Is It OK To Chew Or Crush Your Medicine?

Is It Ok To Chew Or Crush Your Medicine?
Some people are incapable of swallowing tablets because of physical reasons, such as surgery or gastric reflux, while others struggle for psychological reasons.

How Folk Medicines For Blood Pressure Work

How Folk Medicines For Blood Pressure Work
Common herbs, including lavender, fennel, and chamomile, have a long history as folk medicines used to lower blood pressure. New research explains the molecular mechanisms at work.

France Forgot Its Own Golden Age Of Medical Marijuana?

France Forgets Own Golden Age Of Medical Marijuana
This past summer the French food and drug office, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, greenlighted limited medical cannabis trials inside France, something that’s been illegal since 1953.

4 Plants That Are Great for Humans

A quarter of all prescription drugs in the U.S. come from substances that are found only in plants. In this episode of SciShow, we take a look at four of these talented plants who make our lives better.

Adaptogens for Improved Health and Brain Function

Adaptogens for Improved Health and Brain Function
Adaptogens can greatly increase the effectiveness of some modern drugs, including antibiotics, anxiolytics (anxiety relief), antidepressants, and hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) agents. They also can reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the side effects of some drugs. They have a proven record of being safe, efficacious, and quite versatile in their treatment of many conditions.

Prescription Omega 3s Keep Triglycerides In Check

Prescription Omega 3s Keep Triglycerides In Check

Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medications are a safe and effective option for reducing high triglycerides, which increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.

4 Myths About Vitamin Supplements

4 Myths About Vitamin Supplements
People take vitamin supplements for all kinds of reasons, from maintaining general health to preventing cancer. But there’s no convincing evidence that vitamin supplementation benefits people who don’t actually have a vitamin deficiency.

Do Vitamin Drips Really Work?

Do Vitamin Drips Really Work?
Want to boost your immune system, reduce your physical signs of ageing, or cleanse your blood to get rid of toxins?

How Misinformation About CBD Can Be Life-Threatening

How Misinformation About CBD Can Be Life-Threatening
Hyperbole can be rampant in health news, particularly with respect to cannabis. One recent headline declared: “CBD is effective in treating heroin addiction.” Another proclaimed: “New study finds CBD could curb heroin addiction.” These stories were referring to a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry that found a short-term course of cannabidiol (CBD) reduced cue-induced cravings and anxiety..

Can Drinking Coffee Help You Lose Weight?

Can Drinking Coffee Help You Lose Weight?Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK recently published a study in the journal Scientific Reports suggesting caffeine increases brown fat. This caught people’s attention because brown fat activity burns energy, which may help with weight loss. Headlines claimed drinking coffee can help you lose weight, and that coffee is possibly even the “secret to fighting obesity”.

Why Iron Is Such An Important Part Of Your Diet

According to the World Health Organisation, iron deficiency – a condition where your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron – is a global public health problem of “epidemic proportions”.

These Medicinal Plants Put Brakes On Cancer Growth

These Medicinal Plants Put Brakes On Cancer Growth

The leaves of a variety of medicinal plants can stop the growth of breast, cervical, colon, leukemia, liver, ovarian, and uterine cancer, a new study shows.

Using Essential Oils To Open Lines Of Communication

Using Essential Oils To Open Lines Of CommunicationThese oils and recipes are sure to assist us with opening lines of communication between our loved ones and us. Communi­cation is the key to a successful relationship between you and humanity. Communica­tion, feelings, desires, and repressed anger come from the throat chakra.

The Hard Facts On Viagra

The Hard Facts On Viagra

Viagra is one brand name of a drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence): the inability to get, and maintain, an erection.

The New Truth About Aspirin

The New Truth About Aspirin

For decades, millions of patients have been taking a daily Aspirin in an attempt to prevent hearts attacks and strokes.

How Marijuana Is A Lot More Than Just Getting High


Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have an increasing...

Are Fish Oil Supplements Overrated?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Overrated?

Soybean oil may be better than fish oil for reducing cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors, according to a new study.

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” on posts pertaining to any health-related issue.

