By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Lowering Cholesterol With A Bit Of Cinnamon

    Q. I have a history of high cholesterol dating at least to bypass surgery about 12 years ago. My cholesterol was running around 290. Several months ago I decided to try cinnamon, about a quarter teasp…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Lemon Conquer Nail Fungus?

    Q. I have suffered for years with a fungal growth under my big toenail and would like to get rid of it. I read somewhere that sticking my big toe in half a lemon every night would do this. Apparently …

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Pomegranate May Help Fight Prostate Cancer

    Q. I have prostate cancer. I heard on the local news that pomegranate juice might lower PSA. Is there any scientific research to back this up? A. A group of scientists in Marburg, Germany, has been in…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Sour Cherries Worked Against Gout

    Q. My sister has had two recent episodes of gout. Because she has no health insurance, she could not afford to go to the doctor. I gave her some samples of an anti-inflammatory medicine I had on hand.…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Sugar Solves Hiccup Misery

    Q. My father has been plagued with hiccups at all hours of the day or night. His physician gave him samples of medications to try, but none worked. A friend of mine told me many years ago that a teasp…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2005 0 Comments
    Old-Fashioned Vinegar Remedy vs. Warts

    Q. My great-aunt kept a diary of old remedies for various afflictions. She advocated distilled white vinegar for wart removal. I decided to try her remedy when I discovered an odd wart on my elbow. I …

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gums Can Cause Digestive Woes

    Q. My husband is plagued with diarrhea. He'll be okay for a week or so. Then for no apparent reason, he has diarrhea. He's been eating two coconut macaroons a day for about two weeks. We thought that …

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Turmeric Interaction Could Be Hazardous

    Q. I started taking turmeric to help my psoriasis. Then I developed a severe rash and stopped it. My biggest concern is that I take Coumadin. When I went in for a routine blood test my doctor told me …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Common Weed Eases Alcohol Cravings

    Q. Some time ago you had a letter from a woman who was drinking too much wine in the evening and wanted to cut back. You told her about a tea or an herbal concoction to diminish her desire to drink. S…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Indian Spice Clears Scalp Psoriasis

    Q. Have you ever heard of any remedies for psoriasis? So far nothing that the doctor prescribed has worked. A. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells turn over too quickly, causing flakes and re…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Coconut Help Thyroid?

    Q. Can coconut counter hypothyroidism? I started eating two macaroons daily to control diarrhea after finding this remedy in your column. I didn't expect any effect on my thyroid. I'd been told my thy…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 2 Comments
    Cinnamon-Ginger Drink Fights Heartburn

    Q. I'm disappointed that you did not mention ginger in your comments on acid reflux. My reflux became really bad when I stopped hormone replacement therapy. Acid suppressing drugs worked great, but af…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 0 Comments
    No Way To Boost Bust Size

    Q. I'm in 8th grade and have a very small chest size. This wouldn't bother me, except that lots of other girls in my grade have large B and C cup sizes. I have heard that eating lots of chicken helps …

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Treasure Hunt For Whole Grains Beyond Bread

    Q. I keep reading that we should be eating more whole grains. But what are they? My neighbor, who is a nutrition nut, says that whole wheat bread doesn't really count as a whole grain. A. Many of the …

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2005 0 Comments
    Sloe Gin May Substitute In Arthritis Remedy

    Q. I've read about raisins and gin for arthritis. When I went to the liquor store, they said slow gin is best for this remedy. Your Web site just says gin. Which is it? With the bad news on Vioxx, I'd…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Is Chocolate Good For You?

    The Mayan Indians of Central America recognized the power of chocolate more than 3000 years ago. They liked the taste, but they also believed chocolate had healing properties. They used it as medicine…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 1 Comments
    Black Walnut Remedy For Ringworm

    Q. I've read a couple of questions about ringworm in your column and want to give you the benefit of my experience. I grew up in the country. As a teenager, I got ringworm on the back of my leg. Sever…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 1 Comments
    Cinnamon Lowers Cholesterol

    Q. I am curious about the health value of cinnamon. A year ago, I ran across a Web site suggesting cinnamon to reduce bad LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. I do not have this disease, bu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    New Health Findings For Ancient Fruit

    Q. I'm so glad pomegranates are back in season. I love them! Are there health benefits from eating pomegranates, so I don't have to feel bad about spending money on them? A. Scientists keep finding ne…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2004 0 Comments
    Cheap Gin May Not Work With Raisin Remedy

    Q. You have recommended soaking golden raisins in gin for arthritis relief and suggested that cheap gin would work fine. I spent several years in the distilled spirits business. It was said that the c…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Turmeric-Flavored Eggs Fight Arthritis

