By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2003 0 Comments
    #474 What’s Really in the Bottle?

    Herbs and dietary supplements are immensely popular, but there is minimal oversight to make sure consumers are really getting what they think they are buying. Studies have shown that there are sometim…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Sex Headaches Can Be Treated

    Q. Sometimes when my husband and I make love I get an excruciating headache at climax. It lasts only a few minutes, but it is so painful I am nervous about having sex. I asked my doctor, who said sex …

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Podiatrist Knocks Home Remedies For Nail Fungus

    Q. I am a Podiatrist, and I would like to comment on toenail fungus and treatment. When you write, "Home remedies don't always work," you imply that sometimes they do work. This is untrue. Home remedi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2003 0 Comments
    Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks Is Risky

    True drug breakthroughs are few and far between. In a good year, the FDA might approve a handful of new medications that are truly innovative. But teaching old drugs new tricks is becoming increasingl…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2003 0 Comments
    #473 Open Lines

    Which diets work best--low fat, high carb--or low-carb high protein? The data is in and we will fill you in. The lines are open for your calls and questions: (888-472-3366).…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-99 Itching and Other Skin Problems

    What makes a mosquito bite itch? Why are some people plagued by dry, itchy skin? Are they are solutions? We will talk to two renowned dermatologists about itching, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, dandr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Caffeine Pills Help Java Junkie Quit

    Q. Giving up coffee for better health was a real challenge for me. I can't tolerate decaf, so substituting was out. But stopping caffeine gave me migraines. Irritability and the threat of migraines ga…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Superglue Solution To Stubborn Warts

    Q. I read your article on getting rid of warts by soaking them in hot water. I have a better solution. I had a huge wart come up on my stomach. I used instant glue and smothered it to death! It turned…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2003 0 Comments
    Playing Doctor Is A Game Of Russian Roulette

    Once upon a time if you wanted to practice medicine you had to graduate from college, spend four years in medical school, pass rigorous medical board exams and do several years of residency. After thi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Sleep Paralysis Solved Without Drugs

    Q. Some time ago you mentioned that anti-depressants might help someone if his sleep paralysis got too bad. I've had sleep paralysis for years. It's one of the symptoms of narcolepsy and often occurs …

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Natural Approaches Can Lower Cholesterol

    Q. My cholesterol has ranged from 240 to 300 for years. My doctor finds these numbers unacceptable and has insisted I take medication. First I was put on Lescol. My muscles hurt so much I could barely…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2003 0 Comments
    Food And Drug Interactions Can Be Lethal

    Most of us swallow our pills with a glass of juice or a swig of water. We rarely think twice about when we take our medicine or what we eat with it. Yet food and drug interactions can be dangerous or …

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2003 0 Comments
    #472 Applying Sports Psychology to Everyday Life

    We've all seen sports greats like Michael Jordan make extraordinary feats look easy. How does an Olympic athlete get ready to make that perfect dive? Can we learn anything from sports psychology to he…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-98 Fighting Phobias and Fears

    Do you walk around ladders instead of under them? Does Friday the 13th make you nervous? What about black cats, spiders, snakes or other creepy, crawly creatures? Today on People's Pharmacy Friday we …

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2003 0 Comments
    Do Birth Control Pills Carry Risks

    Q. The continuing bad news about hormone replacement therapy has me upset. Can you clear up another question for me? The news has focused on the dangers of estrogen plus progestin for older women. Wha…

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2003 7 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice For Chronic Diarrhea

    Chronic diarrhea is debilitating. Even if there is no serious medical condition causing liquidity, this condition can interfere with both work and leisure activity. People tell us they can't leave hom…

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2003 0 Comments
    Use Over-The-Counter Drugs Wisely

    Americans love to play doctor and the pharmaceutical industry is only too happy to play along. Drugs that once required a physician's prescription are now readily available in drugstores, supermarkets…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2003 0 Comments
    #471 Common GI Problems

    Heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, sour stomach...whatever you call it, it's not nice! We will discuss the best approaches to heartburn, gas, constipation and other common digestive disorders. Now t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 24, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-97 Driving and Distraction

    Do you change CDs or fiddle with the radio while driving? What about talking on your cell phone? How dangerous is it to drive and do other things? Multi-tasking behind the wheel can contribute to acci…

    By: Joe Graedon October 20, 2003 0 Comments
    ‘Blood’ In Toilet Creates Fear

    Q. I had a terrible scare last week. After a bowel movement I looked in the toilet and saw a huge amount of what I assumed was blood. It was bright red and colored the entire bowl. I immediately calle…

    By: Joe Graedon October 20, 2003 0 Comments
    Is Coral Calcium Just A Craze?

    Q. A friend of mine swears by coral calcium that she orders through the mail. She says it cures her aches and pains. What makes coral calcium different from the inexpensive calcium I buy in the grocer…

    By: Joe Graedon October 20, 2003 1 Comments
    How Safe Are American Medicines?

    The FDA and the pharmaceutical industry like to brag that Americans have the safest medicines in the world. But recent revelations suggest that an increasing number of counterfeit drugs may be tarnish…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2003 0 Comments
    #470 Plastic and Hormones

    Plastic is essential to our way of life. It protects football players and bike riders by providing safe head gear. We depend on plastic in computers, telephones and all manner of food and beverage con…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-68 Headache Relief

    If you get a headache when you are under stress, on deadline or staring at a computer for hours on end, find out how to alleviate the pain. What's the difference between a tension headache and a migra…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2003 0 Comments
    Which Baldness Drugs Works Best?

    Q. My 28-year-old son has a receding hairline. I hate to see him look middle-aged before he is in his 30s. Which baldness medicine works better, Rogaine or Propecia? Would they work better together th…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2003 0 Comments
    MSM Saves Reader’s Hair

    Q. I went through menopause early, at age 42, and was distressed to find my hair falling out. I read that MSM might reverse this problem and started taking it. My hair stopped falling out and has been…

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2003 0 Comments
    Older People At High Risk For Drug Disasters

    If you live long enough, you may end up taking a fistful of pills every morning. Millions of older Americans swallow five or more medicines daily, not counting vitamins and other supplements. Visit an…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2003 0 Comments
    #469 Medicare Misadventures

    What is the future of Medicare? For 38 years it has provided access to hospitals and doctors for older people. Now politicians want to add a prescription drug benefit, but they don't seem to know how …

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2003 0 Comments
    #A-96 Indoor Air Quality

    We like to believe our home is our castle, but how safe is the air inside our houses? Although we spend 65 percent of time at home, we may be exposed there to unseen dangers. Mold, mildew and other po…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Hormones Help Him Be Girlish?

    Q. I'm a 20-year-old male who has been cross-dressing off and on since junior high school. With old age, I'm losing some of my femininity. I'd like to try taking female hormones. Would this be safe? W…