By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Cuts Chance of Gallbladder Re…

    Gallbladder removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. It is performed when gallstones made of cholesterol or bilirubin block the bile duct causing intense pain. In an…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Caffeine Wake You Up Quicker from Anesthesi…

    Many people rely upon caffeine to get going in the morning or improve alertness during the day. Researchers have now found that caffeine might speed recovery from general anesthesia. Could caffeine wa…

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2017 1 Comments
    Not All Flu Shots Are Created Equal

    How effective are flu shots? The influenza virus changes from year to year, and consequently the vaccine must change as well to keep up. This means that experts need to study vaccination effectiveness…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Colorectal Cancer Is Killing More Young Adults

    Researchers are reporting that colorectal cancer is killing an increasing number of American adults under 55. The death rate has risen noticeably since the mid 1990s. Colorectal Cancer Is Killing Whit…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Highly Variable Blood Pressure a Red Flag?

    Blood pressure does not remain constant. It changes throughout the day depending upon stress, physical activity and many other factors. But could highly variable blood pressure signal a problem? What …

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Exercise Hard During Free Time to Offset Workday…

    It has been suggested that sitting is the new smoking. Having a sedentary job that requires you to sit and stare at a computer screen all day is bad for your health. Can you offset the danger if you e…

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2017 10 Comments
    Is the Antidepressant Wellbutrin (Bupropion) a S…

    Many people find that traditional antidepressants lower their libido and interfere with sexual pleasure. Drugs like citalopram (Celexa), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Proz…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 11 Comments
    Is Your Confusion Due to a Vitamin Deficiency?

    As we grow older, our mental lapses bother us more and more. Could losing the car keys be the first sign of Alzheimer's disease? Is forgetting the PIN for the ATM an early warning flag for dementia? O…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 6 Comments
    Can You Mitigate a Migraine with a Milkshake?

    Migraine headaches are debilitating as well as painful. Many sufferers report nausea and an inability to stand light or sound that imprisons them in a darkened room until the symptoms pass. There are …

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2017 9 Comments
    What Should Patients Do When Doctors Fight?

    When doctors disagree in public, it drive patients crazy. Most people assume that their health professionals know what the best treatment is for any given ailment. But on some matters there is surpris…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 19 Comments
    Quitting Sugar Made a Big Impact on Blood Pressu…

    Once people learn about common side effects of medications to treat elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure, they are often curious about non-drug approaches to heart health. The doctor may recomm…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 18 Comments
    Will Trazodone Be a Great Sleeping Pill?

    In any given year, nearly one-third of North Americans have trouble with insomnia, and between 4 and 7 percent have prolonged difficulty sleeping (LeBlanc et al, Sleep, Aug. 2009). It isn't any wonder…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 11 Comments
    Can You Get All Your Vitamins from Your Diet?

    Do you take vitamin pills? How do you know you are getting all your vitamins? What about the time-honored advice to get the vitamins you need from your diet? Many doctors offer this advice. How well d…

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2017 5 Comments
    Can Curcumin in Turmeric Fight Pancreatic Cancer…

    Pancreatic cancer is a challenging disease. The American Cancer Society puts one-year survival rates around 20%. Five-year survival is roughly 8%. That compares to five-year survival for prostate, thy…

    By: Terry Graedon August 3, 2017 2 Comments
    Show 1089: How Plants Can Improve Your Sex Life

    People around the world have learned how to use the plants in their vicinity to heal themselves and make life better. Not surprisingly, many cultures have found plants that can improve your sex life. …

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2017 19 Comments
    Proving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is Real

    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been a mystery illness for far too long. The condition is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID). Whatever you …

    By: Terry Graedon August 3, 2017 4 Comments
    How Do Phthalates Affect Hormones?

    A few weeks ago researchers reported that many packaged mac and cheese products contained detectable levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals called phthalates. These compounds are generally used …

    By: Terry Graedon August 3, 2017 1 Comments
    Veterans Find Yoga Improves Their Moods

    Many people think yoga appeals primarily to women. But a new study from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center should put that myth to rest. A group of veterans discovered that yoga improve…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 25 Comments
    How Can You Counteract Muscle Pain from Statins?

    The doctors' debate over statins has become heated lately. You can read what we have written about that here and here. If you prefer, you can listen to our interviews with leading cardiologists here. …

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 20 Comments
    Do Natural Treatments Really Help Toenail Fungus…

    Toenail fungus is ugly. It turns toenails yellow and crumbly and makes them thick. They become difficult to cut. But drugs for nail fungus have drawbacks. Oral medications such as itraconazole (Sporan…

    By: Joe Graedon July 31, 2017 6 Comments
    Can Ketamine Stop Suicidal Thoughts?

    Time magazine has a cover story (August 7, 2017) titled: "THE ANTI ANTIDEPRESSANT Depression afflicts 16 million Americans. One third don't respond to treatment A surprising new drug may change that" …

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 8 Comments
    Is Red Yeast Rice Safe with a Statin?

    One of the most divisive topics in health care right now is whether it makes sense to take a statin if you don't have heart disease. Some physicians are adamant that this is essential, especially for …

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Kiwifruit a Good Remedy for Canker Sores?

    Canker sores, technically known as aphthous ulcers, are nasty sore spots that crop up inside the mouth. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not infectious. Sometimes people have a hard time figuring o…

    By: Joe Graedon July 31, 2017 10 Comments
    How Can You Tell If You Need a Statin?

    Dr. Steve Nissen is Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He maintains that "56 million Americans are considered eligible for statin therapy, with about half a…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 1 Comments
    Could Mom Be Suffering Cough Syrup Withdrawal?

    Stopping certain medications suddenly can lead to symptoms that are extremely uncomfortable. Many readers are familiar with the withdrawal symptoms from pain medicine or antidepressants such as duloxe…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Cinnamon Toxic to the Liver?

    How do you know when an herb, spice or supplement is safe? It makes sense to do some reading on anything you are planning to take before you begin swallowing it. Many people are taking cinnamon to con…

    By: Terry Graedon July 27, 2017 8 Comments
    Show 1088: How Good Communication Makes Health C…

    When your doctor speaks, do you understand what you are hearing? Do you know how to describe your health problem so your doctor will "get it"? Why Communication Is Critical: Communication between doct…

    By: Terry Graedon July 27, 2017 7 Comments
    Sperm Counts Down Dramatically in Four Decades

    Couples who want children may be having more difficulty than their parents did. A new meta-analysis shows that sperm counts among men around the world have dropped dramatically since the 1970s. Studyi…

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2017 46 Comments
    Will Stopping Statins Kill People?

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have been controversial for decades. Atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), simvastatin (Zocor) and similar meds have made tens of…

    By: Terry Graedon July 27, 2017 8 Comments
    High Blood Level of Calcium Raises Heart Attack …

    Could a high blood level of calcium increase a person's risk for a heart attack? That question arose after studies showed that people taking high-dose calcium supplements appear to be more likely to e…