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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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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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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)
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Do you love a thoughtful thriller? How about a touch of science fiction and medical mystery for good measure? We are proud to announce the launch of our daughter's new novel, The Word Exchange. Alena Graedon has been working on... (Read More)
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When you follow The People's Pharmacy on Twitter, you'll be among the first to know when we post new information to our website.  Tell at a glance if there is a story you want to know more about. And get... (Read More)
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The winter was brutal for much of the country, but spring is finally here. That means we will emerge from our cocoons and swap our parkas and boots for T-shirts and sandals. Of course once toes are exposed, everyone will... (Read More)
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Nutrition experts have egg on their faces. For years, public health policy has been to discourage consumption of saturated fat--or most any fat at all. The diet-heart hypothesis got its start in the 1950s. Ancel Keys, PhD, and his colleagues... (Read More)
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Are you following us on Facebook? If not, here's what you could be missing: In addition to important health news updates and links to health research and news you can use, you too can be a part of the conversation.... (Read More)
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The tragic news yesterday confirmed what we have all been anticipating, ie, that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people on board. This heartbreaking news for the families and for the world at... (Read More)
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"Low T" has become a staple on TV commercials. Like "ED" for erectile dysfunction, low T is a code. It signifies declining testosterone levels, a natural aspect of the aging process. The ads make it seem as if Low T... (Read More)
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It has been a long cold winter in many parts of the country (and in others, it's been exceptionally hot and dry). We would like to celebrate the arrival of spring on the calendar and in our back yard, at... (Read More)
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If you are not confused and maybe even exasperated over all the flip-flops over food in recent months, we would be amazed. The latest head-spinning headline appeared in the New York Times this week: "Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease... (Read More)
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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... (Read More)
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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... (Read More)
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The Food and Drug Administration is about to launch the first generic drug testing program in America's history. Thank goodness. We have relied upon the honor system for far too long. Physicians, pharmacists and patients assume that the FDA has... (Read More)
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We invite you to tune in to our award-winning radio show. It is heard by more than 200,000 other listeners on over 125 radio stations around the country. Each week you can hear the latest expert opinions on cutting edge... (Read More)
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Diet and fitness experts are creating a class of healthy outcasts--people you wouldn't want to mingle with after meals. Their enthusiasm for grains, beans, fruits and vegetables is commendable, but friends and loved ones may have to suffer the consequences.... (Read More)
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Every one knows the dangers of hypertension. We are repeatedly told that the "silent killer" leads to heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness and dementia, to name just some of the scary consequences of uncontrolled high blood pressure. What we... (Read More)
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A high-stakes drama unfolded at the FDA recently but very few people appreciated its significance. Naproxen, sold over-the-counter as Aleve and by prescription as Anaprox and Naprosyn, is a popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It competes with other NSAIDs such... (Read More)
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Visit a doctor's office for almost anything that ails you and the chances are good you will have your blood pressure measured. That's because it is an essential diagnostic procedure to detect a common condition that puts people at risk... (Read More)
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When most physicians prescribe medications, they may not realize they could be in danger of violating the Hippocratic principle to first do no harm. That's because virtually every drug has the potential to cause adverse reactions for some patients. Many... (Read More)
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If you watched 60 Minutes the other night you would have seen a fascinating story titled "Sex Matters: Drugs Can Affect Sexes Differently." Lesley Stahl challenged the FDA on its traditional policy of treating men and women the same when... (Read More)
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Licorice has been around for thousands of years. The plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) from which it is derived was found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and was treasured by healers in the ancient Middle East. The father of modern medicine,... (Read More)
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Before there were pharmacies on nearly every corner, people relied on Mother Nature's medicine chest. Native healers all over the world took advantage of the medicinal properties of plants. Now, scientists are confirming that Hippocrates was on to something when... (Read More)
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Have you had your vitamin D level checked lately? Chances are good that it has dropped since last summer. Unless you are taking a supplement, most of your vitamin D is made by your skin when it is exposed to... (Read More)
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People with mental illness have been victimized for much too long. Schizophrenia distorts reality and makes it hard for the afflicted to function in society. People who act strangely may alienate and frighten others. Sadly, the treatments for this disorder... (Read More)
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Unless you are able to hibernate in a cave, the chances are very good that you will be exposed to someone's cough in the next few weeks. Attend a talk, a concert or a church service and you will hear... (Read More)
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It's cold out there, really cold...and snowy. This is the kind of nasty winter weather that damages your delicate epidermis no matter how well you cover up. And when you come inside, the dry heat and low humidity do additional... (Read More)
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Generic medications are supposed to be a bargain. According to the FDA, patients may be able to save as much as 80 percent on some products. Big box discount stores have enticed customers with a three-month supply for $10. There... (Read More)
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Henry's kitchen table is littered with drug paraphernalia. There are syringes, bottles, vials, nebulizers and a pill cutter. Henry is not a drug abuser...rather he is a senior citizen with a pill problem. Despite appearances, Henry is entirely respectable. Like... (Read More)