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Dr. JoAnn Manson led the COSMOS trial to study cocoa compounds
PodcastsTerry Graedon - June 30, 2022

Show 1307: Cocoa Compounds and the COSMOS Trial

A rigorously conducted, multi-year experiment with cocoa compounds vs placebo showed that they may reduce cardiovascular mortality.

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - June 30, 2022

Will COVID-19 Increase the Risk for Later Dementia?

Neurologists worry that SARS-CoV-2 infection may affect the brain and raise the possibility of later dementia as a consequence.

flu shots protect senior Asian man from infection
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - June 30, 2022

Do Flu Shots Protect You from Alzheimer Disease as Well as Influenza?

Several studies suggest that flu shots protect older adults from dementia as well as from infection. Regular immunizations seem to work best.

Man sneezing viral particles
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - June 30, 2022

STOP Arguing Over Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19!

How can you avoid airborne transmission of COVID-19? Even if you caught COVID once or got 4 shots, you are not protected! Dr. Fauci got it.

Child wearing mask to protect people from COVID
Long COVIDJoe Graedon - June 30, 2022

Does the Coronavirus Persist and Could it Cause Long COVID?

Millions of people are suffering with symptoms of long COVID. Could the coronavirus persist by hiding in pockets within the digestive tract?

patient in a hospital ICU
SepsisTerry Graedon - June 29, 2022

Will IV Vitamin C Help Fight Sepsis?

High-dose intravenous vitamin C injections did not change the biomarkers for sepsis resulting from infection. However, more people on the vitamin survived.High-dose intravenous vitamin C injections di

woman spraying sunscreen at the beach
CancerJoe Graedon - June 27, 2022

Benzene In Sunscreen? What’s the Latest?

Last summer we were told about benzene in sunscreen. 25 million products were pulled off shelves. But is benzene gone? Where's the FDA?

cut celery stalks
GoutTerry Graedon - June 27, 2022

Will Celery Seed Ease Your Knee Pain or Gout?

Some readers are delighted to discover that celery extract relieves longstanding knee pain as well as the discomfort of gout. Others agree it is helpful.

hundred dollar bills with pills
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - June 27, 2022

Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

Are drug companies killing the golden goose? High drug prices are breaking the bank. It is almost impossible to figure out the pricing system

Runner holding sore leg knee pain from running or exercising jogging injury or cramp
ArthritisJoe Graedon - June 27, 2022

Does Generic Celecoxib Measure Up to Celebrex?

The question is asked if generic celecoxib relieves joint pain as effectively as brand name Celebrex. Many visitors say no!

Thick toenails
Nail Fungus (onychomycosis)Terry Graedon - June 27, 2022

How to Cure Toenail Fungus

To cure toenail fungus, prescription medicines may work, but home remedies are less expensive. All require a lot of patience and persistence.

face with rosacea (creative commons 2.0 original authors M. Sand, D. Sand, C. Thrandorf, V. Paech, P. Altmeyer, F. G. Bechara)
Acne Rosacea (rosacea)Terry Graedon - June 27, 2022

Medicine to Ease Rosacea

Dermatologists may prescribe topical treatments including ivermectin to ease rosacea. Light therapy may also help.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisJoe Graedon - June 26, 2022

Juice-Vinegar-Pectin Mixture Eased Joint Pain

Drugs to ease joint pain come with a long list of serious side effects. Remedies from the kitchen like a juice-vinegar combo may help.

woman in park balances on one leg in yoga stance
AgingTerry Graedon - June 23, 2022

Balancing on One Leg for 10 Seconds Predicts Longevity

Older people who could stand on one leg for at least ten seconds were less likely to die over the next several years.

Dr. Sam Tsimikas reveals the best-kept secret in heart disease
PodcastsTerry Graedon - June 23, 2022

Show 1306: The Best-Kept Secret in Heart Disease

In our Saturday broadcast, Dr. Tsimikas explains why lipoprotein a is the best-kept secret in heart disease. What can we do about Lp(a)?

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - June 23, 2022

Why Are There No Effective Alzheimer’s Drugs?

New studies challenge the amyloid theory of Alzheimer's disease. Is that why there are no effective Alzheimer's drugs? Another drug fails!

Prescription for Low Testosterone
Low Testosterone (Low T)Joe Graedon - June 23, 2022

Is the FDA Wrong About Testosterone Heart Risk?

A new meta-analysis of 35 placebo-controlled studies did not find evidence of a testosterone heart risk, despite the FDA's warning.

Pile of pills and multivitamins
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - June 23, 2022

Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Many medications can interfere with good nutrition. If you are taking pills for certain conditions, perhaps you should be taking vitamin supplements.

vitamin D3 pills to correct low vitamin D levels
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - June 23, 2022

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Risk of Alzheimer Disease

A large study finds that older people with low vitamin D levels are more vulnerable to dementia than those with higher blood levels.

Technician inserts HEPA filter for better indoor air quality
COVID-19Joe Graedon - June 20, 2022

Improve Indoor Air Quality to Fight COVID

Have stopped wearing a face mask? Most people have. But COVID is spreading! Why don't we try to improve indoor air quality to avoid COVID?

bergamot citrus fruits, cut and whole, strong distinctive smell
High CholesterolTerry Graedon - June 20, 2022

Can You Lower Your Cholesterol with Bergamot?

