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Heart Attack

Will Adequate Magnesium Keep Your Heart Healthy?

A long-term study of atherosclerosis revealed that adequate magnesium is critical for good heart health.

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Drug Side Effects

Do Vitamin D3 Pills Cause Digestive Distress?

When sunshine is limited, you may need vitamin D3 pills to bring your level of this hormone up to normal. However, some people report digestive symptoms.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can You Prevent Dementia With Grape Seed Extract?

Rodent research shows that grape seed extract can slow cognitive decline and the development of dementia. How well will it work for humans?

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Home Remedies

Can You Save Your Sight With AREDS Vitamins?

Taking a formula with AREDS vitamins and eating foods full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals can help keep macular degeneration from deterioriating.

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Home Remedies

Give the Best Gift This Holiday: Better Health for 2020!

Would you like to avoid last minute shopping for family and friends? How about something really meaningful? Give the best gift: the gift of good health?

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Home Remedies

Coffee as an Herbal Remedy and a Special Treat

Imagine using coffee as an herbal remedy to get a precise dose of organic herbs as part of a delicious morning ritual.

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Burning Tongue

Vitamin B12 Lack Led to Balance and Memory Problems

A serious vitamin B12 lack due to PPI medication, vegan diet, or stomach inflammation can cause trouble with balance, cognition and fatigue.

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Should You Take CoQ10 for Atrial Fibrillation?

Some evidence suggests that there could be benefits in taking CoQ10 for atrial fibrillation. Be sure to check with your doctor about possible interactions.

Two books from the People's Pharmacy: Quick and Handy Home Remedies + Recipes and Remedies.
Alternative Health

Where Can You Learn About Home Remedies?

A doctor who appreciates practical, inexpensive options for common problems asks how to learn about home remedies. Here's our answer.

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Arthritis

Can SAM-e Help Ease Your Back Pain?

SAM-e performed as well as an NSAID drug to relieve arthritis pain in some studies. Might it help you feel better?

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Eczema

Will Taking Pycnogenol Help Heal Eczema?

One reader reports that the supplement Pycnogenol essentially eliminated chronic eczema. Basic research suggests this antioxidant could have benefit.

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Coronary Artery Disease

Will Taking Fish Oil Protect You from Heart Disease?

New data suggests that taking fish oil can protect people from heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and premature death without boosting prostate cancer.

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Home Remedies

What Are the Pros and Cons of Biotin for Strong Nails?

Many people take biotin for strong nails, although there is limited scientific support for this use of the supplement. Can biotin interfere with tests?

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Diabetes

Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Certain supplements such as benfotiamine and alpha lipoic acid may help ease diabetic neuropathy. They do not have the same side effects as approved drugs.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Will Taking Quality Fish Oil Help Your Heart?

Research has confirmed that quality fish oil supplements can benefit cardiovascular health, mitigate autoimmune disease and possibly ease dry eyes.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
Podcasts

Show 1187: Are Supplements Really a Waste of Time?

Many people take supplements. A major review last summer concluded, though, that they are a waste of time for heart disease. Is that really true?

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Home Remedies

Do Selenium Supplements Cause Leg Cramps?

Could selenium supplements cause horrible muscle cramps? Animal research suggests that an excess of the mineral can affect muscles and nerves.

Diarrhea

Raspberry Powder to Fight Travelers’ Diarrhea

Travelers' diarrhea can be a problem, but there are solutions. One reader recommends raspberry powder. Pepto-Bismol and coconut may also help.

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Arthritis

Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have Heart Benefits

Studies of supplements rich in omega 3 fats have reached conflicting conclusions. The latest analysis concludes that they reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Baldness

Will MSM Improve Hair Growth?

Some readers report that taking the dietary supplement MSM can improve hair growth and make it fuller and thicker.