By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Herbs Prevent a Recurrence of Prostate Cance…

    A few decades ago, any suggestion that herbs might reduce the risk for cancer would have been greeted with suspicion. As researchers scramble to find out what natural products might be helpful, they …

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2016 10 Comments
    Why Do So Many Physicians Pooh-Pooh Home Remedie…

    A physician once told us that he had been chastised by a medical colleague for sharing something perceived as implausible. The skeptic was reported to have said: "I wouldn't believe it even if it were…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 11 Comments
    Is It Risky to Rely on Sea Salt?

    Over the past decade or two, many people have come to believe that sea salt has significant health benefits over the common table salt that has long been familiar in salt shakers. Sea salt is produc…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2016 22 Comments
    Homemade Muscle Cramp Remedy: Ginger, Cinnamon a…

    If you have ever experienced a muscle cramp you know how distressing it can be, especially if the spasm wakes you out of a sound sleep. We recently talked to Bruce Bean, PhD, of Harvard. This neurosci…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 5 Comments
    Is Daughter Risking Her Life Eating Bananas?

    Unbalanced diets that overemphasize a single food are rarely desirable, but the concerns that may circulate online about such regimens may be unfounded. One such fuss is about eating bananas. Can you …

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2016 14 Comments
    Is It Safe to Drink Cinnamon Tea Every Day?

    There is increasing interest in the power of spices for promoting health. Research on spices has also been growing, with scientists documenting their value in blood sugar control, for example (Food C…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Lower Your Cholesterol with Oat Fiber

    Scientists have known for years that consuming oats can lower your cholesterol. In fact, the first study showing that oat bread instead of white bread reduced LDL cholesterol was published in 1963. Ne…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2016 19 Comments
    Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explan…

    We have been writing about strong flavors for combatting muscle cramps for more than 30 years. Initially, we were told that the quinine in tonic water was the best strategy for overcoming these painul…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 0 Comments
    How Do You Make These Yummy Lentil Dishes?

    We recently spoke with nutrition experts about how to follow a plant-based diet. You can listen to the interview here (Show 1051: How Can Vegetarians Get All the Nutrients They Need?). During that in…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Raisins at Bedtime Reduce Bathroom Visits?

    Anyone who has to get up many times during the night to urinate knows these interruptions can disrupt sleep. So when readers started reporting that eating a few raisins before bed could reduce bathr…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 8 Comments
    Overcoming Insomnia with Tart Cherry Juice

    Do you often toss and turn for hours? Wouldn't it be great to have a remedy that could help you overcome insomnia, preferably without next-day drowsiness or other undesirable side effects? Some scient…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2016 4 Comments
    Was Popeye Right to Eat Spinach?

    Maybe the cartoon character Popeye who swallowed spinach before flexing his muscles had a good idea. Watch for spinach, kale and beet greens that supply nitrate in the diet to star on sports trainin…

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2016 30 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure with Hibiscus Tea

    Blood pressure control is essential to maintain good kidney health and reduce the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. But it can be difficult to find blood pressure medication that does not have …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Reduce Inflammation by Nibbling Nuts

    Research has suggested that people who eat nuts may be at lower risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks. Could eating nuts reduce inflammation? Does Your Diet Red…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 58 Comments
    How Does A Teaspoon of Mustard Cure Muscle Cramp…

    For years people have been insisting that a teaspoon or two of yellow mustard eases the pain of muscle cramps within a minute or two. We have even tried it ourselves with amazing success. But health p…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2016 6 Comments
    The Benefits of Smearing Garlic on Your Lips

    Cold sores are the visible result of a lurking herpes virus becoming re-activated and causing trouble. The virus, herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1, is extremely widespread. Most of the time, though, it lurk…

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2016 14 Comments
    Which Cinnamon Is Better for Blood Sugar?

    In type 2 diabetes, blood sugar and insulin tend to spike after meals. Insulin is often present, sometimes even plentiful, in type 2 diabetes, but it isn't efficient. There is a bewildering array of p…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 6 Comments
    Will A Banana Peel Ease Inflammation and Itching…

    People are sometimes surprised that they can go decades without developing a skin reaction to poison ivy. Then one day out of the blue they develop red, itchy blisters after exposure to this nasty pla…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 16 Comments
    Will the Gin and Raisin Remedy Help Hip and Knee…

    We first heard about eating gin-soaked raisins for arthritis more than 20 years ago. On May 16, 1994 we received this letter: "A neighbor gave my wife a recipe for "arthritis relief" that involves soa…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2016 35 Comments
    How Much Tonic Water Is Safe for You?

