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In This Issue:

This Week on PeoplesPharmacy.com
Featured Q&A
Featured Home Remedy
Hormone Therapy Raises Risk of Cancer
Cholesterol Drugs Zetia and Vytorin Under Fire
Calcium May Help Bones and Hurt Heart
Chocolate Weakens Old Bones
Vitamin D Prevents Falls
Emergency Room Waits Grow Longer


Free Podcast Of The People's Pharmacy Radio Show

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Best Choices from The People's Pharmacy

We are pleased to announce a new edition of our book, Best Choices from The People's Pharmacy. Best Choices is filled with natural healing approaches for dozens of common conditions including:

  • arthritis
  • high blood pressure
  • constipation
  • insomnia
  • diabetes
  • leg cramps
  • headaches
  • menopause
  • heartburn
  • nail fungus
  • high cholesterol
  • osteoporosis

We also rate prescription drugs so you can get the best buys for your money. Best Choices is packed with remedies that will surprise you, statistics that will shock you, ratings to help assess your treatment options and drug information that could save your life. Purchases from the web site receive over a 25% discount off the list price of $31.95.

This special edition (524 pages) is not available in any bookstore. It contains an expansion of our People's Pharmacy Favorite Picks (home remedies) and a new chapter on Desert Island Drugs and Dietary Supplements. Some of the country's leading experts have contributed their insights on the best treatments for what ails you. This edition is not in stores or on other Internet sites. It is only available from Rodale Books and directly from The People's Pharmacy.

http://ppcart.fountainshosting.com/p-249-best-choices-from-the-peoples-pharmacy.aspx


This Week on PeoplesPharmacy.com:

This Week's Radio Show: 664 Dietary Supplements
Vitamin and mineral supplements are popular, but do they make sense? Many people have been told that taking vitamins just results in expensive urine. Find out which vitamins really make a difference—you may be surprised.Dr. Tieraona Low Dog is one...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/radio_shows/664_dietary_supplements.php

Can Earl Grey Tea Cause Muscle Cramps?
Q. I have a colostomy and was advised to get plenty of fluids. I began drinking quantities of Earl Grey tea, my favorite. Since I started drinking this tea, I’ve suffered many painful finger and foot cramps at night. I...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/herb_home_remedy_qa/can_earl_grey_tea_cause_muscle_cramps.php

Watching Out For Statin Interactions
Q. My mother-in-law is 86 years old and in reasonably good health. Several months ago, she started complaining about increased pain and seemed very weak and confused. Within a month, she could not walk and was forced to leave her...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/pharmacy_qa/watching_out_for_statin_interactions.php

Stinging Nettle For Allergy Relief
Q. A friend found a mention of nettle leaf for allergy relief in your book and passed it along. It works wonderfully. It has also worked for others. A student in one of my college classes told me that he...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/herb_home_remedy_qa/stinging_nettle_for_allergy_relief.php

Extended Interview with Dr. Ned Hallowell
In this extended interview, Dr. Edward Hallowell discusses diagnosis and non-drug treatments of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. You will hear about the benefits of sleep, diet, exercise and supplements such as fish oil, as well as the use of biofeedback...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/audio_files/extended_interview_with_dr_ned_hallowell.php

Can Vinegar Disinfect Counters?
Q. I have a three-year-old and am expecting a new baby in a few weeks. I hate to use harsh chemicals to clean our house, and usually rely on good old soap and hot water, sometimes with vinegar or baking...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/pharmacy_qa/can_vinegar_disinfect_counters.php

Kiwi Fruit Conquers Canker Sores
Q. I've always been susceptible to getting canker sores in my mouth so when I heard that kiwi fruit could make them go away quickly, I had to try. Wow! It was gone in 2 days. I had another one...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/herb_home_remedy_qa/kiwi_fruit_conquers_canker_sores.php

Is Death An Acceptable Drug Side Effect?
Would you take a medicine that listed death as a possible side effect? Lots of people do. If you read drug ads in popular magazines, you might end up wondering who would ever beg a doctor for a prescription. Abilify...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/editorial/is_death_an_acceptable_drug_side_effect.php

Testosterone To Boost Libido In Women?
Q. What do you know about compounded testosterone cream? I am a 64-year-old woman with a very low libido. A friend of a friend uses this cream before sex, applying it to the inner thighs. She has great results with...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/pharmacy_qa/testosterone_to_boost_libido_in_women.php

Can A Relaxing Soak Give You A Rash?
Q. I enjoy using my outdoor hot tub in the winter, but I get an itchy rash on my legs. I think it is eczema. How can I continue to enjoy my spa? A. You may have “hot tub folliculitis.”...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/pharmacy_qa/can_a_relaxing_soak_give_you_a_rash.php

Kan Jang For Colds
Q. I am curious about a natural dietary supplement. It is Kan Jang (Andrographis paniculata) from the Swedish Herbal Institute. What is your opinion of using this to treat colds and prevent respiratory infections during the cold and flu season?...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/herb_home_remedy_qa/kan_jang_for_colds.php


Featured Q & A

Stop Sweat to Overcome Aroma
Q. When our daughter came home from college over the holidays she complained bitterly about her smelly feet. Whenever she took her shoes off the rest of us complained too. Do you have any suggestions for how to eliminate this odor?

