By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2019 2 Comments
    What Is the Story on Grapefruit Juice and Meds?

    What do you know about the story on grapefruit juice and drug interactions? Some people have heard that it is risky to combine juice but not fruit with certain medications; others insist that the inte…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 4 Comments
    Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting …

    For decades, public health experts have been admonishing Americans to cut the salt in our diets. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that we limit ourselves to 2,300 mg of sodium daily.…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2019 1 Comments
    The Best Way to Lower Your Blood Pressure with E…

    High blood pressure (hypertension) increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney damage. While numerous medications can treat hypertension, many people would like to control their blood pres…

    By: Joe Graedon March 25, 2019 17 Comments
    Another ARB Recall Translates into Bad BP Contro…

    Yup, you guessed it. The FDA has issued another ARB recall. This time it is for losartan…again. On March 15, 2019 and again on March 19, 2019 the FDA announced that Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, …

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2019 12 Comments
    Delayed Cough with Lisinopril Can Lead to Misdia…

    Humans are programmed to quickly associate symptoms with exposure to some toxin. This was an incredibly adaptive learning process when our ancestors were hunters and gatherers. If a member of the trib…

    By: Terry Graedon March 18, 2019 11 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Pressure with Nitric Oxide?

    Nitric oxide is a gas originally thought to be important to human health only as an air pollutant. In the 1980s, however, scientists began to realize that this molecule plays many important roles in h…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2019 43 Comments
    Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB R…

    Week after week, month after month, we have been learning about ARB recalls. These angiotensin receptor blockers have been taken by at least two million Americans to control blood pressure or treat he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2019 8 Comments
    A New Carcinogen Found in BP Meds | More ARB Rec…

    How many times have we said, Not Again? We are, sadly, referring to ARB recalls. ARBs are short for angiotensin receptor blockers. They treat high blood pressure. Basically, it boils down to another w…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2019 7 Comments
    What Is the Right Dose of Baking Soda?

    We love simple remedies using ingredients you already have on hand in your pantry, so long as they work and they are safe. One time-honored approach to ease indigestion is taking a baking soda solutio…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2019 21 Comments
    Are Fears About FDA’s Generic Drug Oversight J…

    A year-long investigation by Bloomberg News has revealed substantial concerns about the quality of generic drugs. The four-part series is mind-boggling in its revelations. Here are the first three art…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Your Blood Pressu…

    Apple cider vinegar is an extremely popular home remedy. More than 50 years ago, D. C. Jarvis, MD, published his best-selling book, Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health. In it, he pr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 13 Comments
    Swollen Ankles from Amlodipine and Swollen Tongu…

    "Swelling" as a drug side effect doesn't seem like that big a deal. And yet drug-induced swelling can be unpleasant at best and life threatening at worst. Amlodipine (Norvasc) is the second most presc…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2019 10 Comments
    Unbelievable! Yet Another Drug Recall | Amlodipi…

    OK, we admit it, we're starting to sound like a cracked record when it comes to drug recalls. We apologize. It is really sad that we have to issue regular reports about FDA oversight and pharmaceutica…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2018 21 Comments
    Another Day Another Losartan Recall | Can We Tru…

    Are you becoming numb to FDA generic drug recalls? We wouldn't blame you if you were. The ARB debacle came to light on July 5, 2018. That's when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) started warning cou…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2018 12 Comments
    Exercise for Blood Pressure Control Is Surprisin…

    Have you checked your blood pressure recently? Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) encourage physicians to treat people with systolic bloo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 1 Comments
    Is Your Blood Pressure Medicine Safe? Valsartan …

    The ongoing saga of contaminated valsartan continues with another valsartan recall. In July, European drug regulators recalled Chinese-made valsartan because it was contaminated with a probable carcin…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2018 45 Comments
    Chinese-Made Losartan Recall | More Cancer Conce…

    No, no, no, no no! Not again!! Just last week we said "Not Again" when we learned that that some formulations of the blood pressure drug irbesartan were contaminated with the impurity NDEA (N-nitrosod…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2018 31 Comments
    Brits Contradict U.S. Experts About Blood Pressu…

    A key component of medical treatment is blood pressure management. Whenever you visit a doctor’s office, you will almost always have your blood pressure measured. Guidelines from the American Colleg…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2018 28 Comments
    Irbesartan Is Contaminated with Probable Cancer-…

