By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Use a Banana to Cure a Wart

    How do you cure a wart? Doctors can burn, freeze or cut them off, although they often come back. There is a dizzying variety of home remedies used against warts, and most of them have several supporte…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep with an He…

    As people learn about the possible downsides of using sleeping pills for a long time, many are searching for a better, safer way to get a good night's sleep. People with serious, long-standing insomn…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 2 Comments
    Did Turmeric Cause a Frightening Nosebleed?

    We often write about the benefits of natural remedies. It is important to remember, however, that nearly any compound that has desirable effects might also have some effects that are unwanted. Many bo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Treat Your Child’s Diarrhea

    When children develop diarrhea, parents are often advised to give them an electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte to prevent dehydration. The goal is to both replace fluids and minerals. Home Treatment…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2016 14 Comments
    What Can You Do For Hand Cramps and Leg Cramps?

    Most people have heard of leg cramps. They can strike in the middle of the night. Some people call a leg cramp a Charley Horse. But hand cramps can be just as painful and debilitating. This reader sha…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2016 18 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Kefir?

    Every so often, something new appears on the supermarket shelf. Many of us start to wonder what it is and whether we should be consuming it. Within the past decade, a product called "kefir" has shown …

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2016 5 Comments
    Why Did Abandoning Earl Gray Tea Cure Muscle Cra…

    Q. You briefly mentioned Earl Grey tea causing leg cramps. You suggested oil of bergamot used for flavoring can interfere with potassium absorption. Eliminating the tea was an instant cure for a pers…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2016 6 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Really Help Against Bruising?

    Castor oil has been used for thousands of years as a home remedy. The seeds of the castor bean also make one of the deadliest poisons known to man---ricin. Fortunately, ricin is not found in the oil. …

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2016 7 Comments
    Is Cinnamon Dangerous for Your Mouth?

    Cinnamon has a reputation for controlling blood sugar. But there is a tremendous amount of confusion about the safety of this spice. For example, is cassia cinnamon (Chinese cinnamon) worse than Ceylo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 9, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Raise Vitamin D Without Suffering

    Vitamin D is critically important to maintain healthy metabolism as well as to keep bones strong. Many studies demonstrate the hazards of low circulating vitamin D levels, but few show that trying to…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 9, 2016 9 Comments
    How to Ease Foot Pain with Purple Pectin

    Plantar fasciitis is the most common reason for pain in the sole of the foot, particularly near the heel. This foot pain is most noticeable first thing in the morning when the foot is exquisitely tend…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 5, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Boost Bacterial Diversity in the Belly

    Researchers studying the microbiome are discovering that bacterial diversity in our intestinal tracts is affected by what we eat and drink. Dutch scientists analyzed the bacteria, viruses and fungi l…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2016 15 Comments
    Soy Sauce Burn Remedy Saved Dinner Party from Di…

    Have you ever burned yourself while working in the kitchen? Who hasn't? What did you do for relief? Many people still try the butter trick, which we do not think works very well. The soy sauce burn re…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 10 Comments
    Could Banana Peel Ease Rash from Poison Oak?

    Once spring arrives, tiny green shoots start poking up in woodlands and back yards all over America. Some of them are delightful, but others may be less than welcome. Poison ivy and poison oak both st…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 9 Comments
    How to Fight Depression with a Simple Supplement

    Depression is common, possibly the most common mental illness. According to the CDC, this potentially crippling condition affects almost 8 percent of Americans over 12 years of age (CDC, MMWR, Jan. 6,…

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2016 4 Comments
    Will a Mind-Body Approach Ease Your Back Pain?

    Long-lasting lower back pain responds surprisingly well to either mindfulness-based stress reduction or cognitive behavioral therapy. Such a mind-body approach is not usually considered a mainstre…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 16 Comments
    How to Discourage Mice with Peppermint Oil

    Can you keep mice from invading your home? There has been a controversy over this topic lately among readers of The People's Pharmacy. Making sure that these rodents cannot get into your food or leav…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Boost Your Brain Power with Beverages

    If there were a medicine to help you keep your brain functioning well, would you take it? Sadly, we are not aware of any such medication. Beverages That Provide Powerful Polyphenols: There is, however…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Improve Cholesterol by Skipping Dairy

    Many people worry that if their cholesterol gets too high, their doctors will insist that they need a statin to lower it. As a result, they search for alternative ways to lower cholesterol. One reader…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2016 13 Comments
    How to Harness the Healing Power of Garlic

    Certain time-honored remedies have had such a reputation in folk medicine that it can be difficult to determine how much of the reputation is hype and how much could be supported by science. Garlic is…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2016 16 Comments
    How to Maximize the Benefits of Magnesium Supple…

    For years we have been hearing that Americans shouldn't waste their money on supplements. Nutrition experts explain that if we ate a well-balanced diet, we wouldn't need any supplements. We'd get a…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2016 1 Comments
    Are Organic Milk and Meat More Nutritious?

    New research from the UK demonstrates that marine products are not the only dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids that are often found in fish. Analysis of data from 196 studies on milk and 67 studi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Boost Your Brain Power: Munch Chocolate!

    A long-term study has found that people who munch chocolate frequently do better on tests of cognitive function than those who abstain. This intriguing finding is from a long-term population study de…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2016 39 Comments
    L-Lysine Remedy for Cold Sores Scorned By Scient…

    Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, can be unsightly and uncomfortable. There are prescription antivirals like acyclovir or valacyclovir that may help speed healing. Many of our readers also rep…

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2016 17 Comments
    How to Ease Restless Legs Syndrome with Soap Und…

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition in which a person feels an irresistible urge to move the legs. The movement temporarily relieves an uncomfortable sensation similar to a tickle…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 1 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 8 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 10 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 19 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 18 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 5 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 10 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 5 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 11 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 21 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…