It’s cold season and products that claim to prevent or significantly shorten colds are flying off the drugstore shelves.
The best strategy to prevent a cold is to
wash your hands frequently.
Still, the advertisements for such products are both pervasive and persuasive. But are they worth buying?
Vitamin C and zinc are the supplements used in most of these products. You can buy them in capsules, lozenges, …
read on Black licorice health hazards
It’s coming up on Halloween and I know lots of people who love to decorate with black licorice candies. They even like the taste (which I definitely do not!).
But every year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes
a public safety message about the possible health hazards of black licorice.
Why is it unhealthy? And which products should be avoided?
Licorice comes from a root …
read on Stick to the basics and buy generic
Everyone has a home pharmacy or medicine cabinet: a drawer or cupboard or box where they stash all their over-the-counter (OTC) products and prescription medications.
Bathrooms are the worst place to store medicine. The above-average temperatures and moisture cause drugs to break down faster.
My home pharmacy is a small basin in a kitchen cupboard. I purposefully chose a small container so I …
read on To screen or not to screen
That is the question women are asking (well,
I’m asking). But there is no clear answer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, aka
Pinktober. The news and social media are already broadcasting the message “Mammograms save lives.”
That simplistic platitude isn’t enough. Do screening mammograms really save lives? What do the numbers tell us?
Cancer screening has become a huge business in our …
read on What do topical pain relievers do?
A few weeks ago I posted about
how to save money on oral over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Then I decided to look into topical pain relievers. This post provides an overview of what’s available, and how to choose the right one and save money.
I was totally surprised at the scope of products available online and at the drugstore! …
read on Head lice: a back-to-school nuisance
Head lice and their eggs (nits) are a frequent irritation for school children and their parents.
Because they spread through person-to-person contact and by sharing personal items like hats and hair brushes, head lice are especially widespread in the fall and winter months.
super lice, or head lice that are resistant to conventional treatments permethrin and pyrethrum, are now common in at least … read on Talk to your doctor first!
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study last week that shows the risks of a daily baby aspirin may outweigh the benefits, at least in patients older than 65.
I’ve known a lot of people, however, who started taking a daily baby aspirin on their own, without checking with their health care providers first.
Over the last few years there have been …
read on Healthy guts need healthy bacteria
ruptured appendix my husband was on antibiotics for almost a month. His surgeon, physician and several nurses all suggested he take probiotics to help restore his gut’s healthy bacteria. The surgeon even recommended a popular brand of probiotics on Amazon.
“No problem,” I told them all. “My husband loves to ferment and makes his own probiotics—kefir, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut, ginger ale, etc. Our …
read on The two main OTC pain relievers
If you browse pain relievers online, or walk down the pain relief aisle at the drug store, you see dozens of different boxes and bottles.
Their labels may promise to treat specific pains, such as headaches, back pain, migraines, menstrual cramps, arthritis or muscle aches.
But there are really only two types of pain relievers found over the counter: NSAIDs and acetaminophen.
Save money …
read on The Nanodropper—an innovative eyedropper
Drug companies will hate the Nanodropper. And that, of course, makes me like it. 😉
If you use expensive prescription eye drops, or want to hear about another way drug manufacturers squeeze money out of us, you may be interested in the Nanodropper.
Last year, the consumer watchdog group,
ProPublica, did a of drug companies using eyedroppers that … piece on the wasteful and costly practice read on