Health

  • Bust Buster's Stress

    Ease an anxious pup’s mind with this calming recipe from Made Out of Love: Recipes to Prepare for (and Sometimes Share With) Your Animal Companion (The Honest Kitchen, 2009) by Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen natural pet food company.

    1 cup organic oats or millet
    1 chamomile tea bag
    1 cup hot filtered water

  • Supps for the Ages

    Our nutritional needs change as we pass through different hormonal stages. Although every woman should take a daily multivitamin, along with 1,500 mg of calcium and 750 mg of magnesium for healthy bones, also consider these age-specific hormone-balancing supplements.

    Childbearing years
    Omega-3 fatty acids

    By susan Lark, MD
  • Rest Assured

    Your nightly snooze should be tranquil—not a health nightmare. Yet conventional mattresses can be laden with hazardous chemicals, including brominated fire retardants, linked to liver and thyroid toxicity and reproductive and brain-development problems.

    By Laurel Kallenbach
  • Cat Scratch Fever Relievers


    >> Cover couch bases, end-table legs, and dust shams with aluminum foil, or slap on strips of double-sided tape. Neither make for fetching decor, but crinkly foil noises and tacky adhesive deter scratch-happy cats.

    Does Kitty stratch at your sofa or claw up the chaise lounge? Safeguard your furniture without resorting to the declaw faux pas.
    By Melaina Juntti
  • Jump-Start Joint Health

    Hip and knee replacements used to be for “old folks,” but new data from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reveals a troubling surge in joint replacement surgeries for the under-65 set. Here are four easy changes to make now so your joints will last a lifetime.


    Try: Food-based antioxidants

    By Cara McDonald
  • Detox the Right Way

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreamed of using a juice fast to lose your love handles or compensate for holiday excesses. You’re not alone. Between October 2008 and October 2009, Americans spent more than $100 million on cleansing and detoxifying products in an effort to lose weight, gain energy, or purify themselves of harmful toxins, according to market research firm Spins.

    Extreme cleanses can deplete your body. Here are three safer ways to lose weight, gain energy, and flush out toxins.
    By Katie Arnold
  • Ask The Doctor: Sinus Infections


    Q. I always suffer from painful sinus infections this time of year. How can I kick them without antibiotics?

    Kick sinus infections without antibiotics.
    Answered by David Williams, DC
  • Restless Legs

    I feel like I have a toothache in my leg. There are bugs crawling around, deep in my muscles. These are just a few complaints of people who have restless legs syndrome (RLS), a neurological disorder typified by the irresistible urge to move your legs.

    Tame twitches naturally with these 5 key nutrients.
    By Nicole Duncan
  • Sleep, Interrupted

    Years ago, I went camping with my cousin Mike. At nightfall, we retired to our separate tents to sleep, and an hour later, I startled awake at the sound of a bear growling outside my tent. GggrrRAAWWLL! This terrifying grumble continued until I realized it was, in fact, Mike snoring. And then I heard something even more frightening: total silence. He’d stopped breathing.

    9 holistic ways to treat obstructive sleep apnea
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Get Your Garden Ready

    With spring just around the corner, it’s not too early to start working in the garden.

    * Add compost and nitrogen to soil to ensure vigorous plant growth. Blood meal, fish meal, alfalfa meal, soybean meal, and cottonseed meal are excellent organic nitrogen sources.

    By Jodi Helmer