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    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 4 Comments
    Amlodipine and Dizziness: How Common is This Sid…

    Amlodipine is a commonly prescribed blood pressure medicine. At last count, 87 million prescriptions were dispensed annually in the U.S (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Institute). It is referred …

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 4 Comments
    How to Fight Fungus with a Sock Soak

    Have you ever had to fight fungus on your feet? The infection may show up between your toes or spread over the soles. To get rid of it, you may have tried an antifungal lotion or cream, such as clotri…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 0 Comments
    Atorvastatin Side Effects — Is Psoriasis O…

    Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. At last count, over 100 million prescriptions were dispensed annually  in the U.S. (Quintiles IMS, May, 2017, now IQVIA Instit…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 0 Comments
    Can You Prevent Wrinkles with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, has been controversial for quite some time. In the 20th century, women were often admonished that taking estrogen and progestin after menopause would not only ease…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 7 Comments
    Are Doctors Overprescribing Gabapentin and Prega…

    Let's be perfectly honest. Most doctors have a difficult time with chronic pain patients. One physician described it to us many years ago: "When I see a patient suffering severe chronic pain come in t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 0 Comments
    Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

    When half the people you know are sniffling, sneezing and coughing, you might want something for cough and cold relief. As it turns out, you won't need to make a trip to the drugstore. You can probabl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 0 Comments
    Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

    Milk of magnesia is a time-honored medicine to treat constipation. But that is not the only use for this versatile compound. We first heard about using milk of magnesia in the armpits to suppress odor…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2018 7 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Hormone Imbala…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen are “the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs worldwide (Nature Reviews Endocrinology, July, 2016). People assume that if the FDA permits OTC sale, such products m…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Magic Mushroom Compound Ease Depression?

    Psilocybin is the psychoactive compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Humans have used this magic mushroom compound in rituals for thousands of years. The compound alters sensory perceptions and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 12 Comments
    Is the Flu Worse Than Usual This Year?

    This year, the flu season may be shaping up to be worse than usual. In California, health officials estimate that this may be the most severe season in a decade. What could make the flu worse? Which F…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 1 Comments
    Beta Blockers Boost Benefits from Cancer Immunot…

    Beta blocker heart medicines have been available for decades. Drugs like propranolol are prescribed to treat the pain of angina, lower high blood pressure and prevent migraine headaches. Might they al…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 3 Comments
    How Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Waistline…

    Where you live may affect your waistline. We may not think that our environment changes our behavior, but there is evidence that it does. The Waistline Effect: British researchers report that people w…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 36 Comments
    Show 1071: How You Can Get Relief from Chronic P…

    Spine surgeon David Hanscom does some of the most complicated surgery you can imagine on bad backs. But his patients get even more relief from chronic pain by employing the nonsurgical techniques he o…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 24 Comments
    What to Do About Arthritis Pain When NSAIDs Are …

    Tens of millions of people suffer constant arthritis pain. Many of them have severe joint deterioration. The usual recommendation is to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You know: ib…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 4 Comments
    Why Do Cough Lozenges Ease Indigestion?

    Heartburn is hardly a new phenomenon. Humans have probably had to contend with indigestion for as long as the species has existed. Still, it often seems as though 21st century Americans suffer more of…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Serotonin Syndrome From Lexapro Plus Robitussin …

    Millions of people take antidepressant medications like escitalopram (Lexapro), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) or sertraline (Zoloft). These are known as SSRIs (selective…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 27 Comments
    Should You Worry About Germs on Your Coffee Cup …

    Do you pay attention when you visit your local coffee shop? Can you observe the person who fills your mug or places the lid on your paper cup? Does that person wear disposable gloves? We are constantl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Which Berries Are Best for Your Brain?

    Would you like to stay sharp as you grow older? Almost everyone would. Memory lapses can be extremely frustrating as well as embarrassing, particularly when they start to become more frequent. Experts…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 9 Comments
    Overcoming Chapped Lips and Dry Skin in the Wint…

    Are you licking your lips? That is the first sign they are becoming dry and chapped. Lip licking is the worst thing you can do to your lips. It may temporarily make them feel better but licking just d…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 3 Comments
    Can Magnesium Help You Sleep Without Causing Dia…

    Have you seen warnings that too little sleep will ruin your health? Sleep deprivation keeps the brain from functioning optimally (Slama et al, Sleep, Dec. 2017). It can also lead to insulin resistance…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2018 7 Comments
    What Is the Magic with Concord Grape Juice?

    Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Most people experience the pain predominantly in the heel, especially first thing in the morning. The usual t…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2018 17 Comments
    COPD Drug Side Effects Can Be Deadly

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very serious lung condition. People with COPD often complain of a constant cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, mucus and fatigue. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 16 Comments
    Show 1105: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Be…

    Nails rarely get much medical attention. They just don’t seem as urgent as high blood pressure or diabetes. Despite this, nails are part of the way we present ourselves socially. Consequently, most …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 12 Comments
    Beware the Dangers of Cotton-Tipped Swabs

    Ear, nose and throat specialists like to caution us never to stick anything smaller than our elbows in our ears. It seems too many of us don't pay close enough attention, however, especially when it c…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 11 Comments
    Will There Be Help for Tinnitus in the Future?

    Tinnitus, the perception of constant noise that no one else can hear, is a common affliction without a cure. But research offers hope that there will be help for tinnitus not too far in the future. Th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 30 Comments
    What Is Behind the Rise in Gabapentinoids?

    The opioid epidemic has doctors looking for alternative treatments to ease pain. Many have turned to a category of medications called gabapentinoids. What Are Gabapentinoids? This category includes th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Pomegranate Juice Help Lower Blood Sugar?

    Having blood sugar and insulin rise rapidly after a meal has been linked to a number of metabolic problems. Products, like crackers, cookies or bread, that cause such a rapid increase are termed high-…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 48 Comments
    Blackseed Oil Saved Knee and Lowered Cholesterol…

    Have you ever heard of blackseed oil? We didn't think so. It has not gotten the attention that turmeric has. The first we became aware of this dietary supplement was from an integrative oncologist, Dr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 18 Comments
    Beware Amiodarone Side Effects and Interactions

    According to the FDA, "Amiodarone is intended for use only in patients with the indicated life-threatening arrhythmias because its use is accompanied by substantial toxicity." The FDA goes on to state…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 31 Comments
    Can You Prevent Migraines by Watching Your Diet?

    Migraines are a pain. Even worse than the pain, though, is the life disruption. Some sufferers lose days every time a headache strikes hiding in a dark quiet room. They may feel horribly nauseated or …