By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 0 Comments
    Benefits and Drawbacks of St. John’s Wort

    Like many of our readers, we are always delighted to learn that a natural product may work as well as a pharmaceutical for a particular problem. It is always important to remember that most compounds…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 1 Comments
    Is Ginseng Safe for Cancer Patient?

    Mixing alternative remedies such as herbs with prescription drugs for treating serious problems such as cancer can be risky. It is always a good idea to check with the oncology team to see if they kno…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 15, 2015 12 Comments
    Which Vitamin Supplements Do You Really Need?

    How do you know which vitamin supplements you might need to take? This is a question that is, rightly, of great concern to many people. It is especially urgent when considering the many pronouncements…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 11, 2015 12 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 May 7, 2015 9 Comments
    Bitter Melon Lowers Blood Sugar

    Type 2 diabetes is usually treated with medications, but the risk/benefit ratio of the newer ones may be dubious (as we wrote here and here). That's especially the case when the expense is factored …

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 7, 2015 20 Comments
    Are Americans Taking Too Much Vitamin D?

    Many studies have revealed that a surprisingly high proportion of Americans have low levels of vitamin D circulating in their blood stream. (We have written about this observation previously.) Researc…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 4, 2015 10 Comments
    Can You Overdose on Ginger?

    The acid-suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are intended for treating serious acid reflux known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. In practice, though, medicines such as esome…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 27, 2015 15 Comments
    Garlic Keeps Her Bladder Infections at Bay

    Recurrent urinary tract infections can be very hard to fend off, so we are interested in this reader's success with a simple supplement. Women who are susceptible to this problem will recognize the in…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 27, 2015 11 Comments
    Turmeric Is as Good as Gold for Health

    Most Americans have never heard of the spice turmeric. And yet, millions consume it on a regular basis without realizing it. That's because this Asian spice provides the color in yellow mustard. Turme…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 10 Comments
    Has the FDA Turned its Back on Supplements?

    Is the FDA doing its job of protecting the public health when it comes to vitamins, herbs and dietary supplements? Recent evidence has emerged suggesting that the agency has let us all down. There are…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 6 Comments
    Overcoming Vitamin D Deficiency Banished Pain an…

    The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can be extremely varied, and there is also disagreement over the best regimen for correcting it. Sometimes people have great success with supplementation, as this …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 14 Comments
    State Attorneys General Call for Federal Oversig…

    Attorneys general from 14 states are begging the US Congress to do something about regulating herbal supplements. Their petition was given urgency by the recent results from a study conducted at the r…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 11 Comments
    How Much Vitamin D Do You Really Need?

    When the Institute of Medicine reviewed data on vitamin D, the panel concluded that adults need no more than 600 IU of the vitamin daily. Underestimation Now, a group of scientists from Creighton Univ…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 6, 2015 5 Comments
    What Does Curcumin Do?

    One of the hottest supplements in the health food store these days is curcumin. Like this reader, you may want to know why. Listen to next Saturday's syndicated radio show to get the very latest updat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 2, 2015 2 Comments
    Rosehips Offer Promising Approach to Preventing …

    Rosehips form on rose bushes after pollination. They are high in vitamin C and other nutrients, including beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Traditionally, rosehips have been made into he…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 26, 2015 4 Comments
    Herbal Treatments for Varicose Veins

    Q. Will horse chestnut help varicose veins? Is there anything else I can do to ease this discomfort? My legs feel so heavy and tired at the end of the day. A. Varicose veins have become enlarged. They…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 23, 2015 12 Comments
    Vitamin D Solved Vertigo Problem

    Q. I have been diagnosed with vertigo (BPPV) and it's the worst. Any time I move my head the world spins. But I recently found a study linking vitamin D deficiency to BPPV. My level was really low and…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 11 Comments
    The Latest on the Supplement Scandal

    Q. Testing done on supplements from Target, Walgreens, Walmart and GNC revealed that they were bogus. Is there any way a consumer can determine what is in these things? A. The investigation by the New…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 0 Comments
    Childhood Vitamin D Affects Adult Arteries

    Children with low levels of vitamin D may grow up to be adults with atherosclerotic plaque clogging their arteries, according to a 25-year long study from Finland. More than 2,000 children were enroll…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 0 Comments
    Maca Made Hot Flashes Disappear

    Q. Thank you for writing about maca for hot flashes. I took a capsule twice a day for a month, and my hot flashes disappeared during the day. I also used to suffer from intense night sweats, about fou…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 12, 2015 18 Comments
    Using L-Lysine Against Shingles

    Q. My body gives me a warning before an attack of shingles: I get pain on the skin in the area where I had full-blown shingles before. I have found if I take L-lysine as soon as I get that signal, I d…

    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 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: 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 6 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 15 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 2 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 17 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 4 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 10 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 19 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…