Health

  • Is Stress Ruining Your Health?

    We don’t need researchers to tell us that stress is rampant in the US. But in its 2009 Stress in America study, the American Psychological Association found that 24 percent of adults are experiencing high levels of tension—and 42 percent of us were more stressed out last year than the previous year.

    Stress can be a wrecking ball to your body, mind, and spirit. Here's what to do about it.
    By Sarah Tuff
  • Become a Chicken Tender

    What’s the hottest big-city trend? Backyard chicken coops filled with hens that provide fresh, organic eggs to urban families. Several cities, including Los Angeles and New York, now permit hen-keeping, which lets people get closer to their food source, says Ashley English, author of Keeping Chickens: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock (Lark Books, 2010).

    By Jayme Otto
  • Homeopathy Blasts Breast Cancer Cells

    We may be one step closer to a breast cancer treatment that’s less toxic than chemotherapy. Researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston found that ultra-diluted forms of the homeopathic remedies carsinosin, phytolacca, conium, and thuja zapped breast cancer cells but didn’t harm healthy cells, much like chemo but without the side effects.

    By Melaina Junti
  • No-Supp Zones

    You may want to stop storing your supplements on the shelf next to the bathtub. A new study from Purdue University found that keeping water-soluble pills and powders, such as vitamin C and B complex, in places where air is moist and warm can leave them vulnerable to deliquescence, a process in which crystalline substances dissolve due to excess humidity.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Fix Unsightly Veins

    Bulging or web-like veins aren’t something you want to show off in shorts, but if you’re among the 60 percent of Americans (mainly women) who suffer with varicose or spider veins, that’s what you’re faced with every time the weather gets warm. To make matters worse, varicose veins can be extremely painful and often cause itching, burning, or throbbing in the legs.

    5 new ways to love your legs this summer.
    By Lynn Ginsburg
  • Keep Kitty Hydrated

    Many cats scowl at the sight of water. “Cats evolved in deserts, so they can conserve water and don’t have high thirst drives like dogs,” explains Christine A. Bellezza, DVM, codirector of Cornell University’s Feline Health Center.

    By Rita Colorito
  • Surviving Summer

    Bee stings: Scrape out the stinger quickly, using a fingernail or even a credit card. Don’t squeeze the wound; that can release more venom. Wash with soap and water, and apply a thick paste of baking soda and water to neutralize the acidic venom. See a doctor for multiple stings or allergic reactions.

    Natural first aid for this season's signature ailments
    By Jayme Otto
  • Ask The Doctor: Thinning Hair

     

    Answered by Susan Lark, MD, a women’s health expert and author of the alternative health newsletter Women’s Wellness Today.

    My hair has become thinner lately, and I’m embarrassed—baldness can be sexy on men, but it’s not a good look for me. Why am I losing my hair and how can I stop it?
  • What Makes Scents

    The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) recently released its Transparency List (view at ifraorg.org), naming 3,163 ingredients—synthetic and natural—that perfumiers use to make scents.

    By Melaina Junnti
  • What Your Nails Know

    If our eyes are the windows to our souls, our nails are the screen doors to our bodies. More than just cosmetic annoyances, brittle, ridged, or yellow fingernails and toenails can indicate nutrient deficiencies and health problems ranging from anemia to thyroid disease.

    Health problems? Look to your fingernails.
    By Vicky Uhland