By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Old-Fashioned Liniment Help Sore Muscles?

    Q. Long ago when I was in high school, my baseball coach provided "oil of wintergreen" for our sore muscles. Is this approach still considered valid? Now that I'm pushing eighty, I have a few aches an…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Alcohol Is Not Appropriate for Everyone

    Q. My father came from China. He couldn’t handle alcohol, and I’ve inherited this trait. I experience reddish skin, elevated heart rate and bloodshot eyes after only a small amount of alcohol, suc…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2005 0 Comments
    #567 Choosing Forgiveness

    Doctors often overlook patients’ feelings of anger and hostility. Some experts now believe, however, that these emotions play an important role in causing many diseases. The antidote to anger is oft…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Are Natural Hormones Better?

    Three years ago the world of women's health turned upside down. That was when a large study, the Women's Health Initiative, showed that hormone replacement therapy could have serious health consequenc…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Garlic Ward Off Colds?

    **Q. I have been eating two cloves of raw garlic every day at my evening meal. It may be a coincidence, but I have not had a cold in over 10 years and I don't get sick for any other reason either. I'm…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Lipitor Linked to Memory Loss Episodes

    **Q. In 1999 shortly after I began taking Lipitor I was working at the church with other volunteers. I went off to use the restroom and after half an hour someone came to look for me. I was walking ar…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Show 566: Health News Update

    Millions of chickens and other birds have succumbed to the H5N1 Avian flu. This week there were new cases of humans that have been affected by this virus and people are worried that it could become a …

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 143 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 16, 2005 33 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice for Canker Sores

    One of the strangest remedies we have ever heard of involves sauerkraut juice against canker sores. Take a tablespoon of sauerkraut juice in your mouth and swish it around morning and night, then swal…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 40 Comments
    Prune Juice, Bran, and Apple Sauce for Constipat…

    Recipe 1 cup applesauce 1 cup coarse, unprocessed bran 3/4 cup prune juice Mix all the ingredients together. They will turn into a pasty, stiff glop about the consistency of peanut butter. After mixin…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 443 Comments
    Listerine for Toenail Fungus

    A reader offered the following suggestion for getting rid of nail fungus: "I cured my toenail fungus using a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and Listerine. I combined them in a quart jar with a screw-on lid …

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 267 Comments
    Listerine for Lice

    We have heard from several readers that Listerine can be helpful in preventing lice infestations. We recently received this testimonial from a reader about using Listerine for Lice: "The best way to p…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 16 Comments
    Listerine for Hot Spots

    A horse lover shared the following formula she used on the mane and tail of her filly: 1/3 Listerine (original formula) 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water Put in a spray bottle, shake well and spray it on. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 38 Comments
    Listerine for Dandruff

    A gentleman called in to our public radio show with an amazing story about Listerine mixed with baby oil. His veterinarian had recommended this combination for relieving itchy spots on his Dobermans a…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 44 Comments
    Honey & Lemon Juice for Constipation

    Here's a remedy that goes back generations. We can't explain or vouch for it... but it has been popular for a long time to promote regularity. A reader shared the following: "I have always had problem…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 93 Comments
    Flaxseed for Constipation

    Flaxseed is rich in soluble fiber. One reader has found a way to utilize this property to prevent constipation: "I purchase flaxseed in bulk at a health food store for about $1.50 per pound. I put thr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 144 Comments
    Duct Tape for Getting Rid of Warts

    Research on duct tape was published in the *Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine* (Oct. 2002). Parents were told to cover the wart with a piece of duct tape for six days. If it fell off, they…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 157 Comments
    Banana Peel for Warts

    Warts are extremely susceptible to home remedies, and many have been developed for this common condition. One of our favorites is readily available at any grocery store. Tape a small piece of banana s…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Pomegranates Have Many Health Benefits

    Have you eaten a pomegranate? The fruit features in Greek mythology in the story of Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter. Hades, the lord of the underworld, kidnapped the beautiful maid…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Tea Eases Heartbreak of Eczema

    Q. Thank you for your advice to try oolong tea for eczema. It's been like a miracle. I've had eczema on my scalp for most of my life. I would have terrible itching and scaling on my scalp that would u…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Popular Pain Reliever Raise Blood Pressure?

    Q. I was surprised to hear that taking acetaminophen daily might lead to elevated blood pressure. Even though I eat a low-fat, vegetarian diet I am stuck with the family curse—high blood pressure. I…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2005 6 Comments
    #565 Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

    Do you get eight hours of sleep a night? It turns out that most Americans don't. The NIH has declared chronic insomnia a major public health problem. Teenagers and young children are especially likely…

    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 November 7, 2005 2 Comments
    Vinegar and Cinnamon Lower Blood Sugar

    Q. I suffer with type 2 diabetes. My doctor prescribed Glucotrol for my blood sugar. It helped to a degree, but I have found that by adding apple cider vinegar and cinnamon to a careful diet, I can co…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2005 5 Comments
    Old-Fashioned Listerine Has New Uses

    The smell and taste of original Listerine are so distinctive that, once experienced, they can never be forgotten. Gargling with this mouthwash can't be described as pleasant. The taste is bitter. It p…

    By: Joe Graedon November 7, 2005 0 Comments
    B Vitamin Counteracts Breast Cancer Danger from …

    Q. How dangerous is it to drink wine if you are at risk of breast cancer? My mother died of breast cancer so I know I am at higher than average risk. I have heard that moderate drinking may not be a p…

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2005 0 Comments
    #534 Fighting Inflammation (archive)

    Medical research shows that many chronic conditions are caused or aggravated by inflammation. Not all inflammation causes obvious swelling and reddening, though. How can we overcome the silent inflamm…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2005 0 Comments
    How Effective Are Flu Shots?

    People are freaked out about the flu. Public health officials have been fretting about bird flu and the possibility that it could turn into a worldwide pandemic. There is not much anybody can do about…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2005 0 Comments
    Colon Cleansing Can Be Overdone

    Q. I have a friend who is convinced that constipation causes cancer. She is fanatic about cleansing her colon regularly. Not only does she use an enema a couple of times a week, but she also drinks la…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2005 0 Comments
    Old-Fashioned Cough Remedy Is Missed

    Q. For years I used terpin hydrate as an expectorant when I had a cough. It worked. It was sold over the counter and one small bottle would last me the entire cold and flu season. I would like to buy …