By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 1012: What to Do About a Ghost in Your Brai…

    Head injuries are all too common, affecting millions of Americans every year. They can result in brain injury if the brain gets jostled inside the skull. This can be a problem even if the incident did…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2015 4 Comments
    Show 1011: Sports and Concussions

    Sports are a great way for kids to get physical activity and learn teamwork. But how vulnerable are kids' brains when they play sports? In many popular sports such as football, soccer or lacrosse, pla…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 990: Diet and Lifestyle as Gene Therapy (Ar…

    We air this show in memory of Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, who died last month. He was a frequent guest on The People's Pharmacy and we are sorry to learn of his unexpected death. Genetic Destiny: We are all …

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2015 3 Comments
    Show 1010: Beating Sugar Addiction

    It may sound far-fetched to propose that someone has an addiction to candy or soft drinks. But brain scans show that some of the reward pathways associated with a sweet taste are very similar to those…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 7 Comments
    Show 1008: Overcoming Autism

    The proportion of children with autism has increased dramatically over the last several decades. The CDC estimates that 1 out of every 68 American youngsters could be diagnosed as belonging on the a…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2015 4 Comments
    Show 1007: Coming Clean on Medical Mistakes

    The Institute of Medicine released an important report on diagnostic error this week, Improving Diagnosis in Medicine. The issue of medical mistakes is a serious problem that has not disappeared. Admi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 17, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 1006: Surviving Allergy Season

    Once fall begins, lots of Americans start to suffer. Up to a third of us struggle with sneezing, sniffling, congestion, itchy eyes and post-nasal drip as a result of hay fever (really ragweed pollen r…

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2015 16 Comments
    Show 1005: Balancing Benefit & Risk for Pai…

    Millions of Americans rely on popular pain relievers such as celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam, naproxen and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The fact that some of these …

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 2 Comments
    Show 162: In Memory of Oliver Sacks

    Dr. Oliver Sacks was much more than a neurologist. In his books, he invited us to imagine the world from wildly different perspectives than our own. When he described individuals with neurological dif…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 1004: Doctors’ Secret Language

    Have you ever wondered about the big words your doctor uses? Physicians have a language all their own. Not only do they have specialized technical terminology, but they also have their own slang. What…

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2015 26 Comments
    Show 931: How to Stay Healthy at Home with Simpl…

    If you have ever wondered whether there is a good way to take fewer prescription medicines and treat more of your everyday ailments with natural approaches, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has good news for you.…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2015 13 Comments
    Show 1003: From Lyme to Alpha-Gal: The Latest on…

    Tick-borne diseases are extremely widespread, but they seem to be difficult to diagnose and hard to treat. Science has now recognized many more conditions that result from tick bites than were known e…

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2015 22 Comments
    Show 1002: How Bowel Bacteria Affect the Brain

    Until fairly recently, no one was really interested in the denizens of the digestive tract except for a few gastroenterologists and a few more microbiologists. But now research has shown that the bact…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2015 6 Comments
    Show 1001: Natural Approaches to Summer Skin Car…

    People have been using plants to take care of skin problems for hundreds or thousands of years. Which natural products really work? Our expert guests discuss the power of a fresh aloe vera leaf to hel…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2015 15 Comments
    Show 1000: Celebrating Home Remedies and Common …

    This is the thousandth episode of The People's Pharmacy, and we are celebrating. We invited local listeners who support our host station, North Carolina Public Radio, WUNC, to join us for a live perfo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2015 10 Comments
    Show 999: Meditation and Yoga as Tools for Healt…

    At one time, most Americans were mystified by meditation and wary of yoga. There is now increasing recognition that both meditation and yoga can have profound health effects. Meditation and the Brain …

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 906: The New Germ Theory of Disease (Archiv…

    Inflammation is a primary cause of many chronic conditions, from Alzheimer's disease and arthritis to asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. But what causes the inflammation? Could infectious agents b…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2015 13 Comments
    Show 881: The Art of Diagnosis (Archive)

    Diagnosis is the very foundation of medical care. Without an accurate diagnosis, doctors have no way of determining the appropriate treatment. Decades ago, doctors used to rely heavily on the patient'…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2015 6 Comments
    Show 998: The Health Effects of Touch

    We don't always pay attention to our sense of touch, though it is critical to survival. Sensations of pain, heat or cold protect us from injury. But the importance of touch goes far beyond that. Pain …

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2015 13 Comments
    Show 997: Big Pharma and Health Care

