By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice for High Blood Pressure

    Should people with high blood pressure start sipping pomegranate juice? That might not be a bad idea, according to a recent study. Juice Lowers Elevated Blood Pressure: A meta-analysis of eight place…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 0 Comments
    Does Suboptimal Vitamin D Put Athletes at Risk f…

    Vitamin D is critical for muscle as well as bone strength. A study of elite college football players found that nearly half of them had suboptimal vitamin D levels. This may make them more vulnerable…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 1 Comments
    What Diet Can Help Control Hemochromatosis?

    Usually, people wonder if they are getting enough iron. But those with hemochromatosis need to be concerned about getting too much iron. This condition leads to iron build-up in organs such as the li…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Hot Peppers Really Harm Your Taste Buds?

    A reader wrote to us recently asking whether it is true that eating hot peppers can dull the taste buds. As pepper lovers ourselves, we found the question compelling. Scientists have not focused much…

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Make Angular Cheilitis Disappear with Hyd…

    Angular cheilitis, also known as perlèche, is a very unpleasant condition in which the corners of the mouth crack open. They are usually red and sore. Sometimes this is caused by leaking saliva, whic…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 4 Comments
    Should You Take Fish Oil to Protect Your Heart?

    If you have heart disease, you've probably read lots about statin drugs to lower cholesterol. You may have seen recommendations about eating a Mediterranean-style diet for heart health. But should you…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Really Soothe Gout Pain?

    People who have had one episode of gout are usually anxious to learn how they can avoid another attack. The pain is so intense that even the light touch of a sheet on the affected joint may be unbear…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 2 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Asafoetida?

    As North Americans embrace herbs and practices from other healing systems, they will inevitably encounter some that are unfamiliar. Most people know little at all about asafoetida, although it was us…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2017 21 Comments
    Why Should You Put Cocoa in Your Coffee?

    Is there an advantage to putting cocoa in your coffee? Recent research suggests that people consuming this flavorful combination improve their performance on certain cognitive tasks. The study was dou…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 3 Comments
    Will Kiwi Fruit Make Canker Sores Disappear?

    Canker sores, technically known as aphthous ulcers, are frequently confused with cold sores, though they are not the same thing at all. Cold sores are caused by an outbreak of herpes virus 1. Canker …

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 1 Comments
    Do You Worry That Hot Peppers Will Dull Your Tas…

    Hot peppers are a staple in our kitchen. We are always pleased when we read about their benefits. Often, research focuses on the topical application of this substance to ease pain (Chung & Campbel…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 10 Comments
    How Can You Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog?

    An encounter with a skunk is a fairly common occurrence for dogs who get to run around in the woods. If the dog is too curious, the skunk will protect itself with its most potent weapon. And then you…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 3 Comments
    How Probiotics Could Ease Your Seasonal Allergie…

    When people start sniffling and sneezing because of seasonal allergies, they usually rely on antihistamines and nasal sprays. A new study suggests that they might also want to consider modifying the …

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Solve the Pretzel Mystery?

    People prone to hypertension are often advised to cut as much salt from their diet as they possibly can. This step would reduce their sodium intake and presumably lower their risk of cardiovascular…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 14 Comments
    Is Coconut Oil Good or Bad for Your Health?

    Some topics seem to generate ongoing confusion. One of these areas of contention is whether or not coconut oil is harmful or beneficial for health. If you search online, you'll find a wide range of op…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Supplements Really Protect You fr…

    Avoiding colds and flu is challenging. Physicians will tell you that vaccination is the only protection against influenza. Frequent hand washing is the other standard recommendation. Unfortunately, im…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 4 Comments
    Can You Get the Vitamin B12 You Need from Seawee…

    Americans are accustomed to being told to just eat a well-balanced diet. The implication is clear that if they did so, they wouldn't need to take any dietary supplements. But "a well-balanced diet' is…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Help Your Heartburn with Persimmon Tea

    Heartburn is an ongoing problem for many people. Gastroenterologists may prescribe a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) or p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 53 Comments
    Magnesium Strikes Out as Cure for Nighttime Leg …

    Nighttime leg cramps cause a great deal of misery. These painful involuntary muscle contractions can wake you from a sound sleep. The pain they cause can be excruciating, even making grown-ups cry. Do…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 2 Comments
    Vitamin D Has an Impact on Ulcerative Colitis

    Serum levels of vitamin D make a difference for people with ulcerative colitis. That is the conclusion of a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ulcerative colitis is a condition in w…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 5 Comments
    Will B Vitamins Help Antipsychotic Drugs Work Be…

    Antipsychotic drugs are the mainstay of treatment for people with schizophrenia. Such medications may control hallucinations in the first few months of treatment, but long-term benefits are less obv…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 4 Comments
    Will a Whiff of Garlic Stop a Stubborn Cough?

