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Listen To Our Podcast: 904 Community-Centered Medical Practice


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: Health care today is in flux, with fewer and fewer physicians feeling they...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/18/904-community-centered-medical-practice/

Poison Painful Plantar Warts With Peculiar Remedies


Q. I have a large plantar wart on the big toe of my left foot. I have had it treated twice, once with liquid nitrogen and another time with a medication that turned it into a large blister. A dermatologist...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/20/poison-painful-plantar-warts-with-peculiar-remedies/

Is Natural Deodorant Really Safer?


Q. I've relied on natural crystal deodorants for years with the understanding that they were safer than the usual antiperspirants. I was under the impression that they were free of aluminum. When I checked the label it said potassium alum....

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/20/is-natural-deodorant-really-safer/

Can Acupuncture Lower Blood Pressure?


Q. My doctor recently prescribed atenolol for high blood pressure. The day after I started on atenolol I felt ill. When I went back to my doctor, he asked if I had ever tried acupuncture. I had not, but I...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/20/can-acupuncture-lower-blood-pressure/

How to Combat Chronic Constipation


Q. I have had chronic constipation for years. It has probably contributed to my hemorrhoids. I tried magnesium, and it helped a lot for a while but I had to increase the dose to get the same effect. Do you...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/20/how-to-combat-chronic-constipation/

Are California Poppies Habit-Forming?


Q. I bought a bottle of herbal sleep medicine. The reviews say this product does help people sleep. I wonder, though, if these pills are safe to take and not habit forming? The three main ingredients are fresh flowering California...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/20/are-california-poppies-habit-forming-1/

New Medicine for Cold Sores


Q. I have a cold sore, for which my doctor prescribed Xerese. It is a new medicine for cold sores. I will take it in addition to L-lysine tablets and L-lysine cream. I hope it helps. What should I know...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/20/new-medicine-for-cold-sores/

Could Curry Counteract Clotting?


Q. I was searching for natural asthma relief and read that turmeric could tame wheezing. This is the main ingredient in curry powder. I have been swallowing spoonsful of them both for several days. I found that together with my...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/20/could-curry-counteract-clotting/

Take Prescriptions on your Vacation


Q. Before leaving on a trip, scan a copy of your medical and eyeglass prescriptions. Attach them to an email that you send to yourself. Then they will always be as available as the nearest Internet connection wherever you are...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/20/take-prescriptions-on-your-vacation/

The Pros and Cons of Statins


Comparing drug benefits to risks is a delicate balancing act. Nowhere is this more apparent than with statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications such as atorvastatin (Lipitor) or simvastatin (Zocor). These drugs can save lives, particularly for people who have had heart attacks...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/05/19/the-pros-and-cons-of-statins/


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