By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2017 0 Comments
    How Can You Choose a Good Supplement?

    The topic of supplements has long been controversial, with some health care professionals claiming that people who eat a well-balanced diet need no additional vitamins or minerals. Others, in contrast…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    Which Drugs Mess with Vitamin B12?

    Keeping track of the nutritional consequences of medications can be tricky. Doctors don't always ask about possible problems; nor do pharmacists necessarily take these into account. But there are some…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Story on Selenium and Thyroid?

    The body is a remarkable system. Like any system, every part affects all the others. Consequently, focusing on just one nutrient usually doesn't make a lot of sense. When it comes to thyroid function,…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin D for Asthma Improve Breathin…

    According to the CDC there are about 25 million Americans who have asthma. That means that one 1 of every 12 people has some degree of wheezing, chest tightness, coughing or breathing difficulties. Co…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 13 Comments
    Do You Take Magnesium to Get to Sleep?

    Adequate sleep is a cornerstone of good health, but far too many of us don't get enough. We stay up late staring at screens, whether for work or entertainment. Perhaps we get up early for a long commu…

    By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Are Your Medicines Depriving You of Folate?

    Vitamin B9, or folate, is crucial for the normal development of human embryos. That is why pregnant women and those who may become pregnant are urged to take at least 400 mcg daily of folic acid, the …

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Probiotics Cut Gas from Drinking Milk?

    Many of us struggle with smelly gas, known more technically (and perhaps more politely) as flatulence. Sometimes the culprit is a medication that is causing the trouble. But people trying to control f…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 9 Comments
    Get Magnesium Just Right to Prevent Dementia

    Most people would like to find a way to prevent dementia, but the picture is complex. Lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet and sleep have all been suggested as possible paths to keeping our brains…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 13 Comments
    Will Magnesium Help You Sleep Better All Night?

    Have you ever wakened far too early and resigned yourself to tossing and turning until time to get up? This scenario is common. We were pleased to learn that one reader found a simple supplement could…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 13 Comments
    What Makes Turmeric So Wonderful?

    A few years ago most Americans had never heard of turmeric. If they had, they thought of it as an exotic ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Now, turmeric and curcumin, one of its active in…

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2017 17 Comments
    Licorice Led to Life-Threatening Loss of Potassi…

    You may have heard someone express the opinion that natural medicines are safer than synthetic ones. That isn't always the case, however. Sometimes botanical medications can have scary side effects. L…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2017 26 Comments
    Glucosamine a Bust in New Analysis

    A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (online, July 28, 2017) concluded that glucosamine lacks evidence of effectiveness. Although the researchers don't come right out and say it, …

    By: Terry Graedon August 14, 2017 10 Comments
    Can You Lower Your Cholesterol with Bergamot?

    How do you control your cholesterol? Many people take a statin medication such as atorvastatin  or simvastatin to keep their blood fats within normal range. On the other hand, you might prefer a more…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 11 Comments
    Is Your Confusion Due to a Vitamin Deficiency?

    As we grow older, our mental lapses bother us more and more. Could losing the car keys be the first sign of Alzheimer's disease? Is forgetting the PIN for the ATM an early warning flag for dementia? O…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 25 Comments
    How Can You Counteract Muscle Pain from Statins?

    The doctors' debate over statins has become heated lately. You can read what we have written about that here and here. If you prefer, you can listen to our interviews with leading cardiologists here. …

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Cinnamon Toxic to the Liver?

    How do you know when an herb, spice or supplement is safe? It makes sense to do some reading on anything you are planning to take before you begin swallowing it. Many people are taking cinnamon to con…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 48 Comments
    How Good Is L-lysine Against Cold Sores?

    Cold sores are painful. They are also unsightly. Perhaps more alarming, there is some research to suggest that cold sores may increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease (see this link). Could L-lysine …

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 6 Comments
    Supplements Are No Substitute for Good Diabetes …

    Diabetes is reaching epidemic levels, not only in the US but around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes. By f…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Magnesium Help Prevent Broken Bones?

    Keeping bones strong calls for life-long attention. During childhood and adolescence, bones increase in density and strength until early to mid-adulthood. To avoid broken bones in later years, we need…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 1 Comments
    Extra Vitamin D No Benefit for Kids with Colds

    People with low levels of vitamin D appear more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections (Zhang et al, PLOS One, Dec. 9, 2016) and even pneumonia (Haugen et al, Pediatric Research, online Jul…

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 2 Comments
    Show 1086: Why Dogs Are Good for Babies’ H…

    Dogs and Babies' Health: Most young kids love their dogs. New research shows that even babies too young to play with the pet benefit from a dog in the house. What is the story on pets as probiotics? …

    By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 3 Comments
    Should You Take Vitamin D for Your Sunburn?