    How do you calm a cough? We've heard about numerous home remedies for this common problem. One reader surprised us recently with a way to stop a stubborn cough that we had never encountered before. T…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Use Magnesium to Get to Sleep

    Americans aren't getting enough sleep. Shift work, late night television and various health problems such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome can all contribute to inadequate rest. Sleep depriva…

    By: Terry Graedon February 19, 2017 3 Comments
    Should American Doctors Prescribe More Natural C…

    The practice of medicine can vary significantly from one place to another. Research on rates of surgery and other interventions shows that this is true among geographic regions within the United State…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2017 12 Comments
    Why Is Olive Oil So Good for Your Heart?

    The Mediterranean diet has gotten a lot of attention, but scientists haven't known exactly why it works. A new analysis of data from a randomized trial shows why olive oil is so protective. The PREDI…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Vitamin D Good for Colds? Will it Battle the …

    Grandmothers in Scandinavia have been forcing children to swallow cod liver oil for hundreds of years. They knew it acted as a tonic in the winter to keep colds and other upper respiratory tract infec…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Ashwagandha Ease Your Severe Arthritis Pain…

    People with persistent arthritis pain often find it difficult to get relief. The usual nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen cause side effects wit…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Yoga Ease Your Low Back Pain?

    Low back pain is a common problem, affecting about four-fifths of us at some point during our lives. Sometimes the pain puts people out of action for weeks. It may also become chronic and difficult to…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Get Your Exercise in Just 30 Minutes a We…

    Exercise is considered essential for good health, but many people say they just don't have enough time during a busy workday to go for a hike, bike or visit the gym. At the end of the week, they may h…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Help You Get to Sleep?

    Do you have trouble falling asleep? Many people do. Some folks overcome their insomnia with prescription medication, but the side effects discourage many from taking drugs like zolpidem (Ambien) or es…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 3 Comments
    How Could Spicy Soup Stop Your Migraine?

    People who suffer from repeated migraine headaches are usually very eager to find a way to prevent or abort them. There are prescription medications such as sumatriptan, of course. These can be very h…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 3 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Strong Bones?

    Is there a connection between diet and osteoporosis? Women who want to keep their bones strong might wish to follow the best diet, which is an anti-inflammatory diet. What Is the Link Between Diet and…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 26 Comments
    How Soap Overcame a Scary Throat Spasm

    Many years ago, we heard about putting soap under the bottom sheet to ward off nighttime leg cramps. We thought it was implausible, but after hearing from hundreds of people and trying it ourselves wi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Soothe Your Cough with Cayenne Pepper

    In the winter, when colds and flu viruses are common, one of the most common complaints is a cough that lingers long after the infection has cleared up. Of course, the congestion, sneezing and general…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 5 Comments
    Taking Vitamin D to Prevent Chronic Headaches

    If you suffer from chronic headaches, you would probably do nearly anything to prevent them. We know people who don't drink wine or eat chocolate because doing so might trigger a migraine. One reader…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 21 Comments
    Is There a Problem Taking Melatonin to Sleep?

    Chronic insomnia wears you down. It also contributes to a range of health problems, from high blood pressure to diabetes. But many of the medications people take to get to sleep are not intended for l…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 5 Comments
    How to Calm a Cough with Thyme Tea

    After a cold or the flu, a cough may linger for weeks. What do you do to calm a cough like this? Drinking Thyme Tea to Calm a Cough: Q. I had the flu four weeks ago and still have a cough despite taki…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Bathing in the Dead Sea Soothe Psoriasis?

    The skin condition called psoriasis is an autoimmune reaction to triggers such as infection, injury or stress. Genes play a role, so people with family members who have psoriasis are more susceptible…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Hot Pepper Lovers Live Longer So Fire Up Your Ta…

    Ok, I admit it. I cannot be neutral about this topic since I am a confirmed "chile-head." I love hot peppers. I'm not the only one. Salsa sales are soaring. The market for hot sauce swelled more than …

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 4 Comments
    How Can You Calm a Colicky Baby’s Crying?

    A colicky baby that cries for more than three hours a day at least three days a week can be a real challenge for parents. The babies are difficult to console and their crying is distressing, but very …