• Will Hot Water Help You Move Your Bowels?

    In years past, people put a lot of emphasis on regularity. They thought a bathroom visit every day, preferably first thing in the morning, was essential to good health. Some folks had their favorite tricks and remedies to ensure that. Certain individuals favor coffee, but others have found that a cup of plain hot water […]

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Cause Cognitive Problems

    As people grow older, they may begin to have difficulty with memory or complex cognitive tasks. The family might chalk the problem up to encroaching dementia due to aging. In some cases, though, cognitive decline could be caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Older Adults: Q. My husband (age 70) was just […]

  • Will Soy Sauce Ease Your Burn Pain?

    If you have ever had hot liquid splash on your hand accidentally, you’ve looked for a burn remedy. Holding the singed fingers under cold tap water is the recommended first aid, but it may ease your burn pain only while you are standing at the sink. Have you ever tried soy sauce? Many readers swear […]

  • Why Aren’t Docs Outraged by Inadequate Generic Drug Approval?

    Doctors, pharmacists and nurses are directly responsible for patient care. They prescribe, dispense and oversee treatment. Why aren’t they more concerned about generic drug quality? We are confounded by the seeming indifference of health professionals to patients’ complaints about generic drug quality. Now, a new book, Bottle of Lies, confirms that there are huge gaps […]

  • How Can You Prevent Tick Bites?

    As we move into summertime and look forward to outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and camping, people start to worry about Lyme disease. While this infection can be serious, it is not the only disease that ticks can transmit. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis and babesiosis are also serious concerns. In addition, a bite […]

  • Decongestant Spray Addiction is Hard to Kick

    When your nose is stopped up because of a cold or allergies, you feel awful. Breathing through your mouth when you are trying to sleep can be especially challenging. It’s hardly surprising that people frequently turn to nose sprays to open up congested sinuses. Few people bother to read the warning about the three-day limit. […]

  • Generic Furosemide Disappoints | How to Afford Lasix?

    Ask any doctor about the importance of furosemide (Lasix) and you are likely to get an earful. The FDA approved this diuretic in 1966. It is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organization. Physicians rely on furosemide to treat edema (fluid buildup). This becomes critical for patients with congestive heart failure, kidney disease […]

  • Show 1169: What Are the Problems with Generic Drugs?

    You may not be aware that the vast majority of medications Americans take are generic drugs. This helps hold down the costs that patients have to pay, especially if you are taking one of the medicines offered for an extra-low rate, like $4 a month, at a big-box store. That certainly sounds great, unless you […]

  • PPIs are Safe! New Study Contradicts Prior Research

    Prepare for whiplash. Last week we reported on a large VA study using medical records from 150,000 veterans (BMJ, May 30, 2019).  It showed that people taking proton pump inhibitors to suppress stomach acid were at increased risk of premature death. Complications included kidney disease, cardiovascular events and infections. You can read the details of […]

  • Warfarin and Green Leafy Vegetables Can Be OK

    For decades, patients taking the anticoagulant warfarin, known by the brand name Coumadin, have been admonished to be very careful about consuming foods rich in vitamin K. That’s because too much vitamin K could theoretically counteract the blood thinning properties of warfarin. In practice, this meant that many patients were told that warfarin and green […]