By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2022 2 Comments
    How Plants Like Thyme and Oregano Make Cancer-Fi…

    Researchers at Purdue University have unraveled just how plants like thyme and oregano make some of their bioactive compounds. Thymol, carvacrol and thymohydroquinone provide the characteristic flavor…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2021 69 Comments
    Can You Trust TV Ads for Cancer Drugs?

    If you watch any television at all, you know that prescription drug ads are pervasive. I find commercials that promote Humira for Crohn's disease, Dupixent for atopic dermatitis, Trulicity for type 2 …

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2021 7 Comments
    P&G Found Benzene in Aerosol Hair Products

    Procter and Gamble (P&G) announced another recall of products contaminated with benzene. This time it involves aerosol hair products including dry shampoo or conditioners under brands such as Auss…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 38 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: Joe Graedon November 15, 2021 3 Comments
    Why Put Aluminum or Benzene In Your Armpits?

    Did you read about the latest findings from Valisure? Last week we reported that this testing laboratory found benzene in a whole bunch of antiperspirants and deodorants. You can read about it here. B…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2021 7 Comments
    Valisure Identifies Benzene in Antiperspirant Bo…

    Valisure has just announced that it has: “…tested and detected high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of antiperspirant body sprays…” According to Vali…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2021 0 Comments
    Joe is Hosting A Webinar on Contamination in Con…

    Friends, I have been asked to moderate a Webinar this coming Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at noon Eastern Time. I think you will find it of interest. The title is: "Contamination in Consumer Products: …

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2021 21 Comments
    Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

    How many steps do you take a day? During the pandemic, stay-at-home orders might have made it difficult to take a nice long walk and get your step count up. However, a systematic review shows that fit…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2021 3 Comments
    Why Should You Eat Colorful Veggies?

    Your mother and possibly your grandmother probably told you to eat your vegetables. But did they tell you to relish colorful veggies most? We now have more information on their benefits and exactly ho…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2021 1 Comments
    Does Vitamin D Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

    Colorectal cancer rates have been declining since the mid 1980s. That may be due in part because of regular screening through colonoscopy. However, scientists have previously found evidence that vitam…

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2021 0 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Cancer Survivors?

    Does it matter what you eat after you’ve been treated for cancer? A new study of 1400 German people who had survived colorectal cancer treatment has clarified the best diet for cancer survivors. Fin…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2021 45 Comments
    Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

    We are reposting this article because there were problems with it "jumping" in our "This Week at the People's Pharmacy" newsletter. We hope this version is more readable. We apologize for the inconven…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2021 7 Comments
    The Zantac – Ranitidine Weirdness Just Got Str…

    If you have been reading this newsletter, you know that one of the most popular acid-reducing drugs in the world became embroiled in a carcinogen controversy over two years ago. That's when a pharmacy…

    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: Terry Graedon July 15, 2021 26 Comments
    How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

    Nutrition experts have long been advising us to eat whole grains, and epidemiologists have evidence that getting three servings of whole grains daily can reduce the chance of an early death. In fact, …

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2021 6 Comments
    What Is the Benefit to Eating Black Walnuts?

    Have you ever seen black walnuts? When they fall off the tree, they are surrounded by large green fruit husks that are very tough. Both those green balls and the leaves have a pungent aroma. Is it wor…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2021 3 Comments
    Should You Worry About Benzene in Some Sunscreen…

    In 1988 a song by Bobby McFerrin reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was titled “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” This mantra has been adopted by chemical companies, pharmaceutical manu…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2021 29 Comments
    What Are the Alternatives to Colonoscopy?

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among American adults. If it is detected early, before it spreads, colorectal cancer can be treat…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2021 60 Comments
    You Have Likely Been the Victim of Diagnostic Mi…

    Americans are generally unforgiving when it comes to mistakes. If a bank teller shortchanged you on a check, you would squawk, right? If the expensive fish you purchased was spoiled when you unwrapped…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2021 8 Comments
    Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Di…

    Have you ever had horrible heartburn or a really bad bellyache? Most of us have experienced digestive distress at one time or another. When do you need to seek medical attention for your problem? What…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2021 36 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Nuts Live Longer?

