By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2022 248 Comments
    How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdr…

    Based on what we hear from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to this website, most patients are not warned about how to stop duloxetine (Cymbalta). Perhaps the prescriber assumes…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2021 13 Comments
    Can Grape Juice with Pectin Ease Your Joint Pain…

    Arthritis and joint pain are extremely common problems as we grow older. The pain itself can interfere greatly with your quality of life. On the other hand, because people suffer from joint pain frequ…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2021 13 Comments
    Will CBD for Pain Make You Fail the Marijuana Te…

    One lesson learned from the terrible opioid crisis of the past few years: a lot of Americans are in a lot of pain. With doctors increasingly reluctant to prescribe narcotics for pain relief, people ar…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2021 28 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    People with sore joints face a terrible dilemma. Pain interferes with quality of life. On the other hand, medications like diclofenac and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can make p…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2021 39 Comments
    How to Use Turmeric to Ease Your Joint Pain

    People with arthritis find themselves in a difficult situation. Trying to stay active and enjoy life when your joints hurt is a huge challenge. On the other hand, most of the medications such as NSAID…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2021 7 Comments
    Petting the Cat Almost Killed It!

    Most people rarely think about the topical medicines they put on their skin. Many folks believe that the skin is a barrier to drug absorption. Nothing could be further from the truth. We now know that…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2021 11 Comments
    The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterior…

    You have no doubt heard about “steroids.” By the way, this is a terrible term! It causes nothing but confusion. We promise not to overwhelm you with chemistry. The core structure of steroids can b…

    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 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 August 26, 2021 8 Comments
    Show 1270: How Your Microbiome Shapes Your Immun…

    In the middle of a pandemic, you probably want to know how well your immune system is functioning. Even more important, what if anything can you do to support it? Scientists have found that the microb…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2021 55 Comments
    What Can You Do for Your Knee Arthritis?

    You don’t have to be a baby boomer to suffer from knee pain. Plenty of younger people have pain that they can trace to overuse or to a specific injury. Older people also may be afflicted with arthri…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2021 9 Comments
    Will Boswellia with Turmeric Ease Your Joint Pai…

    Millions of us suffer with joint pain, and the older we get, the more likely we are to have achy knees or sore hips. It is little wonder, then, that there are many home remedies or dietary supplements…

    By: Terry Graedon July 19, 2021 14 Comments
    How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspir…

    Aspirin has been around over 100 years. It is one of the most versatile drugs in the pharmacy. It relieves pain, lowers fever and reduces inflammation. In addition, it has anti-platelet activity that …

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2021 13 Comments
    Do Steroid Injections Melt Bones and Weaken Join…

    Years ago, a physician shocked us by stating on our radio show that corticosteroids melt bones. We thought he was exaggerating. It turns out, however, that both oral corticosteroids and steroid inject…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2021 85 Comments
    How to Mix Certo and Grape Juice for Arthritis

    One of the oldest home remedies in the People’s Pharmacy pharmacopeia is a combination of Certo and grape juice for arthritis. Most people have never heard of Certo. That’s because home canning ha…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2021 7 Comments
    Will an Allergen-Free Diet Help Your Joint Pain?

    Would you like to find a way to reduce or control your joint pain? One of the fundamental principles for people with arthritis is to keep moving, but that can be hard when your knees creak or your hip…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2020 7 Comments
    Will Arthritic Dog Benefit from Boswellia?

    Is it safe to share your favorite joint remedy with your arthritic dog? That question is important, since dogs should never take at least one popular arthritis remedy for humans–gin-soaked raisins. …

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2020 5 Comments
    Will Indian Herbal Medicines Ease Your Arthritis…

    Many Americans who suffer from arthritis pain are caught in a difficult dilemma. Joint pain and stiffness interfere with their ability to to enjoy their usual activities. At the same time, common pain…

    By: Joe Graedon August 24, 2020 19 Comments
    Serious Side Effects of Voltaren Gel Are Scary!

    Many people, including some health professionals, believe that the skin is a great barrier to topical drugs. They assume that only a little bit of the medicine gets into the blood stream. We have lear…

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2020 16 Comments
    Will Raisins Solve Two Problems at Once?

    People can get pretty creative with home remedies. One reader has noticed similar recommendations for two completely different conditions: joint pain, and frequent nighttime urination. The question is…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2020 7 Comments
    Will CBD Oil Help Your Arthritis Pain?

    What do you do for your arthritis pain? Some people get by with pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen. Others embrace home remedies. The wide range of possibilities, from foods like tart cherries …

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2020 6 Comments
    Will Soap Under the Bottom Sheet Ease Foot Pain?

