Pharmacologist, Best-Selling Author and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at Chapel Hill

Joe Graedon, MS is a pharmacologist and an adjunct assistant professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at Chapel Hill. He is a best-selling author of The People’s Pharmacy, co-host of an award-winning nationally syndicated public radio show, and co-author of a nationally syndicated newspaper column of the same name.

Joe and his wife Teresa Graedon, PhD have written 19 books and are founders of the website Joe’s features on health and pharmaceuticals have been syndicated nationally to public television stations via Intraregional Program Service member exchange.

Joe served on the Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Committee of the Duke University Health System from 2003 until 2011. He was elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow for “exceptional contribution to the communication of the rational use of pharmaceutical products and an understanding of health issues to the public” in 2005. In 2006, Joe was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from Long Island University as one of the country’s leading drug experts for the consumer.

Joe has been an editorial advisor to Men’s Health Newsletter and to Prevention magazine. He is an advisory board member of the American Botanical Council. He is considered one of the country's leading drug experts for consumers and speaks frequently on issues of pharmaceuticals, nutrition, herbs, home remedies, and self-care.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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