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PodcastsTerry Graedon - June 8, 2023

Show 1343: Hidden Harms of Herb and Drug Interactions

To protect yourself from the hidden harms of herb and drug interactions, discuss your regimen with your pharmacist and prescriber.

COVID-19 long hauler Woman in bed with fatigue feels bad after COVID-19
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - June 8, 2023

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Long COVID?

Researchers are beginning to determine which symptoms of long COVID stand out most clearly to help them identify sufferers.

Mediterranean diet salad with olive oil
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - June 8, 2023

Will Your Diet Help You Avoid Dementia?

People who eat lots of vegetables and healthy fats like olive oil avoid dementia better than those following a standard American diet.

Man checking blood pressure with systolic blood pressure under 130
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Joe Graedon - June 8, 2023

Is Intensive Blood Pressure Control Worthwhile or Risky?

Anything over 120/80 is considered elevated blood pressure. But is intensive blood pressure control problematic in hospitalized patients?

angry female doctor looking at prescription drug ad on her laptop
CancerJoe Graedon - June 8, 2023

Will Drug Shortages Endanger Your Life?

We are fed up asking: "will drug shortages ever end?" They've been going on for decades. Many anti-cancer drugs are unavailable. Enough!

man with burning mouth syndrome breathing fire
Acid RefluxJoe Graedon - June 8, 2023

Why Popular Heartburn Drugs PPIs Are Linked to Premature Deaths

Acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are go-to drugs for heartburn. Should you be concerned that PPIs are linked to premature deaths?

woman with mental illness-schizophrenia
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 5, 2023

Have We Forsaken Mentally Ill Patients?

Why has our society failed so many mentally ill patients? Does mental illness lead to violence? Why won't politicians commit needed resources?

Skin tag or acrochordon or soft fibroma
Skin TagsTerry Graedon - June 5, 2023

To Avoid Skin Tags, Cut Back on Sweets

Two readers found that staying away from sweets was a good way to avoid skin tags. Could this tactic work for you, too?

heating a metal spoon in a hot cup of green tea and applying it to the skin can ease itchy bug bites
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - June 5, 2023

Hot Water for Itchy Bug Bites

A brief application of hot water or a metal spoon heated in coffee or tea can ease itchy bug bites quickly.

blond woman in red swimsuit walks in water on beach; how to prevent sunburn?
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - June 5, 2023

Will Aspirin Prevent Sunburn?

Some readers prevent sunburn by taking aspirin as well as applying sunscreen before going out in the sunshine.

a dentist checking a patient for gum disease
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 5, 2023

Amlodipine (Norvasc) Side Effects

Amlodipine (Norvasc) is thought to be a super safe blood pressure medicine. Many visitors report side effects from rashes to swollen feet.

foot with plantar warts
Cold Sores (herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1)Joe Graedon - June 5, 2023

Did COVID Vaccines Erase Warts?

Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system. Is it possible that COVID or the vaccines erase warts through the same mechanism?

woman mixing up a wacky arthritis remedy in her kitchen
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - June 5, 2023

Why Would Anyone Try Wacky Arthritis Remedy from Mayo Clinic Founders?

Some readers want information on a wacky arthritis remedy said to have been devised by the Mayo brothers. It includes figs, raisins and senna.

Soy sauce being poured
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - June 4, 2023

Soy Sauce Helps Ease the Pain of a Burn

Numerous readers have found that soy sauce helps relieve the pain of a burn, after cold water has cooled the injured skin.

Smiling seniors showing off vaccinations
DementiaJoe Graedon - June 1, 2023

Shingles Vaccines Against Dementia & Flu Shots vs. Heart Attacks

Is it possible that a flu shot could reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack? What about shingles vaccines against dementia?

Black man rowing hard for high-intensity interval training
PodcastsTerry Graedon - June 1, 2023

Show 1342: Balancing Your Movement Diet for Good Health

Just as you need to eat a balanced diet for good nutrition, you should think about balancing your movement diet for better health.

man with a bad ARB cough
CoughsJoe Graedon - June 1, 2023

Did You Catch HMPV Recently Without Knowing It?

Have you ever heard of human metapneumovirus (aka HMPV)? We didn't think so. This upper respiratory infection is as bad as the flu or RSV!

Glass mug with tea in grass contains berries rich in flavanols
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - June 1, 2023

New Guidelines on Flavanols Can Help Improve Health

People who get 400 to 600 mg of flavanols in their daily diets are less likely to suffer from diabetes or cardiovascular problems.

