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Best Choices from the People's Pharmacy: What You Need to Know Before Your Next Visit to the Doctor or Drugstore

Best Choices from the People's Pharmacy: What You Need to Know Before Your Next Visit to the Doctor or Drugstore [Kindle Edition]

Joe Graedon , Teresa Graedon
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From the New York Times bestselling authors of The People's Pharmacy, a reliable resource for remedies and treatment

After more than three decades as one of the world’s premier sources for authoritative, trustworthy health information, The People’s Pharmacy delivers its most groundbreaking resource yet, identifying best-choice treatments for the medical conditions that smart health-care consumers most want to know about. 

What makes a treatment a “best choice”? The designation draws on a combination of factors, including effectiveness, safety, and cost. Depending on the condition, the best choices may be home remedies, lifestyle strategies, herbal or nutritional supplements, over-the-counter or prescription drugs—or, in many cases, a combination of all of these.

Best Choices from The People’s Pharmacy is the first book to present such a wide range of treatment options and evaluate them side-by-side. Inside you’ll find:
  • Remedies for dozens of health concerns, from acne to weight loss.
  • Thumbnails that offer at-a-glance descriptions of the best choices—complete with vital information on possible side effects and approximate cost.
  • Remedy ratings that allow you to compare the treatment options for each condition with ease.
  • The People’s Pharmacy Favorite Picks—a selection of self-care strategies, tested and recommended by People’s Pharmacy fans.
Best Choices from The People’s Pharmacy is the latest work from Joe and Terry Graedon, whose incisive investigation and reporting of all aspects of health care has earned them a worldwide audience. The Graedons have culled their best choices through careful review of current scientific research as well as testimonials from their legion of People’s Pharmacy readers and listeners. And they present these treatments to you in the accessible, practical style that The People’s Pharmacy is acclaimed for. Armed with this information, you can make the best choice for you.


Shares recommendations for treating fifty common medical conditions using alternative methods, in an alphabetically organized reference that rates various options for affordability and effectiveness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1265 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 1 edition (12 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #540,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 12 Aug 2012
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Both myself and the rest of the family use it. I have even taken it to my friend's and now she is considering buying one of her own to share with herfamily
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have guide to health for everyone 18 Nov 2006
By John M. Grohol - Published on
I have the Graedons' original 'The People's Pharmacy' and always found it a useful and helpful book. When I discovered they published this book which reviews the usefulness of a wide range of treatments for common health and mental health ailments (such as acne, allergies, depression, foot odor, insomnia, weight loss and more), I got it also and was not disappointed. This is a great reference, written in a down-to-earth manner, reviewing the most useful, best treatments for 2 dozen conditions. It gave me information I didn't know or even think to try. A must-have for everyone.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 8 April 2007
By DR - Published on
I have been trying for years to take charge of my health with preventive measures. This book is organized by the health concern and then gives not only comments about prescriptions for that health concern, but also herbs/foods that may help. I lowered my blood pressure by following the advice in the book, and am now ordering two more copies for friends.

This book is worth the money, several times over.
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graedons are Best for writing Best Choices 16 Nov 2006
By Charles W. Smith - Published on
Joe and Terry Graedon have a unique and important perspective. They are only interested in what patients confirm works for them, not what drug companies or marketing hype is saying. I consider this a very well written, important book and is a "must have" for anyone interested in self care. Joe and Terry do a great job of discussing both traditional and alternative therapies. They have an easy to read writing style and use lots of tables and graphs to illustrate their points.
109 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Choices from the People's Pharmacy 5 Nov 2006
By disillusioned pharmacist - Published on
I've been reading the Graedons' "People's Pharmacy" books since I graduated from pharmacy school in the mid 1970s. "Best Choices" is my favorite. Their chapter on generic drugs is worth the price of the book.

The issues surrounding generic drugs are endlessly fascinating. Pharmacists like generic drugs because the mark-up is better than on brand name drugs. Insurance companies love generic drugs because generics save the companies a ton of money. As a taxpayer, I'm happy that federal and state governments embrace generic drugs. I'd hate to be taxed to pay for exclusively brand name drugs for Medicare Part D, and for the Veterans Administration, and for Medicaid programs, etc. I like the fact that the government embraces generic drugs because that holds down my taxes. But as a consumer, I prefer brand name drugs.

