By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Ease Indigestion Without PPIs

    Q. Because of concerns about side effects of PPI acid-suppressing drugs, I have switched to Tums. I rely on two or three of these antacids to control my heartburn. Is that safe? What else could I do? …

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 9 Comments
    Did Ginkgo Biloba Keep His Mind Sharp?

    Wouldn't you love to know how to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact even as you grow older? Most of us worry about losing our edge. One reader is convinced he has the answer. Indeed he might,…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 4 Comments
    Is Mail Order Safe for Summertime Supplements?

    Ordering medications and supplements by mail is convenient and usually cost effective. In fact, some insurance plans demand that you use a mail-order pharmacy for prescriptions. But is it reasonable t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Multivitamin?

    It can be challenging to get all the nutrients you need from food, especially if you are taking medications. That's because many medicines can interfere with vitamin and mineral absorption. Some, like…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2016 10 Comments
    How to Ease Arthritic Knees with Natural Remedie…

    Osteoarthritis puts its victims in a dreadful double bind. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are the standard pain relievers for arthritis, such as diclofenac (Voltaren), ibupro…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 6 Comments
    Should You Take Biotin and Resveratrol for Your …

    Psoriasis is a chronic skin problem in which the immune system makes skin cells turn over much faster than normal. The result is frequently red, itchy patches on elbows, knees, scalp or other areas of…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2016 4 Comments
    Will Fish Oil for the Heart Contribute to Prosta…

    For decades health professionals focused primarily on cholesterol (especially LDL cholesterol) as the chief culprit in heart disease. Now, other blood fats are considered important, especially triglyc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep with an He…

    As people learn about the possible downsides of using sleeping pills for a long time, many are searching for a better, safer way to get a good night's sleep. People with serious, long-standing insomn…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 6 Comments
    Did Turmeric Cause a Frightening Nosebleed?

    We often write about the benefits of natural remedies. It is important to remember, however, that nearly any compound that has desirable effects might also have some effects that are unwanted. Many bo…

    By: The People's Pharmacy May 9, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Raise Vitamin D Without Suffering

    Vitamin D is critically important to maintain healthy metabolism as well as to keep bones strong. Many studies demonstrate the hazards of low circulating vitamin D levels, but few show that trying to…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 9 Comments
    How to Fight Depression with a Simple Supplement

    Depression is common, possibly the most common mental illness. According to the CDC, this potentially crippling condition affects almost 8 percent of Americans over 12 years of age (CDC, MMWR, Jan. 6,…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2016 16 Comments
    How to Maximize the Benefits of Magnesium Supple…

    For years we have been hearing that Americans shouldn't waste their money on supplements. Nutrition experts explain that if we ate a well-balanced diet, we wouldn't need any supplements. We'd get a…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2016 42 Comments
    L-Lysine Remedy for Cold Sores Scorned By Scient…

    Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, can be unsightly and uncomfortable. There are prescription antivirals like acyclovir or valacyclovir that may help speed healing. Many of our readers also rep…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 1 Comments
    Popular Herbal Remedy Goldenseal Can Make the To…

    Sometimes taking a supplement that is intended to improve your health can backfire. That is what happened to this reader who decided to take the herbal remedy goldenseal for greater immune system str…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Prevent Colds by Taking Supplements

    People have been searching for centuries for a way to prevent colds. That, we've been told, was one of the motivations for dosing children with cod liver oil in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Non…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2016 10 Comments
    Could Cayenne Lower Your High Blood Pressure?

    Many people prefer to treat chronic health problems by natural means. They hate taking pills, and the specter of side effects makes them nervous. After all, any effective medicine has a range of acti…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2016 17 Comments
    What Is the Story on Calcium Supplements?

    When the medical experts change their minds, it can be confusing for the rest of us. One such flip-flop that has puzzled a lot of people concerns calcium supplements. For years, doctors urged their ol…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 11 Comments
    Boosting Vitamin D Did Not Keep Seniors from Fal…

    Vitamin D is crucial to bone health, but also may be essential for muscle strength. Previous research has indicated that older people with too little vitamin D in their systems are more susceptible to…

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2015 11 Comments
    Aloe Vera Gel Lowered Fasting Blood Sugar

    People who want to control their blood sugar with natural products have quite a few to choose from. Keep in mind, though, that herbs and spices that can lower blood sugar might well interact with pr…

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2015 24 Comments
    Too Much Vitamin D Resulted in Lingering Leg Pai…

    Is it possible to get too much vitamin D? Nutrition advisors such as registered dietitians have worried about this for years because vitamin D, like vitamin A, is fat soluble. As a consequence, it cou…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 1 Comments
    Chondroitin Stacks Up Against Celecoxib for Reli…

    A small study just presented at the American College of Rheumatology meeting shows that the dietary supplement chondroitin sulfate is about as effective as the drug celecoxib in alleviating the pain a…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 40 Comments
    Turmeric Raises the Risk for Severe Bleeding

    We commend any effort to control health problems with nondrug approaches such as food choice, exercise, meditation, stress relief and so on. But we caution that it is critical to understand that even…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 26 Comments
    Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral?

