By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 9 Comments
    Will New Guidelines Promote Vegan Diets?

    Americans may soon be urged to go vegan. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee pointed out that a plant-based diet has less environmental impact than one that relies heavily on meat consumption. I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 13, 2015 13 Comments
    Using Greek Yogurt to Ease an Itchy Bottom

    It can sometimes be difficult to figure out the cause of an itchy bottom, and without a clear diagnosis, treatment can also be challenging. One woman came up with an ingenious--if potentially messy--s…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 13, 2015 6 Comments
    Coconut Macaroon Cookies Defeat Diarrhea

    Coping with a chronic condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be very challenging. Although it is not considered a disease per se, people with IBS often have to deal with crippling consti…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 13 Comments
    Is Life Just a Bowl of Tart Cherries?

    Readers of our syndicated newspaper column have been singing the praises of tart cherries for decades. Back in 1999 we first heard that cherries could ease a gout attack: "I eat five tart canned cherr…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 13 Comments
    State Attorneys General Call for Federal Oversig…

    Attorneys general from 14 states are begging the US Congress to do something about regulating herbal supplements. Their petition was given urgency by the recent results from a study conducted at the r…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 9, 2015 10 Comments
    How Much Vitamin D Do You Really Need?

    When the Institute of Medicine reviewed data on vitamin D, the panel concluded that adults need no more than 600 IU of the vitamin daily. Underestimation Now, a group of scientists from Creighton Univ…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 6, 2015 8 Comments
    Does Castor Oil Get Rid of Warts and Scars?

    The Castor bean (Ricinus communis) has been used for thousands of years for an amazing number of maladies. The seeds are also a source of ricin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man. Fortunate…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 6, 2015 15 Comments
    Chocolate Goes from Forbidden to Favored Food

    For the past fifty years modern medicine has been dogmatic about diet. We were supposed to avoid cholesterol (no butter or eggs). Nuts were out too, because they were high in fat. We were supposed to …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 6, 2015 6 Comments
    Gin-Soaked Raisins Offer Relief for Arthritic Pa…

    Most people never consider that a home remedy or dietary supplement might interact with a prescription medicine. That is why this question is important. We wish more people would inquire about such in…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 6, 2015 3 Comments
    What Does Curcumin Do?

    One of the hottest supplements in the health food store these days is curcumin. Like this reader, you may want to know why. Listen to next Saturday's syndicated radio show to get the very latest updat…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 2, 2015 1 Comments
    Rosehips Offer Promising Approach to Preventing …

    Rosehips form on rose bushes after pollination. They are high in vitamin C and other nutrients, including beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Traditionally, rosehips have been made into he…

    By: The People's Pharmacy March 30, 2015 5 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 8 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 8 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 12 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 4 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 8 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 3 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 11 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 24 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 18 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…