By: Terry Graedon December 10, 2018 2 Comments
    How to Make Thyme Cough Medicine

    Have you ever found yourself coughing in the middle of the night and reached for the cough medicine? If your household is like ours, once in a while that bottle was used up two months ago. Luckily, yo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2018 2 Comments
    Does Fructose Raise Your Risk for Diabetes?

    Do people who often indulge in sugary soft drinks sweetened with fructose have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Previous studies have suggested a link. Processed Foods and Diabetes: An ana…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 21 Comments
    Do Sunflower Seeds Keep You Alert Behind the Whe…

    How do you stay alert when you are driving? Some people listen to the radio or to audiobooks. Others sip on a travel mug full of coffee. One interesting tactic that some readers use is munching on sun…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2018 7 Comments
    Do You Swallow a Spoonful of Mustard for Heartbu…

    Do you suffer from heartburn? Many people do, judging from the popularity of acid-suppressing drugs such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec). Antacids like Maalo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Men Who Love Veggies Have Better Memory

    Men who want to maintain better memory do well to load their plates with colorful vegetables and berries. Harvard researchers have been following more than 25,000 male health professionals for at leas…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 38 Comments
    Coca-Cola Saved the Day When Food Got Stuck

    Have you ever had a problem when food got stuck in your swallowing tube? If it blocked your breathing, that would be a life-threatening emergency. But food stuck in the esophagus is uncomfortable and …

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 19 Comments
    How Can You Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally?

    Do you know how to lower your cholesterol naturally? Frequently, when doctors discover that a patient has an elevated cholesterol level, they offer a prescription for a statin drug to lower these bloo…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2018 65 Comments
    The Low-Carb Diet Wins Diet Wars…Again!

    Many nutrition experts have maintained that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. In other words, all calories are created equal. The more calories you consume the fatter you get. Put another way, thes…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2018 20 Comments
    What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain…

    Java lovers appear to enjoy a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Now a team of Canadian researchers reports that they have figur…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2018 16 Comments
    Are Organic Food Enthusiasts Protected from Canc…

    French scientists have added a new entry to the long-running debate over organic food. Some previous research has focused primarily on whether organic food is more nutritious than conventionally-grown…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Januvia Joint Pain | A Disabling Side Effect

    Sitagliptin (Januvia) is a type 2 diabetes drug that has been on the market for more than a decade. It belongs in a class of drugs called gliptins or DPP-4 inhibitors. These meds enable the body to ma…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 9 Comments
    Surprise–Coffee Drinkers Have Less Chance of R…

    Rosacea is a skin condition in which the skin flushes or reddens easily and may stay red chronically. People may also develop pimple-like bumps on the skin. People with rosacea are often advised to av…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2018 5 Comments
    Arthritis Remedy Does Double Duty Overcoming Con…

    We first heard about the grape juice and Certo treatment for arthritis over 20 years ago. We wrote about it in our syndicated newspaper column on March 2, 1998. Here is that very first letter: "My wif…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2018 15 Comments
    How Can You Use Beets for Better Blood Pressure?

    With concerns about contaminated antihypertensive medications, many people are interested in ways to lower their blood pressure without drugs. There is a wide range of options: exercise, weight loss, …

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2018 62 Comments
    Is Whole Fat Dairy (Milk, Cheese and Yogurt) Goo…

    Cardiologists have been admonishing Americans to avoid saturated fat in the diet. Whole fat dairy products have been especially vilified. That is why skim milk, margarine and low-fat yogurt have becom…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    The recent news that diclofenac, like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can make people more susceptible to cardiovascular complications is disturbing. It is not particularly surpri…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2018 14 Comments
    Are High Carb Diets Better Than Low Carb Diets?

    Do you shun fats and focus on carbohydrates for most of your energy? Or do you subscribe to a low-carb lifestyle? Proponents of both high carb diets and low carb diets have been debating their pros an…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2018 22 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Cinnamon in Coff…

    Have you been hearing that cinnamon is good for you? Or maybe you're worried about the potential health hazards of cinnamon but unsure of what they could be. Perhaps you have been wondering how you mi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2018 19 Comments
    Is Salt Good or Bad for Your Health?

    You have heard for years that salt is sinful. People who sprinkle salt on their food are frowned upon by many health professionals. The diet dictocrats will tell you that if you eat chips and salsa, c…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 3 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Help Your Psoriasis?

