By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Sweet Dreams with Tart Cherry Juice at Bedtime

    If you, like so many people, suffer from insomnia, you may be feeling frustrated. The disadvantages of relying on sleeping pills, either prescription or over-the-counter, are becoming clearer. At the …

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Can You Prevent Cold Sores by Avoiding Cashews?

    Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are part of the body's reaction to herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Although the vast majority of us have been exposed to HSV-1, not everyone gets blister…

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 6 Comments
    Can You Heal Sore Fingertips with Salve?

    Every year, we hear from people who suffer during cold weather with sore fingertips that are cracked or even split open. This condition makes it difficult to fasten buttons, handle pen and paper, mani…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 5 Comments
    Understanding Ayurvedic Medical Practice and Pro…

    For people who are interested in learning more about Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of the Indian subcontinent, we offer this guest post by Jennifer Rioux, PhD. She is a Doctor of Ayurv…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 14 Comments
    Show 1101: How You Can Use Essential Oils for Be…

    Plant-based oils often carry the scent of the plant. Plants may use them to attract insects, but people have found numerous uses for them as well. Some can be used in skin care, while others may be us…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 7 Comments
    Do Nuts Help the Heart Stay Strong?

    We’re nuts about nuts. A new epidemiological study demonstrates that people who enjoy an ounce of nuts several times a week are less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease (Guasch-Ferré et al, J…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 19 Comments
    Is There Science to Support Vinegar for Reflux?

    We love home remedies, but most are based on people's experience and don't have any truly scientific explanation for why or how they work. That is why we get excited when we encounter a possible reaso…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2017 8 Comments
    How Can You Choose a Good Supplement?

    The topic of supplements has long been controversial, with some health care professionals claiming that people who eat a well-balanced diet need no additional vitamins or minerals. Others, in contrast…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure by Sipping Hibiscus …

    Does your doctor frown over your blood pressure? Sometimes blood pressure is higher in the office than at home. (This is called "white-coat hypertension.") But if your pressure is starting to climb ev…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Smearing Greek Yogurt on the Face Ease Flak…

    Have you ever heard of seborrheic dermatitis? This skin condition resembles dandruff on the face. Probably the cause of both conditions is an overgrowth of the yeast that normally co-exists with other…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 0 Comments
    Is It Safe to Heat Cocoa in the Microwave?

    Microwave ovens are no longer a novel or unusual technology. In many offices and some homes, they are the primary or only way to heat things. Still, some people are unsure about their safety. We stron…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 1 Comments
    FDA Reverses Its Stand on Soy Health Claims

    Since 1999, food manufacturers have been allowed to make heart health claims for foods containing soy protein. This was based on the idea that soy protein might lower LDL cholesterol, which in turn sh…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 0 Comments
    Don’t Overdose on Black Licorice!

    The FDA has a warning for anyone whose Halloween trick-or-treat bag is brimming with black licorice. According to the agency, eating too much black licorice, about two ounces a day, can disrupt heart…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 1 Comments
    Do Chili Peppers Help the Heart?

    Pepperheads may be doing their hearts a favor when they indulge their taste buds. Research from China suggests that those who eat meals with lots of chili peppers often go lighter on the salt (Hyperte…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 19 Comments
    How to Get Pesticides Off an Apple

    Before biting into a juicy apple, you may want to wash any pesticides off its skin. You can buy special fruit and vegetable washes in the grocery store, but new research shows a simple solution you ca…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Blood pressure is a key factor in good health, because it helps determine whether you will be susceptible to a heart attack or a stroke. There are a number of elements that can influence blood pressur…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    Which Drugs Mess with Vitamin B12?

    Keeping track of the nutritional consequences of medications can be tricky. Doctors don't always ask about possible problems; nor do pharmacists necessarily take these into account. But there are some…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 15 Comments
    Could Standing On an Icepack Cure Leg Cramps Fas…

    If you search cure leg cramps on our website you will likely find all sort of remedies. They include pickle juice, pickle relish, yellow mustard, tonic water, soap under the bottom sheet, glycerin, B …

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Story on Selenium and Thyroid?

    The body is a remarkable system. Like any system, every part affects all the others. Consequently, focusing on just one nutrient usually doesn't make a lot of sense. When it comes to thyroid function,…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Milk of Magnesia Help Rosacea?

