The People's Perspective on Medicine
Senior couple growing stressed plants in their organic garden
Aging

Should You Eat Stressed Plants to Stay Healthy?

Stressed plants grown without fertilizer or pesticides produce their own defensive compounds. Eating them may also benefit our own biology.

grabbing the sole of the foot in neuropathic pain
Alternative Health

Will CBD Oil Ease Neuropathic Pain?

Readers would like to know if they can use CBD oil for relief from neuropathic pain. Research is limited, but one study suggests topical CBD is helpful.

spoonful of vinegar to relieve heartburn
Acid Reflux

Can You Relieve Heartburn With Vinegar?

Many people have found they can ease heartburn with vinegar. When will scientists study this remedy so we will know whether or how it works?

Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of Bad Food Bible
Podcasts

Show 1200: Making Sense of Changing Nutritional Guidelines

Is fish oil helpful or useless? Does eating red meat make any difference for heart health? Can you keep up with changing nutritional guidelines?

a bowl with rice and natto, fermented beans linked to longer life in Japan
Aging

Is Soy the Secret to Longer Life in Japan?

Scientists suggest that fermented soy products such as natto or miso might help explain longer life in Japan.

Cocoa pod being harvested as source of cocoa flavanols
Cognitive Dysfunction

What Is the Evidence That Cocoa Flavanols Improve Health?

A number of studies lead to the conclusion that cocoa flavanols improve health. But that doesn't make chocolate bars health food.

market display of apples, eggplants, peppers, grapes, green beans, colorful vegetables
Aging

Colorful Fruits and Veggies to Protect Your Brain

Scientists find that older people who consume lots of fruits and veggies rich in flavonol compounds are less prone to Alzheimer dementia.

multiple purple eggplants
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Using Eggplant to Lower Your Blood Pressure

One reader found that using eggplant for dinner, browned in olive oil with herbs, is a tasty approach to lowering blood pressure. Research confirms this.

Cup of black coffee and two squares of dark chocolate on a tray
Diabetes

What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee and Chocolate?

There are health benefits of coffee and chocolate as well as tea. You don't have to feel guilty about your beverage!

Two Economy sized MoM deodorants
Alternative Health

Unscented Aluminum-Free MoM Deodorant Back in Stock!

We apologize! We have a hard time keeping our unscented aluminum-free milk MoM deodorant in stock. The economy-size is back with FREE SHIPPING! Order now.

cluster of red Montmorency Michigan cherries on the tree.
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure With Cherries?

Researchers have found that people can lower their blood pressure with cherries, specifically 60 ml of tart cherry concentrate daily.

Fresh organic artichokes at a farmers market
Aging

What Is the Best Diet?

The best diet, according to researchers, is rich in produce, whole grains and unsaturated fats. Levels of fat and carbohydrate don't matter much.

turmeric (curcumin) capsules in plastic cup
Back Pain

Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

A reader reports great results using turmeric to ease pain. Before you start swallowing pills, though, you should be aware of possible side effects.

Leptospermum scoparium Manuka flower, source of manuka honey
Alternative Health

Will Your Cracked Fingertips Heal With Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is helpful in healing wounds, from burns to split fingertips. It discourages bacterial growth and helps cuts close more quickly.

a coconut and coconut oil on a spoon
Alternative Health

Can You Use Coconut Oil to Ease Vaginal Dryness?

Many older women report success in using coconut oil to ease vaginal dryness. It is inexpensive, easy to apply, and does not have scary side effects.

pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds
Home Remedies

Pomegranate Juice Is Good for Your Brain, Based on Science

There is growing evidence that pomegranate juice can help control inflammation in the body. That could mean that pomegranate juice is good for your brain.

Green tea leaves on plant
Heart Attack

Will You Live Longer If You Sip Green Tea?

A large study in China monitored people's tea-drinking habits and their health. Those who sip green tea several times a week seem to live longer.

bitter melon Momordica charantia
Alternative Health

Can Indian Fruit Fight Off Cancer?

An Indian fruit known as bitter melon appears to block some cancer cells' ability to get energy from sugar or fat. Watch for further research!

older woman with age-related macular degeneration using magnifying glass
Alternative Health

Will Saffron Delay Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

A reader got great results taking saffron for age-related macular degeneration, along with AREDS vitamins. A few studies support its efficacy.

ginger root
Alternative Health

Ginger Was Brilliant Remedy for Post-Operative Nausea

Placebo-controlled studies support a reader's experience that strong ginger tea alleviated post-operative nausea. Have you tried it?