By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 17 Comments
    Is There a Benefit from Cranberry Pills?

    Cranberry juice has long been believed to have special powers for preventing urinary tract infections such as cystitis. Although its effects were long classified as folklore, some studies demonstrate …

    By: Joe Graedon December 19, 2016 16 Comments
    Is the FDA Biased Against Dietary Supplements?

    Will your vitamins or dietary supplements hurt you? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, herbs or other supplements every day. Most people don't worry about possible dangers from these pills. Man…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 4 Comments
    How Does Diltiazem Increase the Danger of Simvas…

    Do you take more than one medication? If so, have you checked to see whether they are safe together? One reader discovered that a blood pressure pill raises the danger of simvastatin. How Does Diltiaz…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 4 Comments
    Can Special Yogurt Prevent Diarrhea and Constipa…

    Chronic diarrhea is a vexing problem. Occasional diarrhea is generally a symptom rather than an ongoing condition. It may be a signal that you ate something that caused an infection. In other instanc…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2016 11 Comments
    Could Magnesium Supplements Be a Miracle for You…

    It is a truism that we need a well-balanced diet for good health. Ideally, we would routinely be eating the vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes that could provide all our essential vitamins a…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2016 10 Comments
    Can You Avoid Cold Sores by Taking L-Lysine?

    Cold sores, which are sometimes called fever blisters, crop up on the lips or on the face near the mouth. In addition to being painful, they are unsightly. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex …

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 23 Comments
    Show 1062: Lead with Your Heart in the Horse Pen…

    Dr. Allan Hamilton is a neurosurgeon, a teacher and a horse trainer. Those activities may not seem to have much to do with each other, but Dr. Hamilton has found that horses have a lot to teach us abo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2016 30 Comments
    Giant Generic Drug Scandal: Companies Accused of…

    We have long suspected that something was rotten within the generic drug industry. Put aside questions about substandard factories in China and India or fraudulent test results. The latest bombshell t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 9 Comments
    Will You Wear Your Knees Out If You Run?

    Osteoarthritis has long been considered a disease of wear and tear. The older people get, the more likely they are to have pain and inflammation in their joints. That is presumably because of a lifeti…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 7 Comments
    Why Smoking Just a Little Is Still Bad for You

    Everyone recognizes that smoking is hazardous to your health. But some people have been telling themselves that smoking just a few cigarettes a day doesn't increase their risk of premature death. Are …

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 4 Comments
    What Is the Link between Gum Disease and Rheumat…

    Periodontal disease has been associated with heart problems. Now investigators find that such gum infections may also be tied to the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis. What Is the Connection? …

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2016 7 Comments
    1 Out of Every 6 American Adults Takes Psychiatr…

    The numbers are startling: one in six American adults has taken a psychiatric drug. This is the finding from a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine (online, Dec. 12, 2016). The researchers reviewe…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2016 2 Comments
    Could Fat from Fish Be Good for Your Brain?

    The old wives used to claim that fish is brain food. Now a group of high-powered California scientists seem to have confirmed this idea, studying a fat from fish. What Is the Relationship Between Fat …

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 0 Comments
    Save 30% on Men’s MoM for Two More Days!

    Are you about at your wit's end trying to shop for the men in your life? Would you like a practical product that will bring a chuckle to everyone. Why not give Men's MoM (milk of magnesia) Aluminum-Fr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 10 Comments
    Can you trust Canadian online pharmacies?

    The FDA has a peculiar philosophy about drug importation. It allows pharmacy chains, drug wholesales, big box discount drug stores, nursing homes and lots of other drug distributors to purchase drugs …

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Save Money on Your Holiday Shopping

    Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you, like us, still have a few more folks who deserve a gift from you this holiday, take advantage of our special discount. For a few more days, through Thu…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 13 Comments
    Amiodarone Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening

    Amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) is approved by the FDA for two very serious irregular heart rhythms: "1. Recurrent ventricular fibrillation and 2. Recurrent hemodynamically unstable ventricular tachy…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2016 4 Comments
    Will Hops Offer Better Sleep and Prevent Dream E…

    Most of us are familiar with insomnia as a problem falling asleep. Some have had the unfortunate experience of waking far too early and not being able to drift back off to sleep. But there are other s…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 4 Comments
    Is Your Doctor Telling You the Truth About His M…

    A shocking article appeared in the medical literature a while back (BMJ, May 3, 2016). It was titled: "Medical Error--The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S." The physician who spearheaded the in…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2016 8 Comments
    Could You Improve Your Memory with Cocoa Every D…

    Would you like to be able to improve your memory, or at least keep it from deteriorating? Many readers would. One wrote to tell us about a possible intervention that is inexpensive and easy: Can Cocoa…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2016 7 Comments
    Does Getting to the Doctor Raise Your Blood Pres…

    White coat hypertension, a condition in which blood pressure is elevated at the doctor's office or clinic but not at home, is a fairly common condition. Sometimes it can result in people taking medica…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 22 Comments
    Show 1061: Which Popular Drugs Can Do Unexpected…

    Occasionally a medication that has been on the market for some time is found to do unexpected harm. That happened with Vioxx, and led researchers to take a closer look at all NSAIDS. A large trial sh…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 2 Comments
    Is Drowsy Driving Really as Risky as Drunk Drivi…

    Are you guilty of drowsy driving? Most of us are at one time or another, but driving when you are too tired can be more dangerous than you realize. Inadequate sleep makes drivers far more hazardous o…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Cannabidiol Oil Helpful for Hard-to-Treat Epi…

    Cannabidiol oil from marijuana may help control epilepsy. This has been suspected for a while. Some parents have even moved to states where medical marijuana is legal to treat their epileptic childre…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 11 Comments
    What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

    Nuts are not the dietary demons doctors once thought. There was a time when we were warned to stay away from nuts because they are high in both fat and calories. But there is new evidence on nuts and …

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 0 Comments
    Super Savings On Healthy Holiday Gifts

    If you are a procrastinator, we completely understand. Buying holiday gifts can be a daunting ordeal. Dealing with nasty weather, traffic and unruly shoppers is enough to make most people resist the t…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 8 Comments
    Add Strokes to the Scary List of PPI Side Effect…

    Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole are the most popular treatments for heartburn and reflux disease. It is estimated that 15 million Americans spend $10 billion on su…

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 15 Comments
    How Bad Is It to Eat Saturated Fat?

    For decades we have been told to reduce our overall fat consumption. In particular, saturated fat consumption has been considered a risk factor for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular dise…

    By: Joe Graedon December 5, 2016 8 Comments
    Cannabidiol Oil Solved Severe Seizure Problem an…

    Many doctors are skeptical about the benefits of medical marijuana. That's because they did not learn about this "herb" in medical school. If it was discussed at all, the likelihood is that the lectur…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 5 Comments
    Can You Cure Athlete’s Foot with Thymol?

    Athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. The redness, itching, peeling and burning can be most uncomfortable. There are numerous over-the-counter medications that can he…