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?

Is Google Censoring Drug Side Effect Information?

Viagra (Sildenafil) Triggers Both Erections and Heartburn

Can You Overcome Trouble with Generic Antidepressants?

Can You Stop Zyrtec Without Horrendous Itching?

Do Arthritis Pain Relievers Trigger Heart Problems?

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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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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.

Timothy McCall, MD, Medical editor of Yoga Journal
Podcasts

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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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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Diabetes

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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Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

This week, share your thoughts and learn about skeeter syndrome, how certain common drugs affect your ability to think and statin side effects.

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Acid Reflux

Do PPI-Type Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Allergies?

A new study from Austria suggests that acid-suppressing drugs cause allergies such as hives. There are even elegant explanations why it could be true.

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Drug Side Effects

How to Get Migraine Relief Without Spending a Fortune

In the hunt for migraine relief, some people shop in Canada for a brand name triptan and others try inducing brain freeze.

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Cataracts

Are Statin Side Effects Fake Medical News?

Some doctors get angry when there are reports about statins and adverse drug reactions. Are statin side effects fake or all in peoples' heads? What say you?

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Allergies

Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?

Novartis has brought out a new epinephrine shot for emergency use in case of allergic reactions. Called Symjepi, it costs less than EpiPen.

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Drug Side Effects

Have You Ever Been Warned About Irreversible Drug Side Effects?

When treatments cause irreversible drug side effects, the permanent damage to the patient's quality of life may be incalculable.

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Drug Side Effects

Will Contrave Help You Lose Weight Safely?

Contrave is a combination drug for obesity. Is it a good way to lose weight safely?