By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2022 64 Comments
    How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bit…

    Some people are mosquito magnets. They attract mosquitoes like honey draws flies. A bunch of people can be sitting around the back yard enjoying themselves and not being bothered by mosquitoes. That…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2022 4 Comments
    Grated Apple and Toast Calm Kids’ Diarrhea

    Loose stools are a common problem among babies and toddlers, and parents often search for simple effective treatments. When kids' diarrhea is severe, doctors usually recommend oral rehydration with a …

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2022 21 Comments
    Brain Freeze Breaks Migraine Cycle

    Could an ice cream headache help interrupt a migraine or a cycle of migraines? For years, doctors thought there was no relationship whatsoever between the two types of headaches (Bird, MacGregor &…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2022 66 Comments
    Castor Oil Helped Prevent Knee Surgery

    Castor oil is an old-time remedy. The oil comes from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, which has been used for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used castor oil in their lamps because i…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2022 26 Comments
    Will Urine Cure Nail Fungus & Athlete’…

    For many years, readers were eager to share their home remedies for toenail fungus. During much of that time, doctors had little to offer patients who wanted to clear this unsightly infection. The pre…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2022 24 Comments
    Will Sniffing Alcohol Ease Nausea After Surgery?

    Most of the time when we learn about an unusual home remedy, we have no idea how or even whether it works. So we were thrilled last year when we came across an actual placebo-controlled trial of sniff…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2022 11 Comments
    Psilocybin from Mushrooms Can Ease Depression

    Psilocybin is the psychoactive compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Humans have used this magic mushroom compound in rituals for thousands of years. The compound alters sensory perceptions and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2022 0 Comments
    Walking at Home Can Help Ease Leg Pain from Peri…

    Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which the arteries of the limbs narrow. As a result, they become unable to deliver adequate blood flow to the muscles. The typical symptoms are severe…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2022 3 Comments
    Show 1297: How Chimps Treat Wounds Sheds Light o…

    In our nationally syndicated radio show we are live this week for the first time in more than two years. First, we speak with biologist Simone Pika about her very interesting observations of chimpanze…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2022 96 Comments
    Many Remedies May Rout Jock Itch

    Our skin is swarming with microbes we can't see. Most of them are beneficial, or at least not harmful. Occasionally, however, one species or another gets a bit out of hand. That's what we think is hap…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2022 159 Comments
    Vicks VapoRub for Treating Toenail Fungus

    About 25 years ago we heard from Jane, a foot care nurse in Massachusetts. She traveled the state taking care of patients with diabetes and other conditions that create all sorts of foot and nail prob…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2022 18 Comments
    Will Taking Ashwagandha Help You Fall Asleep?

    Lots of people have trouble sleeping. They may take medications to overcome insomnia but worry about the potential side effects. For the last few years, anxiety about infection or job insecurity has k…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2022 36 Comments
    Removing a Splinter Without Tears

    Do you have a favorite trick for removing a splinter? Many families have a "traditional" approach to this common medical problem that may have been handed down for at least a generation or two. But th…

    By: Terry Graedon March 27, 2022 2 Comments
    Can You Use Oil of Oregano With Confidence?

    For years, readers have been telling us that they use oil of oregano as an antifungal or antimicrobial agent. Scientists have found data to support this use. For example, oregano oil applied topically…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2022 30 Comments
    How to Ease Restless Legs Syndrome with Soap Und…

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition in which a person feels an irresistible urge to move the legs. The movement can temporarily ease restless legs syndrome. Moving relieves an unc…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2022 23 Comments
    Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

    How many steps do you take a day? During the pandemic, stay-at-home orders might have made it difficult to take a nice long walk and get your step count up. However, a systematic review shows that fit…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2022 13 Comments
    How Would You Know If Home Remedies Work?

    Ask most health professionals about home remedies and you are likely to get a disparaging reaction. Such treatments are relegated to the dustbin of old wives’ tales: quaint but ineffective. Physicia…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2022 26 Comments
    How to Manage Your Heartburn Without Drugs

    The American diet seems designed to create digestive problems. We love fast food, which is low in fiber and high in processed carbs and fat. We also eat on the run. As a result, many people suffer fro…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2022 26 Comments
    Soap Under the Sheet Can Prevent Nocturnal Leg C…

    Nocturnal leg cramps really get in the way of a good night's sleep. You might be sound asleep, possibly even dreaming, and bam! You wake up with a horrible charlie horse or, even worse, an iron-hard m…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2022 16 Comments
    Can You Use Coconut Oil to Ease Vaginal Dryness?

