By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2022 1 Comments
    FDA Says Lose the Triclosan; Use Ordinary Soap a…

    Are you exposed to triclosan? Nearly a decade ago, the FDA told manufacturers they'd need to take it out of  antibacterial soaps, where it was a common ingredient. Some people liked the idea of avoid…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2021 25 Comments
    Do You Love Your Liver Enough?

    Most Americans have no idea where the liver is located or what it does. They generally ignore their livers until something goes badly wrong, such as cirrhosis or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Adm…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2019 9 Comments
    What Accounts for Blood Tests Showing Liver Fail…

    Liver failure is a frightening situation. This organ protects your body from toxins and provides many enzymes crucial to the digestive process. Consequently, when blood tests show liver failure, patie…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2019 4 Comments
    Does Fluoride Exposure Alter Kidney and Liver Fu…

    A study has raised questions about the safety of fluoride exposure, especially for adolescents (Environment International, Aug. 8, 2019). This is one of those chicken-or-egg-kind of studies. Fluoride …

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2019 22 Comments
    Which Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar Safely?

    Over the past 15 years, researchers have reported that cinnamon can amplify the effects of insulin and help cells respond more appropriately (Khan et al, Diabetes Care, Dec. 2003; Mang et al, European…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2018 7 Comments
    Warning: Adderall Led to Unexpected Liver Injury

    A wise patient asks about possible side effects before filling a new prescription. Sometimes, however, even that is not enough. One reader experienced a serious side effect, acute liver injury, that w…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Drinking Coffee Good or Bad for You?

    Over the years, researchers and health care providers have debated how drinking coffee affects health. Is your morning cup of java bad for you? Previous research from the UK found that coffee drinkers…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 5, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Improve Your Health with Chocolate

    Could you improve your health with chocolate? Despite widespread skepticism that chocolate could have health benefits, researchers keep uncovering evidence that it may. Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes o…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2016 48 Comments
    How Dangerous Are High Vitamin B12 Levels?

    Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) wasn't fully described until 1956. It is essential for the development of red blood cells. It is also critical for the brain. Myelin, the fatty sheath that surrounds neurons, d…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2015 14 Comments
    Cinnamon Plus Statins Could Be Extremely Harmful…

    A Trip to the ER A woman showed up in the emergency department at the Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Michigan "complaining of abdominal pain associated with vomiting and diarrhe…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2014 14 Comments
    Cinnamon Coffee Cake May Hurt the Liver

    Q. My husband is a pancreatic cancer survivor so he has regular blood work done for his oncologist. A recent blood panel result showed that his liver enzymes were very elevated. We had to figure out w…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2011 6 Comments
    Pain Relievers Pose Predicament

    There is bad news for people in pain. Those who have had a heart attack raise their risk of another if they take popular pain relievers such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), i…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2011 16 Comments
    White Poop Requires Urgent Attention

    People usually pay attention to their bowel movements and may become alarmed by a change in color. Often, even a dramatic shift in stool color is not a serious problem. Anyone who has eaten beet soup …