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    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 3 Comments
    Mustard Tamed Ice Pick Headache

    Q. I have had an ice pick headache for days. I just read on your website that a spoonful of mustard might help, and at this point I am desperate to try anything. I never buy into home remedies like th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 3 Comments
    RLS Drug Triggered Serious Gambling Addiction

    Q. I have had restless leg syndrome (RLS) for as long as I can remember. I've been on a lot of different medications that did not work. When I started taking ropinirole (Requip) several years ago, I f…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 7 Comments
    CocoaVia in Coffee to Keep Brain Perking

    Q. I recently read an article about a physician who is advising people on strategies to avoid developing Alzheimer's disease. Besides cutting sugar and carbs, he advises eating berries and drinking co…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 0 Comments
    Vitamin C Stops Asthma Cough

    Q. Years ago, I read that a cough associated with asthma could be relieved by taking cough lozenges with vitamin C. I tried it and it works. It has been almost six years and now I only cough when I ru…

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2014 4 Comments
    Do Cold Sores Increase the Risk for Alzheimer…

    We have rarely seen scarier headlines than the ones describing two new studies from Umea University, Sweden: "Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk" WebMD "Cold Sores Increase Dementia Risk…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 0 Comments
    Cactus Leaves and Hibiscus Flowers Lower Blood S…

    Q. I heard a rumor that leaves of nopal cactus and a drink made from hibiscus (jamaica) are useful in helping control blood sugar in diabetes. Is there any truth to this? A. Hibiscus extract lowered b…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 3 Comments
    Cut the Coffee to Relieve Itchy Bottom

    Q. I suffered with anal itch for a very long time. Prescribed creams didn't help. Finally one doctor told me to avoid caffeine. I switched to decaf and it changed my life. He also recommended no spicy…

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2014 1 Comments
    The Dangerous Dilemma of Sleeping Pills

    Insomniacs are caught in a classic double bind. On the one hand, they are told that the consequences of chronic sleep deprivation include hypertension, heart failure, obesity, depression, cognitive dy…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 26, 2014 0 Comments
    Propofol Linked to Less Confusion after Surgery

    Q. After reading your column on the aftereffects of anesthesia, I want to share my own experience. I had severe memory lapses for months after undergoing anesthesia. It was like knowing something was …

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 18 Comments
    Show 967: Technology for Better Hearing

    More than 30 million Americans have trouble hearing as well as they would like. Some assume there is nothing that can be done to help them, while others imagine that their hearing loss is not so great…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2014 9 Comments
    How To Get Rid of Spider Veins

    Q. I have spider veins that I find quite distracting. When I asked my primary care doctor what I could do to get rid of them he suggested a visit to the dermatologist or plastic surgeon. I cannot affo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 10 Comments
    How to Make Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

    Q. Do you have a recipe for gin-soaked raisins? How much gin is used for every pound of raisins? My mother has joint pain and it would help her a lot to have some more detailed information! A. To prep…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 9 Comments
    Some Recalled Supplements Stay on Shelves

    Dietary supplements recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because of adulteration with dangerous drugs often remain on the market for years. Researchers at Harvard purchased and analyzed 27 die…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 3 Comments
    Does Drinking Soda Speed Cellular Aging?

    Sugary beverages are suspected of contributing to the obesity epidemic. New research suggests that they may also be associated with damage inside cells. Investigators at the University of California S…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 4 Comments
    Treating Restless Legs Could Trigger Compulsive …

    Some medications prescribed to control the tremor of Parkinson's disease patients and the discomfort of restless leg syndrome can have unanticipated side effects. Compulsive Behaviors Some people taki…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 1 Comments
    Children Are Frequently Given the Wrong Dose

    A new study shows that parents and caregivers frequently miscalculate the dose of pain medicine and fever reducers for children. The younger the child, the more likely there will be a dosing error. Po…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 7 Comments
    Without Real Milk, Vitamin D May Slip

    Children who cannot drink cow's milk are often given an alternative such as rice, soy, almond or coconut milk. Not the Same as Milk Such substitutes may stand in for milk on cereal but they are not nu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 7 Comments
    Mustard May Help Psoriasis as Well as Leg Cramps

    Q. My husband is disabled by osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis. He experienced frequent muscle cramping and was eating extra yellow mustard for relief. His psoriasis has been treated for years by…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 15 Comments
    Nurse Is Distressed about Poor Hand Washing Habi…

    Q. Yesterday my next-door neighbor (a nurse in our local monster-sized hospital) vented aggressively about doctors she witnesses moving from patient to patient without washing their hands or wearing g…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 30 Comments
    Patients in Pain Are Outraged about New Hydrocod…

    On October 6, 2014, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) decision to restrict access to hydrocodone combination pain relievers (HCPs) went into effect. Medications like Lortab, Norco, Vicodin and g…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 2 Comments
    Vitamin A Oil Dropped on a Wart Made It Disappea…

    Q. Your column mentioned using pineapple or banana skin as a topical treatment for plantar warts. The treatment of choice (unfortunately not well known among family doctors or even dermatologists) may…

    By: Joe Graedon October 20, 2014 6 Comments
    The Battle Behind the Black Box Warning for Chan…

    Last week there was high drama at the Food and Drug Administration. The maker of the stop-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) wanted the FDA to remove the black box warning for this medication alerting…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 3 Comments
    Prunes Are a Proven Remedy for Constipation

    Q. The "power pudding" you wrote about worked for my husband's constipation in two hours! Then he found out that prune juice in the morning and dried prunes at bedtime, along with eating less dairy, d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 3 Comments
    Serious Blood Pressure Problem Calls for Serious…

    Q. Your recent column about using probiotics in yogurt to reduce blood pressure in an otherwise healthy young person was way below the standard of care. I am a physician. Had I treated such a patient …

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 19, 2014 2 Comments
    Could Aspirin Prevent Barrett’s Esophagus?

    Q. I have Barrett's esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition that can sometimes turn into cancer of the esophagus. Several years ago my gastroenterologist recommended that I take a low dose of aspirin to …

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 30 Comments
    Show 966: The Benefits of Butter

    For decades, Americans have been warned to step away from the cheese and leave the butter untouched. Saturated fat was believed to clog the arteries and lead to heart attacks and early death. But what…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2014 9 Comments
    Is the Raisin Remedy Good for Skin Tags?

    Q. My husband and I have each eaten nine golden raisins soaked in gin daily for six months. I have arthritis in my neck from an automobile accident, and find that the pain in my neck is reduced. As go…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2014 6 Comments
    Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

    Over the last few decades we have collected an amazing array of remedies for hemorrhoids, from blackstrap molasses and rutabaga to banana peel and green tea. More about these solutions in a moment. Bu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 1 Comments
    High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Has Health Benefits

    The Mediterranean diet has once again shown superiority over a low fat diet in reversing cardiovascular risk. PREDIMED Study Spanish researchers analyzed data from the PREDIMED study in which voluntee…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 3 Comments
    Coffee Drinkers Are Helping Their Livers

    Add liver protection to the many benefits of coffee drinking. Researchers have been reporting for years that regular coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes as…