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Show 1091: Unexpected Remedies to Soothe Your Summertime Woes

What are your favorite remedies for summertime problems like sunburn or swimmers' ear? Listeners will be sharing with us and each other.
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Unexpected Remedies to Soothe Your Summertime Woes

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Summer is a great time to enjoy being outdoors. But vacation travel and playing in the back yard both offer potential hazards, such as sunburn, bug bites, poison ivy or blisters. How do you handle such everyday problems? We’ll take your calls and questions about common summertime troubles and home remedies that can help ease them.

Do You Need to Take Vitamin D?

Summer is the time when most Americans can actually get enough sun to be able to make the vitamin D they need. But if you are extremely conscientious with your sunscreen, you may not be getting all the vitamin D you expect from your time outside. We talk with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog about vitamin D, the prevalence of insufficiency and how we can get enough.

Your Calls Are Welcome:

To share your summertime remedies or ask a question about a hot-weather worry, tune in Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 7 to 8 AM EDT or call 1-888-472-3366. You can also reach us through email ( or Twitter @peoplespharmacy.

This Week’s Guest:

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is Fellowship Director of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine with the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements, herbal medicine and women’s health.

Dr. Low Dog is a founding member of the American Board of Physician Specialties, American Board of Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Women’s Health. She has served as Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements/Botanicals Expert Committee.

Her books include: Women’s Health in Complementary and Integrative Medicine; Life Is Your Best Medicine; and Healthy at Home. Her latest is Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and More. For more information, see her website:

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The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.

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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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What was the stuff that farmers take to prevent severe sunburn?

For burns, the miracle healer is liquid vitamin E sold in bottles or a capsule broken open. Heals burning immediately.

I have chronic eczema on the bottom of my foot which causes intense itching at night. After trying many remedies recommended by my dermatologist, I was told by a friend to soak my foot in cider vinegar once a day (I do it at night) for about 20 minutes. Six months later, and I have no eczema symptoms!

I have discovered honey for those small kitchen burns or grill burns. Coat the burn with honey and the pain INSTANTLY dissipates. I leave it on until I need to wash my hand. If it is still painful I will reapply. Sticky mess but worth it.

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