Healthy But Smart

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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.

Does Quercetin Have Health Benefits? A Doctor Explains
Ceppie Merry

Introduction Quercetin is marketed as an 'ergogenic' or an agent that enhances physical performance. Needless to mention, the promise of ergogenic benefits is of great interest to many people. Me included. To be honest, I would love to add another few hours to my day...

Does Cinnamon Have Health Benefits? The Evidence Reviewed

Introduction New York Times bestseller and author of the 4-Hour Body, Tim Ferris, recommends using cinnamon to reduce the glycemic load of food. That’s just the latest in a long list of supposed benefits of this exotic spice. Among its many claims to fame (apart from...

Does Cupping Therapy Do Anything? A Review of The Research
Ceppie Merry

Introduction During the last Olympic Games, there was a media frenzy with photographs of odd-looking marks on the upper backs of some swimmers. Curiouser and curiouser. The large bruises were perfect for speculation about underwater attacks by blood sucking lamprey or...

How We Work

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

Winix Plasmawave 5300 Review: Should or Shouldn’t You Buy?
HBS Review Team

A thorough look at another model in the vast range of Winix Air Purifiers, the 5300 PlasmaWave. Yes, this model has been discontinued and replaced with the 5300-2, but it is still available to buy from certain retailers, so it's worth a good assessment. What differs...

Winix C535 Review: Do You Need All the Bells and Whistle?
HBS Review Team

Air purifiers have the potential to greatly improve your life, or completely irritate you with unsuitable features. What works for someone else may be completely wrong for you, so it's important to get right into the tiny details of an air purifier before you hand...

Power AirFryer Oven Review: An Oven-Style Countertop Air Fryer
HBS Review Team

We are looking at one particular countertop multi-talented item today, the Power Air Fryer Oven. This “As Seen on TV” number is described as an “all-in-one” appliance with rotisserie and dehydration abilities. It can bake, roast, grill, steam and fry in a healthy,...

Cuisinart prep 7 Cup Food Processor Review: Is It Worth It?
Elizabeth Martin

Today you can find dozens of food processors made by several excellent manufacturers like Cuisinart. With the 7 Cup Cuisinart Food Processor, you can slice, chop and shred various kinds of ingredients including meat, vegetables, and cheese. You can also mince parsley...