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EditorialJoe Graedon - January 17, 2022

Paying Way Too Much for Foreign Made Meds

Where was your medicine made? China, India, Mexico or Slovakia? Foreign made meds fill pharmacy shelves. What happened to made in the USA?

soles of feet poking out from under the covers
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - January 17, 2022

Vicks on the Soles of Your Feet Is Better Than Diamonds on the Soles of Your Shoes

Smearing Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet offers remarkable relief for a nighttime cough. We even think we know why it works!

hand holds high dose vitamin D capsule between thumb and forefinger
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 17, 2022

Will a Big Dose of Vitamin D Give You Leg Cramps?

Will taking a big dose of vitamin D alleviate nighttime leg cramps or trigger them? The answer may vary from one individual to another.

pile of white D-mannose crystals
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)Terry Graedon - January 17, 2022

Will D-Mannose Help Urinary Tract Infections?

Women who frequently experience urinary tract infections are eager to find natural approaches. Many readers report that D-mannose can be useful.

Bottle of Glucosamine
High CholesterolTerry Graedon - January 17, 2022

Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Increase Your Cholesterol?

Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements taken to alleviate joint pain may increase your cholesterol. What else can you use for pain relief?

Older man with leg cramps
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)Joe Graedon - January 17, 2022

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pain Relief

What do you know about low dose naltrexone (LDN) for pain? This drug has been around for decades and it just might help some people in pain.

earwax in the ear
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - January 17, 2022

Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

Too much earwax? Wearing ear buds or hearing aids can make this problem worse. One unusual trick to remove earwax is with a laxative.

Green and white box of ivermectin tablets labeled in English
COVID-19Joe Graedon - January 16, 2022

Why Isn’t Ivermectin Taming COVID in India and Japan?

Many people believe that ivermectin is taming COVID in India and Japan. Sadly, though, COVID is surging in those countries. What happened?

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Heart AttackJoe Graedon - January 13, 2022

Amazing Benefits from Half a Tablespoon of Olive Oil

The evidence keeps accumulating that as little as half a tablespoon of olive oil a day can have huge health benefits. Are you getting enough?

Dr. Gail Steketee, author of Hoarding, What Everyone Needs to Know
PodcastsTerry Graedon - January 13, 2022

Show 1286: What You Need to Know About Hoarding Disorder

Is your garage too jammed to hold your car? How full are the closets? Find out the difference between collecting and hoarding disorder.

Teen boy measures blood glucose to see if he is coming down with diabetes
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - January 13, 2022

Kids Are Coming Down with Diabetes After Getting Over COVID

Insurance data show that youngsters under 18 have been coming down with diabetes after they recover from COVID-19 infections.

Woman putting lip balm on her lips
Chapped LipsTerry Graedon - January 13, 2022

Make Your Lips Happy While You Save Money

Save money this month on our natural lip care products. Just use the discount code LIPCARE22 when you check out, and keep your lips happy!

Avoid COVID-19 with N-95 mask with surgical glove
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - January 13, 2022

Why Should People Be Wearing N95 Masks?

N95 masks can help protect you from breathing virus particles. The Omicron variant is so contagious you need N95s even if vaccinated/boosted!

An albino lab mouse tested triclosan safety
Health NewsTerry Graedon - January 13, 2022

FDA Says Lose the Triclosan; Use Ordinary Soap and Water

Triclosan is suspected hormone disruptor. Now scientists report that it also interacts with intestinal microbes in troublesome ways.

fish oil capsules
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)Terry Graedon - January 10, 2022

Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

People taking fish oil or purified EPA, a component of fish oil, appear more susceptible to heart rhythm changes called atrial fibrillation.

Young woman holding a fluvoxamine antidepressant pill
COVID-19Joe Graedon - January 10, 2022

Will the Antidepressant Fluvoxamine Fight COVID-19?

Fluvoxamine (Luvox) has been marketed as an antidepressant since 1984. New data suggest it may help against COVID-19. What about ivermectin?

Young woman experiencing horrendous itching scratches her arm
AllergiesJoe Graedon - January 10, 2022

The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopping Xyzal (Levocetirazine)

The FDA finally responded to our questions about itching after stoping Xyzal or Zyrtec. Why aren't people warned about this on OTC labels?

close up of three doctors faces wearing surgical scrubs and masks
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - January 10, 2022

How Can You Avoid Being Harmed in the Hospital?

We go into hospitals hoping to be healed. Too often people are harmed in the hospital by preventable mistakes. Learn how to protect yourself!

doctor holds syringe with vaccine to prevent breakthrough infections through Covid vaccination
COVID-19Joe Graedon - January 10, 2022

Should Doctors Consider a 4th COVID Shot?

Israel is administering a 4th COVID shot to people with compromised immune systems. Health care workers are guinea pigs for an extra booster.

man with burning mouth syndrome breathing fire
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - January 10, 2022

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

You don't have to take a PPI like omeprazole to ease heartburn symptoms. Other medications and nondrug approaches like baking soda can help.

young man suffering from depression sitting on a couch looking sad, finds it hard to deal with depression
AnxietyJoe Graedon - January 10, 2022

Can You Deal with Depression and Manage Anxiety?

