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: Terry Graedon November 1, 2021 0 Comments
    Can Treated Licorice (DGL) Ease IBS Symptoms?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has long been a mystery to doctors. Sufferers experience cramps, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea and other digestive distress. Until recently gastroenterologists…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2021 17 Comments
    Coconut Cookies and Peppermint Oil Ease Irritabl…

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause a lot of misery in the form of stomach cramps, bloating, stomachaches and either constipation or diarrhea. Doctors are not entirely certain why some people dev…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2021 204 Comments
    Metformin (Glucophage) Side Effects & Compl…

    The fascinating compound called metformin was discovered nearly a century ago. Scientists realized that it could lower blood sugar in an animal model (rabbits) as early as 1929, but it wasn't until th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2021 5 Comments
    Probiotic Can Help Prevent C. Diff Due to Antibi…

    Have you ever experienced a bad bout of diarrhea after finishing a course of antibiotics? This reaction is not uncommon. Now, researchers are beginning to recognize that sometimes this problem is caus…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2021 20 Comments
    Psyllium Fiber Is Versatile Remedy

    Psyllium fiber has become a household name, especially in the brand name formulations where it is found: Konsyl, Metamucil, Nature's Way Psyllium, and dozens more. From the 1930s to the 1960s a produc…

    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 January 28, 2021 0 Comments
    Show 1244: Life-Saving Lessons for COVID-19 from…

    In 2014, an Ebola epidemic broke out in three countries of West Africa–Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Perhaps the first case was a toddler who became ill late in 2013, but it didn’t take long f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2021 6 Comments
    Raspberry Powder to Help Diarrhea from IBS

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a miserable condition. Although doctors can find no good explanation, IBS inflicts abdominal pain, gas, cramping, bloating and either diarrhea or constipation. Occasi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2020 10 Comments
    What Happened to Archway Coconut Cookies?

    For years, readers used to tell us that they used Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies as a remedy for diarrhea. Donald Agar was the first to discover this and share it with us. Many others agreed with hi…

    By: Terry Graedon July 29, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1222: How Can You Optimize Your Microbiome?

    The microbiome–the genome of our collective microbiota–has become a trendy topic in medicine lately. With more microbial than human cells in our bodies, it’s becoming clear we should think of ou…

    By: Terry Graedon July 27, 2020 15 Comments
    What Can You Do to Control Microscopic Colitis?

    If you had diarrhea every day, several times a day, you might be desperate for some way to control it. One reader presented us with this challenge: what can he do to stop diarrhea due to microscopic c…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2020 12 Comments
    Should You Worry About the Toilet Plume?

    If you have done any traveling over the past few years, you may have noticed some welcome changes in airport bathrooms. Many are now equipped with sensors that turn on the water faucets automatically.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 22, 2020 6 Comments
    Celiac Disease Diagnosis Is Not Just for Babies

    Until relatively recently (approximately the past two decades), doctors rarely offered a celiac disease diagnosis to an adult. They thought the condition was really quite rare and that it primarily af…

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2020 5 Comments
    Will You Have Better Poop With Blackstrap Molass…

    Some home remedies are perennially popular. Others are more unusual. Although we have heard from readers that blackstrap molasses can ease hemorrhoids, we were surprised when a reader reported that ta…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2020 7 Comments
    Did Clindamycin Lead to Terrible Diarrhea?

    For decades, doctors have known that the antibiotic clindamycin could cause terrible diarrhea. Back then, they called it "pseudomembranous colitis." Originally, they thought it was a bizarre side effe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 23, 2019 17 Comments
    Why Do People Fight About Coffee Cup Lid Contami…

    What is it about coffee cup lids that drives people to distraction? Some people could not care less, but others get very excited. This is not the sort of thing public health officials are likely to st…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2019 15 Comments
    Solving Problems With Both Constipation and Diar…

    Irritable bowel syndrome is a common digestive disorder, affecting between 25 million and 45 million individuals in the US. For many decades, gastroenterologists labeled this a "functional GI disorder…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2019 0 Comments
    All About KayaBiotics

    The People's Pharmacy radio show and podcast appreciates support from its sponsors. One of our sponsors is KayaBiotics, a German company that makes high-quality probiotics from all-organic ingredients…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2019 7 Comments
    Raspberry Powder to Fight Travelers’ Diarr…

    Whether you term it Delhi Belly or Montezuma's Revenge, travelers' diarrhea is no joking matter. You don't even have to be trekking through rough terrain in undeveloped places. Researchers recently fo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 7 Comments
    Can Antibiotic Help Post-Colonoscopy Problems?

