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Paging Dr. Frischer - Hansen's Disease

This disease is so ancient and impactful that it appears throughout the Bible. Evidence of it dates back to 4,000 BCE in ancient Egypt, and it was addressed […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - E-cigarettes

In 1965, 42% of American adults were smokers. Today, the figure is 19%. However, after decades of falling smoking rates, people are flocking to a new trend: electronic […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Yougart

I was at the grocery store just the other day, looking for the same old yogurt I’ve been eating for years. I couldn’t believe the options now available. […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Home Remedies

Every day my patients tell me about new home remedies. Thanks to my diverse practice, these treatments are multicultural and varied. Some have withstood the test of time […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Calories

Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain your current weight, you may have asked your doctor: “How many calories should I consume?” That sounds […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Toothpaste

I recently saw an old TV ad for toothpaste and was amused when the actor applied a two-inch long strip of paste on his toothbrush. This struck me […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Mouthwash

Many of us use mouthwash. Is it safe? Does it help? Is one really any different from another? Mouthwash is most commonly used as a breath freshener. However, […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Nail fungus

Today, let’s discuss a non-fatal but highly annoying problem – I encounter it among my patients several times every day. It’s the disfiguring problem of onychomycosis, better known […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Leeches

A dear friend has severe arthritis of her knee – but that’s not what today’s column is about. Desperate to avoid knee replacement surgery, and tired of relying […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Medication Disposal

My last column discussed the meaning of expiration dates on our medicine. Once we’ve determined that a medicine is no longer effective, safe, or needed, what is the […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Medication expiration dates

Rummaging through my cupboards, I stumbled upon my favorite topical steroid cream and noticed that it had stamped on it an expiration date…from the 1990′s! I kidded with […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Chia

After writing about quinoa, I’d like to follow up with another food considered by some to be a superfood: Chia. Of course, most of us associate chia with […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Quinoa

I was out to dinner just the other night with a group of food-savvy friends, and the subject of quinoa came up. One comment followed another: “Oh, I […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Exercise

Most of my readers know that I am a huge fan of exercise. But what about those among us who are not? Are you over 50, with an […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Eye Protection

Summer is nearly upon us, and that means even more Southern California sunshine. We’ve all heard plenty about protecting our skin…but what about our eyes? In a 2012 […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Motion sicknesses

Readers who visit my office can’t help but notice boating magazines in my waiting room. I am an ocean boater who loves the gentle (and sometimes not so […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Snoring

After enduring a partner’s nighttime noises, do you find yourself asking, “Why do we snore?” Snoring can become a quality of life issue, interfering with not only the […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Foodbourne Illnesses

Every year, roughly one in six Americans get sick from the food they eat, and approximately 3,000 die as a result. According to the Center for Disease Control […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Prostatitis

Today’s topic will be of particular interest to my male readers. Your prostate gland is walnut-sized and located directly below the bladder. It produces fluid (semen) that nourishes […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Alkaline water

Recently I was asked about the benefits of drinking alkaline water. Alkaline (ionized) water can be made by home water ionizers, and is available at some markets. Is […]