The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Diabetes

People with Diabetes Do Better on Low-Carb Diets

A study from Denmark shows better blood sugar control among people with diabetes following low-carb diets. They also had less fatty livers.

Melatonin
Home Remedies

What Time Is Best to Take Melatonin?

If you want to take melatonin for better sleep, the timing is best if you take it half an hour to an hour before turning out the lights.

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Home Remedies

Can Magnesium Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome?

Although doctors can prescribe drugs for RLS, many people would prefer nonpharmacologic approaches. Do you take magnesium for your restless legs syndrome?

Actinic Keratosis
Age Spots

Will Castor Oil Help Clear Up Your Actinic Keratosis?

A few readers report that applying castor oil to an actinic keratosis on their skin made the bumpy spot clear up and drop off.

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Constipation

Can Coffee Help You Leave the Hospital Sooner?

People who drink coffee after abdominal surgery get their bowels moving faster and can often leave the hospital earlier. Three cups daily did the trick.

Dr. McCall had to mix allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine for his cancer treatment
Podcasts

Show 1175: How to Mix Conventional and Ayurvedic Medicine for Cancer

Hear how an American physician decided to mix allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine to treat his metastatic neck cancer. Should we all learn to combine them?

Plantar Fasciitis
Alternative Health

Can Hornet Stings Overcome Painful Plantar Fasciitis?

One reader reports that stepping into a hornet's nest and getting stung had an unanticipated benefit: long-lasting plantar fasciitis pain was eased.

Cold Sores (herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1)

Can L-Lysine Prevent Painful Cold Sores?

Readers report that the supplement L-lysine can help prevent recurrent fever blisters caused by HSV-1.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Should You Drink Cherry Juice for Your Brain?

According to a study, older people who drink cherry juice score better on tests of cognitive function after three months.

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Aging

Do Blueberries Help Older People with Memory?

Numerous studies show that anthocyanins in blueberries help lower systolic blood pressure and improve cognitive performance of impaired individuals.

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Alternative Health

Will Soap in Bed Keep Your Knees from Aching?

Some readers find that keeping a bar of soap under the bottom sheet helps keep hips and knees from aching during the night.

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Home Remedies

Is Garlic a Key to Long Life?

Chinese elders who ate garlic often were more likely to enjoy a long life than those who rarely indulged.

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Alternative Health

Will Duct Tape Help Remove a Splinter?

When you need to remove a splinter, home remedies like duct tape or white glue can be helpful.

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Home Remedies

To Control Your Weight, Be a Healthy Vegetarian

Spanish scientists find that a mostly vegetarian diet with vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and olive oil may help you control your weight.

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Cancer

Do People Who Eat Nuts Live Longer?

A study of older Americans show that people who eat nuts live longer. However, peanut butter eaters get no advantage.

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Alternative Health

Vinegar Eases the Pain of Jellyfish Stings

A reader shares his experience with vinegar for painful box jellyfish stings. Scientists say vinegar can help, but "Sting No More" works better.

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Alternative Health

How to Remove Splinters with Duct Tape

Have you ever used duct tape or white glue to remove splinters? These home remedies can work surprisingly well, as can wart plasters.

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Alternative Health

Soy Sauce Helps Ease the Pain of a Burn

Numerous readers have found that soy sauce helps relieve the pain of a burn, after cold water has cooled the injured skin.

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Cancer

Should You Eat Yogurt for a Healthy Colon?

According to a new study, men who eat yogurt twice a week or more have a lower risk of colon polyps and possibly colorectal cancer.

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Cancer

Do Sweet Drinks Boost Your Risk for Cancer?

French people who consume sweet drinks frequently are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer.