By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2019 10 Comments
    Will L-Arginine Help Your Blood Pressure?

    If you've ever browsed the supplement shelves of your local health food store, you may have encountered l-arginine. This amino acid is found in proteins you may consume on a regular basis. Nuts and se…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2019 6 Comments
    How Can You Avoid Motion Sickness This Summer?

    This is the time of year for summer vacations. What kind of travel are you planning? Will you take a cruise, fly to Europe or drive to a mountain camping spot? Whatever transport you choose, motion si…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2019 14 Comments
    Metformin Side Effects | Diarrhea and Other Seri…

    Metformin (Glucophage) is a great drug. It is the most popular medicine for treating type 2 diabetes. At last count nearly 17 million Americans take metformin daily. That’s impressive for a drug tha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2019 3 Comments
    Doctor Prescribes Inexpensive Generic Ketamine N…

    There’s a new drug for depression. It’s called esketamine (Spravato) and it is pricey! We’re talking thousands of dollars a month pricey. The FDA approved this nasal spray for “treatment-resis…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2019 19 Comments
    Why Sterile Water Is Best to Flush Sinuses

    Have you ever heard of a neti pot? This tool from the Ayurvedic medical tradition looks a lot like Aladdin's lamp. But you don't rub it to make a genie appear. Instead, you fill it with tepid saline s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2019 10 Comments
    FDA’s Accelerated Approval of Cancer Drugs A B…

    Two new studies question the value of FDA’s accelerated approval process for new cancer drugs. That is not good news. People with cancer are often enthusiastic about the latest purported advance tha…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2019 3 Comments
    Show 1167: Will a Tick Bite Make You Allergic to…

    For some years, emergency doctors and allergists were puzzled by people who started having extremely serious allergic reactions in the middle of the night, a long time after they had eaten or drunk an…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2019 5 Comments
    No Need to Fast for a Cholesterol Test

    If your doctor has ever ordered a cholesterol test to help determine your risk of a heart attack, you were probably warned not to eat or drink anything before the blood draw. However, perhaps you coul…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2019 5 Comments
    Cranberry Compounds Help Prevent Antibiotic Resi…

    As bacteria develop resistance to an increasing number of antibiotics, doctors have been searching for a way to counter antibiotic resistance and increase the power of antimicrobial agents. This is a …

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2019 0 Comments
    Can Licorice Lead to a Hypertensive Emergency?

      Licorice root is a traditional herbal medicine that may be used to ease ulcers or heartburn. Europeans use it for coughs and colds. Moreover, people around the world often enjoy licorice in foo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2019 18 Comments
    Baby Aspirin for a Heart Attack

    At the end of the 20th century, or even just a decade ago, aspirin was not a controversial drug. Physicians acknowledged its power to ease pain and lower fever. Many recommended that their patients ta…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2019 11 Comments
    Don’t Miss the Sale on People’s Phar…

    Were you surprised and somewhat dismayed to learn that people absorb the ingredients in sunscreens into their bodies? We were not truly surprised, but we were certainly disappointed. Sunscreens have b…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2019 16 Comments
    Doctors Resist Removing White Coats and Ties

    Most physicians like to wear white coats. Many male doctors also find comfort in wearing ties. White coats project medical authority. There is even something called “The White Coat Ceremony.” Acco…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2019 8 Comments
    Will Cornmeal on Your Feet Help Clear Up Fungus?

    As summer approaches, people survey their toenails to see whether they will be embarrassed to bare them in public. Consequently, lots of folks are looking for a way to help clear up fungus. One reader…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2019 13 Comments
    Bizarre Brand Name Drugs Drive Readers Crazy!

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but a drug with the wrong brand name might sell less well. There was a time when pharmaceutical manufacturers created brand name drugs that made sense. T…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2019 16 Comments
    Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartbur…

    Have you ever tried to get off a PPI like esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid)? If so, you might have experienced rebound heartburn. People who encounter this problem–and many do–may f…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2019 8 Comments
    Will Gluten-Free Diet Ease Arthritis Pain?

    If you suffer from joint pain, you may have wondered why. Most people never get an explanation. Perhaps the doctor suggests that "wear and tear" has broken down the cartilage. When the doctor ends by …

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2019 9 Comments
    Show 1166: How Can You Manage the Misery of Seas…

    Do you sniffle through spring or feel crummy in the fall? Many people suffer with seasonal allergies, and trying to figure out which medicines make sense is no easy task. To start with, how do you kno…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2019 6 Comments
    Did The FDA Bury Details About Defective Medical…

    The Food and Drug Administration has come under scrutiny for its approval and oversight of medical devices. In particular, metal-on-metal hip implants, plastic mesh for pelvic surgery, surgical staple…

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh May 23, 2019 18 Comments
    Do Pharmacists Like Pills More Than Prevention?

    I’m more interested in prevention than pills. Does that statement make me Public Enemy Number One in the world of pharmacy, and persona non grata to my colleagues? Or are there in fact a large numbe…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2019 6 Comments
    Will CBD Help Opioid Addicts Kick Their Habits?

    Cannabidiol, known as CBD, may help opioid addicts kick their habits. Many people are enthusiastic about this compound derived from Cannabis. It is showing up in all kinds of products, mostly without …

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2019 18 Comments
    How Risky Is It to Eat an Egg?

    How risky is it to eat an egg? For decades, we’ve been warned to avoid eggs, especially yolks. We should stick with egg white omelets if we persist in consuming them at all. The idea is that egg yol…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2019 0 Comments
    FREE Shipping from The People’s Pharmacy

    It's no wonder that people are sometimes frustrated by shipping costs. The United States Postal Service raised its rates again at the beginning of this year. Visitors to our website have frequently re…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2019 12 Comments
    Is Juice as Bad for Your Health as Soda?

    Choosing healthful foods and beverages has become increasingly controversial. For years, nutrition experts recommended a breakfast of cold cereal, toast with margarine and a glass of orange juice. We …

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2019 8 Comments
    Cure Your Athlete’s Foot with Time-Honored…

    Have you checked out your toes lately? Look closely at the area between the toes to see whether there is red or peeling skin. If there is, you might have athlete’s foot, and you may find that the ar…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2019 26 Comments
    Can You Avoid Skin Damage Without Sunscreen?

    It comes as a great shock to learn that sunscreen gets under your skin.  Most people assume that what you put on your skin stays on your skin. Wrong! FDA researchers wrote in JAMA (May 6, 2019) t…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2019 4 Comments
    Turmeric Lowered Cholesterol Raised by Glucosami…

    The cholesterol hypothesis has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. Although most cardiologists are convinced that cholesterol is the enemy and must be aggressively controlled, there are a …

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2019 4 Comments
    Sonic Slush, Brain Freeze and Migraine Relief

    Have you ever had a really bad headache? What about a migraine? We know that the last thing a person with a major migraine would want to do is add to the misery by inducing brain freeze. And yet we ha…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2019 6 Comments
    Is There a Link Between Thyroid and Cholesterol?

    Low thyroid function is extremely common. In fact, levothyroxine, the hormone used to treat an underactive thyroid gland, is the most frequently prescribed medication in the US. Many people are aware …

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2019 5 Comments
    Could Pineapple Juice Ease Your Gout Flareups?

    Gout is a common and painful condition in which joints become inflamed and exquisitely sensitive to touch. A gout sufferer may not even be able to bear the weight of a sheet over a swollen toe. High l…