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    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2021 9 Comments
    How Well Does the COVID Vaccine Prevent Breakthr…

    I am disappointed in the CDC. There have been a lot of missteps by this public health organization. One of the worst was the message that the virus was primarily spread through big droplets that would…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2021 0 Comments
    Show 1273: Finding Ways to Manage Long COVID

    When the COVID pandemic began, doctors thought that patients either recovered fairly quickly or they died. Before long, though, some patients identified themselves as “long haulers” because they w…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2021 17 Comments
    Does Time-Restricted Eating Help With Weight Los…

    Intermittent fasting has become a popular approach for weight control. Some people see this as fasting for a few days a week and eating on the others. Another approach, however, is to practice time-re…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2021 1 Comments
    How Well Do CAC Scores Predict Heart Attack Risk…

    Do you have plaque in your coronary arteries? Unless you have had symptoms that sent you to a coronary cath lab, you might not know. Over the last decade or two, though, doctors have used CT scans to …

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2021 0 Comments
    Abiraterone Breakthrough vs. High Risk Prostate …

    There is growing evidence that a drug developed to treat late-stage prostate cancer may be a game changer if used earlier. The drug is Zytiga (abiraterone). The FDA first approved its use a decade ago…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2021 1 Comments
    Why Put Aluminum in Your Armpits If You Can Use …

    Have you been looking for a sale on our MoM (milk of magnesia) deodorant? We usually celebrate the end of summer with a Labor Day sale. We couldn’t do that this year because we were transferring ur …

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2021 8 Comments
    Don’t Miss Out on the Opportunities Our Ne…

    If you already subscribe to our free electronic newsletter, you know that you get regular updates on the health news that matters to you. Twice a week you learn about drug breakthroughs and hazards as…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2021 0 Comments
    Joe is Hosting A Webinar on Contamination in Con…

    Friends, I have been asked to moderate a Webinar this coming Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at noon Eastern Time. I think you will find it of interest. The title is: "Contamination in Consumer Products: …

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2021 34 Comments
    New Nasty Warnings for RA Drugs Rinvoq and Xelja…

    What’s wrong with the FDA? On the one hand, the agency just issued scary new warnings for two popular rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drugs. On the other hand, it allows commercials for these drugs that m…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2021 75 Comments
    Excessive Flatulence Creates Challenges

    Flatulence-aka gas-is an embarrassing problem. It can't be broached in polite conversation, and many patients are reluctant to bring it up during a doctor visit. Nonetheless, excessive flatulence is t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2021 7 Comments
    Simple Solutions for Cracked Fingertips

    Fall is nearly here, and winter won't be too far behind. Fingertips that crack and split are a bane of cold weather. Indoor air is dry and people wash their hands frequently, stripping away moisturizi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2021 8 Comments
    Could Toenail Fungus Be Bacterial Infection? Neo…

    We have been writing about toenail fungus for over 30 years. That’s because fungal infections of the nails are both common and hard to treat. They require patience and persistence. Home remedies are…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2021 18 Comments
    Magnesium Supplement for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    Do you have an irregular heart rhythm? Even preventricular contractions (PVCs) that are not believed to be dangerous can be disconcerting. A person is justified in becoming alarmed over more serious r…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2021 11 Comments
    Will an Elimination Diet Help You Avoid Migraine…

    The FDA has approved several medications, starting with Aimovig (erenumab), to prevent migraine headaches. Readers are also curious about other approaches to prevention.  One reader asked about t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 17 Comments
    Are Full-Fat Milk and Cheese Really Risky?

    Health professionals and nutritionists have been telling people for decades that full-fat milk and cheese (as well as other dairy products such as yogurt) are bad for the heart. They were sure that th…

    By: Joe Graedon September 16, 2021 5 Comments
    Chile and COVID Vaccination: An Unexpected Succe…

    If you ask most Americans what countries have been the most successful when it comes to COVID vaccination, they would probably say Israel and the US. Most Americans would be wrong! That’s because th…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 5 Comments
    Show 1272: How Your Eyes Reveal Your Health

    You may have heard that the eyes are the window to the soul. That could be difficult to prove, but scientists have now shown that the eyes offer significant clues to your overall health. Most exciting…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 6 Comments
    Should We Look at Weight Gain in a Different Way…

    What causes obesity? Most health professionals blame weight gain on an imbalance between calories in versus calories out. In other words, eating too much and moving too little. This concept is known a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 3 Comments
    Do Omega-3 Supplements Improve Cognitive Perform…

    Experts have been debating the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. Marine oils contain both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). A new study in the America…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2021 12 Comments
    What OTC Ingredients Are Lurking in Your Arthrit…

    You have no doubt heard or seen the Capital One commercial that asks: "What’s in Your Wallet?" It’s been running for at least two decades. We ask a different question: What’s in Your Medicine? M…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 31 Comments
    Do People With Low Thyroid Prefer Double Hormone…

    Judging by the number of prescriptions dispensed annually, hypothyroidism is one of the most common medical conditions in the country. Doctors usually treat this low thyroid condition by prescribing l…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 8 Comments
    Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint P…

    Have you heard of using gin-soaked golden raisins to ease joint pain? People have been sharing this home remedy with their friends and family members for decades. We have no idea where it comes from o…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 15 Comments
    What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

    Nuts are not the dietary demons doctors once thought. There was a time when we were warned to stay away from nuts because they are high in both fat and calories. But nutrition researchers have found e…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2021 4 Comments
    CPAP Lowered Cholesterol AND Improved Breathing

    People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) often snore. That’s because the airway is obstructed during sleep. When air flows past relaxed tissues in the throat, they vibrate. That leads to…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 11 Comments
    Mystery Allergen Nutmeg Is Tough to Avoid

    Have you ever had to track down a mystery allergen? The sleuthing needed to figure out what is causing allergic symptoms can be quite daunting. One reader describes a dramatic discovery of a nutmeg al…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2021 6 Comments
    How Can You Remove Warts With Duct Tape?

    If you've ever tried to remove warts from your own skin or from a child's, you know that they can be capricious. Sometimes they will disappear quickly after you apply salicylic acid. That's the standa…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2021 35 Comments
    New Zealand Zaps DELTA With Total Lockdown

    New Zealand is serving as a role model for prompt public health action to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Early in the pandemic, this island nation prevented foreigners from entering the country. …

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2021 3 Comments
    Show 1271: New Approaches to Managing Depression

    For many months now, people have been dealing with the pandemic, Which has brought both grief for the lives lost and anxiety about the threat of infection. At the same time, fires and floods have made…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2021 161 Comments
    Craving Ice Like an Addict Signals Serious Healt…

    When readers report that they are addicted to ice, it sends off alarm signals for us. Craving ice like this (quite different from preferring a little ice in your drinking water) is often linked to min…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2021 1 Comments
    Are Antibiotics and Colon Cancer Linked?

    Antibiotics are, without doubt, one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. Millions, perhaps tens of millions, of lives have been saved thanks to antibiotics. Antibiotics are often perceive…