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Ask Dr. Gott 2/1
Veterinary liniment treats neuropathy
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DEAR DR. GOTT: I am writing in regard to one of your recent articles concerning treatment of neuropathy. I would like to share with you and your readers my success with the use of veterinary liniment. I use it nightly on the bottom of my feet to relieve the burning and intense pain. After my six-month chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer, the burning and pain in my feet became unbearable. After exhausting many treatments, as well as Neurontin and daily pain medication, I decided to try rubbing my feet with this topical antiseptic, which stimulates circulation in the areas where applied. To my great delight, it eased the pain and burning almost immediately. It is well worth the effort, and the slight smell fades quickly.
    I know this sounds strange, or at least my oncologist thought so, but believe me, I have found great relief in my feet and legs with this product. I purchased a 16-ounce bottle at the local Feed and Seed store for about $10. Of course, you can also rub your sore knees and the small of your back with it with good results.
    If you would share this with your readers, perhaps others can find some relief this way.
    DEAR READER: As has become my habit, I am publishing letters from some readers who have had success with alternative therapy. I believe that patients need further information about possibly effective, inexpensive and safe remedies. Do all of these "leads" work out? No, of course not, but at least readers are receiving some feedback. To those reactionaries who argue that I am yet another kook, I respond by reminding them that I have addressed the alternative-therapy school with a great deal of skepticism during my 40 years of solo practice, and it takes a lot to convince me otherwise, as readers — bless their hearts — have done on several occasions.
    I have never used veterinary liniment, so my experience with it is zero. However, if it is more effective in relieving pain than are the prescription drugs, I am accomplishing my goal: to make readers happier and healthier.
   DEAR DR. GOTT: You gave short shrift to the pump in your comments about prostate removal.
I am 84, and 14 years ago I had prostate cancer and had it removed. I never would have had an erection again if my urologist hadn't introduced my wife and me to the pump. Before my wife sickened and ultimately died four years ago, she said that the pump sex was the best we ever had. I agreed.
    From the time I was young, I had been a "Wham, bam, thank you, ma'am" lover. I quickly had an ejaculation and was through. With the pump, I had multiple orgasms, and the feeling was as complete and satisfying as any I ever had.
    DEAR READER: Thank you for sharing your success. The pump is certainly an option for many men. I'm sorry for the "short shrift."
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