    Were you ever told not to eat too many nuts because they are so high in calories and fat? Perhaps instead you have heard that nut consumption is associated with longer life. Do people who eat nuts rea…

    By: Joe Graedon March 25, 2021 4 Comments
    Some Hand Sanitizers Are Contaminated with Benze…

    Hand sanitizers have become ubiquitous in homes, doctors’ offices, supermarkets, banks and dozens of other establishments. There have been problems with some products that were contaminated with met…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2021 6 Comments
    Show 1250: Antimicrobial Resistant Infections Co…

    Everyone is weary of the coronavirus pandemic and ready to be done with it. So the news that a new pandemic is already slowly unfolding is unwelcome. But unless we pay attention and do what we can to …

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2021 8 Comments
    Is Zantac – Ranitidine and Cancer the Tip of t…

    There was a time when Zantac (ranitidine) was the world’s most successful drug. This heartburn and anti-ulcer medicine hit the market in 1983. It was a cash cow for Glaxo, earning billions. We heard…

    By: Joe Graedon January 18, 2021 39 Comments
    How to Keep Cancer from Spreading by Taking Aspi…

    Cancer remains our number two killer, just behind heart disease. Far too many people die each year from cancer of the breast, prostate, colon and lung. What can be done to prevent tumors or keep cance…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2021 1 Comments
    New Ways to Detect Thyroid Cancer

    Thyroid cancer is less common than many other varieties of cancer, such as breast, colon or prostate cancer. Over the last several years, more people have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, possibly …

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1228: Why Clinical Trials Matter for COVID-…

    Until December of 2019, doctors had no experience with pandemic that has now killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world. As the infection raced from country to country, they tried a lot o…

    By: Terry Graedon September 7, 2020 9 Comments
    How Can You Manage Opioid-Induced Constipation?

    Opioids have gotten a bad name over the last several years because so many users have overdosed and died. But people have been using these drugs, also known as narcotics, for millennia. The ancient As…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1170: What Makes Your Immune System an Eleg…

    This show first aired in June, 2019, before anyone had heard of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. Today, understanding how your immune system works to overcome an infection is more important than ever. Just how…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2020 3 Comments
    Bayer Settles Roundup Litigation for Up To $10.9…

    Have you ever tried to pull up weeds? It’s slow, painstaking work. Anyone who has attempted to get rid of weeds in a lawn, walkway or garden knows that it is a lot easier to spray with a weedkiller.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 25, 2020 3 Comments
    Missouri Court Slashes Baby Powder Damages for J…

    An appeals court in Missouri reduced the baby powder damages Johnson & Johnson must pay women who sued the company. The plaintiffs claimed that using the company’s baby powder containing talcum …

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2020 7 Comments
    Which Metformin is OK and Which is on the FDA’…

    Is the FDA facing another scandal? It was not that long ago that the agency was announcing massive recalls of popular “sartan” blood pressure medications such as irbesartan, losartan and valsartan…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2020 5 Comments
    Reducing Cancer Risk With Vitamin D and Magnesiu…

    Scientists have linked low levels of vitamin D to a higher risk for cancer, especially colorectal cancer. What do they say about minerals? Is there a role for them in cancer prevention? A new study pu…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2020 6 Comments
    Can You Prevent Colorectal Cancer With Aspirin?

    For years, doctors have been debating the pros and cons of aspirin. They have long known that this old drug can cause serious gastrointestinal irritation. But epidemiologists have also noted that regu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2020 4 Comments
    Is Aspirin a Miracle or a Menace?

    Here’s a quick drug quiz: How many medicines do you know that are over 120 years old, are readily available and cost a few pennies a pill? And that’s for the brand, not the generic. As far as we c…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2020 4 Comments
    Will Statin Drugs Help Fight Cancer?

    Many people take statin drugs to control their cholesterol. Now researchers at Johns Hopkins have found evidence that statin drugs may also help kill cancer cells (PNAS, Feb. 25, 2020). Statin Drugs A…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2020 1 Comments
    Can You Manage Your Blood Sugar Naturally?

    Metformin is a first-line medication for people with type 2 diabetes. Although doctors also prescribe it for different disorders, from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to prostate cancer, the majori…

    By: Joe Graedon February 24, 2020 16 Comments
    Prednisone Withdrawal: Can You Ever Stop Cortico…

    Corticosteroids are powerful double-edged swords. One side of the blade is beneficial. It can save lives. The other side can do incredible harm. Balancing the benefits against the risks of drugs like …

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2020 7 Comments
    Show 1200: Making Sense of Changing Nutritional …

    Why is nutrition advice so controversial? Often, it seems as if food fights are the fiercest disagreements in medicine. Have you had trouble making sense of changing nutritional guidelines? Changing N…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2020 7 Comments
    Is It Really Risky to Eat Red Meat?

    Last fall, a series of research papers published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that people who eat red meat are not more likely to die prematurely from heart disease or cancer than thos…