Health

  • What's My Alternative: Arthritis

    Lenore Pristash was determined to cope with the arthritis in her neck and spine—after all, the 66-year-old was a former aerobics instructor and lifelong golfer, and she was used to being in control of her body.

    By Cara McDonald
  • Happy Feet

    You may be sad to relegate your flip-flops to storage, but your feet are likely rejoicing. Getting out of those overly flexible, nonsupportive shoes should help reduce the heel and arch pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

    By Bryce Edmonds
  • Secrets of Healthy Kids

    POP QUIZ: Besides homework and art projects, what’s your kid likely to bring home during the first few weeks of school? That’s right, a cold. But it’s not just exposure to the germs of hundreds of other children that’ll keep her bed-bound. Creeping stress levels and poor eating habits also are to blame.

    Turns out it takes more than an apple a day to keep your little ones out of the doctor’s office. Here’s what you need to make this fall their healthiest yet.
    By Melody Warnick
  • Beyond Botox

    Neurotoxin injections, laser resurfacing, chemical peels: They sound like punishments a comic book villain would inflict upon his victims. But despite the ominous-sounding names, more and more American women are embracing these cosmetic procedures in hopes of keeping their youthful appearance and moving closer to the homogenous ideal of beauty.

    Age-defying alternatives offer safer (and effective!) results.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Ask The Doctor: TMJD

    Assuming your dentist has already ruled out arthritis or a traumatic injury as the cause of your TMJD, yes, natural treatments will ease the pain without surgery or heavy drugs.

    I have TMJD, and my dentist says I need surgery. There must be something less invasive I can do to ease the pain.
    By Sam Dworkin, DDS, PhD
  • The Back Story: Exercises to Help Back Pain

    When back pain strikes, you may be tempted to grab an ice pack and hit the couch. Instead, pick up a couple dumbbells and hit the gym. A new study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that those with chronic back problems reported a 60 percent improvement in pain and in their ability to function after a 16-week exercise regimen that included resistance training.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Did You Know? Skin pH

    Your skin’s natural pH level hovers around a slightly acidic 4.7, but most skincare products have a pH of 6 or higher. This means your skin actually has to work harder to bring pH levels back to normal after you cleanse and moisturize, says cosmetic science consultant Johann Wiechers, PhD. The result? Dry, scaly skin.

    By Rosemarie Colombraro
  • What's Your Melanoma Risk?

    You’re aware of the usual suspects that’ll put you at a higher risk for melanoma: history of blistering sunburns; red or blonde hair; tanning beds; outdoor summer jobs as a teen; and a family history of melanoma, to name a few of the big ones. But new research shows there are other risk factors unrelated to sun exposure that should put everyone on alert, says Darrell S.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

    Do you ever contemplate your kidneys? Join the club if you answered “no.” After all, why would you pay them any attention if they don’t cause you any problems? Whether you think about them or not, each day, these important organs filter 200 liters of blood, sifting out about 2 liters of waste and water that your body excretes as urine.

    They may be the hardest-working organs you never think about.
    By Smamtha Cleaver
  • Tough Scrapes

    Whether you scuffed up your knee on a hike or accidently sliced your finger while cutting veggies for dinner, simply slapping on a Band-Aid isn’t the answer. Did you know that in just one teaspoon of soil there are 6 billion bacteria? It only takes one invader to develop a systemic infection, says Deb Ajango, director of Safety Education for Outdoor Work Environments in Seward, Alaska.

    Easy, natural treatments for helping wounds heal.
    By Nicole Duncan