By: Joe Graedon January 13, 2022 6 Comments
    Amazing Benefits from Half a Tablespoon of Olive…

    We have been writing about the health benefits of olive oil for decades. A study in the January 18, 2022 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) suggests that as little as ha…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2021 6 Comments
    Are Plant-Based Spreads Better Than Butter?

    Ask a nutritionist if you should be eating a plant-based diet, and the answer is likely to be yes. Consuming more vegetables, more fruits, more nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains–it's all good fo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2021 13 Comments
    Is Lp(a) Contributing to Unexplained Heart Attac…

    Are physicians overlooking a key risk factor for heart disease? Could Lp(a) be contributing to unexplained heart attacks? Despite a concerted effort by the American Heart Association and over 30,000 c…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2021 21 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 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: 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 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: Terry Graedon November 18, 2021 79 Comments
    Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

    Health professionals just can’t seem to make up their minds about coffee. Is it good or really bad for you? They have been arguing about the pros and cons of coffee drinking for at least half a cent…

    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: Joe Graedon November 8, 2021 2 Comments
    Is Vazalore Safer for the Stomach Than Regular A…

    Aspirin can be hard on the digestive tract. Like other NSAIDs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen, it may cause indigestion, ulceration, bleeding ulcers or even perforation of the lining of the …

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2021 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…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2021 47 Comments
    Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

    Ask most people about their risk factors for heart disease and they will likely mention total cholesterol (TC), LDL-C (“bad”) cholesterol and HDL-C (“good”) cholesterol. Sometimes people even …

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2021 23 Comments
    How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

    Aspirin gets very little respect. Perhaps that's because it is well over 100 years old, or because it is inexpensive and available over the counter. Whatever the reason, it's our observation that peop…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 46 Comments
    If Statins Cause Diabetes, Why Should ALL Diabet…

    The guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are crystal clear. Middle-aged people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) should be on a statin-type choles…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2021 51 Comments
    The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the…

    Americans have been told for more than 50 years that they should cut back on salt. Doing so was supposed to help lower blood pressure. That in turn would theoretically reduce the risk of heart failure…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2021 19 Comments
    What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

    Nuts are not the dietary demons doctors once thought. There was a time when we were warned to stay away from nuts because they are high in both fat and calories. But nutrition researchers have found …

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2021 25 Comments
    OTC Statins? Crestor or Lipitor Without an Rx?

    Many years ago, a prominent cardiologist suggested on our public radio show that statins ought to be put in the water supply. His statement was likely tongue in cheek, but some physicians probably did…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2021 14 Comments
    Sauna Bathing and Its Health Benefits

    Finnish researchers have been studying the health benefits of sauna bathing for years. Now, a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews the evidence for cardiovascular and other health be…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2021 17 Comments
    Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

    Have you been told you have high blood pressure? Doctors recognize that untreated hypertension can increase your chance of developing heart disease, kidney damage or stroke. Consequently, you should t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2021 0 Comments
    Which Is Better for Blood Lipids–Low-Carb or L…

    There’s a new entry in the ongoing dispute between low-carb and low-fat diets. In the study, researchers recruited 164 overweight or obese individuals (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sept. …

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2021 91 Comments
    Has the Flip-Flop on Saturated Fat Made Your Hea…

    If you are not confused and maybe even exasperated over all the flip-flops about food in recent years, we would be amazed. For years, doctors and dietitians had a mantra for healthy eating: Stay away …

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 8 Comments
    How to Make Your Blood Fats Healthier

    Total cholesterol has probably been overemphasized as a single risk factor for heart disease. On the other hand, the fats that circulate in our blood vessels do have an impact on our heart health. Whi…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 5 Comments
    Will Prescription EPA Prevent Heart Attacks?

    Vascepa is a prescription pill containing one of the types of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil (eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA for short). This medication, icosapent ethyl, is prescribed for peopl…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2021 2 Comments
    How Well Do CAC Scores Predict Heart Attack Risk…

    Do you have plaque in your coronary arteries? Unless you have had symptoms that sent you to a coronary cath lab, you might not know. Over the last decade or two, though, doctors have used CT scans to …

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 21 Comments
    Are Full-Fat Milk and Cheese Really Risky?

    Health professionals and nutritionists have been telling people for decades that full-fat milk and cheese (as well as other dairy products such as yogurt) are bad for the heart. They were sure that th…

    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 September 2, 2021 2 Comments
    Getting Systolic Blood Pressure Under 130 Makes …

    How important is strict blood pressure control to prevent strokes, heart attacks and other adverse cardiac events? A large randomized, controlled trial from China confirms that getting systolic blood …

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 12 Comments
    You Are What You Eat: Is Your Diet Killing You?

    For years, researchers have sought to answer the question: Is our diet killing us? Unfortunately, too often what we eat and what we skip contributes to disease and death. We’ve all heard that what w…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 4 Comments
    How to Boost Your Cardiovascular Health with Coc…

    Thousands of years ago, native people in Mexico, Central America and the Amazon basin treasured cacao. That's the tree whose fruit is the source of cocoa and chocolate. In fact, they domesticated it s…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 6 Comments
    Is Inexpensive Food Undermining Public Health?

    Are US government agricultural subsidies undermining public health? A study several years ago suggested that people who eat a lot of foods made from subsidized crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and …

    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 26, 2021 6 Comments
    Are Pecans Good for Your Heart?

    Have you ever wondered whether your favorite food is good for your heart? If your favorite foods include ice cream and cookies, you don't have to wonder. The answer is a clear no. If you love oatmeal …

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2021 12 Comments
    Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much Is Enough and …

    The benefits and risks of alcohol consumption have been controversial for decades. Some studies suggest that “moderate” amounts of alcohol have health benefits. In other words, people who drink a …

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2021 0 Comments
    Is There a Link Between Statin Drugs and Gingivi…

    Doctors have been prescribing statin drugs to lower cholesterol for more than 30 years. Drugs such as simvastatin and rosuvastatin lower cholesterol very effectively. Consequently, millions of people …

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2021 4 Comments
    Bicycle Your Way to Avoid Heart Disease

    Spending time on a bicycle can help reduce the risk of heart attacks, according to a Danish study (Circulation, October 31, 2016). Danes Traveling by Bicycle: The researchers collected data on nearly…

    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 19, 2021 10 Comments
    Will Your Eyedrops Affect Your Heart Rate?

    As many as three million Americans have glaucoma, a condition that can damage the optic nerve and impair vision. Frequently, glaucoma is associated with increased pressure within the eye, which is why…

    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 3, 2021 3 Comments
    Tai Chi Can Help Control Waist Size

    Expanding waistlines are not attractive, but they're not just a cosmetic problem. Big bellies, also known as “central obesity” or "abdominal adiposity," are often linked with high blood pressure, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 0 Comments
    How a DASH Diet Can Protect Your Heart

    The DASH Diet—Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—has been shown to lower blood pressure. Numerous studies since 1997 have demonstrated its effectiveness against diabetes and depression as wel…