By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 11 Comments
    Will Coconut Oil Protect You from Mosquitoes and…

    Preventing bites from mosquitoes and ticks could mean side-stepping a serious infection such as West Nile virus or Lyme disease. So it's no wonder people are on the lookout for ways to avoid these bit…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2018 21 Comments
    Which Medicines Can Cause Severe Depression?

    Most people experience sadness or depression sometime during their lives. Divorce, the death of a loved one, work-related problems or financial setbacks can all trigger severe depression. Once the cri…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2018 6 Comments
    Are Frequent Flyers At Higher Risk For Developin…

    A new study suggests that flight attendants may be at significantly higher risk of developing cancer than the general population (Environmental Health, June 26, 2018).  This was part of the Harvard F…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2018 7 Comments
    Show 1099: How to Recognize and Overcome Eating …

    What could be more natural than eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full? That simple approach is far from easy for many people. Hunger and eating get disconnected in eating disorders…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Eating Walnuts Lower Your Cholesterol?

    Could eating walnuts lower your cholesterol? A few decades ago, people were warned to avoid walnuts as well as other types of tree nuts because of their high fat content. Experts expected this to lead…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2018 8 Comments
    What Will FDA Approval of Cannabidiol Mean for Y…

    The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first drug made from Cannabis sativa. This plant is known more often as marijuana. FDA approval of cannabidiol under the brand name Epidiolex is…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2018 2 Comments
    Is Poliovirus Therapy a Breakthrough Against Dea…

    Glioblastoma is a killer and it’s personal. One of my best friends, George B., died from this devastating brain cancer. Lots of famous people have also died from malignant glioma. Senator Edward (Te…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2018 18 Comments
    Getting Off Venlafaxine Can Be Incredibly Challe…

    Many years ago we heard from a reader who was trying to get off alprazolam (Xanax). It was not commonly recognized that short-acting benzodiazepines (benzos) could pose unbearable withdrawal symptoms …

    By: Terry Graedon June 25, 2018 17 Comments
    Is There a Simple Solution to Fight Acne?

    Acne is the bane of adolescent existence, but many people battle blemishes well beyond their teen years. Many different factors appear to contribute to this common skin condition. Among them is an ove…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2018 42 Comments
    Rediscovering How Hot Water for Itches Works for…

    We love it when people discover a home remedy on their own. It’s doubly sweet when renowned experts support the treatment. It’s triply sweet when we have an explanation for why hot water for itche…

    By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2018 24 Comments
    Will Castor Oil Get Rid of Skin Tags?

    Skin tags are not dangerous, but they can be annoying. These benign growths are usually small, and often occur in underarms, on the neck or near skin folds. Dermatologists can remove them surgically, …

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2018 19 Comments
    Could Suicide Be Prevented with Better Access to…

    Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain and Marilyn Monroe are just a few of the celebrities who have taken their own lives. To say their deaths made headlines would be an understate…

    By: Terry Graedon June 25, 2018 8 Comments
    Can You Make Mouthwash Double as Bug Spray?

    When biting critters like mosquitoes and ticks carry dangerous diseases, as they often do nowadays, people need to pay close attention to keeping them away. The gold standard for bug repellents is DEE…

    By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Relieve Gout Pain?

    Gout can cause excruciating pain. In this condition, uric acid builds up in the bloodstream until the crystals precipitate out in a joint and cause swelling, redness and extreme tenderness. While doct…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2018 5 Comments
    Show 1089: How Plants Can Improve Your Sex Life …

    People around the world have learned how to use the plants in their vicinity to heal themselves and make life better. Not surprisingly, many cultures have found plants that can improve your sex life. …

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2018 24 Comments
    New Research Confirms Link | Herpes Virus Infect…

    Could Alzheimer disease be caused in part by a viral infection? Such an association seems bizarre and yet the evidence is accumulating that certain strains of herpes virus infections and Alzheimer dis…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2018 25 Comments
    Better Diet for Poor Americans Is Not a SNAP

    Poor diet may underly a wide range of undesirable health problems, from obesity to diabetes and heart disease. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed to help very low-income…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2018 12 Comments
    Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much Is Enough and …

    The alcohol wars have been raging for decades. Some studies suggest that “moderate” amounts of alcohol have health benefits. In other words, people who drink a little alcohol for longer life may b…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Nutrients Slow Deterioration from Alzheimer…

    Could nutritional supplements delay the deterioration from Alzheimer disease? A pilot study from Ireland suggests this might be possible (Nolan et al, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, June 2018). Ca…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2018 3 Comments
    Can Women Lower Breast Cancer Risk with Vitamin …

    Vitamin D levels may be important as a way for women to lower breast cancer risk. That is the conclusion from an epidemiological study (PLOS One, June 15, 2018). Which Women Had a Lower Breast Cancer …

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2018 19 Comments
    Will Chiropractic Care Help You Recover from Bac…

    Back pain is common, but doctors disagree about the best treatment. Often, physicians recommend that sufferers take pain relievers and let nature take its course to recovery. Patients sometimes consid…

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2018 22 Comments
    Will Raisins in the Evening Help You Stay in Bed…

    Have you ever had to get up at night to urinate? Most of us have. Going once or even twice in the course of the night may not be much of a problem, but having to trek to the bathroom multiple times ca…

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2018 82 Comments
    Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Life-Threatening…

    For decades, doctors have prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics with abandon. They were perceived as highly effective and safe medications against a wide variety of bacterial infections. Tens of mill…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Pills Help You Avoid Cancer?

    New research strongly suggests that people with too little vitamin D in their systems are more likely to get colorectal cancer (McCullough et al, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, June 14, 201…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2018 22 Comments
    Can You Ease Raynaud’s Syndrome Naturally?

    In 1862, a French physician named Maurice Raynaud described a condition in which fingers (and occasionally toes, ears and noses) become painful and turn white in the cold. The medical experts of the d…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2018 14 Comments
    Why Won’t the Vitamin Wars Ever End?

    Experts still cannot agree about vitamin and mineral supplements. Many health professionals maintain that they are a total waste of money and could be dangerous. Others say that vitamin insurance is e…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2018 8 Comments
    How Much Beet Juice Will Lower Your Blood Pressu…

    People with high blood pressure are more likely to experience heart attacks and strokes. That is why doctors emphasize blood pressure control. They often prescribe medication to achieve this goal. Som…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2018 15 Comments
    Can You Boost Your Bone Density with Exercise?

    Weakened bones with low bone density put a person at risk for fracture. When an older person breaks a hip, the consequences can be devastating. As a result, it makes sense to look for ways to boost yo…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2018 39 Comments
    Insurers Are Refusing to Pay for Life-Saving Hep…

    One of the great pharmaceutical advances of the last decade has been the development of antiviral medications that are highly effective against hepatitis C (aka HEP C or HCV for hepatitis C virus). Ke…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 19 Comments
    Where in the World Are Cancer Rates Highest?

    Cancer rates around the world vary greatly. Epidemiologists reviewed data from 195 countries in 2016 and found quite a large range (JAMA Oncology, June 2, 2018). Cancer Rates Are Highest in Australia:…