Health

  • Create an Eco-Chic Nursery

    Pick the right paint
    Choose paint with low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to protect your baby from breathing in these harmful chemicals, which are commonly found in regular paint. If you opt for a low-VOC paint, choose one with a VOC level of less than 10 mg per liter.

    Know your flooring

    From toys to cribs, harmful toxins lurk in some of the most popular products for children. Here’s what you need to know to keep your baby safe.
    By Jodi Helmer
  • What's My Alternative: Tinnitus

    Three years ago Debby Seguin woke up to a loud, high-pitched ringing in her ears. Doctors told the 43-year-old Canadian it was tinnitus, which usually results from repeated exposure to loud music or a sudden, explosive loud noise. Unfortunately, Seguin hadn’t experienced anything like that, so her doctors were at a loss to explain the relentless sound.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Bath-Time Wine

    Instead of throwing away wine that’s past its prime, add it to your bath, says Vanessa Henderson, spa director of Glad Springs Spa in Cle Elum, Washington. Wine is a natural skin softener that is rich in polyphenols, which help combat free radicals and slow down the aging process. Don’t look good in red? Fear not—cabs or merlots won’t dye your skin or stain your tub.

  • Allergy Test

    Every spring for as long as Julie Daly can remember, seasonal allergies would leave her with chronic sinus pain, postnasal drip, and debilitating headaches.

    Do you know what’s causing your runny nose and watery eyes? Hint: It’s not only the pollen count. These five surprising triggers could be making your sniffle season worse. Here’s how to outsmart them.
    By Karen Asp
  • Spring Into Action

    Shake off the winter doldrums with aromatherapy—essential oils of lemon, lime, and orange invigorate and revitalize the senses.

  • Eat To Beat Tooth Decay

    Wish you could avoid another jaw-dropping bill from the dentist? You can simply by tweaking your diet. Rami Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities With Nutrition (Golden Child Publishing, 2008) recommends the following diet tips to prevent cavities:

  • Run to Fight Hunger

    If you can’t satisfy your hunger no matter how hard you try, crank up the intensity of your workouts. A new study from the UK says the more your routine gets you huffing and puffing, the less hungry you’ll feel. Why? You have two major appetite hormones: peptide YY (an appetite suppressor), and ghrelin (an appetite stimulator).

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Hairspray Horrors

    Fight the urge to spray away your bad hair days. A recent study shows that boys born to women who frequently used hairspray have double the risk of birth defects caused by chemicals called phthalates.

  • Emu Oil

    Treating any skin condition—psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, burns, wounds, or scars—just got easier with the beauty world’s latest darling, emu oil. Rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, the oil from this Australian bird offers an anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerating solution. What makes emu oil so potent?

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Calm Junior's Jitters

    That small space between your kids’ eyebrows may save them—and you—from some high-stress freak-outs. A recent study by UC Irvine anesthesiologists with collaboration from Yale doctors found that applying pressure there (it’s called the Extra-1 acupoint) lowered presurgery anxiety enough to reduce the amount of sedative needed prior to going under the knife.

    By Jessica Downey