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    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2022 12 Comments
    Do COVID Vaccines Prevent Long COVID?

    A great many people still believe that COVID-19 is not that big a deal. They point out that of the 68,600,000 people who have caught the coronavirus in the US, “only” 858,000 have died. What they …

    By: Terry Graedon January 20, 2022 1 Comments
    Show 1287: Managing Stress and Anxiety During CO…

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been dragging on for longer than most people imagined possible. With each new variant, cases surge and people need to make complex risk calculations about school, work and so…

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2022 21 Comments
    Should You Have a Home Test for COVID on Hand?

    Have you been tested for COVID-19? The classic test is called PCR (polymerase chain reaction). It detects viral RNA and is considered the gold standard. For this test, you need to go to a testing site…

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2022 30 Comments
    Why Should People Be Wearing N95 Masks?

    People hate face masks. I hate face masks! But the spread of Omicron is so out of control that people need to be cautious for awhile longer. Hospitals are begging people to be extra careful. That's be…

    By: Terry Graedon January 20, 2022 2 Comments
    How Well Do You Sleep When You Hear Unfamiliar V…

    Do you ever fall asleep with the radio or television on? What about dropping off while you listen to a podcast with your earbuds in place? Some people deliberately turn on a broadcast if they wake in …

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2022 4 Comments
    Is the Oral Pill Paxlovid an Answer to COVID-19?

    The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the oral antiviral drugs Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir + ritonavir) and Legevrio (molnupiravir) to treat COVID-19. Even though that happened about a …

    By: Terry Graedon January 20, 2022 23 Comments
    How to Use Soap in Bed for Nighttime Leg Cramps

    If you suffer from leg cramps that wake you up at night, you've no doubt sought some way to prevent them. Some people have been advised to take minerals such as magnesium or potassium to ward off leg …

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2022 4 Comments
    Paying Way Too Much for Foreign Made Meds

    Where was your medicine made? Most people have no clue where the pills in their kitchen drawer or medicine cabinet came from. You can find a country of origin on your apples, your shoes and your under…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2022 83 Comments
    Vicks on the Soles of Your Feet Is Better Than D…

    On Paul Simon's Grammy award winning album "Graceland" is an amazing song titled "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes." Take a moment to watch it being performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Link to e…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2022 4 Comments
    Will a Big Dose of Vitamin D Give You Leg Cramps…

    What have you heard about vitamin D? Maybe you recognize this compound by its popular nickname, the "sunshine vitamin." It is called that because human skin makes this hormone when it is exposed to su…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2022 33 Comments
    Will D-Mannose Help Urinary Tract Infections?

    What do you do for urinary tract infections (UTIs)? When bacteria invade the ureter or bladder, the results are extremely painful urination, along with a feeling of urgency. Doctors usually prescribe …

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2022 24 Comments
    Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Increase Your Cho…

    What happens if you take something for a presumed benefit only to discover that it has a downside? This happens pretty frequently with pharmaceuticals; everyone is familiar with the idea of side effec…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2022 28 Comments
    Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pa…

    There are two powerful opioid antagonists: 1) naloxone (Narcan) given as an injection or nasal spray in the case of narcotic overdose and 2) naltrexone administered orally in the treatment of alcohol …

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2022 22 Comments
    Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

    Over 15 years ago a listener to our syndicated public radio show sent us a question about ear wax (cerumen). This person wanted to know why putting a laxative in the ear helps remove earwax: Q. I was …

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2022 12 Comments
    Why Isn’t Ivermectin Taming COVID in India and…

    Several months ago I asked the question: "is ivermectin a miracle?" The answer is a bit confusing. Against certain parasites, the drug is absolutely miraculous. Against COVID, though, the final word i…

    By: Joe Graedon January 13, 2022 10 Comments
    Amazing Benefits from Half a Tablespoon of Olive…

    We have been writing about the health benefits of olive oil for decades. A study in the January 18, 2022 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) suggests that as little as ha…

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2022 2 Comments
    Show 1286: What You Need to Know About Hoarding …

    We have heard that some people used their time locked down at home during the pandemic to clean out their closets and clear away the clutter. For others, though, we suspect that such projects would ha…

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2022 10 Comments
    Kids Are Coming Down with Diabetes After Getting…

    People with diabetes are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. Now, the CDC reports that the virus puts children at greater risk for coming down with diabetes (MMWR, Jan. 7, 2022). Rates of …

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2022 16 Comments
    Make Your Lips Happy While You Save Money

    Here's a nice way to get your year started. Our special sale on lip care products is good from now through the end of this month, January 31, 2022. Are your lips chapped and dry from the wind and cold…

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2022 4 Comments
    FDA Says Lose the Triclosan; Use Ordinary Soap a…

    Are you exposed to triclosan? Nearly a decade ago, the FDA told manufacturers they'd need to take it out of  antibacterial soaps, where it was a common ingredient. Some people liked the idea of avoid…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2022 25 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

    Could a supplement that people take for heart health actually lead to heart rhythm changes? Most people take fish oil with the expectation that it will lower their likelihood of a heart attack or stro…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2022 6 Comments
    Will the Antidepressant Fluvoxamine Fight COVID-…

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, people have been looking for treatments that might help control the coronavirus. That was well before vaccines took center stage. Now, everyone is waiting for oral…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2022 34 Comments
    The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopp…

    Chances are good that you have seen a Xyzal commercial on TV. You see an animated owl with a distinctive accent. He wears a monocle…presumably to give this wise owl some extra authority. He lets you…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2022 20 Comments
    How Can You Avoid Being Harmed in the Hospital?

    Hospitals can be dangerous places. That is especially true now with health care workers stretched to their limits because of COVID-19. Headlines in papers across the country proclaim that hospitals ar…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2022 12 Comments
    Should Doctors Consider a 4th COVID Shot?

    Last week I told you about my friend "Barry." He is super smart and is a number cruncher. Within a few weeks of learning that there was a respiratory virus on the loose in China, Barry was plotting co…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2022 102 Comments
    How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

    If you suffer from heartburn, you might describe it as a burning sensation under the breastbone. People with recurrent reflux can usually also talk about the types of foods that trigger their discomfo…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2022 4 Comments
    Can You Deal with Depression and Manage Anxiety?

    For more than two years now, all of us have had to deal with major disruptions in our lives. Coronavirus changed the way we live almost overnight. What's more, every time we've thought it might be com…

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2022 4 Comments
    Show 1285: The Plant Hunter’s Quest for Na…

    Cassandra Quave is an explorer and an ethnobotanist uncovering potential ways that plants can benefit human health. She has a particular interest in multi-antibiotic resistant infections. Not only do …

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2022 4 Comments
    Do Anti-Fogging Products Contain Toxic Forever C…

    Does your face mask make your glasses fog? That’s a sign that the fit isn’t tight enough to protect you. Perhaps you'd reach for an anti-fogging spray or wipe to help you see clearly. Some health …

    By: Joe Graedon January 6, 2022 20 Comments
    Worry or Be Happy About the Omicron Variant?

    Some people have suggested that the Omicron variant will quickly infect so many people that we will achieve herd immunity against COVID. They are suggesting that might end the pandemic quickly. While …