The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Home Remedies

What Are the Pros and Cons of Biotin for Strong Nails?

Many people take biotin for strong nails, although there is limited scientific support for this use of the supplement. Can biotin interfere with tests?

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Diabetes

Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Certain supplements such as benfotiamine and alpha lipoic acid may help ease diabetic neuropathy. They do not have the same side effects as approved drugs.

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Alternative Health

Does Berberine Protect Against Prostate Cancer?

Berberine is a natural product of the Oregon grape plant. Berberine has some fascinating biological activity. Could it be helpful against prostate cancer?

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Alternative Health

Will Meditation Help You Recognize Errors?

Scientists have found that volunteers recognize errors more quickly after a single 20-minute session of open-monitoring meditation.

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Dry Eyes (keratitis sicca)

Will Taking Quality Fish Oil Help Your Heart?

Research has confirmed that quality fish oil supplements can benefit cardiovascular health, mitigate autoimmune disease and possibly ease dry eyes.

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Alternative Health

What Is the Impact of Herbal Treatments for Cough?

Herbal treatments for cough can help avoid overuse of antibiotics and prevent antibiotic resistance. Have you tried sage for sore throat & thyme for cough?

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Diabetes

Best Diet for People with Diabetes Low in Carbs

A randomized controlled trial shows that veterans following a meal plan that is low in carbs were better able to lose weight and control blood sugar.

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Anxiety

Can You Fight Depression by Eating the Mediterranean Way?

When depressed college kids tried eating the Mediterranean way, they began feeling better. Less junk food meant lower scores on a depression scale.

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Acid Reflux

Will Intermittent Fasting Give You Heartburn?

Some readers report that intermittent fasting reduces their symptoms of heartburn. For others, however, fasting triggers indigestion.

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Cancer

Yogurt and Fiber Lower Your Chance of Lung Cancer

A study of over one million people found that those who ate the most yogurt and foods rich in fiber had less chance of lung cancer.

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Podcasts

Show 1187: Are Supplements Really a Waste of Time?

Many people take supplements. A major review last summer concluded, though, that they are a waste of time for heart disease. Is that really true?

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Drug Side Effects

Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor?

You might worry about whether pomegranate juice will react badly with your medication, but it should not create problems with rosuvastatin (Crestor).

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Home Remedies

Do Selenium Supplements Cause Leg Cramps?

Could selenium supplements cause horrible muscle cramps? Animal research suggests that an excess of the mineral can affect muscles and nerves.

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Alternative Health

Is Vitamin E Oil a Cure for Toenail Fungus?

Many people would love a simple, inexpensive cure for toenail fungus. One reader used topical vitamin E to good effect. What remedies have you tried?

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Home Remedies

Can Bilberry Extract Help Protect the Eyes?

Tradition credits bilberries with vision-preserving power. Despite a lack of clinical trials, some readers report that bilberry extract helped.

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Arthritis

Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint Pain?

Many readers report that eating nine gin-soaked golden raisins daily can alleviate joint pain if used for at least a month or two.

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Heart Attack

Will Eating Seaweed Protect Your Heart?

Epidemiologists in Japan have found that eating seaweed reduces the risk of heart disease.

Diarrhea

Raspberry Powder to Fight Travelers’ Diarrhea

Travelers' diarrhea can be a problem, but there are solutions. One reader recommends raspberry powder. Pepto-Bismol and coconut may also help.

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Arthritis

Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have Heart Benefits

Studies of supplements rich in omega 3 fats have reached conflicting conclusions. The latest analysis concludes that they reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Alternative Health

How Liquid Soap Gives Quick Relief from Leg Spasms

A reader reports that smearing liquid soap on the legs can stop muscle spasms quickly.