The People's Perspective on Medicine


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Does Fluoride in the Water Impact Children’s IQ?

The majority of Americans are exposed to fluoride in water and toothpaste. A new study reports that prenatal exposure may affect young children. What to do?

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Does Fluoride Exposure Alter Kidney and Liver Function in Teens?

Tens of millions of people experience fluoride exposure every day. Does it affect kidney function in adolescents? A new study says it very well could.

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Show 1177: How You Can Avoid Toxins in Your Home

Learn how you can identify and avoid the toxins in your home, from flame retardants and stain repellents to mycotoxins from mold.

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Heart Attack

How Soon Do Smokers Benefit from Quitting?

A careful study shows that smokers benefit from quitting. It may be more than a decade, though, before their risk of heart attacks drops to normal.

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Drug Side Effects

For Seniors, More Blood Pressure Medication Is Not Better

Increasing blood pressure medication at hospital discharge might do more harm than good for older people without heart disease.

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Your Newsletter Reading List Is Back!

Many subscribers missed the newsletter reading list. We've brought it back for your convenience. You'll find it at the bottom of each post.

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Drug Side Effects

Is Google Censoring Drug Side Effect Information?

Many health websites have been buried by a new Google algorithm update. Search is fruitless. We provide drug side effect information. Why can't you find it?

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Alternative Health

Will Aloe Vera Help Itchy Mosquito Bites?

A reader finds that gel from an aloe vera leaf stops the itching of mosquito bites quickly. No scientists have studied this approach. Will you try it?

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Alternative Health

Should We Give Up On Home and Herbal Remedies?

Is there any science to support the use of home and herbal remedies? Many health professionals like randomized controlled trials. So do we! Here are data.

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Alternative Health

Is Sea Breeze a Solution for Keto Body Odor?

One reader reports that applying Sea Breeze Astringent Original Formula to the underarms took care of keto body odor. Maybe it changed the skin microbiome.

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Drug Side Effects

Viagra (Sildenafil) Triggers Both Erections and Heartburn

The erectile dysfunction drugs relax smooth muscle. The result is both erections and heartburn, helpful and undesirable effects.

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Can You Overcome Trouble with Generic Antidepressants?

When patients have trouble with generic antidepressants, their doctor and pharmacist should act as allies to help them get the medication they need.

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Can Cutting Out Sweets Help Control Blood Sugar?

Cutting out sweets and foods with high-fructose corn syrup helped two people take control of their diabetes, lose weight and feel healthy.

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Can You Stop Zyrtec Without Horrendous Itching?

After some people have taken cetirizine (Zyrtec) or levocetirizine (Xyzal) for months or years, they may develop horrendous itching when they stop.

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Do Arthritis Pain Relievers Trigger Heart Problems?

Do you take celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen for aching joints? People with OA rely on arthritis pain relievers. What are the risks?

Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH

Show 1176: The Health Benefits of Our Relationships with Animals

Hear how kind relationships with animals enhance our well-being and theirs. Exercising empathy helps us strengthen our ability to relate to each other.

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Pharmacist Challenges Concept of Chronic Conditions and Maintenance Meds

Pharma has a financial incentive to convince people that many ailments are “chronic conditions" even though much is known about preventing those conditions.

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Are People with Diabetes Being Overtreated?

Are you worried about diabetes being overtreated? Driving blood glucose too low can result in serious complications. About 20% of patients are at risk.

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Don’t Count on Stimulants for Better Memory

Research shows it's a mistake to take stimulants for better memory and attention. The gains are tiny, and the drugs interfere with getting good sleep.

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People with Diabetes Do Better on Low-Carb Diets

A study from Denmark shows better blood sugar control among people with diabetes following low-carb diets. They also had less fatty livers.

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Prescriptions on Demand from Online Doctors

Do you ever buy anything online? Would you consider visiting online doctors or prescriptions on demand? Online prescribing and dispensing are expanding.

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Home Remedies

What Time Is Best to Take Melatonin?

If you want to take melatonin for better sleep, the timing is best if you take it half an hour to an hour before turning out the lights.

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Ketamine for Surgery Lifts Cloud of Depression

For decades anesthesiologists used IV ketamine for surgery. Then doctors reported that it worked against depression. This patient discovered it by accident.

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Home Remedies

Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

Although doctors can prescribe drugs for RLS, many people would prefer nonpharmacologic approaches. Do you take magnesium for your restless legs syndrome?

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Can You Save Money by Importing Drugs from Canada?

The government has recently done an about-face on importing drugs from Canada. For years we were were told this is a terrible idea. Maybe now it will be OK.

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Age Spots

Will Castor Oil Help Clear Up Your Actinic Keratosis?

A few readers report that applying castor oil to an actinic keratosis on their skin made the bumpy spot clear up and drop off.

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Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

How Can You Improve Your Thyroid Function?

If your thyroid function is sub-par, you can work with your doctor to make adjustments in your medication, when you take it and what you eat.

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Heart Attack

People Who Have Sex More Often Live Longer

Israeli heart attack survivors who said they had sex more often lived longer (and possibly happier) than those who had sex infrequently or not at all.

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Drug Side Effects

Testosterone Enhances Libido and Improves Female Sexuality

The FDA has approved two drugs to improve women's sexual desire. Trouble is, they have unpleasant side effects. Research shows testosterone enhances libido.

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Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (low libido)

FDA Approved New Drug to Increase Sexual Desire

FDA gave the green light to Amag for its injectable medication designed to increase sexual desire in premenopausal women.

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Can Coffee Help You Leave the Hospital Sooner?

People who drink coffee after abdominal surgery get their bowels moving faster and can often leave the hospital earlier. Three cups daily did the trick.

Timothy McCall, MD, Medical editor of Yoga Journal

Show 1175: How to Mix Conventional and Ayurvedic Medicine for Cancer

Hear how an American physician decided to mix allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine to treat his metastatic neck cancer. Should we all learn to combine them?

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Lyme Disease (Borreliosis)

Do You Have Chronic Lyme Disease?

Why do so many doctors doubt that chronic Lyme disease exists? A new study suggests that as many as 10 to 20 percent of patients suffer long-term symptoms.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can Anti-Herpes Treatments Prevent Alzheimer’s?

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

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Alternative Health

Can Hornet Stings Overcome Painful Plantar Fasciitis?

One reader reports that stepping into a hornet's nest and getting stung had an unanticipated benefit: long-lasting plantar fasciitis pain was eased.

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Drug Side Effects

A Pharmacist Condemns Pharma’s Approach to Health

Pharma (the pharmaceutical industry) views the human body as a machine that is constantly prone to breakdown and needs shoring up with synthetic chemicals.

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Do Statins Increase the Risk for Diabetes or Not?

There has been tremendous resistance to the idea that statins increase the risk of diabetes. Doctors are having a hard time dealing with this complication.

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Cold Sores (herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1)

Can L-Lysine Prevent Painful Cold Sores?

Readers report that the supplement L-lysine can help prevent recurrent fever blisters caused by HSV-1.

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Will Garlic Supplements Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Garlic has a long history as a medicinal food. Research shows that garlic supplements lower your blood pressure about as well as antihypertensive medicines.