By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2022 81 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 13, 2021 9 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. At this time, anxiety about infection or job insecurity may be keeping …

    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 117 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…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2021 38 Comments
    The Best Soap Story Ever!

    We do not know why so many health professionals are offended by home remedies in general and soap in particular. The idea that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet of the bed to combat leg cra…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2021 27 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 October 10, 2021 22 Comments
    Can You Stop Bleeding with Black Pepper?

    We have been collecting home remedies for more than 40 years. One of the most unusual came to us from Nell Heard, who told us about a camping trip to Yellowstone National Park. She went with her siste…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2021 29 Comments
    Will Soap Under Sheets Help Your Leg Cramps?

    Have you ever leapt out of bed in the middle of the night with a terrible pain in your calf or your hamstring? Nocturnal leg cramps can really wreck a night's sleep. Some people are quite susceptible …

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 33 Comments
    Do People With Low Thyroid Prefer Double Hormone…

    Judging by the number of prescriptions dispensed annually, hypothyroidism is one of the most common medical conditions in the country. Doctors usually treat this low thyroid condition by prescribing l…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2021 6 Comments
    How Can You Remove Warts With Duct Tape?

    If you've ever tried to remove warts from your own skin or from a child's, you know that they can be capricious. Sometimes they will disappear quickly after you apply salicylic acid. That's the standa…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2021 21 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 September 6, 2021 93 Comments
    Why Does Vicks VapoRub Help Against Some Nail Fu…

    Home remedies are rarely studied in double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. As a result, we don't often have scientific research to show how well-or not-they may work. It is unusual for us to have a …

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2021 8 Comments
    How Can You Use Dandruff Shampoo to Ease Eczema?

    Eczema is a term used to describe skin that is itchy and red. The inflamed areas may show up as dry, cracked skin, or they may have rash-like bumps that weep when they are scratched. Backs of knees an…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2021 3 Comments
    Tai Chi Can Help Control Waist Size

    Expanding waistlines are not attractive, but they're not just a cosmetic problem. Big bellies, also known as “central obesity” or "abdominal adiposity," are often linked with high blood pressure, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 1 Comments
    When Do You Get the Most Benefit from a Workout?

    It's no secret that exercise is good for your health. Research has shown that physical activity can help reduce the risk of dementia as well helping to control depression, diabetes and high blood pres…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2021 22 Comments
    How Does Meat Tenderizer Ease the Pain of Stings…

    If you've ever been stung by a wasp or a bee, you know something about pain. Not only does the sting hurt immediately, but it can also swell up and be painful and itchy for several days. Look for reli…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2021 78 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: Terry Graedon May 17, 2021 1 Comments
    How Can You Use Turmeric to Ease Gout Pain?

    Gout is a very painful condition in which uric acid in the bloodstream precipitates out into the joints. They become extremely red and inflamed and very tender to the touch. While certain medications …

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2021 9 Comments
    Will Saffron Extract Help You Sleep Better?

    People with insomnia face a difficult dilemma. Could saffron extract help overcome it? The Insomniac's Dilemma: On the one hand, insomniacs hear that if they don't sleep, they may develop diabetes, hy…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2021 6 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 12, 2021 4 Comments
    New Study Shows Cocoa Compounds May Help Improve…

    Many people find cocoa brings back fond memories of childhood. Mom often put a marshmallow in a mug of cocoa for a special treat. The flavor was divine. However, this favorite treat might have been a …

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2021 35 Comments
    Will You Do Better on Armour Thyroid?

    Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland can't produce enough thyroid hormones to keep metabolism normal throughout the body. This problem is surprisingly common, affecting nearly 5 pe…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2021 8 Comments
    It’s Too Soon to Treat COVID-19 With Herbs

    As the pandemic wears on, and cases rise ominously in many places, some readers wish for natural approaches to manage the disease. Vaccination is very good (though not perfect) for preventing infectio…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2021 14 Comments
    Can You Smear Liquid Soap on Your Legs to Get RL…

    Do you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)? The medical term for this condition is Willis-Ekbom disease, named after the Swedish doctor who studied it. Dr. Ekbom didn't come up with a great cure …

    By: Terry Graedon February 15, 2021 4 Comments
    What Can You Use for Psoriasis If You Can’…

    Although no one knows precisely what causes psoriasis, most experts believe this skin condition gets worse when the immune system is especially stressed. Skin cell growth goes into overdrive, and cell…

    By: Terry Graedon January 11, 2021 6 Comments
    Raspberry Powder to Help Diarrhea from IBS

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a miserable condition. Although doctors can find no good explanation, IBS inflicts abdominal pain, gas, cramping, bloating and either diarrhea or constipation. Occasi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2020 11 Comments
    Show 1194: How You Can Discover the Joy of Movem…

    Do your New Year’s resolutions include getting more exercise? By now, everybody knows exercise is good for us. But a lot of people view it as a chore or a bore instead of a delight. How can you expe…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2020 7 Comments
    Will Arthritic Dog Benefit from Boswellia?

    Is it safe to share your favorite joint remedy with your arthritic dog? That question is important, since dogs should never take at least one popular arthritis remedy for humans–gin-soaked raisins. …

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2020 8 Comments
    How to Use Listerine to Treat Adult Acne

    You may imagine, as many people do, that most teenagers have acne and that they grow out of it. In actuality, many adults struggle with acne. Is it possible to use a peculiar remedy, like the mouthwas…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2020 11 Comments
    What Are the Dangers of Peanut Butter to Cure Hi…

    Doctors have a special term for hiccups–singultus. Involuntary contractions of the diaphragm forces air out of the lungs. When this happens, the diaphragm pulls the glottis in the voice box closed a…