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pile of salt next to a salt shakerHigh Blood Pressure (hypertension)Terry Graedon - April 1, 2021
Holiday Kitchen BundleHome RemediesJoe Graedon - April 1, 2021
Man with type 2 diabetes checks blood sugar on glucometer to manage diabetesDiabetesTerry Graedon - April 19, 2021

Will Natural Sugar Substitute Xylitol Raise Blood Sugar?

The natural sugar substitute xylitol doesn't raise blood sugar or insulin, but it may cause diarrhea and is toxic to dogs.

Terry Graedon - March 29, 2021

Do People Who Eat Nuts Live Longer?

Terry Graedon - March 22, 2021

Diet and Exercise Can Help You Manage Diabetes

Joe Graedon - February 25, 2021

Why Are Gin-Steeped Raisins in the New York Times?

Terry Graedon - February 22, 2021

What Is the Best Breakfast to Lower Cholesterol?

Terry Graedon - February 1, 2021

Can You Use Dark Cocoa to Overcome Constipation?

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
ArthritisJoe Graedon - January 21, 2021

How to Mix Certo and Grape Juice for Arthritis

Certo and grape juice (the purple pectin remedy) can lower cholesterol, make arteries more flexible and ease arthritis pain.

Three black walnuts in green fruit husks
CancerTerry Graedon - January 4, 2021

What Is the Benefit to Eating Black Walnuts?

English walnuts may have the advantage for heart health, but black walnuts appear to have anticancer activity.

Friends having fun while preparing fresh vegetables
AllergiesTerry Graedon - January 4, 2021

Will an Allergen-Free Diet Help Your Joint Pain?

One reader found that following an allergen-free diet without dairy, eggs or gluten eliminated joint pain. Will it work for you?

coconut cookies for Crohn's
Crohn’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - December 21, 2020

What Happened to Archway Coconut Cookies?

Archway has changed hands several times, and the current owner does not seem to be making Archway coconut cookies. You can make your own!

tomato, bell pepper, kale greens, broccoli greens on salad. sources of vitamin C in food
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - December 7, 2020

Where Can You Find Vitamin C in Food?

There are many sources of vitamin C in food other than citrus fruits. Are you getting enough to keep your immune system strong?

Fresh organic artichokes at a farmers market, ingredients for green Mediterranean diet
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - November 26, 2020

Is a Green Mediterranean Diet Healthy for Your Heart?

A green Mediterranean diet relying on plant protein instead of meat or fish lowers LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin resistance.

almonds and almond milk on table as part of dairy-free diet
FractureTerry Graedon - November 26, 2020

If You Are a Vegan or Vegetarian, Are Your Bones Weaker?

People who stick to a vegan or vegetarian diet appear to be more likely to suffer a broken hip over the next decade.

Walnut halves
Heart AttackJoe Graedon - November 12, 2020

Walnuts are Good for Heart Health!

Many physicians prescribe drugs to lower LDL cholesterol and inflammation. Walnuts are also good at lowering cholesterol and inflammation.

kiwi fruit slices close up
ConstipationTerry Graedon - November 9, 2020

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.

Foods that provide AREDS vitamins
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - November 5, 2020

What Should You Eat for a Healthy Heart?

When you choose what to eat for a healthy heart, pick vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and avoid highly processed fried foods and sugar.

rosacea skin problem on woman's cheek
Acne Rosacea (rosacea)Terry Graedon - October 5, 2020

Do Tomatoes, Citrus and Chocolate Make Skin Problem Worse?

Rosacea can be a stubborn skin problem. One reader found that a change in diet made a significant difference.

Shingles on left side of back
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - September 28, 2020

Will Eating Tuna Make Shingles Worse?

There is a possibility that eating foods rich in arginine could make shingles worse. We offer a list of what you might avoid.

a spoon poised to dissolve baking soda in water
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - September 14, 2020

How Does Baking Soda in Water Fight Swelling?

A dose of baking soda in water signals the spleen to produce anti-inflammatory immune cells. This may help reduce swelling.

cooking with olive oil
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - September 7, 2020

Will Olive Oil Raise Your Good HDL Cholesterol?

Using virgin olive oil in your diet can increase your good HDL cholesterol and possibly lower your risk of heart problems.

Photo illustration of various locations of leg and foot cramps, muscle cramp pain
Cramps (hands, legs)Terry Graedon - August 24, 2020

Can Tonic Water Banish Your Muscle Cramp Pain?