Winter Blues and Broken Bones: How To Get Enough Vitamin D3

winter blues and broken bones: how to get enough vitamin d3Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”. It is produced in your skin in response to sunlight and is a vital organic compound supporting the absorption of calcium and protecting bone strength, supporting immune function, and regulating mood. Deficiencies in Vitamin D can lead to...

Why You Like Coffee, And I Like Tea

Why You Like Coffee, And I Like Tea
Do you drink freshly brewed coffee to start off your day? Or is a cup of English breakfast tea a better option for you?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Beneficial?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Beneficial?
There are suggestions that fish oil is good for a range of health conditions including arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, mental health and heart disease. It’s even been suggested that fish oil might make people smarter, so should we all be taking supplements?

Should You Take Probiotics When You’re On Antibiotics?

Should You Take Probiotics When You’re On Antibiotics?
Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria that cause disease. But they also cause collateral damage to the microbiome, the complex community of bacteria that live in our gut. This results in a profound, though usually temporary, depletion of the beneficial bacteria.

This Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The High

This Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The High
In the wake of cannabis legalization in Canada, a team of scientists has delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol for safe pain relief without the typical “high” or euphoria that THC produces.

E-cigarettes Are Good Or Bad Depending On The Study – So What's The Truth?

E-cigarettes Are Good Or Bad Depending On The Study – So What's The Truth?
The number of adults currently using e-cigarettes in the UK is close to 2.9m, many of whom will have turned to the devices to quit smoking. While certainly they may help people kick the habit, there is a big problem with e-cigarettes: we don’t actually know for certain whether they are safe or not.

These Common Heartburn Medicines Can Trigger Iron Deficiency

These Common Heartburn Medicines Can Trigger Iron DeficiencyNew research finds an association between some popular heartburn treatments and iron deficiency. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which hydrochloric acid rising into the throat causes. This condition affects more than two million Australians. Many people take medications that suppress acid secretion to treat it.

Chewing Gum May Be A Good Way To Get Your Vitamins

Chewing Gum May Be A Good Way To Get Your Vitamins
Chewing gum may be an effective delivery system for some vitamins, according the new research. Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body.

If You Can't Sleep, What Drugs Can You Safely Take?

If You Can't Sleep, What Drugs Can You Safely Take?

If you’re having trouble sleeping, medicines shouldn’t be your first option. Exercise regularly, cut back on coffee (and other caffeinated drinks) after midday, eat less in the evening, ease up on “screen time” before, and in, bed, practise meditation and try to have a quiet, dark bedroom dedicated mostly to sleep.

A Sugar Pill Just Might Control Your Chronic Pain

A Sugar Pill Just Might Control Your Chronic PainResearchers have developed a way to reliably predict which chronic pain patients will respond to a sugar placebo pill based on brain anatomy and psychological characteristics. Doctors may one day prescribe placebos that work as effectively as any painkiller for certain patients, the researchers’ new study suggests

Should I Take Vitamin C Or Other Supplements For My Cold?

Should I Take Vitamin C Or Other Supplements For My Cold?

Last week I had a shocking cold. Blocked nose, sore throat, and feeling poorly. This made me think about the countless vitamins and supplements on the market that promise to ease symptoms of a cold, help you recover faster, and reduce your chance of getting another cold. When it comes to the common cold (also called upper respiratory tract infections) there is no magic cure (I wish) but some supplements may deliver very minor improvements. Here is what the latest research evidence says.

Is Vitamin D A Pseudo Vitamin For A Pseudo Disease?

Is Vitamin D A Pseudo Vitamin For A Pseudo Disease?

We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population taking a supplement. Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – is the favourite and is believed to have the most proven benefits. Governments, including the UK government, have said that the evidence for vitamin D’s health benefits is so overwhelming that every adult should take it as a supplement for at least six months of the year.

Why Synthetic Marijuana Is So Risky

Why Synthetic Marijuana Is So Risky
Many parts of the country have seen episodic crises due to synthetic marijuana, the largest occurring in Mississippi, where 721 adverse events were logged between April 2-3, 2015. Even with outbreaks aside, synthetic cannabinoids are 30 times more likely to harm you than regular marijuana.

