By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2015 9 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 8 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 11 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…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2014 3 Comments
    How to Fight Post-Holiday Flatulence with Fennel…

    We can never forget the delicious Thanksgiving stuffing a friend served several years ago. It was fantastic, but a few hours later we were overwhelmed with flatulence. Whatever was in that stuffing ha…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 6 Comments
    The Right Dose of Gin and Raisins

    Q. You must be tired of questions about gin-soaked raisins to ease arthritis pain, but I have a question regarding the dose of nine raisins. I bought a national brand of raisins and discovered they we…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 2 Comments
    All Our Favorite Home Remedies in One Place

    Q. I have been saving your columns for years, but my filing and retrieval system is not perfect. Do you have a book of home remedies I could refer to when I have a problem instead of rummaging through…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 4 Comments
    Sore Infected Finger Responds to Lambs Ear Leaf

    Q. By chance, I applied a fresh "lambs ear" leaf to a chronically sore finger. Within minutes, there was complete relief, and now I apply a leaf nightly. What do you know about this? A. Lamb's ear is …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 3 Comments
    Home-made Concoction Fights Constipation

    Q. My husband is bed-ridden at home. He has always been constipated, even when eating vegetables and fruit. When he got sick I experimented with this recipe and it works great against constipation. Oa…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 24, 2014 4 Comments
    Heartburn from High-Dose Vitamin D

    Q. My doctor prescribed 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly because a blood test showed I am deficient. This pill gives me heartburn, and it seems like a big dose. Is there any reason I can't take a smaller…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 11 Comments
    Skeptical Rheumatologist Wants Info on Turmeric …

    Q. I have osteoarthritis and recently became unable to take NSAIDs due to a spike in my liver enzymes and a family history of heart disease. Then I read in a recent column of People's Pharmacy that tu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 17, 2014 14 Comments
    Black Pepper Boosts Turmeric’s Benefits

    Q. I have read that turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, so I've been taking it for several years. I read online that turmeric needs black pepper to activate the ingredients in it. I had nev…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2014 36 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice or Thalidomide for Canker Sores

    Q. I am desperate for a remedy for canker sores. My mouth is just full of them and they are so painful I am having trouble eating. This has been going on for months. My doctor prescribed Aphthasol but…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 17 Comments
    New Twists to Help Curcumin Fight Inflammation

    New research may bolster the use of turmeric, the yellow spice in curry, to fight inflammation. The presumed active ingredient, curcumin, has shown remarkable activity in tissue culture studies sugges…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 13, 2014 3 Comments
    Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

    How much vitamin D is optimal? Nutrition experts have been debating this issue for years. Epidemiologists in England conducted a prospective study in which they measured blood levels of 25-hydroxyvita…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 10, 2014 3 Comments
    Man Fights Leg Fatigue with Pantyhose

    Q. I've been wearing pantyhose every day for a while now to eliminate leg fatigue and help with varicose veins. I stand all day at work in a restaurant and find this tactic works great. I wear L'eggs …

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2014 17 Comments
    Unusual Remedies for Hiccups

    We have been collecting hiccup remedies for 40 years. We thought we had heard of all of them, from swallowing a teaspoon of granulated sugar to breathing into a paper bag. But here are some new ones y…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 6, 2014 7 Comments
    Olive Oil Takes the Heat

    Home cooks have sometimes been warned not to use olive oil to fry foods for fear that heat would cause the oil to break down. In an experiment to find out if this is true, food scientists fried raw po…

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 3, 2014 9 Comments
    Dried Cherries Keep Gout Away

    Q. I have had very good success using dried cherries to prevent gout. I began having gout attacks, mostly in my left foot, about 20 years ago. This surprised me because I was not on a rich man's diet …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 3, 2014 12 Comments
    Does Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

    Q. When the nurse in my doctor's office asked me what supplements I take, I mentioned vitamin C and told him that I up the dose if I feel a cold coming on. He laughed and said that had been disproven …

    By: The People's Pharmacy November 3, 2014 21 Comments
    Soap in Bed Calms Restless Legs

    Q. I have been using Bed Soap in my bed for five years to manage my restless legs syndrome (RLS). I truly cannot live without it.  I even travel with a bar I can use in hotel rooms. I've given Bed So…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2014 20 Comments
    How to Mix Certo and Grape Juice for Arthritis

    Q. I have been reading in your newspaper column that mixing Certo with grape juice will ease arthritis pain and lower cholesterol. What the heck is Certo, where would I find it and how much do you put…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 3 Comments
    Mustard Tamed Ice Pick Headache

    Q. I have had an ice pick headache for days. I just read on your website that a spoonful of mustard might help, and at this point I am desperate to try anything. I never buy into home remedies like th…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 3 Comments
    Vitamin C Stops Asthma Cough

    Q. Years ago, I read that a cough associated with asthma could be relieved by taking cough lozenges with vitamin C. I tried it and it works. It has been almost six years and now I only cough when I ru…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 27, 2014 0 Comments
    Cactus Leaves and Hibiscus Flowers Lower Blood S…

    Q. I heard a rumor that leaves of nopal cactus and a drink made from hibiscus (jamaica) are useful in helping control blood sugar in diabetes. Is there any truth to this? A. Hibiscus extract lowered b…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 20 Comments
    How to Make Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

    Q. Do you have a recipe for gin-soaked raisins? How much gin is used for every pound of raisins? My mother has joint pain and it would help her a lot to have some more detailed information! A. To prep…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 9 Comments
    Some Recalled Supplements Stay on Shelves

    Dietary supplements recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because of adulteration with dangerous drugs often remain on the market for years. Researchers at Harvard purchased and analyzed 27 die…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 7 Comments
    Without Real Milk, Vitamin D May Slip

    Children who cannot drink cow's milk are often given an alternative such as rice, soy, almond or coconut milk. Not the Same as Milk Such substitutes may stand in for real milk on cereal but they are n…