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‚Ä…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2022 54 Comments
    Is Magnesium a Miracle Mineral?

    The body needs minerals to function. Without adequate levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium we would perish. Doctors often encourage patients to cut back on sodium and increase calcium. P…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2022 114 Comments
    Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

    One of the biggest flip-flops in modern healthcare disappeared without a trace. For decades, doctors, nutrition experts and registered dietitians have been urging women to take calcium pills to streng…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2022 21 Comments
    Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

    Doctors often have a hard time treating nerve pain, also called neuropathy. When diabetes causes neuropathy, physicians ask patients to control their blood glucose very strictly. In addition, they may…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2022 12 Comments
    Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

    Persistent pain can really wear you down. Consequently, when people discover something that works, they like to share the good news. Some readers report relief from months of terrible discomfort by ta…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2022 6 Comments
    Could Too Much Vitamin D Lead to Hair Loss?

    A close-shaved scalp has become a popular hair style even among many young men. For women, though, (and also many men) unexpected thinning of the hair is a cause for alarm. One reader questioned her u…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2022 17 Comments
    Cinnamon May Offer a Surprising Way to Reverse P…

    Prediabetes is an often-undiagnosed condition that frequently leads to the development of type 2 diabetes. In the past, scientists have found that intensive lifestyle changes or medications such as me…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2022 23 Comments
    Can You Overdose on Vitamin D?

    Doctors generally assume that North Americans are so well nourished that they never need to worry about supplements. In fact, they sometimes fuss that people who take¬†vitamin pills could overdose on …

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2022 22 Comments
    Can You Prevent Alzheimer Disease with L-Lysine?

    Intriguing research suggests that the dementia we call Alzheimer's disease may be triggered by a common infection: herpes virus. Although the story is not yet complete, the brain's immune response to …

    By: Joe Graedon February 24, 2022 34 Comments
    Why Vitamin D for COVID-19 Saves Lives

    The evidence keeps accumulating that adequate vitamin D may be really important for protecting people against the complications of the coronavirus (PLOS ONE, Feb. 3, 2022). Israeli researchers conclud…

    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: Joe Graedon February 14, 2022 33 Comments
    Is Fish Oil Linked to Heart Rhythm Changes?

    Could a supplement that people take for heart health actually lead to heart rhythm changes? Most people take fish oil with the expectation that it will lower their likelihood of a heart attack or stro…

    By: Joe Graedon February 3, 2022 118 Comments
    How Much Magnesium Is Enough?

    We do not understand why magnesium does not get the respect it deserves. Physicians have been recommending extra calcium in supplements for decades, but magnesium is often overlooked. We think health …

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2022 46 Comments
    Do Turmeric Supplements Have a Downside?

    The yellow spice turmeric is extremely popular both as a food ingredient and as a supplement. When it is used to flavor food like yellow mustard or curry, turmeric is considered safe. Some case report…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2022 3 Comments
    Do Statins Lower CoQ10 Levels? Can Supplements C…

    Doctors prescribe the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins as an essential step in treating heart disease. Many physicians also prescribe them for prevention. While many people take these medicin…

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2022 31 Comments
    Can Vitamin C Help Combat COVID-19?

    The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines reduce the likelihood of hospitalization with COVID-19, they don't provide perfect protection. In particular, the Omicron variant has evolved in a way that all…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2022 7 Comments
    Will a Big Dose of Vitamin D Give You Leg Cramps…

    What have you heard about vitamin D? Maybe you recognize this compound by its popular nickname, the "sunshine vitamin." It is called that because human skin makes this hormone when it is exposed to su…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2022 24 Comments
    Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Increase Your Cho…

    What happens if you take something for a presumed benefit only to discover that it has a downside? This happens pretty frequently with pharmaceuticals; everyone is familiar with the idea of side effec…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2022 18 Comments
    St. John’s Wort Can Lift Mood, But May Dam…

    About twenty years ago, people who were reluctant to take prescription antidepressants were excited to learn that the herbal medicine St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) could help alleviate mild t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2021 12 Comments
    Do Gut Microbes Contribute to Symptoms of Lactos…

    Lactose intolerance is a common complaint. Sufferers describe bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, flatulence and loose stools or outright diarrhea upon consuming dairy products. Presumably, the sugar …

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2021 9 Comments
    Will Elderberry Extract Help You Recover from Fl…

    Natural approaches to healing are getting extra attention right now, as people try hard to stay out of doctors' offices if they can. After all, if you don't have COVID-19, you don't want to go anywher…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2021 6 Comments
    Vitamin B12 Helps Ease Nerve Pain of Diabetes

    People with type 2 diabetes often develop a painful nerve disorder called diabetic neuropathy. People with this condition may experience numbness, tingling, burning or pain in their hands or feet. The…

    By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2021 34 Comments
    Will Precious Saffron Save Your Eyesight?

