By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 90 Comments
    Unexpected Benefits and Risks of the Moderna Vac…

    When most people think of the Moderna vaccine, all they are interested in is how well it will protect them from being hospitalized with COVID-19. After all, that is why it was invented. We now know wi…

    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: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 39 Comments
    Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral?

    The body needs minerals to function. Without adequate levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium we would perish. Doctors often encourage patients to cut back on sodium and increase calcium. P…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2021 44 Comments
    Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and …

    Tens of millions of people take statins such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin. Most physicians acknowledge that they have patients who complain about muscle pain …

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2021 21 Comments
    Can Tonic Water Banish Your Muscle Cramp Pain?

    What do you do for muscle cramp pain? Some people use massage, and others swallow a spoonful of yellow mustard. By far the most popular preventive used to be quinine tablets. At one time, doctors woul…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2020 3 Comments
    Can COVID-19 Symptoms Last for Weeks?

    After a recovery, how long do COVID-19 symptoms last? Although we are now about ten months into this pandemic, we simply don't have enough information to answer that question definitively. Researchers…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2020 14 Comments
    Can CoQ10 Prevent statin-associated muscle sympt…

    Did you know that doctors have a name for statin-associated muscle symptoms? It’s called SAMS. You would be surprised how much controversy exists around this adverse reaction. Many clinical trials s…

    By: Joe Graedon December 16, 2019 15 Comments
    Statins Can Cause Myositis: A Serious Statin Sid…

    Here's a question for you. What is the difference between myopathy, myalgia and myositis? We're not surprised that you don't have an easy answer. We bet a lot of health professionals would have troubl…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2019 1 Comments
    Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor…

    Do you know which foods might react badly with your medications? You might not, especially if your pharmacist didn't give you specific information. When you look online, you can find conflicting infor…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2019 12 Comments
    How Liquid Soap Gives Quick Relief from Leg Spas…

    If you have ever had leg cramps, you know that these muscle spasms can be extremely painful. There is no standard medical treatment for this problem, partly because the cause is not well understood (E…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2019 1 Comments
    Simvastatin and Muscle Pain: Beware Rhabdomyolys…

    No one argues that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs like atorvastatin, simvastatin or rosuvastatin can cause muscle pain (myalgia). What is controversial, though, is how common this complication…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 58 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Myositis? A Devastating Muscle …

    For years we have been receiving tragic stories from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to our website. They reported a debilitating myositis muscle condition after taking statins…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2018 1 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Hormone Imbala…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen are “the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs worldwide (Nature Reviews Endocrinology, July, 2016). People assume that if the FDA permits OTC sale, such products m…

    By: Joe Graedon October 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Olive Juice Cures Muscle Cramps like Magic

    We have written extensively about muscle cramps over the years. Physicians have no FDA-approved drugs for this problem. As a result, people have searched high and low for home remedies. They have rang…

    By: Joe Graedon May 29, 2017 65 Comments
    Busting Myths and Offering Unique Leg Cramp Reme…

    Have you suffered from muscle cramps after exercise or overnight? Many readers have shared unusual leg cramp remedies over the years. Several years ago, we spoke with a neuroscientist who explained wh…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 24 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    Regular exercise is considered essential for good health. The benefits include weight control, diabetes prevention, blood sugar management, blood lipid control, improved mood, better sleep and a reduc…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 24 Comments
    Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes and…

    Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 23 Comments
    How Safe Are Topical NSAIDs Like Voltaren Gel?

    When the FDA allowed drug companies to sell NSAIDs over the counter we were concerned. That's because drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) came with some pretty serious si…

    By: Terry Graedon June 30, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Fight Sore Muscles with Powdered Cherries

    In previous studies, tart cherries or Montmorency cherry juice improved performance and helped marathon runners recover faster (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, online May 11…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2014 32 Comments
    How Long Do Drug Side Effects Last? For Some, Pe…

    When most physicians prescribe medications, they may not realize they could be in danger of violating the Hippocratic principle to first do no harm. That's because virtually every drug has the potenti…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2013 33 Comments
    Does Your Turmeric Supplement Fall Short? Many D…

    Q. I heard somewhere that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent. I cannot find a reference for the dosage. I am wondering which turmeric to try. I am a 52-year-old female runner with a persistently s…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2013 61 Comments
    Severe Muscle Weakness Improves After Stopping S…

    Q. I am 44 years old and took simvastatin for five years. I was very active and full of energy before taking simvastatin. Gradually, I lost strength in my body, especially in my left leg. I could hard…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2013 4 Comments
    Ice Bath No Benefit for Sore Muscles

    Athletes have long been advised to ice their sore muscles and joints after a strenuous workout. A new study from the University of New Hampshire suggests that such a regimen may not be all that effect…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2012 3 Comments
    Cocoa Boosts Muscle Mitochondria

    A clinical trial at the University of California, San Diego, revealed a new benefit of dark chocolate. Five people with type 2 diabetes and advanced heart failure had the mitochondria in their muscles…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2012 9 Comments
    Massage Reduces Muscle Inflammation

    Athletes appreciate the relaxation provided by a good massage. A study from McMaster University in Canada has demonstrated that people suffering with chronic inflammation can also benefit greatly. A 1…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2007 31 Comments
    Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs and Muscle Pain

    Q. I have read about how people experience muscle pain with Zetia and statin-type cholesterol drugs. That happened to me as well. My doctor prescribed TriCor instead and it has lowered my cholesterol …