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Listen To Our Podcast: 772 Poetry and Medicine (Archive)


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...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/11/27/772-poetry-and-medicine/

Don't Eat Chocolate-Covered Almonds After Dinner


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...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/11/29/dont-eat-chocolate-covered-almonds-after-dinner/

Is Your Coffee Cup Lid Contaminated?


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...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/11/29/is-your-coffee-cup-lid-contaminated/

Beet Juice to Lower Blood Pressure


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,...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/11/29/beet-juice-to-lower-blood-pressure-1/

Are Cholesterol Drugs Linked to Memory Problems?


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...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/11/29/are-cholesterol-drugs-linked-to-memory-problems/

Soap in Socks Relieves Heel Pain


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...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/11/29/soap-in-socks-relieves-heel-pain/

Metal Watchband Behind Eczema


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...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/11/29/metal-watchband-behind-eczema/

Be Vigilant to Avoid Harm in the Hospital


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...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/11/28/be-vigilant-to-avoid-harm-in-the-hospital/

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