Health

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chemical Freeloaders

    Although bisphenol-A (BPA), the chemical used to make plastic clear and durable, has come under widespread scrutiny for being a gender-bending toxin, most scientists still believe the body can easily eliminate it. Unfortunately, they’re mistaken, according to a new study from the University of Rochester.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Scents and Sensibility

    Old habits die hard, and getting the women you love to trade their favorite (chemical-laden) fragrances for more natural ones can erode into a fierce patchouli-bashing battle, despite the many exquisite aromas available these days. Luckily we have just the plan: custom-made beauty indulgences.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Forget Me Knot

    Whether you overdid it at the gym or lugged a much-too-heavy bag, your body will let you know when you’ve pushed it too far.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Embracing Menopause

    My mom has been right about everything. About the high school typing class that would come in handy later and the boyfriends who would surely fall from the trees for me as soon as I turned 18. She was right about travel, careers, and babies. So naturally I was inclined to believe her about menopause.

    One woman shares her quest to make it through “the change” without the hot flash and weight gain horror stories her mom warned her about. Learn how you can embrace this rite of passage...
    By Julie Tilsner
  • Embracing Menopause

    My mom has been right about everything. About the high school typing class that would come in handy later and the boyfriends who would surely fall from the trees for me as soon as I turned 18. She was right about travel, careers, and babies. So naturally I was inclined to believe her about menopause. 

    One woman shares her quest to make it through “the change” without the hot flash and weight gain horror stories her mom warned her about. Learn how you can embrace this rite of passage...
    By Julie Tilsner
  • Cushing's in Pets

    Luckily several natural solutions can help this adrenal disorder. Technically called hyperadrenocorticism, Cushing’s disease causes the adrenal glands to overproduce hormones, particularly corticosteroids, which can cause increased thirst and urination, panting, high blood pressure, and even hair loss.

    My 12-year-old Boston terrier was just diagnosed with Cushing's. Can I do anything natural to manage this disease?
    Answered by Shawn Messonnier, DVM