By: The People's Pharmacy October 23, 2014 2 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 1 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 3 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: 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 3 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 2 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 6 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 2 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 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…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2014 8 Comments
    Secret Brazilian Remedy for Solving Underarm Odo…

    Over eight years ago we received the following message from a reader of our syndicated newspaper column: "I want to share a remedy I learned about when traveling in Brazil. Just apply milk of magnesia…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 1 Comments
    Brain Freeze Can Stop Migraine Cold

    Q. I appreciate what people have shared about their tricks for relieving headaches and migraines. I was especially intrigued by reports that provoking brain freeze with ice cream might stop a migraine…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 1 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia Clears Up Acne

    Q. I just started using topical MoM (milk of magnesia) on my skin and my acne has started shrinking. I am trying to get off oral antibiotics so I hope this remedy works. A. Many readers tell us that a…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 11 Comments
    Nighttime Foot Cramps May Yield to Magnesium or …

    Q. My sister gets cramps in her feet at night. They are so severe that she has to get out of bed to deal with them. She has tried mustard, soap, pickle juice and V8. Is there anything else that might …

    By: Joe Graedon September 11, 2014 3 Comments
    Spicy Salsa Soothes Psoriasis Suffering

    Q. I read with great interest a comment on salsa improving psoriasis. My husband has suffered from this skin condition for 19 years and has tried dozens of prescription creams for it. The person who w…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2014 1 Comments
    Pickle Eased Pain of Bee Sting in the Mouth

    Q. I read your column about a child who was stung by a wasp in the throat and ate raw onion to counteract it. I want to share another helpful hint. My four-year-old daughter was stung inside her mouth…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2014 7 Comments
    Power Pudding Is Nurses’ Secret Weapon Aga…

    Q. I would like to know more about your home remedy for constipation. Does it really work? Please send me the recipe. I know it contains applesauce, prune juice and bran. What kind of bran? A. We have…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2014 0 Comments
    Stinging Nettle Reverses Paralysis of Bell’…

    Q. My friend is 19 years old. One night she was watching TV with her mother and the right side of her face went numb. Her doctor diagnosed it as Bell's palsy and said she would just have to suffer wit…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2014 0 Comments
    Natural Ways To Avoid The Knife

    Q. I am a distance runner and my feet are in awful shape. They're cracked and scaly and the toenails are thickened with fungus. Trying to clip my nails is an exercise in frustration. To compound my pr…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 2 Comments
    Smearing Smashed Avocado on Mosquito Bites Stopp…

    Q. I was cured of terrible itching from mosquito bites all over my back. My Moroccan friend squashed a ripe avocado and rubbed it on the bitten area. The relief was sweet, instant and permanent. Have …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 14 Comments
    What Will Keep Itchy Flakes Out of his Beard?

    Q. I am a 32-year-old male with very fair skin and ginger hair. I never had any problem with seborrheic dermatitis until about three years ago. That's when I started trying to grow a beard. Wherever I…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 6 Comments
    Cinnamon Proved Powerful for Lowering Blood Suga…

    Q. I have diabetes. I started eating cinnamon on my breakfast cereal and my fasting glucose numbers dropped significantly. That's the only thing I was doing differently. My HbA1c reading dropped from …

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2014 11 Comments
    Dried Kidney Bean Acupressure Cures Insomnia

    Q. I would like to share an acupressure tip that helps me sleep. Tape a dried kidney bean to the inside of your right wrist. I locate this point between the two tendons by measuring the width of three…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2014 10 Comments
    Probiotics in Active-Culture Yogurt Worked to Ov…

    Q. I have had severe heartburn problems for 15 years. I have tried Nexium, Prilosec and many other over-the-counter medicines. I knew that coffee triggered my heartburn, but I could not give it up. Af…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2014 6 Comments
    Home Remedies Are a Help for Household Accidents

    Q. The People's Pharmacy is batting three for three in our household. First, it was the fresh-cut onion to ease the pain of a bee sting. Next it was soy sauce on a kitchen burn. Then I cut my thumb ch…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2014 5 Comments
    Will Coconut Oil Help or Harm the Heart and the …

    Q. I have a question about consuming coconut oil. A psychiatrist I know said that a person could avoid Alzheimer's disease with mental stimulation, regular exercise, vitamin E and virgin coconut oil i…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 2 Comments
    A Wasp Sting in his Throat Threatened a Boy̵…

    Q. When my brother was young he took a drink from a bottle of pop not realizing there was a wasp inside the bottle. It stung him far down his throat, which quickly began swelling up. We had a general …

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 2 Comments
    Coconut Macaroon Cookies Are a Favorite Home Rem…

    Q. My favorite People's Pharmacy cure? Archway Coconut cookies for diarrhea. Normally one small cookie does the trick for me, small children and, oh yes, even my dogs. I gave one to my daughter's beag…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2014 4 Comments
    Low-Carb Gluten-Free Noodles Unexpectedly Improv…

    Q. My husband and I both take fish oil supplements and Benecol Smart Chews to lower our cholesterol, but our doctor wants us to raise our HDL. I started restricting my carb intake to see if that might…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 1 Comments
    Fresh Pineapple Stars in Plantar Wart Remedy

    Q. I have had success using fresh pineapple peel on a plantar wart. I applied the pineapple skin to the wart overnight with the fleshy fruit side toward the foot. I saved the peel in a plastic bag in …

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 10 Comments
    Supplement Triple-Whammy Led to Bleeding Gums

    Q. I have been taking curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, for back pain over the last several months. It has helped quite a lot, but my gums started to bleed badly. I realized that …

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2014 14 Comments
    Arthritic Foot Feels Much Better After Being Stu…

    Q. I was looking for information about fire ant stings and arthritis because this just happened to me. I live in Florida and two days ago I got about 30 fire ant stings on my foot. I used baking soda …

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2014 9 Comments
    What Can You Do To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus?

    Q. What is a good home remedy for yellow, ugly toenails? Yuck! A. Just when we thought everyone in the known universe had become sick and tired of reading about remedies for nail fungus, along comes t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 3 Comments
    Bracken Fern Juice Is Reported to Stop the Itch …

    Q. Years ago on a hike in an Oregon forest I was complaining about the itch of a mosquito bite. A fellow hiker said she knew a remedy that Native Americans supposedly used: apply the juice from crushe…