By: Joe Graedon November 9, 2007 167 Comments
    Dealing With Vitamin D Deficiency

    Q. I've just learned that many people over 50 are vitamin D deficient. My doctor called with my test results: I have about 7 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin D in my body. I've got all the…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2007 2 Comments
    For Leg Pain, How Much Magnesium Is Too Much?

    Q. I started getting muscle movements in my legs in the mornings while lying in bed. It wasn't "restless leg syndrome" because I did not feel like I had to move my legs. I just had an un…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2007 1 Comments
    DHEA Not Shown To Help Bulk Up Muscle

    Q. I have a teenage son who takes after my side of the family and is small boned. This has had a negative effect on his self-confidence. Because I do not believe my children should use drugs of any ki…

    By: Joe Graedon October 16, 2007 5 Comments
    Probiotics For Children With Eczema?

    Q. My one-year-old son has been suffering from eczema. It hasn't improved in spite of numerous visits to different dermatologists and the use of OTC creams and antibiotic regimens. We have tried remov…

    By: Joe Graedon October 9, 2007 52 Comments
    Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes

    Q. Help! My menopausal hot flashes are becoming unbearable and debilitating. I have tried many remedies. Some helped a little (like cutting down on caffeine), but others, like soy, did nothing. I work…

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2007 1 Comments
    Do B-Vitamins Discourage Black Flies?

    Q. I was hiking high in the Canadian Rockies and the black flies were voracious. I didn't have insect repellent with me because mosquitoes, fleas and other critters never bite me. I think that's becau…

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2007 2 Comments
    Possible Pitfalls Of St. John’s Wort And B…

    Q. I have been taking St. John’s wort and black cohosh to relieve symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. This combination works really well. Are there any negative e…

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2007 7 Comments
    Can Arthritis Supplements Raise Cholesterol?

    Q. I've lost the source of research I read indicating some people experience elevated cholesterol from using glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Were you the source of this information, or …

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2007 5 Comments
    Fish Oil Helps Control Triglycerides

    Q. Last year, my triglyceride level was 300. I took no medication (except for a baby aspirin daily), but I did start taking fish oil capsules. I also added nuts and seeds to my diet. This year when I …

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2007 6 Comments
    Fish Oil Lowers Triglycerides

    Q. I cannot take statin-type drugs. Is there a natural way to get triglycerides down? A. Triglycerides have just been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks (JAMA, July 18, 2007). Fish oil is a n…

    By: Joe Graedon August 7, 2007 7 Comments
    Nutritional Approaches May Help Preserve Vision

    Q. I have been diagnosed with the onset of macular degeneration. The eye doctor said there is no cure.Are there any vitamins or other nutritional supplements that might slow the process down? I’…

    By: Terry Graedon July 10, 2007 2 Comments
    Can Herbs Cause Bruising?

    Q. I have been taking curcumin for the inflammation of arthritis. I have noticed that I bruise easily. I also take ginkgo and I wonder if taking both of them is causing this. A. Animal research sugges…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2007 4 Comments
    Blood Donors May Need More Iron

    Q. You recently answered a question from a vegetarian blood donor who has trouble with low hemoglobin. He was concerned about caffeinated beverages. I too am a vegetarian and donate blood every 56 day…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2007 2 Comments
    Home Remedies for IBS Distress

    Q. Help! Now that Zelnorm has been taken off the market, what can I do for my irritable bowel syndrome? I depended on this drug. A. Zelnorm was prescribed for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with const…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2007 1 Comments
    Can Fish Oil Reduce Breast Cysts?

    Q. I recently began taking fish oil for heart health. I have fibrocystic breasts, and after about a week on fish oil I noticed a reduction in the number and size of the cysts. Is there any evidence th…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2007 2 Comments
    Probiotics May Help IBS

    Q. My husband and I travel by car each year to Arizona for the winter and return home in spring. The trip is difficult because I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and often hold up our fellow travel…

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2007 1 Comments
    Guggul Not Good Choice for Cholesterol

    Q. I have read several columns about how to lower cholesterol. Mine is somewhat high but my HDL is good (75). Maybe that’s because I exercise four times a week, getting my heart rate up to the 1…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2007 27 Comments
    Probiotics for Diverticulitis

    Q. My husband was diagnosed with diverticulitis. He was treated with antibiotics, but the doctor said he could have another attack at any time. My husband now avoids seeds and nuts, but a different do…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2007 6 Comments
    Cod Liver Oil Controls Cholesterol

    Q. I was saddened to read about people suffering the side effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. In less than a year, I have lowered my cholesterol 30 points by doing nothing but take fish oil.…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2007 1 Comments
    Will Woman’s Herb Control Man’s Sex …

    Q. I am writing to you from Freiburg, Germany, because I cannot find any information about chaste tree berry here. Your Web site states that this herb may have antiandrogenic effects that could help r…

    By: Terry Graedon July 10, 2006 0 Comments
    Can Vitamins Prevent Sun Damage?

    Q. Instead of sunscreen, I take megadoses of vitamin C, which has protected me for over 20 years against sunburn. (Of course, I don't tan or freckle either.) I take 3 grams of C each day, and once eve…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2006 0 Comments
    Sunshine Vitamin Eases Joint Pain

    Q. For people who have general joint pain, and no specific diagnosis of arthritis, consider telling them to take vitamin D. Many more people are deficient than is generally believed, and one symptom i…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2006 0 Comments
    Herbal Gel Banished Bruises

    Q. Yesterday I had a slow motion tumble off my bike onto my knees on the way home. They were bruised, but I was able to pedal home and get arnica gel on them in about ten minutes. I also took some hom…

    By: Terry Graedon February 5, 2006 0 Comments
    Will Herb for Prostate Make Hair Grow?

    Q. Are there any herbs that will help hair grow back? I read that saw palmetto worked for some men. My dermatologist, who is bald, tells me nothing works and it is all a waste of money. According to h…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2006 0 Comments
    Will Horny Goat Weed Solve Sex Problem?

    Q. My husband has suffered from high blood pressure and high cholesterol for years. HCTZ and Monopril control his hypertension and Vytorin has lowered his cholesterol. Since starting the drugs, he's h…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Should You Smear Vitamin E on Scars?

    Q. I'm a 4th grader working on a science project about applying vitamin E (topically) to scars. Is there any research proving that it heals scars faster if applied daily? A. The idea that applying vit…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Q. Are there any natural treatments for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? I think they should call it cranky colon or irritable intestine or something alliterative, but I've had it for several years and…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 144 Comments
    Turmeric and Curcumin for Arthritis

    Turmeric and its most active ingredient curcumin have gotten attention for their anti-inflammatory properties. We have heard from readers that this yellow spice used in curry powder and mustard can he…

    By: Joe Graedon November 9, 2005 0 Comments
    Vitamin Formula for Macular Degeneration

    The vitamin formula Dr. Carmen Puliafito mentioned on The People's Pharmacy® radio show for macular degeneration is: 500 mg vitamin C 400 IU vitamin E 15 mg beta-carotene 80 mg zinc 2 mg copper Th…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2005 0 Comments
    Echinacea Strikes Out As Cold Cure

    Q. My sister recently visited me with a bad cold and introduced me to echinacea. I now take it three times a day to prevent colds. What do you think about it? Are there any other natural cold remedies…

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Turmeric Interaction Could Be Hazardous

    Q. I started taking turmeric to help my psoriasis. Then I developed a severe rash and stopped it. My biggest concern is that I take Coumadin. When I went in for a routine blood test my doctor told me …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Doctors Squabble Over Sunshine Vitamin

    Is it any wonder so many people are confused about the sun? On the one hand, dermatologists have been issuing dire warnings for decades. They tell us that sun exposure causes wrinkles, age spots and s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Vitamin D May Boost Cancer Survival

    Q. I know that we need Vitamin D for absorption of calcium. Do you make Vitamin D if the sunlight is coming through glass (when you're riding in a car or sitting by a window)? A. The body makes vitami…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Shellfish Allergy Leads to Hospitalization

    Q. My husband's internist suggested glucosamine and chondroitin for mild arthritis. My husband's medical records state that he is allergic to shellfish. I guess his doctor did not know ground shellfis…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 0 Comments
    No Way To Boost Bust Size

    Q. I'm in 8th grade and have a very small chest size. This wouldn't bother me, except that lots of other girls in my grade have large B and C cup sizes. I have heard that eating lots of chicken helps …

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Herbs May Ease Persistent Cough

    Q. Last month I had a nasty cold. Even though it went away after about a week, the cough has lingered all this time. It is troublesome during the day and downright disturbing at night. I hate the tast…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Melatonin Conquers Morning Migraines

    Q. Since the age of 23 I have had frequent migraine headaches. Over the years, many doctors have prescribed medicines to prevent them, but none has worked. Drugs can stop the migraine if I take them e…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Sunshine Vitamin In Short Supply

    If you spend 10 to 15 minutes out in the sun two or three times a week, you make enough vitamin D to stay healthy. Our ancestors had little trouble getting that much sunshine. They walked and worked o…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 1 Comments
    Silver May Turn Children Gray

    Q. My daughter and her husband make their own formulation of colloidal silver. They think this mixture protects them against the flu and other infections because it provides a natural boost to the imm…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Vitamin E Won’t Prevent Heart Problems

    Q. My husband had bypass surgery five years ago, and last year he had two stents put in. The heart doctor asked if he were taking vitamin E. We said he'd taken it for years, and the doctor said to sto…