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    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2019 0 Comments
    If You Take Zinc, Will Your Feet Not Stink?

    Do your feet smell bad? Many of the remedies for unpleasant foot odor are topical: soak the feet in a solution of baking soda, vinegar, Epsom salts or very strong tea. Any of those approaches may be q…

    By: Joe Graedon March 25, 2019 0 Comments
    Aviation Disasters Highlight Fundamental Flaws a…

    When an airplane crashes it captures the world’s attention. When two planes crash it instantly becomes a crisis. Such was the case with the Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane. On October 29, 2018, 189 people…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2019 0 Comments
    Will Sniffing Alcohol Ease Nausea After Surgery?

    Most of the time when we learn about an unusual home remedy, we have no idea how or even whether it works. So we were thrilled last year when we came across an actual placebo-controlled trial of sniff…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2019 0 Comments
    Does Your Microbiota Change When You Take Nexium…

    The "royal we" may be more accurate than we imagine, and not only for individuals of noble descent. All of us might practice thinking of ourselves a a collective. That is because each of us contains m…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2019 0 Comments
    Can You Use Cinnamon to Reduce Your Cholesterol?

    Most people want to keep their cholesterol under control, but some would prefer to do so without medication. It is possible to use your diet to lower your cholesterol levels. Some people report that e…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2019 14 Comments
    Statins Cause Diabetes: The Link Just Got Strong…

    There is no nice way to say this. Cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins cause diabetes. This is not new news, but it is unwelcome. When lovastatin (Mevacor) was approved by the FDA more than 30 year…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2019 0 Comments
    What is the Best Exercise to Prevent Diabetes?

    Many people want to know the best exercise to…fill in the blank. They would like to know the best exercise program to lose weight, prevent type 2 diabetes or keep their brains functioning. All the e…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2019 1 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Improve Your Performan…

    Following a Mediterranean diet has been shown to protect your heart, ease your symptoms of psoriasis and reduce your likelihood of becoming frail. Some research even suggests that a Mediterranean-styl…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2019 2 Comments
    Show 1158: Will Hormone Disruptors Affect Your C…

    Over the last several decades, our environment has changed enormously. Comparing a playground in 1962 to the same playground in 2019 gives some sense of how thoroughly we have surrounded ourselves and…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2019 4 Comments
    Can You Overcome Depression with Exercise?

    People with heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions are more prone to depression. This seems understandable. The problem is that if they do become depressed, their conditions may worsen. …

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2019 0 Comments
    Strong Vitamin D Helps Protect Kids from Air Pol…

    Children exposed to air pollution, including indoor air pollution, are more likely to develop asthma. New research suggests, however, that those with strong vitamin D blood levels may be partially pro…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 10 Comments
    How To Stop Venlafaxine: Very, VERY Slowly!

    It has taken the medical profession a very long time to acknowledge that many of the most popular drugs in the pharmacy can cause a kind of dependence. By that we mean such drugs can precipitate serio…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 12 Comments
    Delayed Cough with Lisinopril Can Lead to Misdia…

    Humans are programmed to quickly associate symptoms with exposure to some toxin. This was an incredibly adaptive learning process when our ancestors were hunters and gatherers. If a member of the trib…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 11 Comments
    Doctor Disses Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) Against Flu

    Watch out, there’s a second wave of nasty influenza starting to circulate. Even though it seems as if spring is right around the corner, a lot of people are suffering from this badass H3N2 strain of…

    By: Terry Graedon March 18, 2019 11 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Pressure with Nitric Oxide?

    Nitric oxide is a gas originally thought to be important to human health only as an air pollutant. In the 1980s, however, scientists began to realize that this molecule plays many important roles in h…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 47 Comments
    Best Home Remedies for Restless Legs Syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects 5% to 15% of adults (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Dec. 15, 2016). That means as many as 30 million Americans suffer from RLS. Roughly 6 million people are s…

    By: Terry Graedon March 18, 2019 15 Comments
    Can You Ease Sinus Woes by Avoiding Dairy?

    Hay fever and other seasonal allergies can cause a lot of discomfort. The congestion such allergic reactions cause can lead to sinus woes that seem to last a long time. But what if the problem is not&…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2019 4 Comments
    Can You Clear Rosacea with Dandruff Shampoo?

    Rosacea is a common skin condition associated with easy flushing or blushing, persistent redness, inflamed blood vessels and small red bumps on the skin. People who have had rosacea for a long time ma…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 4 Comments
    Show 1157: Why Are You Never Home Alone?

    You may think your home is sparkling clean. But even a clean house harbors a host of small creatures that have a fascinating web of interactions with each other and with the humans who live there. Wha…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh March 14, 2019 2 Comments
    Be Prepared for Anything

    I recently watched the Netflix series, Tidying Up, with my children. Watching this show was an eye opener - I needed to get many areas of the house under control and more organized. As a pharmacist, I…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2019 43 Comments
    Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB R…

    Week after week, month after month, we have been learning about ARB recalls. These angiotensin receptor blockers have been taken by at least two million Americans to control blood pressure or treat he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2019 4 Comments
    High Cost of Spravato (Esketamine) For Depressio…

    The first really new antidepressant in decades recently won FDA approval for treatment-resistant depression. Esketamine nasal spray will be sold under the brand name Spravato. Physicians and patients …

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Watch Out for a Second Wave of Flu

    By the end of 2018, influenza activity was heavy around the country. This year, the predominant strain of influenza virus causing infection was H1N1. It caused less severe illness and fewer hospitaliz…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 5 Comments
    Are Dog-Walkers at Risk for Broken Bones?

    For years, health experts have been telling people that exercise is critical for good health and that walking is great exercise. Dog ownership can contribute: Regular dog-walkers get more exercise tha…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Can You See Alzheimer Disease with Retina Scan?

    New technology allows for non-invasive imaging of the retina. Now, such a retina scan may allow eye doctors to diagnose Alzheimer disease. Why Would a Retina Scan Be Helpful? The retina is richly supp…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 1 Comments
    Is Parsley an Antidote for Bad Breath?

    We love hearing from readers who offer home remedies we haven't seen in common use. You might not be aware of this one: nibble on parsley leaves to banish bad breath. Will Parsley Overcome Bad Breath?…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 9 Comments
    PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI …

    Many specialists live in silos. By that we mean they hang out with other experts like themselves. They reinforce each other’s understanding of the world. These specialists may not hang out with auth…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 25 Comments
    Are Gin-Drenched Raisins a Big Joke?

    Whoever said "Getting old isn't for sissies" certainly got it right. As we age, we often accumulate aches and pains that may be attributed to arthritis. People with arthritis are faced with a horrible…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 2 Comments
    Is Sunshine the Best Source for Vitamin D?

    Vitamin D has long been known as the sunshine vitamin because skin creates this hormone when exposed to ultraviolet light. However, winter in northern latitudes does not allow much vitamin D to be cre…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 14 Comments
    Taking Lisinopril | Avoid POTASSIUM but ZINC Cou…

    Lisinopril is about the most popular drug in the pharmacy. This ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor is swallowed by over 20 million hypertensive Americans every day. Over 110,000,000 bo…