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Diabetes

What Do You Eat to Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes?

A long-term study of health professionals suggests that eating fewer processed foods and more whole grains and vegetables can lower the risk for diabetes.

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Alternative Health

Can Splashing Listerine on Shingles Ease Lingering Pain?

Putting original amber Listerine on shingles has helped readers with the pain of this excruciating rash. We don't know why this remedy works.

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Acne (pimples)

Could Dairy-Free Diet Help Clear Your Complexion?

According to research, people following a dairy-free diet are less prone to acne. Could this approach benefit your complexion?

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Do You Take Olive Oil for Your Blood Pressure?

Could extra virgin olive oil rich in plant phenols be a key to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? One reader suggests we should all take olive oil.

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Alternative Health

Will Vicks VapoRub Help Your Athlete’s Foot?

Vicks is not promoted as a treatment for athlete's foot. How could Vicks VapoRub help? It contains many essential oils with antifungal activity.

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Alternative Health

Can You Cure Warts With Vitamin A?

A reader used water-soluble vitamin A to cure warts on the sole of the foot. Scientific research is inconclusive about this and other wart remedies.

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Aging

What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia?

A study from Framingham suggests berries, apples, pears, oranges and tea are among the foods you should eat to reduce your risk for Alzheimer disease.

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Hangover

Have You Found a Hangover Remedy That Works?

A double-blind placebo-controlled trial found that a solution containing vitamins, minerals and five plant extracts is a hangover remedy that works.

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Alternative Health

Will Taking Ashwagandha Help You Fall Asleep?

One reader reports success with an Ayurvedic herb for insomnia. Could the Indian herb ashwagandha help you sleep better too?

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Coronavirus

Will Vitamin D Help You Avoid Infection?

Several research papers link low vitamin D levels to a higher risk of COVID-19. We need clinical trials to see if supplements help you avoid infection.

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Heart Attack

Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

Studies show that coffee drinkers are less likely to die of heart disease, unless they drink a lot of boiled coffee. Unfiltered coffee is bad for you.

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Alternative Health

How Can You Get a Fever Down Without Drugs?

Centuries ago, people used a tepid bath to get a fever down, even if they had no medications. Now, doctors want to know about the underlying infection.

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Alternative Health

Will CBD Oil Help Your Arthritis Pain?

Cannabidiol has been studied for its ability to relieve joint pain in animals. Some readers think it might also help ease your arthritis pain.

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Alternative Health

Can Plants Really Protect You from a Hangover?

A special supplement containing extracts from five plants (acerola, ginger, ginkgo, prickly pear and willow) reduced hangover symptoms significantly.

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Cancer

Reducing Cancer Risk With Vitamin D and Magnesium

A new study finds that the combination of adequate vitamin D and magnesium helps patients with colorectal cancer avoid an early death.

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Allergies

Quercetin Is a Natural Way to Relieve Spring Allergies

The flavonoids quercetin and luteolin can dampen mast cell response to allergic triggers and ease symptoms from spring allergies.

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Home Remedies

Peppermint Oil Can Help With IBS Symptoms

People looking for a natural way to manage IBS symptoms might want to try enteric-coated peppermint oil. Exercise could also help.

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Alternative Health

Will Soap Under the Bottom Sheet Ease Foot Pain?

One reader found that keeping soap under the bottom sheet of the bed reduced the unbearable pain caused by tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
Podcasts

Show 1210: What Are the Health Benefits of Tea, Coffee and Chocolate?

If you think of them as just tasty beverages, you could be surprised to learn about the health benefits of tea, coffee and chocolate. Listen May 2, 2020.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Can Your Gut Microbiome Affect Your Memory?

When their gut microbiome has more Lactobacillus in it, mice perform better on memory tests. Will you?