By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2021 6 Comments
    If You Are a Vegan or Vegetarian, Are Your Bones…

    Many people choose not to eat meat because of environmental, ethical or health considerations. At least one study has shown, for example, that people on a vegan diet have lower levels of inflammation …

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2021 19 Comments
    Can You Lower Blood Sugar with Cinnamon?

    You've no doubt heard that type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in this country and many others. That means that millions more people have pre-diabetes, blood sugar that is headed in the wron…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2021 16 Comments
    What Is the Story on Nuts and Health?

    Nuts are not the dietary demons doctors once thought. There was a time when we were warned to stay away from nuts because they are high in both fat and calories. But nutrition researchers have found …

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2021 1 Comments
    Diet with Mushrooms May Protect You from Depress…

    Mushroom lovers, rejoice! A diet with mushrooms appears to offer you a lower risk of developing depression and other mental illness. Advantages of a Diet with Mushrooms: Penn State scientists evaluate…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2021 0 Comments
    Eating Fruits and Veggies Boosts Children’…

    A study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health analyzed the impact of nutritional factors on mental wellbeing in kids (BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, Sept. 27, 2021). The researc…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 8 Comments
    How to Make Your Blood Fats Healthier

    Total cholesterol has probably been overemphasized as a single risk factor for heart disease. On the other hand, the fats that circulate in our blood vessels do have an impact on our heart health. Whi…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 15 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    People with sore joints face a terrible dilemma. Pain interferes with quality of life. On the other hand, medications like diclofenac and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can make p…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2021 11 Comments
    Will an Elimination Diet Help You Avoid Migraine…

    The FDA has approved several medications, starting with Aimovig (erenumab), to prevent migraine headaches. Readers are also curious about other approaches to prevention.  One reader asked about t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2021 8 Comments
    Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint P…

    Have you heard of using gin-soaked golden raisins to ease joint pain? People have been sharing this home remedy with their friends and family members for decades. We have no idea where it comes from o…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2021 39 Comments
    What Is Granuloma Annulare And How Can I Get Rid…

    Don't you love it when doctors characterize a condition as "idiopathic?" That is a fancy medical term for "we haven't got a clue as to what causes this." That's the case with granuloma annulare. If yo…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2021 12 Comments
    Green Tea Calmed Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is an often uncomfortable condition in which the immune system attacks the skin. As cells turn over more quickly, they may stack up on the skin as itchy silvery plaques over tender reddish a…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2021 32 Comments
    Can Beet Juice Really Lower High Blood Pressure?

    If you have hypertension, your doctor has probably prescribed medicine to lower high blood pressure. You may have gone through quite an extensive period of trial and error to find a drug that works wi…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2021 3 Comments
    Why Should You Eat Colorful Veggies?

    Your mother and possibly your grandmother probably told you to eat your vegetables. But did they tell you to relish colorful veggies most? We now have more information on their benefits and exactly ho…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2021 6 Comments
    Are Pecans Good for Your Heart?

    Have you ever wondered whether your favorite food is good for your heart? If your favorite foods include ice cream and cookies, you don't have to wonder. The answer is a clear no. If you love oatmeal …

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2021 0 Comments
    Where Do American Children and Teens Get Most of…

    Nutrition experts express the importance of eating plenty of unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains. A new study shows, however, that American children and teens get tw…

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2021 0 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Cancer Survivors?

    Does it matter what you eat after you’ve been treated for cancer? A new study of 1400 German people who had survived colorectal cancer treatment has clarified the best diet for cancer survivors. Fin…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2021 28 Comments
    Are There Natural Remedies for Constipation?

    Constipation is a very common complaint. While doctors rarely become concerned about constipation unless the patient seems to have obstructed bowels, sufferers find that this problem really affects th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2021 2 Comments
    Study Shows No Need to Shun Coffee to Keep Heart…

    Coffee has a bad reputation when it comes to irregular heart rhythms. Doctors often tell patients to avoid caffeinated coffee to keep their heart rhythm regular. A new study contradicts that conventio…

    By: Terry Graedon July 19, 2021 43 Comments
    How Often Do You Get Up to Pee at Night?

    Do you have to get up to pee several times a night? Many people report that this is a problem, especially as they grow older. Having to urinate several times during the night is a major factor interfe…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2021 3 Comments
    Does a Daily Cup of Coffee Reduce Your Risk for …

    Last summer, you were probably wondering how to reduce your risk for COVID. What we could offer back then were the most obvious tactics: stay at home as much as possible, don't be indoors with lots of…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2021 26 Comments
    How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

    Nutrition experts have long been advising us to eat whole grains, and epidemiologists have evidence that getting three servings of whole grains daily can reduce the chance of an early death. In fact, …

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2021 32 Comments
    Mustard For Cramps Has Amazing Scientific Explan…

    We have been writing about strong flavors for combatting muscle cramps for more than 30 years. Initially, we were told that the quinine in tonic water was the best strategy for overcoming these painfu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2021 76 Comments
    Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

    Health professionals just can’t seem to make up their minds about coffee. Is it good or really bad for you? They have been arguing about the pros and cons of coffee drinking for at least half a cent…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2021 3 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Help Your Psoriasis?

