Health

  • Healing Beauty

    When former model Blaire Kessler began treatment for breast cancer at age 31, her hair looked like a Brillo pad, her skin scarred badly, and her body became an early-menopausal mess. Well-meaning friends brought her skin creams that to her looked, smelled, and felt medicinal. Even the packaging depressed her—it seemed so drab and sterile.

    These soothing remedies can help you look and feel your best.
    By Lindsey Galloway and Elizabeth Marglin
  • 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?
  • 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
  • It's All Relative

    So your second toe is longer than the first, and you have 17 freckles across the bridge of your nose—your grandpa does too. And those gray flecks in your hair and your nearsightedness may indicate much more than a passing resemblance to your mom or dad. The hodgepodge of traits inherited from your parents and grandparents help make up your physical identity.

    Your family’s health history determines your biology—but not your destiny.
    By Jessica Downey
  • Ask The Doctor: Asthma

    Natural medicine has a lot to offer when it comes to managing asthma long term, but don’t ditch your corticosteroid inhaler just yet. During a severe attack, it’s often the only thing that can help you. Natural remedies can reduce the overall severity of asthma, however, and decrease or eventually eliminate your dependence on meds like corticosteroids and bronchodilators.

    I have asthma and use an inhaler regularly. Are there any long-term effects, and is there anything I can do to use it less?
    By Rob Ayoup
  • Brush Away Diabetes

    Gum disease may do more than ruin your beautiful smile—it may also increase your risk of type-2 diabetes.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Is Your House Making You Sick?

    Home will always be sweet, but it may not always be as safe as you’d expect. Levels of some common toxins—which can measure two to five times higher under your roof than outdoors—could be triggering a host of health problems for your family. Take these simple steps to make your home a truly safe (and healthy) haven.

    By Kristin Kane with additional reporting by Lynn Ginsburg and Nora Simmons
  • Not Soy Good For Fertility

    If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, a soy-rich diet may be partially to blame. A small study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that men who ate roughly half a serving of soy food a day (about 1 cup of soy milk or one serving of tofu every other day) had significantly lower sperm concentrations than men who didn’t eat soy.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Feline Fecal Odor

    A super-smelly litter box has a pretty high yuck factor and may seem better handled by hazardous waste professionals than a vet. But holistic veterinarian Rachael Feigenbaum, VMD, at Lotus Veterinary Housecalls in San Francisco, urges that Stinky go in for a checkup.

    My kitty’s poop stinks up the whole house. Is there something wrong?
  • Pain-Free Winter Paws

    Crisp air and fresh snow can bring out the silly puppy in the most regal of Rovers. But ice and snow mixed with salt, sand, and chemical de-icers will ruin winter fun in short order.

    By John Monahan