    The body needs minerals to function. Without adequate levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium we would perish. Doctors often encourage patients to cut back on sodium and increase calcium. P…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2015 13 Comments
    Bad Reactions to Dietary Supplements Can Lead to…

    How safe are dietary supplements? Many people assume that products such as vitamins, minerals or botanicals are safe because they are natural. Emergency Department Visits Due to Dietary Supplements: T…

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2015 3 Comments
    Berberine Lowers Blood Sugar AND Cholesterol

    Q. I have looked into berberine and think it may be a winner. Have you researched it? I am taking it for pre-diabetes and my wife is considering it for lowering cholesterol. Some studies I found equat…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 20 Comments
    Novel Use of Biotin to Tame Tinnitus

    Tinnitus can be a terrible trial. Although the condition is not considered serious by most health care professionals, patients often report that the ringing, buzzing, chirping or whining noises that …

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2015 11 Comments
    Cranberry Pills Prevent Urinary Infections

    Years ago, we were excited when a placebo-controlled trial substantiated the "old wives' tale" that drinking cranberry juice could ward off urinary tract infections (UTIs) that kept recurring in elder…

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2015 18 Comments
    Vitamin D Supplements Fall Short in Boosting Bon…

    Despite recommendations from public health authorities for people to consume their vitamin D through pills rather than sun exposure, a new study casts doubt on the value of vitamin D supplements. The …

    By: Joe Graedon July 27, 2015 6 Comments
    Benefits and Drawbacks of St. John’s Wort

    Like many of our readers, we are always delighted to learn that a natural product may work as well as a pharmaceutical for a particular problem. It is always important to remember that most compounds…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 3 Comments
    Is Ginseng Safe for Cancer Patient?

    Mixing alternative remedies such as herbs with prescription drugs for treating serious problems such as cancer can be risky. It is always a good idea to check with the oncology team to see if they kno…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2015 14 Comments
    Which Vitamin Supplements Do You Really Need?

    How do you know which vitamin supplements you might need to take? This is a question that is, rightly, of great concern to many people. It is especially urgent when considering the many pronouncements…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2015 15 Comments
    Knee Pain Responded to Turmeric

    People with chronic joint pain have difficult decisions to make. Do they take a pain reliever on a regular basis and risk the sometimes serious side effects, or do they limit their activities to what …

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 9 Comments
    Bitter Melon Lowers Blood Sugar

    Type 2 diabetes is usually treated with medications, but the risk/benefit ratio of the newer ones may be dubious (as we wrote here and here). That's especially the case when the expense is factored …

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 20 Comments
    Are Americans Taking Too Much Vitamin D?

    Many studies have revealed that a surprisingly high proportion of Americans have low levels of vitamin D circulating in their blood stream. (We have written about this observation previously.) Researc…

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2015 12 Comments
    Can You Overdose on Ginger?

    The acid-suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are intended for treating serious acid reflux known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. In practice, though, medicines such as esome…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2015 16 Comments
    Garlic Keeps Her Bladder Infections at Bay

    Recurrent urinary tract infections can be very hard to fend off, so we are interested in this reader's success with a simple supplement. Women who are susceptible to this problem will recognize the in…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2015 16 Comments
    Turmeric Is as Good as Gold for Health

    Most Americans have never heard of the spice turmeric. And yet, millions consume it on a regular basis without realizing it. That's because this Asian spice provides the color in yellow mustard. Turme…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2015 10 Comments
    Has the FDA Turned its Back on Supplements?

    Is the FDA doing its job of protecting the public health when it comes to vitamins, herbs and dietary supplements? Recent evidence has emerged suggesting that the agency has let us all down. There are…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2015 8 Comments
    Overcoming Vitamin D Deficiency Banished Pain an…

    The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can be extremely varied, and there is also disagreement over the best regimen for correcting it. Sometimes people have great success with supplementation, as this …

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 14 Comments
    State Attorneys General Call for Federal Oversig…

    Attorneys general from 14 states are begging the US Congress to do something about regulating herbal supplements. Their petition was given urgency by the recent results from a study conducted at the r…