Subscriptions
  • Join our People's Pharmacy Page on Facebook
  • Follow JoeGraedon on Twitter
  • Follow Us
  • Free email newsletter

November 2010

Was this information helpful? Average rating: 1.5/5 (13 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 1.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Listen To Our Podcast: 772 Poetry and Medicine (Archive)
Don't Eat Chocolate-Covered Almonds After Dinner
Is Your Coffee Cup Lid Contaminated?
Beet Juice to Lower Blood Pressure
Are Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Memory Problems?
Soap in Socks Relieves Heel Pain
Metal Watchband Behind Eczema
Be Vigilant to Avoid Harm in the Hospital (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.2/5 (58 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.2/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. My fingernails began to break and peel, so I ordered a product to strengthen them. I discovered upon reading the ingredients that it contains formaldehyde. Can this possibly be safe to use? A. Some people develop contact dermatitis (a... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (115 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. Years ago my doctor put me on Prevacid for acid reflux. Later when my company switched insurance, I ended up on Zantac 150. Now that I live in Ecuador, I'm taking ranitidina, which is supposed to be equivalent to... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.2/5 (62 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.2/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I love the lattes from the local coffee shop. I usually grab a cup on my way to the office. What I don't like is when the barista slaps the lid on my cup. She uses the palm of... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (79 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. You have written about beet juice to lower blood pressure, but I have never been able to find the juice in a store. Do supermarkets carry it? I have noticed that canned sliced beets really vary in sodium content,... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (93 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. When I was 54, I was put on Crestor, then Lipitor to lower cholesterol. Within weeks I could not finish my sentences. It was awful; you don't have to be OLD to have dementia symptoms caused by medication. I... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.3/5 (48 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.3/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I have read about using soap under the bottom sheet for leg cramps. Has anyone else put soap in their socks at night to relieve heel pain? My heels feel better after trying this tactic. A. You are the... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (40 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I have been troubled with eczema for the last two years, with the worst outbreaks happening between September and June. I figured it had to do with colder, drier weather. Then I read a comment from a reader of... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.9/5 (64 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.9/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
One hundred years ago hospitals were dangerous places. Many Americans believed that if you went to the hospital you were taking your life in your hands. Sterile technique left a lot to be desired and infections were common. A century... (Read More)
Click the arrow to play audio file:
Did you enjoy this radio show? Average rating: 4.4/5 (120 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Modern medicine has both science and technology on its side, with its sophisticated diagnostic imaging, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled drug studies and complicated surgical procedures. These contribute to better patient outcomes, but sometimes a patient might feel overwhelmed. Our guests have... (Read More)
Buy This Show on CD or MP3
Was this information helpful?
What do you think?
  • Currently 0/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
This Week's Radio Show: 772 Poetry and Medicine (Archive)
Coconut Treats Changed My Life
Vitamin D Reverses Pain
Low-Dose Aspirin Lowers Risk of Colon Cancer
Patient Safety Still Lags
Best Diet to Maintain Weight Loss
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Linked to Gout
Exercise Combination Helps Control Blood Sugar
Pill Helps Reduce Risk of AIDS
(Read More)

Patient Safety Still Lags

Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.9/5 (14 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.9/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Little progress has been made since the 1999 report on medical mistakes entitled To Err Is Human. A study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that there has been no significant improvement in patient safety over... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (63 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
There has been a great deal of controversy about the best diet for weight loss and maintenance. Experts have been debating the pros and cons of high or low protein as well as high or low carbohydrate consumption. A large... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.7/5 (42 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.7/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Women who drink sweet beverages rich in the sugar fructose have a higher risk of developing gout. This inflammatory condition leads to painful joints caused by uric acid crystals precipitating in soft tissue. Fructose raises uric acid levels, especially in... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.7/5 (36 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.7/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Research has shown for some time that exercise is helpful for people with diabetes. What has not been clear is the best kind of exercise. A new study from Louisiana demonstrates that a combination of both resistance training and aerobic... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (5 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
We do not yet have a cure for HIV/AIDS, but a study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the drug Truvada may reduce the likelihood of contracting this disease. Researchers randomly assigned 2500 gay or bisexual men... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.8/5 (109 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.8/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. More than 20 years ago I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Tests revealed no cause. Diarrhea attacks accompanied by severe abdominal pain rarely gave me time to find a bathroom before it was too late. I would... (Read More)

