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Are you getting our free online newsletter? If not, here's what you could be missing: all the questions and answers about pharmaceuticals, home remedies, nutrition and non-drug approaches to healing; commentaries on the most pressing health issues of the day;... (Read More)
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Tinnitus, often referred to as ringing in the ears, can be a terrible problem. The sufferer hears a sound that no one else perceives, whether it is hissing, booming, buzzing, chirping or clicking. It is very difficult to get the... (Read More)
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Q. I try to avoid aluminum as much as possible after reading that it was toxic to the brain. I was astonished to learn recently that tea is high in aluminum. I drink 4 or 5 cups of hot tea... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 73 year old retired RN who has been treated for high blood pressure since last August by an internist and a cardiologist. Every prescription they have written has had adverse side effects for me. Within a... (Read More)
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Are you worried that the word flu could scramble your speech so that you can't make yourself understood? This is the terrifying idea at the heart of Alena Graedon's novel, The Word Exchange.  The People's Pharmacy has made an exception... (Read More)
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Q. My home town is in extreme drought and about the only thing growing now are weeds. They were getting pretty tall, so I decided to mow. When I stopped to pick up a limb, I felt hot stinging and... (Read More)
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Q. Doctors rarely if ever tell patients about sexual side effects of medication. A case in point is the prostate shrinking medication finasteride. This is how it works on your sex life over a period of time. It's like attaching... (Read More)
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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot take them. A. Red yeast rice contains natural statins at a low dose and can lower cholesterol (Annals of Internal Medicine, June... (Read More)
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Once upon a time physicians used Latin to communicate with each other and with pharmacists. It was a handy way of having a secret language that patients could not penetrate. Vestiges of this code persist to this day. For example,... (Read More)
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Q. I have had a couple of episodes with sores on my ankles that take forever to heal. My doctors say they are venous stasis ulcers and that the only prevention is to walk. But when I come down with... (Read More)
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Q. You had a question from a reader about plantar warts. From the age of 14, through about 30, I was plagued with them. Doctors used cryosurgery [freezing] and scraping, but the warts kept coming back and multiplying. Finally, a... (Read More)
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Q. I know PPIs have tons of side effects, but the trouble is I've taken them for years. Now I am stuck with them. I've tried to get off of them several times, and each time it ended in failure.... (Read More)
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by Derek H. Page For ten years or so, there have been claims that nocturnal leg cramps can be alleviated by introducing a bar of soap into the bed. The evidence supporting these claims, while voluminous, is almost completely anecdotal.... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has been on a low-fat regimen for over a decade, ever since his doctor said that this was a possible way to avoid taking statins. Although my husband likes cream in his coffee, he now uses skim... (Read More)
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Our award winning radio show is heard on 120 public radio stations nationwide. Each week you can tune in to learn about everything from home remedies to the latest breakthroughs in medicine. You can find a list of public radio... (Read More)