By: The People's Pharmacy August 23, 2015 6 Comments
    Certo Recipe for Joint Pain

    The pain of arthritic joints can often be unrelenting, so it is no wonder that people are always on the lookout for strategies that help manage it better. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 17, 2015 3 Comments
    Brain Freeze Saved the Day By Stopping Migraine …

    Q. I read your "brain freeze" article just days before waking up with a migraine. Whenever I get a migraine I wake up with it, so I have no warning and begin vomiting within 5 or 10 minutes. Usually I…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 17, 2015 91 Comments
    Reader Dismisses Mustard for Leg Cramps as Junk …

    Q. I am disappointed in your response to the person who claimed that swallowing a teaspoonful of mustard cured severe leg cramps in two minutes. You agreed with the writer that it was most likely the …

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 10, 2015 6 Comments
    Cherries Are Cherished for Fighting Inflammation

    Summer is cherry season. For several weeks you can get fresh cherries at your local market. The rest of the year cherry lovers rely on frozen, canned or dried cherries to satisfy their cravings. Most …

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 10, 2015 2 Comments
    AmLactin Cream Soothed Hands Jalapenos Hurt

    Anyone who handles hot peppers is well-advised to use a pair of disposable kitchen gloves (latex or vinyl) for the chore. That would prevent the predicament in which this reader found herself: Q. I de…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 6, 2015 16 Comments
    Vitamin D Supplements Fall Short in Boosting Bon…

    Despite recommendations from public health authorities for people to consume their vitamin D through pills rather than sun exposure, a new study casts doubt on the value of vitamin D supplements. The …

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 2, 2015 3 Comments
    Is Tonic Water Really Toxic?

    Tonic water, that "curiously refreshing" drink that is the classic accompaniment to gin, has a long history as a medicinal beverage. Even its name hints at that history-tonic implies healing propertie…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 12 Comments
    Beet Juice Boosts Endurance

    Beet juice may be the new exercise boost athletes are seeking. It is unlikely that sports associations will ban beet juice as a performance enhancing substance, but a small study from Korea suggests t…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 30, 2015 1 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Lifestyle Lower Triglycerid…

    We've heard a lot about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for heart disease. A new review of the research goes beyond olive oil to look at the effects of other components of a Mediterranean lifes…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 27, 2015 4 Comments
    Benefits and Drawbacks of St. John’s Wort

    Like many of our readers, we are always delighted to learn that a natural product may work as well as a pharmaceutical for a particular problem. It is always important to remember that most compounds…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Americans Get Too Little Fresh Produce in their …

    Most of us are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How Much Fresh Produce Should You Eat? The recommended intake is one and a ha…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 2 Comments
    Stop Collecting People’s Pharmacy Home Rem…

    For many years we have been hearing from readers of our syndicated newspaper column that they clip articles they find intriguing. Sometimes they send them to friends or family members. Other times the…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 3 Comments
    Is Ginseng Safe for Cancer Patient?

    Mixing alternative remedies such as herbs with prescription drugs for treating serious problems such as cancer can be risky. It is always a good idea to check with the oncology team to see if they kno…

    By: The People's Pharmacy July 20, 2015 8 Comments
    Probiotics Solved Problem of Bowel Movements Tha…

    We have heard from a number of mothers whose children suffer embarrassment because their bowel movements are so large they clog the toilet. It always makes sense to check in with the pediatrician and …

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 7 Comments
    Does Dark Chocolate Provide Healthful Cocoa Flav…

    Whenever a new study comes along to demonstrate that yes, chocolate does have health benefits (see the most recent one here), nutrition experts step forward to caution people not to start gobbling cho…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 15, 2015 14 Comments
    Which Vitamin Supplements Do You Really Need?

