By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Sage Boost Brain Power As We Age?

    Q. I recently read an interesting claim about the herb sage. It is said to increase mental acuity when taken orally. Apparently this is not brand new. Sage has been used this way since the middle ages…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Pharmacist Bashes Canadian Drugs

    Q. As a practicing pharmacist, I have to read your column because my patients do. Half of the time I applaud you, but I often disagree with you. Many letters complain about the high cost of prescripti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    FDA Issues Warning On Antidepressant Dangers

    When Prozac (fluoxetine) came on the market in 1987 there wasn't a lot of fanfare. Eli Lilly introduced it slowly and carefully as the first of a new generation of antidepressants called SSRIs (select…

    By: Joe Graedon April 10, 2004 0 Comments
    #494 Post-Polio Syndrome: What Can We Learn?

    Back in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, polio epidemics were a regular and frightening feature of summertime in the U.S. The invention of the polio vaccine drastically reduced the number of people afflicted w…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Herbal Extract For Battling Baldness

    Q. Several months ago I started taking 160 mg/day of saw palmetto extract to slow the progression of male pattern baldness. To my surprise, the regimen seems to work. There is less hair in the bathroo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Drug-Induced Nightmare Leads To Black Eye

    Q. Every night for years I have had terrible dreams. Last night, while trying to hurry down some steps in my nightmare, I went headfirst out of bed onto my cement floor. A large lump raised on my fore…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Patients Pay For Meds And Meals

    Drug companies are concerned about their image. For decades, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and patients admired the pharmaceutical industry because it produced drug breakthroughs and provided life-s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-117 New Advances in Stroke Prevention and Tre…

    Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in this country, affecting more than 700,000 people a year. But although most people know when to call 911 for the symptoms of a heart attack, too man…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Music In Head Could Signal Trouble

    Q. One of your readers complained about music she heard playing in her head. I want to reinforce your advice to see a neurologist. I don't know if that would have helped me. I was healthy and active a…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Do Antiperspirants Cause Alzheimer’s Disea…

    Q. When people ask about excessive perspiration you frequently recommend aluminum-containing antiperspirants. Aren't you concerned that aluminum may cause Alzheimer's disease? I have read that antiper…

    By: Joe Graedon March 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Grapefruit Interactions Are Confusing

    Ever since the "grapefruit effect" was discovered more than a decade ago, this fascinating food and drug interaction has confused patients, physicians and pharmacists. People still don't understand wh…

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2004 0 Comments
    #492 Open Lines

    The FDA is asking for a stronger warning on antidepressant drugs like Prozac and Paxil. What's behind this caution? FDA has also issued new guidelines about mercury in Fish. To help us understand this…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Will Olive Oil Work As Sexual Lubricant?

    Q. I read about olive oil improving a woman's sex life. Vaginal dryness is the only symptom I have ever suffered due to menopause. My gynecologist has recommended almost everything, including the topi…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Pharmacist Mad About Generic Warning

    Q. As a pharmacist, I don't understand how you could cast doubt on generics. These drugs have to go through rigorous testing to prove that they have equal ingredients and bioavailability before they a…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2004 1 Comments
    Listerine Dazzles With Different Uses

    More than 100 years ago Listerine was developed as an antiseptic. At first, surgeons used it in the operating room, but before long it became a household brand. The Lambert Pharmaceutical Company mark…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2004 0 Comments
    #A-115 Overcoming Obesity

    Recent reports show that obesity is closing in on tobacco as our nation's #1 preventable killer. Over the last two decades obesity has increased substantially. Studies show that between 1999 and 2000 …

    By: Joe Graedon March 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Worry Over Penis Size Causes Bashful Bladder

    Q. I hope you will not laugh at my problem. My embarrassment over my small penis makes it impossible for me to use a public restroom to urinate. This causes me great trouble if I go to a football game…

    By: Joe Graedon March 15, 2004 0 Comments
    New Drug Bills Bust Budget

    Q. My wife and I will turn 65 in a few months. We've had an excellent insurance program that has paid for our prescriptions in the past, but will lose it. I am shocked to find that we will go from $16…

    By: Joe Graedon March 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Drug Breakthroughs Need Human Touch

    Ask any drug company executive why his medicines cost so much and you'll get a standard answer: research and development is expensive. If Americans want wonderful new drugs, they have to be willing to…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2004 0 Comments
    #490 Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease

    It is estimated that four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's. Once we reach 85 years of age one fifth us will have dementia. How can you prevent this disastrous outcome? Can ridding the brain o…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2004 0 Comments
    Aloe Vera Eases Pain Of Cut

    Q. I grew up in South Texas going to the family ranch with my father, who was an excellent self-taught botanist and biologist. He had learned a lot of folk medicine from his father's Hispanic cowhands…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2004 3 Comments
    Why You Should Keep Vicks Out Of Your Nose

    Q. You recently told readers not to put Vicks VapoRub in the nose. You suggested that camphor, an ingredient in Vicks, might be the problem. As a pulmonary physician, I can explain the real reason the…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2004 3 Comments
    Fighting Fever Blisters With and Without Drugs

    Cold sores are common. By some estimates more than two-thirds of adults have been infected by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), the culprit behind cold sores. People frequently catch this infection…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2004 1 Comments
    #489 Breathing for Good Health

    Although most of us take breathing for granted, paying attention to breathing can affect our energy level, our blood pressure and even help control asthma. On this show we will find out how the simple…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2004 0 Comments
    What Vitamin Dose Prevents Alzheimers?

    Q. I just heard on the news that large doses of vitamins C and E have been shown to help stave off Alzheimer's in older people. Do you know anything about this? And if this is true, what constitutes a…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2004 0 Comments
    Listerine Is Old-Fashioned Dandruff Remedy

    Q. A few weeks ago you wrote about someone using Listerine and baby oil to treat dandruff. More than 40 years ago, my family was using plain Listerine for this purpose. It was advertised as a dandruff…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2004 0 Comments
    Drugs Hold Special Hazards For Seniors

    Old age ain't for sissies--at least, that's what some seniors tell us. It's even harder when the medicines that are prescribed to help overcome ailments end up causing more harm than good. A new study…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Walnuts Help Control Cholesterol

    Q. Eating walnuts nearly every day has brought my cholesterol down nicely. This experience makes me wonder: Why don't doctors prescribe natural remedies? The FDA should not object because items like w…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Nicotine Patch Boost Memory?

    Q. I am 13 years old. I read an article for current events titled "nicotine may aid memory." If you don't smoke, is it okay to use a nicotine patch just to boost your memory? A. The research on nicoti…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2004 0 Comments
    FDA Makes Drug Ads Easier On Industry

    Prescription drug ads used to be found only in medical journals. That seemed logical, since doctors determine the most appropriate treatment for any given patient. Selecting the proper drug requires y…