One of the fundamental tenets of capitalism is that price determines quality. You get what you pay for. That's why tires for your car with a 80,000-mile treadlife warranty cost much more than tires with a 25,000-mile warranty. When you go to a supermarket, do you buy the store brand of green beans or do you prefer Green Giant or DelMonte? Are you happy when your automobile mechanic uses a brand of motor oil you've never heard of, or do you prefer that he uses Valvoline or Havoline? If you need a pacemaker for your heart, wouldn't you want the absolute finest on the market? If you need a drug to control a heart arrhythmia, would you be wise to accept a generic? The examples are endless but the point is the same. Can you be assured of quality when the cost of a generic product is half the price of a brand name?

The Graedons point out that the FDA is grossly understaffed and that the chances are frighteningly small that the FDA will actually pull and test a drug sample from a pharmacy shelf or even from the plant where the drugs are manufactured.

Belief in the quality of generic drugs is, in my opinion, based more on faith than science. Too many powerful groups have a vested interest in the perception that generic drugs are as good as brand name. I'm not making the case that we as a society embrace brand name drugs and discard generics. Quite to the contrary. Americans are grossly overmedicated, in no small part as a consequence of direct-to-consumer drug advertising on TV and in newspapers and magazines. Americans would do well to embrace prevention and let pharmaceuticals return to their proper role in society, important but far more limited. I do everything in my power to prevent illness, but when I do need a drug, I prefer a brand name, especially when it's used to treat a serious medical condition.

The Graedons have been enthusiastic supporters of generic drugs for decades but have lately begun to have second thoughts. They cite an increasing number of letters from readers of their newspaper column who have less than satisfactory results with generic drugs. Patients who are well-controlled on the anti-seizure drug Dilantin suddenly begin having seizures when switched to the generic phenytoin. Men taking the brand name Hytrin for enlarged prostate begin having more difficulty urinating when swithched to the generic terazosin. Mothers complain that their child's behavior worsens when switched from the brand name Ritalin to the generic methylphenidate. Patients taking the brand name Synthroid complain that they begin experiencing thyroid symptoms when switched to the generic levothyroxine. Patients on the brand name blood thinner Coumadin have more difficulty keeping their clotting in the target range when switched to the generic warfarin. And so on.

What is one to make of this? Are these people imagining these differences in effectiveness between brand name drugs and generics? Are these people simply complaining because their insurance company or Medicaid pushes them to accept generics?

It is not rare that pharmacists hear complaints from our customers that generics do not perform as well as brand name drugs. Many pharmacists dismiss such complaints outright. Other pharmacists are beginning to wonder if there may be some truth in our customers' complaints. Pharmacists certainly aren't impressed when we receive bottles of a hundred, or five-hundred, or a thousand tablets from a generic manufacturer and we see lots of powder at the bottom of the bottle as a result of too many broken tablets. This tells pharmacists that quality control at the manufacturing plant is not the best. Pharmacists see powder and broken tablets far less often with brand name tablets.

People used to think that generic drugs were made in a bathtub in someone's back yard. That's not the case. Some brand name manufacturers do, in fact, make generic drugs. But I have serious doubts whether, in general, there is as much quality control with generic drugs compared to brand name. For example, when I read advertisements for generic drugs in my pharmacy magazines, I am struck by the fact that the number one theme of these advertisements is QUALITY. Why are all these generic manufacturers trying so hard to convince pharmacists that their generic products are of high quality? If the FDA says that all generic drugs are as good as brand name, why are the generic manufacturers still obsessed with convincing pharmacists about the quality of their generic products?

"Best Choices from the People's Pharmacy" is an eye-opener on this and many other important issues. When it comes to expose' of the pharmaceutical industry, the Graedons are the best.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Info! 24 April 2008
By A. Gayle Adcock - Published on
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I've bought a few home remedy books over the years and they were all pretty useless, but this one is excellent. There is information in here I haven't seen anywhere else, and once tried, boy was I surprised at how well it worked. This is really sound, researched, rational information. I don't even put it away. It's always on my desk.
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