By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 37 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Nerve Pain (Neuropathy)?

    Statin enthusiasts have a hard time accepting that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have side effects. There is even one clinical trial analysis from the UK that concluded “At the doses tested…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 15 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia for Odd Underarm Odor

    Have you ever heard of using the laxative Milk of Magnesia (MoM) as a topical application for the armpits? Many readers have tried it and told us that they have found this an innovative way to manage …

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 6 Comments
    Prostate Drug Dutasteride Shrinks Prostate and P…

    Dutasterice (Avodart) has a powerful effect on the prostate gland. The history of this medication and its chemical cousin finasteride (Proscar) is a medical mystery. It all started in the Dominican Re…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 12 Comments
    Should You Really Stop Taking Your Supplements?

    Vitamin and mineral pills are still controversial, despite years of study. Many doctors have decided that you should get all your nutrients from your food. No doubt you could, if you followed a though…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 17 Comments
    Will Saline Irrigation Ease Sinus Congestion?

    Sinus congestion can make you miserable. You may have trouble breathing well and you might suffer from headaches. Medications don't always help much. One reader found a simple way to ease sinus conges…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 6 Comments
    Goldilocks Got It Right: Don’t Overmedicate!

    Doctors should pay more attention to the moral of the Goldilocks story: Not Too Much, Not Too Little--Just Right! To refresh your memory, Goldilocks snuck into a house in the forest. She found it to b…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 9 Comments
    Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional B…

    The humble flaxseed is now being hailed as a superfood because it is a great source of fiber, healthful omega-3 fats and lignans. The fiber content is helpful against constipation. A systematic review…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 52 Comments
    Sunscreen Gets Under Your Skin | Is It Safe?

    For decades, dermatologists have encouraged us to slather on the sunscreen before we expose our skin to the sun’s rays. The goal is to prevent premature aging and, more importantly, to reduce the ri…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2019 22 Comments
    Show 1163: Should You Trust Your Prescription Dr…

    Do you use mail order for your prescription drugs to get a better price? Many insurance companies strongly encourage people to order online from preferred sources so they can control how much they hav…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2019 11 Comments
    Why Are Measles Outbreaks Growing?

    The spreading measles epidemic has left more than 700 people sick in the U.S. Young children have been hardest hit in outbreaks across the country, from New York State's Rockland County to California'…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2019 10 Comments
    How Can a Man Tell if He Needs More Testosterone…

    The FDA has been quite clear that it doesn't approve of routine prescribing of testosterone, even if men have low levels of this hormone. Here is the official word from the feds: "None of the FDA-appr…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2019 3 Comments
    Has Chagas Disease Arrived in Your Home Town?

    Climate change is altering the disease map. With warmer weather, ticks and insects that carry infections are moving into places where they were previously unknown. Many people have noticed that Lyme d…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2019 24 Comments
    Another Week Another Losartan Recall | Will It E…

    OK, we admit that we are beyond fed up. There have been so many blood pressure drug recalls since last July that we have totally lost count. It was only about a week ago that we wrote about a recall o…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2019 7 Comments
    Can Elderberry Juice Really Fight Flu Virus?

    Elderberries and elderberry juice have long had a reputation for fighting the flu. Most physicians undoubtedly have considered this just another old wives’ tale. Surprisingly, however, scientists in…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 9 Comments
    Bee Sting Therapy (Apitherapy) for Arthritis Pai…

    Most people have never heard of bee sting therapy. The idea that someone would voluntarily seek to be stung seems implausible. And yet apitherapy has a venerable history. We were fortunate enough to i…

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2019 5 Comments
    Should You Sip Pineapple Juice for Hiccups?

    Almost everyone gets hiccups sometimes. These small spasms of the diaphragm and larynx can be annoying, but they are rarely serious. Consequently, people have made up lots of home remedies to try to s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 17 Comments
    Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss…

    Have you experienced trouble finding the right word? What about forgetting someone’s name you should know? How about having a hard time finding your car at the supermarket or airport? Most of the ti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 8 Comments
    Will Ketamine Really Battle Life-Long Depression…

    People with depression have a really tough time. Not only does the condition suck all of the joy out of life, the medications used to treat it have some potentially serious side effects. Moreover, ant…

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2019 4 Comments
    What Medicines Stop a Cluster Headache Emergency…

    Cluster headaches are called that because they occur in "clusters" of repeated, excruciating headaches. They are often one-sided and may center behind one eye. The eye may tear and the nose may run. S…

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2019 6 Comments
    Will Acupuncture Calm Your Restless Legs?

    A friend noticed that when he rose early with his dogs, before 6 am, his neighbor's light was invariably on. He inquired why and learned that the neighbor suffers from restless legs syndrome, which wa…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Do Nasal Vents Help Nighttime Congestion?

    During allergy season, many people are troubled with nighttime congestion. A stuffy nose can make it hard to breathe, and that in turn disrupts sleep. If a person chooses a decongestant nasal spray to…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 23 Comments
    Eat Breakfast – Live Longer! Skip Breakfast &#…

    No doubt you have heard the expression, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” This saying has been attributed to the famous nutritionist and food writer, Adell…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 22 Comments
    Show 1162: How to Treat Common Thyroid Problems

    The thyroid gland on your neck is not very big, but it is super important. It secretes hormones that control the activity of every cell in your body. Consequently, the thyroid regulates your metabolis…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 6 Comments
    Can a Mediterranean Diet Help You Control Your W…

    A Mediterranean-type diet has lots of vegetables, fish rather than meat and olive oil instead of butter. Such a regimen has been shown to protect the heart. Could a Mediterranean diet also help you co…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 5 Comments
    How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Mu…

    How many hours a day do you sit? Be honest, please. If you work in front of a computer, we’ll bet you spend more than eight hours a day sitting. And that doesn’t count time sitting in your car, si…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 3 Comments
    Will a Diet of Mostly Plants Help Your Kidneys?

    Chronic kidney disease has been increasing in the United States and now affects 14 percent of adults. This might be explained by the widespread use of medications such as NSAIDs or PPIs that can cause…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 4 Comments
    If Leaky Gut Syndrome Exists, How Can You Test f…

    Several years ago, we were at a small conference attended by some very thoughtful physicians. The overall theme of the discussions focused on the concept of empowered patients. These doctors were tota…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 1 Comments
    Acupuncture Relieves Symptoms of Menopausal Wome…

    Menopausal women each have their own experiences of this challenging time. However, most women do not enjoy the hot flashes and night sweats. What can they do to minimize the disruption? Some women ta…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2019 10 Comments
    Will Munching Cabbage Help Lower Ferritin?

    Hemochromatosis is an inherited condition in which iron builds up in the body. It affects more than one million Americans as well as countless other people around the world. When too much iron is stor…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Why Would Anyone Want to Raise Cholesterol Level…

    Can your cholesterol go too low? That is a question that we have been asked on many occasions. It seems ludicrous. It's a bit like asking if you could be too rich or too thin? The truth is that you co…