By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2014 4 Comments
    Secret Brazilian Remedy for Solving Underarm Odo…

    Over eight years ago we received the following message from a reader of our syndicated newspaper column: "I want to share a remedy I learned about when traveling in Brazil. Just apply milk of magnesia…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 1 Comments
    Brain Freeze Can Stop Migraine Cold

    Q. I appreciate what people have shared about their tricks for relieving headaches and migraines. I was especially intrigued by reports that provoking brain freeze with ice cream might stop a migraine…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 0 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Clears Up Acne

    Q. I just started using topical MoM (milk of magnesia) on my skin and my acne has started shrinking. I am trying to get off oral antibiotics so I hope this remedy works. A. Many readers tell us that a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 7 Comments
    Nighttime Foot Cramps May Yield to Magnesium or …

    Q. My sister gets cramps in her feet at night. They are so severe that she has to get out of bed to deal with them. She has tried mustard, soap, pickle juice and V8. Is there anything else that might …

    By: Joe Graedon September 11, 2014 3 Comments
    Spicy Salsa Soothes Psoriasis Suffering

    Q. I read with great interest a comment on salsa improving psoriasis. My husband has suffered from this skin condition for 19 years and has tried dozens of prescription creams for it. The person who w…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2014 1 Comments
    Pickle Eased Pain of Bee Sting in the Mouth

    Q. I read your column about a child who was stung by a wasp in the throat and ate raw onion to counteract it. I want to share another helpful hint. My four-year-old daughter was stung inside her mouth…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2014 5 Comments
    Power Pudding Is Nurses’ Secret Weapon Aga…

    Q. I would like to know more about your home remedy for constipation. Does it really work? Please send me the recipe. I know it contains applesauce, prune juice and bran. What kind of bran? A. We have…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2014 0 Comments
    Stinging Nettle Reverses Paralysis of Bell’…

    Q. My friend is 19 years old. One night she was watching TV with her mother and the right side of her face went numb. Her doctor diagnosed it as Bell's palsy and said she would just have to suffer wit…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2014 0 Comments
    Natural Ways To Avoid The Knife

    Q. I am a distance runner and my feet are in awful shape. They're cracked and scaly and the toenails are thickened with fungus. Trying to clip my nails is an exercise in frustration. To compound my pr…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 2 Comments
    Smearing Smashed Avocado on Mosquito Bites Stopp…

    Q. I was cured of terrible itching from mosquito bites all over my back. My Moroccan friend squashed a ripe avocado and rubbed it on the bitten area. The relief was sweet, instant and permanent. Have …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 14 Comments
    What Will Keep Itchy Flakes Out of his Beard?

    Q. I am a 32-year-old male with very fair skin and ginger hair. I never had any problem with seborrheic dermatitis until about three years ago. That's when I started trying to grow a beard. Wherever I…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 6 Comments
    Cinnamon Proved Powerful for Lowering Blood Suga…

    Q. I have diabetes. I started eating cinnamon on my breakfast cereal and my fasting glucose numbers dropped significantly. That's the only thing I was doing differently. My HbA1c reading dropped from …

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2014 10 Comments
    Dried Kidney Bean Acupressure Cures Insomnia

    Q. I would like to share an acupressure tip that helps me sleep. Tape a dried kidney bean to the inside of your right wrist. I locate this point between the two tendons by measuring the width of three…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2014 10 Comments
    Probiotics in Active-Culture Yogurt Worked to Ov…

    Q. I have had severe heartburn problems for 15 years. I have tried Nexium, Prilosec and many other over-the-counter medicines. I knew that coffee triggered my heartburn, but I could not give it up. Af…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2014 6 Comments
    Home Remedies Are a Help for Household Accidents

    Q. The People's Pharmacy is batting three for three in our household. First, it was the fresh-cut onion to ease the pain of a bee sting. Next it was soy sauce on a kitchen burn. Then I cut my thumb ch…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2014 5 Comments
    Will Coconut Oil Help or Harm the Heart and the …

    Q. I have a question about consuming coconut oil. A psychiatrist I know said that a person could avoid Alzheimer's disease with mental stimulation, regular exercise, vitamin E and virgin coconut oil i…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 2 Comments
    A Wasp Sting in his Throat Threatened a Boy̵…

    Q. When my brother was young he took a drink from a bottle of pop not realizing there was a wasp inside the bottle. It stung him far down his throat, which quickly began swelling up. We had a general …

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 2 Comments
    Coconut Macaroon Cookies Are a Favorite Home Rem…

    Q. My favorite People's Pharmacy cure? Archway Coconut cookies for diarrhea. Normally one small cookie does the trick for me, small children and, oh yes, even my dogs. I gave one to my daughter's beag…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 4 Comments
    Low-Carb Gluten-Free Noodles Unexpectedly Improv…

    Q. My husband and I both take fish oil supplements and Benecol Smart Chews to lower our cholesterol, but our doctor wants us to raise our HDL. I started restricting my carb intake to see if that might…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 1 Comments
    Fresh Pineapple Stars in Plantar Wart Remedy

    Q. I have had success using fresh pineapple peel on a plantar wart. I applied the pineapple skin to the wart overnight with the fleshy fruit side toward the foot. I saved the peel in a plastic bag in …

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 10 Comments
    Supplement Triple-Whammy Led to Bleeding Gums

    Q. I have been taking curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, for back pain over the last several months. It has helped quite a lot, but my gums started to bleed badly. I realized that …

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2014 14 Comments
    Arthritic Foot Feels Much Better After Being Stu…

    Q. I was looking for information about fire ant stings and arthritis because this just happened to me. I live in Florida and two days ago I got about 30 fire ant stings on my foot. I used baking soda …

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2014 9 Comments
    What Can You Do To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus?

