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AsthmaJoe Graedon - September 29, 2022

Aluminum in Vaccines and Risk of Asthma in Kids

Vaccines makers have put aluminum in vaccines for decades. How safe is this adjuvant? It stimulates the immune system, for good or bad.

Dr. Bryan Roth studies the effects of psychedelic compounds for healing
PodcastsTerry Graedon - September 29, 2022

Show 1317: Psychedelic Compounds for Healing

In these interviews, our guest experts suggest that use of psychedelic compounds could revolutionize the treatment of some mental illness.

Husband and wife dealing with dementia
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - September 29, 2022

Is New Dementia Drug a Breakthrough Against AD?

Is the new dementia drug a breakthrough? Headlines make it seem as if lecanemab is a game changer against Alzheimer's. We need more data!

Coffee drinkers can keep heart rhythm regular
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - September 29, 2022

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. Studies suggest there's no need to worry.

Older African American man drinking coffee from a mug
Prostate CancerTerry Graedon - September 29, 2022

Men Who Drink Coffee Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Men who drink coffee and metabolize caffeine quickly have better outcomes with prostate cancer. Three or four cups daily help.

person with high blood pressure of 154/109 practices home monitoring
aortic aneurysmTerry Graedon - September 29, 2022

Home Monitoring Helps Control Blood Pressure

Home monitoring of blood pressure helps people see how well they are controlling it. The results help people choose effective approaches.

man watching television commercial on television with pharma ads
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 26, 2022

Can We Stop Deceptive Drug Ads on TV?

Are you tired of all the prescription drug commercials on television? If so, why not take action? Let's end deceptive drug ads together!

portueguese man o' war jellyfish washed up at the beach
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 26, 2022

How to Ease the Pain of a Jellyfish Sting

The best remedies for a jellyfish sting may depend on the species of jellyfish. Vinegar is sometimes helpful, and so is hot water.

sexually frustrated couple
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 26, 2022

Sexual Side Effects Are Common

Side effects are supposed to stop when a drug is stopped. That doesn't always happen. Sexual side effects are sometimes long lasting.

Young woman hold her hands up in fear
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - September 26, 2022

Do Doctors Know How to Help Patients Stop Medications?

Have you ever been told how to stop medications? It's rare for prescribers to provide detailed withdrawal instructions. The FDA doesn't help.

Bottles of Red Yeast Rice on a store shelf
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Terry Graedon - September 26, 2022

Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

Can you get your cholesterol down with natural products? Red yeast rice, turmeric and psyllium may help control lipids.

Older man playing chess. Mental activity can help keep your brain healthy so you stay sharp
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - September 25, 2022

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!

seborrheic dermatitis causes facial dandruff
DandruffJoe Graedon - September 25, 2022

Getting the Drop on Winter Dandruff

Using a variety of dandruff shampoos and putting humidity back in the air can help control cold-weather dandruff.

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert, talks about protecting your digestive tract
PodcastsTerry Graedon - September 22, 2022

Show 1316: Protecting Your Digestive Tract

What questions do you have about protecting your digestive tract? On 9/24/22, we'll talk with gastroenterologist Nick Shaheen in a live Q&A.

Woman suffering from dementia and memory loss
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - September 22, 2022

Will COVID Increase the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Will some people who catch COVID-19 be at higher risk of Alzheimer's disease? Here is the latest research on this scary connection.

young man exhausted because of long COVID
AnxietyJoe Graedon - September 22, 2022

Long COVID Is Common and Scary!

Data from both the UK and the US suggest that many patients recovering from COVID-19 suffer persistent symptoms. Long COVID is nasty!

Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - September 22, 2022

Amyloid or Infection Is Contributing to Alzheimer’s

We have been losing the war against Alzheimer's disease for decades. If infection is contributing to Alzheimer’s, we can do better!

Two Economy sized MoM deodorants
Body OdorTerry Graedon - September 22, 2022

Economy Size MoM Deodorants Are Finally Back in Stock

Economy size MoM deodorants are back in stock at last! You can get FREE SHIPPING when you order the 2-pack from the "free shipping" link.

a man with arthritic knees, holding his knee in pain
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 22, 2022

How to Ease Arthritic Knees with Natural Remedies

NSAIDs can relieve the pain of arthritic knees in the short term, but long-term side effects are discouraging. What about natural approaches?

Journalist Matt Richtel describes the mental health crisis affecting US teens
PodcastsTerry Graedon - September 21, 2022

Show 1303: The Mental Health Crisis Affecting American Teenagers

In this interview, many American teens are experiencing a mental health crisis. The pandemic didn't cause it but has made it worse.

