By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2018 24 Comments
    Should You Worry About Serious Melatonin Side Ef…

    More than three million Americans take melatonin to get to sleep. That's twice the number that used this supplement in 2007 (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health). This makes melat…

    By: Terry Graedon February 19, 2018 14 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Black Pepper?

    Cinnamon, ginger, fennel, turmeric and other spices have long been used medicinally. Scientists have confirmed that these natural food additives have physiological effects. We hear less often about th…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2018 23 Comments
    Why Would Armour Thyroid Help Hashimoto’s?

    The thyroid gland is small and rather unobtrusive, but its effects are huge. This butterfly-shaped bit of tissue on the front of the neck produces hormones that help set the metabolism of every cell i…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2018 8 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Plantar Warts?

    Plantar warts that appear on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hand can sometimes be stubborn. Those on the soles may cause discomfort when a person is standing, walking or running. But people…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 3 Comments
    Natural Blood Sugar Control to Benefit Sex Life

    Doctors are taught that erectile dysfunction (ED) is a red flag. It should encourage them to look for other health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes. Patients, too, are becoming aware that p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 12, 2018 25 Comments
    Can Kefir Help You Recover from an Infection?

    Have you been looking for a way to boost your immune system? Especially during the season when colds and flu are rampant, many people would like to know how to recover from an infection more readily. …

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2018 2 Comments
    Does the Laxative Psyllium Really Lower Choleste…

    Dietary fiber is almost universally acknowledged as beneficial. Diets rich in whole grains and vegetables that supply fiber seem to be associated with better cardiovascular health, better metabolic ba…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 36 Comments
    Fish Oil Flops When It Comes to Heart Protection

    For years, Americans have been taking fish oil and other types of omega-3 supplements. Their goal was heart protection, but it seems that expectation is unrealistic. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Heart Prot…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2018 10 Comments
    Fascinating Strategies to Get Rid of Warts

    Warts are caused by a near-ubiquitous virus, human papillomavirus. But nobody knows quite why they pop up at certain times and are absent at others. Doctors can offer a variety of treatments for warts…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2018 8 Comments
    How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?

    Vitamin C, isolated and named more than 100 years ago, is crucial for good health. Even before it was discovered, vitamin C entered history. A lack of fresh fruits and vegetables on long sea voyages m…

    By: Terry Graedon January 29, 2018 23 Comments
    Will Precious Saffron Save Your Eyesight?

    A diagnosis of a chronic condition that could lead to a severely diminished quality of life is terrifying. Age-related macular degeneration can result in a significant loss of vision. Consequently, pe…

    By: Terry Graedon January 29, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Honey and Vinegar Ease Your Joint Pain?

    Some home remedies continue to be popular for decades or even centuries. One that we are aware of is honey and vinegar for sore joints, indigestion or other common difficulties. We've been writing abo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2018 2 Comments
    Treating Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp

    There are a number of skin conditions that can be a bit difficult to distinguish. A person who complains about itchy bumps on the scalp and assumes it is acne might actually be treating seborrheic der…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 10 Comments
    Can What You Eat Change Your Risk of Cancer?

    A new study published in JAMA Oncology reports that pro-inflammatory foods increase the risk of colorectal cancer. An anti-inflammatory diet, on the other hand, reduces the risk of cancer (Tabung et a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Women Run Faster After Swallowing Supplemen…

    A new supplement under development may help women run faster. In a pilot study, women taking the dietary supplement, which contains three minerals, carnitine and phosphatidylserine, cut nearly a minut…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 16 Comments
    Can Washing Your Face with Selsun Blue Overcome …

    Rosacea can cause easy flushing and a persistently red face. In some cases, people develop little red bumps on the skin that resemble acne, although they aren't actually pimples. Eventually, the nose …

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Valerian Help You Sleep Better?

    Who has not had the experience of tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep? Anxiety about a new job or an upcoming trip often keeps people awake for a few days. Others find that ruminating about rel…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 10 Comments
    Dancer Delights in Fungus-Free Toenails

    Nail fungus is very common, affecting toenails more often than fingernails. Thirty years ago or so, doctors often advised their patients to ignore toenail fungus. They would point out that, although t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Aged Garlic Fight Heart Disease?

