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Week of May 28, 2001

    Question:   I am a middle school student participating in a science fair. My project is on whether or not the brain can perceive subliminal messages. My question has to do with my procedure. How can I create a subliminal message (audio or visual) at home without using lots of expensive software and equipment? What will I need to do this?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have been on Oxycontin(10 mg 2x daily) for one month and will probably be on it for another month and then the doctor will titrate me off it. What kind of withdrawal symptoms can I expect?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I suffer from Medullary Sponge Kidney. I generate large numbers of kidney stones, up to 24 or more at a time. I have had this condition for approximately 6 years and to date Doctors have not given me any relief. All they do is give me morphine and other medications to dull the pain. Is there any remedy or action I can take to improve my condition and slow down the production of my kidney stones? I am in constant pain and at my wits end. Is their any source of information available on this condition?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer