By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2019 0 Comments
    Turmeric Lowered Cholesterol Raised by Glucosami…

    The cholesterol hypothesis has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. Although most cardiologists are convinced that cholesterol is the enemy and must be aggressively controlled, there are a …

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 13 Comments
    Generic Drugs Hammered | Are AUTHORIZED Generics…

    This has been a very bad week for generic drug manufacturers and the FDA. Here are just a few of the stories that have made headlines. “A New Book Argues That Generic Drugs Are Poisoning Us” (New …

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 11 Comments
    How to Substitute Powdered Pectin in Arthritis R…

    Because arthritis is so common, people have invented dozens if not scores of home remedies. Scientists have not done studies on most of these approaches, but that won't stop people from trying them. O…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 9 Comments
    Bee Sting Therapy (Apitherapy) for Arthritis Pai…

    Most people have never heard of bee sting therapy. The idea that someone would voluntarily seek to be stung seems implausible. And yet apitherapy has a venerable history. We were fortunate enough to i…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 31, 2019 9 Comments
    Can Grape Juice with Pectin Ease Your Joint Pain…

    Arthritis and joint pain are extremely common problems as we grow older. The pain itself can interfere greatly with your quality of life. On the other hand, because people suffer from joint pain frequ…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2019 11 Comments
    Could a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Ease Your Knee Pai…

    People with troublesome arthritis pain in their knees may want to consider changing the menu, according to a small trial. Researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham studied the effects of …

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 25 Comments
    Are Gin-Drenched Raisins a Big Joke?

    Whoever said "Getting old isn't for sissies" certainly got it right. As we age, we often accumulate aches and pains that may be attributed to arthritis. People with arthritis are faced with a horrible…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 7 Comments
    How Risky Is Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

    Shoulder replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common. Now, researchers writing in The BMJ say that patients should be warned that the risks of this procedure are higher than doctors originally…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 4 Comments
    Will Rosemary and Turmeric Help Your Arthritis P…

    People with arthritis pain face a difficult dilemma. Arthritis is a chronic condition, but the usual NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) should be used only …

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 14 Comments
    Opioids for Osteoarthritis Seem Scary! How About…

    When you are in pain it is hard to function. People who have osteoarthritis of the spine, hips or knees have difficulty getting around, let alone exercising. There are no perfect drug solutions for tr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Your Blood Pressu…

    Apple cider vinegar is an extremely popular home remedy. More than 50 years ago, D. C. Jarvis, MD, published his best-selling book, Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health. In it, he pr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2019 23 Comments
    What Happened to Cod Liver Oil as a Home Remedy?

    The origin of many a home remedy is lost in the mists of time. Usually we don't have a good record of who started using it or when, and we also rarely have information on when and how it falls out of …

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2018 53 Comments
    What Can You Do for Your Knee Arthritis?

    You don’t have to be a baby boomer to suffer from knee pain. Plenty of younger people have pain that they can trace to overuse or to a specific injury. Older people also may be afflicted with arthri…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2018 9 Comments
    Could Massage Make Your Knees Feel Better?

    A weekly whole-body massage sounds like a luxury, but new research suggests it could help people with knee arthritis live with less pain (Journal of General Internal Medicine, online Dec 12, 2018). It…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 9 Comments
    Why Is Duexis So Expensive?

    People with chronic joint pain often find themselves between a rock and a hard place. If they take an NSAID pain reliever, they can keep moving–which is good. But they may also suffer serious digest…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2018 4 Comments
    Will CBD for Pain Make You Fail the Marijuana Te…

    One lesson learned from the terrible opioid crisis of the past few years: a lot of Americans are in a lot of pain. With doctors increasingly reluctant to prescribe narcotics for pain relief, people ar…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2018 35 Comments
    What Is the Alternative to Grape Juice and Pecti…

    Arthritis, joint pain and inflammation and rheumatism have plagued human beings since prehistoric times. Possibly as a result, there are more home remedies for arthritis than you could count easily. T…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2018 5 Comments
    Meloxicam for Pain | This NSAID is NOT a Narcoti…

    We are not huge fans of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for arthritis pain. That’s because arthritis is a chronic condition that requires long-term treatment. When you take an NSAID da…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2018 10 Comments
    Should You Pay Less for Vicks VapoRub®?

