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mushrooms growing in fieldDepressionTerry Graedon - October 14, 2021
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a woman holding a large handful of pistachio nutsHeart AttackTerry Graedon - October 14, 2021 - 16 comments

What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

Scientists suspect there is a connection between nuts and health. Many studies show nut eaters have less heart disease, strokes or cancer.

Terry Graedon - September 27, 2021

How to Make Your Blood Fats Healthier

Terry Graedon - September 27, 2021

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

Terry Graedon - September 20, 2021

Will an Elimination Diet Help You Avoid Migraines?

Terry Graedon - September 13, 2021

Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint Pain?

Joe Graedon - September 6, 2021

What Is Granuloma Annulare And How Can I Get Rid of It?

green tea being poured from a teapot
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - August 29, 2021

Green Tea Calmed Psoriasis

A study found polyphenol compounds (as found in green tea) can reduce skin lesions in mice, suggesting possible areas of study for overcoming psoriasis.

high blood pressure remedy–bottles of beet juice, Biotta and Brownwood Acres brands
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)Terry Graedon - August 29, 2021

Can Beet Juice Really Lower High Blood Pressure?

Drinking beet root juice may help lower high blood pressure, along with other non-drug approaches to control hypertension.

young girl holds colorful veggies
CancerTerry Graedon - August 26, 2021

Why Should You Eat Colorful Veggies?

People who consume a flavonoid-rich diet full of colorful veggies and berries are less likely to die prematurely of heart disease or cancer.

pecans both shelled and in their hulls
DiabetesTerry Graedon - August 26, 2021

Are Pecans Good for Your Heart?

Nuts, including pecans, can be a healthful addition to the diet. People who eat a few handfuls a week have lower blood sugar and cholesterol.

two young boys eating pizza
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - August 12, 2021

Where Do American Children and Teens Get Most of Their Calories?

A new study shows that American children and teens get about two-thirds of their daily calories from ultra-processed foods.

green capsule containing vegetables and fruits balanced on fingertip
CancerTerry Graedon - August 5, 2021

What Is the Best Diet for Cancer Survivors?

A German study reveals that a plant-based diet for cancer survivors may help them live longer. A healthful diet with whole foods is preferred.

kiwi fruit slices close up
ConstipationTerry Graedon - August 2, 2021

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.

Young woman drinking coffee
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)Terry Graedon - July 22, 2021

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.

man in plaid pajamas has to get up to pee
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021

How Often Do You Get Up to Pee at Night?

Some readers find that eating raisins before bedtime means they don't have to get up to pee as often, or possibly not at all.

Ceylon cinnamon sticks
DiabetesTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021

Can You Lower Blood Sugar with Cinnamon?

Both Ceylon and cassia cinnamon can help lower blood sugar, but Ceylon cinnamon is safer because it does not have coumarin.

roasted coffee beans in an espresso cup can help reduce your risk for COVID
CoronavirusTerry Graedon - July 15, 2021

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

Research utilizing the UK Biobank data demonstrates that drinking a cup of coffee a day can reduce your risk for COVID.

whole grain tabouli salad with pomegranate seeds
CancerTerry Graedon - July 15, 2021

How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

Analyses of many long-term studies shows that eating whole grains for a longer life works best when people get at least three servings a day.

yellow mustard squeezing out of a bottle
Charlie HorseJoe Graedon - July 12, 2021

Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explanation

Skeptics often dismiss remedies that they cannot explain. Such is true for mustard for cramps. But now there is an explanation and it is incredibly elegant!

a cup of coffee made with a filter is not bad for you
Heart AttackTerry Graedon - July 11, 2021

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.

psoriasis plaque on an elbow
Home RemediesTerry Graedon - July 8, 2021

Will a Mediterranean Diet Help Your Psoriasis?

French scientists found that psoriasis patients whose diets conformed least to a Mediterranean pattern had the worst skin problems. Perhaps a Mediterranean diet would 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!