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    By: The People's Pharmacy February 28, 2015 0 Comments
    Show 983: Intriguing Approaches to Overcoming De…

    Antidepressant medications have become part of popular culture ever since Prozac came on the market in the mid-1980s. Only those who have weathered a suicidal crisis themselves or watched a loved one …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 23, 2015 17 Comments
    Are Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Salt Really D…

    Doctors today pride themselves on practicing "evidence-based medicine." That means using the best scientific data derived from research to make recommendations for policy and treatment. When it comes …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 23, 2015 4 Comments
    Caffeine in her Night Cream Was Waking Her Up

    Q. As an active, fit woman in my 50s, I found it increasingly hard to sleep at night. I would go to bed exhausted and finally fall asleep, only to awaken one hour later, unable to get back to sleep. I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 23, 2015 19 Comments
    Can Raisins at Bedtime Reduce Nighttime Bathroom…

    Q. A while back I read in your column that eating raisins before bedtime could control nighttime trips to the bathroom. For the past three years I have suffered from urgency urination. My physician pr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 5 Comments
    Is Premarin Vaginal Cream Too Risky for Cancer S…

    Q. I was diagnosed with uterine and ovarian cancer last year. After a complete hysterectomy and months of chemo, I talked to my GYN/oncologist about vaginal dryness. He prescribed Premarin cream. He s…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 2 Comments
    Don’t Double Up on Statins

    Q. Is it harmful to take Crestor and red yeast rice together? My doctor prescribed Crestor, but I have also been taking red yeast rice. I would like to get my cholesterol level low enough so I would n…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 0 Comments
    Bitters Are Not Just for the Bartender

    Q. A friend told me that Swedish bitters were used historically for digestion. For the past couple of months I've been using the bitters to relieve my indigestion. Do you know about Swedish bitters? I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 6 Comments
    Too Little Vitamin B6 Can Lead to Nerve Damage

    Q. I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in September. I could barely walk. My feet felt swollen, like I had a pair of water-balloons strapped to the soles of my feet. I couldn't feel the ground …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 2 Comments
    Show 982: Smart Phone Medicine — A Doctor …

    Many people currently carry around tiny but powerful computers in their hip pockets or pocketbooks. We use our smart phones to check our bank accounts, keep up with our friends or get a weather report…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 7 Comments
    Sore Throat Misdiagnosis Could Kill Teenagers

    Doctors are taught that a really bad sore throat should be cultured to determine whether it is caused by a group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection (aka strep throat). If the test comes back pos…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 12 Comments
    Hot Flashes May Bother Women for Many Years

    Doctors used to tell women they'd be done with hot flashes and other troublesome menopausal symptoms within a couple of years, but new research offers a more disturbing and accurate answer. In a 17-ye…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 2 Comments
    Will Mindfulness Meditation Solve Seniors’…

    Trouble sleeping is a common problem for senior citizens, but as we have written, sleep medications have serious drawbacks for older adults. A study of nearly 50 older Californians found that a non-dr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 12 Comments
    Glucosamine and Chondroitin Measure Up to Celebr…

    Glucosamine and chondroitin are popular supplements for joint pain, but several US studies of these compounds have been disappointing. Even though many people report benefit when they take glucosamine…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 1 Comments
    If You Need Just One Diet Rule, Here It Is

    People who find complicated dietary guidelines daunting can benefit by following just one. According to a new study, increasing fiber intake offers multiple health benefits. Investigators in Massachus…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Tracking Activity with a Phone App

    Exercise has so many health benefits they might be difficult to count: weight control, mood improvement, blood pressure regulation and others. But the proliferation of devices to help you keep track o…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 4 Comments
    Why 9 Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis?

    Q. I've been taking gin-soaked raisins for over two months. I don't know whether or not they are helping my knee joints, but I don't care. They are delicious. There's only one thing: I don't have a cl…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 8 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Don’t Protect Intestines f…

    Warning: This is a man bites dog story. In other words, it contradicts conventional wisdom. Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm th…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 12 Comments
    Jublia Fights Nail Fungus, at a Price

    Q. I've had fungus in all my toenails since the summer I spent three weeks hiking through snow. Most of my toenails and the outer skin of my feet sloughed off then, about 44 years ago. I asked my phy…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 6 Comments
    Better Thyroid Treatment to Banish Fatigue

    Q. My thyroid gland was removed and I have been on Synthroid or generic levothyroxine for more than 20 years. Although I am 52, I feel 20 years older. I am always tired and my muscles ache. One doctor…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 8 Comments
    The Latest on the Supplement Scandal

    Q. Testing done on supplements from Target, Walgreens, Walmart and GNC revealed that they were bogus. Is there any way a consumer can determine what is in these things? A. The investigation by the New…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 5 Comments
    Patient Overcomes High Blood Pressure Without Lo…

    Q. My doctor prescribed drugs to treat my high blood pressure and also suggested a low salt diet. My blood pressure stubbornly remained somewhat high. I talked to the nurse and he suggested not worryi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 6 Comments
    Nutmeg Is an Odd Home Remedy for Styes

    Q. My mother has a remedy for styes that I am not sure you know. We have used it in our family for over 60 years. To get rid of a stye, swallow one-quarter teaspoon of nutmeg two days in a row. The st…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 37 Comments
    Show 981: Old-Fashioned Food

    For decades, the diet dictocrats have warned us to back away from the butter, minimize the meat and skimp on the salt. The recommended menu might not taste terrific, but it was supposed to prevent hea…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 23 Comments
    People Get Testy About Pooping Posture

    A few months ago we wrote about toilet posture and the value of squatting. Here is a link to the article titled "Are You Pooping the Wrong Way?" We posed the question, "Have toilets contributed to GI …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 8 Comments
    New Dietary Guidelines May Be Less Strict

    There will soon be new guidelines for America's dietary habits, and there may be a few changes from the old ones. Early reports from the advisory committee that will make recommendations to the Depart…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 3 Comments
    How Low Should LDL Cholesterol Go?

    New cholesterol guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association came out in 2013. They stirred up quite a controversy in medical circles. Many cardiologists were …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 4 Comments
    Modest Mercury Levels Linked to Autoimmune Condi…

    Pregnant women have long been warned to avoid eating fish high in mercury, such as tilefish, king mackerel or swordfish. That is because methylmercury can interfere with nervous system development in …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 17 Comments
    Brutal Winter Causes Excruciating Dry Skin

    Q. I live in the Midwest and this has been a brutal winter. Being outside has been terrible for my skin. My hands and knuckles are dry, cracked and look like elephant skin. The fingertips are so sore …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 3 Comments
    Sleep Deprivation Damages the Body: Napping Can …

    Poor sleep is a major problem in today's world, with nearly 30 percent of adults sleeping less than six hours a night on average. Inadequate sleep can contribute to insulin resistance, a precursor to …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 0 Comments
    Childhood Vitamin D Affects Adult Arteries

    Children with low levels of vitamin D may grow up to be adults with atherosclerotic plaque clogging their arteries, according to a 25-year long study from Finland. More than 2,000 children were enroll…