By: The People's Pharmacy June 29, 2015 0 Comments
    The Combination of an NSAID with a PPI Can Harm …

    Using one medication to treat the known side effects of another pill often seems sensible. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work. In some cases, adding the second medicine can backfire. The combinatio…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2015 11 Comments
    Turmeric Helped Dog’s Stiff Hips

    Q. I have been using turmeric for over a year for arthritis in my hands and have had really great results. I have an elderly large breed dog with hip problems. The pain was so severe the vet suggested…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 18, 2015 5 Comments
    Pineapple Compound Fights Inflammation

    Foods with anti-inflammatory activity can often relieve pain nearly as well as medications, but without the scary side effects. A pineapple compound called bromelain is one that can be helpful, as thi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 11, 2015 9 Comments
    Knee Pain Responded to Turmeric

    People with chronic joint pain have difficult decisions to make. Do they take a pain reliever on a regular basis and risk the sometimes serious side effects, or do they limit their activities to what …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 27, 2015 8 Comments
    Topical Pain Reliever Eases Knee Arthritis

    People with arthritis pain often find themselves caught between two terrible alternatives: suffer the pain, or suffer the side effects of the usual pain relievers. NSAIDS have some serious drawbacks, …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 15 Comments
    Is Life Just a Bowl of Tart Cherries?

    Readers of our syndicated newspaper column have been singing the praises of tart cherries for decades. Back in 1999 we first heard that cherries could ease a gout attack: "I eat five tart canned cherr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 6, 2015 6 Comments
    Gin-Soaked Raisins Offer Relief for Arthritic Pa…

    Most people never consider that a home remedy or dietary supplement might interact with a prescription medicine. That is why this question is important. We wish more people would inquire about such in…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 30, 2015 13 Comments
    Tai Chi Practice Became Painful on Generic Celec…

    Q. I've been a long-time user of Celebrex. Then my pharmacy gave me the generic. After the first week, I had pain all over and found I could do fewer and fewer things I've always found easy. My hour o…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 70 Comments
    Does Generic Celecoxib Measure Up to Celebrex?

    Q. My doctor prescribed Celebrex several years ago to help ease the arthritis pain in my knee. Three days ago my pharmacy substituted with generic celecoxib. I was pleased with the savings, but my pai…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 19, 2015 17 Comments
    Glucosamine and Chondroitin Measure Up to Celebr…

    Glucosamine and chondroitin are popular supplements for joint pain, but several US studies of these compounds have been disappointing. Even though many people report benefit when they take glucosamine…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 7 Comments
    Why 9 Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis?

    Q. I've been taking gin-soaked raisins for over two months. I don't know whether or not they are helping my knee joints, but I don't care. They are delicious. There's only one thing: I don't have a cl…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 10 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Don’t Protect Intestines f…

    Warning: This is a man bites dog story. In other words, it contradicts conventional wisdom. Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 2, 2015 6 Comments
    Massage Eased Joint Pain Without Side Effects

    Q. I would like to tell others what has helped me. My doctor told me I am riddled with osteoarthritis. He didn't have a magic bullet for me, but suggested I might try massage. I have been getting a fu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 8, 2015 9 Comments
    Shots or Pills for Sore Knees?

    What works best to relieve symptoms of knee arthritis, pills or shots? A new meta analysis of 137 randomized clinical trials with a total of 33,243 participants concluded that injections trump oral me…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 1, 2014 9 Comments
    Does Glucosamine Raise Cholesterol?

    Q. By fortunate coincidence, my total cholesterol was measured when I applied for an insurance policy one day before I started taking glucosamine and chondroitin for joint pain. I had a checkup a mont…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 11 Comments
    Skeptical Rheumatologist Wants Info on Turmeric …

    Q. I have osteoarthritis and recently became unable to take NSAIDs due to a spike in my liver enzymes and a family history of heart disease. Then I read in a recent column of People's Pharmacy that tu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 20, 2014 4 Comments
    Running Keeps Knees Moving

    People who love to run will probably keep running regardless of the health outcomes, but others who are more ambivalent may worry about bringing on osteoarthritis in their knees with overuse. Research…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 5 Comments
    Natural Approaches or Pharmaceuticals for What A…

    Q. For my entire life I have relied primarily upon vitamins, herbs and a variety of dietary supplements to stay healthy. I have avoided most drugs, except aspirin. Now my doctor is telling me that I r…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2014 23 Comments
    How to Mix Certo and Grape Juice for Arthritis

    Q. I have been reading in your newspaper column that mixing Certo with grape juice will ease arthritis pain and lower cholesterol. What the heck is Certo, where would I find it and how much do you put…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 38 Comments
    How to Make Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

    Q. Do you have a recipe for gin-soaked raisins? How much gin is used for every pound of raisins? My mother has joint pain and it would help her a lot to have some more detailed information! A. To prep…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2014 4 Comments
    NSAIDs for Arthritis Tore Up Stomach

    Q. I began taking meloxicam in April for inflammation. By June my stomach was so messed up I couldn't stand it. My pain doctor switched me to diclofenac, but I had the same stomach issues. My stomach …

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2014 0 Comments
    Does Arthritis Remedy Raise Cholesterol Levels?

