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Latest Drug Side Effect Information
Perscription drugs help millions of people improve health outcomes each year. Unfortunately, many come with undesireable, or downright unhealthy side effects. Stay in the loop with People’s Pharmacy.
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Popular Home Remedies
There’s more to creating lasting health than swallowing pills, and we’re passionate about sharing these alternatives. Does your ailment require a perscription, or just a little TLC from your garden? Find out here.
Q. I recently burned two of my fingers on a hot oven. They had already started to blister when I remembered reading about the soy sauce remedy. It was like magic: both the pain and the blisters went away quickly. The next day, I just had two small red marks. I've been fascinated with this. When my s…Read More
Q. You have written about a drugstore product to stop bleeding. Instead of WoundSeal, we use finely ground black pepper on bleeding cuts. My old friends tell me that is what they used in World War II. It is cheap and handy and we have used it to great effect. A. Don't forget first aid: apply direct …Read More
Q. I read a question from a reader who wanted to know how to stop hot flashes without taking estrogen. I myself tried absolutely everything, believe me. Finally a friend told me about Estrovera, which is made of some sort of rhubarb. After three months, my hot flashes have diminished to just occasio…Read More
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Do home remedies have a role in skin care? Dan Siegel, MD, says that dermatologists can find a lot of medicinal uses for botanical products,…
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Most of us have experienced the frustration of a phone tree that seems designed to keep us from speaking to the person who could actually…
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People's Pharmacy Health Guides
In our health guides (typically $2-$3 each) we distill years of knowledge an experience in to quick guides that you can use to make informed health choicesand take control of your treatment options.
Download this quick reference to your major health problems and treatments.
Eight pages on the pros and cons of the various medicines used to lower blood pressure. Details on non-drug approaches to blood pressure control such as diet, supplements and special foods.
Download the guide to pros and cons of popular antidepressants; advice on getting off drugs like Cymbalta, Effexor or Paxil; the connection between antidepressants and suicide. Non-drug approaches.
Drug Library Resources
Looking for more information on a drug you’ve been perscribed, or considering asking your doctor about a new medication? Brush up on the facts in our drug library.
Overview Tegretol is prescribed for the control of a variety of seizure disorders. It is also used as a special kind of pain reliever for trigeminal neuralgia which produces severe facial pain. Although the Food and Drug Administration has not approved Tegretol for other uses, doctors sometimes pres…Helps with:
Tri-Sprintec is an oral contraceptive for women. …Helps with:
Overview Glucophage is a relatively recent diabetes medicine in the U.S., although it has been available in other countries for over a decade. It is prescribed to people with NIDDM, or "adult onset" diabetes. Although it lowers blood sugar both right after meals and between meals, it works different…Helps with:
Herb Library Resources
We’ve prepared a library of information on healthy herbs, where to find them and how to use them. Get started with the articles listed below, or click ‘View Herb Library’ to explore on your own!
Kava (or kava-kava) has an important place in the cultures of many islands of the South Pacific. Traditionally, it was painstakingly prepared and consumed with great ceremony and considered a sacred drink. It was also used to greet important visitors and in other ceremonial occasions, but elders in …Helps with:
Cat's claw, or uña de gato as it is also called, has piqued many people's interest lately, first because it comes from remote and exotic rain forests, and second, because it is believed to act on the immune system. Both species referred to as cat's claw are climbing woody vines (lianas) in the Amaz…Helps with:
This small evergreen is one of several juniper species native to the northern hemisphere. It has the distinction, however, of being the principal flavoring for a commonly used alcoholic beverage, gin. The aromatic "berries" (actually cones of this evergreen) have also been used in herbal medicine fo…Helps with:
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Millions of people have an underactive thyroid gland. This is called hypothyroidism and is usually treated with synthetic thyroid hormone called levothyroxin...180 Reads TodayRead This Post
For decades American physicians prescribed beta blockers as a primary treatment for high blood pressure. When we checked a few years ago we discovered that 1...148 Reads TodayRead This Post
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