Health

  • Harmful Hand Sanitizers

    Every purse, diaper bag, and glove compartment in America seems to house an antibacterial hand sanitizer. And while that chemical rub may keep your hands germ-free, it is hardly doing your health a favor.

    By Rosemarie Colombraro
  • What's My Alternative: Reiki For Grief

    A year after her mother’s death, Donna Franklin’s tailbone started hurting—just like it did in the days following her mother’s funeral. “The emotional grief I was holding on to for that year lay heavy in my heart and finally began to surface as physical pain in my sacrum,” says the 50-year-old from Buda, Texas.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Pill Free, Pain Free

    Athletes often joke about relying on “vitamin I,” aka ibuprofen, to get through the aches and pains of training. But they’re not the only ones who depend on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief.

    Swap your meds for these natural and effective alternatives.
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Ask The Doctor: Seasional Affective Disorder

    It sounds like you have seasonal affective disorder (appropriately abbreviatedas “SAD”). The diagnosis requires that symptoms, which may include feelings of depression, hopelessness, loss of energy, anxiety, sleeplessness, difficulty concentrating, and carbohydrate cravings, be present for two winters.

    I can barely get out of bed on winter mornings. What’s wrong with me?
    By James S. Gordon, MD
  • No Child Left Bananas

    Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Ear Infections May Lead to Weight Gain

    It sounds crazy, and even a bit cruel, that those ear infections that made you miserable as a kid may have returned to haunt you in the form of fast-food cravings and persistent belly fat. But new research shows that people who suffered moderate to severe middle ear infections when they were young were 62 percent more likely to be obese at the time of the study.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Yoga for Hip Flexors

    Your hip flexors can tighten as a result of an abnormal tilt of the pelvis and from too much sitting. Also, “biking, running, and activities where you are in a hunched-over position lead to tight hip flexors because the muscle is being shortened,” says De West, yoga therapist at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.

    Elizabeth Gregg
  • What's My Alternative: Acupuncture for TMJ

    For more than a year, Nancy Moore, 60, of Bellingham, Washington, suffered from debilitating jaw pain. Constant jaw clenching and teeth grinding—a result of the stresses in Moore’s life—led her to develop temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), a condition that occurs when the joint connecting the lower jaw to the skull becomes inflamed and limits jaw mobility.

    By Alyse Clacy
  • Supplement Watch: Mulberry Leaf Extract

    Mealtime—a relaxing, pleasurable activity for most of us—is a challenge for type-2 diabetics because they have to monitor every morsel in order to minimize their blood-sugar fluctuations.

    By Gina-Roberts Grey
  • Shower the Blues Away

    A new study reports that taking a short, cool shower once or twice a day might be just as effective in treating mild depression as mood-enhancing drugs.

    By Lindsay Wilson