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…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2017 15 Comments
    Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Physicians prescribe them to 15 million people every year for ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn and Barrett's esophagus. Th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2017 6 Comments
    Are New Cancer Drugs Worth Their Price?

    New cancer drugs have been welcomed as breakthroughs. They often come with a hefty price tag. Many cost over $100,000 a year. That might be justified if there were solid evidence that they save lives.…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2017 9 Comments
    How Good Is Aspirin Against Cancer in New Study?

    In 1993 we published a book with Tom Ferguson, MD, called The Aspirin Handbook (Bantam Books). In it we pointed out that there was an impressive amount of research supporting the beneficial effects of…

    By: Joe Graedon October 5, 2017 13 Comments
    Will Drug Shortages From the Puerto Rico Disaste…

    The unfolding hurricane damage is a terrible tragedy for the people of Puerto Rico. Being without power, water, food, transportation, communication and other critical services is a calamity of enormou…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 3 Comments
    Should Your Doctor Know You Are Not Sleeping?

    Are you sleeping enough, or are you missing out? Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that skimping on sleep can shorten your life. The Effects of Sleeping Less Than Six Hours Nightly: Dr. Matthew base…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 20 Comments
    Preventing Peripheral Neuropathy From Chemothera…

    When you get a diagnosis of cancer the world stops. Your brain melts and you go into fight or flight mode. It is one of the most stressful times of your life. All you can think about is choosing the r…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 19 Comments
    How Much Does It Really Cost to Develop a New Dr…

    New cancer drugs have become extremely expensive. It is not unusual for immunotherapy treatments to cost between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. Often, the pharmaceutical industry justifies such a pri…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 13 Comments
    How Many Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer Nerve Pa…

    Chemotherapy saves lives, but it can also result in long-lasting side effects. Until recently, oncologists did not know how often breast cancer survivors had to live with pain as a result of their tre…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 13 Comments
    What Makes Turmeric So Wonderful?

    A few years ago most Americans had never heard of turmeric. If they had, they thought of it as an exotic ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Now, turmeric and curcumin, one of its active in…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2017 59 Comments
    Would You Pay $475,000 for the New CAR-T Cancer …

    The hottest new cancer treatment is called CAR-T. It stands for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. Many world class medical centers have gone all in on CAR-T cancer research. That's becau…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 2 Comments
    New Anti-Inflammatory Drug Cut Chance of Lung Ca…

    A trial of a drug for heart disease, nicknamed CANTOS for Canakinumab Anti-inflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study, also examined the effects of this anti-inflammatory drug on the risk of developing ca…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2017 13 Comments
    Why Vitamin C Might Protect You Against Cancer

    For decades, Nobel prize winning biochemist Linus Pauling advocated high-dose vitamin C to help prevent cancer. For the most part his ideas were dismissed as unproven. But research suggests one way th…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 2 Comments
    Colorectal Cancer Is Killing More Young Adults

    Researchers are reporting that colorectal cancer is killing an increasing number of American adults under 55. The death rate has risen noticeably since the mid 1990s. Colorectal Cancer Is Killing Whit…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 8 Comments
    The Pros and Cons of Metformin for Diabetes

    Metformin is #7 on the doctors' hit parade of top 10 prescription drugs. Each year the number of prescriptions increases substantially. Last year there were 87 million metformin prescriptions dispense…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2017 31 Comments
    Hair Dye & Breast Cancer?

    A new study published in the journal Carcinogenesis suggests that dark-colored hair dyes may be linked to breast cancer. That means that millions of baby boomers are caught on the horns of a dilemma. …

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Does CAR-T Offer Hope for Multiple Myeloma Cance…

    A new kind of immunotherapy called CAR-T captured attention at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago. CAR-T stands for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. How Does This …

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Your Microbiome Save Your Life?

    In recent years researchers have become extremely interested in the collection of microorganisms living in and on our bodies. This microbiome has a profound impact on our overall health. How Does the…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 1 Comments
    Can You Afford Your Medicine?

    Are you spending more on prescription drugs and enjoying it less? A report from QuintilesIMS Institute shows that prices for medicines are still rising more rapidly than inflation (QuintilesIMS, May 3…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 5 Comments
    Is Drinking Coffee Good or Bad for You?

    There has been considerable controversy over the years about how drinking coffee affects health. Is your morning cup of java bad for your health? Not really, according to research from the UK. What Ar…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 3 Comments
    Why You Should Exercise and Eat Right, Now

    We've all been told that we should exercise and eat right. Research to be reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting shows that a healthy lifestyle matters. That's true even after a…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Aspirin Keep Barrett’s from Turning i…

    Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining the bottom of the food tube changes to resemble tissue lining the intestine. It is considered a pre-cancerous condition and is often assoc…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 150 Comments
    War On Opioids Punishes Desperate Pain Patients

    Watch the news on television or read a newspaper and you will likely see a story about the dangers of opioids. Here is just the latest sampling: "Lawmakers Seek Crackdown on Opioids" WRAL.com, Raleigh…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Younger People Now at Risk for Colon Cancer?

    The rates of rectal and colon cancer have been declining for decades. That may be in part because of screening through colonoscopies. Most such cancers occur in middle-aged and older people. The usual…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 5 Comments
    Does Metformin Have Anti-Cancer Potential?

        There is increasing evidence that a very old drug for diabetes called metformin may have anti-cancer potential. What Is Metformin's Anti-Cancer Potential? Studies suggest that this inexp…