Chamomile flowers, which are a traditional folk remedy, are a common ingredient in tea as well as flavoring in food and drinks. For the most part, chamomile is considered safe, but researchers caution that studies continue on the effectiveness of the flower and that chamomile… Read More »Is chamomile tea a good anti inflammatory?
Common Health Myths
Another fad has hit the Internet and people are jumping on the celery juice bandwagon without question, all caused by unfounded claims from a non-medical spiritual healer with a large online following and a page of celebrity endorsements. Is this enough to turn science in… Read More »What are the health benefits of celery juice?
Many of us spent our younger lives being told we had to wait at least half-an-hour before we could swim after we ate. The reason, I was always told, was to avoid cramps that could cause me to drown. In not wanting to drown, I… Read More »Is it true you have to wait to swim after eating?
Have you ever been told that humans only use 10 percent of their brain then wondered how that would be possible? If so, you’re not alone since it is an old urban legend, or in this case, a Common Health neuroMyth. Not only is it… Read More »Only 10 percent! How much of our brain do we actually use?
A new trend to smoking, the e-cigarette has become popular among teens as well as adults. Hailed as being less harmful than regular cigarettes and an effective tool to quit regular tobacco smoking, e-cigarettes are a common substitute. What are e-cigarettes? An e-cigarette is an… Read More »What is an e-cigarette and how does it work?
This has been a debated question and passed-around belief for decades. You’ve likely had it said to you and have probably said it to others, that drinking alcohol kills brain cells, but does it? The answer is no, drinking alcohol does not kill brain cells.… Read More »Does alcohol really kill brain cells?
A favorite scent for many, the smell of baby powder or talcum powder was a common household smell for millions, especially in the 1970s and ‘80s when the dangers of talcum powder was less known. Today, however, while the smell is still beloved for many,… Read More »Talcum powder: cancer causing or safe?
Did you know that the color of the lightbulbs in your home affect your sleep patterns? Did you know that light in general affects our sleep patterns, which is why many of us begin to feel sleepy as the sun goes down. This biological affect… Read More »Does the color of a light bulb affect sleep?
We’ve all seen it on tv. A part in the show where someone suddenly runs for coffee in a bid to sober someone up. But does it actually work? It’s one of the most popular medical myths (yes, myths) out there, that drinking coffee will… Read More »Does coffee really sober you up?
In an age where confusing food labels are enough to drive consumers crazy, they are still an important part of the food choices we make. That, and the fact they are a huge selling feature for manufacturers. A plain black and white label pasted over… Read More »What does low fat, light mean on a food label?
Many traditional grandmothers have insisted on having a Holy Basil (Tulsi) tree in the front yard and a Moringa in the back yard…and for good reason. Phytomedicines, such as Moringa oleifera, are believed to have many health benefits for their wide range of antibiotics, antioxidents… Read More »What are Moringa health benefits?
If you’re in the market for information on the keto diet for beginners, the first thing you should know is that this diet is not your typical “get rid of excess body fat diet”, but is a person-specific way of eating to help treat those… Read More »The truth about the keto fad diet
A very common question is are powdered spices good for you? It makes sense since the US is not only the world’s largest spice importer, but also spice consumer averaging 3.7 pounds per person each year. Powdered spices are a staple in most kitchens and… Read More »Are powdered spices good for you, even expired?
That infamous paunch that many like to blame on beer is often the butt of a joke when it comes to having a large stomach, but is beer really to blame? Does beer really cause a beer belly? Beer guzzlers around the globe may be… Read More »Does beer really cause a beer belly?
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest tree species in the world. This popular supplement in its dried green leaf form, is one of the top selling herbal medicines in capsule, tablets and liquid. People selling it claim the therapeutic properties of the plant include… Read More »Does Ginkgo Biloba help your memory?
My grandmother told me that if I swallow my gum, it will stay in my stomach for seven years. I’ve never been sure if grandmother’s actually believe that or just enjoy the scare tactic on their grandkids. Either way we need to know, does gum… Read More »Does gum actually stay in your stomach for 7 years?
Just imagine where the world would be without ice cream, yogurt and world-class cheeses. These are part of what are considered dairy products that are enjoyed by millions each and every day, but are they good for us? Obliviously, not all dairy is considered equal… Read More »Is dairy really bad for you?
That truly depends on who you ask. Holistic therapists will tell you that colloidal silver can cure a host of diseases from cancer and diabetes to arthritis, HIV/AIDS, herpes and even tuberculosis. The medical community, along with the US Federal Drug Association and Australian Therapeutic… Read More »What is colloidal silver good for?
Are you supposed to pee on a jelllyfish sting? I think we’ve all seen that show where a group of friends head to the beach and one gets stung by a jellyfish. The solution…pee. But since that is television and not reality, there’s no point… Read More »What should you do if you’re stung by a jellyfish?
A lot of men believe that a high level of PSA means cancer, but this gets filed in with common health myths. The reason being your PSA level can be effected by many factors, not only cancer. Let’s back up a bit and figure out… Read More »What is a high PSA level for a prostate exam?
If you’re a polish lover and a mani-pedi fan, we may not be friends after this since the truth is nail polish is loaded with toxic chemicals. Perhaps you’ve seen nail polish labeled toxic free or even three-free (five-free and even 10-free). This refers to… Read More »Does your body really absorb the chemicals in nail polish?
It was a nightly ritual for many. The 100 brush strokes before bed, that is. Sitting in front of a mirror and counting out 100 brushes was supposed to make hair healthy and shiny, but does it? Does brushing your hair make it healthier? The… Read More »100 strokes a night! Is it bad to brush your hair too much?
You may find this to be an odd question, but it’s a serious one given that the average person unknowingly consumes about six pounds of dirt over their lifetime. On top of that, we eat approximately two pounds of insects each year without realizing it.… Read More »Is eating dirt bad for you?
Many of us have been taught to appreciate the smell of clean like the smell of bleach or chlorine. Maybe not necessarily to the degree of hospital clean, but clean to the point stinky smells are, well, not so stinky. The smell of chlorine when… Read More »What that chlorine smell at the pool really means