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Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz, author of Your Life Depends on It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health
PodcastsTerry Graedon - October 14, 2021

Show 1276: How to Make Better Choices About Your Health

Dr. Miron-Shatz describes how to evaluate medical evidence and make better choices about your health. How do you find advice you trust?

Bottle of Bayer Low Dose Aspirin (baby aspirin) 81 mg
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 14, 2021

How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

The US Preventive Services Task Force says millions of people should stop taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack. Better be cautious!

Illustration of four "no salt" signs
EditorialJoe Graedon - October 14, 2021

The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the Low-Salt Confusion?

The FDA wants food companies to cut back on salt. AHA guidelines are much stricter. Are the low-salt targets practical? Are they healthy?

a woman holding a large handful of pistachio nuts
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - October 14, 2021

What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

Scientists suspect there is a connection between nuts and health. Many studies show nut eaters have less heart disease, strokes or cancer.

mushrooms growing in field
DepressionTerry Graedon - October 14, 2021

Diet with Mushrooms May Protect You from Depression

Loading your diet with mushrooms may cut your chance of being diagnosed with depression. Will you eat them on pizza or in stir-fry?

Statin pills and a warning sign, 3D graphic
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 11, 2021

OTC Statins? Crestor or Lipitor Without an Rx?

Many cardiologists think that more people should be taking statins to lower cholesterol. Should OTC statins like Crestor get FDA approval?

Little boy examines a splinter in his foot
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - October 11, 2021

Removing A Splinter Without Tears

Why not try a doctor-recommended home remedy for removing a splinter? Russell Copelan, MD, suggests using a wart removal patch to get out a tricky splinter.

woman has hands on her abdomen for symptoms of IBS
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - October 11, 2021

What Supplements Could Help Ease IBS Symptoms?

Readers looking for supplements to ease IBS symptoms have found probiotics and enteric-coated peppermint oil can help.

Doctor prepares to give a flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine
Muscle PainJoe Graedon - October 11, 2021

Unexpected Benefits and Risks of the Moderna Vaccine

We have learned a lot about the benefits and risks of the Moderna vaccine. Here are some unexpected pros and cons of other shots.

doctor puts her finger to her mouth to say shhhh, don't report medical mistake
EditorialJoe Graedon - October 11, 2021

Will Medical Mistakes Kill You or Someone You Love?

Medical mistakes are a leading cause of death and yet they go unreported and ignored. What can you do to protect yourself and those you love?

home blood pressure monitor
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Joe Graedon - October 11, 2021

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

A reader got better blood pressure control if he took his pills at night instead of in the morning. Should you take your BP pills before bed?

Salt and Pepper shakers in a diner can serve as emergency home remedies
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 10, 2021

Can You Stop Bleeding with Black Pepper?

Have you tried to stop bleeding with black pepper? Many readers have found it works surprisingly well.

Dr.Mitchell Lazar describes the vicious cycle of COVID and diabetes
PodcastsTerry Graedon - October 7, 2021

Show 1275: The Vicious Cycle of COVID and Diabetes

Diabetes expert Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, describes an under-recognized vicious cycle between diabetes and COVID-19 infection.

Doctor prepares to give a flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - October 7, 2021

Should You Worry About Myocarditis from COVID Vaccination?

New information from Israel provide evidence about myocarditis from COVID vaccination. Should the shot be given in the old-fashioned way?

Studies demonstrate value of face masks N95 and surgical to prevent viral transmission, face masks reduce transmission
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - October 7, 2021

Flip Flops from CDC and WHO on Face Masks and COVID Spread

Do you wear a face mask in public? Will you be able to celebrate winter holidays with loved ones? COVID spread remains very controversial.

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - October 7, 2021

Can Anti-Herpes Treatments Prevent Alzheimer’s?

There is growing evidence that herpes viruses contribute to dementia. Could an antiviral nutrient or drug like Valtrex prevent Alzheimer's?

doctor giving a senior patient a painful flu shot
Influenza (flu)Joe Graedon - October 7, 2021

Will You Get a Flu Shot? How Well Will It Work?

The CDC wants you to get a flu shot before the end of the month. How well will it work? Judging from past years, it won't be all that great.

confused older man
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - October 7, 2021

Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic senility, with poor concentration, constipation, balance problems and tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

package of statins with stethoscope
DiabetesJoe Graedon - October 5, 2021

Statins and Diabetes! A LONG Delayed Warning

Statins have been prescribed since 1987. A new study reveals an association between statins and diabetes management. It's harder with statins!

man in a car wearing an N-95 mask
COVID-19Joe Graedon - October 4, 2021

Do You Still Need a Face Mask After Full Vaccination?