    How do you know which vitamin supplements you might need to take? This is a question that is, rightly, of great concern to many people. It is especially urgent when considering the many pronouncements…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 25, 2015 6 Comments
    Cowgirl Swears by Black Cherry Juice for Gout

    Gout causes excruciating pain, and people who suffer are desperate for relief. Many have found that black cherry juice is a wonderful remedy for this condition. Q. I am 53 and an aging old cowgirl. I'…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 25, 2015 1 Comments
    Simple Remedy to Ease Migraine Headache Pain

    Migraine headaches are often debilitating. There are prescription medications ("triptans") that can be very effective in alleviating the pain of a migraine. They are often expensive, however, and they…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 21, 2015 14 Comments
    Cinnamon Plus Statins Could Be Extremely Harmful…

    A Trip to the ER A woman showed up in the emergency department at the Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Michigan "complaining of abdominal pain associated with vomiting and diarrhe…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 18, 2015 19 Comments
    Home Remedies for Hiccups are Fast, Inexpensive …

    If you have ever suffered from hiccups you know how darned disruptive they can be. Most of the time a bout of hiccups is mildly annoying. But sometimes hiccups hang around, not for minutes or hours, b…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 18, 2015 5 Comments
    Pineapple Compound Fights Inflammation

    Foods with anti-inflammatory activity can often relieve pain nearly as well as medications, but without the scary side effects. A pineapple compound called bromelain is one that can be helpful, as thi…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 11, 2015 14 Comments
    Knee Pain Responded to Turmeric

    People with chronic joint pain have difficult decisions to make. Do they take a pain reliever on a regular basis and risk the sometimes serious side effects, or do they limit their activities to what …

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 7, 2015 9 Comments
    Bitter Melon Lowers Blood Sugar

    Type 2 diabetes is usually treated with medications, but the risk/benefit ratio of the newer ones may be dubious (as we wrote here and here). That's especially the case when the expense is factored …

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 7, 2015 20 Comments
    Are Americans Taking Too Much Vitamin D?

    Many studies have revealed that a surprisingly high proportion of Americans have low levels of vitamin D circulating in their blood stream. (We have written about this observation previously.) Researc…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 4, 2015 10 Comments
    Can You Overdose on Ginger?

    The acid-suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are intended for treating serious acid reflux known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. In practice, though, medicines such as esome…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 3, 2015 12 Comments
    Simple Way to Enjoy Cocoa Flavanols Without Extr…

    The flavanols from cacao have a lot of interesting physiological effects on the human body. But some nutrition scientists cringe when we write about the health benefits of chocolate. Even dark chocola…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 27, 2015 15 Comments
    Garlic Keeps Her Bladder Infections at Bay

    Recurrent urinary tract infections can be very hard to fend off, so we are interested in this reader's success with a simple supplement. Women who are susceptible to this problem will recognize the in…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 27, 2015 11 Comments
    Lowering Cholesterol with Vinegar

    Although doctors are determined to get cholesterol down in order to lower the risk of a heart attack, some people don't like the idea of taking a statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicine. They may ha…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 27, 2015 4 Comments
    Root Beer Is One Reader’s Cure for Canker …

    Canker sores go by the medical term aphthous ulcers. By any name, they are painful, so a way to speed healing is a boon. Q. Several years ago when I was a teenager, I was nearly hospitalized because m…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 27, 2015 11 Comments
    Turmeric Is as Good as Gold for Health

    Most Americans have never heard of the spice turmeric. And yet, millions consume it on a regular basis without realizing it. That's because this Asian spice provides the color in yellow mustard. Turme…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 15 Comments
    Beet Juice Was Better Than a Drug for Lowering B…

    Some natural products have an impressive ability to affect human physiology. Among these are vegetables naturally high in nitrate, particularly beets (referred to in England as beetroot). Q. I took hy…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 10 Comments
    Has the FDA Turned its Back on Supplements?

    Is the FDA doing its job of protecting the public health when it comes to vitamins, herbs and dietary supplements? Recent evidence has emerged suggesting that the agency has let us all down. There are…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 20, 2015 6 Comments
    Overcoming Vitamin D Deficiency Banished Pain an…

    The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can be extremely varied, and there is also disagreement over the best regimen for correcting it. Sometimes people have great success with supplementation, as this …

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 16, 2015 13 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 14 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 8 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 17 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 14 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 11 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 11 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…