By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2018 19 Comments
    C Diff Infections Are No Longer Limited to Hospi…

    C diff infections, caused by bacteria known as Clostridium difficile, were once thought to be limited to hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Such infections can cause severe, o…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2018 15 Comments
    Coconut Macaroon Cookies Cured Child’s Dia…

    Have you ever had acute diarrhea? Almost everyone has. You know how unpleasant the experience can be, even if it only lasts for a few hours. Millions of people suffer from chronic diarrhea. It can be …

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2018 41 Comments
    Will Artificial Sweeteners Harm Your Microbiota?

    Artificial sweeteners are extremely popular, since they appear to allow us to break the rules and enjoy sweet drinks or treats without gaining weight. The FDA has approved a number of artificial sweet…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 21 Comments
    A Deadly Clindamycin Side Effect | Wicked Diarrh…

    Over 5 millions prescriptions for the antibiotic clindamycin (Cleocin) are dispensed each year. This antibiotic has been available for almost 50 years. It is effective against a wide range of nasty ba…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 23 Comments
    Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New…

    Health professionals in the U.S. have been slow to embrace probiotics. European doctors have been recommending probiotics with antibiotics for a long time. For reasons that puzzle us, American physici…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 8 Comments
    Can You Fight Bacteria with Viruses?

    Antibiotic resistance has become a global concern. But Mother Nature has come up with a fascinating option for overcoming bacterial infection: viruses that fight bacteria. Using Viruses to Fight Bacte…

    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 March 12, 2018 14 Comments
    Is Acidophilus an Antidote for Dreadful Diarrhea…

    Diarrhea that comes and goes suddenly and unpredictably can be a serious problem even if it is not connected to a serious diagnosis. People who have this experience may become reluctant to leave home,…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2018 75 Comments
    People with IBS Worry about FDA Crackdown on Imo…

    Sometimes the FDA takes actions that make people nervous. Concerns about abuse of the anti-diarrhea drug loperamide (Imodium) have the agency considering restrictions on this over-the-counter product.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 25 Comments
    Can Kefir Help You Recover from an Infection?

    Have you been looking for a way to boost your immune system? Especially during the season when colds and flu are rampant, many people would like to know how to recover from an infection more readily. …

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 28 Comments
    Should You Worry About Germs on Your Coffee Cup …

    Do you pay attention when you visit your local coffee shop? Can you observe the person who fills your mug or places the lid on your paper cup? Does that person wear disposable gloves? We are constantl…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Poop Pills Stop Deadly Diarrhea?

    Doctors may soon be offering some of their patients with serious diarrhea a very unusual prescription: capsules filled with frozen poop from healthy people. Technically, of course, these poop pills co…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 5 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 10 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 14 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 26 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 31 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…