    In the heat of a summer afternoon, a tall cold glass of tonic water can seem very appealing. It may even have health benefits, such as warding off nighttime leg cramps. But if you get carried away and…

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2016 17 Comments
    Is Butter Better? Why Butter is Back with a Bull…

    For decades and decades we were told that we had to avoid saturated fat. Cream in our coffee, butter on our bread and cream cheese on our bagel were considered sinful because such foods were supposed …

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

    Nutrition experts have long been advising us to eat whole grains, and now epidemiologists have evidence that getting three servings of whole grains daily can reduce the chance of an early death. In fa…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 14 Comments
    Can You Conquer Heartburn with Coconut Water?

    How do you ease heartburn? Millions of people take acid-suppressing drugs every day, but the risks from long-term use of medicines like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole have gotten a fair amou…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2016 20 Comments
    Why is the FDA So Squirrelly About Nuts?

    The Food and Drug Administration once chastised a California walnut growers cooperative for promoting the health benefits of their nuts. In its strange bureaucratic logic the federal agency determined…

    By: Terry Graedon May 30, 2016 21 Comments
    How to Strengthen Your Nails with Gelatin

    Brittle fingernails that chip, split or break can be a real nuisance. Having the edge of the fingernail tear off, leaving the quick exposed, is painful. But how can you strengthen your nails? One read…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2016 0 Comments
    How to Treat Your Child’s Diarrhea

    When children develop diarrhea, parents are often advised to give them an electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte to prevent dehydration. The goal is to both replace fluids and minerals. Home Treatment…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2016 16 Comments
    What Can You Do For Hand Cramps and Leg Cramps?

    Most people have heard of leg cramps. They can strike in the middle of the night. Some people call a leg cramp a Charley Horse. But hand cramps can be just as painful and debilitating. This reader sha…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2016 20 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Kefir?

    Every so often, something new appears on the supermarket shelf. Many of us start to wonder what it is and whether we should be consuming it. Within the past decade, a product called "kefir" has shown …

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2016 5 Comments
    Why Did Abandoning Earl Gray Tea Cure Muscle Cra…

    Q. You briefly mentioned Earl Grey tea causing leg cramps. You suggested oil of bergamot used for flavoring can interfere with potassium absorption. Eliminating the tea was an instant cure for a pers…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2016 11 Comments
    Is Cinnamon Dangerous for Your Mouth?

    Cinnamon has a reputation for controlling blood sugar. But there is a tremendous amount of confusion about the safety of this spice. For example, is cassia cinnamon (Chinese cinnamon) worse than Ceylo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 9, 2016 19 Comments
    How to Ease Foot Pain with Purple Pectin

    Plantar fasciitis is the most common reason for pain in the sole of the foot, particularly near the heel. This foot pain is most noticeable first thing in the morning when the foot is exquisitely tend…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 5, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Boost Bacterial Diversity in the Belly

    Researchers studying the microbiome are discovering that bacterial diversity in our intestinal tracts is affected by what we eat and drink. Dutch scientists analyzed the bacteria, viruses and fungi l…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2016 17 Comments
    Soy Sauce Burn Remedy Saved Dinner Party from Di…

    Have you ever burned yourself while working in the kitchen? Who hasn't? What did you do for relief? Many people still try the butter trick, which we do not think works very well. The soy sauce burn re…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Boost Your Brain Power with Beverages

    If there were a medicine to help you keep your brain functioning well, would you take it? Sadly, we are not aware of any such medication. Beverages That Provide Powerful Polyphenols: There is, however…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Improve Cholesterol by Skipping Dairy

    Many people worry that if their cholesterol gets too high, their doctors will insist that they need a statin to lower it. As a result, they search for alternative ways to lower cholesterol. One reader…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2016 14 Comments
    How to Harness the Healing Power of Garlic

    Certain time-honored remedies have had such a reputation in folk medicine that it can be difficult to determine how much of the reputation is hype and how much could be supported by science. Garlic is…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2016 1 Comments
    Are Organic Milk and Meat More Nutritious?

    New research from the UK demonstrates that marine products are not the only dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids that are often found in fish. Analysis of data from 196 studies on milk and 67 studi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Boost Your Brain Power: Munch Chocolate!

    A long-term study has found that people who munch chocolate frequently do better on tests of cognitive function than those who abstain. This intriguing finding is from a long-term population study de…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 10 Comments
    How Can You Get Off the Laxative Merry-Go-Round?

    Laxatives remain one of the most popular products in the pharmacy. Millions worry that if they do not have a bowel movement every day they will become sick. But sometimes a laxative habit can develop …

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 19 Comments
    Desperate Diarrhea Victim Saved by Coconut Macar…

    If it happens in Mexico we call it "Montezuma's Revenge." In India an attack would be "Delhi Belly" and in Russia travelers call it the "Trotskis." When it happens at home we simply call it diarrhea. …