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    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2015 33 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 6 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 27 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 10 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 8 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 2 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 2 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 10 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 73 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…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 10 Comments
    Patients Detect Drug Side Effects Before FDA Doe…

    How do you know what side effects your drug can cause? If you ask doctors or pharmacists, they will often consult the official prescribing information sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration. T…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 14 Comments
    Why Does Benadryl Wake Her Up?

    Most medications have expected results. And most of the time, people respond in predictable ways. But every so often, someone reacts quite differently. With respect to diphenydramine (DPH), this parad…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 1 Comments
    Stop Collecting People’s Pharmacy Home Rem…

    For many years we have been hearing from readers of our syndicated newspaper column that they clip articles they find intriguing. Sometimes they send them to friends or family members. Other times the…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 2 Comments
    Is Ginseng Safe for Cancer Patient?

    Mixing alternative remedies such as herbs with prescription drugs for treating serious problems such as cancer can be risky. It is always a good idea to check with the oncology team to see if they kno…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 9 Comments
    Elimination Diet and Home Remedies for Rosacea

    Dietary Changes Made a Difference Q. I was diagnosed with menopause-onset rosacea. For more than a year, the area around my nose, mouth and chin looked like I had been in a fire. It was raw and inflam…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 6 Comments
    Probiotics Solved Problem of Bowel Movements Tha…

    We have heard from a number of mothers whose children suffer embarrassment because their bowel movements are so large they clog the toilet. It always makes sense to check in with the pediatrician and …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 10 Comments
    Almonds to Lower Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

    We love it when our listeners tell us about simple, easy ways to achieve health goals. That's why we were pleased to learn about almonds to lower cholesterol and blood sugar. We were even more delight…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 4 Comments
    Cortisone Shot Won’t Help Tennis Player…

    When sore joints start complaining, it can be tempting to grab for whatever will give the quickest relief and let you get back to your favorite activities. Sometimes that's not the best strategy. Pain…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 16, 2015 10 Comments
    Show 999: Meditation and Yoga as Tools for Healt…

    At one time, most Americans were mystified by meditation and wary of yoga. There is now increasing recognition that both meditation and yoga can have profound health effects. Meditation and the Brain …

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2015 30 Comments
    Should Half of All Adult Americans Take Statins?

    The headlines this week proclaimed that healthy American adults should be taking statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. Studies published in JAMA support controversial guidelines from influential ca…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 16, 2015 2 Comments
    Real World Results Differ from Drug Studies

    People who are recruited to participate in studies of antidepressant medications may not represent typical depressed patients. According to a new study, subjects in clinical trials of antidepressants …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 16, 2015 7 Comments
    Could Benzodiazepines Make PTSD Worse?

    Psychiatrists often prescribe anti-anxiety drugs such as alprazolam or lorazepam for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. This can be brought on by terrible accidents, physic…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 16, 2015 7 Comments
    Health Professionals Work Even When They Are Sic…

    Doctors often advise their patients to stay home when they are ill, so they don't spread their germs to healthy people. If only health professionals took their own advice! A study conducted at the Chi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 16, 2015 1 Comments
    Formaldehyde Exposure May Boost Risk of ALS

    Epidemiologists reviewing occupations and the risk of disease got a surprise: Morticians appear to be at much higher risk of developing a rare but devastating neurological condition called amyotrophic…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 16, 2015 22 Comments
    More Drug Recalls From India – Do You Trus…

    The overwhelming majority of generic drugs are now made abroad. India supplies a large proportion of those formulations. In recent days two large Indian drug companies have received bad news from the …

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 13, 2015 10 Comments
    Drug Interaction Could Lead to Disastrous Osteop…

    Doctors may not always keep up with the latest research on drug side effects. To an extent, that is understandable. A busy family practice physician, internist or OB/GYN may have to see more than 20 p…