Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 21, 2015 · Page Z5
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pearls before swine stephan pastis for better or for worse lynn Johnston shoe Gary brookins and susie Mcnelly rex MorGan, M.d. wilson & beatty fred basset alex GrahaM MarMaduke brad anderson rubes leiGh rubin the faMily circus bil keane ZiGGy toM wilson & toM ii heathcliff peter GallaGher Janric classic sudoku instructions: Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 (no repeats). difficulty ratinG: Gold at left: Answer to yesterday’s puzzle looking for tV listings? The television grid appears each day on page 2c. looking for movie times? Go to democratandchronicle.com/section/movies for the latest times. dear dr. roach: I have arthritis in my hands and knees. For at least three years, I took ibuprofen (about 1,200 mg daily). Then two years ago, I switched to a natural healthcare product derived from turmeric. It works just as well for me as the ibuprofen, and no side effects (I think). What are your thoughts about this? — M.K. answer: Curcumin, the active chemical in the spice turmeric, has several potential uses. I wrote some months ago about its possible use in inflammatory bowel disease, but I was able to find several studies showing benefit in people with both osteoarthri- tis and rheumatoid arthritis. The usual dose was 500 mg (of curcumin) two or three times daily. There were few side effects in the studies, but there is the potential to worsen bleeding in people taking anticoagulants, such as warfarin. Curcumin seems a reasonable alternative to anti-inflamma- tories in people with arthritis, and it might be worth a trial, especially in people who experience side effects on the standard drugs. As always, finding a high-quality product is essential. dear dr. roach: I am 69 years old and had several retinal tears in both eyes 15 years ago that resulted in multiple large floaters that ob- scure my vision. Just recently I stumbled on a treatment called YAG laser, where they can pulverize floaters with laser beams. I would like your opinion as to the success of such treatment. — C.D. answer: Floaters are broken-up bits of dead cells that stay in the vitreous humor in the back of the eye. Most people have them and usually are not aware of them. Both laser treatment of the floaters and surgical vitrectomy have been successful, and I had several readers tell me they had good success with the treatments. There are ophthalmologists who exclusively treat floaters, and report good results. If you decide to proceed, I would get as much information as you can from the ophthalmologist about how often he or she performs the procedure and what the success and complication rates are. dear amy: One of my close women friends has been married for many years to a sweet, “passive” man who is somewhat inept and bumbling when she asks him to help her with tasks. His intentions are always good, but he lacks common sense. When my friend is displeased with any little mistakes he makes, she (in front of her friends), reprimands him in a sharp, exasperated way, ensuring that not only will he hear her displeasure, but all those present will, too. This not only makes me uncomfortable, but I feel compassion for her husband, who is constantly berated by her. I want to talk to her about what I see. Would this be appropriate? If so, how can I broach the topic? — An Uncomfortable Friend dear friend: If your female friend were being berated and publicly embarrassed and reprimanded by her husband, wouldn’t someone step in to try to intervene? I assume so. I think when you’re contemplating confronting someone over unacceptable behavior, you shouldn’t worry too much about being appropriate. Abusive people count on bystanders being too intimidated or well behaved to confront the problem. So you tell your friend, “I want you to know that I am very disturbed by the way I’ve seen you berate ‘John’ when we’re together. If someone was treating you this way and disrespecting you like this, I’d have to say something — but you’re the one doing it.” Someone in your group should also reach out to the husband to try to discern how this affects him and offer him support. dear amy: I am saddened that you heard not one response in support of your compassion toward the stepchild and so-called “spoiled brat” referred to in the letter from “Frustrated.” I am an educator, and too often I see admittedly difficult children struggle because the adults in their lives fail to see their difficulty as a request for help with a problem they are having, rather than just some annoyance that needs to be “disciplined.” Kudos to you for your compassion and also for encouraging adults to act like adults! — Pro-Compassion Educator dear educator: Thank you. Arthritis aid may come from surprising source Wife berates husband in front of their friends Send Dr. Keith Roach your medical questions. Write to him at ToYourGoodHealth@med. cornell.edu

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