Latest PETER GOTT Stories

2008-06-24 09:02:18

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: Can you give me some advice about ulcerative colitis? I have had this condition for 25 years. I have seen several doctors and taken lots of medication over the years and had to quit my job because of it. My doctor insists it is caused by bacteria, but I was wondering if it could be caused by allergies. Dear Reader: Ulcerative colitis is a disease of the colon and rectum. It causes ulcers in the intestinal lining and inflammation. The ulcers form where the...

2008-06-16 15:00:07

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in June 2005. I take Mirapex, which is prescribed, and co-enzyme Q10, which is not. I read somewhere that Q10 is a good over-the-counter for people with Parkinson's disease. Could you please comment on this? Dear Reader: Parkinson's is a neurological disorder that results from the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine, a chemical substance that transmits nerve impulses. Dopamine is essential for normal functioning...

2007-10-25 15:00:47

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: As a senior of 73 years, I have been taking diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for several years as a sleep aid with no apparent side effects. An article in the AARP bulletin states "diphenhydramine is mostly bad news because its adverse effects are amplified in older people." Further, the lead author concludes that diphenhydramine "is a horrible choice (for seniors) -- I almost can't think of anything worse." What is your position on the matter? I am sure...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'