By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2014 0 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 2 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 0 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 3 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 8 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 34 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 2 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 17 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 16 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 11 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 milk on cereal but they are not nu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 8 Comments
    Mustard May Help Psoriasis as Well as Leg Cramps

    Q. My husband is disabled by osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis. He experienced frequent muscle cramping and was eating extra yellow mustard for relief. His psoriasis has been treated for years by…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 3 Comments
    Vitamin A Oil Dropped on a Wart Made It Disappea…

    Q. Your column mentioned using pineapple or banana skin as a topical treatment for plantar warts. The treatment of choice (unfortunately not well known among family doctors or even dermatologists) may…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 20, 2014 4 Comments
    Prunes Are a Proven Remedy for Constipation

    Q. The "power pudding" you wrote about worked for my husband's constipation in two hours! Then he found out that prune juice in the morning and dried prunes at bedtime, along with eating less dairy, d…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2014 10 Comments
    Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids

    Over the last few decades we have collected an amazing array of remedies for hemorrhoids, from blackstrap molasses and rutabaga to banana peel and green tea. More about these solutions in a moment. Bu…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 15, 2014 3 Comments
    Coffee Drinkers Are Helping Their Livers

    Add liver protection to the many benefits of coffee drinking. Researchers have been reporting for years that regular coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes as…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 4 Comments
    Cherry and Celery Extracts Banish Gout Pain

    Q. I work as a correctional officer and have to go up and down flights of stairs 12 hours a day. My gout flared up so that I could barely walk. I could have sworn I had broken my feet. My doctor presc…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Supplements Reduced Need for Asthma Inhaler

    Q. I have had asthma since I was two. I am now in my 50s, and my doctor prescribed daily Advair and albuterol as a rescue inhaler. I was using albuterol several times a week until I started fish oil a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Black Pepper Stopped Bleeding from Cut

    Q. I cut the side of my finger with a knife while slicing a watermelon. The cut was deep and bled profusely. I remembered reading about putting black pepper on the cut. I used a lot of black ground pe…

    By: The People's Pharmacy October 5, 2014 4 Comments
    Doctor Supports Pragmatic Remedies

    Q. I am a family physician who does not dismiss home remedies out of hand. I take care of a wide diversity of patients of different ages and ethnicities. I also see patients in retirement communities …

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 7 Comments
    Lecithin Strengthened Nails and Relieved Knee Pa…

    Q. My daughter is a nurse who likes to keep her Mum healthy. She recently brought me soy-based lecithin. I mix the granules into food and I’ve noticed that my nails have become very strong. All my l…

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 18 Comments
    Home Remedies for Nail Fungus Require Persistenc…

    Q. I have gone to a podiatrist for nail fungus several times. He has given me samples of prescription medicine that help as long as I use them. Once the medicine is used up, the fungus returns. I love…

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 3 Comments
    Sore Throat Remedy Is Hot Stuff

    Q. I’d like to share my favorite remedy for a sore throat. It’s not for everyone, but it works for me. I take any kind of juice, preferably citrus, which I mix half and half with water. Then I sha…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2014 18 Comments
    Sunflower Seeds for Sleepy Drivers

    Have you ever found yourself getting drowsy while driving? It has happened to us and it is incredibly dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Drowsy driv…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2014 2 Comments
    Vicks Quelled Racking Nighttime Cough

    Q. Long ago I heard about using Vicks VapoRub at bedtime on the soles of the feet to calm a nighttime cough. Recently my hubby developed a horrible deep cough that made him choke and gasp for breath. …

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2014 2 Comments
    Yogurt for Natural Blood Pressure Control

    Q. I need your advice about lowering my blood pressure. I have found online advice conflicting and confusing. My family doctor, I'm sorry to say, is not interested in anything other than prescription …

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2014 5 Comments
    Hot Peppers Drive Away Painful Canker Sores

    Q. I have suffered from canker sores most of my life, and those on my tongue are very painful. A few years ago, a reader told you he got relief from acid reflux by eating jalapenos. I had avoided jala…