By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2018 11 Comments
    Aspirin and Ulcers: A Potentially Deadly Reactio…

    We like aspirin. It’s inexpensive and as effective as any other OTC pain reliever on the market. Millions take it or another NSAID (ibuprofen or naproxen) every day. They swallow such pills to ease …

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2018 7 Comments
    Will Getting to Sleep Wreck Your Digestion?

    When you are looking for a way to overcome insomnia, you might well reach for a pill called zolpidem. Sold for years under the brand name Ambien, it is probably the most popular prescription sleeping …

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 18 Comments
    Yet Another PPI Complication | Acid-Suppressing …

    We know you are getting weary of reading about serious side effects linked to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. They include dexlansoprazole, esomep…

    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 28, 2018 17 Comments
    Why Papaya for Heartburn Is Surprisingly Helpful

    Papaya was once considered an exotic fruit. You had to visit a tropical country to find it. Now, fresh papaya can be found in most food markets. You can purchase papaya enzymes in tablet form in healt…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 8 Comments
    Skimping on Magnesium May Mean Trouble Sleeping

    How often does a treatment for one problem lead to another problem? We suspect it may be more common than anyone could imagine. Who would guess that low magnesium levels resulting from a heartburn med…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2018 27 Comments
    Can Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) Blow A Hole…

    People have been using a natural antacid (sodium bicarbonate, aka baking soda) for a very long time. It is cheap and surprisingly effective for easing symptoms of indigestion. But too much of a good t…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2018 10 Comments
    Licorice Side Effects Can Be Scary If Not Life T…

    Most people think of licorice (liquorice in Europe) as yummy candy. We happen to be licorice lovers ourselves. Natural black licorice from the Netherlands is one of our favorite sweet treats. But we a…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2018 8 Comments
    Are Heartburn Drugs (PPIs) Linked to Stomach Can…

    According to our calculation (based on the most recent data available), more than 110 million prescriptions for proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are filled each year. That does not count the tens of mill…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2018 23 Comments
    What Are the Most Dangerous Drugs for Older Adul…

    Imagine you are a space alien from the Planet Xelziga. You land somewhere in North America and turn on your television monitoring system. As you attempt to learn the basics about human behavior, you m…

    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: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Use Baking Soda to Ease Indigestion:

    You have seen ads for all sorts of pricey heartburn remedies. Some go to work quickly. Others, like the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) take quite awhile to stifle stomach acid and relieve symptoms. Whe…

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 9 Comments
    Do Zolpidem (Ambien) Side Effects Include Horrib…

    Zolpidem remains a very popular prescription sleeping aid. When it was only available as the brand name drug Ambien, millions took it to get a "good night's sleep." These days zolpidem (Ambien) side e…

    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: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 10 Comments
    Can Probiotics Reduce Inflammation and Improve H…

    A recent health buzzword will probably get even more attention in the coming year. Expect to hear more about probiotics. Why? Probiotic foods and supplements offer the possibility for altering a damag…

    By: Joe Graedon December 19, 2016 19 Comments
    Is the FDA Biased Against Dietary Supplements?

    Will your vitamins or dietary supplements hurt you? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, herbs or other supplements every day. Most people don't worry about possible dangers from these pills. Man…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 9 Comments
    Add Strokes to the Scary List of PPI Side Effect…

    Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole are the most popular treatments for heartburn and reflux disease. It is estimated that 15 million Americans spend $10 billion on su…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 10 Comments
    How to Ease Indigestion Without PPIs

    Q. Because of concerns about side effects of PPI acid-suppressing drugs, I have switched to Tums. I rely on two or three of these antacids to control my heartburn. Is that safe? What else could I do? …

    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: Joe Graedon April 28, 2016 24 Comments
    Are PPIs Messing Up Your Kidney Function?

    Gastroenterologists and drug companies love proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs help calm heartburn, reduce irritation from reflux and heal ulcers. So much money has been made from drugs like d…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 27 Comments
    How to Stop Prilosec by Taking Papaya

    Popular heartburn medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can be great for alleviating symptoms. If a person decides it is time to stop taking one of these PPIs, however, the withdrawal can t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2016 15 Comments
    Why Are Americans Now Worried About New PPI Side…

    Powerful acid suppressing drugs (proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) have been a gold mine for drug companies for decades. But a new report from Germany has a lot of people nervous about a connection betw…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2016 56 Comments
    Are Your Kidneys in Danger from Heartburn Drugs?

    Here we go again. America's favorite heartburn drugs are in trouble because of a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine (online, January 11, 2016). The research suggests that regula…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2015 7 Comments
    Bitters Are Not Just for the Bartender

    Q. A friend told me that Swedish bitters were used historically for digestion. For the past couple of months I've been using the bitters to relieve my indigestion. Do you know about Swedish bitters? I…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2013 13 Comments
    Treating Indigestion with Natural Products

    Q. Could you please send me remedies that work for acid stomach? I now take Prilosec and Zantac, but I would prefer to deal with this problem naturally. A. There are a number of natural approaches for…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2013 16 Comments
    Great-Grandmother’s Indigestion Remedy wit…

    We love home remedies. We are intrigued by the variety of treatments that have been passed down for generations, though they are sometimes disparaged as "old wives' tales." As far as we can tell, thos…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2012 6 Comments
    Exotic Radish Alleviates Indigestion

    Q. I have been suffering with chronic gastritis for a long time. I began eating a small portion of grated Japanese daikon after every meal and it seems to be helping my digestive problems a lot. What …

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2010 25 Comments
    Almonds Worked against Indigestion

    Q. Your column helped me finally get off Prevacid. All my previous attempts failed until I learned to eat almonds to stop the indigestion. Now that I have eliminated the drug I am hopeful my risk of b…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2007 181 Comments
    Ambien Can Cause Indigestion

    Q. I have been taking Ambien for about six months. It really helps me get a decent night's sleep but now I have heartburn. Can Ambien cause reflux? I hate to take Nexium to counteract indigestion that…

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2005 0 Comments
    Cutting Carbs Controls Indigestion

    Q. Years ago, I was overweight and had high blood pressure. So my doctor put me on a diet. When I reached a plateau, the doctor told me to cut out bread. It worked. I lost the desired amount and my bl…