Vitamin D Reverses Pain

Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (90 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. After years of frightening, rapidly increasing bone pain and weakening muscles, I read about the effects of Vitamin D deficiency. I had the grown-up version of rickets. A daily 1,000 IU dose of D helped within a week, but... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 5/5 (1 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Listen To Our Podcast: 792 Mindless Eating
Low-Carb Diet Eases Heartburn
Is Natural HRT Safer Than Prempro?
Excess Vitamin Caused Neuropathy
Recipes for Good Health
Old-Fashioned Vicks VapoRub Vindicated
Hibiscus to Help Lower Blood Pressure (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.8/5 (59 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.8/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I have read that taking aspirin can lower the risk of getting cancer. When I asked my doctor about this he dismissed it as a chance finding and not a controlled study. What's the story? A. The most recent... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (58 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. Heartburn has been my constant companion for years. I was always taking antacids or acid suppressing drugs. My acid reflux disappeared last year when I stopped eating bread. I also cut back on starch, sugar and other carbs. I... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.1/5 (44 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.1/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. When I read the news about the link between HRT and aggressive breast cancer, I discovered that it related only to Prempro. That's the drug that was used in the Women's Health Initiative study. Prempro is not a natural... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.6/5 (138 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.6/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. When I was a teenager I had a brief bout with acne. A friend of my mother said I should take baker's yeast. I took it for two weeks and it cleared up my skin. I hated the taste,... (Read More)

Recipes for Good Health

Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.3/5 (79 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.3/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I have lost weight and am watching my diet, but my blood pressure and cholesterol are still too high. I really would prefer not to start taking a statin or blood pressure pill. I've seen some of your suggestions... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.5/5 (104 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Parents with young children are faced with a difficult dilemma. When their youngsters come down with colds, parents want to give something to soothe symptoms. Congestion and a nighttime cough can keep both children and parents awake. The trouble is,... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.8/5 (99 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.8/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Q. I heard a rumor that a drink made from dried hibiscus flowers can lower blood pressure. Is there any truth to this? A. Hibiscus flower tea is part of traditional folk medicine in many cultures around the world. Scientific... (Read More)

792 Mindless Eating

Click the arrow to play audio file:
Bonus Interview: listen to an additional interview with our guest:
Did you enjoy this radio show? Average rating: 4.3/5 (41 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.3/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
The months of November and December seem to be the season for feasting, with an inordinate number of opportunities to consume more calories than we should without even noticing. What drives mindless eating, and how can we compensate? Dr. Brian... (Read More)
Buy This Show on CD or MP3
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 5/5 (1 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 5/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
This Week's Radio Show: 792 Mindless Eating
Magnesium Supplement for Irregular Heart Rhythm
Seniors at Risk
Fish Oil Can't Fight Atrial Fib
Fish Oil Flops against Heart Attacks
Some Lubricants Harmful for Sperm
To Treat or Not to Treat?
Alcoholic Energy Drinks to Change (Read More)

Seniors at Risk

Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.7/5 (71 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.7/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Senior citizens are at risk if they have to spend time in a hospital. A new government study concludes that 15,000 Medicare patients die every month as a result of complications suffered during their hospital stay. Equally alarming, about 134,000... (Read More)
Was this information helpful? Average rating: 4.4/5 (44 votes)
What do you think?
  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Not Helpful ..... Very Helpful
Fish oil has a reputation for helping the heart. Not only has it been linked to lower levels of triglycerides and less inflammation, it has also been shown to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation after heart surgery. A new... (Read More)