By: The People's Pharmacy December 1, 2014 8 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 18 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: 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 12 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 9 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 45 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 58 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 February 7, 2013 3 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 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: 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…

    By: Terry Graedon July 19, 2012 2 Comments
    Platelet Rich Plasma to Repair Damaged Joints

    Athletes who tear tendons or suffer from worn cartilage in joints are usually anxious for treatment that can restore pain-free joint use. They are willing to try therapies such as the injection of pla…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2012 6 Comments
    Gin-Soaked Raisins Rhyme for Arthritis

    Q. Thanks for the information about gin-soaked raisins. My experience with them inspired me to wax poetic: This bod I used to use to sin Before arthritis did it in Has got another crack at life From g…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2012 7 Comments
    Glucosamine & Chondroitin vs Arthritis

    Q. I have had rather severe arthritis for just over a year and have made considerable progress in recent months.  I have added MSM, prednisone (3 mg cut back to 2), and Certo in a glass of grape juic…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2011 13 Comments
    Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis Hip

    Q. Three years ago I had bad arthritis in my right hip. After suffering for two years, I began taking gin-drenched raisins in desperation. I had much less pain in the hip within a few weeks. The past …

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2011 7 Comments
    Desperate for Arthritis Remedy

    Q. My 86-year-old mother got an email from her brother listing WD-40 as a pain relief aid for arthritis. Before she sprays it on her skin, please let me know if this is a safe remedy. A. Bad idea. The…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2011 8 Comments
    Treating Arthritis without NSAIDs

    Q. My cardiologist insists that I have to take low-dose aspirin and Plavix to prevent a heart attack. The trouble is that I have arthritis and bursitis. Because of the Plavix and aspirin I can't take …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2011 14 Comments
    Knox Gelatin Eased Arthritis Pain

    Q. I had been suffering with aching joints for a little over 10 years. Doctors didn't pay attention because I'm only 37. Yet I could not move well and was in constant pain. My mom read about taking ge…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2011 19 Comments
    Home Remedies For Arthritis

    Q. A couple wrote to you that they were taking Certo in grape juice to relieve arthritis pain. Did they say how long to keep taking it? My mother-in-law is trying it, and says it is better than gin-so…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2010 16 Comments
    Readers Disagree with Study Results for Arthriti…

    The official word is in. The popular dietary supplements for arthritis, glucosamine and chondroitin (G&C), don't work. Researchers reviewed 10 studies involving almost 4,000 people with joint pain…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2010 18 Comments
    Easing Arthritis with Topical Gels

    Q. I play the cello in a chamber group. It is becoming increasing difficult to enjoy my passion, since my finger joints have developed arthritis. I recently read an article about using topical gels to…

    By: Terry Graedon August 30, 2010 10 Comments
    Arthritis Supplement Raised Cholesterol

    Q. I took glucosamine and chondroitin for about seven months. I had gotten little relief for my back pain, but I was willing to continue it to see if eventually it would help. Around that time I had b…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2010 18 Comments
    Coping with Arthritis and Joint Pain

    Learn how to treat arthritis and joint pain with the People's Pharmacy Video.…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2010 25 Comments
    Beware Arthritis Drug Blockbusters

    Rheumatoid arthritis can be devastating and unpredictable. It attacks joints and can leave people twisted, crippled and in pain. Ever since the 1950s doctors have been looking for drugs to ease pain a…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2009 9 Comments
    Glucosamine Fails Knee Test

    A study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology reported that disappointing results from a study of the dietary supplement glucosamine. Over 200 subjects with mild to m…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2009 1 Comments
    Should We Trust Tylenol?

    When Tylenol was first introduced in 1955 it was a liquid prescription pain reliever and fever reducer for children. It wasn't until 1961 that Tylenol tablets were launched as over-the-counter pain pi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2009 14 Comments
    Arthritis

    No one really knows how many people suffer from arthritis and related inflammatory conditions. The folks at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), who are in charge of tracking such thi…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2009 3 Comments
    OTC Pain Pills Hold Hazards for Weekend Warriors

    hermits come out of their winter hibernation for outdoor activities. Digging, weeding and slinging mulch in the garden; spring cleaning in the attic or garage; and weekend running, tennis or softball …

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2007 1 Comments
    Popular Pain Relievers Pose Dilemma

    People in pain are caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, they have to deal with sore joints or chronic back problems that make it hard to enjoy everyday activities. On the other han…