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PodcastsTerry Graedon - March 5, 2021

Show 1249: 3/6/21 How Near Death Experiences Transform People’s Lives

People who report near death experiences often find that their lives have changed instantly and permanently, with new values and no fear of death.

Hand holding COVID vaccine bottle above cold box
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - March 5, 2021

Will Vaccines Protect Us Against New Variants?

Did our focus on vaccines delay the development of drugs to treat new variants of COVID-19?

looking at a mammogram x-ray with a magnifying glass
Breast CancerTerry Graedon - March 4, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine May Give False Positive Mammograms

Vaccination may lead to swollen lymph nodes on the same side as the shot. Radiologists are learning to recognize such false positive mammograms.

Products rich in magnesium on wooden spoons.
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021

Are You Missing Magnesium Because of Meds?

When is the last time you were tested for magnesium? Doctors don't always check for missing magnesium. This mineral is crucial for good health

and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - March 1, 2021

Glaucoma Patients Should Not Take Blood Pressure Pills at Bedtime

If blood pressure drops too low overnight, it can aggravate optic nerve damage. That is the last thing glaucoma patients need!

bare feet of a woman in bed with rumpled covers suffering from restless leg syndrome (needs RLS relief)
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - March 1, 2021

Can You Smear Liquid Soap on Your Legs to Get RLS Relief?

Readers have found that you don't have to put soap under the bottom sheet to get RLS relief. Just smear liquid soap right on the legs!

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021

NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Helpful for Allergies

Are you sneezing, sniffling and congested? Are allergies making you miserable? Antihistamines and corticosteroids are popular. NasalCrom is another option!

Canadian flag over Vancouver
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021

Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

Many people worry about generic drug quality, but brand name meds can be pricey. Can you really buy brand name drugs from Canada for less?

Box of golden raisins next to bottle of gin
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - February 25, 2021

Why Are Gin-Steeped Raisins in the New York Times?

We never thought we would see one of our favorite home remedies in the NYT. We've been writing about gin-steeped raisins for decades!

PodcastsTerry Graedon - February 25, 2021

Show 1248: How to Keep Moving and Feel Better During COVID-19

Have pandemic restrictions interfered with your exercise routine? Dr. McGonigal describes how to feel better with new approaches to movement.

Gloved hand holding test tube of blood marked COVID-19 +
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - February 25, 2021

What Do We Know About Homegrown Variants of COVID-19?

Scientists are concerned that homegrown variants of SARS-CoV-2 may be more easily transmitted or more difficult to treat.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19Joe Graedon - February 25, 2021

Are You Ready for a New Vaccine from J&J?

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are amazingly effective. The new vaccine from J&J gets reviewed today. It's only one shot. How good is it?

African american businesswoman feeling unwell from migraine pain touching forehead at team meeting
HeadacheTerry Graedon - February 25, 2021

How Exercise Can Help Prevent Migraines

A new study suggests that regular exercise–around half an hour a day–could help prevent migraines. Activity reduces stress and insomnia.

Older woman leads man on walk for light physical activity
AgingTerry Graedon - February 25, 2021

Even Light Physical Activity Helps Older Women Maintain Their Mobility

Older women who logged more time with light physical activity were more likely to be able to keep walking and climbing stairs years later.

graphic representation of bacteriophages attacking a bacterium
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)Joe Graedon - February 25, 2021

Bacteriophage Viruses Protect your Gut Microbiome

Your GI tract is populated by trillions of bacteria. Bacteriophage viruses are even more prevalent. They may help manage your gut bacteria.

A disoriented man with memory problems and dementia holding his face is dismay
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

When Vitamin B12 Deficiency Causes Mental Confusion

When people become forgetful or have memory problems they often worry about Alzheimer's disease. But what if vitamin B12 deficiency causes mental confusion?

dry nostrils
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - February 22, 2021

Can Alpha-Lipoic Acid Restore Post-COVID-19 Smell and Taste?

Many people lose their senses of smell and taste early in a COVID infection. How often do they regain these senses? Does ALA help?

Cheerios in a bowl as the basis for the best breakfast to lower cholesterol
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - February 22, 2021

What Is the Best Breakfast to Lower Cholesterol?

One reader discovered that adding walnuts, blueberries, flaxseed and cinnamon made Cheerios the best breakfast to lower cholesterol.

food sources of resveratrol
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - February 22, 2021

What Are the Pros and Cons of Resveratrol?

What do you know about the pros and cons of the popular supplement resveratrol? Scientists are still uncovering its potential benefits and problems.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

Is Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Safe For a Dry Nose?

Perhaps you've heard the expression "Don't stuff beans up your nose." What about Vaseline Petroleum Jelly? According to some doctors, that's not such a good idea either.

tylenol bottles
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 22, 2021

If Acetaminophen Is Killing People, Why Should You Trust Tylenol?

