The People’s Pharmacy Helps Save on Medical Costs

The People’s Pharmacy is everywhere

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The People’s Pharmacy has all kinds of great advice for unconventional but useful methods for treating common — and uncommon — maladies. For instance, did you know that Listerine wards off mosquitoes? That some dermatologists say you can get rid of warts with poison ivy?

So what exactly is The People’s Pharmacy? Well, it’s a web site. It’s a radio show. It’s a newspaper column. It’s a blog. It’s a line of books. It’s a podcast. It’s a newsletter. The medium isn’t important because it is every type of media. The important thing is, it’s a collection of “Honest, old-fashioned approaches that work!” and “Affordable alternatives to pricey pills!”

Dr. Everyone and the Graedons

So where does this information come from? It comes from everybody! Everyday humans ask questions, send in their tips for getting rid of heartburn or fending off an asthma attack without needing online cash loans to afford medicine. Medical experts contribute their thoughts as well through guest columns

Joe and Terry Graedon, a husband and wife team, review information and answer questions. Dave Korzon at Rambler Magazine says:

He’s the pharmacologist, the mercurial one, an in-your-face, quick-with-and-opinion-or-fact bulldog. She’s the medical anthropologist, a deep thinker, careful and precise with her comments.

Staying in business

Long before it was the multi-faceted information aggregate it has become today, The People’s Pharmacy was a best-selling book that was published in 1976. But the Graedons knew better than to stop there.

There’s more information flowing into the People’s Pharmacy every day. With their own expertise and their neverending supply of home remedies from readers and listeners, the People’s Pharmacy is an ever-growing source of information on all things health related. Here are some tidbits from The People’s Pharmacy.

Beware Benzophenon in sunscreen

Q. I am a breast cancer survivor and have heard that some sunscreens contain estrogen-like compounds. I cannot have anything that contains estrogen in or on my body, so I would like to know any brands to avoid and which brands are safe.

A. Benzophenone-3, also known as BP-3 or oxybenzone, has estrogen-like activity. We suggest looking for sunscreen that has physical blockers such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These have no known hormonal activity.

Home remedies for nail fungus

Q. I would like information on home remedies for toe nail fungus. I don’t care about my ugly nails but they bother my wife.

A. Home remedies are generally low cost and low risk even though they are not tested the way prescription drugs are. One involves swabbing the affected nails with hydrogen peroxide.

Tea tree oil and oregano oil are other options. Here is one reader’s experience: “Oil of oregano from the health food store can get rid of toenail fungus if used consistently. I had it for over 45 years in my big toe. My dermatologist told me it was impossible to get rid of since I’d had it for so long. It looked awful, but my manicurist told me about the oil of oregano and it worked.”

Cherries against joint pain

Q. I have heard that sour cherry juice can ward off gout attacks and help relieve arthritis pain. I cannot tolerate drugs like ibuprofen because of a sensitive stomach. When I asked my pharmacist about non-drug options he was clueless. Have you ever heard of cherries against pain?

A. Some data suggest that sweet cherries have anti-inflammatory activity that might be helpful against both gout and arthritic conditions (Journal of Nutrition; June, 2003 and April, 2006).
Both sweet and sour cherries block an enzyme (COX 2) that is active in inflammation (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Feb. 2009). One reader reported, “I have used tart cherry juice for over one year now and I am PAIN FREE! I had a hip replaced and then pain started flaring up in the other one. I also have moderate arthritis in my knees, which would throb at night. I took tart cherry juice every morning and saw results after the third week.”

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