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.

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 Krill Oil Have Health Benefits? A Scientist Explains
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Krill oil is marketed as an alternative source of healthy fatty acids for people who (for whatever reasons) do not want to include oily fish or traditional fish oil supplements in their diet. Extractable krill oil is not just promoted as an alternative to...

Do Yohimbe Supplements Do Anything? We Review The Research
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Technically, it is true to say that yohimbe comes from the African savannah and has been used for a very long time as a herbal aphrodisiac and aid for erectile dysfunction (which all sounds very exotic and earthy). However, that would only be part of the...

Does Cinnamon Have Health Benefits? The Evidence Reviewed
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

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 Craniosacral Therapy Work? The Evidence Reviewed
Nicolas Ferrara PT DPT

Introduction Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of light touch manual therapy practiced by osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists, that involves applying gentle pressure to the patient’s head and neck to treat various conditions. The...

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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.

Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier Review: The Best Quiet Air Purifier?
HBS Review Team

Choosing an air purifier is risky business. You might get one that is perfectly fine, but it just doesn't suit your needs. It might be too loud, too big, not odor-reducing enough, too brightly-lit, not lit enough. The list goes on. Above all, an air purifier must make...

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,...

Chefman Express Air Fryer Review: Is It Worth the Money?
HBS Review Team

Kitchen appliance company Chefman has a pretty wide range of air fryers of all different sizes, designs and functions. But for this review, we are honing in on the Chefman Air Fryer RJ38, which is the 2.5-litre/.64-Quart size. However, there are similar models in the...

Cuisinart 4 Cup Food Processor Review: Cheap But Good?
Elizabeth Martin

For singles or small families, the Cuisinart 4 Cup Food Processor is a favorite choice. Buying an 11-cup food processor is certainly not practical if you’ll only prepare food for 2-3 people. With the Cuisinart DLC-4CHB you save money and countertop space. But what...