Is Stevia A Good Sugar Substitute?

Dear Curtis: I’m trying to turn around the way I’m eating. I know you recommend cutting out sugar entirely. I’ve always sweetened many of my drinks and would like to get your take on Stevia since it’s not suppose to affect blood sugar levels as much. I’m not a fan of any sweetener outside of […]

Fish Oil During Pregnancy Help Baby’s Brain Development?

Curtis’s Note: Supplementing with fish oil during pregnancy is a hot button issue. Some studies show it helps. Others show no benefit. But I believe the main study that showed no benefit had a big problem. I also think fish oil is safe, which is a big plus. If you and your doctor choose to […]

How To Protect Yourself From Your Electronic Devices

I had never given a thought to any of the appliances or electronic devices in my home. They were simply conveniences. Then I got a question from a reader about what I was doing to protect myself and my family from something called EMF’s (Electromagnetic Fields). At first I blew off the question. But curiosity […]

Should You Go To Pharmacy School?

Readers and friends often ask me if it makes sense for someone to go to pharmacy school nowadays. As someone who has been a practicing pharmacist and instructor for high school and college students since 2000 I feel like I’m qualified to throw in my two cents. So whether it’s you, a son, daughter or […]

Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss: Wasting Time And Money

Dear Curtis: Do you recommend taking Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to help lose weight? I’ve been reading more and more that they’ve got actual human studies showing that it can be helpful. Answer: I’m a little surprise I haven’t seen more experts pointing this out. Yes, there are ‘studies’ showing that ACV might be able […]

Can CoQ10 Help Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Curtis’s Notes: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a difficult to diagnose and treat with current drugs. CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is a naturally occurring substance in your body but in CFS patients appears to be very low. Supplementing with CoQ10 has helped anywhere from 10% to nearly 50% of patients in studies. It is generally well […]

Can Reishi Mushrooms Strengthen Your Immune System?

Curtis’s Note: Reishi mushrooms have been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. There are also plenty of studies showing their positive results at boosting your immune system. However, some of these studies don’t live up to the standards of the medical community. Overall, I think there is enough evidence to supplement with Reishi […]

Can Coconut Oil Cure Yeast (Candida) Infections?

Curtis’s Note: One small study did show that virgin coconut oil can kill candida. But, the study was only performed in the lab and hasn’t been replicated in people. Despite that, the results were promising and considering that virgin coconut oil is extremely safe and has many uses in the home I wouldn’t be afraid […]

Can Supplementing With Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?

Curtis’s Note: there have been plenty of studies showing that supplementing with probiotics can help you either lose weight or keep weight off. The strain of the probiotics definitely makes a difference (Lactobacillus gasseri appears to be the most effective at weight loss). VSL#3 appears to be effective at preventing weight gain. Even though these […]

10 Ways To Naturally Lower Your Cortisol Levels

By now you probably know cortisol as the “Stress Hormone”. And that’s true. When you are stressed – either naturally or something you’ve done to yourself – your body will release cortisol. But cortisol itself isn’t the problem. It’s a hormone that is released in your body for a reason and interacts with other hormones […]