    Colonoscopies save lives. The procedure in which a gastroenterologist examines the lining of the colon for pre-cancerous growths called polyps allows for early detection of colon cancer. In addition, …

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 16 Comments
    Clindamycin and C. Diff Infection: A Devil’s R…

    The FDA has a black box warning in the prescribing information for clindamycin (Cleocin). That represents the highest alert for physicians and patients about this antibiotic. It says in part: “Becau…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 8 Comments
    Research Supports Coconut Remedy to Stop Diarrhe…

    Have you heard of eating coconut cookies to control a bout of diarrhea? Here's the story behind this coconut remedy. Coconut Remedy for Chronic Diarrhea: Q. My husband suffered with diarrhea for many …

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 5 Comments
    Why Choose Certified Organic Probiotic Products?

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., recently announced that the agency will be “modernizing and reforming FDA’s oversight” of dietary supplements.  In essence, he has admitted that the F…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 7 Comments
    How Can You Avoid Norovirus?

    Norovirus, the plague of cruise ships, is also known as the winter vomiting bug. It is highly contagious and is starting to circulate this winter. Michigan is being especially hard hit. There are als…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2018 19 Comments
    C Diff Infections Are No Longer Limited to Hospi…

    C diff infections, caused by bacteria known as Clostridium difficile, were once thought to be limited to hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Such infections can cause severe, o…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2018 15 Comments
    Coconut Macaroon Cookies Cured Child’s Dia…

    Have you ever had acute diarrhea? Almost everyone has. You know how unpleasant the experience can be, even if it only lasts for a few hours. Millions of people suffer from chronic diarrhea. It can be …

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2018 41 Comments
    Will Artificial Sweeteners Harm Your Microbiota?

    Artificial sweeteners are extremely popular, since they appear to allow us to break the rules and enjoy sweet drinks or treats without gaining weight. The FDA has approved a number of artificial sweet…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 25 Comments
    A Deadly Clindamycin Side Effect | Wicked Diarrh…

    Over 5 millions prescriptions for the antibiotic clindamycin (Cleocin) are dispensed each year. This antibiotic has been available for almost 50 years. It is effective against a wide range of nasty ba…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 24 Comments
    Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New…

    Health professionals in the U.S. have been slow to embrace probiotics. European doctors have been recommending probiotics with antibiotics for a long time. For reasons that puzzle us, American physici…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 8 Comments
    Can You Fight Bacteria with Viruses?

    Antibiotic resistance has become a global concern. But Mother Nature has come up with a fascinating option for overcoming bacterial infection: viruses that fight bacteria. Using Viruses to Fight Bacte…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2018 13 Comments
    What Are the Best Drugs for a Desert Island Adve…

    Remember Robinson Crusoe? He was the protagonist in a novel written by Daniel Defoe that was published in 1719. Crusoe was stranded on a desert island for 28 years before being rescued. A modern versi…

    By: Terry Graedon March 12, 2018 14 Comments
    Is Acidophilus an Antidote for Dreadful Diarrhea…

    Diarrhea that comes and goes suddenly and unpredictably can be a serious problem even if it is not connected to a serious diagnosis. People who have this experience may become reluctant to leave home,…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2018 82 Comments
    People with IBS Worry about FDA Crackdown on Imo…

    Sometimes the FDA takes actions that make people nervous. Concerns about abuse of the anti-diarrhea drug loperamide (Imodium) have the agency considering restrictions on this over-the-counter product.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 25 Comments
    Can Kefir Help You Recover from an Infection?

    Have you been looking for a way to boost your immune system? Especially during the season when colds and flu are rampant, many people would like to know how to recover from an infection more readily. …

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 30 Comments
    Should You Worry About Germs on Your Coffee Cup …

    Do you pay attention when you visit your local coffee shop? Can you observe the person who fills your mug or places the lid on your paper cup? Does that person wear disposable gloves? We are constantl…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Poop Pills Stop Deadly Diarrhea?

    Doctors may soon be offering some of their patients with serious diarrhea a very unusual prescription: capsules filled with frozen poop from healthy people. Technically, of course, these poop pills co…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 5 Comments
    If Metformin Causes Diarrhea, Will Kefir Help?

    One of the most useful-and widely used-medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, is known to cause digestive distress for some of the people who take it. One reader found, however, that drinking the…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Coconut Macaroons Overcome Bad Diarrhea?

    We rarely know the source of home remedies, but we have tracked one carefully. The late Donald Agar wrote to us from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1998 to report a serendipitous discovery. He had foun…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 5 Comments
    Recurrent Diarrhea Is More Common, Harder to Tre…

    Clostridium difficile infections can cause life-threatening diarrhea. Experts estimate that half a million people contract C diff infections annually and nearly 30,000 die. Once people develop C diff,…