Health

  • Mercury on the Rise

    Confession: I’m a nutritional Girl Scout, the kind of shopper who stands in the aisle squinting at food labels. When I was pregnant, I knew I was supposed to limit my intake of certain kinds of fish—no shark, swordfish, mackerel, or tuna—because they contain higher levels of mercury, which can harm developing fetuses.

    Protect yourself from this dangerous environmental poison.
    By Cara McDonald
  • The Antiaging Solution

    Growing old is part of the natural course of life—feeling old doesn’t have to be. And while you can embrace the former, no one says you have to accept age-related illness or more than your fair share of fine lines, fatigue, and creaky joints.

    18 surprising tricks to turn back the clock
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Neurofeedback For Migraine Headache

    Randi Byrne, of California, first got chronic, debilitating migraine headaches in her 20s. By her 40s they were controlling her life. She spent most weekends in bed, missing family outings and events. “I couldn’t take care of my family, I couldn’t do anything,” she says.  

    The conventional Rx:

    By Diana Roome
  • Ask The Doctor: ADHD

    Answered by: Mark Hyman, MD, is author of The UltraMind Solution (Scribner, 2009) and founder of The UltraWellness Center in Massachusetts.

    How can I treat my son's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) without drugs?
  • Yes, You Can Prevent Weight Gain

    Although 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week can help strengthen bones and lower disease risk, it still may not be enough to thwart weight gain, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers determined that middle-aged women need at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day to stave off excess pounds.

    by Melaina Juntti
  • 5 Steps to Pretty Feet

    Your feet likely took a beating this summer. Now, shape up heel to toe in five easy, natural steps.
  • Why Sleeping In Isn't Enough

    Although the occasional all-nighter is OK, people who regularly skimp on z’s can’t undo sleep deprivation’s detrimental effects by simply hitting the snooze button on weekends, says a new study in the journal Science of Translation Medicine.

    By Stacey Lindsay
  • Soothe Patches' Scratches

    Does your dog scratch himself silly this time of year? Like you, he may be allergic to early-summer pollens and molds. But steroid-based itch treatments can cause diabetes, osteoporosis, and liver disease, warns Shawn Messonnier, DVM, holistic vet and author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats (Three Rivers Press, 2001). Here are natural ways to fight the itch.

    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Herbal Insect Avengers

    Certain oils in mint, clove, rosemary, sage, and thyme are safe for humans but deadly to pesky aphids and mites. To make an herbal pesticide for a small window garden, mash 1 to 2 cups of fresh leaves with a pestle. Fill a spray bottle with 2 to 4 cups of water, mix in the herbs, and let it sit overnight so the essential oils infuse the water.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Ask The Doctor: Low Libido

    It’s common for our sex drives to dwindle as we grow older—and the numbers tell the story. The Kinsey Institute notes that while 18- to 29-year-olds have sex an average of 112 times per year, the 40 to 49 set has sex just 69 times a year—that’s a nearly 50 percent decline over a 20-year period.

    I'm in a healthy, happy relationship, but my sex drive has started to lag in recent years. Why is this, and how can I revive my libido?