Alternative Medicine

  • Feel Sexy and Healthy in Every Stage of Life

    It’s natural that our bodies and brains change as we age. For many women, concerns associated with aging and menopause can range from wrinkles to energy levels to healthy sexual function. Studies show that women are more likely than men to be surprised by sexual challenges as the result of aging. Kathleen Van Kirk, PhD—known simply as Dr.

    By Kathleen Van Kirk, PhD
  • New Hope for Binge Eating and Weight Management

    Millions of people struggle with appetite control and eating disturbances—but food addictions cannot be resolved with willpower alone. Those who suffer from chronic overeating are left on an anguishing rollercoaster ride of difficult emotions, social challenges, and destructive physical consequences.

    Controlling Appetite With Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
    By James Greenblatt, MD, with Virginia Ross-Taylor, PhD
  • Cook to Cut Cancer

    Before you top your salad with those raw diced tomatoes, you may want to consider first tossing them on the stove. Studies suggest that lycopene—an antioxidant compound that gives foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, and papaya their rosy hue—is more absorbable by the body after the food is heated.

    The Link Between Antioxidants, the Big “C,” and Other Diseases
    By Erica Tasto
  • US Senator Tom Harkin: Gratitude to CAM’s Retiring Champion

    The movement for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is famous for its consumer base. The rising tide of our collective personal choices overflowed conventional medicine’s barriers, so the medical industry was pushed to explore what was going on.

    By John Weeks
  • A New Approach to Pain

    Pain can last a moment, or it can last for months. The sensations we feel associated with pain can be sharp or dull, burning or stabbing; maybe it’s a constant, aggravating soreness. Pain affects the body in vulnerable, often overworked places such as the joints, muscles, bones, and even the nerves.

    Combine the Traditions of the East With the Modern Knowledge of the West
    By Dan Chapman
  • Skintastic Facts

    Anti-aging is all the rage, but did you know these surprising facts about the largest organ in the body—your skin?

    12 to 15 percent of your total body weight comes from skin

    50,000: The number of cells your skin sheds every minute

    105: The number of pounds of skin you will have lost by age 70

  • Seasonal Allergies

    For millions of Americans, even the thought of allergies has them reaching for their inhalers or antihistamines.

    The Shocking Reason You Suffer from Chronic Sinus Problems
    By Sherry Torkos, BSc, Phm
  • Triple Pepper-Crowned Risotto

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Eat like royalty with this dish that tastes just as good as it looks.

    2 cups short-grain brown rice

    4 cups vegetable broth

    1 onion, diced

    3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced

    8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

    3 to 4 cups kale, stems removed and leaves torn into pieces and cooked

    Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, steamed or roasted

    In a rice cooker or on stovetop, prepare the rice as directed using the broth (not water) and add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Stir the warm rice for about 1 minute, until it uniformly becomes a bit creamier and stickier—you now have risotto! Arrange a bed of cooked kale on each plate and, using a small bowl or teacup as a mold, scoop about ½ cup of risotto onto the kale. Crown the risotto with peppers and serve with a salad or steamed broccoli. Source: Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company from The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. Copyright © Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn, 2014.

    Serves 4

  • Carrot, Avocado, and Turmeric Soup

    Weekly Recipe: 
    A little spicy and a little sweet, this soup is easy to make and even better to enjoy.

    2 ½ cups fresh carrot juice

    1 Haas avocado, peeled and pitted

    ½ teaspoon ginger powder, or 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

    ½ tablespoon tamari

    ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

    ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

    Blend all ingredients except the pumpkin seeds in a blender or food processor until rich and creamy. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add pumpkin seeds and a sprinkle of salt. Toast seeds until they turn just golden, then quickly transfer them to a cool plate. Serve soup as-is and top with pumpkin seeds, or heat on stove to desired temperature. Source: Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014 Photo credit: Hannah Kaminsky.

    Serves 2

  • Carrot Dogs

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Both kids and adults will want to get their hands on these unique and healthy “hotdogs.”

    2 long, straight carrots (hotdog shaped!)

    2 whole wheat hotdog buns, or 2 slices whole grain bread

    Spinach (cooked and drained, or fresh)




    Onions (raw, cooked, or caramelized)

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil carrots 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are hotdog-like soft. Drain and cut them in half lengthwise. Toast buns or bread if you desire. Place the carrots in the buns and top with all your fixings. Source: Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company from The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. Copyright © Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn, 2014.

    Serves 2