    Dr. Peter Gøtzsche worked for the pharmaceutical industry years ago supervising clinical trials and working in regulatory affairs. But this industry insider has become the toughest of critics. Dr. G…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2015 3 Comments
    Show 995: Changing Your Life to Improve Your Hea…

    Most of us know what we should do to clean up our lifestyles--eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, and so on ad nauseum. You've heard it all before. But we don't necessarily do the things we know th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2015 25 Comments
    Show 993: Obamacare Successes and Failures

    Americans frequently boast that we have the best health care in the world. While that may be debated in some quarters, no one doubts that our health care system is the most expensive. What makes Ameri…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 28 Comments
    Show 992: Overcoming Vertigo

    Dizziness is a common problem, but not easily diagnosed. A little lightheadedness could be a reaction to dehydration or blood pressure medication. But when the room is spinning, walking can become dif…

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2015 0 Comments
    A Warm Welcome to High Plains Public Radio Liste…

    We are absolutely delighted to welcome new listeners in western Kansas, The Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, and eastern Colorado through High Plains Public Radio, which recently started carrying The Pe…

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 991: New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    Every five years, the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services collaborate on producing Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These are supposed to tell us what we should be eating. The…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 35 Comments
    Show 988: Spices for a Healthy Life

    Turmeric, the yellow spice in curry and yellow mustard, has an active component called curcumin. This compound is the subject of more than 7,500 studies that show it has anti-inflammatory and anti-can…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 959: Farmacology-What Farmers Can Teach Us …

    An ever-increasing appreciation of the complexity of ecosystems has begun to change farming practices so that they become more sustainable. Science is demonstrating that our human bodies are also comp…

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2015 9 Comments
    Show 987: Benefits of Coffee, Tea & Chocola…

    Heated disagreements about whether or not Americans all need to reduce their salt intake have reached the Wall Street Journal. Many public health agencies recommend that we cut back on salt to lower b…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2015 15 Comments
    Show 986: Treating ADHD Naturally

    An amazing number of American youngsters is considered to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In some states, CDC data show that more than 10 percent of school children carries this …

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Are You Listening to The People’s Pharmacy…

    Our award winning radio show is heard on 200 public radio stations nationwide. Each week you can tune in to learn about everything from home remedies to the latest breakthroughs in medicine. You can…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2015 18 Comments
    Show 985: Herbal Supplements Put to the Test

    A recent investigation by the New York Attorney General's office provoked scandalized headlines. They indicated that important herbal supplements from four major retailers did not actually contain the…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2015 14 Comments
    Show 984: Less Medicine, More Health

    Americans tend to equate more tests and more aggressive treatment with better quality care. This approach does result in more expensive care. The US spends more on health care per capita than any othe…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2015 13 Comments
    Show 983: Intriguing Approaches to Overcoming De…

    Antidepressant medications have become part of popular culture ever since Prozac came on the market in the mid-1980s. Only those who have weathered a suicidal crisis themselves or watched a loved one …

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2015 8 Comments
    Show 982: Smart Phone Medicine — A Doctor …

    Many people currently carry around tiny but powerful computers in their hip pockets or pocketbooks. We use our smart phones to check our bank accounts, keep up with our friends or get a weather report…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2015 41 Comments
    Show 981: Old-Fashioned Food

    For decades, the diet dictocrats have warned us to back away from the butter, minimize the meat and skimp on the salt. The recommended menu might not taste terrific, but it was supposed to prevent hea…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 979: Health News Update on Defending the Br…

    Taking medications that affect brain chemicals can alter our risk of developing dementia. Find out which prescription and over-the-counter drugs are associated with a greater risk of an Alzheimer's di…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 19 Comments
    Show 978: Protecting Our Eyesight

    We often take our sight for granted, and wrongly assume that there is nothing that can be done to keep vision problems from occurring. Our guest has combed the medical literature to find ways to preve…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2015 11 Comments
    Show 977: Fighting the Flu and Coping with Anxie…

    The flu season started early this year and is now in full swing. What do you need to know about influenza to keep from becoming a sad statistic? Anti-Anxiety Medicines and the Alternatives Doctors pre…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2015 5 Comments
    Show 975: Boosting Testosterone Naturally

    Television ads warning men of the dangers of "low T" (inadequate testosterone) have become commonplace, but they rarely explore the risks of taking testosterone replacement medications. That may be pa…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2014 2 Comments
    Show 886: Finding the Courage to Connect

    We often think of vulnerability as a weakness, but being open and vulnerable with those we care about actually requires courage and strength. When we manage it, vulnerability also strengthens our most…