The People's Perspective on Medicine
chicken soup for a cold
Colds

Why You Should Sip Chicken Soup for a Cold

Have you tried chicken soup for a cold? Put in plenty of vegetables and herbs like thyme to make it extra delicious and healthful.

airplane passengers
Home Remedies

Don’t Count on Airlines for Healthy Food

Airlines have made some positive changes to their meal options, but it is still a challenge to find a healthful meal in the air.

Foods that provide AREDS vitamins
Home Remedies

Can You Save Your Sight With AREDS Vitamins?

Taking a formula with AREDS vitamins and eating foods full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals can help keep macular degeneration from deterioriating.

holiday gifts, Christmas stocking & presents
Home Remedies

Give the Best Gift This Holiday: Better Health for 2020!

Would you like to avoid last minute shopping for family and friends? How about something really meaningful? Give the best gift: the gift of good health?

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Home Remedies

Coffee as an Herbal Remedy and a Special Treat

Imagine using coffee as an herbal remedy to get a precise dose of organic herbs as part of a delicious morning ritual.

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Burning Tongue

Vitamin B12 Lack Led to Balance and Memory Problems

A serious vitamin B12 lack due to PPI medication, vegan diet, or stomach inflammation can cause trouble with balance, cognition and fatigue.

Ripe elderberries, also known as Sambucus berries, growing on a shrub
Alternative Health

Have You Tried Elderberry to Ease Your Cold Symptoms?

Elderberry rob. a homemade concentrate of berries and spices, is used as a type of hot toddy to ease cold symptoms. Have you tried it?

dairy farmer
Alternative Health

Do You Soothe Cracked Fingertips With Lip Balm?

Doctors and mechanics must wash their hands frequently, resulting in dry cracked skin. Dairy farmers also need to soothe cracked fingertips.

ECG of A-Fib, atrial fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Should You Take CoQ10 for Atrial Fibrillation?

Some evidence suggests that there could be benefits in taking CoQ10 for atrial fibrillation. Be sure to check with your doctor about possible interactions.

Two books from the People's Pharmacy: Quick and Handy Home Remedies + Recipes and Remedies.
Alternative Health

Where Can You Learn About Home Remedies?

A doctor who appreciates practical, inexpensive options for common problems asks how to learn about home remedies. Here's our answer.

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Acid Reflux

Apple Cider Vinegar Is a Weird Remedy for Heartburn

Taking a spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar mixed in water is a popular remedy for heartburn. While not everyone finds it helpful, many people do.

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Arthritis

Can SAM-e Help Ease Your Back Pain?

SAM-e performed as well as an NSAID drug to relieve arthritis pain in some studies. Might it help you feel better?

Pycnogenol supplement pills
Eczema

Will Taking Pycnogenol Help Heal Eczema?

One reader reports that the supplement Pycnogenol essentially eliminated chronic eczema. Basic research suggests this antioxidant could have benefit.

A young man eats salad for its health benefits
Acne (pimples)

What Should You Eat to Fight Acne?

Scientists are learning that you can eat to fight acne. Stay away from processed foods and dairy products, and concentrate on vegetables and fruits.

quality fish oil capsules
Coronary Artery Disease

Will Taking Fish Oil Protect You from Heart Disease?

New data suggests that taking fish oil can protect people from heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and premature death without boosting prostate cancer.

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Home Remedies

What Are the Pros and Cons of Biotin for Strong Nails?

Many people take biotin for strong nails, although there is limited scientific support for this use of the supplement. Can biotin interfere with tests?

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Diabetes

Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Certain supplements such as benfotiamine and alpha lipoic acid may help ease diabetic neuropathy. They do not have the same side effects as approved drugs.

Oregon grape plant
Alternative Health

Does Berberine Protect Against Prostate Cancer?

Berberine is a natural product of the Oregon grape plant. Berberine has some fascinating biological activity. Could it be helpful against prostate cancer?

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Alternative Health

Will Meditation Help You Recognize Errors?

Scientists have found that volunteers recognize errors more quickly after a single 20-minute session of open-monitoring meditation.

quality fish oil capsules
Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Will Taking Quality Fish Oil Help Your Heart?

Research has confirmed that quality fish oil supplements can benefit cardiovascular health, mitigate autoimmune disease and possibly ease dry eyes.