Carolyn Gretton

Ginger: The autoimmune super spice that may slow lupus

In autoimmune disease, the body’s immune system goes haywire, attacking its own healthy cells and tissues. Treatment is usually long term and can carry harmful side effects. That’s why researchers are looking to a plant-based compound that may be the answer…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

12 immune-boosting foods to help guard against mutant COVID

Just when we thought we could see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, a mutant strain of coronavirus arrived. No one knows a lot about it, except that it seems to spread faster and easier. If you haven’t made it a priority to ramp up your immune system, there’s still time… […]

Carolyn Gretton

How treating acid reflux can bring on diabetes

The use of proton pump inhibitors to treat acid reflux over a long period of time has been shown to produce some serious side effects, including bone fractures and gut infections. Now there’s another ailment long-term users of PPIs have to watch out for — diabetes.

Virginia Tims-Lawson

The weird effect a popular over-the-counter pain reliever has on risk perception

You probably consider yourself to be level-headed, right? Sure, you like to be adventurous, but you draw the line at risky behavior because it’s the smart thing to do. But if you’re among the 1 in 4 who turns to a popular OTC pain reliever for minor aches and pains, you’re unknowingly putting something in your body that can muddy your perception of risk…

Virginia Tims-Lawson

How to keep pain and the thoughts that worsen it from cramping your style

When you’re living with chronic pain, it’s easy to find yourself giving up activities that you love. But that decrease in your get-up-and-go could actually be due less to the pain itself and more about how you think and feel about your pain. Here’s what you need to know about the pain catastrophizing trap and how to escape it…

Beverly Burmeier

The not-so-gingerly spice that attacks cancer-causing inflammation

Maybe you’ve used ginger to relieve symptoms of motion sickness in a tummy-soothing tea. Well, you’re taking good medicine according to research… Ginger is a great choice to diminish the pain of inflammatory bowel disease, but better yet, scientists have shown its benefits extend to reducing the risk of cancers associated with colitis.