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Ceylon cinnamon sticksDiabetesTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021
Young woman drinking coffeeArrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - July 22, 2021 - 1 comments

Study Shows No Need to Shun Coffee to Keep Heart Rhythm Regular

Doctors often tell patients to avoid caffeinated coffee to keep their heart rhythm regular. According to a new study, that isn't necessary.

Terry Graedon - July 15, 2021

Does a Daily Cup of Coffee Reduce Your Risk for COVID?

Terry Graedon - July 15, 2021

How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

Joe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explanation

Terry Graedon - July 11, 2021

Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

Terry Graedon - July 8, 2021

Will a Mediterranean Diet Help Your Psoriasis?

could curry alleviate Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s DiseaseTerry Graedon - July 5, 2021

Will Curry Alleviate Alzheimer’s?

Does curry alleviate Alzheimer's disease? Studies in animals suggest that it might have a powerful protective effect.

stylized cartoon of your microbiota
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - June 17, 2021

Gut Microbiota Linked to Stroke Severity

The composition of the gut microbiota influences the likelihood of severe strokes. A healthy digestive ecology also reduces the risk of AD.

Three black walnuts in green fruit husks
CancerTerry Graedon - June 7, 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.

A woman suffering from heartburn holds her chest
Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - June 7, 2021

Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Your Heartburn?

Can you cure your heartburn with baking soda or vinegar? Changing the way you eat might be a more effective approach to calming reflux long term.

White ramekin full of pickle relish
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - June 7, 2021

Pickle Relish Will Do in a Pinch Against Leg Cramps

Pickle juice is a classic home remedy for painful leg cramps, but pickle relish is an acceptable substitute and may be more readily available.

Photo illustration of various locations of leg and foot cramps, muscle cramp pain
Cramps (hands, legs)Terry Graedon - May 31, 2021

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.

tomato, bell pepper, kale greens, broccoli greens on salad. sources of vitamin C in food
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - May 27, 2021

How a DASH Diet Can Protect Your Heart

Researchers discovered that a low-salt DASH diet can protect your heart three ways, lowering measures of strain, injury and inflammation.

Stop Hiccups - Red Sign Painted on an Open Hand Raised
HiccupsJoe Graedon - May 24, 2021

Unusual Remedies for Hiccups

Hiccups often disappear when a home remedy is applied; an astonishing range of remedies will work.

Female hand holding model of human kidney organ at back of body
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - May 24, 2021

Will a Diet of Mostly Plants Help Your Kidneys?

Plant-based diets similar to a DASH diet reduced chronic kidney disease among study volunteers. Eating this way might help your kidneys, too.

beets
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Joe Graedon - May 24, 2021

Beet Juice Was Better Than a Drug for Lowering Blood Pressure

Beet juice drunk daily has been shown to lower blood pressure even in people with hypertension. Don't like beets? How about beet lemonade?

a bunch of bananas
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - May 3, 2021

Will A Banana Peel Ease Inflammation and Itching from Poison Ivy?

The banana peel remedy for poison ivy has been popular for decades. First, remove the invisible resin with soap. If you miss a spot, consider banana peel.

Man with type 2 diabetes checks blood sugar on glucometer to manage diabetes
DiabetesTerry 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.

pile of salt next to a salt shaker
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Terry Graedon - April 1, 2021

Will a Potassium Salt Substitute Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Studies show a potassium salt substitute can lower sodium intake and reduce blood pressure. Could you benefit?

Holiday Kitchen Bundle
Home RemediesJoe Graedon - April 1, 2021

BIG Book Sale from The People’s Pharmacy!

Celebrate spring with our big book sale for the next two weeks! Enjoy 30% off the most popular titles from The People's Pharmacy.

pecans both shelled and in their hulls
CancerTerry Graedon - March 29, 2021

Do People Who Eat Nuts Live Longer?

A study of older Americans show that people who eat nuts live longer. However, peanut butter eaters get no advantage.

Man with type 2 diabetes checks blood sugar on glucometer to manage diabetes
DiabetesTerry Graedon - March 22, 2021

Diet and Exercise Can Help You Manage Diabetes

Many people can manage diabetes that appears later in life through careful attention to what they eat and their physical activity.

Box of golden raisins next to bottle of gin
CoronavirusJoe Graedon - February 25, 2021

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

We never thought we would see one of our favorite home remedies in the NYT. We've been writing about gin-steeped raisins for decades!

Cheerios in a bowl as the basis for the best breakfast to lower cholesterol
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - February 22, 2021

What Is the Best Breakfast to Lower Cholesterol?

One reader discovered that adding walnuts, blueberries, flaxseed and cinnamon made Cheerios the best breakfast to lower cholesterol.

cacao pod with hot dark cocoa beverage
ConstipationTerry Graedon - February 1, 2021

Can You Use Dark Cocoa to Overcome Constipation?

One reader found that drinking dark cocoa eased post-operative constipation. Scientists agree that cocoa compounds can improve bowel habits.

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.

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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.