By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 5 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 17 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 8 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 21 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 24 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 14 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 53 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 4 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 179 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…