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…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Herb Counter Memory Loss After Surgery?

    Q. I have had six surgical procedures in as many months, the last being a quadruple bypass. My memory and cognitive thinking has diminished considerably, and I'm wondering if gingko biloba will help t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Canadian Drugstores Save State And Municipal…

    Times are tough and the squeeze on state and city budgets is prompting some government officials to break the law. Like millions of senior citizens who travel to Canada or shop online for prescription…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2003 0 Comments
    #468 Open Lines

    Should you be taking vitamins? Will your supplements interact with your medicines? When is the best age for a baby to start eating cereal and mashed bananas? We explore the health news and take your c…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2003 0 Comments
    #467 Hormone Deception

    Could everyday products be affecting our hormonal balance? With PCBs showing up in farmed fish and pesticides in fresh produce, some people wonder how to find food that's fit to eat. Many chemicals in…

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Diet Pill Addiction Fed By Web

    Q. My daughter has unlimited access to diet pills on the Internet. She sometimes orders three months supply from one source and shortly thereafter orders more, either from another source or under anot…

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Iced Tea Soothes Singed Hand

    Q. I was incinerating papers in the back yard one day when the wind changed and my hand was badly burned. I rushed into the house, and my daughter, who did not know anything had happened, handed me a …

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2003 2 Comments
    New Approaches To Treating Fibromyalgia

    Experts estimate that six million Americans suffer from a mysterious condition called fibromyalgia. They suffer constant pain, especially in trigger points around the neck and upper back. Weakness and…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Vaccum Pump Alternative To Viagra

    Q. My doctor put me on a vacuum therapy pump a few years ago and it has proven to be a godsend. I am 81 and am now having the best sex ever. He had prescribed various medications to help with my erect…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Home Remedy May Ease Misery Of Canker Sores

    Q. My 37-year-old daughter has battled canker sores her entire life. It's not unusual for her to have more than 10 at a time. She's tried a lot of different treatments over the years with little succe…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2003 0 Comments
    Drug Report Cards Could Save Lives

    If you were going to buy a new car, a laptop computer or a stereo system, you'd want to know how to get the best buy for your money. Instead of relying on advertising from the manufacturer, you might …

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2003 0 Comments
    #466 Open Lines

    How should you dispose of old medicines? Experts are debating the proper methods. There are now two treatments for baldness, Propecia and Rogaine. A new study shows which works better. We explore the …