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 17 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 …

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 37 Comments
    Reduce Nighttime Urination (Nocturia) With a Han…

    Do you have to get up a couple of times a night to pee? If so, you are not alone. Tens of millions of people find that nighttime urination is a challenge. For one thing, it wakes you up and makes it h…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2015 1 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Save Your Brain?

    Most people have heard that a Mediterranean-type diet is good for their heart. There is a substantial amount of research supporting the cardiovascular benefits of this dietary approach. There is also …

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2015 5 Comments
    Tart Cherry Juice for a Better Night’s Res…

    Q. I have suffered with insomnia for years. Now that I am in my 60s the problem is worse than ever. I started using Benadryl at night with my doctor's approval, but it makes me groggy in the morning. …

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2015 13 Comments
    Drinking Tonic Water Prevents Nighttime Leg Cram…

    Nighttime leg cramps that awaken a person from a sound sleep with sudden debilitating pain are common as well as supremely uncomfortable. Worse, doctors do not have much in their medical kit to offer …

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 10 Comments
    How Do You Make Gin-Soaked Raisins?

    Q. I have heard you talk about the raisin remedy on your radio show and I have seen reference to it on this website, but there are a lot of details that are missing. First, how the heck do you soak th…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2015 2 Comments
    Surprising Remedy: Chili Peppers to Combat Migra…

    A migraine headache can really ruin a person's day. Not only does it bring racking head pain, it is often accompanied by severe nausea and inability to tolerate light or noise. Medications such as riz…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2015 23 Comments
    How Dangerous Is Cinnamon?

    Most natural products have many different effects on human physiology. Some may be beneficial, but others might be deleterious. That reinforces the wisdom of the old adage, "everything in moderation."…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2015 4 Comments
    Prunes and Prune Juice Overcame Constipation

    Of all the common health complaints that trouble people, constipation may be one of the most common. Infrequent or difficult defecation can be a symptom of numerous underlying causes: low fiber intake…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 24 Comments
    How Hot Peppers Can Improve Your Health and Exte…

    OK, I admit that is one of those headlines that seems far too good to be true. Full disclosure, I must confess that I (Joe G.) am a pepperhead, ie, someone who loves (actually craves) hot chili pepper…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2015 22 Comments
    Certo Recipe for Joint Pain

    The pain of arthritic joints can often be unrelenting. It is no wonder, then, that people are always on the lookout for strategies to help them manage it better. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs …

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2015 5 Comments
    Brain Freeze Saved the Day By Stopping Migraine …

    Q. I read your "brain freeze" article just days before waking up with a migraine. Whenever I get a migraine I wake up with it, so I have no warning and begin vomiting within 5 or 10 minutes. Usually I…

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2015 6 Comments
    Cherries Are Cherished for Fighting Inflammation

    Summer is cherry season. For several weeks you can get fresh cherries at your local market. The rest of the year cherry lovers rely on frozen, canned or dried cherries to satisfy their cravings. Most …

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2015 5 Comments
    Is Tonic Water Really Toxic?

    Tonic water, that "curiously refreshing" drink that is the classic accompaniment to gin, has a long history as a medicinal beverage. Even its name hints at that history-tonic implies healing propertie…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2015 16 Comments
    Beet Juice Boosts Endurance

    Beet juice may be the new exercise boost athletes are seeking. It is unlikely that sports associations will ban beet juice as a performance enhancing substance, but a small study from Korea suggests t…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2015 1 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Lifestyle Lower Triglycerid…

    We've heard a lot about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for heart disease. A new review of the research goes beyond olive oil to look at the effects of other components of a Mediterranean lifes…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Americans Get Too Little Fresh Produce in their …

    Most of us are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How Much Fresh Produce Should You Eat? The recommended intake is one and a ha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2015 7 Comments
    Does Dark Chocolate Provide Healthful Cocoa Flav…

    Whenever a new study comes along to demonstrate that yes, chocolate does have health benefits (see the most recent one here), nutrition experts step forward to caution people not to start gobbling cho…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2015 7 Comments
    Cowgirl Swears by Black Cherry Juice for Gout

    Gout causes excruciating pain, and people who suffer are desperate for relief. Many have found that black cherry juice is a wonderful remedy for this condition. Q. I am 53 and an aging old cowgirl. I'…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2015 5 Comments
    Itchy Rash Responds to Soothing Yogurt

    What could be more infuriating than an itchy rash that won't go away? Perhaps that is why people have applied so many improbable remedies to itchy skin to soothe it. Sometimes, though, an approach tha…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2015 14 Comments
    Cinnamon Plus Statins Could Be Extremely Harmful…

    A Trip to the ER A woman showed up in the emergency department at the Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Michigan "complaining of abdominal pain associated with vomiting and diarrhe…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2015 19 Comments
    Home Remedies for Hiccups are Fast, Inexpensive …

    If you have ever suffered from hiccups you know how darned disruptive they can be. Most of the time a bout of hiccups is mildly annoying. But sometimes hiccups hang around, not for minutes or hours, b…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2015 7 Comments
    Pineapple Compound Fights Inflammation

    Foods with anti-inflammatory activity can often relieve pain nearly as well as medications, but without the scary side effects. A pineapple compound called bromelain is one that can be helpful, as thi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 3, 2015 12 Comments
    Simple Way to Enjoy Cocoa Flavanols Without Extr…

    The flavanols from cacao have a lot of interesting physiological effects on the human body. But some nutrition scientists cringe when we write about the health benefits of chocolate. Even dark chocola…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2015 20 Comments
    Lowering Cholesterol with Vinegar

    Although doctors are determined to get cholesterol down in order to lower the risk of a heart attack, some people don't like the idea of taking a statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicine. They may ha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2015 6 Comments
    Root Beer Is One Reader’s Cure for Canker …

    Canker sores go by the medical term aphthous ulcers. By any name, they are painful, so a way to speed healing is a boon. Q. Several years ago when I was a teenager, I was nearly hospitalized because m…