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This Week's Radio Show: 759 Health News Update
Hypertension is called the silent killer. While there are many medications that can help get blood pressure under control, it can be difficult for a person and her health care provider to find one without distressing side effects. A natural...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/20/759-health-news-update/
Thyroid Problem Complicates Treatment
Q. My doctor recently told me that my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is high and that this means I have hypothyroidism. She wants me to have more blood work done to measure my T3 and T4 levels. I have no...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/18/thyroid-problem-complicates-treatment/
Is Petroleum Jelly in the Nose Safe?
Q. I get nosebleeds when the furnace runs a lot in the winter. I think it is the dry air. My doctor recommended that I use Vaseline in my nose to keep it moistened. I think I read in your...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/17/is-petroleum-jelly-in-the-nose-safe/
Sauerkraut Remedy Heals Canker Sore
Q. My favorite home remedy is sauerkraut for canker sores. If I feel one coming on, I put a wad of chopped sauerkraut on the area, hold it there for a minute, then chew it and swallow. I do this...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/16/sauerkraut-remedy-heals-canker-sore/
Cipro, Floxin and Levaquin Cause Chaos
Our first concern about fluoroquinolone antibiotics occurred in July of 1994 when we received the following question from a reader of our newspaper column: "I often have side effects from medicines, but have never experienced anything like Floxin. I took...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/15/cipro-floxin-and-levaquin-cause-chaos/

Health Headlines:

Regular Aspirin Use May Help Prevent Cancer Spread

Aspirin may be good for women with breast cancer. Data from the large, long-term Harvard study of women called the Nurses' Health Study indicate that women taking aspirin when they are diagnosed with early stage breast cancer halve their risk...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/16/regular-aspirin-use-may-help-prevent-cancer-spread/

New Rules for Powerful Anemia Drugs
A few years ago drugs such as Procrit for chemotherapy-related anemia were advertised on television. Viewers were given the impression that this drug was safe and effective and would combat fatigue and give them strength. But now studies have raised...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/16/new-rules-for-powerful-anemia-drugs/

Diabetes Drug Smells Awful

People with type-2 diabetes are often prescribed a drug called metformin. It is quite effective in helping to control blood glucose. But there is a problem with this medication. Many patients stop taking it because it smells bad. Some...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/16/diabetes-drug-smells-awful/

Single-Size Condoms Do Not Fit All

When men buy shoes they are fitted for a particular size. Wearing a size 12 shoe when your foot is size 10 doesn't make any sense. But when it comes to condoms, the assumption has often been that one size...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/16/single-size-condoms-do-not-fit-all/

Can Chocolate Protect Against Stroke?

The health benefits of chocolate keep accumulating. Research has shown that dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure, and the flavonoids in chocolate can make blood platelets less sticky, so they are not as susceptible to clotting. Now a...
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/02/16/can-chocolate-protect-against-stroke/

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After my car accident in Nov., a concussion and migraines, my BP has gone up from 120/70 (before accident) to 155/81 taken at night, 160/125 taken at 7am. I'm very concerned.

I am trying to lower it without drugs, am drinking one 8oz. glass 100% pure pomegranate juice which was on one of your recent radio shows, 500 mg. magnesium w/SRT--4 tablets a day, 250mg morning and 250 with dinner, caused diarrhea last week so cut dose by 50%.

Yesterday I purchased CoQ10 100mg. and pycnogenol AKA French Maritime Bark, 50mg which I was advised to take 100mg daily so I'll take 1 w/breakfast, 1 w/dinner., L Argenine was recommended but don't have that yet.

Would you recommend that I introduce just one new supplement weekly? What exercise would you recommend? I know the benefits and on your Sat. morning show-2/20/10 there was a study including exercise, what did they do?
Thanks in advance,
Carole

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