Health

  • 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
  • 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
  • What's My Alternative: Epidural

    When Chandra Lund discovered she was pregnant, she faced a dilemma. She wanted a natural labor, but media images of women screaming in pain haunted her, and the “horrible, painful” birth stories her friends told made her think twice.

    By Diana Reynolds Roome
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Play Ruff

    Unlike many of us, our dogs can’t wait to work out—go for a run, sprint up and down the stairs, or just chase their tails. They know it’s fun, and we know it keeps them healthy, burns calories, and increases muscle tone. But daily exercise plays a role in their emotional well-being (read: sanity) too.

    By Kelli Rosen
  • Dirty Laundry Cleans Up Its Act

    We’ve always found that newly dry-cleaned clothes smell noxious, and now we know why. The most common solvent used in dry cleaning—perchloroethylene, aka perc—causes major problems for both people who work with it and the planet. Besides being a carcinogen, perc is a classified hazardous waste, spewing its guck into the atmosphere, landfills, and aquifers.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Destination Health: Fearless Healing

    Coming to terms with cancer is never easy, yet a new study supports what many women already know: Yoga helps. Published in the journal Psycho-Oncology, the study confirmed that women with breast cancer had a 50 percent reduction in depression and a 12 percent increase in feelings of peace following yoga sessions. If you or someone you love needs some yogic healing, head to the mountains.

    By Nora Simmons