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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.

4 Insane Juicer Deals I Found for Prime Day [2020]
Elizabeth Martin

If you've been wanting to pick up a new juicer for home, there's no time like the present. Prime day is here and discounts abound! Grabbing a bargain now means less stress as the big sales of the holiday season roll around. And it means you get high-quality juice at...

The Undeniable Best Twin Gear Juicers Money Can Buy
HBS Review Team

If you're here, it's because you give a damn about your juice, and you won't settle for second best. Twin gear juicers (which are technically a type of masticating juicer, more on which below) are the absolute best juicers available in terms of yield, and nutrient...

Hands Down The Best Cold Press Juicer Dollar for Dollar
HBS Review Team

Even if you can get that delicious cold-pressed juice at a store, it's likely to be filled with added sugars and artificial ingredients, and besides, you can save quite a bit of money in the long run if you're making your juice at home. On top of that, it's also...

Breville BJE200XL Review: “For Speed & Value, I Love it”.
HBS Review Team

If you like to have fresh juice in the morning and you don't want all the added sugar that comes with store-bought products, it's worth it for you to invest in a juicer for your kitchen. Breville has become one of the leading brands in kitchen appliances like juicers,...

The 4 Best Air Fryer Deals I Could Find This Prime Day [2020]
Elizabeth Martin

Well played on waiting til holiday season to finally pick up your air fryer! Not only will you soon be frying and crisping your best comfort foods ever, you'll also be shoving them in your friend's faces, bragging about the deal you got. (Disclaimer: Don't actually do...

The 5 Best Black Friday Air Fryer Deals: Up to 46% off
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 started this list in 2019, and - thanks to the ample...

The Best Mini Food Processor That Can Still do Everything
Paul Kostandin

Choosing a mini food processor can be a daunting task. With so many options, from size and materials to cordless options and a whole galaxy of attachment choices, finding the perfect machine can be quite an undertaking. But luckily for you, we've done the heavy...

Let Me Tell You The True Best Baby Food Maker Out There
HBS Review Team

If you or your partner is expecting, there's a lot on your plate and a long list of things you're going to need to buy to make sure your transition into parenthood is as seamless as possible. A baby food maker should definitely be somewhere on that list. A baby food...

Ranked: The Best Water Softener for Each Hardness Level
HBS Review Team

Let's imagine a scene with our protagonist... we'll call him "Tim". Tim comes home after a hard workout and has just enough time to jump into the shower before dinner. This is not the ideal time for his wife to tell him that the showerhead isn't working, the sink is...

Easily The Best Water Filter Pitcher Available for Home Use
HBS Review Team

Having drinking water that is free of contaminants is critical. But spending money on water bottles can be a hassle and home water filtration systems can be costly. How can you make sure you are providing clean water for you and your loved ones? The answer, for many,...

The 5 Best Water Test Kits for Home (That Actually Work)
HBS Review Team

Whether you're drinking water or using it to bathe, do laundry, or clean your dishes, it's important to know what's in it. Although water can look, feel, and taste healthy, that's not always the case. It's important to know whether or not your water can be trusted....