Health

  • How I Beat Breast Cancer

    For Maria Claudia White, integrative therapies played a crucial role in helping her fight this battle. Here, her journey to recovery.
    As told to Erin Quinn
  • Go Ahead–Yawn!

    Afraid to risk rudeness and let out a hearty yawn? Well, here’s an excuse to give Miss Manners a hissy fit: According to neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, MD, director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania, yawning is one of the best-kept health secrets.

    By Danielle Winston
  • Secrets to Staying Sharp

    Ever wonder how some people don’t seem to miss a beat in their older years while you can barely function without a to-do list? In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers tested 2,500 people over the age of 70 to measure their cognitive abilities.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • Cure Ear Infections, Naturally

    Whether it’s your child—or you—who’s saddled with an ear infection, odds are you’ll try anything to ease the pain. To the rescue: garlic and mullein.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • Stop Spider Veins in Their Tracks

    Feeling psyched that summer’s over so you can hide your spider-veined legs again? You’re not alone: More than 50 percent of American women suffer from some form of vein problem, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. These unsightly—but harmless—blemishes appear when the veins in our legs weaken, causing blood to disburse and veins to swell.

  • Ask The Doctor: Lymphedema

    Luckily, there are several ways to relieve the painful arm and leg swelling caused by secondary, or acquired, lymphedema. This condition, which affects an estimated 3 million cancer survivors, occurs when lymph nodes are damaged or removed during surgery or radiation treatment causing lymph fluid to accumulate in the tissues.

    Q. I’ve been suffering from lymphedema ever since my lumpectomy. What can I do to relieve the pain and swelling
  • Fight Ulcers With Arugula

    You may find the latest remedy for painful peptic ulcers not at your local drugstore, but in your salad instead. Researchers recently discovered that Eruca sativa, an herb also known as rocket or arugula, helps reduce stomach-acid secretion that can irritate gastric ulcers, the type of peptic ulcers that form in the abdominal wall and can cause severe pain.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Cat Got Your Grass?

    Maybe they need a fiber fix. Maybe they’re just bored. Vets aren’t exactly sure why cats like to chomp on grass and houseplants, but the fact is many felines do. To protect your peace lilies and keep kitty from getting sick from ingesting poisonous plants, grow him a patch of organic cat grass.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Get Off the 'Rhoids

    Actually a type of varicose vein, hemorrhoids develop when veins in the lower rectum or anus become inflamed and swollen from trauma or too much internal pressure. We most often hear about them in relation to constipation and pregnancy, but they also result from anal intercourse, high blood pressure, venous blockages, or simply as an unpleasant side effect of aging.

    Soothing cures for hemorrhoids
    By Hilary Oliver
  • Doggie Diarrhea

    The most common cause of diarrhea in dogs is eating something they shouldn’t have. To treat what I call “garbage gut,” it’s best to not feed your dog for 24 hours, while making sure he gets plenty of water. Diarrhea is often a detox: Your dog has put junk in, and he’s got to get the junk out.

    What likely caused this, and what can I do to relieve him?
    By Carvel G. Tiekert, DVM