Health

  • Handyman Health Alert

    Before you volunteerfor any more home decorating projects, guys, listen up: Men exposed to chemicals found in paint are two and half times more likely to have poor semen quality, according to new research published in the British medical journal Occupational Environmental Medicine.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Lung Cancer: Should You Worry?

    The first question most of us ask when someone gets lung cancer is: How much did she smoke? Unfortunately anyone can get the disease without ever lighting up. In fact, about 13 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are nonsmokers, according to the American Cancer Society.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Whole Lot of Hoopla

    Hoop dance has become the hippest new way to tone your core, improve your health, and get in touch with your inner dervish diva. Blending Native American hoop dance with Hawaiian hula and Middle Eastern belly dance, modern hoop dance emphasizes body awareness, sensuality, and the interconnectedness of life. Hoops vary in size and weight depending on your goals.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Focus On Food: Children's Nutrition

    Through his work as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, William Sears, MD, has found that as many as 50 percent of the kids who get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD also have poor nutrition. Sears believes they actually suffer from what he calls Nutrition Deficiency Disorder (NDD).

    By Nora Simmons
  • Detox’s Little Helpers—House Plants

    House plants do a lot more than just brighten up a room—they also help remove the toxins that cause indoor air contamination. Former NASA scientist Bill Wolverton harnessed his knowledge of the purifying powers of plants with his recent invention of a high-tech air filter that looks just like an ordinary potted plant (www.phytofilter.com). However, we prefer the real thing.

    By Melissa Lum
  • Pretty Healthy Bird

    Want to unlock the vital nutrients in your feathered friend’s birdseed to help her thrive? Try sprouting Polly’s food—it’s easy to do! Simply visit the bulk section of your local health food store and create a deliciously nutritious mix of seeds—sunflower, broccoli, and alfalfa seeds, along with lentils and wheat berries make great sprouts.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Cataracts in Dogs

    Chances are you’re seeing a condition called lenticular (or nuclear) sclerosis—a hardening of the central region of the lens that does not impair eyesight but will give Pepper’s peepers that gray-blue haze often confused with cataracts.

    My 8-year-old dachshund, Pepper, has cloudy eyes but she seems to see fine. Is it cataracts?
  • A Salad Fit For Your Skin

    Toss avocado, lettuce, and tomato with a splash of olive oil, and you have a healthy salad. Bottle them up with staples like aloe vera and sweet almond oil, and you have a recipe for serious beauty boosting.

    The nutrients that feed your body can also nourish your complexion.
    By Josie Garthwaite
  • The Buzz on Bee Therapy

    Kathleen Miller, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, opened the bee box and with long-handled tweezers, removed a buzzing bee. She softly pressed its hind end on her knee. The bee stung her. At the time, says Miller, “I thought, This is wacko—plus, I’m killing an animal I love. What am I doing?”

    From arthritis to chingles, honeybees give the sting that heals.
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Fight Food Poisoning

    From fine dining to take-out Thai, Americans eat out much more than they used to—an average of four times every week. Food poisoning is also on the rise—it’s second only to the common cold in how frequently it strikes. Some 76 million Americans suffer from it each year.

    Bounce back faster with these gentle cures.
    By Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH