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Older adult female offering a bottle of wine and glass sitting alone
AgingJoe Graedon - July 29, 2021

Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much Is Enough and How Much Is Too Much?

Is alcohol for longer life a viable concept or a myth? How many drinks count as moderate alcohol consumption? Studies tackle these questions.

Lipid profile with cholesterol and tube of blood
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 26, 2021

Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

Doctors worry about LDL cholesterol but rarely test for Lp(a). Statins can raise this risk factor for heart disease you've never heard about.

Neutrogena aerosol sunscreens
SunburnJoe Graedon - July 26, 2021

Some Sunscreens Are Contaminated with Benzene!

J&J just announced (7/14/21) a recall of NEUTROGENA and AVEENO aerosol sunscreens because these sunscreens are contaminated with benzene!

capsules of boswellia with turmeric in palm of hand
ArthritisTerry Graedon - July 26, 2021

Will Boswellia with Turmeric Ease Your Joint Pain?

Boswellia with turmeric, both powerful anti-inflammatory plant-based supplements, helped a reader's hip pain. Might it help you too?

dental exam for gingivitis
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 26, 2021

Is There a Link Between Statin Drugs and Gingivitis?

No one knows if statin drugs to lower cholesterol increase the likelihood of inflamed gums and gingivitis. Dentists must study this.

Zantac package
CancerJoe Graedon - July 26, 2021

The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Stranger

What are we to make of FDA flip flop flips on ranitidine/Zantac? For many people the ranitidine weirdness is overwhelming. Now Zantac is BACK!

older man in sweater measures blood sugar to prevent diabetes
DiabetesJoe Graedon - July 26, 2021

Diet and Exercise Prevent Diabetes as Well as Medication Does

People at risk of diabetes were assigned to change their diet and increase their exercise; over 15 years, they were able to prevent diabetes.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of Whole Brain Living
PodcastsTerry Graedon - July 22, 2021

Show 1265: The Advantages of Whole Brain Living

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who gained exceptional insights into the function of the whole brain from her stroke and recovery.

Young woman drinking coffee
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - July 22, 2021

Study Shows No Need to Shun Coffee to Keep Heart Rhythm Regular

Doctors often tell patients to avoid caffeinated coffee to keep their heart rhythm regular. According to a new study, that isn't necessary.

Dead body in morgue with a hanging COVID 19 tag hanging from toe
COVID-19Joe Graedon - July 22, 2021

COVID Deaths Remain Highly Divisive!

Life expectancy dropped dramatically in 2021. It's down by a startling year and a half! Many people do NOT believe reports of COVID deaths.

Older man playing chess. Mental activity can help keep your brain healthy
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - July 22, 2021

How Can You Keep Your Brain Healthy?

Staying mentally active and following a diet rich in colorful produce can help you keep your brain healthy. Having fun helps too!

Atorvastatin pill pack next to a stethoscope and an electrocardiogram
COVID-19Joe Graedon - July 22, 2021

Can Statins Help Protect Against COVID?

Statins are the most frequently prescribed drugs in the US. Can statins help protect against COVID? Could it be the anti-inflammatory action?

Bicycle rider passes houses
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - July 22, 2021

Bicycle Your Way to Avoid Heart Disease

In Denmark, middle-aged people who travel by bicycle are less likely to have heart attacks. People with diabetes live longer if they cycle.

FDA sign in front of buildings
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - July 19, 2021

Have You Lost Confidence in the FDA?

What's happened to the FDA? Has it abandoned patients and turned into a lap dog instead of a watch dog? Have you lost confidence in the FDA?

aspirin tablets on blue paper
ArthritisTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021

How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

Before starting a daily regimen, carefully consider the benefits and risks of aspirin. Are you more likely to be helped or harmed by this amazing drug?

woman using asthma inhaler
AsthmaJoe Graedon - July 19, 2021

Trelegy for COPD Leads to Hoarseness

Do asthma inhalers cause hoarseness? If you haven't seen the Trelegy for COPD 'The Power of 1-2-3' ad, please watch it! Trelegy side effects?

man in plaid pajamas has to get up to pee
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021

How Often Do You Get Up to Pee at Night?

Some readers find that eating raisins before bedtime means they don't have to get up to pee as often, or possibly not at all.

Woman holding her hand to her left breast, suffering from under breast rash
Breast Rash (fungus)Terry Graedon - July 19, 2021

How Can You Treat Under-Breast Rash?

Finding a way to treat under-breast rash effectively can make a big difference in your comfort during the summer. Simple remedies may help.

Man putting eye drops into right eye
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021

Will Your Eyedrops Affect Your Heart Rate?

Beta blocker eyedrops like timolol for glaucoma can also lower heart rate and blood pressure. Patients may not be warned of interactions.

Ceylon cinnamon sticks
DiabetesTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021

Can You Lower Blood Sugar with Cinnamon?

