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older woman with insomnia silencing her alarm clockDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 22, 2021
Noxzema deep cleansing creamDrug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - November 22, 2021
Bottles of Red Yeast Rice on a store shelfDiabetesJoe Graedon - November 22, 2021 - 14 comments

Does Red Yeast Rice Raise Blood Sugar Levels Like Statins?

Red yeast rice contains some statin-like compounds. Does that mean it can cause statin-like side effects? Will red yeast rice raise blood sugar levels?

Joe Graedon - November 15, 2021

Common Medications That Raise Blood Pressure

Joe Graedon - November 15, 2021

Why Put Aluminum or Benzene In Your Armpits?

Terry Graedon - November 11, 2021

Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Joe Graedon - November 11, 2021

Doctors Deny That PPIs Can Cause Kidney Damage

Terry Graedon - November 8, 2021

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

two boxes of Vazalore aspirin, 81 mg and 325 mg
young man having a heart attack because of high lp(a) levels
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

Doctors rarely test for Lp(a), but 1 out of 5 people have high levels. Statins raise Lp(a) but a low-carb diet lowers this key risk factor.

Bottle of Bayer Low Dose Aspirin (baby aspirin) 81 mg
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 1, 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!

cats snuffling on a bed next to a pillow
ArthritisJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

Petting the Cat Almost Killed It!

Petting the cat can cause a life-threatening reaction if you have a topical NSAID on your skin. Pillow poisoning of pets is another hazard!

man with a bad ARB cough
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - November 1, 2021

Valsartan (Diovan) Side Effects Include Terrible Cough!

Sometimes a drug side effect gets overlooked. Has that happened with blood pressure medications called ARBs (like losartan and valsartan)?

Dr. Paul Offit discusses the evidence on vaccines
PodcastsTerry Graedon - October 28, 2021

Show 1278: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks of Medical Breakthroughs

Medical innovation teaches us a lot we didn't know before. How do we evaluate benefits and risks of medical breakthroughs?

smiling child in red shirt gets COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids or is being vaccinated against flu
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - October 28, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine for Younger Kids Is on the Runway

FDA and CDC may soon authorize a COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids, ages 5 to 11. That extends the protection for families.

Hand holds out container of multiple pills doctors prescribe
Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - October 28, 2021

15 Ways Pharma Cleverly Manipulates You

You’re probably unaware of the many ways that Big Pharma manipulates you into accepting pills for everything.

Main with a lot of gray hair
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 25, 2021

Lead in Hair Dye Is Finally Coming Out!

Did you know that the FDA has finally banned lead in hair dye after more than 30 years? It has been a struggle, but the lead will disappear!

Atorvastatin pills with stethoscope
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 25, 2021

Do Doctors Hate Stories of Statin Side Effects?

Have you ever experienced statin side effects? Some cardiologists think stories of statin side effects are fake medical news or worse, fear mongering.

and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - October 25, 2021

Glaucoma Patients Should Not Take Blood Pressure Pills at Bedtime

If blood pressure drops too low overnight, it can aggravate optic nerve damage. That is the last thing glaucoma patients need!

Low-dose aspirin helps prevent infection with COVID-19
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - October 25, 2021

Can Aspirin Help Protect You from COVID-19 Infection?

In Israel, researchers found that low-dose aspirin helps protect older individuals with cardiovascular conditions from catching COVID-19.

bottles of crestor lipitor and simvastatin cholesterol-lowering drugs
DiabetesJoe Graedon - October 18, 2021

If Statins Cause Diabetes, Why Should ALL Diabetics Take a Statin?

Evidence from many studies indicates that statins cause diabetes. People who are at risk for this metabolic disorder should be wary.

Man preparing to take pepto bismol
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 18, 2021

Pepto-Bismol May Rescue Wedding Guest

If you need to control the odor of intestinal gas temporarily, Pepto-Bismol can be a big help. Don't use it every day.

Bottle of Pills and a FDA APPROVED stamp
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 18, 2021

Metoprolol Mess (Toprol XL) Reveals Serious Flaws With FDA’s Generic Process

We've been hearing about problems with generic metoprolol since 2007. They're still coming in. If you can't afford Toprol XL what can you do?

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?

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?

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!

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

Woman on a motorcycle to illustrate a Rinvoq TV commercial
a man in a gas mask
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 20, 2021

Excessive Flatulence Creates Challenges

Have you ever passed gas? Of course you have! Everyone does. But some people experience excessive flatulence. Gum or meds could be the cause!

Thyroid test tube
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 13, 2021

Do People With Low Thyroid Prefer Double Hormone Therapy?

When people have low thyroid hormone levels, they don't feel good. An old-fashioned treatment can often help.

The word antibiotics surrounded by pills and a stethescope
Colorectal CancerJoe Graedon - September 9, 2021

Are Antibiotics and Colon Cancer Linked?

Antibiotics save lives! But data are showing a link between antibiotics and colon cancer. Could an increase in this malignancy be related?

angioedema, choking, man sticks out his tongue while coughing
AnaphylaxisJoe Graedon - September 9, 2021

Lisinopril Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening: Beware Angioedema and ACE Inhibitors!

Lisinopril and other ACE inhibitors can cause a serious complication: angioedema. The face and neck swelling of angioedema could result in death.

Atorvastatin pill pack next to a stethoscope and an electrocardiogram
dermatomyositisJoe Graedon - September 6, 2021

Statins and Dermatomyositis: An Often Ignored Reaction!

Most people know about statins and muscle aches. Much more serious is an autoimmune reaction. Research now links statins and dermatomyositis.

fingers point to High or Low Immunity
Crohn’s DiseaseJoe Graedon - August 30, 2021

Scary Side Effects of Immune-Modulating Drugs

Drugs to dampen the immune system are BIG sellers. Humira and Enbrel make billions. How safe are these immune-modulating drugs during COVID?

Metformin pills don't affect vitamin D status
DiabetesTerry Graedon - August 30, 2021

How Does Metformin Affect Vitamin D Status?

A randomized controlled trial determined that metformin does NOT affect vitamin D status, but it can lower vitamin B12 levels.