By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2020 0 Comments
    Our Black Friday Specials for 2020

    We hope you have had a heartwarming Thanksgiving celebration with your family, even if it had to be (like ours) by Zoom. 2020 has been a challenging year, so you deserve some Black Friday specials fro…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2020 0 Comments
    Show 1237: Improving Your Mood With Food

    Working from home during the pandemic has wrought havoc with a lot of healthy eating habits. It’s harder to shop safely, and minimizing time in the grocery store may mean people have stocked up on s…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2020 23 Comments
    What Are the Best BP Drugs for Hypertension?

    The American Heart Association states that over 100 million Americans have high blood pressure (BP). It is defined as at or above 130/80. That means roughly 1 out of every 2 adults in the United State…

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh November 26, 2020 8 Comments
    Is Amazon Pharmacy an Existential Threat to Your…

    Dennis Miller's explosive new book "The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy: A Pharmacist Reveals All The Disturbing Secrets" is available for download from Amazon for 99 cents. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2020 1 Comments
    Is a Green Mediterranean Diet Healthy for Your H…

    Many previous studies have shown that following a Mediterranean diet has cardiovascular benefits. Such an eating pattern leans heavily on vegetables, fruits and whole grains and is light on meat and s…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2020 3 Comments
    If You Are a Vegan or Vegetarian, Are Your Bones…

    Many people choose not to eat meat because of environmental, ethical or health considerations. At least one study has shown, for example, that people on a vegan diet have lower levels of inflammation …

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2020 23 Comments
    Show 1236: The Inside Story on Vaccines Against …

    SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, has infected many millions of people both in the United States and around the world. The death toll is horrifying, with more than a quarter of a m…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2020 7 Comments
    Swedish Model Against COVID-19 Flames Out

    Many people have been looking to Sweden as an example of an enlightened approach to the pandemic. That’s because the Swedish government did not close restaurants or bars and allowed younger children…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2020 8 Comments
    When Did the Coronavirus Reach Europe?

    The first time anyone in the world heard about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was late December, 2019. That’s when doctors in Wuhan, China, reported numerous patients had become il…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2020 19 Comments
    Do Statins Save Lives? Doctors Don’t Agree!

    Many people wonder how effective statins are for preventing a heart attack in healthy people with high cholesterol. Even more important, do statins save lives in this population? There are few more co…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2020 6 Comments
    Rural States Have Become Coronavirus Hotspots

    When people think of coronavirus hotspots around the world they may point to India, Brazil, France or Spain. These countries do have high infection and death rates. Coronavirus Hotspots in the US: How…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2020 1 Comments
    How Long Are People Immune to COVID-19 After Rec…

    There has been good news recently on the vaccine front. Both Pfizer and Moderna have reported impressive efficacy for the COVID vaccines they are developing. It will still take some time, however, bef…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2020 9 Comments
    The Moderna Vaccine vs. the Pfizer Vaccine

    Last week the headlines were all about the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (BNT162b2) for COVID-19. We were told in the press release that this vaccine was “more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19.” Th…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2020 12 Comments
    Will Biotin Help Soothe Split Fingertips?

    If you have ever suffered from painful open cracks or splits in the tips of your fingers and thumbs, you no doubt wondered how to help them heal faster. We have heard from a number of readers that ins…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2020 6 Comments
    Show 1235: Safer Sex in the Time of COVID

    In the midst of a pandemic, many people feel isolated. When you are not even supposed to shake hands, much less hug or kiss, how can those who live alone meet their needs for sexual intimacy? Is it po…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2020 20 Comments
    What Do We Know About the Pfizer Vaccine?

    It’s been a bad week in Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor’s fictional town from Prairie Home Companion. This imaginary Minnesota village is right in the middle of the pandemic. Other midwestern state…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2020 11 Comments
    Bamlanivimab Is a MAB for COVID-19

    Bamlanivimab is a COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment. We know that pronouncing bamlanivimab is a challenge, but if the drug lives up to its promise, we will all be celebrating! The FDA must believ…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2020 7 Comments
    How Can We Tamp Down the Spread of COVID-19?

    Recent news that vaccines under development appear effective have bolstered hope. Until we have widespread access to vaccines and treatments, though, we need to figure out how to slow the spread of CO…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2020 17 Comments
    Walnuts are Good for Heart Health!

    There is growing awareness that chronic inflammation contributes to cardiovascular disease (CVD). We recently reported that anti-inflammatory foods can reduce the risk of complications from CVD (Journ…

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh November 12, 2020 13 Comments
    Critically Important Information You’ll Ne…

    This is the third excerpt from Dennis Miller’s new book The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy: A Pharmacist Reveals All The Disturbing Secrets. The entire e-book is available for download from Amazon fo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2020 20 Comments
    Are There Natural Remedies for Constipation?

