By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 0 Comments
    Show 1161: What Is the Evidence for Food as Medi…

    Angiogenesis–the growth and development of blood vessels in the body–may seem like an obscure topic. However, angiogenesis is a critical phase in the development of tumors. If it can be blocked wh…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 4 Comments
    Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting …

    For decades, public health experts have been admonishing Americans to cut the salt in our diets. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that we limit ourselves to 2,300 mg of sodium daily.…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2019 19 Comments
    Show 1125: How Can You Find Your Sleep Solution?…

    You may have read or heard that adequate sleep is a pillar of good health, like exercise and a healthy diet. Sleep affects blood pressure and heart disease, metabolism and obesity, the immune system, …

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2019 2 Comments
    Show 1159: Do Cold Sores Boost Your Risk for Dem…

    The past few months have produced some fascinating science stories from international sources. We interviewed two scientists in far-flung places to learn more about unexpected ways that microbes inter…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2019 9 Comments
    Show 1158: Will Hormone Disruptors Affect Your C…

    Over the last several decades, our environment has changed enormously. Comparing a playground in 1962 to the same playground in 2019 gives some sense of how thoroughly we have surrounded ourselves and…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 4 Comments
    Show 1157: Why Are You Never Home Alone?

    You may think your home is sparkling clean. But even a clean house harbors a host of small creatures that have a fascinating web of interactions with each other and with the humans who live there. Wha…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2019 7 Comments
    Show 1156: How the Microbiota in the Good Gut Ta…

    Research over the past few decades has revealed that we humans host a bewildering variety of invisible creatures, our microbiota. We can almost envision the collective genome of all these microbes, th…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Show 1155: Can Bacteriophages Save Your Life?

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been cropping up around the world. These superbugs cause serious problems, especially when they fail to respond to increasingly potent medications. One approach may …

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 21 Comments
    Show 1154: How to Take Good Care of Your Eyesigh…

    A national survey just a few years ago showed that Americans fear losing their vision more than they fear losing a limb, their hearing, their ability to speak or even their memory (Scott et al, JAMA O…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 12 Comments
    Show 1153: How to Listen to TV Drug Commercials

    If you watch television, you can’t avoid TV drug commercials for maladies from type 2 diabetes to auto-immune diseases like psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis to refractory cancers. Do you see these …

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 8 Comments
    Show 1152: Can You Conquer Your Cravings with Mi…

    Have you ever thought about how a bad habit gets started? You can blame the neural wiring and chemistry we share with all animals. When we do something that feels good in the moment, we remember it an…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Show 1151: What Was the First Immunotherapy for …

    Back at the turn of the 20th century, the only treatment for most types of cancer was surgery. When a young New York doctor lost his first patient to sarcoma despite treating her by the book, he began…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2019 20 Comments
    Show 1150: Should You Fire Your Doctor?

    Decades ago, the relationship between a patient and a doctor was often asymmetrical. The doctor decided what treatment was needed and issued “doctor’s orders.” Patients were expected to follow t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2019 16 Comments
    Show 1149: Is Cutting Carbs More Important Than …

    The diet wars have been raging for years. Each side has ardent proponents–those who insist that a low-fat diet is the best way to control weight and those who are convinced that a low-carb diet is b…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2019 27 Comments
    Show 1148: What Can You Do About Kidney Stones?

    Kidney stones afflict an estimated three million Americans each year, resulting in at least half a million trips to the emergency department. But what are they and what can you do about them? How do t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 31 Comments
    Show 1147: How Do You Control Your Cholesterol?

    What causes heart disease? There are a number of risk factors, including cigarette smoking, sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, diabetes and others. One well-known risk is high cholesterol. Has …

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2018 11 Comments
    Show 1063: How to Apply Emotional First Aid (Arc…

    Life is never completely smooth and easy. Along with bruised shins and skinned knees, we all experience hurt feelings from time to time. Perhaps we got left out of the game, or our best friend decide…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2018 29 Comments
    Show 1078: How to Have Good Digestion Without He…

    Millions of people take medicines like Prevacid, Prilosec or Nexium every day. But while such proton pump inhibitors may ease symptoms of heartburn, they can also lead to serious side effects. Dr. Phi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2018 6 Comments
    Show 1146: Why You Should Share Your Stories

    Facts are essential for scientific understanding. Stories are critical for wisdom, understanding the arc and meaning of our lives. Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, author of two wonderful books about stories, …

    By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2018 25 Comments
    Show 1145: Are Big Corporations Hacking the Amer…