    Rosacea is a skin condition that causes easy flushing of the face and then lasting redness on the cheeks, chin, nose or forehead. There may be bumps that resemble pimples-although they aren't actually…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin D for Asthma Improve Breathin…

    According to the CDC there are about 25 million Americans who have asthma. That means that one 1 of every 12 people has some degree of wheezing, chest tightness, coughing or breathing difficulties. Co…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 19 Comments
    Alternatives for Arthritis vs. NSAID Disasters

    Do you like to save money? Here's a little reminder: the sale on our brand new book: Graedons' Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis will last only until Friday, November 10, 2017. Go to the bottom of t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 13 Comments
    Do You Take Magnesium to Get to Sleep?

    Adequate sleep is a cornerstone of good health, but far too many of us don't get enough. We stay up late staring at screens, whether for work or entertainment. Perhaps we get up early for a long commu…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 11 Comments
    What Is Blackseed Oil Good For?

    As Americans grow disenchanted with pharmaceuticals, they have become interested in botanical medicines. Many of these come from different medical traditions. Scientists may not have devoted much time…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 3 Comments
    Rub on Heat from Peppers to Ease Pain in Hands

    People have been suffering with arthritis since the dawn of humankind. Painful joints and stiffness can slow a person down considerably. And arthritis pain in hands makes it difficult to accomplish ev…

    By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Licorice Oil Calms the Heat of Fire Ant Stings

    What do you do for fire ant stings? As fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) push further north, many more people will have occasion to treat the pain of their stings. Some readers are enthusiastic about vin…

    By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Are Your Medicines Depriving You of Folate?

    Vitamin B9, or folate, is crucial for the normal development of human embryos. That is why pregnant women and those who may become pregnant are urged to take at least 400 mcg daily of folic acid, the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 12, 2017 3 Comments
    Do Tea Drinkers Have Better Weight Control?

    Research in mice hints that tea drinkers might find it easier to lose weight than those choosing other beverages. Green tea has a reputation as aiding in weight loss (Turkozu & Tek, Critical Revie…

    By: Terry Graedon October 9, 2017 23 Comments
    Are You Crazy to Keep Soap Under the Sheets?

    If you found a bar of soap under the sheets on your bed, you might be startled. Of course, if you've been reading The People's Pharmacy, you'll know immediately what that soap is doing there. Many peo…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Capsaicin Help Your Blood Pressure?

    Many readers would like to learn about natural ways to control blood pressure. They prefer to avoid the expense and potential side effects of anti-hypertensive medicines. One reader without much hot …

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 8 Comments
    How to Make Fewer Bathroom Visits at Night

    Do you have to get up several times a night to make your way to the bathroom? Many readers would welcome a simple way to make fewer bathroom visits. Several report that they have indeed found a soluti…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 1 Comments
    How to Lift Worry Along with Weights

    Lifting weights makes your muscles stronger; it may also make you feel less anxious. Can you really lift worry off your shoulders as you do your weight-lifting routine? Studies Show Weight-Lifting Hel…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 15 Comments
    What Happens If You Eat Saturated Fat?

    At least since the middle of the 20th century, Americans have been warned not to eat saturated fat. The idea was that fats that are solid at room temperature, like butter or the fat found in meat like…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Probiotics Cut Gas from Drinking Milk?

    Many of us struggle with smelly gas, known more technically (and perhaps more politely) as flatulence. Sometimes the culprit is a medication that is causing the trouble. But people trying to control f…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 9 Comments
    Get Magnesium Just Right to Prevent Dementia

    Most people would like to find a way to prevent dementia, but the picture is complex. Lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet and sleep have all been suggested as possible paths to keeping our brains…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 13 Comments
    Will Magnesium Help You Sleep Better All Night?

    Have you ever wakened far too early and resigned yourself to tossing and turning until time to get up? This scenario is common. We were pleased to learn that one reader found a simple supplement could…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 5 Comments
    When Should You Worry About Hiccups?

    Have you ever had hiccups? Almost everyone has. They can be annoying, embarrassing and uncomfortable, but hiccups generally go away on their own. When hiccups last for more than two days, though, they…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Grape Juice with Certo Make Feet Feel Bette…

    Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tough tissue on the sole of the foot, is a drag. The heel pain, though persistent, is especially strong in the morning and can make it difficult to exercise o…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 14 Comments
    Can Acupressure Arm Bands Help with Sleep Proble…

    Many individuals who have sleep problems from time to time would rather solve them without resorting to sleeping pills. After all, prescription sleeping pills can be habit-forming. Even OTC sleep aids…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 14 Comments
    Just How Scary Is Saturated Fat?

    Have you ever heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? It's not true. Many old dogs learn new tricks with the right training and motivation. It turns out that it could be a lot harder…