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Gingersnaps treat chronic constipation

DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband, age 77, has had constipation problems his whole life. He used your bran, prune juice and applesauce mix each morning for years with success. He was tired of it until he started eating eight to 10 gingersnaps with his coffee each morning. It is a pleasant change and works very well for him. I thought perhaps someone else would like to give it a try.
    DEAR READER: This unusual remedy is new to me, but I am publishing your letter because it may be a welcome change for many readers who suffer from chronic constipation.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Constipation and Diarrhea." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: In addition to successfully curing my toenail fungus with Vicks three years ago, I recently tried it on my frequent jock-itch fungus instead of the expensive Lamisil. Within less than a week, the fungus was gone. The only discomfort was a minor stinging on the first application. I wish more doctors were familiar with this drug-free solution rather than their strict adherence to the use of prescription drug treatments that are very expensive.
    DEAR READER: I have received several letters from readers touting the use of Vicks in curing jock itch as well as dermatitis rashes under the breasts. You are correct that this is an inexpensive and safe therapy for various fungal infections of the skin.
    DEAR DR. GOTT: After a bone-marrow test, the very next day, I experienced a burning sensation on the top of my leg. I am trying to find out what could possibly have happened. I have had a Doppler, CT scan and a nerve block and still show no sign of improvement. I don't know what happened. Do you know what other test I may choose to try or what other road to travel? Would the doctors be dishonest and keep things from me due to fear of a lawsuit?
    DEAR READER: I have never heard of a bone-marrow examination causing persisting discomfort. The test is similar to the routine technique of withdrawing blood from a vein in the arm.
    Your testing appears to have been appropriate and normal. Your doctors did not warn you of this symptom because the bone-marrow exam was probably not the cause. This has nothing to do with malpractice lawsuits.
    As your next step, I suggest alternative medical treatment, such as acupuncture, which may solve your problem.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Managing Chronic Pain." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

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