When I started this column nearly three years ago, I believed I would find enough controversial alternative treatments and questionable dietary supplements to keep me happily occupied for 30 or 40 weeks. I was fully expecting to add in health-care topics from the news, descriptions of the mo…

I try to do at least 20 minutes of yoga a day, if I can. Also, I break things up by cleaning or watching television or going outside between homework since I can't sit in one position for more than 15 minutes. But no matter what I do, I usually just hurt from my shoulders up. What can I do? …

I'm wondering your opinion of the juice from the Tibetan goji berry. A good friend, whom I trust, told me that drinking it forced her breast cancer into remission. Her cancer was real, I know, because we've been friends since college at ISU. She now sells the juice because she believes in it…

Apparently mistaking me for "The Love Goddess" columnist, the editors of BW have asked me to discuss the physical effects of heartbreak for this Valentine's Day issue. I can only assume the request indicates a concern for those of you who read the paper this far back into the classifieds. Th…

Saturday I drove my biodiesel VW Jetta to the Co-op for some organic fruits and veggies, sorted my recycling and installed new compact fluorescent bulbs. Why-o-why do I now, days later, feel that something is amiss? Am I merely moping after watching my Packers lose on Sunday, or are these ne…

As a New Year's resolution, I am hereby publicly committing to get back in shape. I'd like to use the elliptical machine I own, but I always get a sore back about an hour after every workout. The husband of the woman with whom I share an office cubicle sells magnetic support belts, and she s…

I'm a big fan of food, but not so much of working out. Is there any truth to the buzz I hear that hypnosis can help me lose weight?

As I absently stare at my personalized Google homepage, trying to decide how best to waste my time here at work, I notice that my embedded biorhythm Google gadget says that my physical and intellectual cycles are on downswings and my emotional biorhythm is near its peak. Ignoring the fact th…

I've used an electric blanket since I went off to college in Madison, where it's colder than a nun's buns. My current boyfriend won't sleep under the blanket because he's afraid of the electric field and says it will make him sterile or give him cancer or something equally awful. I've heard …

I'm a guy, 34 years old, 5-feet 10-inches and weigh 205 pounds and have been trying to lose 40 pounds since August. I have only managed to lose 5 pounds even though I eat pretty good and workout some. A girl I work with said she saw Oprah say that drinking green tea will automatically make y…

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