Health

  • Win the Cold War

    Unless you live in a plastic bubble, you can’t seal yourself away from all germs in life. They’re everywhere—especially this time of year. Your best bet to stay healthy is to strengthen your immune system so it can defeat any microscopic invaders before they lay siege.

    Simple strategies to boost your immunity this season
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Treat Erectile Dysfunction

    Aside from the television commercials depicting couples dancing or holding hands in claw-footed bathtubs, erectile dysfunction (ED) has remained a relatively taboo topic.

    The most effective natural remedies
    By Kris Kucera and Hilary Oliver
  • 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
  • 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