    Q. What is a good home remedy for yellow, ugly toenails? Yuck! A. Just when we thought everyone in the known universe had become sick and tired of reading about remedies for nail fungus, along comes t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 3 Comments
    Bracken Fern Juice Is Reported to Stop the Itch …

    Q. Years ago on a hike in an Oregon forest I was complaining about the itch of a mosquito bite. A fellow hiker said she knew a remedy that Native Americans supposedly used: apply the juice from crushe…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 11 Comments
    Controlling Cholesterol Without Suffering Statin…

    Q. Six years ago my doctor prescribed Lipitor to control my cholesterol. I was switched to simvastatin the last few years. Over that time I have gained weight and there is something wrong with my musc…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 1 Comments
    St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, but May Dam…

    Q. I have taken several prescribed antidepressants over the years, but was not on any when I was offered a cup of St. John's wort tea. It elevated my mood surprisingly well. I began drinking the tea i…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2014 10 Comments
    A Tip from a TV Cartoon Stops Hiccups Every Time

    Q. I really appreciate the tips, updates and news in your column. When I read advice about halting hiccups, I'm reminded about the only sure-fire way I've ever found to stop hiccups--and I learned it …

    By: Joe Graedon July 31, 2014 6 Comments
    Pineapple Juice Postpones Joint Pain

    Q. Years ago, you wrote about an enzyme in pineapple juice that helps with arthritis pain. At that time I was in my early 40s and already having pain in my hands and feet from arthritis. I started dri…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2014 7 Comments
    Eating Watermelon Soothed the Pain of Canker Sor…

    Q. I have suffered with canker sores my whole life despite trying numerous remedies including rinsing my mouth with peroxide, salt and water or a benzocaine solution. Eating is excruciating when they …

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2014 1 Comments
    Senior Softball Players Rely on Gin-Soaked Raisi…

    Q. I played senior softball for 20 years. At many tournaments, our team might play several games a day, sometimes several in a row. Our bat bags were full of bandages, knee braces, bat gloves and yell…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2014 2 Comments
    Does Arctic Herb Rhodiola Rosea Fight Fatigue an…

    Q. What can you tell me about Rhodiola rosea? I've started taking it and found it really helps in dealing with fatigue and anxiety. Increased libido is an unexpected positive side effect, too. What sh…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2014 0 Comments
    Does Arthritis Remedy Raise Cholesterol Levels?

    Q. I read a letter in your column from a person whose cholesterol had gone up dramatically after taking glucosamine. I had the same thing happen. I started using glucosamine with chondroitin four mont…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2014 5 Comments
    Cookies Banish Diarrhea Misery in Dogs and Human…

    Q. Thanks for writing about coconut macaroon cookies. I'd had diarrhea for almost 18 months. Last year the doctor did a colonoscopy and found an ulcer in my colon. He put me on a low-fat, low-fiber di…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2014 22 Comments
    Hot Spoon Soothes the Itch of a Mosquito Bite

    Q. I must be especially tasty to mosquitos, since they attack me and leave other folks alone. I have read in your column about hot water to stop itching. I've got a different solution: warm a spoon in…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2014 5 Comments
    Natural Approaches to Blood Sugar Control Can He…

    Q. My sweetheart developed type 2 diabetes a few years ago after decades of being overweight. Metformin caused severe diarrhea and other drugs the doctor tried were very expensive and caused nausea. I…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2014 5 Comments
    Crucial Ingredient for Homemade Fertilizer Recip…

    Q. My mother sent me one of your newspaper columns over 20 years ago. It had a recipe for plant food that I have used successfully for years. Now I cannot find a key ingredient, saltpeter, except as a…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2014 7 Comments
    Must Wife Swear Off Chocolate to Avoid Horrible …

    Q. My wife loves chocolate, but she read that it can trigger headaches. Now she won't eat it, even on special occasions. I used to buy her great chocolate for Valentine's day and her birthday and she …

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2014 10 Comments
    Readers Offer Remedies for Painful Hot-Weather M…

    Q. If I work hard in the hot sun for a couple of hours I get serious muscle cramps. Last week I worked for nine hours at 90 plus degrees scraping, sanding, caulking and painting my house. Later I had …

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2014 11 Comments
    Why Don’t Doctors Like to Prescribe Desicc…

    Q. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a long time ago and prescribed Synthroid (levothyroxine). It improved my lab numbers (TSH) but never got them to normal. As an aside, I have been under treatment…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2014 0 Comments
    Aloe Vera Gel Offers Natural Relief for Vaginal …

    Q. I have been using aloe vera gel for vaginal dryness on the recommendation of my urologist. It works for me and I wanted to share this with your readers. A. You are not the first one to suggest aloe…