The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of Bad Food BiblePodcasts

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?

Colorful Fruits and Veggies to Protect Your Brain

Using Eggplant to Lower Your Blood Pressure

What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee and Chocolate?

Unscented Aluminum-Free MoM Deodorant Back in Stock!

Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure With Cherries?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

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Heart Attack

Will Adequate Magnesium Keep Your Heart Healthy?

A long-term study of atherosclerosis revealed that adequate magnesium is critical for good heart health.

Bowl of dried bark of Magnolia officinalis (contains honokiol)
Alternative Health

Will Magnolia Compound Help You Control Pain?

Honokiol, a compound found in the bark of Magnolia officinalis, appears to control pain by suppressing TRP channels in animals. What about people?

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Alternative Health

How Does Rosemary Oil Fight Resistant Lice?

Dermatologists are skeptical, but some people find that olive oil, mineral oil or petroleum jelly is effective against lice. One person added rosemary oil.