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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 […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Flu season

Everybody’s talking about the current flu epidemic. Although winter always brings with it the flu season, it appears that this year’s is hitting us early and hard. A […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Statins

By now, most of us have heard of the class of drugs known as statins, medications prescribed for those with high levels of cholesterol. About 35 million Americans […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Plants

I love to spend time in my garden; I take great pleasure planting things and watching them grow. (This year we harvested a massive crop of pomegranates!) Sometimes […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Spices and Herbs

It’s the holiday season! Many of us spend many December hours in the kitchen preparing holiday favorites. As we cook, we add our favorite spices and herbs. Seasonings […]


Paging Dr. Frischer - Low Testosterone

The condition that we will explore today often remains undiagnosed. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that up to five million American men have it, and only five […]