This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression

This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression
The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes.

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?
There’s only one thing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning: a new research paper telling you your daily habit is good for your health. Headlines presented the good news from the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Can Sleeping Pills Change Your Behavior?

Can Sleeping Pills Change Your Behavior?
Roseanne Barr has claimed that she was under the influence of the drug Ambien when she posted her already infamous racist tweet (since removed). But what do we know about Ambien and its side effects?

Could High-Dose Vitamin D Treat Malnutrition?

Could High-Dose Vitamin D Treat Malnutrition?
High-dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and help with the development of language and motor skills in severely malnourished children, our latest study has found.

Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes

Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes
Chamomile – that yellow flower so often made into a tea, enjoyed before bed – is a very interesting plant. It was recently discovered that the humble flower may control or even prevent diabetes...

How Xanax Works, The Dangers And The Side Effects

How Xanax Works, The Dangers And The Side Effects

And although drug use has declined over the past decade, new and potentially life-threatening trends continue to appear. Most recently, doctors have warned of an “emerging crisis” relating to Xanax use among young people.

Do Athletes Really Need Protein Supplements?

Do Athletes Really Need Protein Supplements?
Protein supplements for athletes are literally sold by the bucketful. Protein supplements are expensive, and might not be doing much for you. The marketing that accompanies them persistently promotes the attainment of buff biceps and six-pack abs.

Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu

Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu
From our western perspective, crickets do not look appetizing, but neither did lobsters at one point in time, and in fact they used to be known as the cockroaches of the sea. Now lobster is considered a scrumptious delicacy.

What Jeff Sessions Doesn't Understand About Medical Marijuana

What Jeff Sessions Doesn't Understand About Medical MarijuanaOn January 4 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, a 2013 document that limits federal enforcement of marijuana laws. This opens the door for a crackdown in the nine states with legal recreational marijuana.

What Supplements Do Scientists Use, And Why?

What Supplements Do Scientists Use, And Why?

Supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry. But, unlike pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of these products don’t have to prove that their products are effective, only that they are safe – and that’s for new supplements only.

The Dangers And Potential Of Natural Opioid Kratom

The Dangers And Potential Of Natural Opioid KratomGiven the opioid addiction crisis, it would seem preposterous that an opioid is legal for use in the United States and can be purchased at tea stores, convenience stores, over the internet and, yes, even from vending machines.

Do Vitamin Supplements Prevent Macular Degeneration?

Do Vitamin Supplements Prevent Macular Degeneration?Vitamin and mineral supplements won’t prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration. However, there’s evidence vitamins can slow the progression of existing macular degeneration.

Why Some Onions Make Us Cry And Some Don't

Why Some Onions Make Us Cry And Some Don'tWhy do onions actually make us cry? And why do only some onions make us blub in this way when others, including related “allium” plants such as garlic, barely ever draw a tear when chopped?

Harnessing The Body's Own Cannabis In The Fight Against Cancer

Harnessing The Body's Own Cannabis In The Fight Against CancerThe drugs used to treat cancer after surgery can help to slow disease progression, but they don’t always stop cancer cells from spreading, nor do they help with pain associated with some cancers such as sarcomas (rare bone cancers). Cannabis, however, potentially does both of these things. 

Women's Health Issues And The Amazing Herbs That Can Help

Women's Health Issues And The Amazing Herbs That Can HelpWomen juggle a life of menstruation, pregnancy, birth, menopause, housekeeping, work, raising, children, and on, and on, and on. That’s why we need all the help we can get. Today, I’m going to share some of the many herbal friends that a woman can make pals with.

Why Taking Aspirin For Your Arteries Might Not Work

Why Taking Aspirin For Your Arteries Might Not WorkA new study shows that aspirin, used for decades to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems, may provide little or no benefit for certain patients who have plaque buildup in their arteries.

What You Need To Know About Rub On Pain Products

What You Need To Know About Rub On Pain ProductsI was a clumsy child and had more than my fair share of bumps and knocks. As a result, I was the recipient of a considerable amount of repetitive advice to “rub it better”.

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