By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    Popular Herbal Remedy Goldenseal Can Make the To…

    Sometimes taking a supplement that is intended to improve your health can backfire. That is what happened to this reader who decided to take the herbal remedy goldenseal for greater immune system str…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Supplements

    People have been searching for centuries for a way to prevent colds. That, we've been told, was one of the motivations for dosing children with cod liver oil in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Non…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 4 Comments
    How Can You Get Off the Laxative Merry-Go-Round?

    Laxatives remain one of the most popular products in the pharmacy. Millions worry that if they do not have a bowel movement every day they will become sick. But sometimes a laxative habit can develop …

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 13 Comments
    Desperate Diarrhea Victim Saved by Coconut Macar…

    If it happens in Mexico we call it "Montezuma's Revenge." In India an attack would be "Delhi Belly" and in Russia travelers call it the "Trotskis." When it happens at home we simply call it diarrhea. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 13 Comments
    Acupressure Wristband Is the Secret for Not Snor…

    People go to great lengths to stop snoring. Some are silly, like sewing a tennis ball into the back of the pajama top. This is supposed to keep you from lying on your back, a position in which snoring…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 12 Comments
    Taking Garlic at the First Sign of a Cold

    During cold season, it can be difficult to follow all the rules that are supposed to protect us from cold viruses. We can certainly wash our hands many times a day and refrain from touching our faces.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 2 Comments
    Try Coconut Oil on the Skin to Relieve Itchy Ecz…

    Eczema is not very well understood. Dermatologists call it "atopic dermatitis," which implies that the red, itchy skin characteristic of eczema is fundamentally a type of allergic reaction. In most ca…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 8 Comments
    Could Cayenne Lower Your High Blood Pressure?

    Many people prefer to treat chronic health problems by natural means. They hate taking pills, and the specter of side effects makes them nervous. After all, any effective medicine has a range of acti…

    By: Joe Graedon January 21, 2016 3 Comments
    Clear Up Cracks at the Corner of the Mouth with …

    Cracks at the corner of the mouth look ugly and feel terrible. Can castor oil help? Q. A year ago I read your newspaper column and discovered a remedy for cracks at the corner of the mouth. I've had c…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2016 8 Comments
    Eating Beets for a Better Sex Life

    Reader Reports Beets Make Sex Better: Viagra and Cialis are usually helpful for men with erectile dysfunction. This reader found a natural way that may make such medications even more effective. Q.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2016 17 Comments
    What Is the Story on Calcium Supplements?

    When the medical experts change their minds, it can be confusing for the rest of us. One such flip-flop that has puzzled a lot of people concerns calcium supplements. For years, doctors urged their ol…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2016 11 Comments
    Should Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Aluminum Ant…

    There is a great deal of confusion about the safety of aluminum-containing antiperspirants when it comes to breast cancer. Most health professionals and patients aren't even aware that there is a cont…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Use Ginger for Better Digestive Health

    People are still learning about certain remedies that have been popular in many folk traditions. In China, ginger has been part of a healing tradition that can be documented for thousands of years. T…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 10 Comments
    Boosting Vitamin D Did Not Keep Seniors from Fal…

    Vitamin D is crucial to bone health, but also may be essential for muscle strength. Previous research has indicated that older people with too little vitamin D in their systems are more susceptible to…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2016 19 Comments
    Skeptical Doctor Doubts The Goodness of Garlic

    Q. As a physician I usually enjoy your column. But I have some serious questions about your claims about garlic. What is the evidence that "Egyptian physicians used garlic"? You have stated that as if…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2016 17 Comments
    Raisin Remedy Helps Reduce Midnight Bathroom Vis…

    One of the most common complaints we hear from readers is that they have to get up a few times at night to pee. That wakes them out of a sound sleep and sometimes they have a hard time going back to …

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Listerine a First Aid Kit in a Bottle?

    Some household staples are so versatile that people use them for nearly everything. Where would we be without baking soda and vinegar in the kitchen cupboard and Epsom salts or Vicks VapoRub in the ba…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2015 7 Comments
    Will Eating Cilantro Banish Psoriasis Plaques?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which skin cells turn over much faster than normal, forming reddish itchy plaques on the skin, often covered with silvery scales. There is no cure, although th…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2015 4 Comments
    Apple at Bedtime Relieves Nighttime Heartburn

    Many people find that lying down to sleep can be an invitation for nighttime heartburn. When the ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach gets loose and lazy, lying flat can allo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 9 Comments
    Yellow Mustard for Frightening Glue-Gun Burn

    Certain home remedies show up time and again in reports from our readers. One of those is the application of yellow mustard to a burn. When we first heard this remedy, the caller specified that the mu…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 9 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Makes Canker Sores Disappear

