By: The People's Pharmacy December 7, 2014 4 Comments
    Fixing Magnesium Deficiency Banished Fatigue

    Q. I heard your radio program about magnesium deficiency. I am 67, retired, and felt fatigued every day, all day. I would tell my friends, "tired is my way of life." After I heard your comments on mag…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 1, 2014 7 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: The People's Pharmacy December 1, 2014 2 Comments
    Getting Vitamin D Indoors

    Q. I've become concerned about not getting enough vitamin D in the wintertime. Would a sunlamp help me get my vitamin D level up? I also tend to get a little blue during the gray days of winter. Might…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 4 Comments
    Sore Infected Finger Responds to Lambs Ear Leaf

    Q. By chance, I applied a fresh "lambs ear" leaf to a chronically sore finger. Within minutes, there was complete relief, and now I apply a leaf nightly. What do you know about this? A. Lamb's ear is …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 4 Comments
    Heartburn from High-Dose Vitamin D

    Q. My doctor prescribed 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly because a blood test showed I am deficient. This pill gives me heartburn, and it seems like a big dose. Is there any reason I can't take a smaller…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

    How much vitamin D is optimal? Nutrition experts have been debating this issue for years. Epidemiologists in England conducted a prospective study in which they measured blood levels of 25-hydroxyvita…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 3, 2014 12 Comments
    Does Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

    Q. When the nurse in my doctor's office asked me what supplements I take, I mentioned vitamin C and told him that I up the dose if I feel a cold coming on. He laughed and said that had been disproven …

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 3 Comments
    Vitamin C Stops Asthma Cough

    Q. Years ago, I read that a cough associated with asthma could be relieved by taking cough lozenges with vitamin C. I tried it and it works. It has been almost six years and now I only cough when I ru…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 9 Comments
    Some Recalled Supplements Stay on Shelves

    Dietary supplements recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because of adulteration with dangerous drugs often remain on the market for years. Researchers at Harvard purchased and analyzed 27 die…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 4 Comments
    Cherry and Celery Extracts Banish Gout Pain

    Q. I work as a correctional officer and have to go up and down flights of stairs 12 hours a day. My gout flared up so that I could barely walk. I could have sworn I had broken my feet. My doctor presc…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Supplements Reduced Need for Asthma Inhaler

    Q. I have had asthma since I was two. I am now in my 50s, and my doctor prescribed daily Advair and albuterol as a rescue inhaler. I was using albuterol several times a week until I started fish oil a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 11 Comments
    Nighttime Foot Cramps May Yield to Magnesium or …

    Q. My sister gets cramps in her feet at night. They are so severe that she has to get out of bed to deal with them. She has tried mustard, soap, pickle juice and V8. Is there anything else that might …

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2014 0 Comments
    Stinging Nettle Reverses Paralysis of Bell’…

    Q. My friend is 19 years old. One night she was watching TV with her mother and the right side of her face went numb. Her doctor diagnosed it as Bell's palsy and said she would just have to suffer wit…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 10 Comments
    Supplement Triple-Whammy Led to Bleeding Gums

    Q. I have been taking curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, for back pain over the last several months. It has helped quite a lot, but my gums started to bleed badly. I realized that …

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 1 Comments
    St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, but May Dam…

    Q. I have taken several prescribed antidepressants over the years, but was not on any when I was offered a cup of St. John's wort tea. It elevated my mood surprisingly well. I began drinking the tea i…

    By: Joe Graedon July 3, 2014 18 Comments
    Common Lack of Vitamin B12 Linked to Depression …

    Vitamin deficiencies are supposed to be a thing of the past. But a lack of vitamin B12 may be surprisingly common. Most people don't think twice about this nutrient, also known as cobalamin. Vitamins …

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2014 9 Comments
    Peppermint Oil for Digestive Woes (IBS) vs. Side…

    Q. I've heard that taking enteric-coated peppermint oil can help IBS. My worst symptoms are stomach cramps and flatulence, but I'm reluctant to eat out or travel. Some of my friendships have suffered.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 9, 2014 18 Comments
    Taking Turmeric as a Supplement Banished the Pai…

    Q. I have suffered from bursitis in my right hip for about four years. I had six cortisone shots in my hip during this time. The first shots helped a lot, but the later ones did virtually nothing. I s…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2014 10 Comments
    Strange But True–Olive Oil Supplements Off…

    Air pollution is hard on lung function. The more particulate matter in the air, the greater the likelihood blood vessel function in the lungs will be compromised. A new study of 42 healthy individuals…

    By: Terry Graedon May 26, 2014 6 Comments
    Popular Supplement May Cause Uncomfortable Side …

