Trusted for unbiased health information since 1976

We aim to help you make informed decisions about both traditional and alternative treatments.

People's Pharmacy video
    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2016 0 Comments
    Show 1052: The Challenge of Antibiotic-Resistant…

    Ever since penicillin was discovered, scientists have realized that bacteria could develop resistance to antibiotics. In the last decade or so, these fears have become more acute. Many dangerous pa…

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2016 0 Comments
    Sale on MoM Deodorant Now Open to Everyone!

    We were soundly spanked by a loyal lover of MoM (milk of magnesia) Deodorant. She took us to the woodshed because we were offering a 25% discount on our unscented 2 oz. Aluminum-Free Roll-On to new us…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2016 0 Comments
    Looking on the Bright Side of Morning Sickness

    Morning sickness is a common occurrence with early pregnancy. Although it can make women feel miserable, new research shows this cloud has one silver lining. Women with Morning Sickness Less Likely t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2016 0 Comments
    To Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk, Get Cholestero…

    Lowering dangerous LDL cholesterol is a primary focus for people who want to lower their  heart attack risk. That's been dogma for decades, and it has just been re-affirmed. Can You Lower Your Heart …

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Pass a Kidney Stone Riding a Roller Coast…

    This treatment definitely qualifies as one of the more bizarre (or if you wish "wacky") therapies we have encountered, but we assure you it has just been published in a medical journal. It won't appea…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2016 0 Comments
    Artificial Sweetener Research Is Clouded by Conf…

    How good is artificial sweetener research? A new review suggests it leaves a lot to be desired. Reviewing Artificial Sweetener Research: Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages and foods has …

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2016 1 Comments
    Mylan CEO Underestimated Profit on Pricey EpiPen

    The CEO of the company that makes the EpiPen autoinjector was grilled on Capital Hill a week ago. These epinephrine delivery devices are sold only in pairs to treat severe allergic reactions that coul…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 4 Comments
    High Drug Prices Put Critical Prescriptions Out …

    Recent testimony before Congress by the CEO of Mylan, the company that is charging so much for EpiPen, has brought high drug prices to public attention. What do they mean for the average citizen? High…

    By: Joe Graedon September 26, 2016 0 Comments
    Sex Problems Result from Tamsulosin for Urinatio…

    When the prostate gland gets big, it can make it harder to urinate. Men with benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) often complain that they have to get up three or four times a night to pee. Medications …

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 0 Comments
    How Do You Make These Yummy Lentil Dishes?

    We recently spoke with nutrition experts about how to follow a plant-based diet. You can listen to the interview here (Show 1051: How Can Vegetarians Get All the Nutrients They Need?). During that in…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 4 Comments
    Can You Overdose on Vitamin D?

    Doctors generally assume that North Americans are so well nourished that they never need to worry about supplements. In fact, they sometimes fuss that people who take vitamin pills could overdose on …

    By: Joe Graedon September 26, 2016 3 Comments
    Prescription for Licorice Pills Was Almost Letha…

    When most people think of licorice (or liquorice in the UK), they imagine candy such as licorice twists, Panda All Natural Soft Licorice, Twizzlers, Good & Plenty or Dutch Licorice Cats. But licor…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 5 Comments
    Tips to Overcome Bad Foot Odor

    Americans are quite concerned about body odor. We complain bitterly about people in other countries who are not as compulsive about applying deodorants and antiperspirants as we are. But perhaps we sh…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 8 Comments
    Will Raisins at Bedtime Reduce Bathroom Visits?

    Anyone who has to get up many times during the night to urinate knows these interruptions can disrupt sleep. So when readers started reporting that eating a few raisins before bed could reduce bathr…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Stop Hand Cramps with a Bar of Soap

    Have you ever suffered from cramps in the muscles of your hand? In addition to hurting like the dickens, such a cramp can make it nearly impossible to use your hand until the muscle contraction is rel…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2016 7 Comments
    Show 1051: How Can Vegetarians Get All the Nutri…

    Research makes it clear that what we eat makes a difference for our health. But there are many different diet patterns that have been promoted as healthy. Some people are vegetarians, while others emb…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2016 4 Comments
    Are Your Vitamin D Levels Bad Because of BPA and…

    A great deal of research suggests that low levels of vitamin D are associated with serious health problems, including osteoporosis, fractures, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, in…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2016 9 Comments
    Why Should You Worry About Cat Scratch Fever?

    Cat scratch fever has public health officials concerned. You may never have heard of it, but it turns out to be more serious than most people realize. The Epidemiology of Cat Scratch Fever: Scientists…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Improve Men’s Sex Drive Without Dru…

    Italian researchers have found a way to improve male libido without drugs. Although popular stereotypes have pegged low libido primarily on women, many men also suffer from this problem. These scienti…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2016 4 Comments
    Is the Five-Second Rule Any Good?

    When people drop food on the floor, should they scoop it up quickly and eat it--or throw it away? In other words, does the five-second rule apply? What's the Five-Second Rule? In this popular belief, …

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2016 8 Comments
    New Drug Approved for Rare Disease Despite Lack …

    The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a new medication for a rare disease, but the approval is controversial. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a muscle wasting …

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 3 Comments
    Can You reverse Memory Problems from Anticholine…

    Many people, including a lot of health professionals, are unaware how many medications have anticholinergic activity. Perhaps even more alarming are the complications from a big anticholinergic "burde…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 10 Comments
    Did Low Levels of Vitamin B12 Ruin A Life?

    Most people rarely think about vitamin B12. It's not part of routine blood testing the way vitamin D is. We have been surprised that health professionals do not routinely request blood tests for vitam…

    By: The People's Pharmacy September 19, 2016 6 Comments
    6 Strategies for Getting Hooked on Exercise!

    We are pleased to introduce guest blogger Amy Beausang, PharmD and health coach. She has some fabulous ideas to share. This is her first offering at The People's Pharmacy. Amy Beausang is a Doctor o…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 7 Comments
    Overcoming Insomnia with Tart Cherry Juice

    Do you often toss and turn for hours? Wouldn't it be great to have a remedy that could help you overcome insomnia, preferably without next-day drowsiness or other undesirable side effects? Some scient…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Ease Indigestion Without PPIs

    Q. Because of concerns about side effects of PPI acid-suppressing drugs, I have switched to Tums. I rely on two or three of these antacids to control my heartburn. Is that safe? What else could I do? …

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 14 Comments
    How to Relieve Under-Breast Rash with Dandruff S…

    Have you struggled to overcome a skin rash? Many women find that an under-breast rash is hard to eliminate, especially when the weather is warm and damp. One reader got rid of her under-breast rash wi…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 7 Comments
    Can You Soothe a Burn with Soy Sauce?

    What do you do for a kitchen burn? First aid calls for cooling the injured tissue first. Put it in ice water (not plain ice!) or hold it under cold running water from the tap. People have tried many h…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Stay Healthy with a Mediterranean Diet

    Would you like to be able to improve your health by what you put on your plate? Health professionals and patients alike may doubt that diet can be as powerful as pills. When it comes to important bene…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2016 5 Comments
    What Can You Do to Relieve Dry Eyes?

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD, is the director of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. He is professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In this bonus interview, he explains what we ca…