By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    The Vitamin Wars Are Over

    The vitamin wars are officially over. Record the date for posterity: June 19, 2002. That's when the American Medical Association published a radical new recommendation-most Americans should be taking …

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Drinking Tea Has Many Health Benefits

    Q. I am a tea drinker--green, black and herbals. I grew up putting milk in my black tea but I drink iced tea and herbals unadulterated. I happened to overhear a conversation in which someone said putt…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 1 Comments
    Surprising Uses For Vicks Vaporub

    Some of the most fascinating medical discoveries happen by accident. Aspirin was originally a pain reliever, plain and simple. But a chance discovery by a family physician in Glendale, California, sug…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    A Spoonful Of Cinnamon Makes The Sugar Go Down

    Q. I believe I heard that cinnamon helps with blood sugar control in diabetes. Is this true and if so, how much does it take? A. We have heard from a number of people that one teaspoon of cinnamon on …

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Herbs Pump Up The Penis?

    Q. I have seen advertisements for pills that are supposed to enlarge and lengthen the penis naturally. They contain herbal ingredients such as yohimbe, ginseng, ginkgo and some that I have never heard…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 0 Comments
    Do Herbal Enhancers Increase Breast Size?

    Q. What can you tell me about herbal breast enlargers? I'm considering surgery, but first I would like to try one of these products if they work and don't have nasty side effects. I am generally skept…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 0 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo Works For Jock Itch

    Q. I liked your article on relieving jock itch by using Cetaphil skin cleanser. I tried it and it works great. My family doctor recommended an alternative to Cetaphil: Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo. Ap…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2002 0 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice To Prevent Heart Disease

    Q. I have recently read that there are health benefits of drinking several ounces of pomegranate juice daily. I can't find where I read this and would appreciate knowing what your research on pomegran…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2002 0 Comments
    What Kind Of Tea Prevents Heart Attacks?

    Q. There was something on the news about how tea drinkers are less likely to have heart attacks. Does it matter if it is regular or decaffeinated tea? What about hot tea compared to iced tea? And is h…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2002 123 Comments
    Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies For Diarrhea

    This is one of the tastiest and most unusual home remedies we have ever collected. Donald Agar had suffered from Crohn's disease for many years. Diarrhea was a constant problem. By accident he discove…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Diet Help Relieve Joint Pain?

    Q. I was eating a piece of chocolate when a friend said, "That's not good for your arthritis." Since then, another friend told me to avoid tomatoes. All this advice is confusing me. Are there really f…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Remedies For Arthritis And High Cholesterol

    Q. I have a sensitive stomach and cannot tolerate aspirin, ibuprofen or even Celebrex or Vioxx. Tylenol isn't very helpful for my stiff fingers and sore knees.   My doctor seems frustrated about…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 0 Comments
    St. John’s Wort Study Creates Confusion

    Q. I have been taking St. John's wort for the past three years for mild depression. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I am doing better than I used to. My mood and outlook improved without …

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 1 Comments
    Is Garlic Toxic To The Brain?

    Q. A friend of mine sent me an article about garlic being toxic. He says it slows reflexes and impairs concentration. I am a great fan of garlic and use a lot of it when I cook. Now I am concerned abo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Chaste-Tree Berry For Chastity?

    Q. I'm a 39-year-old woman in need of an herb that can decrease sex drive. I think you've written about this before, but I can't recall the herb you suggested. I'm in excellent health,…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 3 Comments
    Remedies For Dry, Itchy Skin

    Q. My skin is so dry and itchy that sometimes I have to stop and scratch in the middle of a tennis game. This annoys my partner, and of course it bothers me more than I can say. What suggestions do yo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 6 Comments
    Varied Uses For Vicks

    Q. Your column is a blast. Have you compiled a list of all the uses of Vicks VapoRub? I find it amazing how many things can be done with one simple product! A. Vicks VapoRub has been available for nea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Getting Off The Laxative Bandwagon

    Q. Years ago I had a serious eating problem (anorexia) and began to use laxatives to help me keep weight off. I eventually became dependent on them and now would like to discontinue their use. When I …

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 1 Comments
    DASH Diet For High Blood Pressure

    Q. I have high blood pressure (about 180/80) and my doctor has prescribed nearly everything he can think of. We have tried over a dozen different medicines, with unacceptable results or side effects. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice For Canker Sores

     Q. I have read that sauerkraut juice is good for canker sores, but I can't find it in stores. Where can I get it?    A. Many grocery stores carry or will order pure sauerkraut…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Are Avocados Good Or Bad For Heart Health?

    Q. Do avocados have cholesterol? I've been told to watch my diet, and I've heard that I should avoid avocados, but I love them. Are they really bad for my heart?   A. Avocados contai…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    How Much Wine Is Good For You?

    Q. I keep reading about how much good "a glass of red wine" can do, but nobody ever says how big the glass should be. Any ideas? A. Harvard epidemiologists who study the effects of alcohol on heart di…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Careless Use Of Healing Herbs Might Harm

    Humans have been using herbal medicines for millennia. Every culture on earth has learned to harness the pharmaceuticals mother nature provided. But what happens when an herb is adopted by people who …

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Banana Peel and Cabbage for Hemorrhoids?

    Q. When I first developed hemorrhoids I could hardly believe this was happening to me. I called my doctor and she suggested surgery, but I didn't want to go under the knife. A favorite book about food…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Could Low DHEA Explain Low Libido?

    Q. What can you tell me about DHEA? I recently had my hormones checked and the results showed I have very little testosterone or DHEA. Could this explain my lack of sex drive? I have had a very low li…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 113 Comments
    Allergy to Vicks VapoRub?

    Q. Have you ever heard of anyone being allergic to Vicks VapoRub? A few days ago I had some congestion, and instead of taking a decongestant I decided to try rubbing a small amount of Vicks on my ches…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 1999 2 Comments
    Wart Plaster for Splinters

    Here is another doctor-recommended home remedy. Russell Copelan, M.D., wrote about this one in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.* He suggests adhering a tiny piece of salicylic acid …