Category Archives: Answers

What is Lupus?

James asks: I always see the meme “it’s never lupus”, but what exactly is lupus? Lupus, Latin for “wolf”, is a chronic (long term) autoimmune disease. Meaning the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue instead of harmful bacteria, viruses, or other harmful organisms. Tracing back to the 14th century, lupus and cancer were both common names for an ulcerous […]

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What Does a Pap Smear Tell the Doctor?

Gina asks: What exactly is the doctor looking for when she takes a pap smear? If you’re a woman, the term “Pap smear” probably makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The very thought of putting the appointment on your calendar makes little beads of sweat begin to form on your forehead. Similar to getting a […]

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Is Aloe Vera Really Good For Your Skin?

From Andrew- Is Aloe Vera really good for your skin? Well Andrew, that’s a very good question, but the answer depends on who you ask. There are any number of naturopathic healers who swear by its use to treat any number of conditions ranging from sunburns, psoriasis, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, to a cure for stretch marks. It can be found […]

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Chicken Pox Is A Form Of Herpes


Jeane asks: A friend told me Chickenpox is a form of Herpes.  Is this true? Yes Jeane, Chickenpox is one form of a Herpes Virus. Most of us are familiar with the 2 sexually transmitted types of Herpes: Type 1 (oral herpes) and type 2 (genital herpes). But actually, there are over 25 known viruses that fall into the Herpes’ […]

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Does Sex Before An Athletic Event Really Hinder Performance?

Frank asks: Does having sex before an athletic event really hurt performance in the event? Good question! There are two schools of thought on this particular issue, but the short answer is that it could psychologically (although no study has definitively proven it), and “no” physically (unless you need a reduction in testosterone to help with excessive anxiety and lack […]

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What Does Gangnam Style Mean?

L. Stevens asks: What does “Gangnam Style” actually mean? “Gangnam” is an area in South Korea, specifically a small area in Seoul, South Korea, home to about 1% of the population of Seoul and is about the size of Manhattan.  It is known for its wealthy, “new money”, inhabitants.  (The region has only very recently become extremely upscale, with a […]

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Where Did the Word “Assassin” Come From?

Chris Klick asks: Why is someone who murders a prominent person called an “assassin”. Where did this word “assassin” come from? The word “assassin” derives from a secretive murder cult in the 11th and 12th centuries called the “Hashishin”, meaning “hashish eaters”.  While much of the origin of this cult has been lost, the original leader was Hasan Ben Sabah, […]

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