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The People's Pharmacy

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Empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options. 921997

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Empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options. 921997

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Yoga As Medicine

By Ginagina Smith - Aug 12 2019
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Just ordered it

Great Podcast!

By Michael20198 - Dec 30 2018
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I appreciate you all for sharing knowledge so we can all live healthier. Thank you Stay Blessed

iTunes Ratings

511 Ratings
Average Ratings
393
57
25
21
15

Yoga As Medicine

By Ginagina Smith - Aug 12 2019
Read more
Just ordered it

Great Podcast!

By Michael20198 - Dec 30 2018
Read more
I appreciate you all for sharing knowledge so we can all live healthier. Thank you Stay Blessed
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The People's Pharmacy

Updated 9 days ago

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Empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options. 921997

Rank #1: Show 1078: How to Have Good Digestion Without Heartburn Drugs (Archive)

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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. Philip Gorelick, spokesperson for the American Heart Association, describes the research linking these heartburn drugs to an increased risk of stroke. Alternatives to PPIs? What […]
Dec 20 2018
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Rank #2: Show 1089: How Plants Can Improve Your Sex Life (Archive)

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People around the world have learned how to use the plants in their vicinity to heal themselves and make life better. Not surprisingly, many cultures have found plants that can improve your sex life. What are they? The Medicine Hunter: Our guest is Chris Kilham, known as the Medicine Hunter. He travels to remote locations […]
Jun 23 2018
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Rank #3: Show 1020: How to Lose Weight Without Feeling Hungry (Archive)

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Many of us are aware we could be at a healthier weight. Perhaps we’ve even tried to drop some pounds but found that we were always feeling hungry and grumpy on a diet. Perhaps counting calories could help us lose weight for a while, but we gained it back again. Why Is a Low-Fat Diet […]
Apr 13 2017
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Rank #4: Show 1101: How You Can Use Essential Oils for Better Health (Archive)

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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 used for relaxation or to improve digestion. What Are Essential Oils? The volatile aromatic compounds found in plants […]
Aug 30 2018
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Rank #5: Show 969: Magnesium the Neglected Mineral

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Are you deficient in magnesium? Chances are you’ve never thought about it. Magnesium is a fascinating mineral that every cell in the body uses for a variety of activities. Yet very little attention is paid to this nutrient. Learn why magnesium is so vital and how to tell if your levels might be low. Which […]
Nov 06 2014
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Rank #6: Show 1104: Why Compassion Is Key to a Good Life (Archive)

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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 is compassion, and what does science have to do with it? The Science of Compassion: Compassion is a response to […]
Nov 22 2018
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Rank #7: Show 1015: Thyroid Mysteries, Controversies and the Latest Research

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The thyroid medicine levothyroxine (Synthroid) is among the top ten drugs dispensed in the US. The inevitable conclusion is that thyroid malfunction is extremely common. Even after diagnosis and treatment, however, many people continue to feel bad. Research has found a genetic basis that explains some people’s problems with levothyroxine. Would a new approach to […]
Dec 03 2015
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Rank #8: Show 1105: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Beautiful (Archive)

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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 people are quite concerned about the appearance of their nails. What should you know about keeping them healthy? Nail Problems as Red Flags: […]
Sep 13 2018
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Rank #9: 937 Paying Attention to Bladder Cancer

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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here’s what it’s about: We rarely hear about bladder cancer, but it is the fourth most common cancer of men in the U.S., and the toll it takes is underappreciated. We hear […]
Mar 01 2014
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Rank #10: Show 986: Treating ADHD Naturally

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An amazing number of American youngsters is considered to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In some states, CDC data show that more than 10 percent of school children carries this diagnosis. You will find a thorough discussion of the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and potential consequences of ADHD here. Alternatives to Ritalin The usual treatments for […]
Mar 19 2015
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Rank #11: Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

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Have your summer evenings outside been spoiled by the whine of a mosquito coming in for a bite? How do you deal with the resulting itch? Mosquito bites usually itch for a while and then go away, but some people suffer excessively. Do you have skeeter syndrome? Although it sounds fanciful, we actually found this term in a medical paper. Find out about the remedies people have used and share your own favorites.

How Do Anticholinergic Drugs Affect Your Brain?