Man clutching his chest because of heart pain
COVID-19Joe Graedon - June 1, 2023

The Cardiac Effects of COVID-19 Are Really Scary!

Most people think of the coronavirus as a respiratory illness, but the cardiac effects of COVID-19 are also very worrisome.

a pharmacist at work behind the counter of a pharmacy
EditorialDennis Miller, RPh - June 1, 2023

Chain Drug Stores’ Dangerous Culture of Speed

Is speed filling prescriptions more important than accuracy or helpful advice from the pharmacist? Dennis Miller, RPh, says it is.

shingles (herpes zoster) skin rash
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - May 29, 2023

Tagamet for Warts and Shingles!

Readers have been telling us that they have used Tagamet for warts with surprising success. Now a reader says cimetidine works for shingles.

home blood pressure monitor
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 29, 2023

Clonidine (Catapres) Side Effects & Complications

Clonidine is prescribed for hypertension and ADHD. Learn about side effects. Missing even one dose could be disastrous. Rebound is scary!

CocoaVia Memory & Focus
Sponsored PostCocoaVia - May 29, 2023

CocoaVia’s Memory & Focus Celebrates its First Anniversary

To celebrate Brain Health month and the first anniversary of its Memory & Focus supplement, CocoaVia is offering a buy 1 get 1 sale.

ginger root
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - May 29, 2023

Ginger Is Brilliant Remedy for Post-Operative Nausea

Placebo-controlled studies support a reader's experience that ginger alleviates post-operative nausea. It may also help with drug reactions.

A bottle of pills labeled prednisone
AnxietyJoe Graedon - May 28, 2023

Prednisone Can Cause Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia

Corticosteroids are valuable medications. But drugs like prednisone can cause anxiety, depression and other serious psychiatric side effects.

White ramekin full of pickle relish
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 28, 2023

Pickle Relish Will Do in a Pinch Against Leg Cramps

Pickle juice is a classic home remedy for painful leg cramps, but pickle relish is an acceptable substitute.

Yellow Jacket builds nest
Stings (bees, wasps, yellowjackets)Terry Graedon - May 28, 2023

How to Ease the Pain of a Sting

Will home remedies that ease the pain of a bee sting work against wasp or yellowjacket stings? Readers offer several from the pantry.

Dr. Joe Allen is an expert on sick buildings
PodcastsTerry Graedon - May 25, 2023

Show 1274: Can We Make Sick Buildings Healthy? (Archive)

When we pay attention to fixing sick buildings, the people in them become happier, healthier and more productive.

hand holds high dose vitamin D capsule between thumb and forefinger
AnxietyTerry Graedon - May 25, 2023

Vitamin D Supplements for Babies May Boost Kids’ Mental Health

A follow-up study after several years found that high-dose vitamin D supplements during infancy improved kids' mental health.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Joe Graedon - May 25, 2023

Picking a Diet That Lowers Blood Pressure

To choose a diet that lowers blood pressure, look to a very low carb diet with less than 35 g carbohydrate daily.

depressed and sad man leaning on a balcony railing
DepressionJoe Graedon - May 25, 2023

Will Ketamine Really Battle Life-Long Depression?

Ketamine infusions seem promising against life-long depression. A new study reports ketamine worked as well as electro-convulsive therapy!

Time to Think Different
PodcastsTerry Graedon - May 25, 2023

Show 1326: Think Different About Alzheimer Disease

In this episode, our expert guest says it's time to think different about Alzheimer disease. Look at it as an autoimmune disorder.

Pile of pills and multivitamins
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - May 25, 2023

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.

young woman checking her thinning hair in a mirror
DiabetesTerry Graedon - May 22, 2023

Will Ozempic Lead to Hair Loss?

Ozempic (semaglutide) seems less likely than some other medications to trigger cardiovascular problems, but diabetic retinopathy may worsen.

forgetful man slaps forehead
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 22, 2023

Can Statins Cause Memory Loss and Transient Global Amnesia?

Most health professionals do not believe that statins can cause transient global amnesia or other memory problems. What do patients say?

woman screaming from a nightmare
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - May 21, 2023

Many Drugs Cause Bad Dreams

Certain medicines may trigger bad dreams or even nightmares. One reader found that Xyzal for allergies was a problem.

pitcher of grapefruit juice
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 21, 2023

Grapefruit Lowers Blood Pressure

Animal and human research suggests that grapefruit may have an impact on blood pressure. It can interact with many drugs, however.

a bottle of niacin used to get your cholesterol down
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Terry Graedon - May 21, 2023

Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

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