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bottles of listerine and white vinegar help curing nail fungusAlternative HealthJoe Graedon - November 28, 2022 - 97 comments

Listerine, Vicks & Vinegar Curing Nail Fungus

Common drugstore items like Vicks and Listerine are the key ingredients to home remedies that may prove helpful for getting rid of nasty nail fungus.

Terry Graedon - November 14, 2022

Do You Take Olive Oil for Your Blood Pressure?

Terry Graedon - November 14, 2022

Spicy Supplement Solves Pain Problem

Products rich in magnesium on wooden spoons.
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - November 5, 2022

Will Adequate Magnesium Keep Your Heart Healthy?

A long-term study of atherosclerosis revealed that adequate magnesium is critical for good heart health. A supplement could help.

N-Acetylcysteine structure
AnemiaTerry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Can N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) Help Cancer Patient?

N-acetylcysteine is both a medicine and a dietary supplement that protects liver, lungs and kidneys from damage.

kiwi fruit slices close up
ConstipationTerry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Are There Natural Remedies for Constipation?

A number of natural remedies for constipation work very well. You may not have heard of eating two kiwifruit a day.

feet with ants demonstrate diabetic neuropathy
DiabetesTerry Graedon - October 31, 2022

Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Certain supplements such as benfotiamine and alpha lipoic acid may help ease diabetic neuropathy. Topical capsaicin could also relieve pain.

Grilled lean white meat chicken breast with green and red peppers.
DiabetesTerry Graedon - October 27, 2022

Best Diet for People with Diabetes Is Low in Carbs

Randomized controlled trials show that people following a meal plan low in carbs were better able to lose weight and control blood sugar.

Almonds
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - October 27, 2022

Could Almonds Overcome Constipation Problem?

Some readers report almonds overcome constipation. A randomized controlled trial supports this conclusion as well.

view of soles of feet clad in socks to cover Vicks on feet
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - October 27, 2022

Vicks on the Feet Calms Night Cough: Not a Placebo!

Many health professionals insist that home remedies are placebos. What if there were an explanation for Vicks on the feet to calm a cough?

three red cherries
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - October 24, 2022

Overcoming Insomnia with Tart Cherry Juice

Tart cherries are rich in melatonin. A cup of cherry juice from concentrate twice a day may help people overcome insomnia.

Deodorant for underarms contains no aluminum
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 24, 2022

Milk of Magnesia Is Magnificent Deodorant

We first heard about using milk of magnesia as an underarm deodorant in 2006 from a reader who learned this trick while traveling in Brazil.

Green tea leaves on plant are rich in flavanols
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - October 20, 2022

New Guidelines on Flavanols Can Help Improve Health

People who get 400 to 600 mg of flavanols in their daily diets are less likely to suffer from diabetes or cardiovascular problems.

red, white and yellow onions
CoughsTerry Graedon - October 17, 2022

How to Make Onion Syrup for a Cough

Some readers like to make onion syrup when they have a cough. This home remedy seems to help calm a cough with minimal side effects.

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Blood ClotsTerry Graedon - October 17, 2022

What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

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woman with dandruff in her hair
DandruffJoe Graedon - October 17, 2022

Dandruff

Dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis both seem to result from a reaction to yeast that normally live on the skin. You CAN control Malassezia!

a bottle of Synthroid 175mcg, people on Synthroid, brand name Synthroid thyroid pills
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - October 10, 2022

Do Walnuts Really Interfere with Synthroid Effectiveness?

The manufacturer warns patients that eating walnuts with their medicine could interfere with Synthroid effectiveness.

a cup of hot hibiscus tea
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Terry Graedon - October 10, 2022

How to Lower Blood Pressure by Sipping Hibiscus Tea

Sipping hibiscus tea a few times a day can help get blood pressure under control. Studies show hibiscus may act like an ACE inhibitor.

Young woman suffering from morning sickness
Alternative HealthJoe Graedon - October 10, 2022

Aromatherapy | Can a Sniff of Alcohol Relieve Nausea?

Feeling nauseated is awful. OTC drugs are not very helpful and even Rx meds may not work. Could a sniff of alcohol ease symptoms of nausea?

cooked swordfish steak with greens
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - October 6, 2022

Could Fat from Fish Be Good for Your Brain?

People with higher blood levels of DHA, an omega-3 fat from fish, had lower levels of amyloid in the brain and less brain shrinkage.

senior Japanese man checking his blood pressure
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - October 3, 2022

Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure with Food?

To lower your blood pressure with food, emphasize vegetables and skip the sweets. Following a DASH diet and eating plenty of garlic (or taking a supplement) can help.

Some people use a penny or two to make warts disappear
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - October 3, 2022

How to Make Warts Disappear by Buying Them

Even though warts are caused by a virus, they are susceptible to suggestion. Some people make warts disappear by buying them.

Coffee drinkers can keep heart rhythm regular
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - September 29, 2022

Study Shows No Need to Shun Coffee to Keep Heart Rhythm Regular

Doctors often tell patients to avoid caffeinated coffee to keep their heart rhythm regular. Studies suggest there's no need to worry.

portueguese man o' war jellyfish washed up at the beach
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 26, 2022

How to Ease the Pain of a Jellyfish Sting

The best remedies for a jellyfish sting may depend on the species of jellyfish. Vinegar is sometimes helpful, and so is hot water.

Bottles of Red Yeast Rice on a store shelf
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)Terry Graedon - September 26, 2022

Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

Can you get your cholesterol down with natural products? Red yeast rice, turmeric and psyllium may help control lipids.

a man with arthritic knees, holding his knee in pain
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 22, 2022

How to Ease Arthritic Knees with Natural Remedies

NSAIDs can relieve the pain of arthritic knees in the short term, but long-term side effects are discouraging. What about natural approaches?

seborrheic keratosis
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Could Hydrogen Peroxide Get Rid of Seborrheic Keratosis?

No home remedies appear effective against a seborrheic keratosis, but applying diclofenac gel might be worth a try.

bare feet of a woman in bed with rumpled covers suffering from restless leg syndrome (needs RLS relief)
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

Doctors can prescribe pills for RLS, but many people would prefer nondrug approaches. How about supplements for your restless legs syndrome?

Doctors with patient suffering from COVID surge
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - September 19, 2022

Does Vitamin D3 Improve Survival of COVID-19 Patients?

Several studies have produced conflicting results on the potential value of vitamin D3 for survival of COVID-19 patients. Which is right?

Bottle of Glucosamine
ArthritisJoe Graedon - September 19, 2022

Is There Any Science to Support Glucosamine for Arthritis?

Glucosamine for arthritis is a controversial dietary supplement. Some people say it works. Others say it's worthless. What do studies show?

Older man playing chess. Mental activity can help keep your brain healthy so you stay sharp
AgingTerry Graedon - September 15, 2022

Could a Daily Multivitamin Help You Stay Sharp?

The COSMOS-MInd study show that seniors taking a daily multivitamin are more likely to stay sharp. A high-veggie diet might also help.

Woman holding her hand to her left breast, suffering from under breast rash and under-breast itching
Alternative HealthTerry Graedon - September 12, 2022

Will Milk of Magnesia Help Under-Breast Itching?

How can you control under-breast itching? Many women share their remedies, from Listerine to Milk of Magnesia. A low-sugar diet also helps.

tart cherries belong with natural approaches for arthritis
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 5, 2022

Sweet Dreams with Tart Cherry Juice at Bedtime

A reader reports that drinking tart cherry juice at bedtime leads to sound sleep. Research studies support the benefits of cherries for sleep.

yellow mustard squeezing out of a bottle
BurnsTerry Graedon - September 5, 2022

Cold Yellow Mustard Relieves Burn

The pain of a household burn can be eased by applying cold yellow mustard after the immediate first aid of cold water.

man in plaid pajamas has to get up to pee
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 5, 2022

How Often Do You Get Up to Pee at Night?

Some readers find that eating raisins before bedtime means they don't have to get up to pee as often, or possibly not at all.