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - September 21, 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!

seborrheic keratosis
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Could Hydrogen Peroxide Get Rid of Seborrheic Keratosis?

No home remedies appear effective against a seborrheic keratosis, but applying diclofenac gel might be worth a try.

bare feet of a woman in bed with rumpled covers suffering from restless leg syndrome (needs RLS relief)
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

Doctors can prescribe pills for RLS, but many people would prefer nondrug approaches. How about supplements for your restless legs syndrome?

older woman looking pensive and depressed
Bipolar DiseaseJoe Graedon - September 19, 2022

Debunking the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

Why has the chemical imbalance theory of depression and other mental illnesses lasted so long? What does the latest research reveal?

Doctors with patient suffering from COVID surge
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Does Vitamin D3 Improve Survival of COVID-19 Patients?

Several studies have produced conflicting results on the potential value of vitamin D3 for survival of COVID-19 patients. Which is right?

Bottle of Glucosamine
ArthritisJoe Graedon - September 19, 2022

Is There Any Science to Support Glucosamine for Arthritis?

Glucosamine for arthritis is a controversial dietary supplement. Some people say it works. Others say it's worthless. What do studies show?

red raspberries on the bush
ConstipationJoe Graedon - September 19, 2022

Solving Problems With Both Constipation and Diarrhea

A person who suffers constipation and diarrhea as a result of irritable bowel syndrome offers tips on how to manage them both.

urologist pointing at model of kidney
DiabetesTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Farxiga and Chronic Kidney Disease: FDA Confusion

Farxiga (dapagliflozin) is prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. That might be confusing. The drug can cause kidney injury.

Dr. Anna Lembke talks about medicating normal emotions
PodcastsTerry Graedon - September 15, 2022

Show 1315: Are We Medicating Normal Emotions?

A psychiatrist and a patient each describes her perspective on the dangers of medicating normal emotions with psychotropic drugs.

Old dog
EditorialJoe Graedon - September 15, 2022

Why Are Your Dog’s Drugs Cheaper Than Yours?

Americans pay more for their prescription medications than people in other countries. Turns out our dog's drugs are also less than human meds

Hand holding up a single baby aspirin
CancerJoe Graedon - September 15, 2022

How to Keep Cancer from Spreading by Taking Aspirin

Aspirin is one of the most affordable drugs in the pharmacy. Can it keep cancer from spreading? That question is surprisingly controversial.

Older man playing chess. Mental activity can help keep your brain healthy so you stay sharp
AgingTerry Graedon - September 15, 2022

Could a Daily Multivitamin Help You Stay Sharp?

The COSMOS-MInd study show that seniors taking a daily multivitamin are more likely to stay sharp. A high-veggie diet might also help.

an aluminum can of artificially sweetened light diet soda
Cognitive DysfunctionTerry Graedon - September 15, 2022

Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

Non-sugar sweeteners may not offer the expected health benefits. In fact, research suggests that sugar substitutes increase inflammation.

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Sponsored PostJoe Graedon - September 15, 2022

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Our newsletter is sent out via email. Subscribing will help you to stay informed about the health news and information that really matters.

3D illustration of a tongue with the words dry mouth superimposed
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 15, 2022

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) is NOT a Minor Side Effect

Dry mouth syndrome can be unbearable. It is NOT a minor symptom or side effect. What causes xerostomia and what can you do for it? Learn about XyliMelts.

brain shrinkage-cortical atrophy
Cognitive DysfunctionJoe Graedon - September 12, 2022

Do Corticosteroids Like Prednisone Shrink the Brain?

Steroids (corticosteroids, glucocorticoids or cortisone-like drugs) are popular. A new study asks if drugs like prednisone shrink the brain.

woman standing on tennis ball to relieve plantar fasciitis
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - September 12, 2022

How to Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain Without Drugs

You could get relief from plantar fasciitis pain with physical therapy, orthotics or even home remedies. Will one of these get you moving again?

a plate with fish and veggies, typical mediterranean diet
DementiaTerry Graedon - September 12, 2022

How to Stay Healthy with a Mediterranean Diet

Following a Mediterranean diet with lots of veggies, fruit and fish can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.

Dementia: portrait of a man who is disoriented and confused
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - September 12, 2022

Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss?

What do you call brain fog--confusion, forgetfulness or memory loss? It can be devastating! Do some drugs increase the risk of dementia?

Thyroid test tube. Will levothyroxine alone normalize thyroid function?
Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)Joe Graedon - September 12, 2022

Study Reveals Why 1 in 6 Hypothyroid Patients Feels Bad on Levothyroxine Alone

Doctors often treat an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) with levothyroxine alone (T4). New research suggests some people also need T3.