By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 2 Comments
    Have You Tried Onion Syrup to Calm a Cough?

    The 2017-2018 flu season might have set some records for being long-lasting and rough. But even after the flu fades from memory, respiratory tract infections will cause coughs and sniffles, sore throa…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 24 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea?

    Many traditional remedies may appear more like food than medicine. In many parts of the world, people attribute wonderful properties to a tart red tea made from hibiscus flowers. Are there really heal…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2018 27 Comments
    Can Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) Blow A Hole…

    People have been using a natural antacid (sodium bicarbonate, aka baking soda) for a very long time. It is cheap and surprisingly effective for easing symptoms of indigestion. But too much of a good t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Garlic Really Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Humans love variety in their food, and have found numerous ways to enliven it. Spices of various sorts have been used to give food an interesting flavor. Many of these additives have also been used me…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2018 18 Comments
    Should You Drink Cranberry Juice to Avoid Cystit…

    Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether simple approaches often dismissed as "old wives' tales" are helpful or useless. New scientific findings often tend to support such wisdom as "eat you…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2018 14 Comments
    Stop Leg Cramps and Muscle Spasms Fast With a Si…

    Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night with a leg cramp? One minute you are fast asleep and the next you are in agony with muscle spasms. When a muscle cramps up it can take a long tim…

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2018 11 Comments
    Are Coffee and Alcohol the Fountain of Youth?

    Have you heard the phrase, "everything in moderation"? Ever wonder where it came from? Some trace this concept back to the Bible. Others say it originated with ancient Greek philosophers. Regardless o…

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2018 9 Comments
    Will Natural Approaches Control Your Blood Sugar…

    Type 2 diabetes has become very common. Consequently, many people must pay close attention to their blood sugar. What influences blood glucose levels? There are, of course, medications that may be nec…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2018 16 Comments
    Show 1112: How and Why to Eat Sinfully

    Nutrition experts have demonized a lot of foods over the past several decades. Eggs, shrimp, butter, cheese and meat were all taken off the table because they are rich in fat and cholesterol. No chole…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2018 2 Comments
    Is Wine Bad or Good for People with Diabetes?

    People with diabetes are often cautioned to avoid alcohol altogether. Doctors reason that a drink can make it much harder to control blood sugar. On the other hand, wine has a reputation as a healthfu…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2018 2 Comments
    Enjoy a Vegetable-Rich Diet to Prevent Depressio…

    A vegetable-rich diet is known as DASH, for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This eating plan has been shown to help people control their blood pressure. That, in turn, helps reduce their risk…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2018 6 Comments
    Nuts Reduce Chance of Colon Cancer Recurrence

    Eating nuts has been shown to be good for cardiovascular health. But could nuts reduce the risk of colon cancer recurring? Nuts Reduce Rate of Recurrence: Now, researchers have found that people who e…

    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 24 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 24 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…