By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Ham and Bacon Make You Wheeze?

    Adults who love sausage, bacon, ham, prosciutto, pepperoni, pastrami and other cured meats could be setting themselves up to wheeze. That is the conclusion of a new study from France. What Did the Stu…

    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 January 2, 2017 7 Comments
    Suicide and Chantix: Was There A Connection?

    Chantix helps many people stop smoking. That's the good news. But there is a darker side to Chantix. There used to be a black box warning (the FDA's strongest message to doctors about drug dangers) ab…

    By: Joe Graedon January 2, 2017 4 Comments
    Why the Pharmacy Safety Net Has HUGE holes

    When was the last time you talked to a pharmacist? If you get your medicine through the mail or at a chain drugstore, the chances are good that you did not speak directly with a health professional. I…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 29 Comments
    Can You Ease Psoriasis with Natural Remedies?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition in which the skin cells end up turning over far more rapidly than normal. As a result, red itchy patches with silvery scales (clumps of cells that moved too q…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 18 Comments
    How to Help Acid Reflux Without a PPI

    People with serious acid reflux are trapped in a terrible dilemma. To control their uncomfortable symptoms, their doctors prescribe a powerful acid-suppressing drug such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant),…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 26 Comments
    What Natural Remedies Could Help Neuropathy?

    Neuropathy (pain, numbness or tingling, usually in the feet or hands) is caused by a malfunction of the nerves in the skin. We need such nerves to tell us about the world around us, and when they st…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Solve Cracked Fingertips with Coconut Oil

    As the temperature drops outside, so does the humidity. Cold air holds less moisture. It won't be much better inside in most cases, as heating tends to dry air out. It is no wonder so many people are…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Drinking Tea to Lower Blood Pressure Make Y…

    Many people would love to find a simple, natural approach to getting their blood pressure under control. There is an appeal to avoiding medications with multiple side effects. While you may have to wo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2016 6 Comments
    Common Pain Relievers (NSAIDs) Vs. Colorectal Ca…

    Investigators writing in the BMJ (Dec. 5, 2016) report that a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen reduces the risk of colorectal cancer. So does aspirin. NSAIDs and Colon Polyp…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 9 Comments
    Show 1018: How to Have Healthier Habits in the N…

    Habits-things you do on a regular basis without even thinking about them-can have a huge impact on our health. But it isn't easy to drop old habits that aren't serving us well, like eating a pint of i…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Lower the Chance that a Baby will Develop…

    What can a parent do to reduce a child's chance of asthma? Until recently, the only advice doctors had was obvious: don't expose a baby or youngster to cigarette smoke. While that is still critical, D…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Aspirin Use Cut the Risk of Pancreatic Cance…

    Pancreatic cancer is a killer. Less than 8 percent of those diagnosed with this disease are still alive after five years. It is more common than most people realize. So news that people who took asp…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Your Sleep Aid Make You Stupid?

    Getting a good night's sleep can be an ongoing challenge. As a result, people try every possible option they can. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports has found that a large number of people …

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 8 Comments
    A New Way to Prevent Lyme Disease

    Tick bites can transmit a variety of serious diseases, including Lyme disease. A specific germ causes this infection. It is a spirochete in the genus Borrelia. In the US, B. burgdorferi is usually r…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 13 Comments
    Why Is Listerine Important for Public Health?

    Sexually transmitted diseases still cause infections and suffering around the world, but public health authorities are hopeful that help might come from an unexpected quarter. An old mouthwash has ju…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Vicks On the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Place…

    Whenever we get a question about putting Vicks on the feet for a nighttime cough we hear from skeptics who insist that this is a placebo effect. Since there are no scientific studies to prove otherwis…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 29 Comments
    Is Your High Blood Pressure Reading due to Bad M…

    One of the most fundamental measurements that is taken at almost every doctor's visit is blood pressure. After you get weighed, a nurse frequently will check to see whether your blood pressure is with…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 39 Comments
    Can Surgical Anesthesia Cause Brain Fog and Conf…

    When a doctor discusses the pros and cons of elective surgery, the conversation often focuses on the desired benefits and the potential risks of the procedure itself. Rarely does the subject of surgic…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 13 Comments
    High Prices for Generic Drugs: Are Companies Col…

    The Attorney General of Connecticut minced no words when he said that his office "has developed compelling evidence of collusion and anticompetitive conduct across many companies that manufacture and …

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2016 11 Comments
    Will Magnesium Prevent Horrible Muscle Cramps?

    Are you taking a medication that could be leaching magnesium out of your body? Prescribers don't always think to warn people of that possible side effect. When magnesium drops too low, the consequence…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2016 4 Comments
    Could a Gluten-Free Diet Help Blood Sugar?

    Controlling blood sugar is of utmost importance to people with diabetes. This can be a frustrating task. Some people, like this writer, find it exceedingly difficult to bring blood glucose into a hea…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Stop Cluster Headaches by Inhaling Lidoca…

    Cluster headaches are exquisitely painful headaches that occur repeatedly in "clusters." Usually the pain is on one side of the head, often around one eye. Most sufferers have periods of time in which…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 22 Comments
    Show 1014: Dr. Andrew Weil on Good Food Fast (Ar…

    Dr. Andrew Weil, the country's leading expert in integrative medicine, believes that good health begins in the kitchen. It's hardly revolutionary to propose that diet matters when it comes to our heal…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 19 Comments
    Patients Do Better Under Women Doctors’ Ca…

    Female physicians outperformed their male colleagues on key medical outcomes in a recent study. Researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine that hospitalized Medicare patients were less likely to d…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 7 Comments
    Chantix Fights Free of Black Box Warning

    The manufacturer of the stop-smoking drug Chantix received a Christmas gift from the Food and Drug Administration. The medication has carried a black box warning for seven years. It warned of serious …

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2016 14 Comments
    Is Your Pharmacist Dispensing Deadly Drug Combin…

    One of the most important health stories of the year disappeared almost without a trace within days of making headlines at the Chicago Tribune (Dec. 15, 2016). This newspaper sent investigative report…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Will Compound from Bacteria Offer Hope for Prost…

    An interesting new treatment for early stage prostate cancer is making headlines. Researchers describe a unique approach called vascular targeted photodynamic therapy or VPT. It utilizes the unique pr…

    By: Terry Graedon December 22, 2016 4 Comments
    How Does Sunlight Boost the Immune System?

    More than 100 years ago people with tuberculosis were treated in sanatoriums where they were supposed to receive plenty of sunlight. Physicians thought this would help control their infections. Back …

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 15 Comments
    How to Get Rid of a Wart with Tagamet

    Warts can affect almost anyone. For reasons that are not clear children seem especially susceptible. But adults can also develop warts. Sometimes a single wart on the sole of the foot multiplies and …