    A diagnosis of a chronic condition that could lead to a severely diminished quality of life is terrifying. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can result in a significant loss of vision. Consequent…

    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 11, 2021 22 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    Vitamins were among the most exciting discoveries of the early 20th century. Since then, however, doctors have been expressing a lot of skepticism about the value of vitamin supplements. New research …

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2021 14 Comments
    Zinc for the Common Cold

    People have been searching for a cure for the common cold for centuries. To date, there is nothing that actually overcomes cold viruses the way antibiotics conquer bacteria. However, for years scienti…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2021 23 Comments
    What Is the Story on Calcium Supplements?

    When the medical experts change their minds, it can be confusing for the rest of us. One such flip-flop that has puzzled a lot of people concerns calcium supplements. For years, doctors urged their ol…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2021 0 Comments
    Can Treated Licorice (DGL) Ease IBS Symptoms?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has long been a mystery to doctors. Sufferers experience cramps, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea and other digestive distress. Until recently gastroenterologists…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2021 3 Comments
    Will You Breathe Easier If You Take Less Iron?

    Many people need to take iron supplements because they don't get quite enough of the mineral from their diets. Doctors may recommend supplements for people with restless leg syndrome (RLS) or extreme …

    By: Terry Graedon October 11, 2021 7 Comments
    What Supplements Could Help Ease IBS Symptoms?

    Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a frustrating diagnosis. Doctors describe it as a "functional" GI disorder, meaning that they can't find any physiological reason for the patient's suffering. None…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 17 Comments
    Can You Take Quercetin for Your Allergies?

    Quercetin is a flavonol, an antioxidant compound many plants make. Scientists have been studying this compound since 1857. Within the last decade, they have identified a number of health benefits it c…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2021 19 Comments
    Magnesium Supplement for Irregular Heart Rhythm

    Do you have an irregular heart rhythm? Even preventricular contractions (PVCs) that are not believed to be dangerous can be disconcerting. A person is justified in becoming alarmed over more serious r…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 3 Comments
    Do Omega-3 Supplements Improve Cognitive Perform…

    Experts have been debating the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. Marine oils contain both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). A new study in the America…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2021 14 Comments
    Will Vitamin B1 Keep Mosquitoes from Biting You?

    Mosquitoes are persistent insects. They are everywhere, from Maine to Alaska. In fact, Alaska Tour & Travel states: "Half-jokingly known as the Alaska state bird, mosquitos are a fact of summertim…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2021 1 Comments
    Does Vitamin D Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

    Colorectal cancer rates have been declining since the mid 1980s. That may be due in part because of regular screening through colonoscopy. However, scientists have previously found evidence that vitam…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2021 15 Comments
    How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?

    Vitamin C, isolated and named more than 100 years ago, is crucial for good health. Even before it was discovered, vitamin C entered history. A lack of fresh fruits and vegetables on long sea voyages m…

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2021 0 Comments
    Can You Really Control Blood Pressure With Dande…

    High blood pressure is a very common condition that is usually treated with one or more medications. For the most part, people don't have a lot of trouble with diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2021 9 Comments
    Will Boswellia with Turmeric Ease Your Joint Pai…

    Millions of us suffer with joint pain, and the older we get, the more likely we are to have achy knees or sore hips. It is little wonder, then, that there are many home remedies or dietary supplements…

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2021 14 Comments
    Preventing Sunburn from the Inside Out

    Fifty years ago, it was hard to avoid sunburn. Sunscreens were crude. The most effective, zinc oxide cream, went on ghostly white. It looked funny, though it did keep lifeguards from burning their nos…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2021 24 Comments
    Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

    "Restless legs" hardly sounds like medical terminology, but it describes a neurological condition first described in the late 17th century. People with the condition describe sensations similar to som…