Health

  • The Biofeedback Boost

    Biofeedback therapy is winning as many accolades as the movie No Country for Old Men won Oscars. A watchdog group, the American Health Care Policy Review board, reviewed the many studies done on the effectiveness of biofeedback and gave the mind-body therapy a Grade A rating. How does it work?

    By Kris Kucera
  • 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?
  • Grooming for Guys

    No matter how rugged your guy, his skin is just as sensitive as yours—perhaps even more delicate. Male hormones, such as androgen, trigger increased production of sebum, the skin’s natural oils, which encourages bacteria and fungus overgrowth. Ironically, these conditions lead to dry, irritated skin, says Cindy Angerhofer, PhD, executive director of botanical research at Aveda.

    Help him choose and use safe, natural products.
    By Joel Warner
  • Sunscreen Primer

    Choosing the best sunscreen can be tougher than finding the perfect swimsuit. With hundreds of options available, should you reach for a product labeled “nano-free,” “all-day protection,” or “SPF 700”? Plus, terms like SPF, UVA, and UVB can have you swimming in a sea of acronyms before you even hit the water.

    What you need to know to have a burn-free summer.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Foods that Fuel

    You’d never head to the yoga studio without your mat or to your spinning class without a pair of bike-friendly shorts, yet many exercisers still approach their workout without the proper fuel. Whether you’re exercising for fitness, health, or weight loss, you’ll reap greater benefits if you feed your body the right foods before and after workouts.

    What and when to eat to maxamize your workout.
    By Christie Aschwan
  • Hormone Control

    When the dark hairs began sprouting on her chin and her libido plummeted, Sherrill Sellman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, suspected changes inside her body. When she started kicking off sweat-drenched sheets every night and rocketing out of bed because of predawn anxiety attacks, she resigned herself to the inevitable: Perimenopause had set in.

    Drug-free remedies to help you ease into menopause.
    By Vicky Uhland
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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