Health

  • The Kids Aren't Alright

    Life has improved significantly since 1975, the year Captain & Tennille topped the charts and super-curly perms and pantsuits were everywhere. The US has made tremendous advances in scientific research and medicine (and, as many would argue, in fashion and music, too).

    Think your kids are better off than you were? Think again. Half of American children now suffer from chronic illnesses that can be traced to technology overload, processed foods, sedentary lifestyles, and stress. We give parents easy solutions to overcome today's health pitfalls.
    By Sarah Tuff
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5 Steps to Pretty Feet

    Your feet likely took a beating this summer. Now, shape up heel to toe in five easy, natural steps.
  • Pink Grapefruit and Fig Tart

    Shell
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    1 tablespoon butter
    1/4 cup fresh dates
    2 egg whites
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Filling
    2 grapefruit, peeled and pith removed
    1 whole cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoons sugar
    2 cups fresh or dried mission figs, halved (about 10 fresh figs)
    2 cups Greek–style yogurt

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pecans, flour, butter, and dates into a fine meal in a food processor. Blend in egg whites and salt.

    2. Coat the inside of a tart pan with natural cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper cut to fit, and coat again. Place dough in pan, and flatten evenly with your fingers to form a thin layer. Score dough by poking it with a fork. Place a piece of parchment paper over the dough and cover with pastry weights (use dried beans if you don’t own weights).

    3. Bake tart dough until the sides begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Remove parchment paper and continue baking until the bottom has completely cooked, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

    4. Segment grapefruit, holding fruit over a bowl to reserve approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup juice. Grate the peel of 1 grapefruit, and place grated peel, cinnamon, honey, sugar, and reserved juice in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat until mixture begins to thicken, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

    5. Remove cinnamon stick from mixture, and stir in figs and grapefruit segments. Place 1 cup yogurt in the bottom of the tart shell, then top with fruit mixture. To serve, cut into 8 portions and garnish with a dollop of remaining yogurt.

    nutrition info per serving: 240 calories; 8 g fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 8 g protein; 39 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 110 mg sodium

  • 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