Q. I don’t have access to fresh organic produce. Does washing regular stuff well help reduce the toxins?
— Anonymous, via email
A. Yes, but you’ll need to be a bit OCD about detoxing your fruit and veggies to eliminate any pesticide hangers-on. "Lettuce" tell you how it’s done:
If you do find organic produce, wash it, too. You need to remove all the natural stuff used as fertilizer.
Q. Lately my hips have been achy. Some days I walk more than 10,000 steps, though other days I don’t go nearly so far. I’d rather not take ibuprofen if possible. What else can I do?
— Shanna, via email
A. There could be 1,000 reasons for your hip pain. OK, we exaggerate; maybe there are a dozen, including tendonitis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, sciatica and sacroiliac trouble. You need to see a doctor to determine what’s up. But as Nancy Sinatra once crooned to her boots, "Keep walking." Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your joints young and healthy, though go a little easy until you get looked at. Meanwhile, here are some ways to ease those achy hips naturally:
Q. I’m a 63-year-old male. In the past few years I’ve developed pimples in my hair. I am mostly bald but don’t have acne in the bald areas or anywhere else — only in my hair. What can I do?
— Frank, via email
A. Now, there’s the definition of a bad hair day: hair zits. Actually, they’re probably not pimples. More likely, you’ve got seborrheic dermatitis, what’s known as cradle cap in babies. It occurs more frequently than we realize in adults; it’s just harder to see. Often it’s linked to yeast fungus, although stress, fatigue and winter weather sometimes trigger breakouts.
If it’s mild, you may be able to control it with a non-prescription antifungal like 1 percent ketoconazole lotion or a daily application of tea tree oil, or through weekly use of a coal tar shampoo. Also, wash your hair daily with a mild shampoo to keep your scalp and hair clear of oil, debris and dead skin cells.
If that doesn’t work, see a dermatologist (we guarantee you won’t be the only 60-something in the waiting room). You may need a prescription treatment.
The YOU Docs — Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic — are the authors of "YOU: Losing Weight." For more information go to www.RealAge.com.