Are you ready to get on with your life? Want to put COVID behind you? Vaccines and boosters can help. Do you still need a face mask inside?

seniors couple relaxing in sauna
Cognitive DysfunctionTerry Graedon - October 4, 2021

Sauna Bathing and Its Health Benefits

Regular sauna bathing lowers blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. It may also help prevent lung disease and dementia. Exercise plus sauna is synergistic.

Young woman's back has unbelievable itching with allergy skin problem
AllergiesJoe Graedon - October 4, 2021

Stopping Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Led to Itchy Nightmare

When people take cetirizine for allergy symptoms they do not think about side effects when they stop the drug. But reports of withdrawal itching continue!

Photo illustration of various locations of leg and foot cramps, muscle cramp pain
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 4, 2021

Will Soap Under Sheets Help Your Leg Cramps?

Many readers find that a bar of fragrant soap under the bottom sheet can prevent or stop painful nighttime cramps. Will this remedy banish your leg cramps?

nurse measuring blood pressure to senior patient with uncontrolled hypertension
Heart AttackJoe Graedon - October 4, 2021

Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

People who have high blood pressure in the doctor's office may need to confirm that it is sustained throughout the day with home blood pressure measurement.

a man holding his nose because something smells
lactose intoleranceJoe Graedon - October 4, 2021

Are Pills Containing Lactose Making You Fart?

Are you lactose intolerant? How would you know? Milk sugar can cause bloating, diarrhea and gas. There are lots of pills containing lactose.

person holding their stomach in pain from stomach ache or IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)Terry Graedon - October 4, 2021

How to Relieve IBS with a Low FODMAP Diet

A low FODMAP diet that avoids milk sugar as well as fruits and vegetables that are easily fermented by gut bacteria can ease symptoms of IBS.

Gloved hand holding test tube of blood marked COVID-19 +
COVID-19Joe Graedon - October 1, 2021

Molnupiravir: A Pill for COVID Could Be Here Soon!

The first pill against SARS-CoV-2 could be a game changer! People who are vaccine hesitant may embrace molnupiravir against COVID-19.

Dr. Joe Allen is an expert on sick buildings
PodcastsTerry Graedon - September 30, 2021

Show 1274: Can We Make Sick Buildings Healthy?

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

A low-carb mixed leaf salad with smoked salmon, spinach, cucumber and onions; eat to lower cholesterol
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - September 30, 2021

Which Is Better for Blood Lipids–Low-Carb or Low-Fat?

A randomized controlled trial found that people have better blood fat profiles and less insulin resistance on a low-carb diet.

Cortisone shots into the knee
ArthritisJoe Graedon - September 30, 2021

The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterioration

When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there risks with steroids shots?

three young children eating lunch with vegetables
DepressionTerry Graedon - September 30, 2021

Eating Fruits and Veggies Boosts Children’s Mental Wellbeing

A large study in England shows that youngsters who eat more vegetables and fruits score higher on tests of mental wellbeing.

Husband and wife dealing with dementia
Alzheimer’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - September 30, 2021

Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Gets Much Stronger!

Alzheimer disease is devastating. People think it's caused by bad genes or bad luck. But data link anticholinergic drugs and dementia.

Sucralose sugar substitute packets
DiabetesTerry Graedon - September 30, 2021

Unexpected Complications with Sucralose

A fascinating study shows that neither sugar alone nor sucralose alone disrupted insulin response. But sucralose with maltodextrin did.

Female hands with blood-pressure meter
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 30, 2021

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.

Variety of dairy products including cheese and milk
Heart AttackJoe Graedon - September 27, 2021

Has the Flip-Flop on Saturated Fat Made Your Head Spin?

You were told that cholesterol and saturated fat is bad for your heart. You turned to low-fat dairy products. Was that advice all wrong?

a male doctor talking to a female patient
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - September 27, 2021

How to Make Your Blood Fats Healthier

Regular exercise and a Mediterranean-style diet can change blood fats so that they are less likely to increase the risk for heart disease.

Frightened bearded man clutches his throat because of angioedema
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 27, 2021

Lisinopril and Angioedema: A Life-Threatening Side Effect

Have you heard of angioedema? Most people haven't. Doctors may miss the diagnosis especially if lisinopril and angioedema affect the abdomen.

fish oil capsules
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - September 27, 2021

Will Prescription EPA Prevent Heart Attacks?

Researchers report that a prescription EPA (purified omega-3 fat from fish oil) can reduce the risk of heart attacks, but not the chance of dying.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisTerry Graedon - September 27, 2021

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

Drinking a concoction of the liquid pectin Certo and grape juice appears to ease knee, shoulder or hip pain for many people. Will it help you?

a syringe in a vial of medicine
DiabetesJoe Graedon - September 27, 2021

People Are Dying Because of the High Cost of Medicines

The high cost of medicines is having a scary impact on the health of the nation. If people cannot afford cancer drugs it can lead to death.