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    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2018 2 Comments
    Is NyQuil A Good Way To Stay Asleep?

    We often wonder whether people read the label of their over-the-counter medicines. If they did, would most know what they were taking? Nyquil Cold & Flu formula is advertised to “relieve your s…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 0 Comments
    Will Your Toes Be Fungus-Free and Purple?

    When the weather gets warm, are you embarrassed to put on sandals so everyone can see your toes? Even though it is very common, toenail fungus can be unsightly.You might also have trouble getting rid …

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2018 0 Comments
    Aromatherapy | Can a Sniff of Alcohol Relieve Na…

    Have you ever experienced nausea? Who hasn’t? It’s a terrible feeling. It can be brought on by vertigo or medications. Cancer chemotherapy drugs are notorious for triggering unrelenting nausea and…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 0 Comments
    Will Cannabis Cream Really Ease Neuropathy?

    People with neuropathy are often desperate for relief. The causes of this nerve pain may vary, from drug side effects to the aftermath of an infection. Sometimes too little or too much of a common vit…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Soap Under Sheets Help Your Leg Cramps?

    Have you ever leapt out of bed in the middle of the night with a terrible pain in your calf or your hamstring? Nocturnal leg cramps can really wreck a night's sleep. Some people are quite susceptible …

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 0 Comments
    How to Control Your Blood Sugar Without Drugs

    How is your blood sugar? According to the CDC, 84 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar is elevated but doesn't reach the threshold for a diagnosis of diabetes (12…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2018 0 Comments
    Warning: Adderall Led to Unexpected Liver Injury

    A wise patient asks about possible side effects before filling a new prescription. Sometimes, however, even that is not enough. One reader experienced a serious side effect, acute liver injury, that w…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2018 0 Comments
    Will Gelatin Strengthen Your Broken Nails?

    Nail problems are notoriously stubborn. It takes a long time for nails, especially toenails, to grow out. Consequently, a treatment that is working from the inside out, improving the nail plate and ma…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2018 0 Comments
    How to Avoid Trouble at the Pharmacy Checkout

    by Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh In one of the first scenes of the returning show, Roseanne, Roseanne is sitting at the kitchen table when her husband walks through the door, prescription bag in hand. “…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2018 5 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Helpful or Useless for Dry Eye Disea…

    Dry eye disease affects roughly 14 percent of American adults. Older women are especially susceptible to this chronic and hard-to-treat condition. Fish Oil Put to the Test for Dry Eye Disease: Many he…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2018 3 Comments
    Why Did Hot Pepper Headache Land Man in the Emer…

    Those of us who love hot peppers cherish the experience of pain and pleasure brought on by the chemical called capsaicin. That is the active ingredient in hot chili peppers that lights up our taste bu…

    By: Terry Graedon April 12, 2018 4 Comments
    Show 1117: What Can Chinese Centenarians Teach Y…

    More Americans are living to old ages, but frequently their later years are plagued with chronic diseases. Is there a way to stay healthy into the ninth and tenth decade of life? To find out, we take …

    By: Terry Graedon April 12, 2018 8 Comments
    Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen in the Produce Bin

    Most health experts emphasize the importance of eating lots of vegetables, but which ones have the least pesticide residue? If you want to avoid pesticides as much as possible, but can't afford to buy…

    By: Terry Graedon April 12, 2018 4 Comments
    Why Grandma Was Right about Vegetables

    Your grandmother may have told you to eat your vegetables. Ours certainly urged us to do so. Was Grandma following her own advice? She should have. A new study from Australia reinforces the benefits o…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 42 Comments
    Are You Wasting Your Money on Curcumin?

    If you have ever shopped for supplements online, you may have wondered if you are wasting your money. Ever since 1994, when Congress passed the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA), FDA…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2018 0 Comments
    Lyrica and Weight Gain | Can It Be Reversed?

    Pregabalin (Lyrica) has become a go-to drug for nerve pain (neuropathy). There aren't many medications in the doctor’s tool kit for this kind of problem. A similar drug, gabapentin, has been approve…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 4 Comments
    Agonizing Constipation from Calcium Pills for Bo…

    Some medications cause constipation as a side effect. Occasionally, people report that simple supplements can trigger agonizing constipation. As a result, one reader faced a dilemma: Trying to Take Ca…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 4 Comments
    Skimping on Magnesium May Mean Trouble Sleeping

    How often does a treatment for one problem lead to another problem? We suspect it may be more common than anyone could imagine. Who would guess that low magnesium levels resulting from a heartburn med…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 5 Comments
    Pouring Ground Black Pepper on a Cut Stops Its B…

    We have been collecting home remedies for years. One fascinating remedy is a way to stop bleeding from a minor cut. It is very simple: just put ground black pepper on the cut and cover it with a banda…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2018 21 Comments
    What Happens When Minor Drug Side Effects Turn D…

    Health professionals often categorize drug side effects three ways. First come the common complications of medicines. If 20 to 30 percent of patients complain of headaches or diarrhea after taking a m…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 3 Comments
    If You’re on Simvastatin, Can You Eat Grap…

    Do you know whether there are some foods you should avoid while you are taking your medicine? The classic example is grapefruit. When its ability to interact with medications was first discovered, man…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 16 Comments
    Show 1116: What You Can Do About Dizziness

    About 15 percent of American adults have problems with their balance. Even children are not exempt, with about 5 percent suffering from dizziness. What causes dizziness, and what can be done about it?…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 9 Comments
    How Common Are Antibiotic-Resistant “Night…

    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DC) have found bacteria resistant to virtually every known antibiotic in samples from hospitals around the country (MMWR, April 3, 2018). …

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 11 Comments
    Do You Need to Take Calcium Supplements?

    For decades, women and older adults were advised to take calcium supplements to help maintain bone strength. More recently, however, concerns have been raised about the possibility that calcium supple…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2018 17 Comments
    Can Medical Marijuana for Pain Reduce Opioid Pre…

    Physicians, pharmacists and patients have been hearing about the opioid epidemic for years. This makes everyone skittish about narcotic drugs. But what can people in severe chronic pain do to ease the…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 8 Comments
    Why You Should Eat the Mediterranean Way

    The Mediterranean diet has been associated with a number of health benefits. We have written previously about studies showing that a Mediterranean-style eating plan can protect the brain, reduce arthr…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 0 Comments
    Spring Sale on People’s Pharmacy Body Care…

    A reminder: Spring is here at last, and so is our People's Pharmacy unscented MoM aluminum-free roll-on deodorant. This is our most popular product, and we have a hard time keeping it on the shelf. Bu…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 36 Comments
    Will Celery Seed Ease Your Knee Pain or Gout?

    As Americans grow older, they become ever more conscious of aches and pains in their joints. While many people rely on prescription or OTC pain relievers such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or na…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2018 14 Comments
    How to Treat Seasonal Allergies: Drugs or Natura…

    Allergy season is here. Even if you did not realize that, the warring drug commercials on television should have alerted you. On the same program you can see ads for Xyzal, Allegra and Nasacort. There…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Borax in Shoes Get Rid of Foot Odor?

    Smelly feet are embarrassing, although the problem is quite common. Doctors rarely become concerned about foot odor, but it can be quite a social liability. What remedies really work to get rid of the…