    Constipation is a very common complaint. While doctors rarely become concerned about constipation unless the patient seems to have obstructed bowels, sufferers find that this problem really affects th…

    By: Joe Graedon November 9, 2020 26 Comments
    Are Statins and Leg Cramps a Neglected Challenge…

    Drug companies and the FDA have long recognized that statins such as atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and lovastatin could cause muscle pain and weakness. What is less clear is the…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2020 7 Comments
    Is Your Pillow the Source of Your Allergy Sympto…

    If you have year-round allergy symptoms, as so many people do, you might want to undertake some detective work to see if you can identify the source. That way, you might be able to avoid those things …

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2020 23 Comments
    Sweden’s COVID Experiment Failed Badly

    Sweden has been held up as a model for how to deal with COVID-19 without shutting down. Cafes, restaurants, bars and businesses remained open and younger children continued to go to school. While that…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1234: How Microbes Evolve to Become Enemies…

    The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus behind COVID-19 is changing. This should not be a surprise, since microbes evolve by nature. What implications might this have for the infection in future months? We speak w…

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2020 11 Comments
    Should You Stop Fist Bumps During COVID?

    In the age of COVID, handshakes are being discouraged. Some people have adopted fist bumps, or a modification called cruise taps in which only one knuckle is contacted. How well do these strategies wo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2020 2 Comments
    How Many New Yorkers Have Contracted COVID-19?

    If you think back to the first month or two of 2020, you'll recall news stories about a scary infection spreading in Wuhan, China. Very few doctors or public health experts thought that the SARS-like …

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2020 6 Comments
    What Should You Eat for a Healthy Heart?

    How important is diet in the prevention of heart disease? And what exactly should you eat for a healthy heart? Cardiologists have long emphasized the importance of avoiding cholesterol and saturated f…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2020 10 Comments
    Should You Get Vaccinated Against Flu This Year?

    With flu season beginning, public health authorities are urging all of us to get vaccinated against flu this year. While people may worry about spending time in doctors' offices, this is not a good ye…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2020 9 Comments
    What Are the Dangers of Peanut Butter to Cure Hi…

    Doctors have a special term for hiccups–singultus. Involuntary contractions of the diaphragm forces air out of the lungs. When this happens, the diaphragm pulls the glottis in the voice box closed a…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2020 27 Comments
    Dramatic Results of Natural Experiment with Face…

    Face masks continue to be a hot button issue for many Americans. There have been relatively few controlled experiments to test their effectiveness against the transmission of COVID-19. That’s becaus…

    By: Terry Graedon October 29, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1233: How Does Your Immune System Overcome …

    One of the striking things about the COVID-19 pandemic is how differently people respond. Some people contract the virus but never really have symptoms, while others land in the hospital struggling fo…

    By: Terry Graedon October 29, 2020 8 Comments
    Are COVID-19 Antibodies Increasing?

    After many months of widespread infection, public health experts expect to see COVID-19 antibodies increasing in the population at large. After all, antibodies are a marker for past infection. As more…

    By: Terry Graedon October 29, 2020 9 Comments
    Why Get a Flu Shot This Winter?

    Public health authorities are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot this year. This goes beyond the usual advice to get protection from seasonal influenza. Experts worry that people who contract two …

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2020 5 Comments
    Will Indian Herbal Medicines Ease Your Arthritis…

    Many Americans who suffer from arthritis pain are caught in a difficult dilemma. Joint pain and stiffness interfere with their ability to to enjoy their usual activities. At the same time, common pain…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2020 10 Comments
    Can Good HDL Cholesterol Go Too High?

    We have been told for decades that if we want to avoid clogged coronary arteries and a heart attack we must keep "bad" LDL cholesterol down and increase "good" HDL cholesterol. If we do those two thin…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2020 2 Comments
    How Can You Take Control of Your Digestive Healt…

    The conventional view of the digestive system was that it took care of digestion and wasn’t involved very much with the rest of the body’s systems. Now, though, science has shown that the gut and …

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2020 11 Comments
    Does Genetic Testing Help Avoid Problems With An…

    Why do some people sail through surgery that requires general anesthesia, while others have tremendous difficulty recovering? No doubt some of the difference lies in the specific drug the anesthesiolo…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2020 10 Comments
    Tagamet for Warts and Shingles!

    Cimetidine (Tagamet) was the first prescription H2 antagonist to ease symptoms of heartburn and heal ulcers. It was introduced in the U.S. in 1977. The drug became a giant success until ranitidine (Za…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2020 4 Comments
    Can We Fight Flu at the Same Time as COVID-19?

    Flu season is right around the corner, and public health experts are worried. Americans are being encouraged to get their flu shots now. The goal is to prevent double trouble: influenza on top of COVI…