October 2012

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"I had a friend who was prescribed clindamycin by her dentist for an infection in her gums. A few weeks later, she started having diarrhea and went to her doctor. She did not mention taking the clindamycin. He gave her... (Read More)
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Listen To Our Podcast: 878 Solving the Sleep Dilemma
Cherries for Gout Supported by Science
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) Side Effects & Complications
Coconut to Quell Diarrhea
Best Way to Take Aspirin for a Heart Attack
Is Supplement Safe for Depression?
How to Handle Chronic Insomnia
Curing Facial Dandruff
Toothpaste Solved Allergy Problem
Should You Take Vitamin Pills? (Read More)
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Learn how to stop a nose bleed and treat skin cuts in the People's Pharmacy Video with Joe and Terry Graedon. Now that it is getting colder and the heat is on, dry air can make nose bleeds more... (Read More)
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Q. I have been battling gout for the past five weeks and was on indomethacin, ibuprofen and a low purine diet. The attacks kept moving around from joint to joint, and the ordeal has been extremely painful. I heard that... (Read More)
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It is not entirely clear why Lipitor became the most successful drug in the history of the pharmaceutical industry. Tens of millions of people have taken Lipitor to lower their bad LDL cholesterol. It is estimated that sales of this... (Read More)
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Q. I believe Archway Coconut Macaroons help my IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], but as a diabetic I don't want the sugar. Do you know why they help? In other words, could I just eat unsweetened coconut? I called Archway Cookies... (Read More)
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Q. Why isn't there a soluble 325 mg aspirin tablet available in the US? I carry two 325 mg tablets in my coin purse at all times and have read that one should take aspirin at the first sign of... (Read More)
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Q. I'm wondering what information you have about SAMe as a treatment for depression. I've been taking it for six months along with a daily B vitamin and have gotten great results. I would like to know if it's really... (Read More)
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Q. Every time I read that sleep is essential for good health I want to scream. I would love a good night's sleep because I know it would boost my immune system and help me control my weight as well... (Read More)
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Q. My sister is coming over in a week. I have dandruff on my face (eyebrows, nose, forehead and inside my ears). Can I cure it with Vicks or other remedies? Please tell me how. A. Facial dandruff is called... (Read More)
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Q. After reading that potassium nitrate in sensitivity-preventing toothpaste could help with asthma and cat allergies, I tried it. I checked with my dentist first and got the OK. I frequently used to have some type of cold or allergies,... (Read More)
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A year ago many health professionals were gleeful that vitamin supplements had finally been proven useless and maybe even dangerous. That's because of the Iowa Women's Health Study (Archives of Internal Medicine, Oct 10, 2011). Headlines declared, "Are Supplements Killing... (Read More)
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Have you seen our special Facebook giveaway? To celebrate the new paperback edition of our book Top Screwups Doctors Make & How to Avoid Them, we are giving away three free copies to our Facebook fans. All you need to... (Read More)
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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: Most of us are familiar with a number of prescription sleeping pills such... (Read More)
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When people are given certain antibiotics such as clindamycin they sometimes develop a devastating diarrhea that can become life threatening. Here are just a few of the scores of stories we have received about this problem: "I am a 45... (Read More)
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Bad reactions to a medication get reported to the FDA through MedWatch. When the FDA analyzes all the serious drug side effects in that database, it issues periodic reports. The agency thinks it has done its job by alerting health... (Read More)
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This Week's Radio Show: 878 Solving the Sleep Dilemma
Free Books for Facebook Fans
Annual Checkups May Be A Waste of Money
How Safe is the Artificial Sweetener Aspartame?
Carrot Juice Can Turn Skin Orange
Head Drug Devastates Love Life
HRT for Symptoms Only
Exercise Can Prevent Brain Shrinkage
Green Tea Against Cancer
How Much Vitamin D Is Enough?
Probiotics Against Colds (Read More)

HRT for Symptoms Only

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The benefits of hormone replacement therapy to prevent chronic diseases do not justify the risks. That is the conclusion the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force drew from a review of major studies. Doctors have been prescribing HRT for decades to... (Read More)
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There is growing evidence that exercise is good for the brain. Scottish researchers recruited almost 700 healthy subjects who were born in 1936. When they turned 70, researchers did MRI brain scans on them. For the next three years the... (Read More)
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Green tea drinkers appear to be slightly less susceptible to some types of cancer. A ten-year epidemiological study of nearly 70,000 Chinese women found that those who drank green tea at least three times a week were diagnosed with fewer... (Read More)
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The Cochrane Collaboration is one of the most objective organizations in the world when it comes to analyzing medical data. Experts review the best studies and determine what works and what doesn't. Their most recent target: regular health check-ups. What... (Read More)
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The public relations people at Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard University, issued an apology about its headline "The truth isn't sweet when it comes to artificial sweeteners." The PR people didn't exactly retract their announcement, but they... (Read More)
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We have three similar carrot questions to share: Q. I've heard that too much vitamin A can be dangerous. I drink 4 ounces of carrot juice every day (it's delicious) and I'm wondering if that might account for my dry... (Read More)
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Vitamin D has become one of the hottest nutrients in pharmacies and health food stores. That's because epidemiological studies have suggested that low levels of this hormone are linked to weakened bones, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, diabetes, muscle spasms, depression... (Read More)
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College dormitories are breeding grounds for colds and other upper respiratory infections. The young people in them live in close quarters and are often sleep-deprived. But research suggests that probiotics may increase their resistance to these viruses. Almost 200... (Read More)
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Q. My girlfriend takes paroxetine for anxiety and depression, but this drug has been devastating for our love life. She has lost interest in sex and even when we do make love, she can't reach climax. She also has had... (Read More)
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Q. I am so relieved that the FDA finally got the antidepressant Budeprion XL 300 off the market. Years ago my insurance company switched me from Wellbutrin XL 300 to Budeprion XL 300. Within a short time I became suicidal,... (Read More)
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Q. I was suffering from severe diabetes-induced osteomyelitis (bone infection with open ulcers) on my foot. I was prescribed Medihoney to treat the ulcer. This is a waxy sheet of honey that you cut to the size of the wound... (Read More)
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Q. Your readers would be better off doing some scholarly research rather than trying home remedies to replace FDA-approved heartburn medicine like Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec. It is not likely that it is hard to stop taking these drugs. If... (Read More)
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Q. What is the dose of gin for the gin-soaked raisins? I mean, after about six ounces of gin and half a pound of raisins I must admit I felt no more pain! Just fooling. Can you tell me how... (Read More)