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    By: Joe Graedon February 1, 2015 0 Comments
    Where Can I Find A List of Anticholinergic Drugs…

    Q. I listened to your recent interview on the radio with Dr. Shelly Gray about drugs that might increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. I am not sure of the spelling, but I believe you c…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2015 3 Comments
    Announcing Our New Print Newsletter with Simple …

    As a subscriber to our e-mail newsletter, you value the information you receive from us about breaking health news and tried and true remedies you can make at home. Now, you have the opportunity to su…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 8 Comments
    Show 979: Health News Update on Defending the Br…

    Taking medications that affect brain chemicals can alter our risk of developing dementia. Find out which prescription and over-the-counter drugs are associated with a greater risk of an Alzheimer's di…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 8 Comments
    Sexy Seniors Looking for Vaginal Lubrication

    Q. Contrary to the belief of younger people, we seniors still enjoy sex. However we are finding that it has become more difficult because of a lack of sufficient lubrication. We are in excellent healt…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 3 Comments
    Green Coffee Bean Ads Are Judged Misleading

    The Federal Trade Commission has barred misleading advertisements for green coffee bean extract as a weight loss product. As part of the FTC settlement, the companies that were selling the supplements…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 0 Comments
    Researchers: Testosterone Is Good for the Heart

    Previous studies have linked testosterone replacement therapy to an increased risk for cardiovascular complications. Now an in-depth analysis of testosterone research carried out between 1940 and 2014…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 1 Comments
    Football Concussions Can Cause Lasting Brain Dam…

    A team of investigators at Johns Hopkins has put nine former NFL football players through a battery of high-tech tests, including PET scans and MRIs of the brain. The men, between 57 and 74 years old,…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 0 Comments
    Smart Phone Diagnosed Heart Rhythm Change

    Smart phones have become valuable diagnostic tools, especially for cardiologists. A case study published in JAMA Internal Medicine describes a 62-year-old-man who began to feel faint during daily exer…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 2 Comments
    Generic Competition Appears for Nexium

    The purple pill, also known as Nexium, has just gotten nose-to-nose competition. The FDA has recently approved the first generic formulation of esomeprazole. The manufacturer will be Ivax, a subsidiar…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 29, 2015 3 Comments
    Viruses Lurking in Gut May Contribute to Disease

    Recent research has generated intense interest in the bacterial ecology of the human digestive tract. The ability to analyze the collected DNA of gut denizens has allowed scientists to recognize how c…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2015 7 Comments
    Why Do Most Doctors Disrespect Natural Medicine?

    Many doctors look down their noses at natural medicine. They didn't learn about such therapies in medical school and they perceive this "alternative" approach as unscientific. Yet every day physicians…

    By: Joe Graedon January 27, 2015 27 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 17 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 31 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 3 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 7 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 6 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…