    Q. I read a letter in your column from a person whose cholesterol had gone up dramatically after taking glucosamine. I had the same thing happen. I started using glucosamine with chondroitin four mont…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2014 3 Comments
    Can a Leaky Gut (Intestinal Permeability) Cause …

    Q. I have an underactive thyroid due to an immune reaction (Hashimoto's). I also have irritable bowel syndrome and don't tolerate wheat. My body aches all over and my doctor has diagnosed me with fibr…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2014 14 Comments
    Does Arthritis Remedy from the Grocery (Certo &#…

    Q. Thank you for writing about Certo and grape juice. I was having excruciating pain in the metatarsal area of my foot, which caused me great difficulty walking. After two weeks of using Certo and gra…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2014 8 Comments
    Got Milk? A Glass of Skim a Day May Keep Arthrit…

    A study of more than 2,000 people with osteoarthritis of the knee suggests that women who drink skim or low-fat milk may have a slower progression of the problem. The Osteoarthritis Initiative used a …

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2014 21 Comments
    Study Shows No Benefit from Glucosamine for Knee…

    Glucosamine remains one of the most popular dietary supplements for arthritis despite a lack of convincing evidence that it helps. Now a study from the University of Arizona has once again demonstrate…

    By: Terry Graedon January 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Will High-Dose Fish Oil Work for Human Joint Pai…

    Q. I am a veterinarian. In my world, fairly high doses of EPA and DHA (components of fish oil) are recommended for osteoarthritis. For instance, a recommended dose for a 50 lb dog is 3,200 mg. Is ther…

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2014 19 Comments
    Why Would Anyone Try Wacky Arthritis Remedy from…

    Q. I have an old yellowed article from the paper about a "black ball" arthritis remedy from the Mayo Clinic from the 1950's. I have kept the article but have never tried the formula and before I throw…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2014 23 Comments
    When Drugs Are Dangerous, Natural Remedies Ease …

    Q. I have arthritis in my fingers and I'm sure using the computer has compounded the pain. I can't take anti-inflammatory medication due to an ulcer, so could you suggest other natural approaches that…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2013 15 Comments
    Natural Approaches to Arthritis May Provide Reli…

    Q. I never thought I would get arthritis the way my parents and grandparents did. But now that I am past 50, I have noticed some soreness and stiffness in my fingers and knees. I tried ibuprofen and i…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2013 1 Comments
    The Secret to Maintaining Joint Function Is to K…

    People with joint pain might be tempted to become couch potatoes because it hurts to move. A new study demonstrates this is the wrong approach. Regular physical activity can actually improve function …

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2013 1 Comments
    Anti-inflammatory Alternatives to Ease Arthritis…

    Q. I was crippled with osteoarthritis in the spine and pelvis, along with bursitis in the shoulders that no medication could help. In desperation, I used the Mediterranean diet as a basis for foods an…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2013 50 Comments
    Doctor Pooh-Poohs Statins As Arthritis Trigger

    Q. I took a statin drug to lower cholesterol for 3 months and developed severe joint pain. When I told my doctor about the pain in my joints he pooh-poohed it and said this medication doesn't cause jo…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2013 64 Comments
    Which Gin for Gin-Soaked Raisins?

    Q. I have been using gin-soaked raisins for joint pain. However, the clerk at the store said that if I want benefits from gin-raisins, I must buy higher-quality, more expensive brands. I have been buy…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2013 17 Comments
    Juice-Vinegar-Pectin Mixture Eased Joint Pain

    Q. My husband and I are interested in arthritis remedies. We've been taking cider vinegar and honey in a cup of hot water to ease the pain in our finger joints. Even so, my husband's thumbs hurt so mu…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2013 4 Comments
    Will Sunshine Protect You from Rheumatoid Arthri…

    Exposure to sunlight has been linked to a number of health benefits, including a reduced incidence of some cancers. New research suggests that ultraviolet light exposure may also cut the risk of rheum…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2013 7 Comments
    Meeting the Challenge of Easing Joint Pain

    Q. I took Celebrex for over 10 years for arthritis but it eventually lost effectiveness. My new insurance company would not cover Celebrex unless I tried three other medications: meloxicam, ibuprofen …

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2012 5 Comments
    Arthritis Remedies Make Holiday Gift for Mother

    Q. My mother has been sending me newspaper clippings with your remedies for years. I hate to admit it, but I didn't keep all of them. Now she is desperate for the grape juice and pectin remedy to ease…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2012 12 Comments
    Is Chocolate Bad For Arthritis?

    Q. I was eating a piece of chocolate when a friend said, "That's not good for your arthritis." Since then, another friend told me to avoid tomatoes. All this advice is confusing me. Are there really f…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2012 7 Comments
    Topical NSAIDs Ease Joint Pain

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are extremely popular for easing a variety of aches and pains. Drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen are huge best sellers in the pharmacy. But such medicati…