Health

  • 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
  • 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
  • The Hidden Epidemic: Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

    When Mary Shomon suddenly found herself exhausted in the middle of the morning, her doctor told her to get more sleep. When she reported that her hair was falling out and she was depressed and moody, her doctor attributed it to the stress of planning her upcoming wedding.

    Millions of Americans have thyroid disease and don't know it. Are you one of them?
    By Vicky Uhland
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brave New Period

    Your time of the month certainly isn’t the time of your life, but tampons and pads are easy, effective, and something you hardly even think about. So what’s the problem? All those period products add up, hurting the planet—and maybe your health.

    Safe, eco feminine care - it's not so scary.
    By O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • 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
  • 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
  • Heart Matters

    If you’re thinking, “Why should I worry about heart health?” here’s a reality check: A third of Americans already have some form of the condition. Even if you don’t have a family history of cardiovascular problems, you should take steps to protect your ticker. Why? Because your heart rules the health of every other system in your body.

    Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women. Try these 19 simple ways to lower your risk today.
    By Kate Hanley