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Week of January 28, 2002

    Question:  I am a 26-year-old female who has a considerable amount of facial hair. Could an imbalance of hormones be causing this? If so, what should I do? It has gotten to the point where I have to shave everyday!    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I recently received a triglyceride report of 430, whereas before my score had regularly been 78 or so. I had been taking saw palmetto berries for a prostate condition. Could the saw palmetto have caused such an elevation? Or is it more likely that the high score was the result of having the blood test done after eating a full lunch?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I was reading your articles on stomach stapling surgery, and felt others may be suffering as myself. I am a 36-year-old mother of 3 children. I had stomach stapling surgery almost 13 years ago. I lost approximately 120 lbs in one year, and kept it off until I recently had a nervous breakdown and am finding it is returning rapidly...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer