By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 0 Comments
    How to Use Magnesium to Get to Sleep

    Americans aren't getting enough sleep. Shift work, late night television and various health problems such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome can all contribute to inadequate rest. Sleep depriva…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2017 9 Comments
    Is Vitamin D Good for Colds? Will it Battle the …

    Grandmothers in Scandinavia have been forcing children to swallow cod liver oil for hundreds of years. They knew it acted as a tonic in the winter to keep colds and other upper respiratory tract infec…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2017 4 Comments
    Taking Vitamin D to Prevent Chronic Headaches

    If you suffer from chronic headaches, you would probably do nearly anything to prevent them. We know people who don't drink wine or eat chocolate because doing so might trigger a migraine. One reader…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Correcting Vitamin D Deficiency Help a Sore…

    Have you ever discovered that a seemingly simple change made a big difference in a long-standing problem? We are always pleased to hear from people who have found a way to tackle such a puzzle. This r…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Pressure with Olive Leaf Ext…

    High blood pressure raises the chance that a person will experience a stroke, a heart attack or kidney problems. It is no wonder, then, that many people are interested in controlling hypertension. Sid…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 2 Comments
    Is Lack of Vitamin D Behind Your Chronic Headach…

    People who are deficient in vitamin D may be more prone to chronic headaches, according to a Finnish study. The study was designed for other purposes, but it found an intriguing link between the two. …

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2016 11 Comments
    Will Magnesium Prevent Horrible Muscle Cramps?

    Are you taking a medication that could be leaching magnesium out of your body? Prescribers don't always think to warn people of that possible side effect. When magnesium drops too low, the consequence…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2016 11 Comments
    Could Magnesium Supplements Be a Miracle for You…

    It is a truism that we need a well-balanced diet for good health. Ideally, we would routinely be eating the vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes that could provide all our essential vitamins a…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2016 10 Comments
    Can You Avoid Cold Sores by Taking L-Lysine?

    Cold sores, which are sometimes called fever blisters, crop up on the lips or on the face near the mouth. In addition to being painful, they are unsightly. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex …

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2016 2 Comments
    Could Fat from Fish Be Good for Your Brain?

    The old wives used to claim that fish is brain food. Now a group of high-powered California scientists seem to have confirmed this idea, studying a fat from fish. What Is the Relationship Between Fat …

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Head Off a Migraine with a Supplement

    Migraine headaches can have a dreadful impact on a person's quality of life. In addition to the pain, which can be debilitating if not excruciating, these episodes often bring on nausea, vomiting and…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 4 Comments
    Is There a Treatment for Ridged Fingernails?

    Do you bite your fingernails? Are they long and strong, or do they split or break? Fingernails draw our attention, although only a few nail conditions actually seem to interest dermatologists as indi…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2016 10 Comments
    What Is Kratom and Why Does the DEA Want to Ban …

    In the last few years, Americans have become very interested in an herb that would previously have been considered exotic. Kratom has gained popularity as a substitute for narcotics that are increasin…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 8 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

    Every winter, millions of people suffer with congestion, coughs, fever and other symptoms of the common cold. They may lose days from work. (If they don't take time off, they spread the virus causing …

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 6 Comments
    Is the Calcium Added to Almond Milk Helpful or R…

    Certain sacred cows in health keep showing up time and again. Take calcium supplements as an example. Even doctors who are extremely skeptical of the value of vitamin and mineral supplements in genera…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 9 Comments
    Why You Should Take Magnesium for Strong Bones

    The usual recommendations for keeping bones strong are a bit too simplistic. Generally, women are told to take high-dose calcium supplements. (Men can also get osteopenia-decreased bone mass-and oste…

    By: Terry Graedon October 20, 2016 6 Comments
    Curcumin Eases Both Depression and Anxiety

    Curcumin is the active ingredient in the yellow spice turmeric. Numerous studies have confirmed its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Could it help against depression and anxiety? Studying…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 9 Comments
    Could Calcium Supplements Be Bad for You?

    People who take calcium supplements are more likely to end up with calcium in their arteries. That is the conclusion from a new study that took 10 years to complete. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosc…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2016 92 Comments
    Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

    The latest flip-flop in health has to do with calcium. For decades, doctors, nutrition experts and registered dietitians have been urging women to take calcium supplements to strengthen their bones. A…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2016 17 Comments
    Can You Overdose on Vitamin D?

    Doctors generally assume that North Americans are so well nourished that they never need to worry about supplements. In fact, they sometimes fuss that people who take vitamin pills could overdose on …

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 9 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 11 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 43 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 18 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 26 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…