Health

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?