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    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2019 13 Comments
    Why are FDA Inspections So Ineffective and Disap…

    We have been tough on the FDA, we admit it. We have questioned the agency’s generic drug approval process. We have criticized the Food and Drug Administration for being slow to discover and report s…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Should You Be Peeing on Your Feet?

    Warning: this remedy might be too disgusting for you. Many readers tell us that peeing on your feet can help you overcome toenail fungus or athlete's foot. Is there any evidence to back this claim up?…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2019 1 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Your Blood Pressu…

    Apple cider vinegar is an extremely popular home remedy. More than 50 years ago, D. C. Jarvis, MD, published his best-selling book, Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health. In it, he pr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2019 0 Comments
    Can Naltrexone Overcome Obsessions Like Hair Pul…

    Don’t you just love medical terminology? Hair pulling is straightforward. You immediately understand what it means. But no, doctors have to use Greek or Latin. You get the tongue twister trichotillo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2019 5 Comments
    Can You Use Activated Charcoal to Fight Flatulen…

    Have you ever wished you had a good way to fight flatulence? Sometimes changing your diet to include more legumes and green vegetables like cabbage or broccoli can backfire. Of course, you will probab…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2019 5 Comments
    Can Repatha Substitute for Statins to Lower Chol…

    Not everyone can tolerate statins to lower cholesterol. Some people react to drugs like atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin or simvastatin with muscle pain and weakness, arthritis, mus…

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2019 8 Comments
    Could Herbal Tea Overcome Your Nasty Cough?

    Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common pathogen that usually causes mild symptoms such as runny nose, fever or sneezing and wheezing. It can also cause a nasty cough in some people, especially …

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2019 15 Comments
    Does Your Dental Floss Contain PFAS Chemicals Th…

    How many times has your dentist told you to floss your teeth? Lots, right? But flossing can be a drag, especially if you use the unwaxed kind. It gets stuck or shreds. That’s why waxed or slippery f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 18 Comments
    Show 1148: What Can You Do About Kidney Stones?

    Kidney stones afflict an estimated three million Americans each year, resulting in at least half a million trips to the emergency department. But what are they and what can you do about them? How do t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 0 Comments
    Is There Flu Near You?

    The CDC reports that flu season is here (FluView from the CDC for the week ending Dec. 29, 2018). The number of states reporting high flu activity has more than doubled, from 9 to 19. Consequently, th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 7 Comments
    How Can You Avoid Norovirus?

    Norovirus, the plague of cruise ships, is also known as the winter vomiting bug. It is highly contagious and is starting to circulate this winter. Michigan is being especially hard hit. There are als…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 2 Comments
    Why Has Healthcare Marketing Increased So Much?

    If you ever watch television, you may have noticed a lot of drug ads. Unless you have a particular interest in a drug, you might not bother to look it up and learn how much it might cost. The answer i…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 2 Comments
    Are Older People More Likely to Fall on Antidepr…

    Older people may be at particular risk of falls and fractures when they take antidepressants. Back in 2012, experts added SSRI and SNRI type drugs such as fluoxetine (Prozac) and venlafaxine (Effexor)…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 19 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Your Heartburn?

    Do you get uncomfortable after a big meal? A burning sensation under the breastbone after eating is common. If you have ever suffered from this type of indigestion, you may want to know how to cure yo…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 23 Comments
    Vitamin C and the Common Cold: Will Ascorbic Aci…

    One of the most contentious issues in modern medicine revolves around vitamins, especially vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid). For reasons that mystify us, most health professionals dismiss the value of vi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 32 Comments
    What Can You Do for Cold Sores?

    Cold sores are painful and unsightly lesions that result from herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). People also call them fever blisters, as they tend to pop up when a person is suffering from an infection …

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 34 Comments
    Why Was the FDA So Slow to Warn About FQ Disaste…

    We would be the first to admit that the Food and Drug Administration has a LOT of responsibilities. The agency is supposed to ensure that our food supply is safe. It monitors those never-ending prescr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 21 Comments
    Taking Synthroid in the Middle of the Night

    An underactive thyroid gland is a surprisingly common condition, affecting up to 5 percent of adult Americans. More people experience subclinical hypothyroidism than overt hypothyroidism. Nonetheless,…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 7 Comments
    Why KayaBiotics from Germany? Certified Organic!

    We are delighted that Kaya Biotics has decided to extend its relationship with The People’s Pharmacy. This German company is now underwriting our nationally syndicated public radio show. We are very…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 22 Comments
    What Happened to Cod Liver Oil as a Home Remedy?

    The origin of many a home remedy is lost in the mists of time. Usually we don't have a good record of who started using it or when, and we also rarely have information on when and how it falls out of …

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 12 Comments
    Swollen Ankles from Amlodipine and Swollen Tongu…

    "Swelling" as a drug side effect doesn't seem like that big a deal. And yet drug-induced swelling can be unpleasant at best and life threatening at worst. Amlodipine (Norvasc) is the second most presc…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 28 Comments
    Show 1147: How Do You Control Your Cholesterol?

    What causes heart disease? There are a number of risk factors, including cigarette smoking, sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, diabetes and others. One well-known risk is high cholesterol. Has …

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2019 32 Comments
    The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Hospi…

    Have you ever heard of the law of unintended consequences? This is when something that was supposed to be beneficial turns out to bite you in the butt. Here is just one example: Kudzu is an ornamental…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 4 Comments
    For Healthy Kidneys, Avoid Sugary Drinks

    Usually, people are advised to drink plenty of liquids to keep their kidneys healthy and functioning well. A new study suggests, however, that sugary drinks are more of a problem than a help. What Is …

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2019 9 Comments
    Unbelievable! Yet Another Drug Recall | Amlodipi…

    OK, we admit it, we're starting to sound like a cracked record when it comes to drug recalls. We apologize. It is really sad that we have to issue regular reports about FDA oversight and pharmaceutica…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 27 Comments
    Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

    When people hear that sugar-sweetened beverages pose health hazards, some respond by switching to diet soft drinks. A new analysis in The BMJ suggests that might not be the best strategy. Non-sugar sw…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 4 Comments
    Will Long Term Exercise Help You Avoid a Fall?

    As people age, their balance and coordination may become compromised. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans over 65 years old takes a fall each year. Moreover, falls are a …

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2018 24 Comments
    Should You Take Magnesium to Boost Vitamin D?

    We don't usually think of nutritional supplements acting in concert, but that is due to a failure of imagination. Food hardly ever supplies a single nutrient. A reader recently alerted us to an intere…

    By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2018 32 Comments
    How Good is the Shingrix Vaccine Against Shingle…

    If you have ever had chicken pox as a kid you are at risk for shingles as an adult. That's because the virus that causes this childhood illness is varicella zoster, the same virus that causes shingles…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2018 11 Comments
    Can Kiwi Fruit Overcome Horrible Canker Sores?

    Canker sores (aka aphthous ulcers) are painful spots that appear on the tongue, inner lip or lining of the cheeks. Unlike cold sores, which are caused by herpes virus, canker sores are not associated …