Could the medicines you are taking contribute to cognitive decline? A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine has strengthened the link between certain drugs, termed anticholinergic medicines, and an increased risk of dementia. The study covered a quarter million Britons in primary care practices. Almost 59,000 of them had been diagnosed with some type of dementia. Comparing them to others of similar age without dementia revealed that those taking anticholinergic drugs were 50 percent more likely to develop difficulties with memory, concentration and judgment. Are you taking any medications that might hasten cognitive decline? (You can find a list of anticholinergic drugs here.)

Neuropathy Caused by Statins:

Statin medications lower cholesterol, so doctors prescribe them to a wide range of people at risk for heart disease. The questions of who should be taking statins and whether these medicines also carry some significant risks have been quite polarizing. Many physicians, especially cardiologists, think that the benefits of statins for most patients clearly outweigh the risks. Yet researchers continue to present evidence of potentially serious side effects such as long-lasting neuropathy (pain or lack of feeling due to nerve damage). The latest is German research published in JAMA Network Open this spring (May 31, 2019)

How do you make sense of the great statin debate? Have you taken statins and found them helpful? Or have you experienced side effects that loomed larger than the benefits?

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Our lines are open for your questions and comments this week. Call 888-472-3366 between 7 and 8 am EDT on Saturday, August 3, 2019. You can also reach us by email: radio@peoplespharmacy.com.

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Aug 02 2019
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Rank #12: Show 1060: How to Keep Your Relationship Healthy

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When two people join to form a family, they bring with them lots of habits and expectations based on the families they grew up in. Sometimes these constitute big differences, but more often they are little things. Who does the dishes? Do you agree on how that should be done? How can you keep those […]
Dec 02 2016
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Rank #13: Show 837: Prostate Cancer Puzzle

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One American man in every six is diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point, so it is not surprising that proposed changes to prostate cancer screening have created controversy. When the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended dropping the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test as a routine measure, many urologists and their patients protested. The […]
Dec 03 2011
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Rank #14: Show 1002: How Bowel Bacteria Affect the Brain

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Until fairly recently, no one was really interested in the denizens of the digestive tract except for a few gastroenterologists and a few more microbiologists. But now research has shown that the bacteria in our bowels form complex ecological systems, and interest in the microbiome has gone mainstream. Bowel Bacteria as a Source of Inflammation: […]
Aug 06 2015
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Rank #15: Show 680: Enjoying Sex After 50

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer is America’s most renowned sex expert. She shares her decades of experience answering questions on sex. What are the most common concerns facing couples? Is there hope for sex after 50? Can Female Sexual Dysfunction Be Overcome? The husband and wife team of Irwin and Sue Goldstein have blazed a trail for […]
May 17 2008
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Rank #16: Show 1099: How to Recognize and Overcome Eating Disorders (Archive)

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What could be more natural than eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full? That simple approach is far from easy for many people. Hunger and eating get disconnected in eating disorders. How can these complex problems be recognized and treated? How Common Are Eating Disorders? Many people think of anorexia nervosa […]
Jun 28 2018
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Rank #17: Show 1125: How Can You Find Your Sleep Solution? (Archive)

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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, cognitive function and mood. But if you can’t get enough sleep, that information is more frustrating than helpful. What is interfering […]
Apr 04 2019
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Rank #18: Show 1100: What Is the Story on Celiac Disease? (Archive)

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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 axioms are true and the story on celiac disease is different. What is it now, and why does it matter? […]
Aug 23 2018
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Rank #19: Show 1077: Dr. Andrew Weil on Drug-free Alternatives to the Meds You Take

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Americans are taking more pills than ever before. Last year we shelled out more than $400 billion for prescription drugs alone. Over-the-counter medicines are also extremely popular. But all those drugs also carry some risks. Around half a million people suffer serious adverse drug reactions every year. Are there drug-free alternatives that would help many common […]
Apr 27 2017
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Rank #20: Show 999: Meditation and Yoga as Tools for Health

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At one time, most Americans were mystified by meditation and wary of yoga. There is now increasing recognition that both meditation and yoga can have profound health effects. Meditation and the Brain How does meditation alter the brain? Our expert guests explain the significant physiological changes that happen at the level of the neurons, genes […]
Jul 16 2015
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