The quinine in tonic water can activate TRPM7, a transient receptor potential channel, to ease or eliminate muscle cramp pain.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
BleedingTerry Graedon - August 17, 2020

Will Pectin and Grape Juice Make Bleeding Worse?

A pectin and grape juice remedy cut down on nighttime urination but made nosebleeds worse, due to the action of grape juice and aspirin.

young woman with pancreatitis or microscopic colitis
ColitisTerry Graedon - July 27, 2020

What Can You Do to Control Microscopic Colitis?

Diarrhea due to microscopic colitis can be debilitating. One step might be to restore balance to the microbiota in the digestive tract.

testing blood glucose to detect diabetes
DiabetesTerry Graedon - July 16, 2020

Can You Reduce Your Chance of Getting Diabetes?

You may be able to lower your chance of getting diabetes if you concentrate on eating lots of vegetables and fruits rather than processed foods.

many types of beans to eat are sources of plant protein
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - July 16, 2020

What Are the Benefits of Consuming Plant Protein?

Two large studies demonstrate that people who eat more plant protein rather than meat have a small but significant advantage for long life.

grilled fish and vegetables are part of best diet for arthritis
Cognitive DysfunctionTerry Graedon - July 16, 2020

Does Eating Fish Protect the Brain from Pollution?

A study finds that, for older women, eating fish a couple of times a week can provide protection against brain shrinkage caused by air pollution.

A low-carb mixed leaf salad with smoked salmon, spinach, cucumber and onions; eat to lower cholesterol
High CholesterolTerry Graedon - July 9, 2020

How You Should Eat to Lower Cholesterol Is Controversial

An international panel says there's little evidence that LDL cholesterol is an important risk factor for heart disease. A low-fat diet might not be helpful.

16 almonds in a pile for snacking
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Terry Graedon - July 2, 2020

Snacking on Almonds Improves Your Blood Vessels

British researchers found that snacking on almonds instead of mini-muffins boosts blood vessel flexibility and lowers LDL cholesterol levels.

test tube of blood labeled LDL-C Test
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - June 29, 2020

What Is the Best Diet to Lower Cholesterol?

If you focus on vegetables, fruits and whole grains and avoid processed foods, you're on a good diet to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

Young woman applying moisturizer to her face
Acne (pimples)Terry Graedon - June 22, 2020

Diet Makes a Difference for Clear Skin

Eating patterns without processed foods seem to promote clear skin better than a typical American diet.

Woman cooking carrots in kitchen
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - June 18, 2020

Healthy Eating Can Help Prevent Heart Disease

Adopting a healthy eating pattern over the years reduces your chance of a heart attack or stroke by about 20 percent.

oranges and juice, a great source of immunity-boosting nutrients
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - June 11, 2020

What Immunity-Boosting Nutrients Are You Missing?

An analysis of dietary intakes show that many Americans fall short on important immunity-boosting nutrients such as vitamin D or vitamin A.

whole grain farro to lower the risk for diabetes
DiabetesTerry Graedon - June 4, 2020

What Do You Eat to Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes?

A long-term study of health professionals suggests that eating fewer processed foods and more whole grains and vegetables can lower the risk for diabetes.

almonds and almond milk on table as part of dairy-free diet
Acne (pimples)Terry Graedon - June 1, 2020

Could Dairy-Free Diet Help Clear Your Complexion?

According to research, people following a dairy-free diet are less prone to acne. Could this approach benefit your complexion?

cooking with olive oil
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Terry Graedon - May 25, 2020

Do You Take Olive Oil for Your Blood Pressure?

Could extra virgin olive oil rich in plant phenols be a key to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? One reader suggests we should all take olive oil.

A large pile of cranberries
AgingTerry Graedon - May 21, 2020

What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia?

A study from Framingham suggests berries, apples, pears, oranges and tea are among the foods you should eat to reduce your risk for Alzheimer disease.

roasted coffee beans in an espresso cup
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - May 11, 2020

Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

Studies show that coffee drinkers are less likely to get heart failure or die of heart disease. Unfiltered coffee, though, is bad for you.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
PodcastsTerry Graedon - April 30, 2020

Show 1210: What Are the Health Benefits of Tea, Coffee and Chocolate?

If you think of them as just tasty beverages, you could be surprised to learn about the health benefits of tea, coffee and chocolate. Listen May 2, 2020.