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    By: Joe Graedon December 2, 2021 2 Comments
    Is the Oral Pill Paxlovid an Answer to COVID-19?

    The FDA is considering Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the oral drug molnupiravir to treat COVID-19. You can read the latest information on this antiviral medication at this link. Pfizer submitt…

    By: Joe Graedon December 2, 2021 19 Comments
    Molnupiravir: A Pill for COVID Could Be Here Soo…

    We first heard about EIDD-2801 in May, 2020. Researchers were trying to develop antiviral drugs against coronaviruses well before COVID-19 arrived. A study in Science Translational Medicine described…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2021 8 Comments
    Show 1282: How Climate Change Affects Our Health

    In September, more than 200 top medical journals around the world took the unprecedented step of publishing the same editorial. It was “Call for Emergency Action to Limit Global Temperature Increase…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2021 19 Comments
    Just How Scary Is Saturated Fat?

    Have you ever heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? It's not true. Many old dogs learn new tricks with the right training and motivation. It turns out that it could be a lot harder…

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2021 10 Comments
    Will We Have a Bad Flu Season This Year?

    Flu season is right around the corner and public health officials are concerned. They fear that influenza infections on top of COVID-19 could be a deadly combination. That’s why they are urging peop…

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2021 5 Comments
    Help Your Friends Subscribe to our Newsletter

    You probably found this post in your email inbox because you subscribe to our newsletter. Along with this post are several others, keeping you up to date on the health news stories for this week. We a…

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2021 23 Comments
    What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain…

    Java lovers appear to enjoy a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, Australian scientists discovered that coffee dri…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2021 2 Comments
    COVID-19 Lockdowns Slowed but Did Not Stop Sprea…

    Last year, while the world was locked down against the spread of COVID-19, lots of other transmissible conditions dropped nearly out of sight. The cold and flu season was extraordinarily light, for ex…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2021 240 Comments
    FDA Warning For Popular Cipro and Levaquin Antib…

    They're called fluoroquinolones (FQs) or quinolones for short. Tens of millions of prescriptions have been written for Cipro and Levaquin antibiotics. That's despite FDA warnings that doctors should o…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2021 147 Comments
    What Are the Best Remedies for Under-Breast Rash…

    Women rarely talk about one delicate problem that many of them experience. It is especially common when the weather is warm and humid. These conditions favor the growth of fungus under the breasts tha…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2021 9 Comments
    Taking Prostate Drug Abiraterone (Zytiga) with F…

    Should you take your medication with food or on an empty stomach? Many people don’t pay much attention to how they swallow their pills. That could be in part because very few folks ever talk to a ph…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2021 8 Comments
    Study Shows No Need to Shun Coffee to Keep Heart…

    Coffee has a bad reputation when it comes to irregular heart rhythms. Doctors often tell patients to avoid caffeinated coffee to keep their heart rhythm regular. A few recent studies contradict that c…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2021 18 Comments
    Is There a Way to Calm Hyperthyroidism?

    Underactive thyroid function is incredibly common. The government says 4.6% of the population experience hypothyroidism. We suspect it might be substantially higher. That’s because over 20 million …

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2021 58 Comments
    Certo and Grape Juice Loosened Stiff Knee

    People with arthritis know that most remedies have a trade-off. Pain relievers like naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) might help a stiff knee, but they could also boost blood pressure o…

    By: Joe Graedon November 25, 2021 13 Comments
    Why Are COVID Cases in Japan Disappearing?

    After nearly two years, COVID-19 remains mysterious. That’s largely because COVID case rates have fluctuated widely from country to country, with no obvious explanation. This week Austria, Germany, …

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2021 18 Comments
    Intermittent Fasting for Better Heart Health

    Intermittent fasting is getting more attention. Going without food for at least 12 hours and up to a day or longer has been promoted for weight loss and blood sugar control (Nutrients, Oct. 14, 2019).…

    By: Joe Graedon November 25, 2021 6 Comments
    Has COVID Stolen Your Sense of Smell?

    It looks as if we are experiencing the fifth wave of COVID-19. This darn virus is not done with us yet. We are averaging almost 100,000 new COVID cases daily. There is a 24% increase in cases over the…

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2021 8 Comments
    Show 1199: The Life-Saving Science of Spontaneou…

    Doctors rarely study spontaneous remissions from serious diseases. Why not? They are unpredictable, for one thing. For another, they are said to be exceedingly rare. Despite this, Dr. Jeffrey Rediger …

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2021 2 Comments
    What Is the Best Time to Go to Sleep?

    When do you go to sleep? Are you a night owl or an early bird? The answer to that question has implications for your risk of cardiovascular disease. Finding a Good Time to Go to Sleep: A new study in …

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2021 15 Comments
    Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common and challenging to treat. People who have IBS may feel incredibly frustrated because often doctors tell them there is no observable problem. All the same, they…

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh November 24, 2021 7 Comments
    12 Reasons Why Pharmacists Don’t Criticize…

    Marcia Angell, M.D., formerly Editor-In-Chief at The New England Journal of Medicine, writes in her highly acclaimed book The Truth About the Drug Companies (New York: Random House, 2004, pp. xvii-xvi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 14 Comments
    Does Red Yeast Rice Raise Blood Sugar Levels Lik…

    Many people are reluctant to take statins because of side effects like muscle pain and weakness. But their doctors are often quite adamant that they need to lower their LDL cholesterol. Sometimes peop…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 37 Comments
    Have You Lost Confidence in the FDA?

    We used to have a lot of confidence in the FDA. When we started writing about pharmaceuticals nearly 50 years ago, the agency was highly respected. It had mostly protected American children from the t…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2021 14 Comments
    Is Listerine a First Aid Kit in a Bottle?

    Some household staples are so versatile that people use them for nearly everything. Where would we be without baking soda and vinegar in the kitchen cupboard and Epsom salts or Vicks VapoRub in the ba…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2021 6 Comments
    Special Savings on Memory+ and Other CocoaVia Pr…

    How would you like to end 2021 with special savings on CocoaVia products? The company, which sponsors The People’s Pharmacy radio show and podcasts, is having its biggest sale of the year on all of …

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 9 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice For Chronic Diarrhea

    Chronic diarrhea is debilitating. Even if there is no serious medical condition causing liquidity, this condition can interfere with both work and leisure activity. In fact, people often tell us they …

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 89 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 November 22, 2021 13 Comments
    Does Popular OTC Antihistamine Increase Risk of …

    The Food and Drug Administration has been surprisingly silent about the possible risk of dementia associated with anticholinergic drugs. It has been our observation that once this federal agency appro…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2021 25 Comments
    Noxzema Relieved Eczema

    We have heard from numerous readers that Noxzema relieved eczema. Have you tried this old-fashioned cleansing cream for itchy, irritated skin? Testimonials That Noxzema Relieved Eczema: Q. I broke out…

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2021 3 Comments
    Show 1281: New Antiviral Pills and the Future of…

    Before this pandemic began, a small group of researchers were already paying close attention to coronaviruses and their potential for causing serious illness. Virus experts around the world recognized…