I just ran across another article in a health magazine touting the benefits of tart cherry supplements or juice.
This particular article suggested tart cherries “significantly” reduced systolic blood pressure (the upper number). The author also wrote that tart cherries were linked to arthritis relief and exercise recovery.
Are they? Or are you better off saving your money?
What the research shows For inflammation, arthritis and exercise recovery
Tart cherries …
read on I think one of the easiest ways to save healthcare dollars is at the drugstore (including online stores).
There are so many over-the-counter products for every mundane ailment, and it can get really expensive if you buy and toss items until you find what works.
Information is power! Know the ingredients that work best for your problem, and then find the products with the best price.
Acne is such a …
read on A few days ago I heard a commercial on the radio advertising gummy sleeping pills for kids. The gummies were lauded as containing a mix of soothing herbs and a “safe” dose of melatonin.
There is so much wrong with that ad, I don’t know where to start!
I actually posted about this topic several years ago, so I decided it was time to update the post. Perhaps the American …
read on What’s the difference?
Several people have asked me about CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis plants.
What is it good for? Does it work? Is it legal?
CBD oil has become a billion-dollar a year industry, and the marketing of these products is fierce.
As I started to do some research, first I had to figure out the difference between some commonly used terms: CBD oil, hemp extract, …
read on Here’s another post in honor of June being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.
We know that the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, can help
prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease, such as someone who has already had a heart attack, or who smokes and has high blood pressure.
(It’s less clear if statins are helpful in healthy individuals with no risk factors for heart disease other …
read on Spring is here and summer is around the corner.
That means bugs.
And unfortunately, many of these insects and arachnids bite or burrow and cause intense itchiness. At worse, they spread disease.
So here are a few tips on treating some of the more common bug bites.
It’s easier to prevent and treat bites if you know what type of insect (six legs) or arachnid (eight legs) you’re dealing with.…
read on Polypharmacy is the rather uniquely Western medicine epidemic of popping too many prescription drugs.
There’s an old healthcare joke with the punchline
“There’s a drug for that!” Sadly, that’s true.
It’s ironic, but too much health care is killing us, especially our seniors.
A recent report by the Lown Institute shows the scope of the problem: There’s been a 300% increase in polypharmacy over the last 20 years. 42% of
read on Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other biting insects are active this time of year. Most cause discomfort; some carry dangerous diseases. Protect yourself with an effective bug repellent.
There are four chemicals on the market that make up most of the available bug repellents.
Always read the labels to know what the active ingredients are, and follow the directions for use, especially if you’re using it on children.
DEET is …
read on I’ve mentioned before that Americans take a lot of prescription drugs.
More than half of us take at least one prescription medication every day. And if you’re over 65, you may be one of the 40% taking
more than five drugs every day. (That’s called polypharmacy.)
Many common prescription drugs are
linked to depression, too, and the more meds you take, the more likely you are … read on For years one of my family members has had to have multiple skin cancers—basal cell and squamous—removed from his face.
He heard that the supplement niacinamide might help prevent these skin cancers, so I volunteered to do a little research into the research. 😄
Vitamin B3, niacin, niacinamide & nicotinamide
First I had to educate myself about the multiple and confusing names in this group of supplements!
Vitamin B3 is … read on