By: Terry Graedon May 26, 2016 0 Comments
    Show 1036: How to Prevent Diabetes by Changing Y…

    An increasing proportion of Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes. In 2012, 86 million adults had prediabetes, which is elevated blood sugar that doesn't quite reach the cut-off for a diabetes dia…

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2016 23 Comments
    Show 996: Mystery and Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis …

    People who have had difficulty getting an accurate diagnosis of their ailments may feel that their doctors are not taking them seriously. Perhaps if they had MD degrees themselves, they imagine, the d…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2016 7 Comments
    Show 976: Intimacy and Eroticism (Archive)

    Why do couples who love each other often experience diminished desire? Relationship expert Esther Perel says that achieving intimacy sometimes removes the mystery that makes sex so exciting. Keep the …

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 5, 2016 5 Comments
    Show 1035: How to Understand Medical Flip-Flops

    Why can't the medical experts make up their minds? That's a question we hear often when the guidelines for eating a healthy diet, treating high blood pressure or lowering the risk of heart attacks sud…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2016 4 Comments
    Show 1034: How to Stay Healthy with Minimal Medi…

    Americans take a lot of pills with the goal of staying healthy-pills to lower cholesterol, pills to control blood pressure, even pills to keep bones strong. How can we use fewer pills but still maximi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2016 1 Comments
    Show 1033: How to Stay Healthy with Principles o…

    Most Americans are not familiar with the principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Despite its thousands of years of tradition, it seems exotic and possibly irrelevant for today. How Ayurvedic Medicine Princi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2016 5 Comments
    Show 1032: How to Use Products of the Bee Hive f…

    You may not think of bees as domestic animals, but any beekeeper would set you straight. Bees range far and wide when they forage for nectar and pollen, but they return home to the bee hive. Products …

    By: Terry Graedon April 7, 2016 1 Comments
    Show 1031: Could a Tick Bite Make You Allergic t…

    How Helpful Is Lowering Cholesterol? This week, the American College of Cardiology met and revealed surprising data on some new studies. What is the best way to lower cholesterol? Do healthy people ge…

    By: Terry Graedon March 31, 2016 13 Comments
    Show 1030: Dr. Mark Hyman on How to Eat Fat …

    For decades, we've been told that we need to avoid fat if we want to lose weight. So Americans turned to highly-processed low-fat foods that are full of sugar. Is it a coincidence that we are fatter t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2016 6 Comments
    Show 1029: How to Mobilize the Immune System to …

    Our immune systems are supposed to protect us from attack. Viruses, bacteria and fungi that try to invade can all trip alarm signals that awaken the body's natural defenses. Cancer is not an invader, …

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2016 9 Comments
    Show 1028: How Animals Can Help Us Heal

    How can animals break through the barriers created by traumatic events and help people heal? We'll learn about horses that interact with people with dementia, and dogs who visit patients in hospitals…

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2016 16 Comments
    Show 1027: How One Doctor Changed His Mind about…

    Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) has been both glorified as a mind-expanding agent and vilified as evil weed. Most doctors are skeptical about its usefulness for medical purposes. Our guest, David Casarett…

    By: Joe Graedon March 3, 2016 48 Comments
    Show 994: Learn How One Doctor Is Reversing Alzh…

    Alzheimer's disease is a prospect as frightening to many of us as cancer, and the treatment options are not promising. Most of the costly medications used in treating this type of dementia do little m…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2016 9 Comments
    Show 1026: What Should Women Do to Protect Their…

    Heart disease is still the number one killer of women in the US, though the words "heart attack" usually conjure up an image of a gray-haired man. The symptom of chest pain or tightness is the most co…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2016 0 Comments
    Show 1025: Get SuperBetter: How Games Can Improv…

    When computer game expert Jane McGonigal suffered a concussion, she had a hard time recovering from the constant headaches, fatigue, confusion and depression. To give herself achievable goals and make…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2016 23 Comments
    Show 1024: Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Destroy…

    America's most popular heartburn drugs might be harming our kidneys. Research published in the February issue of JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that regular use of drugs like Nexium, Prevacid or Pri…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2016 18 Comments
    Show 1023: How to Rebalance Your Digestive Tract…

    What do you know about your digestive tract bacteria? Normally, a wide range of bacteria helps us digest our food and works together to keep us healthy. But when infections or antibiotics intervene, t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2016 16 Comments
    Show 1022: How to Pick Dietary Supplements That …

    Are you getting all the nutrients you need from the food you eat? We are often advised to eat a well-balanced diet, but many people find that difficult. In today's fast-paced world, it can be hard eve…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2016 33 Comments
    Show 1021: If You Are in Pain, You Are Not Alone…

    Chronic pain is often invisible, but it undermines the quality of life of a hundred million Americans. Many of these people face a terrible dilemma: without medication, they suffer dreadfully. But if …

