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Ask Dr. Gott 6/12
Overmedication a disaster waiting to happen
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: I have a friend who takes Xanax in five to 10 doses at a time and drinks beer with it, making him very annoying. He shrugs it off as "no harm in it."
    He also says taking six to 10 pain relievers (over the counter or prescription) with acetaminophen will not do any liver damage as long as he doesn't drink alcohol with them.
     I say he is doing more harm taking 10 acetaminophen tablets at one time than taking the recommended dose and drinking a couple of beers.
    DEAR READER: Your friend is a walking time bomb. He is not only taking too much Xanax, but he is overdosing with dangerous levels of acetaminophen as well. Xanax can be addictive, and excessive doses of acetaminophen will cause liver damage that can be fatal. Certainly his beer consumption is inappropriate as well.
    Your friend needs to address these problems now before permanent brain and liver damage sets in. I'd start by involving his doctor, who is responsible for providing the prescriptions. Someone has to blow the whistle to get your friend straightened out before his health is jeopardized.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Mental and Substance Abuse."

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 64 years old and have gained some weight. I weigh 247 pounds. Most of the weight has gone to my stomach. I am 51 inches around my waist. When I bend over to tie my shoes, I lose my breath. I have done exercises.
    My stomach gets very hard. When I eat watermelon at night, the stomach goes down soft, but the weight is still there. What do you recommend?
    DEAR READER: You seem to be an ideal candidate for my no-flour, no-sugar diet. I'm sending you a copy of my book. Other readers who would like to purchase "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet" can do so from most bookstores or online at or
    DEAR DR. GOTT: I read your column with interest but often feel unable to try out the suggested remedies because they are not specific. For instance, when using castor oil for arthritis pain, do you ingest it? If so, how much? How do you add the Certo to grape juice? I'd certainly like to try these remedies.
    DEAR READER: Castor oil is rubbed into the skin over the affected joints. Certo comes in a liquid form and is combined with grape juice (1 tablespoon Certo in 8 ounces purple grape juice one to three times a day).
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