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    By: The People's Pharmacy August 3, 2015 0 Comments
    Lemon Juice Soothed the Pain of a Hornet Sting

    What do you do when you get stung by a bee, wasp, hornet or yellow jacket? There has been significant medical research devoted to the life-threatening problem of allergic reactions to such stings. Peo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 3, 2015 0 Comments
    Finding Sunscreens That Don’t Make You Itc…

    Dermatologists frequently remind us that applying sunscreen should be part of our daily routine, just like washing our hands or brushing our teeth. That's the best way to protect the skin both from su…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 3, 2015 0 Comments
    Doctors Lead Protest Against High Cancer Drug Pr…

    The pharmaceutical industry has finally gone too far. Drug companies have bitten the hands that feed them. Oncologists are furious about the unconscionable costs of cancer drugs. In the Mayo Clinic Pr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 3, 2015 0 Comments
    Is Soy Milk Unsafe for the Thyroid?

    What should you eat when you are diagnosed with a condition such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)? Doctors rarely offer advice on this question, partly because they often have little background…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 3, 2015 3 Comments
    Gabapentin for Pain Drove Patient to Brink of Su…

    How could a medicine that is supposed to relieve pain make someone suicidal? Turns out it happens far more often than most health professionals realize. If physicians and pharmacists do not warn patie…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 2, 2015 0 Comments
    Is Tonic Water Really Toxic?

    Tonic water, that "curiously refreshing" drink that is the classic accompaniment to gin, has a long history as a medicinal beverage. Even its name hints at that history-tonic implies healing propertie…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 2, 2015 0 Comments
    Going Barefoot Cleared Up Athlete’s Foot

    Athlete's foot is a very common skin problem, causing itching and sometimes discomfort. The skin between the toes or elsewhere on the foot sometimes becomes very irritated and peels or cracks, which …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 39 Comments
    Which New Directions Would You Like to Explore?

    When you come to The People's Pharmacy, what are you hoping to find? We try to choose the most important, relevant, and unexpected health stories that we think would interest you, our reader. We know …

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2015 3 Comments
    Summer Sale for Women’s Aluminum-Free MoM …

    Have you been looking for a way to control body odor during hot humid weather? Do aluminum-containing antiperspirants irritate your underarms? We have an alternative--milk of magnesia or MoM Deodorant…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2015 18 Comments
    The Fuss Over Amalgam Fillings Intensifies

    In our last newsletter we discussed an investigative report from Greg Gordon titled "Health Officials Kill Proposal to Curb Mercury Dental Fillings." Mr. Gordon pointed out that the FDA was poised to …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 2 Comments
    Show 1001: Natural Approaches to Summer Skin Car…

    People have been using plants to take care of skin problems for hundreds or thousands of years. Which natural products really work? Our expert guests discuss the power of a fresh aloe vera leaf to hel…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 9 Comments
    Beet Juice Boosts Endurance

    Beet juice may be the new exercise boost athletes are seeking. It is unlikely that sports associations will ban beet juice as a performance enhancing substance, but a small study from Korea suggests t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 1 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Lifestyle Lower Triglycerid…

    We've heard a lot about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for heart disease. A new review of the research goes beyond olive oil to look at the effects of other components of a Mediterranean lifes…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 1 Comments
    Skipping Breakfast Destabilizes Blood Sugar

    People with type 2 diabetes have to be very thoughtful about what and when they eat. That's because food has a profound impact on blood sugar levels. A new study suggests that skipping breakfast could…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 1 Comments
    Insulin Resistance Raises the Risk for Alzheimer…

    The insulin resistance that accompanies type 2 diabetes puts the brain at risk for Alzheimer's disease, according to a study from Wisconsin. How the Scientists Learned about the Risk for Alzheimer's D…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 2 Comments
    Drug Companies Delay Reporting Drug Reactions Th…

    When a drug company finds out that one of its medications caused a serious or unexpected reaction, it has 15 days to report the case to the Food and Drug Administration. How well do pharmaceutical fir…

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2015 46 Comments
    The Dental Fillings Cover-Up and the FDA

    Did you know that the FDA proposed restricting mercury amalgam dental fillings back in 2011? If that comes as a surprise, don't feel bad. We didn't know about it either, and we pay close attention to …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 7 Comments
    Tart Cherries Excel in Marathon Competition

    Dedicated athletes of many stripes often rely on "vitamin I"-ibuprofen. (The other OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, naproxen, may be nearly as popular but lacks a snappy moniker.) We have hear…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 30 Comments
    Rules for Relieving Poison Ivy Suffering

    There is a hidden hazard lurking in woods, parks or even your back yard. Poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac covers nearly the entire North American continent. These plants make a resin called urus…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 12 Comments
    Watch Out for Nasty Neosporin Reaction

    Does a bad reaction hurt more when you applied the offending substance deliberately to help with healing? It may not, but certainly the knowledge that the problem might have been avoided can be gratin…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 13 Comments
    Getting Off PPIs Can Be a Challenge

    Medications such as omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and many others are termed proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They shut down cells in the stomach that produce aci…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 3 Comments
    Benefits and Drawbacks of St. John’s Wort

    Like many of our readers, we are always delighted to learn that a natural product may work as well as a pharmaceutical for a particular problem. It is always important to remember that most compounds…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 4 Comments
    Listerine Cleared Up Angular Cheilitis

    Have you ever suffered with painful cracks at the corners of the mouth that just wouldn't go away? This condition has a lot of different names, which can be confusing. Some call it angular cheilitis. …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 23, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 1000: Celebrating Home Remedies and Common …

    This is the thousandth episode of The People's Pharmacy, and we are celebrating. We invited local listeners who support our host station, North Carolina Public Radio, WUNC, to join us for a live perfo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2015 75 Comments
    Devastating and Surprising Side Effects of Cipro…

    Over 20 million people take a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones annually for everything from sinusitis and urinary tract infections to bronchitis and skin infections. Two of the most famous…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Coffee Lovers Are at Lower Risk for Diabetes

    Don't feel guilty about enjoying a couple of cups of coffee each day. A Greek study has just confirmed what previous research has suggested: coffee lovers are at reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. Epid…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 23, 2015 3 Comments
    Marijuana Ingredient Helps Bones Heal Faster

    New research in rats suggests that marijuana contains a compound that can help broken bones heal faster. This claim sounds sensational, but Israeli scientists used cannabidiol, a chemical that does n…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 23, 2015 3 Comments
    Bystanders Using Defibrillators Can Save Lives

    You may have noticed defibrillator stations in airports, sports arenas and other public places and wondered if bystanders using defibrillators can really make a difference when someone has a heart att…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 23, 2015 1 Comments
    Aerobic Exercise Reduces Asthma Severity

    New research shows an old-fashioned,affordable approach can help patients control symptoms of moderate to severe asthma. Apparently, aerobic exercise reduces asthma severity. The trial included 43 adu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Americans Get Too Little Fresh Produce in their …

    Most of us are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How Much Fresh Produce Should You Eat? The recommended intake is one and a ha…