By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 17 Comments
    Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New…

    Health professionals in the U.S. have been slow to embrace probiotics. European doctors have been recommending probiotics with antibiotics for a long time. For reasons that puzzle us, American physici…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2018 2 Comments
    Show 1129: Is Complementary Medicine Good for Ch…

    Complementary medicine has become popular in the US. Many people pay out of pocket for treatment by Ayurveda practitioners, massage therapists or chiropractors. Others take a range of herbs and other …

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2018 4 Comments
    Do Vitamin D Pills Lower Your Chance of Cancer?

    Epidemiological studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to various cancers. What can you do to reverse your risk? The answer is not clear.  We do not know if …

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2018 8 Comments
    Try Olive Oil for Your Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth is not a life-threatening condition, but it certainly can make you miserable. Quite a few medications can cause this irritating symptom. If your prescriber writes it off as a "minor" side ef…

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2018 0 Comments
    What Health Benefits Can You Get from Spices?

    You may be well aware that vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Perhaps you've even heard about additional compounds we call phytonutrients. These may not be considered essenti…

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 8 Comments
    Multivitamins No Help Against Heart Disease

    Are multivitamins no help against heart disease? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, perhaps as many as 40 percent of older adults. A new study suggests that mixed vitamin and mineral formulatio…

    By: Terry Graedon July 12, 2018 5 Comments
    Can Acupuncture Help Your Joint Pain?

    Can acupuncture help your joint pain? The answer might be yes, if you are a woman being treated for breast cancer. Many postmenopausal women with breast cancer may receive aromatase inhibitors such as…

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2018 10 Comments
    Why Would Vicks VapoRub Soothe Poison Ivy Itch?

    Did you know that Vicks VapoRub has been around for more than a century? It can be found all over the world. We have been collecting Unique Uses fo Vicks for decades. Here is one that we never heard b…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2018 2 Comments
    Can a Chinese Fungus Help You Sleep Better?

    Millions of people have trouble sleeping. For some, the main problem is falling asleep. Others report difficulty staying asleep. One reader who wakes up too early and can't fall back to sleep wonders …

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Benfotiamine Ease Your Foot Pain?

    Have you ever dropped a heavy can of food on your toe? The nail turns purplish-black and the foot hurts like crazy. After a few days, though, the pain calms down and only hurts when you wiggle or stub…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 24 Comments
    Can Cod Liver Oil Relieve Your Knee Pain?

    Knee osteoarthritis can really interfere with mobility. Doctors prescribe pain relievers such as diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren) or meloxicam (Mobic), but patients should not take such NSAID medicatio…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Listerine Soothe Your Itchy Eczema?

    Atopic dermatitis is an overreaction of the immune system that results in itchy eczema. People who are prone to hay fever or asthma are also more susceptible to this condition that produces red bumps …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2018 8 Comments
    Soy Sauce to the Rescue to Cool a Burn

    What do you do for a burn? First aid experts recommend dousing the burned skin in cold water, and so do we. That stops the heat and prevents further damage. However, to cool a burn and ease the pain a…

    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: 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: 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 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: 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 21 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 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: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 8 Comments
    Can You Fight Bacteria with Viruses?

    Antibiotic resistance has become a global concern. But Mother Nature has come up with a fascinating option for overcoming bacterial infection: viruses that fight bacteria. Using Viruses to Fight Bacte…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2018 2 Comments
    Make Sure Your Vegetarian Diet Is High Quality

    A vegetarian diet can be beneficial, but even vegetarians need to pay attention to the quality of the food they eat. Harvard researchers who have tracked the dietary habits and health of more than 125…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 24 Comments
    Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

    Cholesterol is only one of numerous risk factors for heart disease. However, physicians can't do much about some of your other risk factors, such as your family history. They can prescribe medications…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 7 Comments
    Should You Have a Blue Thumb to Be Pain Free?

    Gentian violet is an old but versatile medication. It was created in the 19th century, and although it is a bright blue dye, it was never used to color cloth or products. Its applications were strictl…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 21 Comments
    How Can You Find Quinine for Leg Cramps?

    When a common remedy becomes unavailable, people often become creative. They find new ways to address the problem. That is what many folks have needed to do once the FDA took quinine for leg cramps of…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh June 7, 2018 10 Comments
    How to Ease Migraine Pain without Prescriptions

    I truly sympathize with those who suffer from chronic migraines. While I occasionally have a mild headache, only once do I think I may have experienced something even close to migraine pain. When I ha…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Try Yogurt to Combat Constipation?

    Anyone who has suffered from constipation would be grateful for advice on preventing this troublesome problem. Avoiding medications such as opioid pain relievers or even supplements like calcium that …

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Dandruff Shampoo Ease Your Jock Itch?

    Human skin is home to an amazing array of organisms that are too tiny to see with the naked eye. Most of the time, these microbes get along well enough. But occasionally, their ecological system gets …

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 21 Comments
    Is Stevia a Safe Sugar Substitute?

    Artificial sweeteners have been controversial for decades. In the 1960s, when the idea of low-calorie substitutes for sugar was still fairly new, animal studies suggested that saccharine and cyclamate…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 24 Comments
    Show 1124: Should You Be Taking Vitamin Suppleme…

    What is the value of vitamin supplements? There is no consensus on whether most people would benefit. Much of the research on multivitamins does not show a strong effect in preventing cardiovascular d…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 14 Comments
    High Protein Diet Is Linked to Heart Failure Ris…

    Many people striving to lose weight turn to a low-carb diet to try to jump-start the process. Instead, they try to get most of their energy from fat or protein sources. But does this increase their he…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 13 Comments
    Will Vitamin Supplements Prevent Heart Problems?

    Does it make sense to take vitamin pills? A new systematic review looked at 179 recent studies of commonly used supplements to see whether any of these pills helped ward off heart problems (Jenkins et…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 31 Comments
    Will Your Hiccups Go Away If You Reach and Sip?

    Have you ever tried to make hiccups go away with a home remedy? There are dozens, at least! Some sound entirely plausible, while others appear quite improbable. They all have one thing in common: a fe…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 7 Comments
    Will an Elimination Diet Help You Avoid Migraine…

    News that the FDA has just approved a new medication (Aimovig, generic name erenumab) to prevent migraine headaches has attention focused on prevention. While some patients will doubtless welcome this…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2018 17 Comments
    Why Papaya for Heartburn Is Surprisingly Helpful

    Papaya was once considered an exotic fruit. You had to visit a tropical country to find it. Now, fresh papaya can be found in most food markets. You can purchase papaya enzymes in tablet form in healt…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2018 10 Comments
    Easy Ways to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

    In many parts of the country, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and swim season. Avid swimmers can't wait to jump into the pool, lake or river. But this activity can lead to infections in the…