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Old-Fashioned Cough Remedy Is Missed

Posting Date: 10/24/2005

Some people benefit from a combination of T4 (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid or Unithroid) with a very low dose of T3 (Cytomel). Doctors occasionally prescribe dessicated thyroid (Armour, Bio-Throid) that contains both types of thyroid hormone.

We are sending you our Guide to Thyroid Hormones for a discussion of symptoms and treatment of thyroid problems and guidance on how to understand the tests. Anyone who would like a copy, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (no. 10) stamped (60 cents), self-addressed envelope: Graedons' People's Pharmacy, No. T-4, P. O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027.

Q. I read in your column a question about treatments for vaginal dryness without resorting to hormones.

I've been using a product from New Zealand named Sylk for over a year now and find it does a great job in lubricating and relieving pain associated with vaginal dryness during relations.

A. This lubricant is water-based and contains kiwi vine extract. The U.S. distributor can be reached at 866-831-2920.

Q. Is there any upper limit on the amount of magnesium that is safe? I take about 700 mg spread out through the day.

A. The current recommendation is 320 mg for women over 30 with an upper limit of 350 mg.

Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea or abdominal cramps. Those with kidney problems should take magnesium only under medical supervision.

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In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of this newspaper or e-mail them via their Web site: Their newest book is The People's Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies (St. Martin's Press).

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