    Some people are troubled frequently with canker sores, while other rarely experience them. Unlike cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1), canker sores are not known to be c…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2015 27 Comments
    Do Raisins Really Control Nighttime Urination &#…

    Q. I would like to know if it matters whether you use dark raisins or golden raisins before bed to help reduce nighttime trips to the bathroom? A. No one has done a study of the "raisin remedy" for no…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2015 3 Comments
    Get All Our Best Home Remedies in One Place

    Q. Have you ever considered writing a book containing the remedies you write about in your newspaper column? It would be much easier for me than sifting through the clippings I have saved. It is not a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2015 5 Comments
    How Cherries and Celery Combat Gout Naturally

    Q. I take HCTZ for high blood pressure. It gave me gout in my big toe. Would tart cherries counteract this side effect? A. The hydrochlorothiazide (abbreviated HCTZ, HCT or HZT) diuretic you are takin…

    By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2015 0 Comments
    Give a Meaningful Present This Holiday-A Gift of…

    Many of the presents that people give to friends and loved ones only get used occasionally, if at all. That's why we are offering information that will be used almost daily and will last for years. Is…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2015 10 Comments
    When Someone Smells Bad What Can Co-Workers Do?

    Q. Every week we have a staff meeting and one of my co-workers ends up sitting close to me. He has body odor that I find really offensive. I have asked friends of his at work what the problem is and t…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2015 11 Comments
    Aloe Vera Gel Lowered Fasting Blood Sugar

    People who want to control their blood sugar with natural products have quite a few to choose from. Keep in mind, though, that herbs and spices that can lower blood sugar might well interact with pr…

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2015 23 Comments
    Too Much Vitamin D Resulted in Lingering Leg Pai…

    Is it possible to get too much vitamin D? Nutrition advisors such as registered dietitians have worried about this for years because vitamin D, like vitamin A, is fat soluble. As a consequence, it cou…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2015 10 Comments
    Coffee Drinkers May Live Longer

    Coffee drinkers may live longer. A large observational study that included 167,000 female nurses and about 40,000 male health professionals found that those who drank three to five cups of coffee dail…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 1 Comments
    Chondroitin Stacks Up Against Celecoxib for Reli…

    A small study just presented at the American College of Rheumatology meeting shows that the dietary supplement chondroitin sulfate is about as effective as the drug celecoxib in alleviating the pain a…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 1 Comments
    Tai Chi Helps Ease Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis

    A study from Tufts University in Boston has found that tai chi works just as well as physical therapy to ease pain and improve function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Tai Chi Compared to …

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 7 Comments
    Using Green Tea and Cocoa Flavonoids for Glaucom…

    We love learning new things from our readers. We have long been enthusiastic about the flavonoid compounds in chocolate and tea, but without this reader's letter, we would not have hunted for researc…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 6 Comments
    Using Vanilla as a Burn Remedy

    What do you use as a home remedy for a simple burn? First aid is getting the burned area into or under cold water. But then what? Readers of The People's Pharmacy have shown a great deal of ingenuity …

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 3 Comments
    Afrin Nasal Spray Helped Stop Persistent Bleedin…

    There are a number of home remedies that readers have found helpful in staunching bleeding from a simple cut. If you look this website over, you will find many testimonials to the ability of ground bl…

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2015 9 Comments
    Beating Back Garlic Breath With Parsley

    Q. My husband has decided he should be getting garlic every day to control his blood pressure and cholesterol and protect himself against cancer. He hates taking pills or anything synthetic so I am st…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 1 Comments
    Best Choices Is Back in Stock

    We are happy to announce that our book, Best Choices From The People's Pharmacy, is now back in stock at the People's Pharmacy store. This 524-page volume is our most comprehensive publication and is …

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 3 Comments
    Tincture of Thyme Fended Off Cold

    Physicians don't usually learn much in medical school about herbs, home remedies or even dietary supplements. As a result, they often tend to be skeptical of these unconventional approaches to healing…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 21 Comments
    Reduce Nighttime Urination (Nocturia) With a Han…

    Do you have to get up a couple of times a night to pee? If so, you are not alone. Tens of millions of people find that nighttime urination is a challenge. For one thing, it wakes you up and makes it h…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 27 Comments
    Vinegar as a Remedy for Blood Sugar and Choleste…

    What is your favorite home remedy? One of the oldest and most versatile remedies known to humankind resides in your kitchen cabinet. It gets very little respect, but science is now discovering why vin…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2015 1 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Save Your Brain?

    Most people have heard that a Mediterranean-type diet is good for their heart. There is a substantial amount of research supporting the cardiovascular benefits of this dietary approach. There is also …