding toxic chemicals, this “shrink-wrap” method that suffocates the lice eliminates the need to comb out the nits by hand, a tedious procedure for both parents and children. Thanks for your testimonial.
Q. I had horrible memory problems, shortness of breath and fatigue while on statins. My doctor finally agreed enough was enough. He said try modifying your diet: Give up either fat or carbohydrates. I chose the carbs. My cholesterol dropped to an acceptable level. I also lost weight, and my joint pain went away.
Statin drugs such as simvastatin or atorvastatin lower cholesterol, but many people experience debilitating side effects. The low-carb approach to cholesterol control has been shown effective (Nutrition online, June 5, 2012; Annals of Internal Medicine, Aug. 3, 2010).
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