By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2016 0 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 13 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 27 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 15 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 23 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 8 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…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2015 26 Comments
    Show 931: How to Stay Healthy at Home with Simpl…

    If you have ever wondered whether there is a good way to take fewer prescription medicines and treat more of your everyday ailments with natural approaches, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has good news for you.…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2015 10 Comments
    Show 1003: From Lyme to Alpha-Gal: The Latest on…

    Tick-borne diseases are extremely widespread, but they seem to be difficult to diagnose and hard to treat. Science has now recognized many more conditions that result from tick bites than were known e…

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2015 22 Comments
    Show 1002: How Bowel Bacteria Affect the Brain

    Until fairly recently, no one was really interested in the denizens of the digestive tract except for a few gastroenterologists and a few more microbiologists. But now research has shown that the bact…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2015 6 Comments
    Show 1001: Natural Approaches to Summer Skin Car…

    People have been using plants to take care of skin problems for hundreds or thousands of years. Which natural products really work? Our expert guests discuss the power of a fresh aloe vera leaf to hel…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2015 15 Comments
    Show 1000: Celebrating Home Remedies and Common …

    This is the thousandth episode of The People's Pharmacy, and we are celebrating. We invited local listeners who support our host station, North Carolina Public Radio, WUNC, to join us for a live perfo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2015 10 Comments
    Show 999: Meditation and Yoga as Tools for Healt…

    At one time, most Americans were mystified by meditation and wary of yoga. There is now increasing recognition that both meditation and yoga can have profound health effects. Meditation and the Brain …

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 906: The New Germ Theory of Disease (Archiv…

    Inflammation is a primary cause of many chronic conditions, from Alzheimer's disease and arthritis to asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. But what causes the inflammation? Could infectious agents b…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2015 13 Comments
    Show 881: The Art of Diagnosis (Archive)

    Diagnosis is the very foundation of medical care. Without an accurate diagnosis, doctors have no way of determining the appropriate treatment. Decades ago, doctors used to rely heavily on the patient'…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2015 6 Comments
    Show 998: The Health Effects of Touch

    We don't always pay attention to our sense of touch, though it is critical to survival. Sensations of pain, heat or cold protect us from injury. But the importance of touch goes far beyond that. Pain …

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2015 13 Comments
    Show 997: Big Pharma and Health Care

    Dr. Peter Gøtzsche worked for the pharmaceutical industry years ago supervising clinical trials and working in regulatory affairs. But this industry insider has become the toughest of critics. Dr. G…

    By: Joe Graedon June 11, 2015 16 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, the diagnostic proc…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2015 3 Comments
    Show 995: Changing Your Life to Improve Your Hea…

    Most of us know what we should do to clean up our lifestyles--eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, and so on ad nauseum. You've heard it all before. But we don't necessarily do the things we know th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2015 33 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 with poor treatment options. Most of the costly medications used in treating this type of dementia do little more than del…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2015 19 Comments
    Show 955: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds (Arc…

    What can we learn from people who have experienced spontaneous remissions of serious cancers? Doctors recognize that such remissions sometimes occur, but they rarely study them. The problem is that re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2015 25 Comments
    Show 993: Obamacare Successes and Failures

    Americans frequently boast that we have the best health care in the world. While that may be debated in some quarters, no one doubts that our health care system is the most expensive. What makes Ameri…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 28 Comments
    Show 992: Overcoming Vertigo

    Dizziness is a common problem, but not easily diagnosed. A little lightheadedness could be a reaction to dehydration or blood pressure medication. But when the room is spinning, walking can become dif…