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Who Are We?

HealthyButSmart is a team of academics and health care professionals who examine popular health claims according to current research, then translate their findings into language that’s easy to understand, and easy to act on.

Whether it’s garlic curing the common cold, or water fasting helping with weight loss, we provide clear answers that help you avoid harm, save money… and settle arguments.

Michele BermanMichele Berman M.D.Dr. Berman served as Staff Pediatrician at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Missouri, and as Clinical Instructor at Georgetown University and George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Marilia CoutinhoMarilia Coutinho Ph.DMarilia Coutinho is a Brazilian researcher, university professor and technical consultant. She has majored in Biology, holds a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Ecology and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Science.

Melissa WaineMelissa Waine B.Sc.Melissa Waine holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Hons (I) in Molecular Biology, from UNSW in Sydney, Australia, and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.).

Nicholas FerraraNicolas Ferrara PT DPTPhysical therapist specializing in orthopedic, neurological, and prosthetics rehab. Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Hofstra university and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook university.

Sonja RistevskiSonja Ristevski B.Sc.Sonja holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours, 1st class) degree from Melbourne University and a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion from La Trobe University.

Dr. Ceppie MerryDr. Ceppie MerryDr. Merry is an practising M.D from Ireland. She holds a Ph.D in pharmacology from Trinity College in Dublin, and a fellowship in infectious disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Do MCT Oils Have Proven Benefits? 42 Studies Reviewed
Michele Berman M.D.

My introduction to MCT oil happened many decades ago (I won’t say how many) when I was a pediatrics resident doing my neonatal ICU rotation. MCT oil was used as part of the nutrition for the tiny premature babies who needed to gain weight. Since their digestive system...

The Treatments for Osteoporosis, According To Evidence
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Bones are really quite interesting and underestimated. Most of us walk around each day and take our bones for granted. Bones are not just a chassis for humans. Bones don’t just give us structure. Sure, they allow us to move around. But they are actually...

Top Treatments For Fibromyalgia According To Research
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction I spent an unreasonable amount of time dithering over this particular article. Apologies to my dear editor for missing my deadline (more than once). Here is the dilemma. The logical part of my brain told me to follow the advice of Nike and ‘Just Write...

Best Treatments For Kidney Stones According To Evidence
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Kidney stones are pretty common. Over 2 million people suffer from kidney stones each year in the USA alone. Put another way, up to 3% of the general population develop kidney stones each year. Kidney stones are not just a feature of modern living -...

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To fund our fact checking and research, HealthyButSmart also provides reviews and comparisons of health promoting devices, kitchenware and home gadgets.

Bella Air Fryer Review: An Affordable Air Fryer Below $100
HBS Review Team

Air fryers like the Bella 14538 Electric Hot Air Fryer are popular for their “crispifying” abilities, health-promoting cooking methods and easy, countertop convenience. The Bella Air Fryer has a common air fryer aesthetic: the black, rounded unit with a pull-out...

What Are The Best Food Processors For Baby Food In 2018?
HBS Review Team

Making your own baby food at home can be quick, easy and very cost effective if you have the right equipment. Funnily enough, not all food processors are ideal for baby food so before you buy just any old machine, take a look through our list. There are a few options...