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Doctor Supports Sugar for Hiccups

Doctor Supports Sugar for Hiccups

Q. I have seen some of your articles on curing hiccups and noted my favorite remedy was not mentioned. Just swallow a teaspoon of granulated sugar dry. I learned in med school that this works by stimulating the vagus nerve through reflex irritation of the palate.

A. We wrote about this remedy in our first book, The People’s Pharmacy, in 1976. It was reported in The New England Journal of Medicine (Dec. 23, 1971), and we have been recommending it ever since. It is a simple approach that is usually effective.

When this remedy fails, there are many others. We discuss quite a range in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, and others are described at www.peoplespharmacy.com.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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