Health

  • Ask The Doctor: Dizziness

    Absolutely it could. If springing to your feet causes you to feel light-headed, see black or white spots, or nearly keel over, you may have orthostatic hypotension. Put simply, orthostatic hypotension—orthostatic means “standing upright” and hypotension means “low blood pressure”—is the body’s temporary inability to adjust to changes in gravity.

    My doctor told me I have low-blood pressure; could that be causing my dizziness when I stand up?
    Answered by Stephen T. Sinatra, MD
  • Spa Savvy

    If you have already cut back on lattes, shopped your closet, and started that home yoga practice, all in an effort to trim your budget, monthly spa treatments will hardly enjoy top billing on your necessary-expenses list. Still, if you can possibly swing it, a well-chosen spa treatment can provide irreplaceable benefits to your body and your mind.

    Make the most of your next visit by choosing the right facial for your age.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Sexual Healing

    Most of us have no problem casually mentioning, say, our high blood pressure or diabetes to perfect strangers. But when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), most of us would rather crawl into a dark cave than discuss these types of anatomically awkward conditions with our close friends or doctors.

    Naturally effective treatments for those all-too-embarrassing STDs
    By Kris Kucera
  • Get Growing!

    My fascination with growing food started in the third grade, when the entire class grew tiny tomato plants on the windowsill of our classroom. The plants died before sprouting any fruit, but my interest in gardening took root. Since then, I’ve had many more successes in the garden: strawberries, melons, fresh salad greens, and yes, even tomatoes.

    Big or small, a garden can hlp you cultivate a healthy body and calm mind.
    By Jodi Helmer
  • Move Through Arthritis

    Every morning, Angie steps onto her yoga mat and struggles to push herself into Downward-Facing Dog. Three breaths later—on a good day—she comes down and rests in Child’s Pose, rolling her wrists and flexing her fingers. Angie, at 32 years old, has osteoarthritis in her hands and her hips. But in spite of the pain, she says yoga actually makes her feel better.

    Recover your full range of motion with yoga.
    By Jennifer Lang
  • In Your Own Backyard

    The typical patient at the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University comes in concerned about the water flowing from her tap, the air she breathes, and the chemicals her kids are exposed to at home. Sound familiar? The list of environmental health concerns seems to grow everyday, along with the clinic’s roster of clients.

    Reduce the toxins in your environment with these close-to-home solutions.
    By Samantha Cleaver
  • Gluten-Free Glamour

    Kristen Campbell was sensitive to most eye makeup. Nevertheless, she persisted valiantly in her quest for smoky eyes, but even 100 percent hypoallergenic mascaras and liners would leave her eyes puffy. Each time she had a bad reaction, the 29-year-old switched brands, but nonirritating makeup eluded her.

    Weed wheat out of your beauty routine for better skin.
    By Allison Young
  • Ask The Doctor: Urinary Tract Infections

    In less worldly times, urinary tract infections (UTIs)—common in young, sexually active women—used to be called “the bride’s disease” or “honeymoon cystitis,” because they occurred so often just after marriage. But rookies aren’t the only sufferers.

    I keep getting urinary tract infections. What can I do to treat these naturally and keep them from coming back?
    By Holly Lucille, ND, a naturopath who practices in Los Angeles.
  • End the Heartbreak of Psoriasis

    A study conducted by researchers in Taiwan suggests that Indigo naturalis, or qing dai, may help treat psoriasis. Chinese medicine practitioners use the dark blue plant to treat inflammation and infection as well as other conditions.

    By Rosemarie Colombraro
  • Eco-Eggs to Dye For

    When it comes time to dye Easter eggs, go green. Create brightly colored eggs by using natural ingredients from your fridge and pantry. Stay away from those egg-dyeing kits sold in craft stores and supermarkets—they contain coal tar and other petroleum-based products. Plus, studies have linked certain food dyes to health problems like allergies, chromosome damage, and cancer.