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    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2019 0 Comments
    Will Politicians Ever Lower High Drug Prices?

    Are you paying too much for your medicines? The headlines lately have been full of controversy about how politicians will try to lower high drug prices. But current prospects are looking grim. Everybo…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2019 0 Comments
    Vinegar Eases the Pain of Jellyfish Stings

    People who swim in the ocean may encounter jellyfish. These floating sea creatures (which are not fish) have long tentacles equipped with tiny barbs supplied with venom. The most poisonous is the box …

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2019 0 Comments
    Beware Zolpidem Zombies on Airplanes

    One of the most popular prescription sleeping pills in the pharmacy is zolpidem (Ambien). At last count, over 19 million prescriptions were dispensed annually. Despite its popularity, zolpidem remains…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2019 0 Comments
    Can You Prevent Blisters Safely with Aluminum An…

    Have you ever developed a blister while walking or hiking? If you aren’t prepared, the rest of the hike can be agony. Is there any way to prevent blisters in the first place? Obviously, comfortable …

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2019 0 Comments
    How to Remove Splinters with Duct Tape

    How do you remove splinters? Sometimes, people go in for home surgery with sharp tweezers or even scalpels. That could be risky. Other folks use home remedies that seem to work well with a lot less pa…

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh July 15, 2019 0 Comments
    Why Are Pharmacists Silent about Generic Drug Qu…

    10 Reasons Why Pharmacists Are Silent about Generic Drug Quality: Two recently published books (Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies and Rosemary Gibson’s China Rx) spell out in graphic detail the…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2019 0 Comments
    Soy Sauce Helps Ease the Pain of a Burn

    Sometimes we learn about a surprising home remedy and then we hear from scores or even hundreds of people that they have used it successfully. More than a decade ago, a listener to our radio show call…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2019 0 Comments
    Announcing a New Design for The People’s Pharm…

    On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, www.PeoplesPharmacy.com will be offline for several hours. That’s because we are launching a complete re-design of our website to serve you better. What Will Be Different?…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2019 9 Comments
    Think Zinc for Better Blood Sugar Control

    Zinc is not one of the sexy minerals. Doctors and patients are far more interested in calcium, potassium and magnesium. But we think zinc is an unrecognized hero that often gets short shrift. This min…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2019 0 Comments
    Should You Eat Yogurt for a Healthy Colon?

    Your diet could influence your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Data from the long-running Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study included detailed information on die…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2019 7 Comments
    Prostate Cancer Therapy and Dementia: The Link G…

    Prostate cancer is hard enough by itself. That’s because treatment often comes with unpleasant complications. Now, add the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia linked to testosterone…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2019 4 Comments
    Show 1172: How Can Antibiotics Affect Your Brain…

    Antibiotics are crucial for treating serious infections, but the specter of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is scary. Many public health experts have called for more diligent antibiotic stewardshi…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2019 0 Comments
    Do Sweet Drinks Boost Your Risk for Cancer?

    Sugary beverages may increase your risk of developing cancer, according to a French study (BMJ, July 10, 2019). Soda pop is not the only culprit, though. Sweet drinks containing 100 percent fruit juic…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2019 0 Comments
    Are Diets and Supplements Useless for Your Heart…

    Most people believe that a good diet is a cornerstone of vibrant health. Many also take supplements as dietary insurance to make sure that they get the nutrients they need. A massive new review of 277…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2019 0 Comments
    How to Grill Safely This Summer

    In the summer, the great American pastime is the cookout. From burgers and corn on the cob to s'mores, cooking food over the fire or on a grill has enormous appeal. But public health experts have iden…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2019 0 Comments
    Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Defici…

    Whether they admit it or not, a lot of middle-aged and older people worry about senility. By this, they mean cognitive difficulties or even dementia, perhaps coupled with physical frailty. However, ge…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2019 14 Comments
    Statins and Nerve Damage (Peripheral Neuropathy)…

    By now, almost everyone agrees that statins like atorvastatin, lovastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin can cause muscle pain (myalgia). Most clinicians also acknowledge that statins are also linked t…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2019 1 Comments
    Do Drugs Like Antihistamines Trigger RLS (Restle…

    What causes Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)? Check with most medical authorities and you will learn that “there’s no known cause” (Mayo Clinic). Symptoms are often blamed on a chemical imbalance in…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2019 0 Comments
    Is It Safe to Take Red Yeast Rice for High Chole…

    Statisticians have shown that people with elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, are more likely to develop clogged arteries and coronary artery disease (Heart, Lung & Circulation, March 2018). If se…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2019 0 Comments
    Thyroid Trouble Was Behind Stomach Problems

    Doctors often attribute stomach problems like indigestion or discomfort after eating to excess stomach acid. Usually, they prescribe a PPI such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or ome…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2019 0 Comments
    The Beta Blocker Blahs Can Be Debilitating

    Beta blockers are blood pressure medications that have been around for many decades. They include drugs like atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Toprol) and propranolol (Inderal). In some instances, such…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2019 7 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Diabetes? Many MDs Wish It Were…

    Search the medical literature for statins and diabetes and you might be surprised at what you will find. Many health professionals would prefer that this side effect were never discovered. There is tr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2019 25 Comments
    Show 1114: How Health Care Became Big Business (…

    The American health care system is a $3 trillion mess. Although it has significant technological sophistication, this big business doesn’t seem consistently able to get appropriate treatments to the…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2019 1 Comments
    Radioactive Iodine for Hyperthyroidism Increases…

    A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine (July 1, 2019) has linked exposure to radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism to a 6 percent increased risk of death for all solid cancers and a 12 percent increas…

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2019 0 Comments
    Vegetables Linked to Improvement in Psychologica…

    When you were little, did anyone tell you to eat your vegetables? Eating more fruits and vegetables, especially vegetables, may boost your sense of well-being. An analysis of ten studies that included…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2019 16 Comments
    How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bit…

    Some people are mosquito magnets. They attract mosquitoes like honey draws flies. A bunch of people can be sitting around the back yard enjoying themselves and not being bothered by mosquitoes. That…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2019 5 Comments
    10 Favorite Wart Remedies That Work!

    Warts are mysterious. There are more questions than answers. We do know that warts are caused by a virus (human papilloma virus or HPV). How that virus penetrates the skin on fingers, hands or knees i…

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2019 0 Comments
    Will Melatonin Help Travelers with Jet Lag?

    Humans, like most other animals, have daily rhythms. When these are disrupted by shift work or jet lag, people may feel out of sorts, fatigued or even vulnerable to illness. Are there ways to get slee…

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2019 0 Comments
    To Stop a Nosebleed, the Key Is Cold on the Neck

    We have heard from scores of people over the years about their methods for stopping nosebleeds. One favorite method sounds bizarre: dangling keys down the back of the neck. We recently got an explanat…

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2019 0 Comments
    When Treating Hyperthyroidism Results in Too Lit…

    An overactive thyroid gland that pumps out too much thyroid hormone can be extremely uncomfortable or even dangerous. When this condition is caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, it…