By: The People's Pharmacy March 30, 2015 0 Comments
    Calendula Cream Calms Redness of Rosacea

    Q. I have been looking for ways to get rid of rosacea and have tried a number of products over the seven years I've had this problem. Finally, a local herbalist gave me an herbal blend cream; the acti…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 30, 2015 0 Comments
    Persimmon Punch Can Help with PPI Withdrawal

    Q. I have been taking acid-suppressing drugs like omeprazole for more than 20 years. After reading about the side effects of such drugs, I am ready to quit. I understand that this can be painful. I re…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 30, 2015 0 Comments
    Vet Defends Placebo Effect on Dogs

    Q. A letter writer who suggested that a "placebo effect" is not possible with dogs was mistaken. The person had used a bar of soap under the dog's bed to treat arthritis. There is a very large placebo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 26, 2015 4 Comments
    Herbal Treatments for Varicose Veins

    Q. Will horse chestnut help varicose veins? Is there anything else I can do to ease this discomfort? My legs feel so heavy and tired at the end of the day. A. Varicose veins have become enlarged. They…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 23, 2015 11 Comments
    Vitamin D Solved Vertigo Problem

    Q. I have been diagnosed with vertigo (BPPV) and it's the worst. Any time I move my head the world spins. But I recently found a study linking vitamin D deficiency to BPPV. My level was really low and…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Hot Home Remedy Worked for Nail Fungus

    Q. You recently wrote about the high cost of treating toenail fungus with the prescription medicine Jublia. I found a better approach after trying several over-the-counter products without success. A …

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 16, 2015 3 Comments
    Yerba Mate for a Gentle Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

    Yerba mate (pronounced matay) has been valued in South America for centuries, long before Columbus set off on his epic journey. A hot "tea" was made from the leaves of a holly tree (Ilex paraguariensi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 9, 2015 7 Comments
    Natural Compounds to Control Blood Sugar

    Ever since we learned that cinnamon could be used to help keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal, we have been writing about it. But once we learned that sometimes cinnamon can cause liver trouble…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 9, 2015 5 Comments
    Soy Sauce Can Ease the Pain of a Kitchen Burn

    Household accidents like kitchen burns don't always need full-fledged medical attention. But some quick first aid can make a difference. For common burns, we are partial to a home remedy that uses col…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 2, 2015 13 Comments
    Dog’s Benefit from Soap Might Not Be Place…

    Are you tired of reading about people who swear that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet near their feet calms nighttime leg cramps? Do you think it is all nonsense and most likely a placebo …

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 23, 2015 21 Comments
    Can Raisins at Bedtime Reduce Nighttime Bathroom…

    Q. A while back I read in your column that eating raisins before bedtime could control nighttime trips to the bathroom. For the past three years I have suffered from urgency urination. My physician pr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 3 Comments
    Don’t Double Up on Statins

    Q. Is it harmful to take Crestor and red yeast rice together? My doctor prescribed Crestor, but I have also been taking red yeast rice. I would like to get my cholesterol level low enough so I would n…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2015 2 Comments
    Bitters Are Not Just for the Bartender

    Q. A friend told me that Swedish bitters were used historically for digestion. For the past couple of months I've been using the bitters to relieve my indigestion. Do you know about Swedish bitters? I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 16, 2015 7 Comments
    Why 9 Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis?

    Q. I've been taking gin-soaked raisins for over two months. I don't know whether or not they are helping my knee joints, but I don't care. They are delicious. There's only one thing: I don't have a cl…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 10 Comments
    The Latest on the Supplement Scandal

    Q. Testing done on supplements from Target, Walgreens, Walmart and GNC revealed that they were bogus. Is there any way a consumer can determine what is in these things? A. The investigation by the New…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 8 Comments
    New Dietary Guidelines May Be Less Strict

    There will soon be new guidelines for America's dietary habits, and there may be a few changes from the old ones. Early reports from the advisory committee that will make recommendations to the Depart…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 0 Comments
    Childhood Vitamin D Affects Adult Arteries

    Children with low levels of vitamin D may grow up to be adults with atherosclerotic plaque clogging their arteries, according to a 25-year long study from Finland. More than 2,000 children were enroll…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 9, 2015 9 Comments
    Castor Oil Helps Cracked Fingertips and the Corn…

    Q. After successfully using castor oil to heal those pesky fingertip cracks I get every winter (my cousin's suggestion), I decided to try it on the corners of my mouth. They are always cracked and som…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 9, 2015 6 Comments
    Pickles Keep Hands from Tingling

    Q. I work on a computer all day and my workspace is far from ergonomic. For months I have been waking up with tingling or "asleep" hands. I have wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome. They help, but…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 5, 2015 23 Comments
    The Straight and Skinny on the Dietary Supplemen…

    Dietary supplements may not always deliver what they promise. The New York State Attorney General's office conducted an investigation of store-brand supplements sold in the national chains GNC, Target…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 2, 2015 16 Comments
    Lavender and Tea Tree Oil Block Male Hormones

    Q. I'm wondering if men should be using lavender. Many articles I've read state that lavender is a male hormone disruptor. A. Lavender and tea tree oil were investigated as hormone disruptors when doc…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 2, 2015 10 Comments
    Clearing Up the Confusion Over Cinnamon

    Q. I'm confused about cinnamon. I thought it was supposed to be good for you, but you recently wrote that it could be bad. What kind of cinnamon is good and what is it good for? A. The initial researc…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2015 10 Comments
    Why Do Most Doctors Disrespect Natural Medicine?

