By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 5 Comments
    Can Acupuncture Help Your Joint Pain?

    Can acupuncture help your joint pain? The answer might be yes, if you are a woman being treated for breast cancer. Many postmenopausal women with breast cancer may receive aromatase inhibitors such as…

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2018 8 Comments
    Why Would Vicks VapoRub Soothe Poison Ivy Itch?

    Did you know that Vicks VapoRub has been around for more than a century? It can be found all over the world. We have been collecting Unique Uses fo Vicks for decades. Here is one that we never heard b…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2018 2 Comments
    Can a Chinese Fungus Help You Sleep Better?

    Millions of people have trouble sleeping. For some, the main problem is falling asleep. Others report difficulty staying asleep. One reader who wakes up too early and can't fall back to sleep wonders …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 22 Comments
    Can Cod Liver Oil Relieve Your Knee Pain?

    Knee osteoarthritis can really interfere with mobility. Doctors prescribe pain relievers such as diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren) or meloxicam (Mobic), but patients should not take such NSAID medicatio…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Listerine Soothe Your Itchy Eczema?

    Atopic dermatitis is an overreaction of the immune system that results in itchy eczema. People who are prone to hay fever or asthma are also more susceptible to this condition that produces red bumps …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 8 Comments
    Soy Sauce to the Rescue to Cool a Burn

    What do you do for a burn? First aid experts recommend dousing the burned skin in cold water, and so do we. That stops the heat and prevents further damage. However, to cool a burn and ease the pain a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2018 24 Comments
    Will Castor Oil Get Rid of Skin Tags?

    Skin tags are not dangerous, but they can be annoying. These benign growths are usually small, and often occur in underarms, on the neck or near skin folds. Dermatologists can remove them surgically, …

    By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Relieve Gout Pain?

    Gout can cause excruciating pain. In this condition, uric acid builds up in the bloodstream until the crystals precipitate out in a joint and cause swelling, redness and extreme tenderness. While doct…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2018 19 Comments
    Will Chiropractic Care Help You Recover from Bac…

    Back pain is common, but doctors disagree about the best treatment. Often, physicians recommend that sufferers take pain relievers and let nature take its course to recovery. Patients sometimes consid…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2018 15 Comments
    Can You Boost Your Bone Density with Exercise?

    Weakened bones with low bone density put a person at risk for fracture. When an older person breaks a hip, the consequences can be devastating. As a result, it makes sense to look for ways to boost yo…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 8 Comments
    Can You Fight Bacteria with Viruses?

    Antibiotic resistance has become a global concern. But Mother Nature has come up with a fascinating option for overcoming bacterial infection: viruses that fight bacteria. Using Viruses to Fight Bacte…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 7 Comments
    Should You Have a Blue Thumb to Be Pain Free?

    Gentian violet is an old but versatile medication. It was created in the 19th century, and although it is a bright blue dye, it was never used to color cloth or products. Its applications were strictl…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 21 Comments
    How Can You Find Quinine for Leg Cramps?

    When a common remedy becomes unavailable, people often become creative. They find new ways to address the problem. That is what many folks have needed to do once the FDA took quinine for leg cramps of…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh June 7, 2018 10 Comments
    How to Ease Migraine Pain without Prescriptions

    I truly sympathize with those who suffer from chronic migraines. While I occasionally have a mild headache, only once do I think I may have experienced something even close to migraine pain. When I ha…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Dandruff Shampoo Ease Your Jock Itch?

    Human skin is home to an amazing array of organisms that are too tiny to see with the naked eye. Most of the time, these microbes get along well enough. But occasionally, their ecological system gets …

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 31 Comments
    Will Your Hiccups Go Away If You Reach and Sip?

    Have you ever tried to make hiccups go away with a home remedy? There are dozens, at least! Some sound entirely plausible, while others appear quite improbable. They all have one thing in common: a fe…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 10 Comments
    Easy Ways to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

    In many parts of the country, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and swim season. Avid swimmers can't wait to jump into the pool, lake or river. But this activity can lead to infections in the…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2018 6 Comments
    Raw Onion to Quell Pain of Sting

    You may have simple ingredients in your kitchen cupboard that can ease pain in an emergency. Perhaps you have read about using soy sauce or yellow mustard to cool the pain of a burn. No doubt you are …

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2018 1 Comments
    How Could a Cold Mouth Stop Your Migraine?

    Anyone who suffers from migraines would go to great lengths not to have one. Some people are very conscientious about following a migraine diet (see below). Others are careful to stick to a strict sch…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2018 21 Comments
    How to Manage Your Heartburn Without Drugs

    The American diet seems designed to create digestive problems. We love fast food, which is low in fiber and high in processed carbs and fat. We also eat on the run. As a result, many people suffer fro…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2018 22 Comments
    Skeptic Discovers Benefit of Soap for Neuropathy

    Do you suffer from nerve pain? This type of pain can be quite difficult to treat. Medications such as gabapentin (Neurontin) or pregabalin (Lyrica) may ease the discomfort, especially at first. Howeve…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 15 Comments
    Will Your Toes Be Fungus-Free and Purple?