    For many years now, readers have been telling us that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet of the bed can help reduce leg cramps. Others report that soap between the fitted sheet and the mattr…

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2020 46 Comments
    OTC Voltaren Gel Is Now Available in the U.S.

    For years we have wondered why people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, the UK and many other countries could buy OTC Voltaren Gel (diclofenac) but Americans could not. People in the U.S. can …

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2020 5 Comments
    How Does Physical Therapy Compare With Steroid S…

    People who see a doctor for knee pain due to arthritis may be offered steroid shots into the joint. Other physicians might make a referral for physical therapy first. Both treatments work, but how do …

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2020 6 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Arthritis Pain?

    Have you wondered about the best diet for arthritis? Researchers have found that diet may play a role in the progression of knee osteoarthritis. Studying the Best Diet for Arthritis: The study of 2757…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2020 12 Comments
    What Can You Do to Control Arthritis Pain?

    Shelter-at-home restrictions have meant widespread cancellation of exercise classes. Participants miss their workouts, and they also miss the camaraderie and community they find in class. Some readers…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2020 3 Comments
    Do Green-Lipped Mussels Ease Arthritis Pain?

    Have you thought of taking a medicine that helps your dog or cat? Taking veterinary medicine could be a big mistake. People and animals may respond differently to medications. However, one couple was …

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2020 4 Comments
    Boswellia Boosted Pain Relief from Glucosamine

    We are puzzled by the research on supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin. These compounds have a reputation for easing joint pain. In Europe, they are prescribed as pharmaceuticals and meet c…

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1203: How Yoga Can Help You Age Gracefully

    Stress is nearly ubiquitous in modern life. We all know it isn’t healthy, but we may not have a lot of tools for escaping or alleviating it. People under stress may feel they don’t have enough tim…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2020 6 Comments
    Platelet-Rich Plasma: PRP Injections Helped Reso…

    Have you ever heard of platelet-rich plasma? Most people have not. PRP injections have been around since about 2000. They were initially used during dental surgery. More recently, PRP injections have …

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2020 3 Comments
    Can Ginger Reduce Blood Pressure & Soothe A…

    As we add additional birthdays to life's scorecard, we frequently start to notice more aches and pains. Arthritis can affect almost any joint in the body, and many people have problems with multiple j…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2020 9 Comments
    Will a PRP Injection Help Your Knee Arthritis?

    Millions of people suffer with pain in their knees due to osteoarthritis. They face a dilemma. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen may alleviate pain temporaril…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2020 11 Comments
    Is There a Better Arthritis Remedy If You Have D…

    People with arthritis often find themselves in a tough spot. Doctors prescribe medications such as diclofenac or meloxicam for joint pain. Possibly, the patients take over-the-counter pills such as ib…

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2019 2 Comments
    Can SAM-e Help Ease Your Back Pain?

    The pain of arthritis can be very difficult to manage. Arthritis does not take vacations. On the other hand, common pain relievers such as diclofenac (prescription), ibuprofen or naproxen can be dange…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2019 23 Comments
    Cortisone Injections Can Have Devastating Effect…

    What will the doctor offer you if you have a stubborn pain in a joint? Frequently, physicians turn to cortisone injections to ease the pain for a while. Before you agree to such treatment, make sure y…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2019 48 Comments
    Corticosteroid Injections in Joints Accelerate A…

    When athletes or older people with osteoarthritis develop joint pain, doctors frequently offer corticosteroid injections into the affected joint. Many clinicians have assumed that this treatment is sa…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2019 16 Comments
    Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have He…

    Are you fed up with flip flops? The latest U-turn on dietary supplements has to do with omega 3 fats. There was a time when Americans were told that little golden footballs containing some kind of fis…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2019 9 Comments
    Will DMSO Ease Your Aching Knees?

    What do you know about DMSO? This chemical solvent, dimethyl sulfoxide, was discovered more than 150 years ago. By the mid to late 1960s, people were experimenting with potential medical applications.…

    By: Joe Graedon September 16, 2019 21 Comments
    Golden Raisins in Gin: Placebo or Powerful Arthr…

    Are you a skeptic? Do you think all home remedies are nothing more than old wives' tales? Snake oil? Silliness? Or do you keep an open mind and wonder why such approaches are handed down from generati…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2019 7 Comments
    How Can Topical Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) Hurt Y…

    Many people assume that if you rub a medication onto your skin it doesn’t go very far. That’s why there is little concern about side effects from gels or creams such as topical diclofenac. But the…