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.

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 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 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...

How We Work

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

Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04383A Review: a Good, Simple Air Purifier

So you're thinking about buying a Hamilton Beach TrueAir purifier? This review is going to answer the big questions: Does this air purifier really cleanse the air in your home sufficiently? Is the filter really HEPA? Is it too small or just right?  How loud is it?...

Winix 5500-2 Review: Is It the Air Purifier for Your Needs?
Elizabeth Martin

Sorting through the many air-purifying options can be tough. There are so many options, and many purifiers seem exactly the same or wildly different. If you have done any looking at all, then you have likely come across the Winix 5500-2. Winix is a popular air...

Honeywell HPA300 Air Purifier: In-Depth Review & Comparison
Elizabeth Martin

There are many reasons for wanting to buy an air purifier; maybe you have allergies, maybe you want to get rid of cigarette smoke, maybe your life has been taken over by pet dander. Breathing clean and clear air in your own home is something everyone can find value...

T-fal FZ7002 ActiFry Review: What to Know Before You Buy
Elizabeth Martin

You may have seen our previous review of the Philips XL Digital Airfryer. Now we are going to take a look at another air fryer that has its own unique features... the T-fal ActiFry Gourmet. Read on! The T-fal FX7002 ActiFry Low-Fat Healthy Air Fryer – Gourmet Edition...

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