    Vicks VapoRub® is a familiar household product with a venerable history. It has been around since the turn of the 20th century, and for much of that time, it contained natural essential oils. In the …

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2018 21 Comments
    Ibuprofen and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous R…

    Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is on the rise (Open Heart, April 28, 2017). We're talking about drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Such pain relievers are perceived as quite safe…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2018 28 Comments
    Show 1140: How Can You Manage Arthritis Pain?

    More than 50 million adult Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis. While osteoarthritis is the most common form, there are many others, including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis …

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Januvia Joint Pain | A Disabling Side Effect

    Sitagliptin (Januvia) is a type 2 diabetes drug that has been on the market for more than a decade. It belongs in a class of drugs called gliptins or DPP-4 inhibitors. These meds enable the body to ma…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2018 5 Comments
    Arthritis Remedy Does Double Duty Overcoming Con…

    We first heard about the grape juice and Certo treatment for arthritis over 20 years ago. We wrote about it in our syndicated newspaper column on March 2, 1998. Here is that very first letter: "My wif…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

    Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, is renowned for its contribution to bone strength. It may also help ward off lung infections, particularly among people who are especially susceptib…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 15 Comments
    Can You Get Celecoxib as Good as Celebrex?

    People who rely on pain relievers generally know whether their medication is working or not. We have heard many complaints from readers that their generic celecoxib does not work as well as brand name…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 16 Comments
    Will Grape Juice and Pectin Ease Your Joint Pain…

    Arthritis pain presents a big dilemma. The pain itself can interfere greatly with your quality of life. On the other hand, because people suffer from joint pain frequently, if not every day, they may …

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2018 16 Comments
    Will You Risk a Heart Attack with Diclofenac Gel…

    People with arthritis have a very difficult dilemma. The primary drugs used to treat joint pain are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unfortunately, these arthritis medications can produc…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    The recent news that diclofenac, like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can make people more susceptible to cardiovascular complications is disturbing. It is not particularly surpri…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2018 142 Comments
    The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain R…

    Doctors love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). That’s largely because they don’t have a lot of other tools in the toolkit when it comes to treating pain and inflammation. Opioids have…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2018 17 Comments
    What Are the Advantages of Voltaren Gel?

    Inflammation is behind a lot of chronic disease, including arthritis. That is why nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen are so popular among people with joint pain.…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 27 Comments
    Can Cod Liver Oil Relieve Your Knee Pain?

    Knee osteoarthritis can really interfere with mobility. Doctors prescribe pain relievers such as diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren) or meloxicam (Mobic), but patients should not take such NSAID medicatio…

    By: Joe Graedon June 11, 2018 12 Comments
    Can Meloxicam Raise Blood Pressure Dangerously H…

    Meloxicam (Mobic) is one of the most popular prescription NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in the pharmacy. According to our calculations, over 22 million prescriptions are dispensed each…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2018 13 Comments
    What Are the Best Drugs for a Desert Island Adve…

    Remember Robinson Crusoe? He was the protagonist in a novel written by Daniel Defoe that was published in 1719. Crusoe was stranded on a desert island for 28 years before being rescued. A modern versi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2018 9 Comments
    How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspir…

    Aspirin has been around over 100 years. It is one of the most versatile drugs in the pharmacy. It relieves pain, lowers fever and reduces inflammation. In addition, it has anti-platelet activity that …

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2018 3 Comments
    What Is the Best Way to Take Celecoxib (Celebrex…

    A panel of outside advisers to the FDA recently voted on the cardiovascular safety of Celebrex. These experts concluded that people who take celecoxib (Celebrex) to ease arthritis pain are at no great…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Arthritis Remedy Block Your Vitamins?

    Many people who take over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or naproxen for their arthritis pain eventually experience adverse effects. Not only can such nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2018 12 Comments
    Generic Celebrex Disappoints | How to Get Author…

    The Food and Drug Administration first approved generic Celebrex (celecoxib) on May 30, 2014. Not long after that, we began getting complaints from people in pain. Many maintained that the generic cel…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 15 Comments
    Pectin and Grape Juice to Ease Sore Joints

    People with arthritis usually rely on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen for pain relief, but these medicines can cause trouble if a person takes them for a lo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2018 27 Comments
    Why Is Antidepressant Withdrawal So Hard?

    It is estimated that one out of every eight Americans takes an antidepressant medication (JAMA Internal Medicine, Feb. 2017). According to the New York Times, roughly 25 million Americans have been ta…