    What do you do for a sunburn? Most people just suffer for several days, although some have favorite home remedies such as Listerine, Greek yogurt or green tea. Some research suggests that a diet rich…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 9 Comments
    Too Little Vitamin D Could Be Deadly

    Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are linked to increased mortality. That is the conclusion of a large population-based Norwegian study. How did they discover that too little vitamin D might be dea…

    By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2017 3 Comments
    What Is the Risk of Red Yeast Rice?

    One of the pillars of heart disease prevention is keeping blood fats, especially cholesterol, under control. But doctors don't always agree on the best way to achieve this goal. Most recommend a healt…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 7 Comments
    How Good Is Pharmaceutical-Grade Chondroitin?

    In the US, chondroitin sulfate is usually sold as a dietary supplement and taken in conjunction with glucosamine to treat arthritis pain. Most well-controlled trials in this country have shown that th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 6 Comments
    Can You Safely Take Fish Oil with Blood Thinners…

    Many of us make a clear distinction between the drugs we take and the vitamins or supplements we use. It seems logical enough for our brains, but our bodies don't recognize categories like that. An…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Overdosing on Vitamin B6 Cause Irreversible…

    Most people think of vitamins as benign nutrients. If a little is good then a "lottle" is better. In other words, the more the merrier. Most of the time people do not get into trouble if they take a l…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2017 36 Comments
    Why Don’t Vitamin D Supplements Work as Ex…

    If you are taking big doses of vitamin D in the hopes of staving off all sorts of health problems, you may be disappointed. Most research has not demonstrated that taking high doses of vitamin D suppl…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 18 Comments
    Will Magnesium Prevent Your Painful Leg Cramps?

    Many people complain about painful leg cramps that wake them at night. The pain they cause can be excruciating, even making grown-ups cry. Their doctors have nothing they can prescribe for this probl…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 0 Comments
    Where Is the Synergy Against Heart Disease?

    Both exercise and adequate vitamin D have been identified independently as contributing to good cardiovascular health. But could the combination offer special advantages against heart disease? How Do …

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Ease Statin-Induced Muscle Pain

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are an important part of every cardiologist's tool box. They lower cholesterol, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. People who already have hea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 14 Comments
    Is There Any Science to Support Glucosamine for …

    For decades we have been agnostic about the use of glucosamine for arthritis. Some readers praised this dietary supplement while others denounced it. We remember when New York Times health columnist J…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 31 Comments
    How Can You Get Omega-3 Benefits with No Fishy B…

    We have written numerous times about omega-3 benefits, which range from delaying macular degeneration or preventing diabetes to easing stiff joints and promoting heart health. Some people make sure t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 34 Comments
    Are There Natural Remedies for Nerve Pain?

    Physicians find neuropathy difficult to manage. This nerve pain can easily become chronic if it is not interrupted early in its course. When pain originates in the nervous system itself, relatively f…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 9 Comments
    How to Get to Sleep Without Weakening Your Bones

    Sleep can be elusive, and many people have great difficulties getting enough. The problem is not that people don't value sleep: most have heard that inadequate sleep may predispose us to health prob…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 8 Comments
    Popular Supplements Failed to Prevent Dementia

    Vitamin E and selenium do not appear to help prevent dementia. Many people may be disappointed in these results from a clinical trial of these popular supplements. But is there reason to remain hopefu…

    By: Terry Graedon March 23, 2017 3 Comments
    Does Suboptimal Vitamin D Put Athletes at Risk f…

    Vitamin D is critical for muscle as well as bone strength. A study of elite college football players found that nearly half of them had suboptimal vitamin D levels. This may make them more vulnerable…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 5 Comments
    Should You Take Fish Oil to Protect Your Heart?

    If you have heart disease, you've probably read lots about statin drugs to lower cholesterol. You may have seen recommendations about eating a Mediterranean-style diet for heart health. But should you…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Supplements Really Protect You fr…

    Avoiding colds and flu is challenging. Physicians will tell you that vaccination is the only protection against influenza. Frequent hand washing is the other standard recommendation. Unfortunately, im…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 4 Comments
    Can You Get the Vitamin B12 You Need from Seawee…

    Americans are accustomed to being told to just eat a well-balanced diet. The implication is clear that if they did so, they wouldn't need to take any dietary supplements. But "a well-balanced diet' is…