By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 5 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 3 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: 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: 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 15, 2013 13 Comments
    Could Vitamin D Keep You Healthy This Winter?

    Despite increasing scientific scrutiny of the benefits of vitamin D, there is still mystery and confusion about this essential nutrient. Part of the complexity is due to the fact that vitamin D is not…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2013 1 Comments
    Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked to Lower Likeliho…

    Overweight people who undergo gastric bypass surgery do much better with higher vitamin D levels. In a study at Massachusetts General Hospital, vitamin D levels were measured before surgery. Patients …

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2013 12 Comments
    Calcium Supplements May Carry Hazards for Postme…

    Many women are urged to take supplemental calcium to keep their bones strong, especially as they get older. A new study from China suggests that this strategy might backfire. A randomized placebo-cont…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2013 39 Comments
    What Can A Woman Do To Kill Her Sex Drive?

    Q. Wow. After reading dozens of other posts to this website I can't believe so many others know what this is like. My sex drive is slightly above average. My boyfriend's is well below average. Other t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2013 7 Comments
    Calcium Supplements May Be Counterproductive for…

    Women have long been advised to take high doses of supplemental calcium to protect their bones, but a new study from China suggests that this may not be good advice for all. More than 300 women were r…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2013 1 Comments
    Leaves from the Garden Relieved Her Menstrual Cr…

    Q. I experience severe menstrual cramps when I start my period. After I read about  a tea of dandelion leaves and parsley as a remedy for bloating experienced with PMS, I tried it in desperation. I a…

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2013 17 Comments
    Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Send Cholesterol …

    Q. I am 60 years old and have never had a problem with cholesterol in my life and no sign of it in my family either.  All of a sudden a couple of weeks ago when I had my annual physical they called a…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2013 7 Comments
    Preventing Sunburn from the Inside Out

    Fifty years ago it was hard to avoid sunburn. Sunscreens were crude. The most effective, zinc oxide cream, went on ghostly white and looked funny, though it did keep lifeguards from burning their nose…

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2013 2 Comments
    Dietary Supplement Lowers PSA

    A dietary supplement containing pomegranate, broccoli, green tea, and turmeric has lowered PSA levels in men who have been treated for prostate cancer. The double-blind study of more than 200 men was …

    By: Terry Graedon May 30, 2013 5 Comments
    B Vitamins for Better Brain Function?

    B-complex vitamins might be able to delay the development of dementia in some older folks whose memories have begun to slip. A study in the United Kingdom tested the regimen in 156 people at least 70 …

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2013 19 Comments
    Suffering With Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

    Q. Here I am - 20 years older - and back to the same problems which caused me to start taking hormonoe replacement therapy (HRT) in the first place. After consulting with my nurse/doctor in October, I…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2013 2 Comments
    Ginkgo May Raise Risk of Cancers

    Ginkgo biloba is a popular herbal medicine that is reputed to improve cognitive functioning. Even though randomized controlled trials do not show that it prevents dementia or Alzheimer's disease, mill…

    By: Joe Graedon April 7, 2013 24 Comments
    Are Your Vitamin Supplements Up To Snuff?

    If you take a multi-vitamin every morning, chances are you pop it in your mouth and gulp it down with your juice without giving it a second thought. Millions of Americans take vitamins, minerals or su…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2013 6 Comments
    Task Force Disses Calcium and Vitamin D Pills

    For years women have been told to take high doses of calcium along with some vitamin D to keep their bones strong. The wisdom of this approach has been questioned in recent years. The U.S. Preventive …

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2013 2 Comments
    Women at Risk from Calcium Supplements

    Calcium supplements may increase the risk of dying from heart disease in women as well as men. The National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study tracked more than 200,000 men for more than …

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2013 5 Comments
    Vitamin D Pill Variability Hints at Poor Quality…

    The vitamin D that people buy in a pharmacy or health food store may not deliver what it promises. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, purchased 55 bottles…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2013 33 Comments
    How Good Are Your Supplements?

    The dirty little secret is out. No one is minding the store when it comes to vitamins, minerals, herbs or dietary supplements. Are you taking a multi-vitamin? What about specific nutrients like vitami…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2013 41 Comments
    Are Calcium Supplements Killing People?

    Millions of men and women swallow a big calcium pill every day because they have been told it is good for their bones. That advice may be misguided, especially in light of recent research suggesting t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2012 28 Comments
    Fighting Off Colds & Flu With Vitamin D!

    For decades, mothers and grandmothers in northern climates dosed children with cod liver oil during the winter. They had no scientific studies to support their belief that there was something in that …

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2012 2 Comments
    Citrus Pectin May Protect Arteries

    The plaque that causes atherosclerosis results from an inflammatory reaction that results in the formation of scar tissue inside blood vessels, a process known as vascular fibrosis. Researchers have n…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2012 0 Comments
    Vitamin Makes Urine Yellow

    Q. I take a multivitamin after breakfast. I notice that my urine turns bright yellow for several hours afterwards. What causes this change in color and is it dangerous? A. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) can …

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2012 5 Comments
    Should You Take Vitamin Pills?

    A year ago many health professionals were gleeful that vitamin supplements had finally been proven useless and maybe even dangerous. That's because of the Iowa Women's Health Study (Archives of Intern…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2012 6 Comments
    Carrot Juice Can Turn Skin Orange

    We have three similar carrot questions to share: Q. I've heard that too much vitamin A can be dangerous. I drink 4 ounces of carrot juice every day (it's delicious) and I'm wondering if that might acc…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2012 10 Comments
    How Much Vitamin D Is Enough?

    Vitamin D has become one of the hottest nutrients in pharmacies and health food stores. That's because epidemiological studies have suggested that low levels of this hormone are linked to weakened bon…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2012 4 Comments
    Probiotics Against Colds

    College dormitories are breeding grounds for colds and other upper respiratory infections. The young people in them live in close quarters and are often sleep-deprived. But research suggests that prob…