Some research suggests that an extract of the citrus fruit bergamot can lower cholesterol much as red yeast rice does. Is it right for you?

Bowl of psyllium husks, an excellent source of dietary fiber, to help you get off a PPI
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - June 20, 2022

Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartburn?

One reader found a way to get off a PPI without withdrawal symptoms: Eat just one low-carb meal a day to reduce discomfort.

Allergic reaction and swelling of the foot due to a painful wasp sting
AnaphylaxisTerry Graedon - June 20, 2022

Wasp Sting Was Nearly Fatal

Wasp sting was nearly fatal! Anything that triggers a serious allergic reaction calls for emergency treatment. Epinephrine saves lives.

a bottle of PredniSONE 1mg, short-term steroid use, prednisone side effects
AllergiesJoe Graedon - June 20, 2022

Prednisone Withdrawal: Can You Ever Stop Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are prescribed to millions of people. Many may not be informed about side effects or strategies for prednisone withdrawal.

Woman closes ears with fingers because ears ring with tinnitus as an adverse reaction to COVID vaccines
COVID-19Joe Graedon - June 20, 2022

Is Tinnitus an Adverse Reaction of COVID Vaccines?

A new study suggests that COVID can cause tinnitus and vertigo. Many readers also report tinnitus as an adverse reaction of COVID vaccines.

crystal deodorant
Body OdorJoe Graedon - June 19, 2022

Are All Natural Deodorants Free of Aluminum?

Have you been seduced by the word natural? It seems safer than synthetic. Some natural deodorants and all antiperspirants contain aluminum.

Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of Bad Food Bible, discusses the COVID pandemic
PodcastsTerry Graedon - June 16, 2022

Show 1305: When Will the COVID Pandemic Be Over?

In our interview this week, Dr. Aaron Carroll discusses when the COVID pandemic will be over and how to improve our response.

hair straighteners
Breast CancerTerry Graedon - June 16, 2022

Do Hair Care Products for Black Women Raise Risk of Breast Cancer?

Hair care products marketed to Black women are likely to contain paraben preservatives. In laboratory research, breast cancer cells react.

Green and white box of ivermectin tablets labeled in English
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - June 16, 2022

What Happened to Ivermectin? The Big Disappointment!

What are the results from the latest COVID study with ivermectin? Researchers at Duke and Vanderbilt provide new data from a clinical trial!

scrubs, stethoscope and card labeled Omicron variant
COVID-19Joe Graedon - June 16, 2022

New Omicron Variants and Scary COVID Stats!

There were some grim stats this week. And the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire. There's good news too. The Moderna booster works!

Warning Tick Infested Area sign in a public outdoor space
Lyme Disease (Borreliosis)Joe Graedon - June 16, 2022

Warning: This Will Be a Bad Summer for Lyme Disease

With a big increase in the number of white-footed mice that harbor Borrelia burgdorferi, 2022 might be a bad summer for Lyme disease.

Dr. Linda Birnbaum, scientist emeritus, former director of NIEHS, discusses PFAS
PodcastsJoe Graedon - June 16, 2022

Show 1212: Should You Worry About Forever Chemicals?

PFAS compounds called forever chemicals persist in soil and water for decades. The EPA says even low levels found in water are dangerous!

pharmacy shelf with four bottles of original amber Listerine
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - June 13, 2022

Putting Old Familiar Brands to New Weird Uses

If you like to learn about new uses for old drugs, this article is for you! We love repurposing old familiar brands of household products.

Young woman drinking coffee
CancerTerry Graedon - June 13, 2022

Is Drinking Coffee Good or Bad for You?

A review of data on more than two million volunteers found that people drinking coffee regularly are less likely to develop liver cancer.

woman holding handful of pills
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Joe Graedon - June 13, 2022

Is a Loved One Taking Too Many Medicines?

A doctor wrote to us to tell us his aunt was taking 25 different prescription drugs--way too many medicines! What happened when she cut back?

Cocoa pod being harvested as source of cocoa flavanols
Cognitive DysfunctionTerry Graedon - June 13, 2022

A Supplement to Help You Maintain Cognitive Function

A new supplement, Memory & Focus, from CocoaVia is designed to help you maintain cognitive function at optimal levels.

Doctor gastroenterologist with probe to perform gastroscopy and colonoscopy to detect and reduce risk of colon cancer
CancerTerry Graedon - June 13, 2022

What Are the Alternatives to Colonoscopy?

How good are the alternatives to colonoscopy, such as FIT or Cologuard, for detecting colorectal cancer? When should you start?

Woman applying deodorant on armpit in bathroom
Body OdorJoe Graedon - June 13, 2022

Why Put Aluminum in your Armpit When You Could Use MoM?

Save 15% on any of our 2 oz. MoM (Milk of Magnesia) deodorants. Why do people prefer magnesium to aluminum? Use Discount Code: NewUser

foot with plantar warts
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - June 13, 2022

How Can You Make Plantar Warts Disappear?

Remedies to make plantar warts disappear range from simple–soaking the foot in hot water–to complex, such as silver duct tape.

a prickly pear (nopal) cactus
DiabetesTerry Graedon - June 12, 2022

Will Nopal Cactus Control Blood Sugar?

Nopal cactus has a long-standing reputation for lowering blood sugar. Scientific studies confirm that it can be helpful.