By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 11 Comments
    Do You Need to Take Calcium Supplements?

    For decades, women and older adults were advised to take calcium supplements to help maintain bone strength. More recently, however, concerns have been raised about the possibility that calcium supple…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2018 17 Comments
    Can Medical Marijuana for Pain Reduce Opioid Pre…

    Physicians, pharmacists and patients have been hearing about the opioid epidemic for years. This makes everyone skittish about narcotic drugs. But what can people in severe chronic pain do to ease the…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 8 Comments
    Why You Should Eat the Mediterranean Way

    The Mediterranean diet has been associated with a number of health benefits. We have written previously about studies showing that a Mediterranean-style eating plan can protect the brain, reduce arthr…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 0 Comments
    Spring Sale on People’s Pharmacy Body Care…

    Tax day has come and gone, and we are more than halfway through the month of April. When it's over, you won't see this reminder any longer. So if you'd like to take advantage of the spring sale on bod…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 36 Comments
    Will Celery Seed Ease Your Knee Pain or Gout?

    As Americans grow older, they become ever more conscious of aches and pains in their joints. While many people rely on prescription or OTC pain relievers such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or na…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2018 14 Comments
    How to Treat Seasonal Allergies: Drugs or Natura…

    Allergy season is here. Even if you did not realize that, the warring drug commercials on television should have alerted you. On the same program you can see ads for Xyzal, Allegra and Nasacort. There…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Borax in Shoes Get Rid of Foot Odor?

    Smelly feet are embarrassing, although the problem is quite common. Doctors rarely become concerned about foot odor, but it can be quite a social liability. What remedies really work to get rid of the…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 9 Comments
    Can You Manage the Side Effects of Metformin?

    Metformin is an old drug that doctors use as a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes. While it helps millions of people keep their blood glucose under control, some individuals find that they canno…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Bromelain from Pineapple Ease Aching Joints…

    What can you do for the aching joints of arthritis or the sore muscles and soft tissue of fibromyalgia? Many sufferers are caught in a difficult dilemma: without relief for the pain, they have trouble…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2018 26 Comments
    How Does Temperature Affect Mail Order Medicines…

    Many insurance companies love mail order pharmacies. That’s because they can often save money by having patients get their medicines from large services rather than local pharmacies. Pharmacy benefi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 4 Comments
    Are You Worried about a Limit on Loperamide?

    The FDA has announced plans to make the anti-diarrhea pill loperamide (Imodium) more difficult to obtain. The agency has developed this initiative as part of the government's efforts against the opioi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Black Pepper Make Rosacea Worse?

    Do you love adding flavor to your food with spices? Which ones are your favorites–hot peppers, turmeric, ginger or black pepper? We have written frequently about the health benefits of spices. One r…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2018 7 Comments
    Taking Prostate Drug Abiraterone (Zytiga) with F…

    Should you take your medication with food or on an empty stomach? Many people don’t pay much attention to how they swallow their pills. That could be in part because very few folks ever talk to a ph…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1073: How Can You Change the Way Your Genes…

    Why do some people appear to age more rapidly than others? Not only might they look older, they actually feel older as well. A check of their telomeres indicates that they are aging more rapidly at th…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2018 7 Comments
    How Much Gluten Is in a Gluten-Free Diet?

    People with celiac disease react badly when they consume gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley or rye. Their immune systems go into overdrive and attack the lining of the intestine, resulting in da…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2018 6 Comments
    How to Time Your Meals to Control Blood Sugar

    Does it matter how you time your meals? Nutrition experts often urge obese people with diabetes to eat six small meals evenly spaced throughout the day. The idea is that this pattern will even out blo…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Prediabetes Put Your Heart and Kidneys at R…

    The high blood sugar of diabetes is associated with damage to the heart and kidneys. Just how much does slightly elevated blood sugar, termed prediabetes, affect health? Doctors define prediabetes as …

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2018 9 Comments
    Can Atorvastatin Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

    Tens of millions of American men take a statin every day: atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin and rosuvastatin, to name just a few. Do drugs like atorvastatin cause erectile dysfunction…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 6 Comments
    Sensitive to Quinine? Beware Tonic Water!

    Quinine was once available both as a prescription drug and over the counter. Doctors would prescribe it to help people cope with nighttime leg cramps. For some people, however, quinine can trigger a s…

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2018 11 Comments
    Metoprolol for High Blood Pressure Raised Blood …

    Metoprolol is a beta blocker heart medicine. It is perennially on the doctors’ top 10 hit parade of most prescribed medicines. Over the last decade, roughly 70 million prescriptions were dispensed e…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 2 Comments
    Have You Tried Onion Syrup to Calm a Cough?

    The 2017-2018 flu season might have set some records for being long-lasting and rough. But even after the flu fades from memory, respiratory tract infections will cause coughs and sniffles, sore throa…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 10 Comments
    How Can You Ease Arthritis Pain Safely?

    People with chronic pain such as the joint pain of severe osteoarthritis are often faced with terrible trade-offs. To get relief from the inflammation and discomfort, they may have to rely on medicati…

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2018 34 Comments
    Pricey Nail Fungus Treatment vs. Inexpensive Hom…

    Let’s be honest. Nail fungus looks disgusting. When your nails get thick and misshapen, yellow, brown and crumbly, they are not nice to look at. Why do some people develop fungus and others don’t?…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 22 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea?

    Many traditional remedies may appear more like food than medicine. In many parts of the world, people attribute wonderful properties to a tart red tea made from hibiscus flowers. Are there really heal…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 27 Comments
    Show 1115: How You Can Conquer Constipation

    Americans love laxatives. Millions of people rely on such products to stay regular. But you can conquer constipation without depending on these medications. Medications That Cause Constipation: A surp…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2018 24 Comments
    Incredible Beet Health Benefits for Brain and Bl…

    Red beets are known officially as Beta vulgaris rubra. Researchers generally refer to this vegetable as beetroot. Although this root vegetable is popular in Europe, it doesn't have a lot of fans in th…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 8 Comments
    Will You Catch a Cold on Your Next Flight?

    Are you likely to catch a cold, the flu or some other infectious disease when you get on an airplane? A lot of people believe that the close quarters in the cabin make it very easy to pick up a bug. H…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 13 Comments
    How Safe Are Lavender and Tea Tree Oils?

    Lavender and tea tree oils are popular ingredients in body care products. But might they have some unintended consequences? A new study presented at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting in Chicago on…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 18 Comments
    How to Relieve Vaginal Discomfort of Menopause

    During and after menopause, many women experience uncomfortable vaginal dryness. Many find this vaginal discomfort is as distressing as the hot flashes they endure. A new study offers a perspective on…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2018 17 Comments
    Will a Sugar Substitute Harm Your Health?

    The safety of artificial sweeteners has been fairly controversial. The FDA and the food industry maintains that these products are safe. On the other hand, epidemiological studies show that people who…