    The distinction between pleasure and happiness might seem like a philosopher’s quibble. Fat Chance author Dr. Robert Lustig tells us why this difference is vitally important to our national wellbein…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2018 12 Comments
    Show 1144: New Ways to Heal Your Digestive Tract

    Heartburn is a common problem. Many people take powerful acid-suppressing drugs like Nexium or Prilosec every day to treat gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD. If untreated, chronic irritation of…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Show 1104: Why Compassion Is Key to a Good Life …

    In a cruel world, compassion might seem like a frivolous pursuit. But our guest expert argues convincingly that we need this emotion now more than ever, if only to keep from falling into despair. What…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1143: Can You Control Your Blood Sugar by F…

    Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in the US and around the world. Although endocrinologists consider it a chronic, progressive disorder, some experts have seen that it is potentially reversi…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2018 20 Comments
    Show 1142: What Is the Science Behind Home Remed…

    Over the years, we have heard about scores upon scores of home remedies for everything from arthritis to warts. Some make sense intuitively, while others seem silly. Most have never been subjected to …

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2018 8 Comments
    Show 1141: Which Health Risks Should You Worry A…

    Do you enjoy a glass of wine from time to time? If so, were you alarmed to read headlines last fall announcing that ANY amount of alcohol is problematic? Here’s how those headlines came about. The r…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2018 28 Comments
    Show 1140: How Can You Manage Arthritis Pain?

    More than 50 million adult Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis. While osteoarthritis is the most common form, there are many others, including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis …

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 23 Comments
    Show 1139: Will Supplements Keep Your Bones Stro…

    For years, people were urged to take calcium supplements to avoid losing bone density. This advice was aimed particularly at menopausal and postmenopausal women because they are especially susceptible…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 4 Comments
    Show 1138: What Are the Health Benefits of Yoga?

    Yoga has become extremely popular over the last few decades. You have probably seen photographs of fit-looking young people in stretchy clothing and improbable poses and wondered why they are so enthu…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1137: What Should You Know About Women̵…

    Viagra became a household name almost as soon as the drug was introduced. Before that, though, few men were willing to talk about erectile dysfunction. When it comes to women’s sexual health, we see…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 20 Comments
    Show 1136: Do You Really Need That Pill?

    Americans take a lot of medications. We appear to have adopted the advertising-based attitude that there is a pill for every ill. But while some medicines may be helpful or even essential in some circ…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1135: Who Do You Believe–the Experts or t…

    Doctors have been advocating evidence-based medicine for a few decades, but a surprising amount of medical practice is based on tradition. How can you sort out the value of evidence-based medicine fro…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2018 65 Comments
    Show 1105: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Be…

    Nails rarely get much medical attention. They just don’t seem as urgent as high blood pressure or diabetes. Despite this, nails are part of the way we present ourselves socially. Consequently, most …

    By: Terry Graedon September 6, 2018 37 Comments
    Show 1134: Can You Control Your Blood Pressure W…

    High blood pressure is an important risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. A recent change in guidelines urges doctors to treat people whose blood pressure would not have been considered particula…

    By: Terry Graedon August 30, 2018 22 Comments
    Show 1101: How You Can Use Essential Oils for Be…

    Plant-based oils often carry the scent of the plant. Plants may use them to attract insects, but people have found numerous uses for them as well. Some can be used in skin care, while others may be us…

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1100: What Is the Story on Celiac Disease? …

    At one time, doctors believed that celiac disease was extremely rare, that the few children who had it would outgrow it and that the symptoms were primarily digestive. We now know that none of these a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 16, 2018 35 Comments
    Show 1133: How Can You Overcome Migraine Headach…

    Nearly 40 million Americans know the nausea and throbbing pain of migraine headaches. This debilitating condition that can create one-sided head pain may make it difficult or impossible to carry on wi…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 21 Comments
    Show 1132: Are Infections to Blame for Alzheimer…

    With nearly six million Americans living with Alzheimer disease, this condition is a serious public health problem. It robs people of their memories, their ability to function independently and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 70 Comments
    Show 1131: Was Your Medicine Made in China?

    Do you know where your medicines come from? It can actually be something of a challenge to find out, because unlike shirts or apples, drugs do not have to be labeled with country of origin. As it turn…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 18 Comments
    Show 1130: Exploring the Hard Science of Self-He…

    Have you ever thought of your body as a machine and the doctor as its mechanic? It’s a common metaphor, but one that can get us into a lot of trouble. Machines can’t heal themselves, but our bodie…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2018 3 Comments
    Show 1129: Is Complementary Medicine Good for Ch…

    Complementary medicine has become popular in the US. Many people pay out of pocket for treatment by Ayurveda practitioners, massage therapists or chiropractors. Others take a range of herbs and other …