The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Arthritis

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?

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Alternative Health

Will Soap in Bed Keep Your Knees from Aching?

Some readers find that keeping a bar of soap under the bottom sheet helps keep hips and knees from aching during the night.

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Arthritis

Will Gluten-Free Diet Ease Arthritis Pain?

Joint pain is common, but one possible cause is less common. Will following a gluten-free diet ease arthritis? One reader reports benefit.

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Arthritis

Turmeric Lowered Cholesterol Raised by Glucosamine?

Have you ever taken glucosamine and chondroitin for sore joints? Did this combo raise cholesterol? Turmeric lowered cholesterol AND eased inflammation.

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Arthritis

Generic Drugs Hammered | Are AUTHORIZED Generics the Answer?

The FDA has been criticized for its oversight of generic drugs. Major news stories this week dealt a blow to this industry. What about authorized generics?

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Arthritis

How to Substitute Powdered Pectin in Arthritis Remedy

Some readers who have tried Certo in grape juice to ease their joint pain would like to use powdered pectin instead. It may be harder, but it is do-able.

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Alternative Health

Bee Sting Therapy (Apitherapy) for Arthritis Pain

Have you ever heard of bee sting therapy (aka apitherapy)? We didn't think so. Modern medicine has pretty much ignored this approach. Readers say it works.

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Arthritis

Can Grape Juice with Pectin Ease Your Joint Pain?

Many people find that drinking several ounces of Concord grape juice with pectin every day helps ward off or ease arthritis pain.

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Arthritis

Could a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Ease Your Knee Pain?

A small study suggests that people following a low-carbohydrate diet suffer less from arthritis in their knees. They also have better joint function.

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Alternative Health

Are Gin-Drenched Raisins a Big Joke?

A skeptic attacked gin-drenched raisins as offering arthritis sufferers false hope. But many readers have found this remedy helps relieve pain.

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Arthritis

How Risky Is Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Shoulder replacement surgery is becoming far more common, but it carries more risk than most patients appreciate.

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Arthritis

Will Rosemary and Turmeric Help Your Arthritis Pain?

Using rosemary and turmeric on food with hemp oil and black pepper to boost absorption helped one reader control joint pain.

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Arthritis

Opioids for Osteoarthritis Seem Scary! How About Topical NSAIDS Instead?

People with osteoarthritis are stuck. Opioids are heavy guns and can be addicting. Oral NSAIDs can cause ulcers or heart attacks. What about topical NSAIDs?

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Acid Reflux

Will Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Your Blood Pressure?

One reader reports that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar lowers occasional high blood pressure. Research in rats suggests vinegar inhibits ACE.

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Acid Reflux

What Happened to Cod Liver Oil as a Home Remedy?

A reader who remembers home remedies of long ago wonders what happened to cod liver oil. Although doctors no longer prescribe it, people still take it.

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Arthritis

What Can You Do for Your Knee Arthritis?

A major review of research on knee arthritis found just one treatment, glucosamine sulfate, with a modest effect on pain and function long term.

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Alternative Health

Could Massage Make Your Knees Feel Better?

A study comparing whole-body Swedish massage to light touch or usual treatment found that the full-body technique reduced the pain from arthritic knees.

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Arthritis

Why Is Duexis So Expensive?

A reader says Duexis is helpful for pain relief, but it is unaffordable. Would ibuprofen and famotidine separately work as well?

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Alternative Health

Will CBD for Pain Make You Fail the Marijuana Test?

People who take CBD oil to alleviate pain should be warned that there is a possibility–though not a probability–that their urine will test positive.

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Alternative Health

What Is the Alternative to Grape Juice and Pectin?

People with diabetes may want an alternative to grape juice and pectin, because grape juice is so high in sugar. Luckily, there are many options.