By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2017 44 Comments
    Should We Ban Ibuprofen?

    A study published in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (April, 2017) reports that ibuprofen is associated with a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest. Now some people are ask…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 22 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    Regular exercise is considered essential for good health. The benefits include weight control, diabetes prevention, blood sugar management, blood lipid control, improved mood, better sleep and a reduc…

    By: Joe Graedon February 27, 2017 16 Comments
    Why Is Celecoxib Not Working and What Can People…

    Celebrex is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It was supposed to be easier on the stomach than other arthritis drugs. But questions about its heart health slowed sales over the last decade. We r…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Ashwagandha Ease Your Severe Arthritis Pain…

    People with persistent arthritis pain often find it difficult to get relief. The usual nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen cause side effects wit…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 23 Comments
    Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes and…

    Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there …

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 1 Comments
    How to Help Arthritis Pain with Chair Yoga

    Researchers at Florida Atlantic University report that chair yoga can be an effective treatment for people suffering from osteoarthritis pain. Many older people with significant hip, knee or ankle pai…

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 14 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Scary High Blo…

    We have heard ibuprofen referred to as vitamin I. That's because a lot of weekend warriors rely on ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve inflammation and pain. …

    By: Joe Graedon December 19, 2016 17 Comments
    Is the FDA Biased Against Dietary Supplements?

    Will your vitamins or dietary supplements hurt you? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, herbs or other supplements every day. Most people don't worry about possible dangers from these pills. Man…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 9 Comments
    Will You Wear Your Knees Out If You Run?

    Osteoarthritis has long been considered a disease of wear and tear. The older people get, the more likely they are to have pain and inflammation in their joints. That is presumably because of a lifeti…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 9 Comments
    What Will MSM Do for Joint Pain?

    Arthritis creates such dilemmas for its sufferers. There are medications that alleviate pain reasonably well, but many or most of them have serious side effects. Narcotics cause addiction if they are …

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 7 Comments
    Is There a Link Between NSAIDs like Ibuprofen an…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam, naproxen and piroxicam have been popular for decades. Tens of millions of people take these non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 21 Comments
    Anti-inflammatory Activity of Turmeric and Other…

    Drugs with anti-inflammatory activity are immensely popular. NSAIDs such as celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen are taken by millions of people on a regular basis. Such medicines can have ser…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2016 7 Comments
    Are ALL Arthritis Drugs Including Celebrex Risky…

    The big news out of the American Heart Association meetings in New Orleans is that Celebrex (celecoxib) is no more dangerous for the heart and cardiovascular system than pain relievers like ibuprofen …

    By: Terry Graedon November 10, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Avoid Arthritis Pain with a Mediterranean…

    A Mediterranean-type diet has been shown to be good for the brain and the heart as well as for controlling blood sugar. Could it also help people avoid arthritis pain? Can You Use a Mediterranean Diet…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 4 Comments
    Will MSM Ease Pain and Swelling in Arthritic Joi…

    Arthritis frequently puts people in a terrible double-bind. The medications that are generally used to ease the pain of stiff joints can have risky side effects. People often rely on over-the-counter …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 14 Comments
    How Safe Are Topical NSAIDs Like Voltaren Gel?

    When the FDA allowed drug companies to sell NSAIDs over the counter we were concerned. That's because drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) came with some pretty serious si…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Use Juniper to Fight Arthritis

    There are innumerable home remedies reputed to ease the pain of arthritis. One of the perennial favorites is golden raisins soaked in gin. Nobody knows quite how it works, and people have offered a v…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 16 Comments
    Will the Gin and Raisin Remedy Help Hip and Knee…

    We first heard about eating gin-soaked raisins for arthritis more than 20 years ago. On May 16, 1994 we received this letter: "A neighbor gave my wife a recipe for "arthritis relief" that involves soa…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 10 Comments
    Boswellia Eased Arthritis Pain but Triggered Hot…

    You may not have heard of boswellia, but we'll bet you have heard of frankincense. This dietary supplement has been used for a variety of symptoms including inflammation. This reader reported that i…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Use Cherry Juice for Your Joint Pain

    Whoever said "Growing older isn't for sissies!" probably had arthritis. Although it sometimes strikes younger people, the constant ache in knees and hips can make it hard to keep moving.  Pain in th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2016 12 Comments
    How to Use Turmeric to Ease Your Joint Pain

