The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Will You Breathe Better by Cutting Out Dairy?

One reader found a way to greatly improve hay fever symptoms: cutting out dairy. Would this work against your sniffles and sneezes?

Can Probiotics Reduce Your Chance of Flu-Like Illness?

Is Your Diet Putting You at Risk for Heart Disease?

Fact or Fancy? Can Vicks VapoRub Cure Nail Fungus?

Can Magnesium Relieve Muscle Cramps at Night?

Why Should You Eat Colorful Veggies?

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Fracture

How Well Does Vitamin D Help Fight Osteoporosis?

Instead of helping fight osteoporosis, high dose vitamin D supplements resulted in lower bone mineral density in leg and arm bones.

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Cancer

Is It Better to Get Protein from Plants or Animals?

People getting most of their protein from plants and consuming a healthful plant-based diet are more likely to live longer and less likely to get diabetes.

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Arthritis

Can Turmeric Relieve Your Aches and Pains?

Some supplements, including turmeric, can help alleviate aches and pains associated with arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis.

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Alternative Health

Will Onion Juice Make a Wasp Sting Stop Hurting?

Putting onion juice on a wasp sting eased the pain quickly and reduced the swelling. Treat an allergic reaction immediately with epinephrine!

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Alternative Health

Will Aloe Vera Help Itchy Mosquito Bites?

A reader finds that gel from an aloe vera leaf stops the itching of mosquito bites quickly. No scientists have studied this approach. Will you try it?

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Alternative Health

Should We Give Up On Home and Herbal Remedies?

Is there any science to support the use of home and herbal remedies? Many health professionals like randomized controlled trials. So do we! Here are data.

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Alternative Health

Is Sea Breeze a Solution for Keto Body Odor?

One reader reports that applying Sea Breeze Astringent Original Formula to the underarms took care of keto body odor. Maybe it changed the skin microbiome.

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Diabetes

Can Cutting Out Sweets Help Control Blood Sugar?

Cutting out sweets and foods with high-fructose corn syrup helped two people take control of their diabetes, lose weight and feel healthy.

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Diabetes

People with Diabetes Do Better on Low-Carb Diets

A study from Denmark shows better blood sugar control among people with diabetes following low-carb diets. They also had less fatty livers.

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Home Remedies

What Time Is Best to Take Melatonin?

If you want to take melatonin for better sleep, the timing is best if you take it half an hour to an hour before turning out the lights.

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Home Remedies

Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

Although doctors can prescribe drugs for RLS, many people would prefer nonpharmacologic approaches. Do you take magnesium for your restless legs syndrome?

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Age Spots

Will Castor Oil Help Clear Up Your Actinic Keratosis?

A few readers report that applying castor oil to an actinic keratosis on their skin made the bumpy spot clear up and drop off.