Health

  • The Scary Truth About Statins

    The notion that high cholesterol causes heart disease has allowed doctors to write millions of prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins that can reduce the risk of it. That seemingly indisputable notion has long suffered from an inconvenient fact: Half the people who have a heart attack don’t have high cholesterol.

    What you need to know before you fill that prescription
    By Erin Quinn
  • Ask The Doctor: Mononucleosis

    You no doubt know mono as “the kissing disease,” but few people recognize it as a member of the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) family. Although the virus itself is not serious, it comes with some pretty debilitating symptoms: sore throat, fever, abdominal pain, skin rash, headache, sore muscles, and constant fatigue.

    I have mononucleosis, and my doctor gave me antibiotics. Do I really need them? Is there anything natural I can do to get better faster?
    By Taryn Forrelli, ND
  • Chiropractic Ends Pup’s Pain

    You might not think Rover needs an adjustment, but chiropractic can help dogs heal from traumatic injury as well as chronic conditions like back pain, hip dysplasia, and stiffness. “Just like in humans, when a dog’s vertebrae become misaligned, they pinch nerves,” says Debbie O’Reilly, DC, an animal chiropractor in Littleton, Colorado.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • 5 Easy Ways to Keep Kitty Healthy

    1. Feed your cat about 90 percent meat (including fat), about 10 percent veggies, and very little added carbohydrates. Home-cooked meals are best, but a high-quality natural cat food makes a good runner-up; canned foods usually contain more meat and fewer carbs than dry foods. Serve kitty’s food at room temperature or a little warmer to make it more readily digestible.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Your Brain On Brahmi

    Ayurveda has long advocated the use of Bacopa monnieri—known as Brahmi in Hindi and water hyssop in the West—to improve memory and boost cognitive performance. And a recent study from the National College of Natural Medicine in collaboration with researchers from Oregon Health and Science University, both in Portland, supports that claim.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Natural Viagra?

    Turns out it’s not called horny goat weed for nothing. Scientists testing alternatives to Viagra found that a new, modified extract of the herb (aka Epimedium brevicornum) may treat erectile dysfunction as well as Viagra with far fewer side effects.

    By Bryce Edmonds
  • Don't Drink the Water

    Even though bottled water costs 2,000 times more than tap, many of us happily pony up, believing we’re paying for purity (cue images of picturesque mountain springs and tropical aquifers). But turns out we might not be.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Global Girl Power

    One out of every three women worldwide will suffer physical or sexual abuse this year. Violence against women is a major cause of poverty; it keeps women from getting an education, working, and earning an income.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Is Clutter Affecting Your Health?

    Two summers ago, I couldn’t see the floor in my living room (or elsewhere in my apartment, for that matter). My one-bedroom apartment in New York City was littered with months-old newspapers, half-empty purses, photos, office supplies, unopened mail, coffee mugs, blankets—even pizza crusts.

    Odds are it is. Here’s how to organize your stuff and simplify your life—for good.
    By Penny Wrenn
  • On the Horizon: Natural Moisture for Your Contacts

    For many of the 34 million people in the US who wear contacts, dry, itchy, red eyes can be an uncomfortable and unattractive side effect that causes them to give up entirely and reach for their glasses. Recently Canadian researchers at McMaster University figured out how to attach hyaluronic acid—the body’s natural lubricant—directly to contact lenses.

    By Kristin Bjornsen