By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Decaf Coffee Help You Keep Your Edge?

    What is your biggest fear about aging? Many people worry about loss of independence, whether they imagine that due to lack of mobility or due to cognitive decline. As a result, many baby boomers and o…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2018 8 Comments
    Is There a Diet That Will Work Best for You?

    Which weight-loss diet works best, low fat or low carb? That was the question a team of Stanford scientists were striving to answer (Gardner et al, JAMA, Feb. 20, 2018). It has been a bone of content…

    By: Terry Graedon February 19, 2018 14 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Black Pepper?

    Cinnamon, ginger, fennel, turmeric and other spices have long been used medicinally. Scientists have confirmed that these natural food additives have physiological effects. We hear less often about th…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 3 Comments
    Natural Blood Sugar Control to Benefit Sex Life

    Doctors are taught that erectile dysfunction (ED) is a red flag. It should encourage them to look for other health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes. Patients, too, are becoming aware that p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 25 Comments
    Can Kefir Help You Recover from an Infection?

    Have you been looking for a way to boost your immune system? Especially during the season when colds and flu are rampant, many people would like to know how to recover from an infection more readily. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 29, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Honey and Vinegar Ease Your Joint Pain?

    Some home remedies continue to be popular for decades or even centuries. One that we are aware of is honey and vinegar for sore joints, indigestion or other common difficulties. We've been writing abo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 10 Comments
    Can What You Eat Change Your Risk of Cancer?

    A new study published in JAMA Oncology reports that pro-inflammatory foods increase the risk of colorectal cancer. An anti-inflammatory diet, on the other hand, reduces the risk of cancer (Tabung et a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 1 Comments
    Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

    When half the people you know are sniffling, sneezing and coughing, you might want something for cough and cold relief. As it turns out, you won't need to make a trip to the drugstore. You can probabl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Which Berries Are Best for Your Brain?

    Would you like to stay sharp as you grow older? Almost everyone would. Memory lapses can be extremely frustrating as well as embarrassing, particularly when they start to become more frequent. Experts…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Pomegranate Juice Help Lower Blood Sugar?

    Having blood sugar and insulin rise rapidly after a meal has been linked to a number of metabolic problems. Products, like crackers, cookies or bread, that cause such a rapid increase are termed high-…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 33 Comments
    Can You Prevent Migraines by Watching Your Diet?

    Migraines are a pain. Even worse than the pain, though, is the life disruption. Some sufferers lose days every time a headache strikes hiding in a dark quiet room. They may feel horribly nauseated or …

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Help Yourself to Leafy Greens for Better Brain P…

    New analyses appear to show that nothing works to prevent dementia. Nonetheless, one promising study found that a daily serving of leafy greens might help (Morris et al, Neurology, online Dec. 20, 20…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 0 Comments
    Should Youngsters Eat Fish for Better Grades?

    According to the old wives, fish is supposed to be brain food. They have just been proved right again, at least in part. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that kids who eat …

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Benefit of a Hot Cup of Tea?

    Over the past year, the health benefits of coffee have gotten a lot of attention. Now it is time for black tea to take the spotlight. An epidemiological study suggests that people who drink a hot cup …

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2017 20 Comments
    What Is Granuloma Annulare And How Can I Get Rid…

    Don't you love it when doctors characterize a condition as "idiopathic." That is a fancy medical term for "we ain't got a clue as to what causes this." That's the case with granuloma annulare. If you …

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2017 15 Comments
    Can Cocoa in Oatmeal Ease Arthritis Pain?

    Scientists have found that compounds in cocoa can affect the balance of bacteria in the intestines (Magrone, Russo & Jirillo, Frontiers in Immunology, June 9, 2017). Those changes in turn seem to …

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2017 10 Comments
    How to Make Your Own Cough Syrup

    What do you do for a nasty cough? You might smear Vicks VapoRub on the soles of your feet; many readers find that approach helpful. Or you might look for an over-the-counter cough syrup. In the US, th…

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 27 Comments
    How to Use Pickle Juice for Muscle Cramps

    Muscle cramps are a vexing problem. They are understandably common during or after exercise, when muscles have become fatigued. Many people also suffer from painful leg or foot cramps at night. These …

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2017 7 Comments
    How Can You Lower Your LDL Cholesterol with Snac…

    Choose your snacks wisely, and you may lower your dangerous LDL cholesterol. That’s what researchers found when they did a small but careful study at Penn State University (Lee et al, Journal of the…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Cinnamon Help You Stay Slim?

    Cinnamon is delicious, but it also has potential health benefits. You may be able to use cinnamon to lower your cholesterol. In addition, scientists believe they have discovered how a compound from ci…

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Sugar Safely with Cinnamon?