    Say "menopause" and most people will immediately think of hot flashes. While they certainly can be disturbing, there are many other symptoms that women may find equally troublesome. One is vaginal dis…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2022 18 Comments
    Too Much Potassium Poses Danger

    We refer to potassium as the "Goldilocks"  mineral. That's because too much potassium or too little can cause serious health problems. Potassium needs to be "just right." Normally, the body handles p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2022 5 Comments
    Painful Cracked Lips Linked to Digestive Disorde…

    From time to time, we hear from people with painful cracked lips looking for an explanation and, hopefully, a way to address the problem. If the cracks have appeared at the corners of the mouth, as th…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2022 13 Comments
    Will Soy Sauce Ease Your Burn Pain?

    If you have ever had hot liquid splash on your hand accidentally, you've looked for a burn remedy. Holding the singed fingers under cold tap water is the recommended first aid, but it may ease your bu…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2022 14 Comments
    Can You Cure Your Plantar Warts with Hot Water?

    Plantar warts are those that appear on the soles of the feet. You might catch the human papillomavirus that causes plantar warts if you go barefoot in a shared locker room or swimming pool area. Likew…

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2022 85 Comments
    Warning–Don’t Use Bleach to Treat At…

    People are aware that bleach (sodium hypochlorite) has powerful cleaning power. They use this familiar household product to remove stains from sheets, towels and white clothes. Some also use diluted b…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2022 25 Comments
    Can Science Explain How Hot Water Stops Itch?

    We have been writing for many years about a simple remedy that works extremely well. At first, we knew merely that heat could relieve itching. We had no idea why hot water stops itch instantly. Over t…

    By: Terry Graedon January 20, 2022 27 Comments
    How to Use Soap in Bed for Nighttime Leg Cramps

    If you suffer from leg cramps that wake you up at night, you've no doubt sought some way to prevent them. Some people have been advised to take minerals such as magnesium or potassium to ward off leg …

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2022 85 Comments
    Vicks on the Soles of Your Feet Is Better Than D…

    On Paul Simon's Grammy award winning album "Graceland" is an amazing song titled "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes." Take a moment to watch it being performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Link to e…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2022 22 Comments
    Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

    Over 15 years ago a listener to our syndicated public radio show sent us a question about ear wax (cerumen). This person wanted to know why putting a laxative in the ear helps remove earwax: Q. I was …

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2022 2 Comments
    How Plants Like Thyme and Oregano Make Cancer-Fi…

    Researchers at Purdue University have unraveled just how plants like thyme and oregano make some of their bioactive compounds. Thymol, carvacrol and thymohydroquinone provide the characteristic flavor…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2022 6 Comments
    When Should You Worry About Hiccups?

    Have you ever had hiccups? Almost everyone has. They can be annoying, embarrassing and uncomfortable, but hiccups generally go away on their own. When hiccups last for more than two days, though, they…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2022 251 Comments
    Is Quinine in Tonic Water Safe?

    Quinine is bitter. It gives tonic water a distinctive flavor. People who love gin and tonic savor the unique bite of this drink, especially if you throw in a lime or lemon wedge. Quinine also has medi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2021 0 Comments
    Can We Help With Your Holiday Shopping?

    Holiday shopping can be quite a challenge, and this year is not an exception. In addition to making your list and pairing gifts to recipients, there's the quandary–is it safe to venture out to the m…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2021 3 Comments
    Does Berberine Protect Against Prostate Cancer?

    Berberine is a fascinating compound. It is one of the key constituents of the Oregon grape holly plant (Mahonia aquifolium). Traditionally, this natural compound was used to treat digestive disorders …

    By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2021 118 Comments
    Is Vicks Dangerous Against Hemorrhoids?

    We are always astonished at the remedies people use to treat hemorrhoids. We once made the mistake of sharing one of those remedies on public television. Ooops! We are stating for the record: Do Not P…

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2021 147 Comments
    What Are the Best Remedies for Under-Breast Rash…

    Women rarely talk about one delicate problem that many of them experience. It is especially common when the weather is warm and humid. These conditions favor the growth of fungus under the breasts tha…

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2021 15 Comments
    Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common and challenging to treat. People who have IBS may feel incredibly frustrated because often doctors tell them there is no observable problem. All the same, they…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2021 14 Comments
    Is Listerine a First Aid Kit in a Bottle?

    Some household staples are so versatile that people use them for nearly everything. Where would we be without baking soda and vinegar in the kitchen cupboard and Epsom salts or Vicks VapoRub in the ba…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2021 13 Comments
    Will CBD for Pain Make You Fail the Marijuana Te…

    One lesson learned from the terrible opioid crisis of the past few years: a lot of Americans are in a lot of pain. With doctors increasingly reluctant to prescribe narcotics for pain relief, people ar…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2021 19 Comments
    Have You Tried Elderberry to Ease Your Cold Symp…

    What is your favorite cold remedy? Sometimes people rely on drugstore products, but they may not be aware of the potential side effects from a multi-symptom cold product. As a result, we frequently pr…