Q: A dairy farmer wrote that he uses lip balm for chapped fingertips. You suggested A&D ointment.

That advice is good, but dairy farmers have been using Bag Balm and Udder Cream for generations. It also works for humans. I’m sure he keeps some in his milking parlor.

My oncologist recommended Udder Cream for radiation burns during cancer treatment. My medicine cabinet also has A&D ointment for scratches and cuts, and Lotion for dry, chapped skin on my hands, elbows, and heels.

ONE: We have been writing about “beauty aids” for over three decades. The manufacturers of Udder Cream have a highly effective formula with 20% urea specially created for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. We are glad that these inexpensive products are useful to you.

Q: My son started having tachycardia at the age of 19. The doctors couldn’t find a cause. He lived with this constant dread that he could die at any moment.

He had atrial fibrillation twice over the years but recovered. By the time he turned 40, he was exhausted from all this. Even the Mayo Clinic found no physical reason for his irregular heartbeat.

His doctor suggested he try magnesium. My son tried magnesium supplements and was disappointed it didn’t help.

When I looked online, I found many different types of magnesium. The doctor didn’t tell us that! We discovered that magnesium tau is said to help the heart beat faster. His life changed overnight!

He is now 48 years old and is living a more peaceful life. He recently admitted to me that he even considered suicide – it was a horrible way of life.

ONE: Magnesium is essential for all cells. It is especially important for both muscle and heart health. If levels of this mineral drop too low, people are at increased risk for atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat.

There are actually many formulations of magnesium. Some, such as magnesium maleate and glycinate, are easier on the digestive tract. People with poor kidney function should avoid magnesium supplements.

Q: I started having migraines when I was 12 years old, almost 60 years ago. Most of the time, over-the-counter medications like Excedrin Migraine keep me going. But I have headaches at least two days a week and will have to go to bed in a dark room at least one day a month.

Since I don’t like taking prescription medications, I’ve never tried any new migraine medications. I recently had an allergy test and was told that I am sensitive to foods in the nightshade family. Therefore, I stopped eating all night food about three months ago. Since then, I have no more migraines! Is this typical for people with food allergies?

ONE: Migraine sufferers report multiple triggers. Some of the most common culprits include alcohol, especially red wine, chocolate, frozen meats, aged cheeses, and fermented foods.

We found no scientific studies to support limiting nightshade vegetables for most people with migraines. Such foods include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. You’ll find more information about migraine prevention and treatment in our eGuide to Headaches & Migraines. This online resource is located under the Health eGuides tab at Pe People’sPharmacy.com.

Contact Graedons at Peoplepharmacy.com.

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