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.

Do Biotin Supplements Have Benefits? The Research Reviewed

Introduction Did you know that there are over 100,00 posts on Instagram for the #biotin? Biotin is claimed to promote healthy hair, strong nails and glowing youthful skin. It is also touted as a cure-all for brain, heart and endocrine health. The impulsive side of me...

Does Collagen Have Health Benefits? The Evidence Reviewed

Introduction As a vegetarian, I sometimes wonder if I am missing out on health benefits enjoyed by my meat eating friends . Take bone broth as an example. There are 230,000 Instagram posts for the hashtag #bone broth. That’s a whole lot of bone broth. I am often...

Do Chia Seeds Have Health Benefits? 113 Studies Reviewed
Michele Berman M.D.

Introduction Seeds of the chia plant, Salvia hispanica, have been a prized crop in Mexico since the time of the Aztecs more than a thousand years ago. The Aztecs believed it gave them increased energy and endurance. More recent research on the pharmacologic properties...

Does Raw Shea Butter Do Anything? The Evidence Reviewed

The use of shea butter as a beauty aid may date back as far as Cleopatra’s reign in ancient Egypt. Shea butter is also used for cooking, lighting, soap and craft making. It is sometimes used as a cocoa butter substitute in the chocolate industry (1). Prior to 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.

Review: The Honeywell 50250-S Air Purifier Surprised Me
Elizabeth Martin

Buying an air purifier can be a difficult task. There are literally hundreds of air purifiers on the market and each one is different in subtle ways from the next. You may want a purifier that cleans large spaces or one that can clean smaller spaces really fast. You...

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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