Nickel allergy doesn’t nix knee replacement surgery
later, my cholesterol was 190.
Now a year and a half later, my count is 170. It has not been this low for as long as I have medical records. I know you are in agreement with using as few medications as can be replaced by natural ingredients. I believe walnuts should have even more publicity than they now receive. -- W.K.
ANSWER: Walnuts contain monounsaturated fats and plant sterols, which can help lower cholesterol. Perhaps more importantly, there is moderately strong information that they also reduce the risk of heart disease. I do agree that diet is the best first-line therapy for cholesterol, and that with a better diet (and often some increased exercise), many people who would otherwise be recommended for medication will no longer need it.
The only part of your story I don’t like is that you didn’t consult your doctor; naturally, I think your doctor should be part of your treatment plan for your health. That being said, your doctor will, I am sure, be happy with your results, which are remarkable and better than I usually see.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there a cure for herpes? Are they working on one? I met someone who has it and didn’t tell me beforehand. Now I have it. I feel I’m doomed. -- L.
ANSWER: You are not doomed. Research continues to work on better treatments and on prevention, but there are effective treatments now. Genital herpes is very common. Some people take medicine when an outbreak appears (or when they get the symptoms that an outbreak is about to), while others take medication all the time to prevent an outbreak. Men and women should talk to their regular provider; women also can consult their gynecologist. Disclosing your herpes status to any potential new sexual partner is difficult, but I think it is necessary.