    When the weather gets warm, are you embarrassed to put on sandals so everyone can see your toes? Even though it is very common, toenail fungus can be unsightly.You might also have trouble getting rid …

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2018 12 Comments
    Aromatherapy | Can a Sniff of Alcohol Relieve Na…

    Have you ever experienced nausea? Who hasn’t? It’s a terrible feeling. It can be brought on by vertigo or medications. Cancer chemotherapy drugs are notorious for triggering unrelenting nausea and…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 18 Comments
    Will Cannabis Cream Really Ease Neuropathy?

    People with neuropathy are often desperate for relief. The causes of this nerve pain may vary, from drug side effects to the aftermath of an infection. Sometimes too little or too much of a common vit…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 21 Comments
    Will Soap Under Sheets Help Your Leg Cramps?

    Have you ever leapt out of bed in the middle of the night with a terrible pain in your calf or your hamstring? Nocturnal leg cramps can really wreck a night's sleep. Some people are quite susceptible …

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Will Gelatin Strengthen Your Broken Nails?

    Nail problems are notoriously stubborn. It takes a long time for nails, especially toenails, to grow out. Consequently, a treatment that is working from the inside out, improving the nail plate and ma…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 49 Comments
    Are You Wasting Your Money on Curcumin?

    If you have ever shopped for supplements online, you may have wondered if you are wasting your money. Ever since 1994, when Congress passed the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA), FDA…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 8 Comments
    Pouring Ground Black Pepper on a Cut Stops Its B…

    We have been collecting home remedies for years. One fascinating remedy is a way to stop bleeding from a minor cut. It is very simple: just put ground black pepper on the cut and cover it with a banda…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Borax in Shoes Get Rid of Foot Odor?

    Smelly feet are embarrassing, although the problem is quite common. Doctors rarely become concerned about foot odor, but it can be quite a social liability. What remedies really work to get rid of the…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2018 6 Comments
    How to Time Your Meals to Control Blood Sugar

    Does it matter how you time your meals? Nutrition experts often urge obese people with diabetes to eat six small meals evenly spaced throughout the day. The idea is that this pattern will even out blo…

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2018 34 Comments
    Pricey Nail Fungus Treatment vs. Inexpensive Hom…

    Let’s be honest. Nail fungus looks disgusting. When your nails get thick and misshapen, yellow, brown and crumbly, they are not nice to look at. Why do some people develop fungus and others don’t?…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 13 Comments
    How Safe Are Lavender and Tea Tree Oils?

    Lavender and tea tree oils are popular ingredients in body care products. But might they have some unintended consequences? A new study presented at the Endocrine Society Annual Meeting in Chicago on…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2018 23 Comments
    How Can You Feel Better with a Sluggish Thyroid?

    Millions of Americans are struggling to manage despite a sluggish thyroid gland. Levothyroxine, the main treatment for underactive thyroid, is among the most frequently prescribed drugs in the country…

    By: Terry Graedon March 15, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Mindfulness Meditation Reduce the Risk of D…

    Warding off major depression without medication is a big challenge. Mindfulness meditation may help, however. A study found that people with low-level depression who practiced meditation in a group we…

    By: Terry Graedon March 12, 2018 14 Comments
    Is Acidophilus an Antidote for Dreadful Diarrhea…

    Diarrhea that comes and goes suddenly and unpredictably can be a serious problem even if it is not connected to a serious diagnosis. People who have this experience may become reluctant to leave home,…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2018 23 Comments
    Why Would Armour Thyroid Help Hashimoto’s?

    The thyroid gland is small and rather unobtrusive, but its effects are huge. This butterfly-shaped bit of tissue on the front of the neck produces hormones that help set the metabolism of every cell i…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2018 8 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Plantar Warts?

    Plantar warts that appear on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hand can sometimes be stubborn. Those on the soles may cause discomfort when a person is standing, walking or running. But people…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2018 2 Comments
    Does the Laxative Psyllium Really Lower Choleste…

    Dietary fiber is almost universally acknowledged as beneficial. Diets rich in whole grains and vegetables that supply fiber seem to be associated with better cardiovascular health, better metabolic ba…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2018 10 Comments
    Fascinating Strategies to Get Rid of Warts

    Warts are caused by a near-ubiquitous virus, human papillomavirus. But nobody knows quite why they pop up at certain times and are absent at others. Doctors can offer a variety of treatments for warts…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2018 2 Comments
    Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp

    There are a number of skin conditions that can be a bit difficult to distinguish. A person who complains about itchy bumps on the scalp and assumes it is acne might actually be treating seborrheic der…