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Listen To Our Podcast: 939 Health Benefits of Chocolate


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: Chocolate has long been considered a sinful indulgence, definitely not a food that...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/15/939-health-benefits-of-chocolate/

Why Don't Home Remedies Get Any Respect From Health Professionals?


Q. As a health professional, I appreciate many of the pharmaceutical issues you write about, especially when you provide scientific support in the form of published research. I sometimes learn about drug interactions that might be a problem and for...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/why-dont-home-remedies-get-any-respect-from-health-professionals/

Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs): A Flawed Gold Standard


We are frequently told that randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials are the gold standard for high quality drug research. Heck, we've even said it ourselves on numerous occasions. We believed this mantra until a recent meta-analysis of statin studies forced...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/randomized-controlled-trials-rcts-a-flawed-gold-standard/

Special Diet Plus Coconut Controls Symptoms of Crohn's Disease


Q. My husband has had Crohn's disease since he was 17, and he's now 48. Fourteen years ago, just before our first child was born, he was in the hospital with a bad flare and was very close to surgery....

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/special-diet-plus-coconut-controls-symptoms-of-crohns-disease/

Drug for Prostate Made Penis Shrink


Q. Taking Avodart triggered the onset of both erectile dysfunction and reduced ejaculate for me. I took it for two years; my prostate did not shrink, but my penis did. These sexual side effects linger. Five years later, I still...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/drug-for-prostate-made-penis-shrink/

Aloe Vera Cleared Rosacea Outbreak


Q. I have rosacea, and as I've gotten older, the outbreaks on my cheeks and nose have become more pronounced. I have tried Prosacea, Finacea, dietary change and various creams-even Vagisil! Nothing worked until a daily application of pure...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/aloe-vera-cleared-rosacea-outbreak/

There Is Help for Horrible Hives


Hives are red itchy bumps on the skin. They are often caused by an allergic reaction that lasts for a few hours or a couple of days. An antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can usually ease the discomfort. When hives...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/there-is-help-for-horrible-hives/

Avoiding Canker Sores by Changing Toothpaste


Q. I was troubled with recurrent canker sores for a while. The only thing that had changed was my toothpaste. I wanted whiter teeth, so I was using whitening toothpastes. I got canker sores when there was sodium lauryl sulfate...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/avoiding-canker-sores-by-changing-toothpaste/

Horse Chestnut Extract Helped Heal Hemorrhoids


Q. I have been suffering for six months with hemorrhoids. I was buying a tube of Preparation H at least once a week and getting very little relief. When I Googled for an herb remedy, I found a suggestion...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/horse-chestnut-extract-helped-heal-hemorrhoids/

Reversing the Trend Toward Diabetes with Natural Approaches


Q. Several years ago my HbA1c test was 5.39. A recent test indicated it has ticked up to 6.0. My medical provider wants to retest it in 6 months. If the retest does not show a reduction, he is suggesting...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/reversing-the-trend-toward-diabetes-with-natural-approaches/

Will Concord Grape Juice Ease Joint Pain and Lower Cholesterol?


Q. I have heard that Concord grape juice will lower cholesterol and alleviate joint pain. Do you know anything about that? A. Concord grape juice contains antioxidants that improve blood vessel flexibility (American Journal of Hypertension, Jan. 2014). Other...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/will-concord-grape-juice-ease-joint-pain-and-lower-cholesterol/

When Should You Take Your Pills? Instructions Need to Be More Precise


Q. When the prescription label says take before meals, what does that mean? A. Such instructions are meaningless. You need to know if your medicine works best when taken on an empty stomach (at least an hour before eating or...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2014/03/17/when-should-you-take-your-pills-instructions-need-to-be-more-precise/


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I had been drinking Concord Grape Juice for several days for lowering my cholesterol. I had read that it can reduce cholesterol as effectively as wine and since I don't/won't drink alcoholic beverages I was drinking the grape juice for that purpose.

I take my blood pressure few times a week because I am taking medication to keep it in the normal range. I took my blood pressure with an Omron unit the other evening and was shocked to see that it plunged to 91/58 which is too low. The systolic is usually in the 120-125 range. Immediately I researched Google to find out if possibly Concord grape juice can lower blood pressure. I was shocked to find out that the Concord grape juice does lower blood pressure. I found a study on the website ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15630270 about a double-blind, placebo controlled study that found Concord grape juice does reduce blood pressure. I want to alert the readers of your wonderful website to know that Concord grape juice can lower blood pressure too much in some people and to be very careful in using it.

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