    We are getting very tired of saying “Not Again!” Sadly, though, this has become a surprisingly familiar refrain here at The People’s Pharmacy. This time it is another ARB (angiotensin receptor b…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2018 24 Comments
    The Pros and Cons of Treating Mild Hypertension

    Prepare for whiplash. A year ago the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new guidelines for treating mild hypertension. People with blood pressure at o…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2018 18 Comments
    ACE Inhibitors and Lung Cancer | Should You Be C…

    Popular blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors have been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are taken daily by more than 30 mill…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2018 9 Comments
    What Does Gum Disease Have to Do With Your Blood…

    Gum disease has been associated with type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of cardiovascular complications. Researchers have even found links with some types of cancer. Gum …

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2018 21 Comments
    Ibuprofen and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous R…

    Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is on the rise (Open Heart, April 28, 2017). We're talking about drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Such pain relievers are perceived as quite safe…

    By: Terry Graedon October 22, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    There is growing consensus among health professionals that most people should not be taking vitamin supplements. Their view is that this is a waste of money that will do no more than lead to expensive…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

    Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, is renowned for its contribution to bone strength. It may also help ward off lung infections, particularly among people who are especially susceptib…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2018 30 Comments
    How Can You Lower Blood Pressure Naturally?

    Everyone loves pills. Doctors love to prescribe medicine. Patients love to swallow drugs. We are a pill-taking society. But all medications come with pros and cons. That is true of blood pressure drug…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2018 15 Comments
    How Can You Use Beets for Better Blood Pressure?

    With concerns about contaminated antihypertensive medications, many people are interested in ways to lower their blood pressure without drugs. There is a wide range of options: exercise, weight loss, …

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 9 Comments
    Searching for a Better Blood Pressure Pill

    Under the guidelines adopted by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association in 2017, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Most of them take medication to …

    By: Terry Graedon September 6, 2018 37 Comments
    Show 1134: Can You Control Your Blood Pressure W…

    High blood pressure is an important risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. A recent change in guidelines urges doctors to treat people whose blood pressure would not have been considered particula…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2018 6 Comments
    When Are Two Pills Cheaper Than One?

    Generic drugs are supposed to save consumers money. After all, the generic manufacturer did not have to pay for the research proving the medicine works. But many people have found that prices are risi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2018 15 Comments
    Are Your HCTZ or Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills …

    We can hardly believe this. The FDA announced there are additional blood pressure pills recalled. Yup, you guessed it! The FDA is expanding the valsartan recall...again! We have lost count of how many…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2018 28 Comments
    The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the…

    Americans have been told for more than 50 years that they should cut back on salt. Doing so was supposed to help lower blood pressure. That in turn would theoretically reduce the risk of heart failure…

    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: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 1 Comments
    Helping Your Heart Means Boosting Your Brain

    We have long suspected that taking care of your heart health with exercise, a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, stress management and social interaction could also benefit your brain. …

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2018 20 Comments
    Swapping Losartan for Valsartan Results in Stoma…

    The ongoing valsartan recall has caused a lot of trouble. Pharmacists have had to hunt for alternative suppliers that did not use the contaminated active ingredient from Zhejiang Huahai company in Ch…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 42 Comments
    What Are Natural Ways to Lower High Blood Pressu…

    Do you have hypertension? The chances are strong that you do. That’s because cardiologists at the American Heart Association have established new guidelines. Anyone whose blood pressure readings are…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 18 Comments
    The Valsartan Recall Disaster Keeps Getting Wors…

    The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its recall of the blood pressure drug valsartan for the third time. On July 5th the European Medicines Agency issued an alert that Chinese-made valsartan …

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 7 Comments
    Sauna Bathing and Its Health Benefits

    Finnish researchers have been studying the health benefits of sauna bathing for years. Now, a new study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews the evidence for cardiovascular and other healt…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 31 Comments
    Valsartan Recall Update: How Big Is The Problem?

    By now you have read a lot about the valsartan recall. Many lots of the common blood pressure pill, valsartan, have been recalled. Initially, the FDA issued recalls for valsartan from just three manuf…

    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…