Are you anxious, confused and worried? Headlines have been scary. How can you manage anxiety and deal with depression?

Dr. Cassandra Quave, author of The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines
PodcastsTerry Graedon - January 6, 2022

Show 1285: The Plant Hunter’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines

Dr. Cassandra Quave travels the world in her quest for nature's next medicines. Her work in ethnobotany is producing medications from plants.

woman needs anti-fogging spray for glasses
Endocrine disruptorsTerry Graedon - January 6, 2022

Do Anti-Fogging Products Contain Toxic Forever Chemicals?

Anti-fogging sprays and wipes have become popular for people who must wear masks, but some contain PFAs that may be endocrine disruptors.

Doctor holding test tube labeled Omicron
COVID-19Joe Graedon - January 6, 2022

Worry or Be Happy About the Omicron Variant?

The Omicron variant is driving infections rates skyward. To avoid complications like long COVID, wear an effective mask and get vaccinated.

Plants like thyme and oregano make important compounds; here,Thymus citriodorus (Lemon thyme or Citrus thyme) in the garden
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 6, 2022

How Plants Like Thyme and Oregano Make Cancer-Fighting Compounds

Plants like thyme and oregano produce compounds that give them their special smell and taste. They also have medicinal uses.

bucket of money
EditorialJoe Graedon - January 6, 2022

Will Politicians Ever Lower High Drug Prices?

Drug prices are going up! Surprised? We didn't think so. Politicians keep promising to lower high drug prices and keep failing miserably.

Amazed young woman suffering persistent hiccups
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 3, 2022

When Should You Worry About Hiccups?

Hiccups usually go away by themselves, but when they persist you may worry about hiccups. Will the doctor recommend digital rectal massage?

Bottle of Nexium 24HR, a proton pump inhibitor
COVID-19Joe Graedon - January 3, 2022

Should the FDA Banish PPIs for Heartburn?

Do strong proton pump inhibitors raise the risk for catching COVID-19 or developing stomach cancer? Should PPIs for heartburn remain OTC?

a glass of tonic water with a slice of lemon
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - January 3, 2022

Is Quinine in Tonic Water Safe?

The pros and cons of quinine make tonic water a challenging choice for many people in their fight against leg cramps. What else works?

A bottle of generic delayed-release Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30 mg
AnxietyJoe Graedon - January 3, 2022

How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdrawal Symptoms

Millions of people take antidepressants for anxiety, arthritis, depression, nerve pain or fibromyalgia. Are they told how to stop duloxetine?

St. John's Wort (Hypericum)
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - January 3, 2022

St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, But May Damage Eyes

One side effect of St. John's wort, photosensitivity, can be harmful to vision. People may wish to consider other ways to manage depression.

Doctor holding test tube labeled Omicron
COVID-19Joe Graedon - December 30, 2021

No Good Answers to Puzzling COVID Questions

Omicron is creating lots of new COVID questions? Is it really less dangerous? What about long COVID after Omicron? Where are the COVID tests?

rhesus monkey like those who tested mRNA vaccine and universal vaccine
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - December 30, 2021

Army Scientists Working on a Universal Vaccine against Coronavirus

Investigators from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are testing a universal vaccine to provide immunity against all coronaviruses.

Variety of dairy products including cheese and milk can't be enjoyed by people with lactose intolerance
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - December 30, 2021

Do Gut Microbes Contribute to Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance?

People with lactose intolerance may suffer significant digestive distress when they consume dairy products. Gut microbes contribute.

pharmacist hands selling medicines to a customer on a pharmacy desk; simple job description
EditorialDennis Miller, RPh - December 30, 2021

Should Pharmacists Stick to Their “Job Description”?

Some customers think a pharmacist's job description only involves putting pills from big bottles into little ones as fast as they can.

Dr. John and Jane Day, co-authors of The Longevity Plan, experts on centenarians
PodcastsTerry Graedon - December 30, 2021

Show 1117: What Can Chinese Centenarians Teach You About Long Life? (Archive)

We often associate aging with chronic illnesses. In this broadcast, learn how centenarians in a remote Chinese village stay healthy. Will you adopt their life lessons?

cold sores, recurrent cold sores
Cold Sores (herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1)Joe Graedon - December 30, 2021

Treating Cold Sores with Home Remedies or Sitavig

There are many home remedies to treat cold sores (herpes labialis). Prescription medicines like Sitavig (acyclovir) also work.

man watching television commercial on television with pharma ads
CancerJoe Graedon - December 27, 2021

Can You Trust TV Ads for Cancer Drugs?

Drugs commercials want you to "ask your doctor" for an Rx. Ads for cancer drugs are very persuasive. How can the FDA permit this? Stop them!

Older woman taking her blood pressure
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 27, 2021

Will Low Blood Pressure Increase the Danger of Dementia in Older People?

Is lower blood pressure always better? Many people think that 120/80 is ideal but older people may be at risk for dementia if diastolic BP goes too low.

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