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Listen To Our Podcast: 838 The Wild Life of our Bodies (Archive)


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: Thousands of years ago (and more), human beings co-existed with a wide range...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/23/838-the-wild-life-of-our-bodies/

Diet vs Drugs for Heart Health


Drug companies get excited when their medications reduce the risk of something (heart attacks, strokes, death) by 30% or 40%. When they accomplish a relative risk reduction in that neighborhood, they frequently get their drugs approved by the FDA and...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/25/diet-vs-drugs-for-heart-health/

Coconut Defeats Debilitating Diarrhea


Q. I want to tell you my success story about using coconut for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I have suffered with debilitating IBS for 20 long years. I could never make any appointments in the morning, because I never...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/25/coconut-defeats-debilitating-diarrhea/

Are Calcium Supplements Safe?


Q. Almost all women over 50 are told to take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss. Hip fractures, spine fractures and other bone problems can cause a lot of pain and misery, not to mention early death. But now I...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/25/are-calcium-supplements-safe-1/

Natural Approaches Can Ease Hot Flashes


Q. I have been taking black cohosh for hot flashes for about six months with great success. Hot flashes were creeping back at about four months, so I discontinued black cohosh for a couple of weeks and then resumed. Once...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/25/natural-approaches-can-ease-hot-flashes/

Making Migraine Med Work Faster


Q. I take Frova for migraines. It works great and doesn't cause a rebound migraine. My only complaint is that it takes a long time to work, sometimes as long as two hours. That's an eternity with a migraine. I...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/25/making-migraine-med-work-faster/

Compulsion to Eat Dirt Can Be Beaten


Q. I am writing from Kenya where a lot of women eat clay. It is even packaged and sold at the supermarkets. Whether they are pregnant or not, many women go through these 200-gram packs of dirt at an alarming...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/25/compulsion-to-eat-dirt-can-be-beaten/

Is Stop-Smoking Drug Worth the Risks?


Q. Taking Chantix was the worst thing I ever did in my life. I wish I could undo the damage it has caused in my life. It triggered a manic episode that lasted 6 months, then a spiraling depression that...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/25/is-stop-smoking-drug-worth-the-risks/

Butter vs. Margarine Debate Revived


Ask anyone what makes a diet heart-healthy, and you are likely to hear about substituting vegetable oils for butter, lard and other saturated fats. The American Heart Association recommends omega-6 fatty acids from corn, safflower, soy or sunflower oils. A...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/02/24/butter-vs-margarine-debate-revived/


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