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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.

Does Chamomile Have Health Benefits? 29 Studies Reviewed
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Described as ‘herbal aspirin’, chamomile is one of the leading herbal remedies worldwide. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on which foods or supplements to take for the purposes of health. Scientific evidence is an important consideration, along...

Does Rhodiola Have Proven Benefits? 25 Studies Reviewed
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Rhodiola is a traditional medicine and supplement that is used for a wide range of complaints including amenorrhea, depression, insomnia, fatigue, cancer, headaches, schizophrenia, colds and flu, hypertension, and male sexual dysfunction. There is a specific interest...

Is Eating Sauerkraut Good for you? Here’s the Science
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Hippocrates described sauerkraut as 'a health food'. I am guessing that if Hippocrates were alive today that he would be tweeting about sauerkraut with the hashtag #superfood. Or would he? I am equally convinced that if Hippocrates were alive today that he would be a...

The Best Treatments for Fibromyalgia According to Research
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

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 It." I am pretty...

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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.

The 6 Best Air Purifier Deals This Black Friday 2019
Elizabeth Martin

For weeks now I've been scanning the big online retailers to see which air purifiers are coming on sale this season. Fortunately, it's all good news. Take a look at some of the discounts you can get on highly rated air purifiers right now... Your Best Air Purifier...

The 6 Best Air Fryer Deals This Black Friday 2019
Elizabeth Martin

People with air fryers rave about them for a reason. Multiple reasons actually. More of the foods you love, cooked more easily, with less mess. The fact that it's better for your health is almost a side bonus 🙂 I've spent the last month curating the following list of...

The 3 Best KitchenAid Mixer Deals This Black Friday
Elizabeth Martin

Oh yes, it's the right time of year to finally grab your first (or is it second?) KitchenAid Mixer. In case no one told you, this will be a life-changing decision, and you'll feel even better about it knowing you saved a tonne. There are some exceptional deals this...

The 6 Best Food Processor Deals This Black Friday 2019
Elizabeth Martin

If you'd been waiting for the holiday sales to pick up a food processor... well played. As long as you're not absolutely committed to a particular brand or model, there are some exceptional deals available. This article takes all the knowledge we've acquired having...