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    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 0 Comments
    Will Stopping an Antiperspirant Cause Bad Reboun…

    Who would have ever imagined that antiperspirants could change the ecology of the bacteria that live in our armpits? It turns out that antiperspirants can shift the balance of our microbiome to a spe…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 0 Comments
    A Medical Mistake Leads to Tragic Death

    In May, 2016 researchers at John Hopkins University ignited a firestorm of controversy with an article in the BMJ titled "Medical Error--The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US." They suggested tha…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Ease the Pain of a Jellyfish Sting

    There are many home remedies for a jellyfish sting, but medical authorities are skeptical about most of them. Often, there has been little or no research on the effectiveness of a remedy. Some popular…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Stop a Migraine with a Mocha Frappuccino

    Migraines are miserable. Any sufferer can tell you that without medication a migraine can result in hours or even days lying still in a dark, quiet room or throwing up in the bathroom. Is it possibl…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 0 Comments
    How Can He Ease Prostate Problems and Get Some S…

    Getting a good night's sleep can be a real challenge, especially for people whose health gets them out of bed to urinate many times each night. Men with prostate problems often find themselves in this…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 0 Comments
    What Is the Difference Between Armour and Synthr…

    There are millions of people whose thyroid glands don't work optimally. Because thyroid hormones affect every cell in the body, this can have quite an impact on how well people feel. Problems may ar…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 0 Comments
    How Does A Teaspoon of Mustard Cure Muscle Cramp…

    For years people have been insisting that a teaspoon or two of yellow mustard eases the pain of muscle cramps within a minute or two. We have even tried it ourselves with amazing success. But health p…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2016 24 Comments
    Why Aren’t You Outraged at the High Cost o…

    Americans spend far more on medicines than people in any other country in the world. Researchers write in JAMA (Aug. 23-30, 2016) that "List prices for the top 20 highest-revenue grossing drugs were …

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2016 5 Comments
    Show 1047: How to Sync Your Body Clock to Get th…

    Our daytime functioning depends in large measure on the sleep we get at night. No doubt that helps explain why we spend approximately 36 percent of our lifetimes sleeping. How can we embrace bedtime i…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2016 19 Comments
    EpiPen Price Increase Outrages Americans

    People who are allergic to bee or wasp stings, peanuts, shrimp or other foods rely on an auto-injector containing epinephrine (adrenaline) to open their airways and keep them breathing until emergency…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Avoid a Fracture by Changing Your Medicin…

    Older people who break a bone are at a significantly greater risk for another fracture. This also increases their chance of premature death, as well as pain, infection, depression and functional decl…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 25, 2016 0 Comments
    Help Us Name Our New Book!

    We're going to be publishing a brand new book in the next few months. The focus is on how to use kitchen spices and herbs to heal common complaints. Chances are, you already have most of these herbs …

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2016 1 Comments
    Using Gas Relief Drops During Colonoscopy Could …

    Simethicone is a common ingredient in over-the-counter anti-gas products, including gas relief drops for infants. It is an anti-foaming agent that lowers surface tension, allowing small bubbles to coa…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 2 Comments
    Can Ketamine Jump Start Antidepressant Action?

    When people are severely depressed they need immediate help. Sadly, most antidepressant medications take weeks to start working. That's why this reader's question is so very interesting. Q. You've wri…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 7 Comments
    Did Ginkgo Biloba Keep His Mind Sharp?

    Wouldn't you love to know how to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact even as you grow older? Most of us worry about losing our edge. One reader is convinced he has the answer. Indeed he might,…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Prevent Alzheimer Disease

    Alzheimer disease is one of the cruelest conditions that afflict mankind. It robs people of their personalities, their memories and ultimately their ability to perform the simplest functions. It can b…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 6 Comments
    People Continue to Complain About Generic Ambien…

    We have received so many complaints about generic Ambien that we have lost count. We notified the FDA years ago about this problem but so far there seems to be no interest in finding out what the prob…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 3 Comments
    Is Mail Order Safe for Summertime Supplements?

    Ordering medications and supplements by mail is convenient and usually cost effective. In fact, some insurance plans demand that you use a mail-order pharmacy for prescriptions. But is it reasonable t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Prostate Drug – Tamsulosin – Safe…

    Q. My family doctor has prescribed tamsulosin for frequent urination at night. I am a 75-year-old woman, and after reading about the side effects of this drug, I am concerned. I can live with the freq…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Did Nexium Cause Bone Loss and Nerve Pain?

    Whenever you decide to take a new medication, you should know what you will get out of it in terms of benefit and what side effects you might experience. This is especially important for drugs you wi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2016 16 Comments
    Show 989: The Mediterranean Zone Diet (Archive)

    The Zone diet popularized by Dr. Barry Sears was one of the earliest to emphasize the importance of balancing protein, fat and carbohydrate consumption at every meal. Dr. Sears pioneered the idea that…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2016 7 Comments
    Are Calcium Supplements Bad for Women’s Br…

    For decades, women have been told to take calcium supplements to build strong bones. Many health professionals dismiss the value of multivitamins but have been enthusiastic about supplemental calcium…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2016 3 Comments
    Do Sunscreens Really Prevent Skin Cancer?

    The evidence that sunscreens prevent skin cancer may not be as strong as people would like to believe. That is the conclusion from a recent Cochrane review. What Did the Cochrane Review Find? The Coc…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 2 Comments
    Staying Active Can Help Prevent Chronic Health P…

    Exercise remains one of the most powerful interventions for promoting health and preventing disease. An article in the BMJ reviewed 174 studies published over 25 years. The scientists evaluated the am…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Use Time Management to Eat Better

    Weight loss experts have long suggested that people should never shop for food when they are hungry. Doing so increases the likelihood that they will purchase more high-calorie foods on impulse. Can p…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Delay Dementia with Acupuncture

    Could acupuncture delay dementia? To find out, Chinese researchers did a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing acupuncture and medical treatment for mild cognitive impairment with fo…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 10 Comments
    How Safe is Nightly Lorazepam for Bad Insomnia?

    Millions of people suffer chronic insomnia. They toss and turn and worry about the consequences of inadequate sleep. The trouble is that almost all the drugs that are prescribed come with side effects…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 7 Comments
    Is Your Breakfast Messing Up Your Medicine?

    When was the last time you read a manual? Most of us are so impatient that we skip straight to plug and play. That's true whether it's a computer program, a cell phone or a rental car. Taking pills is…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 0 Comments
    Why Did Generic Remeron (Mirtazapine) Disappoint…

    People who are seriously depressed depend upon their medication to get through challenging times. Without a reliable medication they can fall back into a dark depression. This reader shares the frustr…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 11 Comments
    Mother Found Solution for her Son’s Big BM…

    Over the years, we have heard from a number of people troubled by large bowel movements that would stop up the toilet. It can be hard to figure out what to do about this problem if we don't know the c…