By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 4 Comments
    If Metformin Causes Diarrhea, Will Kefir Help?

    One of the most useful-and widely used-medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, is known to cause digestive distress for some of the people who take it. One reader found, however, that drinking the…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Coconut Macaroons Overcome Bad Diarrhea?

    We rarely know the source of home remedies, but we have tracked one carefully. The late Donald Agar wrote to us from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1998 to report a serendipitous discovery. He had foun…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 5 Comments
    Recurrent Diarrhea Is More Common, Harder to Tre…

    Clostridium difficile infections can cause life-threatening diarrhea. Experts estimate that half a million people contract C diff infections annually and nearly 30,000 die. Once people develop C diff,…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Black Poop Something to Worry About?

    Pepto-Bismol has been around for more than 100 years. The original formula was developed by a physician to treat severe diarrhea brought on by cholera. He sold his invention directly to other doctors.…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2017 36 Comments
    Overlooked Antibiotic Side Effects Can Destroy L…

    Antibiotics are amazing. The discovery of penicillin was one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. But Americans love of antibiotics has gotten out of hand. They think of such drugs as magic bu…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 0 Comments
    Do People on PPIs Have More Infectious Diarrhea?

    Is it smart to block the production of stomach acid with powerful proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs)? Millions of people take these drugs to control acid reflux, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux dis…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Special Yogurt Prevent Diarrhea and Constipa…

    Chronic diarrhea is a vexing problem. Occasional diarrhea is generally a symptom rather than an ongoing condition. It may be a signal that you ate something that caused an infection. In other instanc…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 13 Comments
    How to Improve Digestive Health with a Poop Tran…

    How do you feel about poop? Most people prefer not to talk about it. That's why we have so many euphemisms: number two, stool, feces, manure, crap or BM for bowel movement. No wonder you probably neve…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2016 6 Comments
    Life-Threatening Reaction to Diarrhea Medicine

    The gold standard diarrhea medicine in the pharmacy is loperamide, also sold under the brand name Imodium. It is used to treat conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease or colitis that can cause…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Treat Your Child’s Diarrhea

    When children develop diarrhea, parents are often advised to give them an electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte to prevent dehydration. The goal is to both replace fluids and minerals. Home Treatment…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Calm Chronic Diarrhea with Fenofibrate

    Chronic difficulties with the digestive tract can be extremely challenging. Inflammatory bowel disease is notorious, of course, as a potentially life-threatening condition. But even problems that are …

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 19 Comments
    Desperate Diarrhea Victim Saved by Coconut Macar…

    If it happens in Mexico we call it "Montezuma's Revenge." In India an attack would be "Delhi Belly" and in Russia travelers call it the "Trotskis." When it happens at home we simply call it diarrhea. …

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2015 1 Comments
    Is Sugarless Gum Too Dangerous for Teens?

    Q. I take exception to your advice to a fourteen-year-old having trouble with constipation. You suggested chewing sugarless gum. That is terrible advice for a teenager. Our seventeen-year-old granddau…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2015 9 Comments
    Treatments for Traveler’s Diarrhea Require…

    When you're on a business trip or that dream vacation, the last thing you want is to be stuck in a hotel room suffering with the trots for a few days. This young person has a similar concern, but is u…

    By: Joe Graedon April 13, 2015 12 Comments
    Coconut Macaroon Cookies Defeat Diarrhea

    Coping with a chronic condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be very challenging. Although it is not considered a disease per se, people with IBS often have to deal with crippling consti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 29 Comments
    Toilet Seat Sanitation Stirs Emotions

    We never fail to be amazed at how worked up people get about public restrooms and toilet seats. Many women are justifiably outraged about wetness. Denise shared her anger: "Women who pee on seats are …

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 11 Comments
    Home Remedies: Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

    How do people discover home remedies? Who decided, for example, that nine is the correct number of gin-soaked raisins to eat each day to relieve the pain of arthritis? Who thought of daubing castor oi…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 3 Comments
    Coconut Macaroon Cookies Are a Favorite Home Rem…

    Q. My favorite People's Pharmacy cure? Archway Coconut cookies for diarrhea. Normally one small cookie does the trick for me, small children and, oh yes, even my dogs. I gave one to my daughter's beag…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2014 8 Comments
    Travelers Beware: Scary Germs Survive a Long Tim…

    If you are traveling for summer vacation, it makes sense to pack soap or hand sanitizer where you can get to it easily. Car travelers may find that rest stops are not as well-equipped for hand-washin…

    By: Terry Graedon March 27, 2014 0 Comments
    Probiotic Treatment Cuts Illness among Children …

    Young children given probiotics seem to suffer from fewer daycare-related illnesses. Parents of preschoolers know that they seem to pass around a large number of infections, partly because toddlers ma…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2014 5 Comments
    Poop Transplant Can Reverse Deadly Diarrhea

