By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 4 Comments
    Show 1135: Who Do You Believe–the Experts or t…

    Doctors have been advocating evidence-based medicine for a few decades, but a surprising amount of medical practice is based on tradition. How can you sort out the value of evidence-based medicine fro…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 1 Comments
    How Good Should You Feel About BPA Substitutes?

    Over the last few decades, scientists have identified a large number of compounds that can mimic hormones like estrogen. These endocrine disruptors include bisphenol A, also known as BPA. Scientists h…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2018 51 Comments
    Pharmacist Did Not Tell the Truth About Valsarta…

    Over the past month, a recall that at first appeared quite limited in scope has continued to spread. The problem is with an active pharmaceutical ingredient made in China that was contaminated with a …

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2018 26 Comments
    Is Liver Cancer a Risk of Acid-Suppressing Drugs…

    Not again! We are sick and tired or reading about another potentially serious side effect of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Over the last few decades the list of very worrisome adverse reactions has g…

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2018 36 Comments
    Is There Roundup in Your Breakfast Cereal?

    A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that oats and oat cereals may be contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, often sold under the brand name Roundup. Some industry-af…

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2018 42 Comments
    Will Opioid Crackdown Leave Cancer Patients In P…

    Far too many people are dying from opioid overdoses. You already knew that. It’s been in the news for years. Many of the deaths are due to fentanyl. This synthetic opioid has become widely available…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 33 Comments
    Pharmacist Wouldn’t Take Back Recalled Valsart…

    On July 5, 2018 the European Medicines Agency announced a recall of a generic blood pressure medicine called valsartan (Diovan). The active ingredient in some generic formulations was apparently conta…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 14 Comments
    Can You Stop Being Tired All the Time?

    There are too many possible causes of fatigue to offer a one-size-fits-all solution. Anemia due to inadequate iron or lack of B vitamins can make people feel worn out. So can many serious health probl…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2018 46 Comments
    People in Pain Are in Misery Because of the War …

    Deaths from opioid overdoses have been surging. The CDC reports that fentanyl and its chemical cousins are increasingly responsible for the dramatic increase in casualties (CDC Health Alert Network, J…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2018 9 Comments
    Do Vitamin D Pills Lower Your Chance of Cancer?

    Epidemiological studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to various cancers. What can you do to reverse your risk? The answer is not clear.  We do not know if …

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2018 0 Comments
    What Health Benefits Can You Get from Spices?

    You may be well aware that vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Perhaps you've even heard about additional compounds we call phytonutrients. These may not be considered essenti…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2018 13 Comments
    How Much Coffee Should You Drink to Improve Long…

    Americans like their morning coffee. In some cities it seems as if there is a coffee shop on every corner. And yet our coffee consumption is paltry compared to many other countries. Not surprisingly, …

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2018 6 Comments
    Are Frequent Flyers At Higher Risk For Developin…

    A new study suggests that flight attendants may be at significantly higher risk of developing cancer than the general population (Environmental Health, June 26, 2018).  This was part of the Harvard F…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2018 2 Comments
    Is Poliovirus Therapy a Breakthrough Against Dea…

    Glioblastoma is a killer and it’s personal. One of my best friends, George B., died from this devastating brain cancer. Lots of famous people have also died from malignant glioma. Senator Edward (Te…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Pills Help You Avoid Cancer?

    New research strongly suggests that people with too little vitamin D in their systems are more likely to get colorectal cancer (McCullough et al, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, June 14, 201…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 19 Comments
    Where in the World Are Cancer Rates Highest?

    Cancer rates around the world vary greatly. Epidemiologists reviewed data from 195 countries in 2016 and found quite a large range (JAMA Oncology, June 2, 2018). Cancer Rates Are Highest in Australia:…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 4 Comments
    Can You Skip Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer?

    Some women with the most common type of breast cancer might safely skip chemotherapy. That’s the finding from a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting and published in …

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 4 Comments
    Super Immune Therapy Gave One Woman Her Life Bac…

    An experimental immune therapy conducted on a single breast cancer patient has captured a great deal of attention this week. The 49-year-old woman, Judy Perkins, had metastatic breast cancer that had …

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2018 23 Comments
    Should Desperate Patients Have the Right To Try …

    Most people empathize with the plight of desperate patients. Those who have exhausted all available treatments are willing to try almost anything. That is why Congress has passed the "right to try" bi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2018 35 Comments
    Is Cooked Oatmeal Better for You Than Instant Oa…

    Oats have been a dietary staple for many centuries, and they have a reputation as a healthy whole grain. Eating cooked oatmeal on a regular basis (daily or several times a week) can help control chole…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2018 10 Comments
    Are Sky-High Orphan Drug Costs Bankrupting Healt…