The popular pain reliever acetaminophen may be riskier than you think. A 2014 ProPublica report has some chilling statistics.

Coronavirus blood test in a test tube
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - February 18, 2021

Who Knows Why COVID Cases Are Dropping Dramatically?

Have you been paying attention to the latest coronavirus updates? There's good news! COVID cases are dropping! Do the experts know why?

Dr. Paul Offit discusses the evidence on vaccines
PodcastsTerry Graedon - February 18, 2021

Show 1247: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Variants

You know a lot already about the pandemic, but what do you know about COVID-19 vaccines and variants? We bring you up to date.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine bottles
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - February 18, 2021

Is the Pfizer Vaccine Protection Really That Good?

When Pfizer submitted clinical trial data to the FDA it looked good. Now, Pfizer Vaccine protection has been confirmed in a real world study!

Doctors with patient suffering from COVID surge
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - February 18, 2021

Does Vitamin D3 Improve Survival of COVID-19 Patients?

Two different studies produced opposing results on the potential value of vitamin D3 for survival of COVID-19 patients. Which is right?

Coronavirus variants have names like bluebird, seen here
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - February 18, 2021

New Coronavirus Variants on the Rise in US

Scientists named the coronavirus variants that have arisen in the US after birds like this bluebird, as well as robins and pelicans.

woman pointing to painful cracks in the corners of the mouth
Angular Cheilitis (cracks at corner of mouth)Joe Graedon - February 15, 2021

How to Cure Angular Cheilitis with Inexpensive Remedies

Have you ever had irritated cracks at the corners of your mouth? Can you cure angular cheilitis with a simple OTC remedy? Readers share their secrets.

silicone breast implants
Breast TendernessJoe Graedon - February 15, 2021

The Never-Ending Breast Implant Scandal

What happens when a breast implant breaks and leaks? The FDA recently announced serious side effects. We call this a breast implant scandal!

man watching television commercial on television
CancerJoe Graedon - February 15, 2021

Can You Trust TV Ads for Cancer Drugs?

It almost seems as if every other commercial on TV is for Rx medications. Ads for cancer drugs are now frequent. How can the FDA permit this?

home blood pressure monitor
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Joe Graedon - February 15, 2021

When Should You Take Your BP Pills? Morning or Bedtime?

Do you want the the biggest bang for your blood pressure buck? If so, you may want to ask your doctor whether you should take your BP pills before bed.

A person with psoriasis on his arm who can't afford Otezla
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - February 15, 2021

What Can You Use for Psoriasis If You Can’t Afford Otezla?

One reader reports that apremilast (Otezla) works very well to control psoriasis. There are other options for people who can't afford Otezla.

graphic to illustrate COVID-19
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - February 11, 2021

How Many People Have Really Caught COVID?

Officially, over 100 million people have caught COVID worldwide. The number may be far higher. Long-term consequences could be devastating.

close up of eggs and one egg broken to show the egg yolk
Heart AttackJoe Graedon - February 11, 2021

The Never-Ending Egg Dispute Continues

The egg dispute goes on and on in the pages of medical journals. How risky is it to eat an egg or two for breakfast?

Dr. Charlene Gamaldo explains how to sleep during anxious times
PodcastsTerry Graedon - February 11, 2021

Show 1246: Getting the Sleep You Need Even in Anxious Times

It's harder to sleep well during anxious times, but more important than ever. Learn how to manage your own sleep and your children's.

Young woman demonstrates how to double up on face masks
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - February 11, 2021

Double Up for the Best Benefit from Face Masks

To protect yourself from airborne coronavirus, double up your face masks. That also helps protect others if you are infected.

a pharmacist at work behind the counter of a pharmacy
EditorialDennis Miller, RPh - February 11, 2021

Which Planet Do These Brand Names Come From?

Brand names for prescription drugs are hard to spell and impossible to understand. Are they generated by computer?

Bottle of Pills and a FDA APPROVED stamp
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - February 8, 2021

What Are Authorized Generic Drugs and Are They Better?

Have you ever shopped at an outlet mall? You get a branded product at a reduced price. Authorized generic drugs are surprisingly similar.

An electrocardiogram with evidence of atrial fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Joe Graedon - February 8, 2021

Is Low Vitamin D a Risk for Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is surprisingly common. Popular drugs can pose a risk for atrial fibrillation. Low vitamin D levels may also be a factor.

Syringe preparing smallpox shot, gloved hand holds vial
Canker Sores (aphthous ulcers)Terry Graedon - February 8, 2021

Smallpox Shot Made Terrible Canker Sores Disappear

Many years ago, a reader found that a smallpox shot would prevent canker sores for years. Now he takes L-lysine to ward them off.

Football with a face mask and a gloved doctor holding a stethoscope
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - February 4, 2021

Can We Learn from the NFL about Avoiding COVID?

The National Football League (NFL) had billions at stake because of the coronavirus. Avoiding COVID was a high priority. How did teams do it?