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Do You Take Olive Oil for Your Blood Pressure?

Could extra virgin olive oil rich in plant phenols be a key to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? One reader suggests we should all take olive oil.

What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia?

Have You Found a Hangover Remedy That Works?

Will Taking Ashwagandha Help You Fall Asleep?

Will Vitamin D Help You Avoid Infection?

Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

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Alternative Health

How Can You Get a Fever Down Without Drugs?

Centuries ago, people used a tepid bath to get a fever down, even if they had no medications. Now, doctors want to know about the underlying infection.

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Alternative Health

Will CBD Oil Help Your Arthritis Pain?

Cannabidiol has been studied for its ability to relieve joint pain in animals. Some readers think it might also help ease your arthritis pain.

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Alternative Health

Can Plants Really Protect You from a Hangover?

A special supplement containing extracts from five plants (acerola, ginger, ginkgo, prickly pear and willow) reduced hangover symptoms significantly.

vitamin D and magnesium supplement bottles
Cancer

Reducing Cancer Risk With Vitamin D and Magnesium

A new study finds that the combination of adequate vitamin D and magnesium helps patients with colorectal cancer avoid an early death.

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Allergies

Quercetin Is a Natural Way to Relieve Spring Allergies

The flavonoids quercetin and luteolin can dampen mast cell response to allergic triggers and ease symptoms from spring allergies.

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Home Remedies

Peppermint Oil Can Help With IBS Symptoms

People looking for a natural way to manage IBS symptoms might want to try enteric-coated peppermint oil. Exercise could also help.

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Alternative Health

Will Soap Under the Bottom Sheet Ease Foot Pain?

One reader found that keeping soap under the bottom sheet of the bed reduced the unbearable pain caused by tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
Podcasts

Show 1210: What Are the Health Benefits of Tea, Coffee and Chocolate?

If you think of them as just tasty beverages, you could be surprised to learn about the health benefits of tea, coffee and chocolate. Listen May 2, 2020.

A bottle of kefir and a bowl of kefir grains
Cognitive Dysfunction

Can Your Gut Microbiome Affect Your Memory?

When their gut microbiome has more Lactobacillus in it, mice perform better on memory tests. Will you?

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Cognitive Dysfunction

How Can You Make Your Own Rosemary Water?

If you want to keep your brain healthy over the years, don't smoke, do exercise, get enough sleep and sip rosemary water. You can make it yourself.

Blackstrap molasses for baking drizzling from a teaspoon
Diarrhea

Will You Have Better Poop With Blackstrap Molasses?

A reader reports that taking two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses daily eased symptoms of urgency and frequency of bathroom visits.

blood pressure remedy–bottles of beet juice, Biotta and Brownwood Acres brands
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Will Blood Pressure Remedy Lead to Kidney Stones?

Scientists confirm that drinking beet juice could be a helpful blood pressure remedy. However, it might increase the risk of kidney stones for some people.