    Many doctors look down their noses at natural medicine. They didn't learn about such therapies in medical school and they perceive this "alternative" approach as unscientific. Yet every day physicians…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 26, 2015 0 Comments
    Maca Made Hot Flashes Disappear

    Q. Thank you for writing about maca for hot flashes. I took a capsule twice a day for a month, and my hot flashes disappeared during the day. I also used to suffer from intense night sweats, about fou…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 10 Comments
    Home Remedies: Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

    How do people discover home remedies? Who decided, for example, that nine is the correct number of gin-soaked raisins to eat each day to relieve the pain of arthritis? Who thought of daubing castor oi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 19, 2015 11 Comments
    Hyaluronic Acid Offers Relief for Sore Knees

    Q. I have arthritis in both knees. I probably spent at least $100 on glucosamine and chondroitin for several years. Results? Zero. Recently I spent almost $1000 on laser treatments, twelve on each kne…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 12, 2015 5 Comments
    Kimchi Conquers Leg Cramps

    Q. For many years I had excruciating leg and foot cramps that woke me several times each night. I would take a high-electrolyte drink to relieve the cramp but it would be back a few hours later. Kimch…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 12, 2015 7 Comments
    Will Milk Neutralize Cocoa Benefits?

    Q. I have read that milk can neutralize the flavonoid compounds that make cocoa or chocolate healthful. How does that work? Is soy milk just as problematic? I want to get the maximum benefit from my p…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 12, 2015 17 Comments
    Using L-Lysine Against Shingles

    Q. My body gives me a warning before an attack of shingles: I get pain on the skin in the area where I had full-blown shingles before. I have found if I take L-lysine as soon as I get that signal, I d…

    By: The People's Pharmacy January 8, 2015 4 Comments
    Corn Syrup Study Raises Red Flag

    Just how risky is a sweet tooth? While we have been warned not to overdose on sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, we are usually assured that they are identical in their physiological effects. Now a st…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 25, 2014 10 Comments
    Can Cocoa Substitute for Aspirin?

    Q. My husband takes a baby aspirin every day on the advice of his doctor. He wants me to do the same, but I am afraid to. Years ago, before I met him, I had a frightening allergic reaction to aspirin.…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 25, 2014 14 Comments
    Surprising Help for Holiday Heartburn

    Did you overdo it yesterday? Come on, be honest. If you're like most people you probably overindulged in turkey, ham or duck. Did you go back for seconds of stuffing or cranberry sauce? How about dess…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 15 Comments
    Sugar Paste Helps Dog Heal

    Q. My German shepherd has been suffering from a chronic ulcerated wound that did not respond well to anything the vet prescribed. The surgery for such a wound is invasive and risky for an older dog. I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 22, 2014 2 Comments
    Fenugreek Helped Burning Feet

    Q. My mother had been bothered with burning feet for some time, and we had not found a solution till recently. We suspected that the burning was related to her type 2 diabetes and I'd read somewhere t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 7, 2014 4 Comments
    Fixing Magnesium Deficiency Banished Fatigue

    Q. I heard your radio program about magnesium deficiency. I am 67, retired, and felt fatigued every day, all day. I would tell my friends, "tired is my way of life." After I heard your comments on mag…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 4, 2014 1 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Linked to Longer Telomeres

    A Mediterranean-style diet may offer much more than delicious eating. Longer Telomeres A study of almost 5,000 women in the Nurses Health Study found that those whose diets most closely resembled a tr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2014 1 Comments
    Coffee Grounds to Stop Bleeding

    Q. I cut my thumb while working as a cook. Two sisters who worked for the restaurant immediately came to my rescue. They had me hold up my hand, put fresh coffee grounds on the cut and swaddled my thu…

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2014 12 Comments
    Science Reveals Amazing Uses for Ancient Spice …

    For nearly 4,000 years the intense yellow spice turmeric (from the plant Curcuma longa) has been prized in India for both its flavor and its medicinal properties. From India it spread throughout the a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 1, 2014 8 Comments
    Does Glucosamine Raise Cholesterol?

    Q. By fortunate coincidence, my total cholesterol was measured when I applied for an insurance policy one day before I started taking glucosamine and chondroitin for joint pain. I had a checkup a mont…

    By: The People's Pharmacy December 1, 2014 2 Comments
    Getting Vitamin D Indoors

    Q. I've become concerned about not getting enough vitamin D in the wintertime. Would a sunlamp help me get my vitamin D level up? I also tend to get a little blue during the gray days of winter. Might…