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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The 2009 Get Healthy & Stay Healthy Guide

    We’ve all heard the same advice a million times, no matter what our health concerns: Eat better, exercise more, and stress less. But why is that so hard for many of us to do?

    While most nutritionists and doctors tell us to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and spices—they don’t really explain how we can do that in three meals a day.

    By Lindsay Wilson, Nicole Duncan, Erin Quinn, Kate Hanley
  • Altitude Sickness

    You might want to pack ginkgo biloba and rhodiola along with your ski boots: When you ascend from sea level to a higher elevation, the air is thinner, making it tougher to take in as much oxygen with each breath.

    We’re taking a ski vacation and I’m worried about altitude sickness. Is there a natural way to overcome it?