By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Stop an Antidepressant Without Difficulti…

    Have you ever tried to stop an antidepressant abruptly? We have heard from many people who have found that this can trigger an extremely unpleasant experience. They report a discontinuation syndrome t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 13 Comments
    Just How Scary Is Saturated Fat?

    Have you ever heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? It's not true. Many old dogs learn new tricks with the right training and motivation. It turns out that it could be a lot harder…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 3 Comments
    If Metformin Causes Diarrhea, Will Kefir Help?

    One of the most useful-and widely used-medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, is known to cause digestive distress for some of the people who take it. One reader found, however, that drinking the…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 6 Comments
    Are Rage and Depression Side Effects of Chantix?

    No question about it: smoking is terrible for your health. Heart disease, strokes, lung cancer and other malignancies and premature death are all more common among people who smoke tobacco. That is …

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2017 4 Comments
    How Can You Help Kids with Anxiety?

    Anxiety can affect children as much as adults. It is estimated that anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of youngsters suffer from debilitating anxiety. When children are treated with medicines used to trea…

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2017 23 Comments
    Show 1093: How to Keep Your Bones Strong

    Osteoporosis, weakened bones, affects about 10 million Americans. But low bone density is even more common. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half of adults over 50 are at risk …

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 11 Comments
    How Many Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer Nerve Pa…

    Chemotherapy saves lives, but it can also result in long-lasting side effects. Until recently, oncologists did not know how often breast cancer survivors had to live with pain as a result of their tre…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Spot Melanoma Before It Causes Trouble

    Most people have heard that melanoma is a very dangerous type of skin cancer. For years they have been advised to look for any moles that have changed color, shape or size. But it turns out that a lot…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 7 Comments
    Why You Should Leave the Vent On in an Airplane

    Is it possible to improve the air you breathe on an airplane? What about that little vent over your seat? Is it doing anything to help? Most people realize that air travel increases the chance of catc…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 4 Comments
    Can You Check Your Own Eye Pressure?

    When you visit the eye doctor for a routine checkup, a key part of the exam is checking intraocular pressure. That's to test for glaucoma. This is especially important for patients who have been diagn…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2017 28 Comments
    Home Remedies to Ease Pain of Fire Ant Stings

    An insect sting can hurt like the dickens, whether the culprit is a bee, a yellow jacket or another type of wasp. Then there are fire ants. They are named for the burning sensation they cause when the…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Get Rid of Beard Flakes

    Have you ever heard of beard flakes? Some men find that the skin on their cheeks and chin under their beard is itchy and flaky. As a result, they are embarrassed to discover that they may have white f…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2017 7 Comments
    How Does Pickle Juice Make Muscle Cramps Disappe…

    As football teams gear up for practice, coaches around the country are stocking up on pickle juice. Why? Tradition has it that a gulp or two of pickle juice makes muscle cramps disappear. Now we have …

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2017 18 Comments
    What’s In Your Armpit: Aluminum or Magnesi…

    When's the last time you looked at the ingredients in your antiperspirant? Most people never read labels. Be honest, now. Have you ever checked your antiperspirant label? We'll bet you a month's salar…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 2 Comments
    Can You Avoid Falls by Cutting Excess Medicines?

    Do you know how many of the medications you take you really need? Far too often, prescriptions pile up. Unless patients are paying close attention, they can end up with excess medicines without realiz…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 12 Comments
    What Makes Turmeric So Wonderful?

    A few years ago most Americans had never heard of turmeric. If they had, they thought of it as an exotic ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Now, turmeric and curcumin, one of its active in…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 1 Comments
    Vinegar to the Rescue for an Unexpected Wasabi B…

    One thing we love about The People's Pharmacy is that we learn so much from our visitors. Readers learn from each other, too, sharing their experiences and the home remedies they have tried. One such …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 3 Comments
    Will an NSAID Gel for Sore Muscles Harm Your Kid…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are widely used to provide pain relief, whether from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle sprain or strain or even severe menstrual cramps. Medications lik…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2017 58 Comments
    Would You Pay $475,000 for the New CAR-T Cancer …

    The hottest new cancer treatment is called CAR-T. It stands for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. Many world class medical centers have gone all in on CAR-T cancer research. That's becau…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 0 Comments
    Extend Your Labor Day 20% Discount!

    We hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day. We offered you a 20% discount to help celebrate it, but not all of you could benefit. Due to a computer glitch, our store was unavailable to many of you. We are…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2017 7 Comments
    Preventing Heart Attacks With a Unique Anti-Infl…

    A new study shows that inflammation may be as important as high cholesterol when it comes to preventing heart attacks (New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 27, 2017). Researchers have known for years…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 2 Comments
    New Anti-Inflammatory Drug Cut Chance of Lung Ca…

    A trial of a drug for heart disease, nicknamed CANTOS for Canakinumab Anti-inflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study, also examined the effects of this anti-inflammatory drug on the risk of developing ca…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 20 Comments
    Show 961: Botanical Treatments in Dermatology (A…

    Do home remedies have a role in skin care? Dan Siegel, MD, says that dermatologists can find a lot of medicinal uses for botanical products, and that helpful home remedies are great. Hemp Oil for the …

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 16 Comments
    Is the Bread Worse for You Than the Butter?

    For years, we've all been admonished to skip butter and other sources of fat, especially saturated fat. Now, however, it seems that the bread may be riskier than the butter you put on it. High-Carb vs…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 18 Comments
    How Much Coffee Do You Need to Defy Death?

    Should you have another cup of coffee? Previous studies have suggested that coffee drinkers might live longer. But how much coffee do you need to drink for this benefit? How Many Cups of Coffee Do You…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Ecstasy Be a Powerful Treatment for PTSD?

    A compound that is notorious as a popular drug of abuse at raves might someday be prescribed to help people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Serious PTSD is not limited to war veterans. Sur…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 5 Comments
    Can Crestor AKA Rosuvastatin Cause Cataracts?

    Statins like atorvastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin are prescribed in huge quantities. We estimate that over 34 million Americans are taking such cholesterol-lowering drugs every day. Many health …

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2017 17 Comments
    Doctor Disputes that HCTZ Can Raise Blood Sugar

    One of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world today is a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide. That's a mouthful. Not surprisingly, health professionals abbreviate this medication. It sometime…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2017 6 Comments
    Sliced Onion Quickly Relieves Pain of a Wasp Sti…

    Do you know a remedy to ease the pain of a wasp sting? One reader found an old-fashioned solution to this problem at PeoplesPharmacy.com. What have you found? Sliced Onion for the Pain of a Wasp Sting…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2017 5 Comments
    Will Home Made Ginger Ale Ease Heartburn?

    Every family has at least a few simple remedies that can help in managing everyday problems, from hangnails to heartburn. Which ones did you learn while you were growing up? One reader learned to make…