Health

  • Throat Soothers

    In medieval England, physicians would treat inflamed, croaky throats by placing a live frog into a patient’s mouth. Hence, the phrase “a frog in your throat.” Today, thankfully, the remedies are much less cumbersome—and much more effective. Paul Anderson, ND, chair of clinical sciences at Bastyr’s School of Naturopathic Medicine, likes to use herbs.

    Cure a sore throat with these four healing herbs.
    By Kris
  • Heal Your Skin

    As if people with diabetes didn’t have enough to deal with, those managing this blood-glucose imbalance also face special skincare challenges. The small capillaries close to a diabetic’s skin often become narrowed, which slows circulation and makes skin more prone to problems.

    For diabetics experiencing inceased skin sensitivity, here's help.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Making Sense of Multivitamins

    When we were kids, multivitamin choices seemed so simple: Do I want the yellow Pebbles or the purple Bamm-Bamm? But now that we’ve outgrown Stone Age chewables, our options have expanded. We can get our vitamins and minerals in tablets, liquids, or gummies. We can take one, two, or even five per day. We can opt for natural, food-based formulations or synthetic versions.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • Ask the Doctor: Flu FAQS

    Ask The Doctor: Flu

    Q: How can I tell if I have the flu, and not just the common cold?

    Carolyn Dean is a Maui-based MD and ND.

    Every month we ask top practitioners to address your health concerns. This month find answers for flu frequently asked questions.
  • Citrus Slices Cancer Risk

    ’Tis the season for citrus fruit. Good thing, because when eaten daily, those tasty grapefruits, clementines, and kumquats may lower incidence of several types of cancer, according to a new study of 42,470 Japanese adults over age 40. Among female participants, citrus consumption was tied to a 14 percent reduction of incidence of all cancers; for men it was 11 percent.

    by Melaina Juntti
  • Cutting Carbs is So 2003

    Have you cut down your carbohydrate consumption?

  • Massage: More Than Meets the Muscle

    We all love a good rubdown. But beyond easing muscle tension and relieving sore spots, massage—even a single session—triggers beneficial biological changes, finds new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    by Melaina Juntti
  • Lower Your Diabetes Risk

    Growing up in Mississippi, Herman L. Kemp, Jr. dined on fried chicken and biscuits for breakfast, sometimes with a side of macaroni and cheese. These eating habits continued into adulthood, where it wasn’t unusual for him to regularly splurge on a buffet-style breakfast, then hit another buffet for lunch or dinner.

    You can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Here’s how.
    By Joel Warner
  • Berry Buzz: Black Currants

    All the rage in the UK and New Zealand, a new superfruit is coming to America. Small, glossy black currants pack potassium, copper, calcium, iron, vitamins E and B6, and soluble fiber, along with three times the vitamin C of oranges. These shrub berries even contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a depression-fighting omega-6 essential fatty acid.

    by Wendy McMillan
  • Don't Be So Defensive

    Better put your dukes down, ladies. Canadian researchers found that women who became defensive in response to stress-inducing tasks showed more signs of stress—higher blood pressure, quicker heart rate, elevated cortisol levels—than those who did not.

    by Melaina Juntti