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.

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

Introduction DHEA is touted as a 'wellness hormone' and the 'fountain of youth hormone' owing to its alleged benefits related to ageing. It is used to try to reverse the effects of ageing including the metabolic syndrome, impaired memory, vaginal dryness,...

Are “Adaptogens” A Real Thing? The Science Explained
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Somehow I got through medical school, a PhD in pharmacology and 25 years as a practising doctor and never heard of 'adaptogens' until last year. Essentially adaptogens are compounds that help us deal with or 'adapt to' the stresses and strains of life....

Does Skullcap Have Health Benefits? A Scientist Explains
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction Scutellaria baicalensis, also known as “Chinese skullcap” or “Huang Qin,” is a root extract that has been used in both traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine for centuries. Skullcap is also widely used as a backbone in herbal formulas in the western...

Does Lavender Oil Do Anything? We Review the Research
Dr Merry FRCPI PhD

Introduction There are over 250,000 lavender-related products for sale on Amazon. That sure is a whole lot of lavender. These range from essential oils, teas, car fresheners, chocolates, perfumes, and cosmetics to religious crosses. Lavender is believed to offer a...

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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.

Honeywell Airgenius 4 (HDF310) Review: All You Need To Know
HBS Review Team

The Honeywell AirGenius 4 HDF310 is not quite as simple as it looks. But what is it hiding? Does it produce ozone? Is it too small for the area it promises to clean? Are the filters washable? Who does it suit and how does it compare to other models? Take a deep breath...

Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus Review
Elizabeth Martin

If you’ve read several food processor reviews then you probably realize that many of the complaints are pretty much the same - the product is flimsy, the motor doesn’t have enough power, it’s difficult to clean, or it doesn’t come with some useful attachments. The...

Cuisinart 9 Cup Food Processor Review: Bigger and Better?
Elizabeth Martin

For most people, Cuisinart is the natural choice when they want to buy a food processor. But even if you already know you’re going to get a Cuisinart, you still have to choose among the dozens of Cuisinart food processor models. Some might insist that the Cuisinart 9...