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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.

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

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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Baldness

Will MSM Improve Hair Growth?

Some readers report that taking the dietary supplement MSM can improve hair growth and make it fuller and thicker.

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Drug Side Effects

What Accounts for Blood Tests Showing Liver Failure?

When blood tests point to liver failure, you need to figure out quickly whether drugs or supplements you are taking could be responsible.

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Home Remedies

What Dose of Vitamin D Is Good?

People respond differently to vitamin D pills, so finding the exact right dose of vitamin D supplements may require some trial and error with monitoring.

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Coronary Artery Disease

What Can Vitamin K2 Do for You?

Scientists are studying what vitamin K2 can do. It may help build bone and reduce calcification of major arteries, but research is ongoing.

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Home Remedies

Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

Might you control neuropathy by consuming a diet rich in ALA (alpha lipoic acid)? One reader reports better success with diet than supplements.

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Home Remedies

Can Magnesium Relieve Muscle Cramps at Night?

Readers report that they can prevent most muscle cramps at night by taking magnesium supplements. Few scientists have studied this treatment.

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Fracture

How Well Does Vitamin D Help Fight Osteoporosis?

Instead of helping fight osteoporosis, high dose vitamin D supplements resulted in lower bone mineral density in leg and arm bones.

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Arthritis

Can Turmeric Relieve Your Aches and Pains?

Some supplements, including turmeric, can help alleviate aches and pains associated with arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis.

Bottle of 5mg Melatonin tablets
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.

bare feet of a woman in bed with rumpled covers suffering from restless leg syndrome
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?

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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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cardiac arrest

Are Diets and Supplements Useless for Your Heart?

An analysis of more than 200 trials concluded that diets and supplements won't protect you from heart attacks. But this conclusion might not apply to you.

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High Cholesterol

Is It Safe to Take Red Yeast Rice for High Cholesterol?

Most people who take red yeast rice to lower their cholesterol do well with it. But a few experience side effects such as muscle or nerve problems.

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Alternative Health

How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bites FAST!

How do you prevent mosquito bites? Deet, picaridin, vitamin B1, Listerine? If your tricks fail, how do you stop the itch of mosquito bites? How about HEAT?

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Diabetes

Diabetes Risk No Lower with Vitamin D Supplements

Taking vitamin D3 supplements daily did not reduce volunteers' diabetes risk over two and a half years. Perhaps diet and exercise work better.