I had to laugh when he told me this. He didn’t prescribe anything, and I did feel better after three days, like he said. My family says I should change doctors. Have you ever heard of “super moon” ailment? — E.F.
ANSWER: It grieves me to dash this romantic notion, but at least four studies have looked at whether any behavior changes or medical illnesses occur more or less frequently according to the moon cycle, and there is no correlation.
As far as changing your doctor goes, maybe he felt laughter was the best medicine.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I have only one question: Is it inevitable for a woman to gain weight at menopause? I am approaching that time in my life, and my friends are all telling me that weight gain cannot be avoided. — L.S.
ANSWER: Because of the hormonal changes around menopause, many women do indeed gain weight. In fact, many women gain weight in the abdomen, rather than in the hips and thighs, and abdominal fat is more closely associated with heart disease, so it’s important to try to avoid it.
Fortunately, weight gain is not inevitable. Increasing exercise (my favorite recommendation remains walking) and a diet low in red meat but high in vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts and whole grains not only help with weight management but can improve how you feel.