Both Ceylon and cassia cinnamon can help lower blood sugar, but Ceylon cinnamon is safer because it does not have coumarin.

Young people around 20 to 30 partying and toasting at a bar
COVID-19Joe Graedon - July 15, 2021

COVID Cases Are Surging in Too Many Places

In parts of the country where vaccination rates are low, COVID cases are surging. Blame the Delta variant, but get vaccinated!

headshot of Dr. Dan Lieberman
PodcastsTerry Graedon - July 15, 2021

Show 1264: How to Make Exercise More Enjoyable

As humans evolved, they had to move to survive. They didn't exercise for their health, but now we do. How do we make exercise more enjoyable?

Is There a Delta Variant Vaccine?
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - July 15, 2021

Can Vaccinated People Catch COVID?

Many people who have been vaccinated believe they are home free. But the Delta variant is nasty. Even vaccinated people catch COVID.

roasted coffee beans in an espresso cup can help reduce your risk for COVID
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - July 15, 2021

Does a Daily Cup of Coffee Reduce Your Risk for COVID?

Research utilizing the UK Biobank data demonstrates that drinking a cup of coffee a day can reduce your risk for COVID.

girls with long hair playing at camp
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - July 15, 2021

Can You Protect Kids from COVID at Summer Camp?

Kids are happy to go to summer camp this year, but in many places COVID cases are rising. Some camps have had outbreaks.

whole grain tabouli salad with pomegranate seeds
CancerTerry Graedon - July 15, 2021

How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

Analyses of many long-term studies shows that eating whole grains for a longer life works best when people get at least three servings a day.

Thick toenails
Thick Nails (Onychauxis)Joe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Toenails Too Thick to Clip Respond to Neosporin

Do you have trouble clipping toenails? A reader offers a solution for toenails too thick to clip. He also says bacteria can be to blame!

fingers point to High or Low Immunity
Crohn’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Scary Side Effects of Immune-Modulating Drugs

Drugs to dampen the immune system are BIG sellers. Humira and Enbrel make billions. How safe are these immune-modulating drugs during COVID?

Atorvastatin pills with stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Statins and Shortness of Breath (Pleural Effusions)

The FDA does not acknowledge a link between statins and shortness of breath. A reader wonders if statins and pleural effusions are connected.

yellow mustard squeezing out of a bottle
Charlie HorseJoe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explanation

Skeptics often dismiss remedies that they cannot explain. Such is true for mustard for cramps. But now there is an explanation and it is incredibly elegant!

a woman sunbathing at the beach
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Preventing Sunburn from the Inside Out

Most people think the only way for preventing sunburn is sunscreen. Sunscreens work! But aspirin and astaxanthin work from the inside.

a cup of coffee made with a filter is not bad for you
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - July 11, 2021

Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

Studies show that coffee drinkers are less likely to get heart failure or die of heart disease. Unfiltered coffee, though, is bad for you.

COVID-19 long hauler Woman in bed with fatigue feels bad after COVID-19
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - July 8, 2021

COVID Critics Confused About Lingering Symptoms

The COVID critics want to forget about the coronavirus. But long COVID won't let us. An astonishing number of people may continue to suffer.

5 children at birthday party that could spread COVID
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - July 8, 2021

Birthday Parties Can Spread COVID When Infection Rates Are High

Even small gatherings like children's birthday parties can spread COVID when infection rates in the community are high.

Dr. Robynne Chutkan describes the best way to manage your heartburn
PodcastsTerry Graedon - July 8, 2021

Show 1224: What Is the Best Way to Manage Your Heartburn? (Archive)

Learn the best way to manage your heartburn without relying too heavily on PPI drugs like Nexium or Prilosec. Does diet help?

Girl with stomach ache sitting on bed suffers with irritable bowel syndrome
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - July 8, 2021

Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are a number of natural ways to ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as bloating, stomachache, diarrhea or constipation.

psoriasis plaque on an elbow
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - July 8, 2021

Will a Mediterranean Diet Help Your Psoriasis?

French scientists found that psoriasis patients whose diets conformed least to a Mediterranean pattern had the worst skin problems. Perhaps a Mediterranean diet would help your psoriasis.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) in a syringe ready for injection with vials in the background; Vitamin B12 injections
AnemiaJoe Graedon - July 8, 2021

Do You Know Your Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) Levels?

When was the last time you were tested for vitamin B12? What are the symptoms of a deficiency? Age and meds can cause a cobalamin deficiency.

Illustration of damaged human liver
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 8, 2021

Do You Love Your Liver Enough?

Are you nice to your liver? Most Americans take their livers for granted. That could be disastrous! Is coffee good for your liver? How much?

a bunch of bananas
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - July 5, 2021

Can People Overdose on Potassium-Rich Foods?

Many people are low in potassium. That's because they take thiazide diuretics to control blood pressure. Is it possible to overdose on potassium-rich foods?