A. Moisture is the biggest culprit. Bacteria that cause odor love to feast on sweat. One possibility is to have her apply antiperspirant to clean dry feet. Another is to have her soak her feet in a strong tea solution (5 tea bags in a quart of water).

One family doc prescribes an erythromycin suspension (125 mg/5 ml) to be rubbed on the feet every night for 10 days.


Featured Home Remedy

Banana Peel Conquers Wart
My son had a small wart on his left index finger. We applied a tiny piece of banana peel just once daily before bedtime. (Seven year olds need to bend their fingers during the day.) I didn't expect to see results as quickly as we did.

You can read more home remedies on our website:
http://www.peoplespharmacy.org/archives/home_remedies/index.php


Health Headlines:

Hormone Therapy Raises Risk of Cancer
Women may need to re-evaluate their use of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms. At one time, many women were encouraged to take estrogen and progestin to help manage hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances and other problems that occur during menopause. Doctors also believed that the hormones would strengthen bones and prevent heart attacks. Then the Women's Health Initiative showed that long-term use of HRT increased the risk of cardiovascular problems. Some studies suggested, however, that short-term use of hormones was relatively risk free. Now a new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center demonstrates that just three years of HRT can triple a woman's risk of certain breast cancers. The investigators suggest that hormone replacement therapy may be partially responsible for the rather substantial increase in ductal-lobular breast cancer over the last two decades. Last year, 57 million prescriptions were filled for HRT.
[Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, Jan. 2008]
http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/17/1/43

Cholesterol Drugs Zetia and Vytorin Under Fire
A study that was supposed to demonstrate the advantages of two highly promoted cholesterol-lowering drugs produced disappointing results. Ezetimibe [uh-ZEH-tuh-mib], is sold under the brand name Zetia and as part of a combination drug called Vytorin. The two-year study found that the drug lowered cholesterol quite effectively. For example, Vytorin brought bad LDL cholesterol down by 58 percent. Instead of reducing plaque buildup in carotid arteries, however, the drug actually seemed to accelerate plaque development compared to the ingredient in Zocor. Cardiologist Steve Nissen, MD, was shocked by these results and suggests that millions may be taking a drug with little if any benefit and potentially serious side effects. No one should discontinue either Zetia or Vytorin without consulting a physician, but doctors should be looking closely at the unexpected results from this study.

Calcium May Help Bones and Hurt Heart
Another unexpected finding has to do with calcium. Physicians have been encouraging women to increase their calcium intake to strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis. Now a study from New Zealand suggests that high doses of calcium may not be so good for the heart. The investigators followed more than 1400 postmenopausal women for five years. One group took in roughly 850 mg of calcium daily from their diet and a placebo pill. The other group added 1000 mg of calcium as a dietary supplement, for a total of 1860 mg of calcium. The women on calcium supplements were 50 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack during the study. Although the results did not reach statistical significance, the principal investigator cautions that women over 70 and those with heart disease should limit their total calcium intake from food or pills to 1000 mg. This recommendation has been met with skepticism from osteoporosis researchers in the U.S.
[British Medical Journal, online Jan. 15, 2008]

Chocolate Weakens Old Bones
Another set of researchers has also found that heart and bones may have different needs. Several studies have shown that dark chocolate rich in flavonoids has benefits for blood pressure. But research on more than 1400 older women found that those who ate chocolate daily had lower bone density. Because higher bone density is linked to stronger bones and reduced risk of fracture, this result is worrisome. The scientists suggest that oxalate-rich chocolate may interfere with the absorption of calcium needed for bone strength.
[American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan. 2008]
http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/87/1/175

Vitamin D Prevents Falls
Vitamin D has been shown to help build strong bones. Now an Australian study confirms that supplementation reduces the risk of falls that can cause fractures. The investigators studied more than 300 women between the ages of 70 and 90 in Perth, Australia. All had a history of falling and low blood levels of vitamin D. They were randomized to receive placebo pills or 1000 international units of vitamin D2 daily. Those who received the supplement for one year were 19 percent less likely to fall. The study shows that vitamin D2 can be an effective way to prevent falls.
[Arch Intern Med., Jan. 14, 2008]
http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/168/1/103

Emergency Room Waits Grow Longer
If you have had to use an emergency room lately, you may have thought the wait was interminable. It wasn't your imagination. A new study suggests that wait times in emergency departments have increased over the last decade. Most frightening, even people with heart attacks have had to wait longer...as much as 150 percent longer. This is because there are fewer emergency departments but more people using them.
[Health Affairs, Jan. 15, 2008]
http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/hlthaff.27.2.w84v1

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I have osteoporosis. I took Actonel for 2 years and then spat up blood upon awakening 2 days in a row following my weekly pill. That was 2 years ago. Stopped pill and have not taken any other osteo meds since. I just had blood work and the only problem was low Vit. D. Doc put me on 50,000 units weekly for 3 mos. (Started today). I was terrified until I read your site regarding it. I do not take any other meds. I do take 1500 mgs. of calcium daily (& had been taking 800 of D). I'm 70. Do you think 1500 mgs. too much????

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