    Q. My wife and I have tried resveratrol several times and had to stop because it triggered itchy bug bite-like feelings. I'm 100 percent sure it's the resveratrol. I recently tried taking half a capsu…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2014 12 Comments
    Natural Approaches May Help Ease Eczema Without …

    Q. I have chronic eczema on my ankle and have used corticosteroid cream with no success. Is there a natural remedy? Is eczema an autoimmune condition? A. Eczema is not considered an autoimmune conditi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2014 4 Comments
    Getting More Resveratrol Was No Ticket to Longer…

    Resveratrol, which is found in grapes and red wine, has long been considered a superstar in the health food store. Studies have suggested that resveratrol can protect against cancer, cognitive decline…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2014 6 Comments
    Evening Primrose Oil Overcame Persistent Allergi…

    Q. At 39 I developed solar urticaria. This is a skin allergy to sunlight, with pain and severe itching for days after sun exposure. One of my friends recently mentioned that taking borage oil helped h…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2014 8 Comments
    What Is the Difference Between Prebiotics and Pr…

    Q. Prebiotics? Probiotics? What is the difference? And what are the most important ingredients? There are so many companies making them that it is hard to know which one to take. A. Prebiotics are com…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2014 4 Comments
    Severe Hip Pain Vanished When Vitamin D Level Wa…

    Q. About five years ago I began to suffer with severe pain in my left hip and leg. It was agonizing when I lay in bed. I had to crawl on hands and knees to climb stairs. Physical therapy did not work.…

    By: Terry Graedon March 31, 2014 23 Comments
    Hyaluronic Acid Tablets Combat Vaginal Dryness

    Q. After menopause, sex became painful and almost impossible. I tried Estring, an estrogen product you place up inside, but that caused a terrible yeast infection. I tried all kinds of lubricants, but…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2014 15 Comments
    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 wo…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2014 5 Comments
    Melatonin May Counteract Aging Due to Ultraviole…

    Exposure to sunlight can damage the skin, leading to accelerated skin aging and increasing the risk of skin cancers. Tissue culture research has shown, however, that a common compound produced in the …

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2014 6 Comments
    Natural Amino Acid L-Arginine Helps Counteract E…

    Q. I have been consulting a nutritionist who trained as a pharmacist. She has been very helpful. I emailed her a list of my husband's medications and asked which ones could cause erectile dysfunction.…

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2014 4 Comments
    B Vitamin Helps Prevent Migraine Headaches

    Q. After my migraines began flaring up weekly, I started taking riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily. Ten weeks into this regimen, I have only had two really bad headaches. I still have Maxalt as a backup, b…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2014 10 Comments
    Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Inflammation in S…

    Vitamin D may play a crucial role in immune functioning. A study of nearly 1000 senior citizens in Northern Ireland measured inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein, Interleukins 6 and 10 and …

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2014 10 Comments
    Vitamin D2 Supplements Increase Muscle Damage fr…

    Although vitamin D deficiency is linked to muscle weakness and pain, supplements of vitamin D2 increase muscle soreness and recovery time after bouts of intense exercise. The research was conducted on…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2014 3 Comments
    St. John’s Wort May Help Mood But Could Hu…

    Q. I have been taking St. John's wort every day for over a year. I started taking it to combat depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD) that troubles me in the gloomy winter months. I've notice…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2014 3 Comments
    Black Licorice Has a Dangerous Dark Side

    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 …

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2014 5 Comments
    Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D This Winter?

    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 exp…

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2014 13 Comments
    Controversy over Vitamin Benefits and Risks Just…

    Q. I have read lately that vitamin and mineral supplements are a waste of money. I beg to differ. I am a firm believer in supplements. Magnesium and vitamin B6 have prevented a recurrence of kidney st…

    By: Joe Graedon January 2, 2014 29 Comments
    Are Vitamins Helpful or Harmful? Even the Expert…

    It's no wonder Americans feel as if they are on a roller coaster. A week ago the headlines quoted an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine: "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and …

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2013 4 Comments
    Can Magnesium Pills Counteract Recurrent Headach…

    Q. I have had a lot of trouble with headaches. Someone told me that magnesium tablets could relieve headache pain. Is this true? A. Some research shows that magnesium deficiency is fairly common among…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2013 9 Comments
    Multivitamins Failed to Protect Against Cardiova…

    Two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that multivitamins did not provide protection against cognitive decline or cardiovascular disease. The Physicians' Health Study involved…

    By: Terry Graedon December 16, 2013 9 Comments
    Cranberry Pills Helped Against Urinary Tract Inf…

    Q. I recently heard from a friend that she was having frequent bladder infections and didn't want to take any more antibiotics. She decided to try cranberry pills and found they work great. Her blood …