I recently read that contraceptives diminish sexual desire. Does hormone replacement therapy do the same thing for menopausal women?
We checked with Dr. Irwin Goldstein, who helped write the study on oral contraceptives in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (January 2006). According to Goldstein, many hormone replacement therapies contain estradiol. Estradiol boosts levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Then the SHBG attaches to women's testosterone and makes it less available.
My wife weighs just over 100 pounds. I weigh about 200, but the recommended adult dose for Aleve or ibuprofen is the same. Why isn't it based on our respective weights?
Dosing by weight would be more rational, but more complicated. The Food and Drug Administration and the manufacturers chose simplicity over specificity. They assume one dose fits all, but that is not always true.
I have a problem with a yeast condition (seborrhea) that covers my scalp. Should I avoid yeasty food like yogurt?
Yogurt does not contain yeast, and there is little data to suggest diet has an effect on seborrheic dermatitis (super dandruff). Some readers tell us that massaging old-fashioned (yellow) Listerine into their scalps helps this condition.
Joe Graedon, a pharmacologist, and Teresa Graedon, an expert in medical anthropology and nutrition, can be reached at http://www.peoplespharmacy.com or care of this newspaper.