    People with arthritis find themselves in a difficult situation. Trying to stay active and enjoy life when your joints hurt is a huge challenge. On the other hand, most of the medications such as NSAID…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2016 27 Comments
    What is the Link Between Fatigue, Joint Pain and…

    Hypothyroidism is one of the most common conditions affecting Americans. It is estimated that over 100 million prescriptions are filled annually for thyroid hormones either as levothyroxine (Levothroi…

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2016 24 Comments
    How to Ease Your Knee Pain

    What can you do for your knee pain? People with arthritis have relatively few good options for relief. Often, they may feel as if they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Hip and knee pain make…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2016 20 Comments
    What is the Connection Between Joint Pain and At…

    Q. You recently answered a question in your column from someone who complained about arthritis. I think you missed an important point. The reader asked about the pain medication naproxen (Aleve) for h…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Ease Joint Pain Without Suffering Constip…

    Easing joint pain due to arthritis has been a concern for so long that there are scores, if not hundreds, of home remedies to take care of the problem. Just as with the response to pain-relieving medi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 13 Comments
    NSAIDs Disrupt the Balance of Bacteria in the Gu…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are taken by millions of people every day to treat pain and inflammation due to problems such as arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis. Such NSAIDs include diclofenac,…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Exerciser Needs Home Remedy to Overcome Knee Pai…

    It is estimated that 30 million Americans take an NSAID-type pain reliever each day to ease their sprains, strains, arthritis and bursitis. Familiar brands include Advil, Aleve, Anaprox, Cataflam, Mob…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 1 Comments
    Chondroitin Stacks Up Against Celecoxib for Reli…

    A small study just presented at the American College of Rheumatology meeting shows that the dietary supplement chondroitin sulfate is about as effective as the drug celecoxib in alleviating the pain a…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 2 Comments
    Tai Chi Helps Ease Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis

    A study from Tufts University in Boston has found that tai chi works just as well as physical therapy to ease pain and improve function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Tai Chi Compared to …

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 10 Comments
    How Do You Make Gin-Soaked Raisins?

    Q. I have heard you talk about the raisin remedy on your radio show and I have seen reference to it on this website, but there are a lot of details that are missing. First, how the heck do you soak th…

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2015 16 Comments
    Knee Pain Disappears After Turmeric Treatment

    Q. I want to thank you. A couple of months ago you wrote about taking turmeric for knee pain. I immediately went out and bought some. I have had constant knee pain for many years. After taking turmeri…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2015 14 Comments
    Save Money Safely With Authorized Generic Drugs

    People have become suspicious of the quality of generic drugs. Is there a way to benefit from the lower cost of these copycat medicines without sacrificing effectiveness? What are Authorized Generic D…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2015 15 Comments
    Pain with Switch from Celebrex to Celecoxib

    People with arthritis frequently rely on medication to fight the pain and inflammation of their condition. When a drug works well, they stick with it. It can be a disappointment to discover that a dif…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2015 16 Comments
    At What Age Do NSAID Pain Relievers Become Deadl…

    Q. I heard the FDA issued a stronger warning about cardiac risks associated with NSAID pain relievers. Is this correlated with age? If older persons are at greater risk of heart attack and stroke from…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2015 7 Comments
    Reader Praises Voltaren Gel

    Many people recognize that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs such as diclofenac (Voltaren) can provide relief from inflammation and pain but have some important side effects if they are used…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2015 10 Comments
    Certo Recipe for Joint Pain

    The pain of arthritic joints can often be unrelenting, so it is no wonder that people are always on the lookout for strategies that help manage it better. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 4 Comments
    Cortisone Shot Won’t Help Tennis Player…

    When sore joints start complaining, it can be tempting to grab for whatever will give the quickest relief and let you get back to your favorite activities. Sometimes that's not the best strategy. Pain…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2015 8 Comments
    Generic Celebrex Leaves Many People in Pain

    Generic medications are supposed to provide exactly the same therapeutic benefit as the original brand name drug. That has been the FDA's promise since it began approving generic medicines. Now that g…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2015 4 Comments
    The Combination of an NSAID with a PPI Can Harm …

    Using one medication to treat the known side effects of another pill often seems sensible. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work. In some cases, adding the second medicine can backfire. The combinatio…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2015 16 Comments
    Turmeric Helped Dog’s Stiff Hips

    Q. I have been using turmeric for over a year for arthritis in my hands and have had really great results. I have an elderly large breed dog with hip problems. The pain was so severe the vet suggested…