    Following a Mediterranean style diet with lots of vegetables, extra-virgin olive oil, whole grains and fruit is good for your heart and your metabolism. A French study suggested this way of eating mig…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2021 13 Comments
    Will Curry Alleviate Alzheimer’s?

    Could natural foods have an impact on cognitive capacity? Most specifically, could curry alleviate Alzheimer's disease? There are numerous spices in various curry dishes, but turmeric is a constant. S…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2021 2 Comments
    Gut Microbiota Linked to Stroke Severity

    We have been hearing increasingly about connections between the brain and the gut microbiota. Now, research from the Cleveland Clinic demonstrates that the denizens of the digestive tract impact the s…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2021 6 Comments
    What Is the Benefit to Eating Black Walnuts?

    Have you ever seen black walnuts? When they fall off the tree, they are surrounded by large green fruit husks that are very tough. Both those green balls and the leaves have a pungent aroma. Is it wor…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2021 26 Comments
    Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Your Heartburn?

    Do you get uncomfortable after a big meal? A burning sensation under the breastbone after eating is common. If you have ever suffered from this type of indigestion, you may want to know how to cure yo…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2021 12 Comments
    Pickle Relish Will Do in a Pinch Against Leg Cra…

    Over the years, we have collected quite a number of home remedies for sudden painful muscle cramps. Often these are leg cramps, but occasionally muscles in the hands or arms cramp as well. One favorit…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2021 21 Comments
    Can Tonic Water Banish Your Muscle Cramp Pain?

    What do you do for muscle cramp pain? Some people use massage, and others swallow a spoonful of yellow mustard. By far the most popular preventive used to be quinine tablets. At one time, doctors woul…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 0 Comments
    How a DASH Diet Can Protect Your Heart

    The DASH Diet—Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—has been shown to lower blood pressure. Numerous studies since 1997 have demonstrated its effectiveness against diabetes and depression as wel…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2021 70 Comments
    Unusual Remedies for Hiccups

    We have been collecting hiccup remedies for 40 years. We thought we had heard of all of them, from swallowing a teaspoon of granulated sugar to breathing into a paper bag. But recently we heard about …

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2021 6 Comments
    Will a Diet of Mostly Plants Help Your Kidneys?

    Chronic kidney disease has been increasing in the United States and now affects 14 percent of adults. This might be explained by the widespread use of medications such as NSAIDs or PPIs that can cause…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2021 65 Comments
    Beet Juice Was Better Than a Drug for Lowering B…

    Some natural products have an impressive ability to affect human physiology. Among these are vegetables naturally high in nitrate, particularly beets (referred to in England as beetroot). Research sho…

    By: Joe Graedon May 3, 2021 11 Comments
    Will A Banana Peel Ease Inflammation and Itching…

    People are sometimes surprised that they can go decades without developing a skin reaction to poison ivy. Then one day out of the blue they develop red, itchy blisters after exposure to this nasty pla…

    By: Terry Graedon April 19, 2021 5 Comments
    Will Natural Sugar Substitute Xylitol Raise Bloo…

    If you have been told your blood sugar may be too high, whether or not you have diabetes, you may be looking for foods that could lower it. Sugar, honey and maple syrup all raise blood sugar. What abo…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2021 6 Comments
    Will a Potassium Salt Substitute Lower Your Bloo…

    When epidemiologists and cardiologists give advice about hypertension, they often recommend that we cut back on salt (Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Oct. 11, 2016). Strict salt restric…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2021 1 Comments
    BIG Book Sale from The People’s Pharmacy!

    Do you still appreciate holding a book in your hands? If so, we have a great deal for you. We are offering a BIG book sale of 30% off on some of our most popular books!  Do You Have Stiff, Painfu…

    By: Terry Graedon March 29, 2021 36 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Nuts Live Longer?

    Were you ever told not to eat too many nuts because they are so high in calories and fat? Perhaps instead you have heard that nut consumption is associated with longer life. Do people who eat nuts rea…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2021 4 Comments
    Diet and Exercise Can Help You Manage Diabetes

    Being told you have a chronic health problem like type 2 diabetes can be frightening. It often triggers a cascade of prescriptions intended to manage diabetes and keep blood sugar under control. Using…