By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2016 50 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 30 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 20 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 9 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. …

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 18 Comments
    Taking Garlic at the First Sign of a Cold

    During cold season, it can be difficult to follow all the rules that are supposed to protect us from cold viruses. We can certainly wash our hands many times a day and refrain from touching our faces.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2016 8 Comments
    Eating Beets for a Better Sex Life

    Reader Reports Beets Make Sex Better: Viagra and Cialis are usually helpful for men with erectile dysfunction. This reader found a natural way that may make such medications even more effective. Q.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Use Ginger for Better Digestive Health

    People are still learning about certain remedies that have been popular in many folk traditions. In China, ginger has been part of a healing tradition that can be documented for thousands of years. T…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2016 21 Comments
    Skeptical Doctor Doubts The Goodness of Garlic

    Q. As a physician I usually enjoy your column. But I have some serious questions about your claims about garlic. What is the evidence that "Egyptian physicians used garlic"? You have stated that as if…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2016 20 Comments
    Raisin Remedy Helps Reduce Midnight Bathroom Vis…

    One of the most common complaints we hear from readers is that they have to get up a few times at night to pee. That wakes them out of a sound sleep and sometimes they have a hard time going back to …

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2015 9 Comments
    Will Eating Cilantro Banish Psoriasis Plaques?

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which skin cells turn over much faster than normal, forming reddish itchy plaques on the skin, often covered with silvery scales. There is no cure, although th…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2015 7 Comments
    Apple at Bedtime Relieves Nighttime Heartburn

    Many people find that lying down to sleep can be an invitation for nighttime heartburn. When the ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach gets loose and lazy, lying flat can allo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2015 29 Comments
    Do Raisins Really Control Nighttime Urination &#…

    Q. I would like to know if it matters whether you use dark raisins or golden raisins before bed to help reduce nighttime trips to the bathroom? A. No one has done a study of the "raisin remedy" for no…

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2015 10 Comments
    How Cherries and Celery Combat Gout Naturally

    Q. I take HCTZ for high blood pressure. It gave me gout in my big toe. Would tart cherries counteract this side effect? A. The hydrochlorothiazide (abbreviated HCTZ, HCT or HZT) diuretic you are takin…

    By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2015 0 Comments
    Give a Meaningful Present This Holiday-A Gift of…

    Many of the presents that people give to friends and loved ones only get used occasionally, if at all. That's why we are offering information that will be used almost daily and will last for years. Is…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2015 10 Comments
    Coffee Drinkers May Live Longer

    Coffee drinkers may live longer. A large observational study that included 167,000 female nurses and about 40,000 male health professionals found that those who drank three to five cups of coffee dail…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2015 8 Comments
    Using Green Tea and Cocoa Flavonoids for Glaucom…

    We love learning new things from our readers. We have long been enthusiastic about the flavonoid compounds in chocolate and tea, but without this reader's letter, we would not have hunted for researc…

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2015 9 Comments
    Beating Back Garlic Breath With Parsley

    Q. My husband has decided he should be getting garlic every day to control his blood pressure and cholesterol and protect himself against cancer. He hates taking pills or anything synthetic so I am st…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 1 Comments
    Best Choices Is Back in Stock

    We are happy to announce that our book, Best Choices From The People's Pharmacy, is now back in stock at the People's Pharmacy store. This 524-page volume is our most comprehensive publication and is …