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    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2022 2 Comments
    Show 1244: Life-Saving Lessons for COVID-19 from…

    We are heartbroken that Dr. Paul Farmer, with whom we spoke in this episode, died suddenly on Feb. 21, 2022. He was a true hero. Our condolences to his family and colleagues. We are airing this interv…

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2022 25 Comments
    How Hot Peppers Can Improve Your Health and Exte…

    OK, I admit that is one of those headlines that seems far too good to be true. Full disclosure, I must confess that I (Joe G.) am a pepperhead, ie, someone who loves (actually craves) hot chili pepper…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2022 0 Comments
    Can You Fight Depression by Eating the Mediterra…

    Depression is challenging to treat during the best of times. During the pandemic it has been especially difficult, because therapists have been overwhelmed with cases. Zoom therapy is not always an id…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2022 4 Comments
    Will Spices Help Protect Your Memory?

    Dementia is as frightening to most people as the prospect of heart disease or cancer. You probably know that to avoid heart disease you want to control your weight, eat a healthful high-vegetable diet…

    By: Joe Graedon May 19, 2022 25 Comments
    Do COVID Vaccines Prevent Long COVID?

    A great many people are done with COVID. They have stored masks in drawers or thrown them away. Folks are hanging out with friends and family. They want to forget about the 83 million people who have …

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2022 28 Comments
    New Evidence on the Value of Face Masks

    Face masks have become highly politicized in the fight against COVID-19. That’s too bad because scientists have reinforced the value of face masks. When everyone wears face masks indoors, they are q…

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2022 11 Comments
    How Can You Prevent Tick Bites?

    As we move into summertime and look forward to outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and camping, people start to worry about Lyme disease. While this infection can be serious, it is not the only …

    By: Terry Graedon May 16, 2022 15 Comments
    Excessive Sweating Might Be Caused by Overactive…

    Some people really sweat! We’re not talking about a few drops of perspiration on the forehead. There is an actual medical term for excessive sweating: hyperhidrosis. These individuals are often emba…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2022 64 Comments
    How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bit…

    Some people are mosquito magnets. They attract mosquitoes like honey draws flies. A bunch of people can be sitting around the back yard enjoying themselves and not being bothered by mosquitoes. That…

    By: Terry Graedon May 16, 2022 20 Comments
    How Can You Heal Painful Cracked Fingertips Quic…

    Winter can be hard on the hands. Every year we hear from people with painful cracked fingertips triggered by cold weather. Washing the hands multiple times a day to try to fend off viruses that can c…

    By: Terry Graedon May 16, 2022 7 Comments
    How Could Heartburn Drug Help Plantar Warts?

    Plantar warts, those that appear on the soles of the feet (and occasionally the palms of the hands), can be devilishly difficult to remove. Doctors sometimes use freezing or laser therapy, but even th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2022 9 Comments
    Treatments for Traveler’s Diarrhea Require…

    When you're on a business trip or that dream vacation, the last thing you want is to be stuck in a hotel room suffering with the trots for a few days. This young person has a similar concern, but is u…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2022 124 Comments
    Generic Sertraline (Zoloft) Problems Lead To Anx…

    The FDA insists that all generic drugs sold in the U.S. are "identical" to their brand name counterparts. Visitors to this website disagree. Over the last several years we have heard from many visitor…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2022 54 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: Terry Graedon May 12, 2022 2 Comments
    Show 1301: What Are Forever Chemicals Doing in F…

    In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, our guests discuss “forever chemicals” (PFAS) used in a wide range of products. How do they affect our health? What Are PFAS, or Forever Chemical…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2022 32 Comments
    How COVID-19 Spreads So Easily | Scientists Disa…

    Here we are, more than two years into the worst pandemic in modern times. Even people who have been vaccinated and boosted come down with COVID from time to time. Scientists know quite a bit at this p…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2022 12 Comments
    Is Intensive Blood Pressure Control Worthwhile?

    high doses of one or more types ofHow low should you get blood pressure to go? That is a question that has been challenging both doctors and patients for many years. If you asked most American physici…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2022 114 Comments
    Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

    One of the biggest flip-flops in modern healthcare disappeared without a trace. For decades, doctors, nutrition experts and registered dietitians have been urging women to take calcium pills to streng…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2022 15 Comments
    How Not to Die of a Heart Attack

    No one wants to die of a heart attack, but too many Americans still do. Nearly 1,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each day in the United States. That totals more than 350,000 a year. When the h…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2022 18 Comments
    Is It Safe to Drink Cinnamon Tea Every Day?

    There is increasing interest in the power of spices for promoting health. Research on spices has also been growing, with scientists documenting their value in blood sugar control, for example (Food C…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2022 21 Comments
    Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

    Doctors often have a hard time treating nerve pain, also called neuropathy. When diabetes causes neuropathy, physicians ask patients to control their blood glucose very strictly. In addition, they may…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2022 12 Comments
    Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

    Persistent pain can really wear you down. Consequently, when people discover something that works, they like to share the good news. Some readers report relief from months of terrible discomfort by ta…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2022 58 Comments
    Horse Pills Make Her Gag: How to Swallow Big Pil…

    It can be hard to swallow big pills such as metformin for diabetes, magnesium oxide, fish oil or some antibiotics like doxycycline. Have you ever tried to get a large capsule down only to have it trig…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2022 4 Comments
    Grated Apple and Toast Calm Kids’ Diarrhea

    Loose stools are a common problem among babies and toddlers, and parents often search for simple effective treatments. When kids' diarrhea is severe, doctors usually recommend oral rehydration with a …

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2022 9 Comments
    Can Your Medicines Cause Insomnia?

    Tens of millions of people have trouble sleeping every night. Many just can’t fall asleep. Others fall asleep just fine but wake up after a few hours and have a hard time getting back to sleep. What…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2022 98 Comments
    NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Help…

    It is that time of year: sniffling, sneezing and snorting because of allergies. Such symptoms didn't used to be a big deal. During a time of COVID-19, though, people look at you with anxiety and trepi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 5, 2022 3 Comments
    Show 1300: How Vitamin D and Omega-3s Help Your …

    In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, we consider the benefits of two dietary supplements against autoimmune diseases. Although health care providers are sometimes skeptical about the val…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2022 95 Comments
    What Can You Do to Prevent Recurrent Urinary Tra…

    Have you ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI)? The symptoms are unpleasant, to put it mildly. First, you may feel a tremendous urge to pee. And when you do urinate, the burning sensation can be un…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2022 5 Comments
    Beware Kidney Injury From the Triple Whammy!

    Tens of millions of Americans are at risk for kidney injury. That's because they are taking a combination of drugs that researchers refer to as the "triple whammy" (Mathematical Biosciences, May, 2022…

    By: Terry Graedon May 5, 2022 12 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

    Do you think of chocolate as a sinful snack or a healthy bite? Chocolate candy itself probably should be considered sinful. It usually contains too much sugar to count as health food. The cocoa flavan…