    Following a Mediterranean style diet with lots of vegetables, extra-virgin olive oil, whole grains and fruit is good for your heart and your metabolism. Now a French study suggests this way of eating …

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 11 Comments
    How to Prepare No-Gas Beans

    You may have heard about the benefits of dietary fiber, but such diets have one drawback: flatulence. That's why our readers get excited about no-gas beans. How Fiber Helps the Heart: People who consu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Extra Vegetables Protect You Against Breast…

    Your mother was right when she urged you to eat your vegetables. And if she took her own advice and consumed extra vegetables, she was lowering her own risk of breast cancer. What Is the Value of Extr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 7 Comments
    Can You Use Almonds to Stop Heartburn?

    Heartburn may seem like a recent problem, but in fact, people have been struggling with indigestion for as far back as medical history reaches and probably beyond. Hippocrates wrote about it more than…

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2018 8 Comments
    Try Olive Oil for Your Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth is not a life-threatening condition, but it certainly can make you miserable. Quite a few medications can cause this irritating symptom. If your prescriber writes it off as a "minor" side ef…

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2018 0 Comments
    What Health Benefits Can You Get from Spices?

    You may be well aware that vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Perhaps you've even heard about additional compounds we call phytonutrients. These may not be considered essenti…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Eating Walnuts Lower Your Cholesterol?

    Could eating walnuts lower your cholesterol? A few decades ago, people were warned to avoid walnuts as well as other types of tree nuts because of their high fat content. Experts expected this to lead…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2018 45 Comments
    Rediscovering How Hot Water for Itches Works for…

    We love it when people discover a home remedy on their own. It’s doubly sweet when renowned experts support the treatment. It’s triply sweet when we have an explanation for why hot water for itche…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2018 25 Comments
    Better Diet for Poor Americans Is Not a SNAP

    Poor diet may underly a wide range of undesirable health problems, from obesity to diabetes and heart disease. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed to help very low-income…

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2018 22 Comments
    Will Raisins in the Evening Help You Stay in Bed…

    Have you ever had to get up at night to urinate? Most of us have. Going once or even twice in the course of the night may not be much of a problem, but having to trek to the bathroom multiple times ca…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2018 9 Comments
    How Much Beet Juice Will Lower Your Blood Pressu…

    People with high blood pressure are more likely to experience heart attacks and strokes. That is why doctors emphasize blood pressure control. They often prescribe medication to achieve this goal. Som…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 2 Comments
    Make Sure Your Vegetarian Diet Is High Quality

    A vegetarian diet can be beneficial, but even vegetarians need to pay attention to the quality of the food they eat. Harvard researchers who have tracked the dietary habits and health of more than 125…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Try Yogurt to Combat Constipation?

    Anyone who has suffered from constipation would be grateful for advice on preventing this troublesome problem. Avoiding medications such as opioid pain relievers or even supplements like calcium that …

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 21 Comments
    Is Stevia a Safe Sugar Substitute?

    Artificial sweeteners have been controversial for decades. In the 1960s, when the idea of low-calorie substitutes for sugar was still fairly new, animal studies suggested that saccharine and cyclamate…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 14 Comments
    High Protein Diet Is Linked to Heart Failure Ris…

    Many people striving to lose weight turn to a low-carb diet to try to jump-start the process. Instead, they try to get most of their energy from fat or protein sources. But does this increase their he…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 7 Comments
    Will an Elimination Diet Help You Avoid Migraine…

    News that the FDA has just approved a new medication (Aimovig, generic name erenumab) to prevent migraine headaches has attention focused on prevention. While some patients will doubtless welcome this…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2018 17 Comments
    Why Papaya for Heartburn Is Surprisingly Helpful

    Papaya was once considered an exotic fruit. You had to visit a tropical country to find it. Now, fresh papaya can be found in most food markets. You can purchase papaya enzymes in tablet form in healt…

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2018 0 Comments
    How Can You Reduce the Impact of Air Pollution?

    Air pollution is harmful to health, with bad effects on the lungs, heart and cardiovascular system. But even if you can’t completely avoid air pollution, you can soften its impact. Lowering the Impa…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2018 35 Comments
    Is Cooked Oatmeal Better for You Than Instant Oa…

    Oats have been a dietary staple for many centuries, and they have a reputation as a healthy whole grain. Eating cooked oatmeal on a regular basis (daily or several times a week) can help control chole…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2018 8 Comments
    Can You Improve Blood Sugar Control by Cutting C…

    A century ago, before insulin was discovered in 1921, the way people with diabetes controlled their blood sugar was by not eating carbohydrate-rich foods. Could cutting carbs help improve your blood s…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2018 7 Comments
    What Is the Best Time to Eat?

    A small study shows that the timing of meals can have a profound impact on blood sugar, insulin secretion and blood pressure. But what is the best time to eat? Finding the Best Time to Eat: Many Ameri…