    Q. A friend of mine almost died from C diff diarrhea that she developed after taking the antibiotic clindamycin. She had to be hospitalized for two weeks, and she had bad diarrhea at least 30 times a …

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2014 25 Comments
    Outbreaks on Cruise Liners Offer Lessons for Hos…

    We asked readers the question, "Are You Concerned about Coffee Cup Contamination?" This was in response to a query by a visitor to this website who worried about catching a cold or the flu because the…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2013 7 Comments
    Is the Salad in Your Fridge Contaminated with E.…

    Here we go again...another serious food scare. This is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Class I recall, ie, "a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the produ…

    By: Terry Graedon October 9, 2013 7 Comments
    Salmonella Poisoning from Chicken Products Has S…

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert this week that hundreds of people in 18 states have come down with Salmonella poisoning. An unusually large number of them have needed h…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2013 6 Comments
    How to Enjoy Yogurt Despite Lactose Intolerance

    Q. Actually this is not a question but an answer. On your radio show a caller with lactose intolerance asked about eating yogurt. I am also lactose intolerant and have come up with a very good solutio…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2013 7 Comments
    Therapeutic Poop for Serious Diarrhea

    Chronic diarrhea caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile can be extremely hard to treat. C. diff, as it is called, may be a consequence of antibiotic treatment that knocks out beneficial intesti…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2013 11 Comments
    Psyllium Fiber Is Versatile Remedy

    Psyllium fiber has become a household name, especially in the brand name formulations where it is found: Konsyl, Metamucil, Nature's Way Psyllium, and dozens more. From the 1930s to the 1960s a produc…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2013 30 Comments
    Coconut Defeats Debilitating Diarrhea

    We were surprised back in 1998 when we got a letter from a reader about coconut. Donald Agar of Pittsfield, Massachusetts had suffered with Crohn's disease for 40 years. He discovered through serendip…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2013 9 Comments
    Cookie Power for Devastating Diarrhea!

    Q. Sorry to repeat a question I know you've answered, but at the time I didn't know someone with the problem. My niece has recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease and in spite of medication is i…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2012 22 Comments
    An Effective but Extreme Diarrhea Treatment

    When people are given certain antibiotics such as clindamycin they sometimes develop a devastating diarrhea that can become life threatening. Here are just a few of the scores of stories we have recei…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2012 149 Comments
    Metformin (Glucophage) Side Effects & Compl…

    The fascinating compound called metformin was discovered nearly a century ago. Scientists realized that it could lower blood sugar in an animal model (rabbits) as early as 1929, but it wasn't until th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2012 14 Comments
    Overdosing on Chocolate Causes Disastrous Diarrh…

    Q. Recently we bought some sugar-free chocolates. All four of us who "indulged" got intestinal upsets of varying degrees. When we called the candy store to report a possible food-poisoning problem, th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 10, 2012 14 Comments
    Probiotics to Prevent Diarrhea

    When people take antibiotics they frequently experience diarrhea as a side effect. That's because broad spectrum antibiotics often upset the natural balance of flora in our digestive tracts. A new rev…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2012 12 Comments
    Coconut Cookies Eased Crohn’s Symptoms

    Q. My niece has Crohn's disease and has suffered from unremitting diarrhea for months. She started eating homemade macaroon cookies (1 per day, 12.5 grams of dried coconut per macaroon). As a result, …

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2011 14 Comments
    Coconut Cookies Calm Chronic Diarrhea

    Q. After months of daily diarrhea, my teenage son just underwent biopsies and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Gluten can sometimes be irritating for people with Crohn's, so we are trying to avoid …

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2011 40 Comments
    Sugar Substitutes Cause Diarrhea

    Do you ever become frustrated when you discover that something you've done to improve your health has caused trouble instead? Many people have encountered problems with sugar substitutes, whether they…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2011 272 Comments
    Clindamycin Can Cause Disastrous Diarrhea

    In June of 2009 we answered the following question about the antibiotic clindamycin: "Q. For an abscessed tooth, I was given a prescription antibiotic called clindamycin. Ever since I took it, I have …

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2010 3 Comments
    How to Treat Diarrhea

    Learn how to treat diarrhea in this video with Joe Graedon.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2010 3 Comments
    Pomegranate Recipe Eases Diarrhea

    Q. My grandmother administered, with great success, a pomegranate 'infusion' for treating diarrhea. She would cut the fruit in half and boil it in water and reduce it. It's nasty tasting but effective…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2009 4 Comments
    Be Careful with Uncooked Chicken

    Food safety is a growing concern in the U.S. A recent report from Consumers Union suggests that contaminated chickens are much too common. Investigators purchased 382 fresh broiler chickens from 100 g…