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…

    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 17 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 9 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…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 1 Comments
    Vinegar to the Rescue for an Unexpected Wasabi B…

    One thing we love about The People's Pharmacy is that we learn so much from our visitors. Readers learn from each other, too, sharing their experiences and the home remedies they have tried. One such …

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 17 Comments
    Is the Bread Worse for You Than the Butter?

    For years, we've all been admonished to skip butter and other sources of fat, especially saturated fat. Now, however, it seems that the bread may be riskier than the butter you put on it. High-Carb vs…

    By: Terry Graedon August 31, 2017 18 Comments
    How Much Coffee Do You Need to Defy Death?

    Should you have another cup of coffee? Previous studies have suggested that coffee drinkers might live longer. But how much coffee do you need to drink for this benefit? How Many Cups of Coffee Do You…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2017 6 Comments
    Sliced Onion Quickly Relieves Pain of a Wasp Sti…

    Do you know a remedy to ease the pain of a wasp sting? One reader found an old-fashioned solution to this problem at PeoplesPharmacy.com. What have you found? Sliced Onion for the Pain of a Wasp Sting…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2017 5 Comments
    Will Home Made Ginger Ale Ease Heartburn?

    Every family has at least a few simple remedies that can help in managing everyday problems, from hangnails to heartburn. Which ones did you learn while you were growing up? One reader learned to make…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2017 5 Comments
    Will Parsley Tea Relieve Bladder Infections?

    Urinary tract infections are painful. They frequently announce themselves with urinary urgency, but every time you run to the bathroom is torture. So a way to relieve the pain of a bladder infection w…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2017 11 Comments
    Almonds Are Better Than Banana Muffins for HDL

    HDL cholesterol is considered beneficial, and people with high levels of this good fraction of cholesterol are less prone to heart disease. But people have a difficult time raising their HDL levels. C…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 7 Comments
    Can You Mitigate a Migraine with a Milkshake?

    Migraine headaches are debilitating as well as painful. Many sufferers report nausea and an inability to stand light or sound that imprisons them in a darkened room until the symptoms pass. There are …

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 22 Comments
    Quitting Sugar Made a Big Impact on Blood Pressu…

    Once people learn about common side effects of medications to treat elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure, they are often curious about non-drug approaches to heart health. The doctor may recomm…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Kiwifruit a Good Remedy for Canker Sores?

    Canker sores, technically known as aphthous ulcers, are nasty sore spots that crop up inside the mouth. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not infectious. Sometimes people have a hard time figuring o…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 8 Comments
    Vinegar to the Rescue in Wasabi Crisis

    If you have never had sushi, you might be surprised at the very sharp taste of the wasabi that is a frequent accompaniment. It can hit your nasal passages and sinuses with a wallop. Is there anything …

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Coconut Macaroons Overcome Bad Diarrhea?

    We rarely know the source of home remedies, but we have tracked one carefully. The late Donald Agar wrote to us from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1998 to report a serendipitous discovery. He had foun…

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 5 Comments
    Should You Be Drinking More Coffee?

    Coffee lovers have a reason to celebrate their favorite beverage. Two new studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirm that people who drink more coffee live longer. Studies of People Who Drink…