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Listen To Our Podcast: 912 Dirty Medicine


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:  Last year, millions of Americans wondered whether their cholesterol-lowering drug was safe. The...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/07/27/912-dirty-medicine/

Surviving Summer Vacation


 Summertime is traditionally when families go on vacation together. This can be a marvelous experience, but if it involves a long car ride, it can also be a challenge. Lots of parents are far too familiar with the phrase, "Mommy,...

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Abilify Side Effects Can Be Scary!


Abilify (aripiprazole) is one of the most successful drugs in the pharmacy. Last year this medication had sales of over $5,000,000,000, making it the # 2 medication on the top 10 hit parade of best selling drugs (in dollars).  One...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/07/29/abilify-side-effects-can-be-scary/

Hydrogen Peroxide Eases Itch of Mosquito Bites


Q. The best tip I ever received for mosquito bites is to dab on hydrogen peroxide. I have very sensitive skin and bites used to get very swollen and itch for weeks. Now, I apply drugstore hydrogen peroxide and in...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/07/29/-hydrogen-peroxide-eases-mosquito-itch/

Backyard Weed Calms Poison Ivy Itch


Q. The best poison ivy remedy I know of is Plantago. I've seen people use common plantain leaves rolled up tight until they start to ooze juice. Some people chew the leaves and then wipe the green saliva on the...

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How Safe Is Non-BPA Plastic?


Q. I have been concerned about estrogen compounds found in plastic food and water containers. Now that many companies have taken BPA (bisphenol A) out of their products, I am wondering about the replacement chemicals. Are non-BPA plastics really free...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/07/29/how-safe-is-non-bpa-plastic/

Okra for Regularity?


Q. An effective short-term cure for constipation is steamed or boiled okra. Buy a bag of frozen okra and keep it in the freezer. Whenever it is needed, take four pods out and put them in a cup of water....

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Mother's Troubles Traced to Drug Side Effects


Q. My mom has always been active and engaged but lately she seems to be fading and confused. She constantly complains of being dizzy or light-headed. She also has ringing in the ears and insomnia. Her medicines include simvastatin for...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/07/29/mothers-troubles-traced-to-drug-side-effects/

Are Heartburn Drugs Bad for the Heart?


How would you know if your medicine was putting you at risk for heart disease? This might seem as simple as looking on the official labeling, but you might be surprised to learn that the FDA, which is in charge...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/07/28/are-heartburn-drugs-bad-for-the-heart/

Soap for Muscle Cramps


Q. I suffer from muscle cramps in my fingers and toes. It happens often during the day. I sometimes have cramps in other muscles as well. Please help! A. Many readers tell us a bar of soap can ease muscle...

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