Trusted for unbiased health information since 1976

We aim to help you make informed decisions about both traditional and alternative treatments.

People's Pharmacy video
    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 2 Comments
    The Right Dose of Gin and Raisins

    Q. You must be tired of questions about gin-soaked raisins to ease arthritis pain, but I have a question regarding the dose of nine raisins. I bought a national brand of raisins and discovered they we…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 1 Comments
    Did Cholesterol Drug Take the Joy Out of Sex?

    Q. I am a healthy 53-year-old man with high cholesterol. I take atorvastatin to keep it under control. Soon after starting on this drug I noticed that my erections were softer. Cialis solved that prob…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 0 Comments
    All Our Favorite Home Remedies in One Place

    Q. I have been saving your columns for years, but my filing and retrieval system is not perfect. Do you have a book of home remedies I could refer to when I have a problem instead of rummaging through…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 3 Comments
    Sore Infected Finger Responds to Lambs Ear Leaf

    Q. By chance, I applied a fresh "lambs ear" leaf to a chronically sore finger. Within minutes, there was complete relief, and now I apply a leaf nightly. What do you know about this? A. Lamb's ear is …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 2 Comments
    Generic Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing

    Generic drugs are supposed to be inexpensive alternatives to pricey brand name medications. But in recent months there has been a surge in the price of some generic drugs, making them absurdly expensi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 3 Comments
    Home-made Concoction Fights Constipation

    Q. My husband is bed-ridden at home. He has always been constipated, even when eating vegetables and fruit. When he got sick I experimented with this recipe and it works great against constipation. Oa…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 4 Comments
    Heartburn from High-Dose Vitamin D

    Q. My doctor prescribed 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly because a blood test showed I am deficient. This pill gives me heartburn, and it seems like a big dose. Is there any reason I can't take a smaller…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 3 Comments
    Turmeric Triggered Allergic Reaction

    Q. I think I am having an allergic reaction to turmeric. After taking it for two days, I have broken out in red spots all over my stomach. I have been taking Benadryl pills every four hours for a day.…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 14 Comments
    Caring for Cracked Fingertips

    Q. I never suffered from split fingertips before, but I finally understand why people complain. My index finger has split open along the edge of the nail. It hurts to button my shirt or to use the com…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2014 12 Comments
    Should You Give Up On Aspirin?

    The aspirin headlines were grim. If you read no further you would conclude that aspirin is a bust when it comes to heart health. Here is just a small sampling of the spin on the latest aspirin study: …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 2 Comments
    Show 971: Conquering the Root Causes of Chronic …

    According to a new global survey, older adults in the United States take more drugs for more chronic health problems than seniors in ten other countries. Why do so many people suffer with chronic illn…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 7 Comments
    Baby, It’s Cold Outside and Our Skin is Su…

    The weather has been atrocious, just in case you haven't noticed. A friend in Buffalo has sent us photos that make us very glad we live in North Carolina. But even in the south, the weather has been u…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 6 Comments
    Saturated Fat in Diet Didn’t Raise Fat in …

    For decades, Americans have been warned to strictly limit the amount of saturated fat in their diets. Sat fat is found in butter, cheese and meat, as well as coconut oil. The assumption has been that …

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 8 Comments
    Skeptical Rheumatologist Wants Info on Turmeric …

    Q. I have osteoarthritis and recently became unable to take NSAIDs due to a spike in my liver enzymes and a family history of heart disease. Then I read in a recent column of People's Pharmacy that tu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 1 Comments
    How Well Does HDL Work?

    We frequently refer to high-density lipoprotein, aka HDL, as "good" cholesterol. But a study just published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that this is an oversimplification. Scientis…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 4 Comments
    Running Keeps Knees Moving

    People who love to run will probably keep running regardless of the health outcomes, but others who are more ambivalent may worry about bringing on osteoarthritis in their knees with overuse. Research…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Benefit-Risk Balance Tricky after Stent

    When people develop significant blockage in the arteries that feed the heart, doctors often perform percutaneous coronary intervention of PCI. In this procedure, a tiny balloon-tipped catheter is thre…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 0 Comments
    NSAID with Anticoagulant Raises Risk of Bleeding

    A Danish study has found that a common combination of medications can increase the possibility of serious or even lethal hemorrhage. People with the irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Have You Read One of the Best Books of 2014?

    The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon has just been named "one of the best books of 2014" by Kirkus Reviews. Wow! What an incredible honor! And that's not just proud parents talking. Kirkus has been revi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2014 13 Comments
    FDA Drops a Bombshell on Slow-Release Generic Dr…

    The Food and Drug Administration's announcement last week that two generic Concerta formulations might not work as well as the brand name medication has rekindled questions about the FDA's generic dru…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 14 Comments
    Black Pepper Boosts Turmeric’s Benefits

    Q. I have read that turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, so I've been taking it for several years. I read online that turmeric needs black pepper to activate the ingredients in it. I had nev…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 3 Comments
    L-Lysine to Prevent Cold Sores

    Q. For years I was plagued with at least two annual bouts of cold sores. One outbreak occurred during a visit to New Zealand. I went to a pharmacy for Zovirax, since it was available there without a p…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 5 Comments
    Lowering Triglycerides Along with Cholesterol

    Q. Since August I have eaten 40 pounds of oatmeal. (I consumed a half cup per day with Splenda and walnuts.) My cholesterol dropped 70 points, but my triglycerides are still out of sight. Are there an…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 9 Comments
    Handling White Coat Hypertension

    Q. My blood pressure at home is normal without medication (110/68). I take it with a BP machine checked by a cardiologist. In a medical setting, it's sky high and doctors get upset. I have been prescr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 17 Comments
    Scary Reaction to Flu Shot

    Q. I was given a flu shot at a routine doctor visit. Afterwards, I didn't feel well. I went to bed early and slept for over 11 hours. The following day, I began to have difficulty breathing. I thought…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 6 Comments
    Soap Under the Sheets Can Forestall Foot Cramps

    Q. I get horrible toe and feet cramps, mostly during the day but sometimes at night. My toes take on a twisted life of their own. Walking it off doesn't help. Last night my toes and feet were cramping…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 4 Comments
    Keeping Lips Comfortable in Cold Weather

    Lips take a beating at this time of year. When the weather turns cold and dry, lips chap and crack. Dermatologists call this condition cheilitis. Readers sometimes refer to it as "clown mouth." Whatev…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 5 Comments
    Natural Approaches or Pharmaceuticals for What A…

    Q. For my entire life I have relied primarily upon vitamins, herbs and a variety of dietary supplements to stay healthy. I have avoided most drugs, except aspirin. Now my doctor is telling me that I r…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 10 Comments
    Show 970: Health News Update on Hydrocodone and …

    Hydrocodone Painkillers Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration changed its classification of hydrocodone containing pain relievers. The new rules will make it more difficult for some patients…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 34 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice or Thalidomide for Canker Sores

    Q. I am desperate for a remedy for canker sores. My mouth is just full of them and they are so painful I am having trouble eating. This has been going on for months. My doctor prescribed Aphthasol but…