Health

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Celestial Reasoning

    Admit it: You still flip to the horoscope pages of your local newspaper and guilty-pleasure magazine—just like you did in junior high—for advice, insight, or simply to be amused. But here’s a surprise: Your horoscope may also give you clues about your health, says Stephanie Gailing, a Seattle-based astrologer and author of Planetary Apothecary (Crossing Press, 2009).

    Experts believe there is a connection between the astrological bodies and our own bodies. Here’s how to use your sign to find the wellness path that’s right for you.
    By Diane Mehta
  • What's My Alternative: Precription Drugs for ADHD

    Josh Goulding was diagnosed with attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in second grade, after his impulsive and disruptive behavior frequently landed him in the school principal’s office. “Over several years, I was put on a whole gamut of drugs, and nothing worked well,” says Goulding, now 24.

    By Diana Reynolds Roome
  • 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
  • Carpal Tunnel Tips

    It seems a new form of an ancient healing technique can hone in on carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) pain like a laser. New research shows that laser acupuncture—stimulating acupuncture points with laser light instead of needles—can ease the aching and tingling caused when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel is compressed.

    By Bryce Edmonds
  • Fertility-Friendly Foods

    Culling wisdom from time-honored traditions, Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby (Bloomsbury USA, 2009), offers four simple rules to conceive by:

    By Meghan Rabbitt