    Drug companies have fallen in love with rare diseases. That’s because they are huge money makers for the pharmaceutical industry. It wasn’t always this way. Before the Orphan Drug Act, rare or unu…

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2018 8 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: Terry Graedon May 7, 2018 3 Comments
    Should Reader Worry About His Anticancer Supplem…

    Once cancer patients finish treatment, do they put that entire episode behind them and just move on? Some do, but most find that periodic checkups to make sure the cancer has not returned remind them …

    By: Terry Graedon April 19, 2018 0 Comments
    Immunotherapy Offers Hope for Lung Cancer

    Lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths than any other type, with 150,000 fatalities every year. Until recently, treatments were unimpressive and the prognosis for patients was “dismal,” as on…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2018 9 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Help Prevent Cancer?

    Is there a connection between vitamin D levels and cancer risk? Previous studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D appear more susceptible to cancers of the pancreas, colon, breast a…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2018 6 Comments
    Nuts Reduce Chance of Colon Cancer Recurrence

    Eating nuts has been shown to be good for cardiovascular health. But could nuts reduce the risk of colon cancer recurring? Nuts Reduce Rate of Recurrence: Now, researchers have found that people who e…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Eating Junk Food Put You at Risk for Cancer…

    Researchers have become increasingly concerned about links between diet and cancer. Could junk food create an elevated risk? The NutriNet-Santé Study of Junk Food: That seems to be the conclusion fro…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 5 Comments
    Does Scalding Tea Boost Your Risk for Esophageal…

    People who drink very hot tea may want to let it cool a bit before they sip. That is particularly true for anyone who smokes or drinks alcohol. Smokers and drinkers who also regularly imbibe scalding …

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 4 Comments
    How To Choose Safe and Effective Over-The-Counte…

    Americans love to play doctor. And the FDA has made it easy. That’s because the agency has allowed Pharma companies to switch many Rx drugs to OTC in a big way. We spend $33 billion on over-the-coun…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2018 4 Comments
    Are Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer?

    A small study from the Netherlands published in JAMA Oncology raises concerns about a connection between breast implants and a rare cancer, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (de Boer et al, JAMA Oncology…

    By: Terry Graedon January 29, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Diabetes Drug Metformin Protect the Thyroid…

    Most medicines have only one or two uses, but some are remarkably versatile. One of these is metformin, a drug that is used as a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes. Justifiably, it is widely pre…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 10 Comments
    Can What You Eat Change Your Risk of Cancer?

    A new study published in JAMA Oncology reports that pro-inflammatory foods increase the risk of colorectal cancer. An anti-inflammatory diet, on the other hand, reduces the risk of cancer (Tabung et a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 9 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Gums and Cancer?

    Gum disease has been linked to heart problems. Other conditions that have been associated with periodontal inflammation include osteoporosis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis. Now results from the …

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2018 2 Comments
    Beta Blockers Boost Benefits from Cancer Immunot…

    Beta blocker heart medicines have been available for decades. Drugs like propranolol are prescribed to treat the pain of angina, lower high blood pressure and prevent migraine headaches. Might they al…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 53 Comments
    Blackseed Oil Saved Knee and Lowered Cholesterol…

    Have you ever heard of blackseed oil? We didn't think so. It has not gotten the attention that turmeric has. The first we became aware of this dietary supplement was from an integrative oncologist, Dr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2017 78 Comments
    Should You Worry About Your Cell Phone and Cance…

    Do you know anyone who does not own a cell phone? There are a huge number of people, especially those under 30, who do not own a land line. You know, those old fashioned telephones that actually conne…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2017 13 Comments
    Is CAR-T for Cancer the Latest Immunotherapy Bre…

    For decades the foundations of cancer treatment were surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The goal was to rid the body of cancer and try to keep it away. Sometimes these approaches worked, but far too…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2017 1 Comments
    For People with Lymphoma, Fitness Helps Survival

    By now, most people recognize that exercise is good for your health. But for people with lymphoma, physical activity can make the difference between life and death. What Is Lymphoma? This cancer affec…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 8 Comments
    Drinkers Boost Their Chance of Getting Cancer

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology is warning us that alcohol increases the risk of getting cancer (Journal of Clinical Oncology, online Nov. 7, 2017). What might that mean in practical terms? …

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2017 5 Comments
    A Pharmacist Remembers a Link Between Omeprazole…

    On November 1, 2017 we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert asking the question: "Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?" This article was based on new research from Hong Kong (Gut, onli…