By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 7 Comments
    Is It Safe to Take Off Label Drugs for Unapprove…

    Are you taking a medication off label? By that we mean, has your physician prescribed a drug for an unapproved indication? Off label drugs are prescribed far more often than most patients realize. One…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Pass a Kidney Stone Riding a Roller Coast…

    This treatment definitely qualifies as one of the more bizarre (or if you wish "wacky") therapies we have encountered, but we assure you it has just been published in a medical journal. It won't appea…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 9 Comments
    Is Prostate Drug – Tamsulosin – Safe…

    Q. My family doctor has prescribed tamsulosin for frequent urination at night. I am a 75-year-old woman, and after reading about the side effects of this drug, I am concerned. I can live with the freq…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2015 5 Comments
    Be Wary of Too Much Green Juice

    Whenever you start doing something different because it is supposed to be good for your health, it makes sense to check out the possible consequences. Sometimes people find that the cure is worse than…

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2015 5 Comments
    Are You in Danger of Kidney Stones if You Love B…

    Q. I take beet juice powder and it has dropped my blood pressure to normal levels. But I hear that beets can cause kidney stones in some people. If so, am I putting myself at risk by taking the powder…

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2014 13 Comments
    Controversy over Vitamin Benefits and Risks Just…

    Q. I have read lately that vitamin and mineral supplements are a waste of money. I beg to differ. I am a firm believer in supplements. Magnesium and vitamin B6 have prevented a recurrence of kidney st…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2013 0 Comments
    Regular Exercise Lowers the Likelihood of Develo…

    The benefits of exercise include a lower likelihood of kidney stones. An epidemiological study of more than 84,000 postmenopausal women found that those who were even modestly active, walking about th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2013 4 Comments
    Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Increase Risk …

    Vitamin D supplementation has received a lot of attention over the last few years because so many people appear to be low or deficient in this nutrient. Some experts worry, though, that vitamin D supp…

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2013 10 Comments
    Should You Choose Lemonade over Iced Tea?

    Hot weather is associated with a higher risk of kidney stones. Researchers have noted that there are more hospitalizations for kidney stone emergencies during the summer. Google searches for informati…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2013 5 Comments
    Dietary Calcium and Kidney Stones

    Traditional advice to people who have already had one kidney stone has been to cut back on calcium to reduce the risk of another painful episode. New research shows that this common recommendation is …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2013 7 Comments
    Painful Stones Linked to Supplement Use

    Scientists have been debating the relationship between vitamin C supplements and kidney stones for decades. In the 1970s the New England Journal of Medicine published heated correspondence about this …

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2012 1 Comments
    Summertime and Kidney Stones

    Hot weather is associated with a higher risk of kidney stones. Researchers have noted that there are more hospitalizations for kidney stone emergencies during the summer. Google searches for informati…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2012 54 Comments
    Iced Tea, Kidney Stones & Summer Suffering

    Warning! Warm weather can be hard on your kidneys. That's because summer is associated with an increase in kidney stones. Doctors have a tongue twister name for kidney stones: nephrolithiasis or ren…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2011 8 Comments
    Do Supplements Cause Kidney Stones?

    Q. I have a friend who was told she probably got her kidney stones from taking vitamin C and calcium supplements. There isn't a daily vitamin supplement out there that doesn't contain one or the other…

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2011 8 Comments
    Will Calcium Supplements Cause Kidney Stones

    Q. I am lactose intolerant and have to take calcium supplements since I don't drink milk. I have heard that these can cause kidney stones. Someone told me I should take Tums with calcium instead of ca…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2010 2 Comments
    HRT Boosts Risk of Kidney Stones

    Menopausal hormone replacement therapy has come under a lot of scrutiny during the last ten years because of the Women's Health Initiative. This government-funded research was designed to determine th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 3, 2010 11 Comments
    Lemon Juice Fights Kidney Stones

    Q. I read a letter from someone who drank lemonade to prevent kidney stones. I've had kidney stones for six years. I've been through two lithotripsies and taken sodium bicarbonate for two years. One o…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2009 4 Comments
    DASH Diet May Protect Kidneys from Stones

    The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension has been making headlines of late because it has been linked to a lower risk of dementia. Now a new study suggests that it may a…