By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 5 Comments
    Will A Banana Peel Ease Inflammation and Itching…

    People are sometimes surprised that they can go decades without developing a skin reaction to poison ivy. Then one day out of the blue they develop red, itchy blisters after exposure to this nasty pla…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 9 Comments
    Will the Gin and Raisin Remedy Help Hip and Knee…

    We first heard about eating gin-soaked raisins for arthritis more than 20 years ago. On May 16, 1994 we received this letter: "A neighbor gave my wife a recipe for "arthritis relief" that involves soa…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2016 7 Comments
    How Much Tonic Water Is Safe for You?

    In the heat of a summer afternoon, a tall cold glass of tonic water can seem very appealing. It may even have health benefits, such as warding off nighttime leg cramps. But if you get carried away and…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 13 Comments
    Research Vindicates Vicks VapoRub for Foiling Na…

    Some people seem oblivious to their gross toenails. They walk around barefoot or in sandals with ugly yellow or even black nails oblivious to bystanders. Their thick, misshapen nails really need help.…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2016 9 Comments
    What Is the Economic Benefit of Medical Marijuan…

    Medical marijuana may have an unexpected economic benefit in states that have legalized it. An Economic Benefit for Medicare: A new study in the journal Health Affairs shows that in states where medi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2016 15 Comments
    Is Butter Better? Why Butter is Back with a Bull…

    For decades and decades we were told that we had to avoid saturated fat. Cream in our coffee, butter on our bread and cream cheese on our bagel were considered sinful because such foods were supposed …

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Ease a Painful Wasp Sting with Onion

    What do you do for a wasp sting? We have heard from many readers who report that putting a freshly cut onion on the sting can ease the pain and swelling. Is there anything to this remedy? The Onion Re…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2016 10 Comments
    How to Ease Arthritic Knees with Natural Remedie…

    Osteoarthritis puts its victims in a dreadful double bind. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are the standard pain relievers for arthritis, such as diclofenac (Voltaren), ibupro…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2016 3 Comments
    Are Americans Spending More on Alternative Healt…

    Americans are spending their own money on alternative health care. An analysis from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that in 2012 people spent more than $30 billion…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 5 Comments
    Should You Take Biotin and Resveratrol for Your …

    Psoriasis is a chronic skin problem in which the immune system makes skin cells turn over much faster than normal. The result is frequently red, itchy patches on elbows, knees, scalp or other areas of…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Fight Niacin Flush with Apple Pectin

    New research suggests that cholesterol may not be the single most important factor leading to heart disease. Nonetheless, it is still relevant in many situations, and doctors will still focus on impro…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

    Nutrition experts have long been advising us to eat whole grains, and now epidemiologists have evidence that getting three servings of whole grains daily can reduce the chance of an early death. In fa…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 14 Comments
    Can You Conquer Heartburn with Coconut Water?

    How do you ease heartburn? Millions of people take acid-suppressing drugs every day, but the risks from long-term use of medicines like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole have gotten a fair amou…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Stop Your Migraine by Eating Ice Cream

    Migraine headaches cause a lot of misery. Although there are medications such as almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig) that can…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Cure Swamp Rash with Milk of Magnesia

    The ingenuity of our readers always impresses us. We recently heard from a reader who recommended an unusual treatment for a friend. She later had an occasion to use this home remedy herself. Who knew…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2016 20 Comments
    Why is the FDA So Squirrelly About Nuts?

    The Food and Drug Administration once chastised a California walnut growers cooperative for promoting the health benefits of their nuts. In its strange bureaucratic logic the federal agency determined…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2016 4 Comments
    Will Fish Oil for the Heart Contribute to Prosta…

    For decades health professionals focused primarily on cholesterol (especially LDL cholesterol) as the chief culprit in heart disease. Now, other blood fats are considered important, especially triglyc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 30, 2016 14 Comments
    How to Strengthen Your Nails with Gelatin

    Brittle fingernails that chip, split or break can be a real nuisance. Having the edge of the fingernail tear off, leaving the quick exposed, is painful. But how can you strengthen your nails? One read…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 6 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 6 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 15 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 7 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 6 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 13 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 1 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 17 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 17 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…