By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 5 Comments
    Are Rebates to Blame for Drug Price Increases?

    Many drug companies have raised prices over the last few months, but they say it’s not to improve their bottom line. Indeed, a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers maintain that they are raising p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 13 Comments
    Special Creams Fail to Fight Pain

    Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars on specially formulated topical pain creams. Medicare Part D paid more than half a billion dollars for such prescription products in 2015. Doctors may p…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 14 Comments
    The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopp…

    Chances are good that you have seen a Xyzal commercial on TV. You see an animated owl with a distinctive accent. He wears a monocle…presumably to give this wise owl some extra authority. He lets you…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 12 Comments
    Can Acupressure Wrist Bands Help You Get to Slee…

    Far too many Americans sleep less than the recommended seven hours a night, according to the CDC. Are you among them? Sleep difficulties can come from having trouble falling asleep or from waking in t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 3 Comments
    Do Antibiotics Interact with Oral Contraceptives…

    Should women using oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy be warned to take extra precautions if they need to take an antibiotic? There is surprisingly little agreement on this in the medical commun…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2019 8 Comments
    What Medicines Cause Depression? Are You Vulnera…

    When most people think about drugs and depression, they likely imagine antidepressants. That is, medicines to help overcome the blues. They rarely consider the possibility that the medications they we…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 13 Comments
    Have You Tried Castor Oil to Clear Nail Fungus?

    Toenail fungus can be very tough to treat. Even with prescription medications, you have to have a lot of patience. Toenails grow slowly, as you may have noticed, and you need to keep treating the fung…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 14 Comments
    Do You Feel Better on Armour Thyroid Than Synthr…

    An underactive thyroid gland is a very common condition. In fact, levothyroxine, the hormone generally used to treat hypothyroidism, is the most commonly prescribed drug in the US. After a period of d…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 1 Comments
    Will Honey and Chocolate Ease Your Cough?

    A persistent cough can be hard to manage. Lots of people would like to find a remedy, and some individuals have found sweet ways to calm a nasty cough. Would you believe honey and chocolate could ease…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 0 Comments
    Valentine’s Day Is Special

    Will you be our Valentine? We have a very special offer for you from now through Valentine's Day, February 14. Special Offer on Lip Care: You can get two for the price of one of our all-natural People…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 0 Comments
    Pucker Up for Valentine’s Day

    Are you ready for the holiday? We're not referring to Groundhog Day, although that is tomorrow. It may have some romantic potential (check out the movie, Groundhog Day, if you don't believe that), but…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Show 1151: What Was the First Immunotherapy for …

    Back at the turn of the 20th century, the only treatment for most types of cancer was surgery. When a young New York doctor lost his first patient to sarcoma despite treating her by the book, he began…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 16 Comments
    Could Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Save You…

    A new study suggests that aggressive blood pressure control may have modest benefits for cognitive function (The SPRINT MIND investigators, JAMA, Jan. 28, 2019). That is the conclusion from a fol…

    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: Joe Graedon January 31, 2019 4 Comments
    Critical Shortages Resulting from Recalled Valsa…

    Over the last six months the FDA has announced numerous recalls of blood pressure medicines. You can read about them here on the FDA’s website.  We wouldn’t blame you for zoning out. There have b…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Do High Triglycerides Pose a Risk for Your Heart…

    Elevated Low Density Lipoprotein cholesterol, or LDL, is widely recognized as an important risk factor for coronary heart disease. A new genetic study involving more than 650,000 participants over rou…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Can Mindfulness Help You Manage Chronic Pain?

    People in chronic pain often feel abandoned by the medical profession,  especially as physicians are cutting back on prescribing opioids. They may be interested in some nondrug approaches that could …

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Can You Get Addicted to Cough Syrup?

    There’s an ingredient in most over-the-counter cough medicine that poses risks that most people are unaware of. Dextromethorphan (DXM, DM, or dex) is a chemical cousin of opiates. This seemingly inn…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 11 Comments
    Is Vitamin D3 Really a Mouse and Rat Poison?

    Vitamin D3 is one of the most popular vitamins in the pharmacy these days. That’s because a lot of people are low in vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is often considered to be the best supplement to replenish …

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 14 Comments
    Opioids for Osteoarthritis Seem Scary! How About…

    When you are in pain it is hard to function. People who have osteoarthritis of the spine, hips or knees have difficulty getting around, let alone exercising. There are no perfect drug solutions for tr…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2019 54 Comments
    Nighttime Nasal Congestion | Is There a Non-Addi…

    Do you breathe through your mouth when you sleep? A lot of people do. That’s because they experience nighttime nasal congestion. It’s not pleasant. Your mouth gets terribly dry and scuzzy. Nightti…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2019 1 Comments
    Can You Clear Eczema by Avoiding Triggers?

    Itchy red skin, such as rashes that occur in the crooks of the elbows and the backs of the knees, will often be diagnosed as atopic dermatitis. You may know it by the more common term eczema. Chronic …

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2019 20 Comments
    Will Colonoscopy Change Your Gut Flora?

    Colonoscopy, in which the gastroenterologist uses a scope to examine the colon for signs of polyps or other growths, can save lives. (Learn more here.) A study in The New England Journal of Medicine (…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2019 6 Comments
    Do You Need Help for Hiccup Cure?

    What do you do when you have the hiccups? Do you have a hiccup cure that works well for you? One reader found a great technique, but you may find it easier if you can get help. Water-Drinking, Ear-Hol…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2019 19 Comments
    Show 1150: Should You Fire Your Doctor?

    Decades ago, the relationship between a patient and a doctor was often asymmetrical. The doctor decided what treatment was needed and issued “doctor’s orders.” Patients were expected to follow t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2019 9 Comments
    New Blood Test for Alzheimer Disease

    Detecting Alzheimer disease is complicated. There are no simple tests. Doctors can perform cognitive function evaluations and order brain imaging, but to date definitive diagnosis relies on autopsy ex…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2019 18 Comments
    Should You Take Aspirin for your Heart? Does You…

    Aspirin is a very old drug but scientists are still trying to figure out if it should be used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. In April of 2016 the United States Preventive Services Task Force pu…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2019 15 Comments
    High Cost of Insulin May Be Deadly

    Insulin was first used to treat type 1 diabetes on January 11th, 1922. It was a major medical breakthrough. In type 1 diabetes, the body cannot make insulin, and without this hormone, the patient dies…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2019 5 Comments
    Will Oolong Tea Prevent Breast Cancer?

    A collaboration between American and Chinese scientists has found evidence that oolong tea may help prevent breast cancer. Not just any tea will do, however. About two percent of the tea consumed in t…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2019 10 Comments
    Is It Risky to Have Low Cholesterol Naturally?

    You’ve probably heard the expression that “you can’t be too rich or too thin.” We would disagree with the idea that you can’t be too thin. Just ask health professionals who treat people with…