    Q. After reading about turmeric in your column, I started using one teaspoon in my scrambled eggs each morning. My arthritis has greatly improved, and I have far less pain when I walk. I work in my ya…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    No Relish For Mustard Remedy

    Q. Some time ago I read about a common kitchen condiment that was supposed to be good for severe leg cramps. Now I can't recall what it was. Can you help? A. The remedy in question involved a teaspoon…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 6 Comments
    Mustard Alleviates Mom’s Leg Cramps

    Some remedies maintain their popularity for years and years. We received this letter back in 2004, when we were just getting used to the idea that swallowing a spoonful of yellow mustard alleviates a …

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Caffeine In Chocolate Is Controversial

    Q. You really blew it in your response to a person concerned about the health effects of chocolate. You said there's no caffeine in chocolate. My doctor told me to stay away from coffee and chocolate …

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Sugar Substitute Relieves Joint Pain

    Q. My wife has recently developed diabetes and watches her sugar intake carefully. She uses Equal to sweeten her coffee or iced tea. We read that Equal might be helpful against arthritis pain, but her…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Poison Ivy Remedies To The Rescue

    Q. My mother-in-law is incredibly sensitive to poison ivy. A walk in the woods is guaranteed to end in disaster. Is there anything she can use that would either prevent an outbreak or speed recovery? …

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Mustard Eases Leg Cramps In A Pinch

    Q. At a social function last week, a lady stood up and was hit with a leg cramp so severe she could not move. The hostess rushed to the kitchen, returned with some French's mustard in a teaspoon and a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 0 Comments
    Don’t Give Raisin Remedy To Dogs

    Q. I am curious to know if anyone has tried the gin-soaked raisins for arthritic dogs. I have an 80 lb. dog with arthritic hips, although she is only 6. Daily aspirin and glucosamine is helping somewh…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2004 0 Comments
    Smelly Feet Can Be Remedied

    Q. My son has really smelly feet. He can't take off his shoes when we're in the car or the house, or he stinks us all out. His feet must be covered. (Fresh socks, a blanket or a hazmat response suit a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2004 0 Comments
    Prevent Cancerous Chemicals When Grilling

    Q. Our family is big into grilling, even the kids. Our son loves to cook burgers or chicken and my husband is noted for his spare ribs. Last week my sister and her family were over and when we fired u…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2004 0 Comments
    Beer And Licorice Diet Bad For Health

    Q. My husband's doctor says he's fine except for being borderline diabetic. My husband retired recently and is now in the house all day. He hardly eats during the day. He thinks he's too fat, though h…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 0 Comments
    Ice Addiction Is Out Of Control

    Q. I need help. Twenty years ago, I developed a craving for cornstarch during my second pregnancy. It disappeared with the birth of my son. I thought that was the end of it, but some years later it re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    Jelly Bean Cure For Constipation

    Q. I read with interest and sympathy a letter about problems with constipation. I wanted to share something that has helped me. After hearing some people complain that sugar-free jellybeans gave them …

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2004 2 Comments
    Miraculous Relief With Coconut Cookies

    Q. While my friends yack about constipation, I've been suffering the reverse for the past several months. I don't know why, but it is ruining my life. I'm supposed to go to England in June and I am dr…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Will Olive Oil Work As Sexual Lubricant?

    Q. I read about olive oil improving a woman's sex life. Vaginal dryness is the only symptom I have ever suffered due to menopause. My gynecologist has recommended almost everything, including the topi…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2004 0 Comments
    Walnuts Help Control Cholesterol

    Q. Eating walnuts nearly every day has brought my cholesterol down nicely. This experience makes me wonder: Why don't doctors prescribe natural remedies? The FDA should not object because items like w…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2004 1 Comments
    Mint Makes Heartburn Worse

    Q. Several years ago I was experiencing serious heartburn. I had always enjoyed chewing mint gum, and as the symptoms got worse I chewed more and more. I thought that chewing gum was helping the probl…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Daily Dose Of Cinnamon May Cut Risk Of Diabetes

    Q. I'd like some advice on blood sugar. At present I am not a diabetic. My blood glucose is 125 and my hemoglobin A1C is 5.7, which puts me in the high normal range. I do not take any medication, but …

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2003 0 Comments
    Will Coconut Control Doggie Diarrhea?

    Q. I have read in your column that coconut can help relieve chronic diarrhea in humans. Would the coconut work on dogs? I have an 8-year-old Lab with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and would lov…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2003 0 Comments
    Coconut Treats May Relieve Diarrhea

    Q. More than 20 years ago I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Tests revealed no cause. Diarrhea attacks accompanied by severe abdominal pain rarely gave me time to find a bathroom bef…