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2016 18 Comments
    Show 1020: How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hu…

    Many of us are aware we could be at a healthier weight. Perhaps we've even tried to drop some pounds but found that we were always feeling hungry and grumpy on a diet and that counting calories could …

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 4 Comments
    Show 1019: Trade In Bad Habits for Better Ones

    As we start the new year, many of us use the opportunity to try to change the habits that affect our health. Last week we heard from Gretchen Rubin, author of the book Better Than Before. How to Chang…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2015 6 Comments
    Show 1018: How to Have Healthier Habits in the N…

    Habits-things you do on a regular basis without even thinking about them-can have a huge impact on our health. But it isn't easy to drop old habits that aren't serving us well, like eating a pint of i…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2015 31 Comments
    Show 939: The Health Benefits of Chocolate (Arch…

    Chocolate has long been considered a sinful indulgence, definitely not a food that belongs in any "healthy" diet. But over the past few decades, evidence has been building that consuming chocolate act…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2015 1 Comments
    Show 1017: How to Avoid Weight Gain Over the Hol…

    We are accustomed to hearing, "Eat this, don't eat that." Nearly everyone who makes such a pronouncement is convinced that he or she has discovered the one and only diet that will solve the problem of…

    By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 1016: Rosita Arvigo Recommends Remedies fro…

    The tropical rainforest of Belize is full of medicinal plants. The knowledge of these plants and their uses has been considered secret, closely guarded by the traditional Mayan practitioners of shaman…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2015 24 Comments
    Show 1015: Thyroid Mysteries, Controversies and …

    The thyroid medicine levothyroxine (Synthroid) is among the top ten drugs dispensed in the US. The inevitable conclusion is that thyroid malfunction is extremely common. Even after diagnosis and treat…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2015 14 Comments
    Show 951: Why We Eat More Than We Think (Archive…

    Does your mood affect how much you eat? While serious depression or anxiety are known to change appetite, even milder changes in mood can have surprising effects. You might be surprised to learn that …

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 1014: Dr. Andrew Weil on Good Food Fast

    Dr. Andrew Weil, the country's leading expert in integrative medicine, believes that good health begins in the kitchen. It's hardly revolutionary to propose that diet matters when it comes to our heal…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 4 Comments
    Show 1013: Bacon Causes Cancer! How Good Is the …

    Bacon and Cancer: Not long ago, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Cancer Research stirred up a lot of controversy by announcing that processed meats such as bacon or hot dogs sh…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 1012: What to Do About a Ghost in Your Brai…

    Head injuries are all too common, affecting millions of Americans every year. They can result in brain injury if the brain gets jostled inside the skull. This can be a problem even if the incident did…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2015 4 Comments
    Show 1011: Sports and Concussions

    Sports are a great way for kids to get physical activity and learn teamwork. But how vulnerable are kids' brains when they play sports? In many popular sports such as football, soccer or lacrosse, pla…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 990: Diet and Lifestyle as Gene Therapy (Ar…

    We air this show in memory of Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, who died last month. He was a frequent guest on The People's Pharmacy and we are sorry to learn of his unexpected death. Genetic Destiny: We are all …

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2015 3 Comments
    Show 1010: Beating Sugar Addiction

    It may sound far-fetched to propose that someone has an addiction to candy or soft drinks. But brain scans show that some of the reward pathways associated with a sweet taste are very similar to those…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 1009: The Upside of Stress

    Stress is bad for our health, isn't it? It has been linked to everything from psoriasis to asthma to heart disease. It may even make us more susceptible to cancer. Is the Emphasis on Stress Reduction …

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 7 Comments
    Show 1008: Overcoming Autism

    The proportion of children with autism has increased dramatically over the last several decades. The CDC estimates that 1 out of every 68 American youngsters could be diagnosed as belonging on the a…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2015 4 Comments
    Show 1007: Coming Clean on Medical Mistakes

    The Institute of Medicine released an important report on diagnostic error this week, Improving Diagnosis in Medicine. The issue of medical mistakes is a serious problem that has not disappeared. Admi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 17, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 1006: Surviving Allergy Season

    Once fall begins, lots of Americans start to suffer. Up to a third of us struggle with sneezing, sniffling, congestion, itchy eyes and post-nasal drip as a result of hay fever (really ragweed pollen r…

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2015 16 Comments
    Show 1005: Balancing Benefit & Risk for Pai…

    Millions of Americans rely on popular pain relievers such as celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam, naproxen and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The fact that some of these …

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 2 Comments
    Show 162: In Memory of Oliver Sacks

    Dr. Oliver Sacks was much more than a neurologist. In his books, he invited us to imagine the world from wildly different perspectives than our own. When he described individuals with neurological dif…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 1004: Doctors’ Secret Language

    Have you ever wondered about the big words your doctor uses? Physicians have a language all their own. Not only do they have specialized technical terminology, but they also have their own slang. What…