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Week of July 7, 2003, 2003

    Question:   For about the last 2-3 months, my urine has had a very unusual odor. It smells like very strong ammonia. I have tried different experiments with drinking and eating different things and nothing seems to change, even if I drink literally a gallon of water. Do you have any suggestions?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I am 32 years old. Four years ago I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. I tried the supplements and the shots in the hip, however my body did not respond. My levels were not in the normal range. I am usually a 4. I now get iron intravenously every day for 1-2 weeks each month and have been consistent for 4 years now. I have had many tests, including un upper GI and colonoscopy. They were inconclusive. I tested positive for occult blood twice. I am scheduled to have a CT scan. My doctor wants to give me a hysterectomy. I am very upset. Is there anything else I should look into?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   A 7-year-old child that I am very close to is on Keppra and Trileptol with very high doses of both. He has seizures in the back of the brain and in the optical part of the brain. He still continues to have seizures even though he is taking the medications. He also has slowed motor skills and violent outbursts. What can we do to help this child?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer