By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 0 Comments
    Can You Cure Athlete’s Foot with Thymol?

    Athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. The redness, itching, peeling and burning can be most uncomfortable. There are numerous over-the-counter medications that can he…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Head Off a Migraine with a Supplement

    Migraine headaches can have a dreadful impact on a person's quality of life. In addition to the pain, which can be debilitating if not excruciating, these episodes often bring on nausea, vomiting and…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 0 Comments
    What Will MSM Do for Joint Pain?

    Arthritis creates such dilemmas for its sufferers. There are medications that alleviate pain reasonably well, but many or most of them have serious side effects. Narcotics cause addiction if they are …

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Herbs Prevent a Recurrence of Prostate Cance…

    A few decades ago, any suggestion that herbs might reduce the risk for cancer would have been greeted with suspicion. As researchers scramble to find out what natural products might be helpful, they …

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 11 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Terrible Nail Fungus?

    Nail fungus (onychomycosis in doctor-talk) is a very common problem. Most health care providers don't consider it serious, although some readers have told us that terrible nail fungus can make nails …

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2016 10 Comments
    Why Do So Many Physicians Pooh-Pooh Home Remedie…

    A physician once told us that he had been chastised by a medical colleague for sharing something perceived as implausible. The skeptic was reported to have said: "I wouldn't believe it even if it were…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 8 Comments
    What Is the Best Remedy for Warts?

    Warts are one of the most common skin problems children develop. They are rather mysterious. We know that human papilloma viruses cause warts, and the warts can be treated with any one of a large num…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 11 Comments
    Is It Risky to Rely on Sea Salt?

    Over the past decade or two, many people have come to believe that sea salt has significant health benefits over the common table salt that has long been familiar in salt shakers. Sea salt is produc…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 7 Comments
    Why Does Listerine Soothe Your Itchy Scalp?

    Have you been bedeviled by an itchy scalp? There are plenty of reasons why your scalp might itch. Lice are one possibility, of course, though they seem to be most common among children and people who …

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 4 Comments
    Is There a Treatment for Ridged Fingernails?

    Do you bite your fingernails? Are they long and strong, or do they split or break? Fingernails draw our attention, although only a few nail conditions actually seem to interest dermatologists as indi…

    By: Terry Graedon November 10, 2016 4 Comments
    How Will Legalizing Marijuana Play Out After the…

    The election this week resulted in the passage of new marijuana legislation in several states. How will legalizing marijuana affect policies and practices in those places? Legalizing Marijuana Use: On…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 16 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo for Rosacea Restored Social Lif…

    Rosacea is a highly visible condition that can have a big impact on a person's self image. Dermatologists have a number of medications that they prescribe for this disorder, but some readers get reli…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 10 Comments
    What Is Kratom and Why Does the DEA Want to Ban …

    In the last few years, Americans have become very interested in an herb that would previously have been considered exotic. Kratom has gained popularity as a substitute for narcotics that are increasin…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2016 19 Comments
    Homemade Muscle Cramp Remedy: Ginger, Cinnamon a…

    If you have ever experienced a muscle cramp you know how distressing it can be, especially if the spasm wakes you out of a sound sleep. We recently talked to Bruce Bean, PhD, of Harvard. This neurosci…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 8 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

    Every winter, millions of people suffer with congestion, coughs, fever and other symptoms of the common cold. They may lose days from work. (If they don't take time off, they spread the virus causing …

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 6 Comments
    Is the Calcium Added to Almond Milk Helpful or R…

    Certain sacred cows in health keep showing up time and again. Take calcium supplements as an example. Even doctors who are extremely skeptical of the value of vitamin and mineral supplements in genera…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Daughter Risking Her Life Eating Bananas?

    Unbalanced diets that overemphasize a single food are rarely desirable, but the concerns that may circulate online about such regimens may be unfounded. One such fuss is about eating bananas. Can you …

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 9 Comments
    Why You Should Take Magnesium for Strong Bones

    The usual recommendations for keeping bones strong are a bit too simplistic. Generally, women are told to take high-dose calcium supplements. (Men can also get osteopenia-decreased bone mass-and oste…

    By: Terry Graedon October 20, 2016 6 Comments
    Curcumin Eases Both Depression and Anxiety

    Curcumin is the active ingredient in the yellow spice turmeric. Numerous studies have confirmed its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Could it help against depression and anxiety? Studying…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2016 14 Comments
    Is It Safe to Drink Cinnamon Tea Every Day?

    There is increasing interest in the power of spices for promoting health. Research on spices has also been growing, with scientists documenting their value in blood sugar control, for example (Food C…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Use Dandruff Shampoo for Blepharitis

    Blepharitis, inflamed eyelids, can be annoying as well as painful. It is frequently quite difficult to treat. The usual recommendation is to use hot compresses on the affected eyelid, but one reader f…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Lower Your Cholesterol with Oat Fiber

    Scientists have known for years that consuming oats can lower your cholesterol. In fact, the first study showing that oat bread instead of white bread reduced LDL cholesterol was published in 1963. Ne…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 9 Comments
    Could Calcium Supplements Be Bad for You?

    People who take calcium supplements are more likely to end up with calcium in their arteries. That is the conclusion from a new study that took 10 years to complete. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosc…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2016 92 Comments
    Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

    The latest flip-flop in health has to do with calcium. For decades, doctors, nutrition experts and registered dietitians have been urging women to take calcium supplements to strengthen their bones. A…

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 11 Comments
    Should Doctors Embrace Home Remedies?

    Scientists often dismiss home remedies as bogus because there is no explanation for how they might work. Doctors like drugs because the pharmaceutical companies often have plausible explanations for t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2016 7 Comments
    Can Science Explain Why Vicks on the Feet Calms …

    Around the year 2000 a nurse called into our syndicated radio show to tell us that she calmed nighttime coughs by applying Vicks VapoRub to the soles of her children's feet. She then put socks on the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 4 Comments
    Will MSM Ease Pain and Swelling in Arthritic Joi…

    Arthritis frequently puts people in a terrible double-bind. The medications that are generally used to ease the pain of stiff joints can have risky side effects. People often rely on over-the-counter …

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2016 19 Comments
    Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explan…

    We have been writing about strong flavors for combatting muscle cramps for more than 30 years. Initially, we were told that the quinine in tonic water was the best strategy for overcoming these painul…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 0 Comments
    How Do You Make These Yummy Lentil Dishes?

    We recently spoke with nutrition experts about how to follow a plant-based diet. You can listen to the interview here (Show 1051: How Can Vegetarians Get All the Nutrients They Need?). During that in…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 17 Comments
    Can You Overdose on Vitamin D?

    Doctors generally assume that North Americans are so well nourished that they never need to worry about supplements. In fact, they sometimes fuss that people who take vitamin pills could overdose on …

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 11 Comments
    Will Raisins at Bedtime Reduce Bathroom Visits?

    Anyone who has to get up many times during the night to urinate knows these interruptions can disrupt sleep. So when readers started reporting that eating a few raisins before bed could reduce bathr…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Stop Hand Cramps with a Bar of Soap

    Have you ever suffered from cramps in the muscles of your hand? In addition to hurting like the dickens, such a cramp can make it nearly impossible to use your hand until the muscle contraction is rel…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 7 Comments
    Overcoming Insomnia with Tart Cherry Juice

    Do you often toss and turn for hours? Wouldn't it be great to have a remedy that could help you overcome insomnia, preferably without next-day drowsiness or other undesirable side effects? Some scient…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Ease Indigestion Without PPIs

    Q. Because of concerns about side effects of PPI acid-suppressing drugs, I have switched to Tums. I rely on two or three of these antacids to control my heartburn. Is that safe? What else could I do? …

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 7 Comments
    Can You Soothe a Burn with Soy Sauce?

    What do you do for a kitchen burn? First aid calls for cooling the injured tissue first. Put it in ice water (not plain ice!) or hold it under cold running water from the tap. People have tried many h…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2016 4 Comments
    Was Popeye Right to Eat Spinach?

    Maybe the cartoon character Popeye who swallowed spinach before flexing his muscles had a good idea. Watch for spinach, kale and beet greens that supply nitrate in the diet to star on sports trainin…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Cod Liver Oil

    With the change in seasons, people are becoming more susceptible to coughs and sneezes. Could taking cod liver oil help them avoid colds or recover more quickly? A History of Cod Liver Oil: Q. I'd li…

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2016 14 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure with Hibiscus Tea

    Blood pressure control is essential to maintain good kidney health and reduce the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. But it can be difficult to find blood pressure medication that does not have …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Reduce Inflammation by Nibbling Nuts

    Research has suggested that people who eat nuts may be at lower risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks. Could eating nuts reduce inflammation? Does Your Diet Red…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Ease the Pain of a Jellyfish Sting

    There are many home remedies for a jellyfish sting, but medical authorities are skeptical about most of them. Often, there has been little or no research on the effectiveness of a remedy. Some popular…