logoThe People's Perspective on Medicine
Senior couple growing stressed plants in their organic gardenAging
tofu cubes in a vegetable stir fryCoronary Artery Disease
step counterAging

Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

A study of American adults shows that people who manage a step count of at least 8,000 a day have a lower chance of dying in the next decade.

Are Young People Eating Better Than They Used to?

How Can You Use Dandruff Shampoo to Ease Eczema?

Do Green-Lipped Mussels Ease Arthritis Pain?

Can You Manage Your Blood Sugar Naturally?

Should You Avoid Coffee When You Take Your Vitamins?

A bowl of Boswellia resin, also known as frankincense
Arthritis

Boswellia Boosted Pain Relief from Glucosamine

A reader reports that boswellia boosted pain relief of fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis when it was added to glucosamine and chondroitin.

ginseng supplements as capsules on a pale blue background
Diabetes

Are There Benefits from Taking Ginseng?

Scientific studies suggest that there are benefits from taking ginseng, but it may interact with medications to prevent blood clots.

big breakfast with egg and salad
Heart Attack

Up to an Egg a Day Is Fine, Scientists Say

Another study–one with 5.5 million person-years of data–shows that eating an egg a day won't increase your chance of a heart attack.

omega 3 fats in capsules, fish oil
Heart Attack

Will Fish Oil Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease?

British data suggest that fish oil reduces your risk of heart disease modestly. These supplements have other health benefits as well.

cooking with olive oil
Heart Attack

Does Cooking With Olive Oil Ruin Its Health Benefits?

Scientists have found that cooking with olive oil reduces its polyphenol content. There is still plenty to spare, though, making olive oil heart-healthy.

Levothyroxine bottle 125mcg
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Do Vitamin Pills Block Absorption of Levothyroxine?

Could your vitamin pills block absorption of your thyroid medicine? If they contain minerals like iron or calcium, you should take them at a different time.

ginseng supplements as capsules on a pale blue background
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Do Ginseng Supplements Raise Blood Pressure?

If you plan to take ginseng supplements, be sure to learn what benefits you might expect and what possible side effects you might encounter.

Elderberry berries Sambucus nigra
Alternative Health

Should You Take Elderberry Extract to Help Fight Flu?

A reader insists you should take elderberry extract to ward off the flu. Another reports that this herbal medicine sped recovery from a cold.

nurse using sphygmomanometer in home blood pressure measurement to determine if patient needs blood pressure medication to reduce blood pressure
Aging

Can Ginger Reduce Blood Pressure & Soothe Arthritis?

Are you struggling with hypertension? You may be able to use ginger for a double-duty effect: reduce blood pressure and ease arthritis pain in joints.

Taking a blood sugar reading with a lancet, diabetes risk
Diabetes

How to Eat for Better Blood Glucose Control

Following a relatively high-fat low-carb dietary regimen may help you achieve better blood glucose control. Numerous studies support a reader's experience.

Knee prepared for PRP injection
Alternative Health

Will a PRP Injection Help Your Knee Arthritis?

A meta-analysis of 12 studies found that a PRP injection relieved pain from knee osteoarthritis. It was more effective against pain than hyaluronic acid.

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.