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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...

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,...

Mediterranean Diets: What Does The Science Say?
Nicolas Ferrara PT DPT

Almost everyone wants to lose weight and be healthy. However, it may be difficult when there are always new diets to choose from, new superfoods to try, or new approaches to eating. One diet that has consistently survived much public scrutiny is the Mediterranean...

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...

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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...

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