Health

  • Ask The Doctor: Pet Loss - Remaining Pet Mourns Loss of Companion

    When a dog loses his canine companion, he may become more sluggish, eat less, or even look around for his buddy. He may not interact with you as much—or he could get clingy and want more attention.

    Answered by Catherine Alinovi, DVM, a holistic veterinarian
  • Yeast Infection Protection

    If you’ve ever had a vaginal yeast infection, you’re all too familiar with the telltale symptoms that make it so miserable: itching, burning, swelling, painful urination, and an unpleasant white discharge.

    Natural ways to prevent and cure Candida.
    By Larissa Long
  • Sleeping Beauty

    Before you tumble into bed at night too exhausted to wash your face, rub those tired feet, or give your locks some love, consider this: A small investment in your nighttime beauty regimen means a big payoff in the way you look and feel in the morning.

    With a little primping before bed, you'll wake up glowing.
    By Rona Berg
  • Ask The Doctor: Symptoms of Perimenopause

    Accuracy among saliva hormone levels and serum (blood) hormone levels is similar, so there’s no need for both tests. That said, a growing number of physicians feel salivary testing, which evaluates cyclical hormone levels, is superior to serum testing because saliva reflects which hormone actually gets into the tissue.

    I’m in my late 40s and experiencing symptoms of perimenopause, so I would like my hormone levels tested. I’ve heard that saliva tests are more accurate than blood tests. Is this true?
    Answered by Kimberly Wilson, NMD
  • Is Your Hand Sanitizer Safe?

    As runny noses run amok and swine flu fears multiply, medical professionals urge us to zap illness-causing bacteria by washing our hands regularly. But what happens when you’re stuck in an elevator full of sneezers with nary a sink in sight? More and more people are opting for hand sanitizers.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • Om Away Weight

    Here’s even more reason to get on the mat: A new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows people who practice yoga regularly eat more mindfully, proving that both the physical and mental components of yoga help thwart weight gain. Researchers asked more than 300 people, mostly women, questions about their eating patterns.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • What's My Alternative: Insomnia

    Bill Thomas is no stranger to sleepless nights. For the last decade, the 42-year-old children’s book illustrator has suffered from bouts of insomnia that last three to four nights at a time. “What’s frustrating is that it’s completely unpredictable,” says Thomas, who never drinks caffeine after noon and shuts off the computer and tube an hour before bed.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • 8 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

    According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight US women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. This staggering stat could equal two members of your soccer team, three women in your yoga class, or five faces you see in a busy sushi joint. Fortunately, there are several natural ways to potentially lower your breast cancer risk.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Is Homeopathy Safe?

    For centuries, people around the world have used homeopathy to treat everything from seasickness to cancer. But this summer’s recall of Zicam, a popular homeopathic nasal cold remedy containing zinc, raised questions about the safety of this somewhat mysterious science.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • 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.

    I’ve been suffering from lymphedema ever since my lumpectomy. What can I do to relieve the pain and swelling?
    By Susan Lark, MD