Health

  • Eat To Beat Tooth Decay

    Wish you could avoid another jaw-dropping bill from the dentist? You can simply by tweaking your diet. Rami Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities With Nutrition (Golden Child Publishing, 2008) recommends the following diet tips to prevent cavities:

  • Hairspray Horrors

    Fight the urge to spray away your bad hair days. A recent study shows that boys born to women who frequently used hairspray have double the risk of birth defects caused by chemicals called phthalates.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Homeopathy To-Go

    Nothing will spoil your travel plans faster than getting flattened by a nasty cold, high fever, or Montezuma’s revenge. Fortunately, homeopathy offers symptom-specific relief for even the worst of your travel ailments. Don’t leave home without the following remedies recommended by Kathy Thorpe, a certified homeopath in Boulder, Colorado.

    An easy-to-pack kit for on-the-road emergencies
  • Calm Junior's Jitters

    That small space between your kids’ eyebrows may save them—and you—from some high-stress freak-outs. A recent study by UC Irvine anesthesiologists with collaboration from Yale doctors found that applying pressure there (it’s called the Extra-1 acupoint) lowered presurgery anxiety enough to reduce the amount of sedative needed prior to going under the knife.

    By Jessica Downey
  • Just Say No To Drugs

    If you experience hot flashes as a result of taking Tamoxifen or Arimidex, two anti-estrogen meds used in breast cancer treatment, get ready for some good news. Acupuncture can relieve your hot flashes as well as drugs, without all the side effects.

    And "yes" to acupunture.