    Many people would prefer to use natural approaches to healing as much as possible. When they do so, they should evaluate both the benefits and the risks of the herb, spice or supplement they plan to u…

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 19 Comments
    Sweet Dreams with Tart Cherry Juice at Bedtime

    If you, like so many people, suffer from insomnia, you may be feeling frustrated. The disadvantages of relying on sleeping pills, either prescription or over-the-counter, are becoming clearer. At the …

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 11 Comments
    Do Nuts Help the Heart Stay Strong?

    We’re nuts about nuts. A new epidemiological study demonstrates that people who enjoy an ounce of nuts several times a week are less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease (Guasch-Ferré et al, J…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 23 Comments
    Is There Science to Support Vinegar for Reflux?

    We love home remedies, but most are based on people's experience and don't have any truly scientific explanation for why or how they work. That is why we get excited when we encounter a possible reaso…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 11 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure by Sipping Hibiscus …

    Does your doctor frown over your blood pressure? Sometimes blood pressure is higher in the office than at home. (This is called "white-coat hypertension.") But if your pressure is starting to climb ev…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 1 Comments
    Is It Safe to Heat Cocoa in the Microwave?

    Microwave ovens are no longer a novel or unusual technology. In many offices and some homes, they are the primary or only way to heat things. Still, some people are unsure about their safety. We stron…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 1 Comments
    Do Chili Peppers Help the Heart?

    Pepperheads may be doing their hearts a favor when they indulge their taste buds. Research from China suggests that those who eat meals with lots of chili peppers often go lighter on the salt (Hyperte…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 21 Comments
    How to Get Pesticides Off an Apple

    Before biting into a juicy apple, you may want to wash any pesticides off its skin. You can buy special fruit and vegetable washes in the grocery store, but new research shows a simple solution you ca…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Blood pressure is a key factor in good health, because it helps determine whether you will be susceptible to a heart attack or a stroke. There are a number of elements that can influence blood pressur…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 16 Comments
    Could Standing On an Icepack Cure Leg Cramps Fas…

    If you search cure leg cramps on our website you will likely find all sort of remedies. They include pickle juice, pickle relish, yellow mustard, tonic water, soap under the bottom sheet, glycerin, B …

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 19 Comments
    Alternatives for Arthritis vs. NSAID Disasters

    Do you like to save money? Here's a little reminder: the sale on our brand new book: Graedons' Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis will last only until Friday, November 10, 2017. Go to the bottom of t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 12, 2017 3 Comments
    Do Tea Drinkers Have Better Weight Control?

    Research in mice hints that tea drinkers might find it easier to lose weight than those choosing other beverages. Green tea has a reputation as aiding in weight loss (Turkozu & Tek, Critical Revie…

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Capsaicin Help Your Blood Pressure?

    Many readers would like to learn about natural ways to control blood pressure. They prefer to avoid the expense and potential side effects of anti-hypertensive medicines. One reader without much hot …

    By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 10 Comments
    How to Make Fewer Bathroom Visits at Night

    Do you have to get up several times a night to make your way to the bathroom? Many readers would welcome a simple way to make fewer bathroom visits. Several report that they have indeed found a soluti…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 21 Comments
    What Happens If You Eat Saturated Fat?

    At least since the middle of the 20th century, Americans have been warned not to eat saturated fat. The idea was that fats that are solid at room temperature, like butter or the fat found in meat like…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 13 Comments
    Will Grape Juice with Certo Make Feet Feel Bette…

    Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tough tissue on the sole of the foot, is a drag. The heel pain, though persistent, is especially strong in the morning and can make it difficult to exercise o…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 14 Comments
    Just How Scary Is Saturated Fat?

    Have you ever heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? It's not true. Many old dogs learn new tricks with the right training and motivation. It turns out that it could be a lot harder…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2017 5 Comments
    If Metformin Causes Diarrhea, Will Kefir Help?

    One of the most useful-and widely used-medications for type 2 diabetes, metformin, is known to cause digestive distress for some of the people who take it. One reader found, however, that drinking the…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2017 8 Comments
    How Does Pickle Juice Make Muscle Cramps Disappe…

    As football teams gear up for practice, coaches around the country are stocking up on pickle juice. Why? Tradition has it that a gulp or two of pickle juice makes muscle cramps disappear. Now we have …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 13 Comments
    What Makes Turmeric So Wonderful?

    A few years ago most Americans had never heard of turmeric. If they had, they thought of it as an exotic ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Now, turmeric and curcumin, one of its active in…