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    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2021 44 Comments
    The Onion Recall: What an Outrage!

    I love onions! Today, we dumped a LOT of onions into the garbage because the CDC and the FDA told us that was our only recourse. So far, over 650 people have become ill in 37 states because onions imp…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2021 3 Comments
    Show 1277: Why Our Healthcare Costs Are So High

    Over the last year and a half, while the nation endured a terrible pandemic, patients with COVID-19 were treated even if they couldn’t foot the bills themselves. Will the high cost of COVID break th…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2021 8 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. It’s not very pleasant. Some people liken the…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2021 5 Comments
    BP Drug Irbesartan Recall Reveals Contaminant Ca…

    Not again! The FDA recently announced the recall of the blood pressure medication irbesartan. All batches of this BP medicine made by the Indian drug company Lupin are being pulled off pharmacy shelve…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2021 0 Comments
    Could You Benefit from Over-the-Counter Hearing …

    The FDA hopes to revolutionize the hearing aid marketplace. Its new rules would allow over-the-counter hearing aids to be sold directly to consumers. Manufacturers could even sell the devices online w…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2021 6 Comments
    If You Are a Vegan or Vegetarian, Are Your Bones…

    Many people choose not to eat meat because of environmental, ethical or health considerations. At least one study has shown, for example, that people on a vegan diet have lower levels of inflammation …

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2021 3 Comments
    Will You Breathe Easier If You Take Less Iron?

    Many people need to take iron supplements because they don't get quite enough of the mineral from their diets. Doctors may recommend supplements for people with restless leg syndrome (RLS) or extreme …

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 44 Comments
    If Statins Cause Diabetes, Why Should ALL Diabet…

    The guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are crystal clear. Middle-aged people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) should be on a statin-type choles…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 1 Comments
    Pepto-Bismol May Rescue Wedding Guest

    If you have ever suffered from stinky gas, you may be relieved to learn that a common OTC medicine, Pepto-Bismol, can help. You may think of it for food poisoning or travelers' diarrhea (Digestive Dis…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 34 Comments
    Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral?

    The body needs minerals to function. Without adequate levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium we would perish. Doctors often encourage patients to cut back on sodium and increase calcium. P…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 80 Comments
    Metoprolol Mess (Toprol XL) Reveals Serious Flaw…

    We have been writing about problems with generic metoprolol for more than a decade. This beta blocker is prescribed for patients with hypertension and heart problems such as angina pectoris, heart fai…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2021 19 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Sugar with Cinnamon?

    You've no doubt heard that type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in this country and many others. That means that millions more people have pre-diabetes, blood sugar that is headed in the wron…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2021 3 Comments
    Show 1276: How to Make Better Choices About Your…

    How do you decide what you should do in a health crisis? Over the past year and a half, many people have faced this problem. Do you go to the hospital for treatment in the midst of a pandemic? What me…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2021 19 Comments
    How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

    Aspirin gets very little respect. Perhaps that's because it is well over 100 years old, or because it is inexpensive and available over the counter. Whatever the reason, it's our observation that peop…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2021 44 Comments
    The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the…

    Americans have been told for more than 50 years that they should cut back on salt. Doing so was supposed to help lower blood pressure. That in turn would theoretically reduce the risk of heart failure…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2021 16 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 …

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2021 1 Comments
    Diet with Mushrooms May Protect You from Depress…

    Mushroom lovers, rejoice! A diet with mushrooms appears to offer you a lower risk of developing depression and other mental illness. Advantages of a Diet with Mushrooms: Penn State scientists evaluate…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2021 25 Comments
    OTC Statins? Crestor or Lipitor Without an Rx?

    Many years ago, a prominent cardiologist suggested on our public radio show that statins ought to be put in the water supply. His statement was likely tongue in cheek, but some physicians probably did…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2021 26 Comments
    Removing A Splinter Without Tears

    Do you have a favorite trick for removing a splinter? Many families have a "traditional" approach to this common medical problem that may have been handed down for at least a generation or two. But th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 11, 2021 5 Comments
    What Supplements Could Help Ease IBS Symptoms?

    Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a frustrating diagnosis. Doctors describe it as a "functional" GI disorder, meaning that they can't find any physiological reason for the patient's suffering. None…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2021 81 Comments
    Unexpected Benefits and Risks of the Moderna Vac…

    When most people think of the Moderna vaccine, all they are interested in is how well it will protect them from being hospitalized with COVID-19. After all, that is why it was invented. We now know wi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2021 43 Comments
    Will Medical Mistakes Kill You or Someone You Lo…

    Are medical mistakes common? A study from Johns Hopkins University titled "Medical Error--The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US" suggests that the answer to the question about medical mistakes is…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2021 38 Comments
    When Should You Take Your BP Pills? Morning or B…

    When do you swallow your pills? If you are like most people, you get into the habit of taking all your medications and supplements at breakfast time. It's a routine that is hard to break. One study su…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2021 21 Comments
    Can You Stop Bleeding with Black Pepper?

    We have been collecting home remedies for more than 40 years. One of the most unusual came to us from Nell Heard, who told us about a camping trip to Yellowstone National Park. She went with her siste…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2021 4 Comments
    Show 1275: The Vicious Cycle of COVID and Diabet…

    There are at least two pandemics raging through the world at this time. The first is obesity. The second is, of course, COVID-19. Diabetes sits uncomfortably at their intersection. In a vicious cycle,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2021 19 Comments
    Should You Worry About Myocarditis from COVID Va…

    Judging from the comments we have received on our website, millions of Americans are afraid to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because they fear developing serious side effects. One concern centers ar…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2021 47 Comments
    Flip Flops from CDC and WHO on Face Masks and CO…

    It’s no wonder that people have felt confused about the coronavirus. Public health organizations like the CDC and WHO offered conflicting messages at the beginning of the pandemic. Then, they change…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2021 15 Comments
    Can Anti-Herpes Treatments Prevent Alzheimer’s…

    Does a common virus contribute to Alzheimer’s disease? The herpes theory of Alzheimer’s disease has been ignored by mainstream medicine for decades. Almost 40 years ago a pathologist suggested tha…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2021 9 Comments
    Will You Get a Flu Shot? How Well Will It Work?

    Americans are being urged to roll up their sleeves for this year’s flu shot. The CDC suggests that people call ahead to make sure there is vaccine available. The reasons to be vaccinated against flu…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2021 22 Comments
    Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Defici…

    Whether they admit it or not, a lot of middle-aged and older people worry about senility. By this, they mean cognitive difficulties or even dementia, perhaps coupled with physical frailty. However, ge…