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    By: Joe Graedon January 27, 2015 12 Comments
    Are Your Drugs Raising Your Risk for Dementia?

    Here we go again, with headlines that sound like they could be hype: "Hay-fever drugs linked to Alzheimer's" (Irish Independent) "Over-the-counter pills could raise risk of Alzheimer's: study" (New Yo…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 15 Comments
    Patients Are in the Dark About Drug Pros and Con…

    If your doctor told you he could leap tall buildings in a single bound like Superman, you would be skeptical. But if he told you that a drug or a surgical treatment would cure what ails you, you might…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 29 Comments
    Sore Arm Persists for Weeks after Receiving Flu …

    Q. It has been seven weeks since I had my annual flu shot, and my arm is still sore at the injection site. I do not think I have a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) from having…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 4 Comments
    Blood Pressure Pills Are Contributing to Nerve D…

    Q. I have high blood pressure for which I take metoprolol, hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), hydralazine and lisinopril. I have developed pins and needles in my fingers and numbness in my hands that keeps m…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 1 Comments
    Simvastatin User Misses His Grapefruit

    Q. I love grapefruit. I have been prescribed simvastatin for high cholesterol, and I am not supposed to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while I am on this drug. Is there any way to control my…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 1 Comments
    Cornmeal Mush Soaks Cured Nail Fungus

    Q. I developed toenail fungus and tried using some herbal remedies. The daily soaks were working, but very slowly. Then I did a cornmeal soak and almost immediately the fungus started to disappear fro…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 3 Comments
    Vitamin D Vanquished Vertigo

    Q. I began suffering from vertigo nearly a year ago. I often felt like I was about to fall down. A friend said that vitamin D3 helps with dizziness. I started taking 1500 IU per day and my dizziness a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 0 Comments
    Maca Made Hot Flashes Disappear

    Q. Thank you for writing about maca for hot flashes. I took a capsule twice a day for a month, and my hot flashes disappeared during the day. I also used to suffer from intense night sweats, about fou…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 22, 2015 13 Comments
    Show 978: Protecting Our Eyesight

    We often take our sight for granted, and wrongly assume that there is nothing that can be done to keep vision problems from occurring. Our guest has combed the medical literature to find ways to preve…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 10 Comments
    Home Remedies: Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

    How do people discover home remedies? Who decided, for example, that nine is the correct number of gin-soaked raisins to eat each day to relieve the pain of arthritis? Who thought of daubing castor oi…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 8 Comments
    Dangerous Interactions with Warfarin (Coumadin) …

    Q. Last year I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I am now on warfarin and understand I will have to take it for the foreseeable future. I have regular blood tests to make sure my blood is clotti…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 22, 2015 2 Comments
    The Problem with Pizza

    Is pizza making our children fat? Most youngsters and a lot of adults are enthusiastic about pizza pie, with about one fifth of school-age kids consuming at least one slice on any given day. When they…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 22, 2015 5 Comments
    Salt Restriction May Not Be Helpful for All Olde…

    Sodium and salt intake continues to be controversial. No Obvious Link Between Sodium Intake and Mortality A 10-year study of 2,600 older adults in Georgia started with an assessment of how much salt t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 22, 2015 2 Comments
    Sitting Sabotages Good Health

    Some health experts have taken to calling sitting the new smoking. What they mean is that spending many waking hours working in front of a computer or relaxing in front of the television is bad for ou…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 22, 2015 0 Comments
    Healthy Habits Love Company

    Exercise is better when you have a buddy. That's the finding from a British study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The investigators queried over 3,500 couples in 2000 and have followed up with th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 22, 2015 0 Comments
    Helping the Immune System Find and Fight Cancer

    Two articles in The New England Journal of Medicine regarding a new class of anticancer drugs show substantial benefit. Nivolumab [pronounced nye vol' ue mab] is a monoclonal antibody that blocks a pr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2015 12 Comments
    How to Make a Supercharged Smoothie for Brain Po…

    Q. Joe described his morning breakfast health drink on the radio but I wasn't able to write it down. I would appreciate knowing the ingredients, quantities and process to make it. Terry indicated it o…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Is MiraLAX Safe for Children?

    Q. My 2-year-old grandson has problems with constipation, and his pediatrician has recommended MiraLAX to be taken daily. He has now been taking it for about two months. I am concerned that his pediat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Prostate Pill Leads to Stuffy Nose

    Q. Is a stuffy nose a side effect of Flomax? I can't think of any other reason my nose is so stuffed up. A. In the studies done for this drug to be approved to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 1 Comments
    Cutting Out Coffee Dried Sweaty Feet

    Q. You have occasionally written about excessively sweaty feet. I had this problem for years, but it went away when I switched from regular to decaf coffee for other reasons. Today, I can drink one cu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Anti-Anxiety Drugs Raise the Risk of Alzheimers …

    Are anti-anxiety agents and sleeping pills making us stupid? That is a question that is giving some scientists nightmares. These are among the most prescribed drugs in America. Alprazolam (Xanax) is d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 8 Comments
    Hyaluronic Acid Offers Relief for Sore Knees

    Q. I have arthritis in both knees. I probably spent at least $100 on glucosamine and chondroitin for several years. Results? Zero. Recently I spent almost $1000 on laser treatments, twelve on each kne…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 1 Comments
    Will Magnesium Lower Cholesterol?

    Q. I've always had high cholesterol and I've been taking pravastatin for a couple of years. I couldn't get my cholesterol down until I added 250 mg of magnesium daily. My last test results showed tota…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Helpful Home Remedies for Canker Sores

    Q. My husband has canker sores in his mouth all the time. The doctors we have seen say it is not curable; he just has to live with it. What can you recommend for easing the pain? We have tried many to…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2015 4 Comments
    Magical Pillow Helps Create a Good Nights Sleep

    Q. A self-confessed mail order addict, I recently ordered a pillow. It is supposedly "used by people all over Europe to prevent nasal discomfort at night." When the package arrived, it included a smal…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2015 70 Comments
    New Study Reveals Why 1 in 6 Hypothyroid Patient…

    One of the most controversial and contentious issues in endocrinology has to do with the best treatment for hypothyroidism. Most doctors insist that standard treatment with levothyroxine (L-T4, Levoth…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 15, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 977: Fighting the Flu and Coping with Anxie…

    The flu season started early this year and is now in full swing. What do you need to know about influenza to keep from becoming a sad statistic? Anti-Anxiety Medicines and the Alternatives Doctors pre…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 15, 2015 3 Comments
    FDA Is Concerned about Drug Quality

    The Food and Drug Administration has just announced a restructuring. The agency will be adding a new department, the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, to rectify some serious manufacturing problems th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 15, 2015 1 Comments
    Be Wary of BPA Substitutes

    Consumer demand has led many plastics makers to remove bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and other containers. BPA is an endocrine disruptor that mimics the action of estrogen. Scientists have worri…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 15, 2015 1 Comments
    Blueberries for Blood Pressure

    Blueberries have a reputation as a superfood, and new research confirms that they are indeed special. Nutrition scientists at Florida State University report on a placebo-controlled study that found f…