Is it pathological, pointless or unhealthy to fiber-load for weight loss? [more inside]
My dog (a truly gigantic poodle) got some kind of infection on the pad of one of his front paws. He continuously licks and chews at it and it's now a red, swollen, infected mess and clearly hurts him when he walks. We keep covering it with booties and socks--even tying them around his legs-- but he always manages to tear them off eventually. We really can't afford a vet, so is there anything we can buy (over the counter) or any kind of home remedy that might help it heal/make him stop chomping on it? I know nothing about this kind of thing, as IANAD for people or animals, but I can't imagine there isn't some solution... any help appreciated!
Where should I go for STD testing? [more inside]
I want to be stronger and more physically fit. So I've heard weight training is the way to go. As a complete n00b, where/how do I start? [more inside]
Would overlapping my prescriptions of 600mg of Ibuprofen and 500mg of Nabumetone put me at higher risk of developing stomach ulcers, or is the risk minimal that the two will interact and cause such a problem? [more inside]
What are hard boiled eggs giving me to perk me up? [more inside]
Depressed about career choices. [more inside]
Should I take the group health or buy individual health care, given a pre-existing condition? [more inside]
Which is safest, hot or cold water from the tap? [more inside]
My friend hurt himself and ended up with a six-digit hospital bill. The health insurer has denied his claim because he had a couple of drinks that night. What are his options and best strategies for appeal? [more inside]
GPC (Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis) - have it? Know much about it? Tell me. [more inside]
How do I feel better than I ever have in my life? [more inside]
How do you consume flaxseed oil? [more inside]
(Writing/Hypothetical Filter) Are there any poisons that (could) mimic the symptoms/effects of cancer if administered to a person over time? [more inside]
How can I stop my eye twitching?? [more inside]
My stomach/throat has, for as long as I can remember, made INCREDIBLY loud (and sometimes very bizarre and unnatural) noises--sometimes after I've eaten, but usually many many hours later. I used to associate it with hunger before realizing it seems to be completely unrelated. It's clearly just digestion, but people can hear it from across the room, and they think I do it on purpose because it's so strange. Is there any reason why some people's stomachs/digestive tracts would be so much louder than "the norm", and why they might make noises like these (screeching, shrieking, humming) in addition to more normal sound? I've never met anyone else who knew what I was talking about. It literally sounds and feels like there is a small person shrieking or humming "Om" deep in my throat! WTF?
What is the best allergy medicine (prescription or over the counter) for allergies to dogs or cats? So many seem more geared towards allergies to mold, dust, hayfever, etc. [more inside]
Help me stop being so paranoid and/or self conscious. [more inside]
When engaging in a high aerobic activity that causes mucus to build up, is it better to swallow the mucus or spit it out? [more inside]
Min-Max Health Insurance for $200 [more inside]
I get migraines from MSG (including many "hidden sources"), meat cured with nitrates, and red wine (I think tannins or sulfites or something). As long as I avoid those triggers, I'm relatively headache-free. However, I really love red wine. I haven't had it for about 4 years, and I miss it. Are there types of wines that are better than others for keeping headaches at bay? Organic or certain types?
Here's the situation: I changed health insurance plans about two years ago ago. I have a good plan, based in Californa, that costs me about $250 a month. Since starting the coverage, my major medical expense - for about a year - have three monthly medications which I take for recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder. I have never claimed these expenses on my insurance, nor have I ever put any of my psychiatric costs on a claim. The reason is that I've been advised not to do this, especially with a bipolar diagnosis, since, in the words of my psychiatrist, "once that's on your record, you'll have a very hard time if you need to change insurance plans." (I should add that the diagnosis, while scary, and the resulting treatment, has changed my life so much for the better that I'd sell pretty much sell a kidney to keep paying for the meds, if I had to.) [more inside]
How do I feel like I'm still 25 when I turn 50? [more inside]
What will happen if I take 3 out of 10 ten days worth of antibiotics? [more inside]
Talk to me about health insurance in Austria for US Citizens (Or useful anecdotes about healthcare in Europe in general) [more inside]
WWII Medical Mystery Filter: Why did this young woman have an aneurysm? [more inside]
Please explain health insurance to me from an employer's point of view!!! [more inside]
i'm do for my yearly womanly checkup, but there is just one catch... [more inside]
Please to identify this childhood drink I had in HK. [more inside]
How do I cheer up my SO? He just found out that his dad is in hospital following a hemmorhage. [more inside]
Why is it I seem to get head colds so easily? [more inside]
Is there a link between deli-style pickles and grapefruits that both cause a baby's face to have a skin allergy? Do they share any traits or ingredients that would have that reaction? Are their juices too acidic/basic?
Is there a word to describe a person who repeatedly becomes convinced that someone else is sick with various obscure ailments, based on flimsy or imagined evidence? [more inside]
My friend has a weird reaction to coffee. What's happening? [more inside]
What's it like being morbidly obese? [more inside]
SportsNutritionFilter: Help me find a good protein and a good meal-replacement powder. [more inside]
Why is my anus suddenly itching relentlessly? [more inside]
Are girls who eat salad and watch every calorie worth it? [more inside]
How can I ensure that I don't puke (or get nauseous) when I start working out with a trainer? [more inside]
Help me learn more about nutrition and eating for wellness and energy. I'm looking for recommendations for resources -- books especially - I can make use of along the path to healthy eatin'. [more inside]
I'm beginning to lift weights for the first time in my life. Help! [more inside]
Question for New Yorkers. I was thinking about switching from Oxford health insurance plan to the mid-level HIP plan. I can save a bundle. Is HIP just terrible though? Anyone have any thoughts, seen any rankings?
I am in pretty decent shape (nothing amazing, but 5' 7" and 138 pounds which is normal) but find that I can't do much of ANY running without feeling horribly, horribly nauseated within minutes of finishing. I can lift and do pushups, squats, etc., but running is basically out of the question. Sometimes it's so bad I have to stop even though it's rarely more than 10 minutes. Since I'm not unhealthy or overweight, I'm pretty concerned about this. Why does running, in particular, make me feel so awful? Does this happen to anyone else? Should I be trying to push through it?
Please help me find affordable individual health insurance as a recent college graduate who is unemployed.
I need affordable individual health insurance not merely a discount health plan - where do I get it? [more inside]
Truth or myth: distinct breeds of hydro deliver markedly different highs. [more inside]
Our doctor is dropping all insurance and Medicare participation but isn’t telling his patients until they show up at his office, or if they just happen to read his web site. Should we do anything about it? [more inside]
How best to shower with a bloodied up face? [more inside]
When should I resume my active birth control pills? [more inside]
Russian kettlebell training: great exercise for shedding fat and building muscle, or another fitness fad? [more inside]
NYC Filter: Gym recommendations? [more inside]