    Obesity is associated with inflammation that can exacerbate pain and contribute to chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Now researchers have found that a dietary supplement containing…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 8 Comments
    How to Fight Fungus with a Sock Soak

    Have you ever had to fight fungus on your feet? The infection may show up between your toes or spread over the soles. To get rid of it, you may have tried an antifungal lotion or cream, such as clotri…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 1 Comments
    Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

    When half the people you know are sniffling, sneezing and coughing, you might want something for cough and cold relief. As it turns out, you won't need to make a trip to the drugstore. You can probabl…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 5 Comments
    Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

    Milk of magnesia is a time-honored medicine to treat constipation. But that is not the only use for this versatile compound. We first heard about using milk of magnesia in the armpits to suppress odor…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2018 1 Comments
    Will Magic Mushroom Compound Ease Depression?

    Psilocybin is the psychoactive compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Humans have used this magic mushroom compound in rituals for thousands of years. The compound alters sensory perceptions and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 4 Comments
    Why Do Cough Lozenges Ease Indigestion?

    Heartburn is hardly a new phenomenon. Humans have probably had to contend with indigestion for as long as the species has existed. Still, it often seems as though 21st century Americans suffer more of…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Which Berries Are Best for Your Brain?

    Would you like to stay sharp as you grow older? Almost everyone would. Memory lapses can be extremely frustrating as well as embarrassing, particularly when they start to become more frequent. Experts…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 3 Comments
    Can Magnesium Help You Sleep Without Causing Dia…

    Have you seen warnings that too little sleep will ruin your health? Sleep deprivation keeps the brain from functioning optimally (Slama et al, Sleep, Dec. 2017). It can also lead to insulin resistance…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2018 8 Comments
    What Is the Magic with Concord Grape Juice?

    Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Most people experience the pain predominantly in the heel, especially first thing in the morning. The usual t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Pomegranate Juice Help Lower Blood Sugar?

    Having blood sugar and insulin rise rapidly after a meal has been linked to a number of metabolic problems. Products, like crackers, cookies or bread, that cause such a rapid increase are termed high-…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 33 Comments
    Can You Prevent Migraines by Watching Your Diet?

    Migraines are a pain. Even worse than the pain, though, is the life disruption. Some sufferers lose days every time a headache strikes hiding in a dark quiet room. They may feel horribly nauseated or …

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 9 Comments
    Are Gummies a Good Way to Take Supplements?

    What vitamins and minerals do you take? Do you prefer pills, capsules, drops, softgels, chewable tablets or gummies? There may be differences in how well your supplements work, depending on their form…

    By: Terry Graedon January 1, 2018 19 Comments
    How to Stop a Cold Sore with an Herb

    Whether you call them cold sores or fever blisters, these lesions may pop up when you get sick. A respiratory tract infection or exposure to wind or sun may bring them out. No one knows exactly why a …

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Help Yourself to Leafy Greens for Better Brain P…

    New analyses appear to show that nothing works to prevent dementia. Nonetheless, one promising study found that a daily serving of leafy greens might help (Morris et al, Neurology, online Dec. 20, 20…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 0 Comments
    Should Youngsters Eat Fish for Better Grades?

    According to the old wives, fish is supposed to be brain food. They have just been proved right again, at least in part. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that kids who eat …

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 11 Comments
    Can a Vitamin Really Help Prevent Skin Cancer?

    Skin cancer is the most common type of malignancy in the US. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma by the age of 65. (Mel…

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 13 Comments
    Can You Avert Diabetes with Cinnamon?

    Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common. According to the American Diabetes Association, 9.4 percent of Americans have diabetes. Most of those individuals have type 2 diabetes, in which the cells stop …

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 17 Comments
    Can You Prevent Macular Degeneration with Supple…

    As we grow older, our senses may become less sharp. Many people find it harder to hear; others find it more difficult to see clearly. One of the leading causes of impaired vision among senior citizens…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2017 14 Comments
    Can Ginkgo Help Stroke Survivors Keep Their Wits…

    Ginkgo biloba has long been a popular herb in China. It is credited with promoting memory and fighting dementia, although most studies using a German extract of the tree have not provided convincing r…

    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 19 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 …