The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Diarrhea

Raspberry Powder to Fight Travelers’ Diarrhea

Southern hemisphere travelers recommend raspberry fruit powder or cordial to prevent or treat travelers' diarrhea. Will it work for you?

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Arthritis

Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have Heart Benefits

First we were told fish oil was good for the heart. Then we were told no, it doesn't work. Now, omega 3 fats work after all. What about for arthritis?

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Alternative Health

How Liquid Soap Gives Quick Relief from Leg Spasms

A reader made the serendipitous discovery that applying liquid soap to cramping legs alleviates the spasm. Will it work for you?

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Cancer

Mushrooms May Protect Men from Prostate Cancer

Middle-aged Japanese men who eat mushrooms often have a significantly lower likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Alternative Health

Herbal Medicines and Prescription Drug Interactions

Many popular herbal medicines have prescription drug interactions. Learn about them before including both herbs and drugs in your regimen.

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Baldness

Will MSM Improve Hair Growth?

Some readers report that taking the dietary supplement MSM can improve hair growth and make it fuller and thicker.

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Drug Side Effects

What Accounts for Blood Tests Showing Liver Failure?

When blood tests point to liver failure, you need to figure out quickly whether drugs or supplements you are taking could be responsible.

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Home Remedies

What Dose of Vitamin D Is Good?

People respond differently to vitamin D pills, so finding the exact right dose of vitamin D supplements may require some trial and error with monitoring.

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Alternative Health

How Herbal Medicines Lower Blood Pressure

Scientists are excited to learn how many herbal medicines lower blood pressure. They activate a potassium channel KCNQ5 that relaxes blood vessels.

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Coronary Artery Disease

What Can Vitamin K2 Do for You?

Scientists are studying what vitamin K2 can do. It may help build bone and reduce calcification of major arteries, but research is ongoing.

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Diabetes

What Are Pros and Cons of Cinnamon for Blood Sugar?

You may be able to use a common and delicious spice to help control blood sugar. Before you do, learn about the pros and cons of cinnamon.

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Alternative Health

Will DMSO Ease Your Aching Knees?

Some people like to apply DMSO topically for joint pain. Most of the research has focused on its use for interstitial cystitis rather than arthritis.

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Breast Cancer

Do Onions and Garlic Cut the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Epidemiologists find that Puerto Rican women who eat lots of onions and garlic have a lower chance of breast cancer.

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Home Remedies

American Diets Are a Little Better Now

Over the last decade and a half, American diets have improved, but the changes are modest. More of us should be eating whole grains and protein from plants.

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Home Remedies

Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

Might you control neuropathy by consuming a diet rich in ALA (alpha lipoic acid)? One reader reports better success with diet than supplements.

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Alternative Health

Can Ashwagandha Help You Sleep Better?

A reader wonders: Could ashwagandha help you sleep? Although this Indian herb has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine, there are no scientific studies.

Alternative Health

Natural Approaches to Overcome Vaginal Dryness

Many women find that lack of lubrication associated with menopause complicates sexual enjoyment. How can they overcome vaginal dryness?

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Arthritis

Golden Raisins in Gin: Placebo or Powerful Arthritis Remedy?

People with arthritis are caught in a terrible bind. OTC and prescription drugs have some serious side effects. What about golden raisins in gin?

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Allergies

Will You Breathe Better by Cutting Out Dairy?

One reader found a way to greatly improve hay fever symptoms: cutting out dairy. Would this work against your sniffles and sneezes?

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Blood Clots

What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

Our new underwriter, CocoaVia, offers high-potency cocoa flavanols without the calories of chocolate.