Health

  • Your Natural Treatment Plan

    Adding complementary therapies to your treatment plan can both improve your prognosis and help you feel better. Integrative oncologists agree that when it comes to breast cancer, conventional therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation may be unavoidable. But the following holistic strategies offer healing benefits.


    Acupuncture

    5 holistic approaches to help beat breast cancer
    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Surviving Breast Cancer Together

    One sunny Friday in August, my wife called me at work. She’d just had a mammogram, and a no-nonsense radiologist told her, “Sure looks like cancer to me.” Here’s what I should have said: “Honey, you must be terrified. I’m coming home right now. We’ll get through this together.”

    A relationship can be put to the test after diagnosis and through treatment. How one man learned to stop "fixing" and start listening.
    By Marc Silver
  • Beat Jet Lag

    Even the savviest travelers can’t escape feeling the effects of time-zone hopping. But new research from Harvard University suggests fasting before flying to a far-off land may help you avoid jet lag altogether. How? Your body knows when to eat, sleep, and wake up in response to your circadian rhythm, an internal body clock that gets its cues from daylight.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • A Safe Solution for Head Lice

    With these tiny insects infesting the scalps of 12 million Americans annually—mostly children under 12—an effective remedy is high in demand. However, the main ingredient of most head lice treatments is an outlawed agricultural pesticide called lindane.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • What's My Alternative: Chronic Pain

    For two years, Michelle Marcon suffered from constant pain because of a herniated disk in her lower back, arthritis in both hips, and bone spurs in her heels. After walking for only a couple of minutes, pain would shoot down the back of her legs, and her left foot would go numb. “My pain got so bad that I had to quit my job,” says the Chicago-area dog walker.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Vitamin D Does a Body Good

    Cancer: Research suggests that getting enough vitamin D may help regulate cellular growth, potentially preventing cells from becoming cancerous.

    Chronic pain: Vitamin D deficiency is increasingly recognized as a cause of muscle pain and weakness.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • The Beauty Bar: Coenzyme Q10

    Your body naturally produces a compound known as coenzyme Q10— aka Co-Q10, or ubiquinone. This antioxidant darling of the supplement world helps cells regenerate and protects them against damage that could lead to premature aging, heart disease, or even cancer.

  • Ask The Doctor: Dry Skin

    Dry skin is often a sign of damage to your skin’s natural barrier from either over-bathing or an underlying allergic condition such as eczema. The skin holds in moisture with layers of flattened skin cells and fatty materials made up of waxes, cholesterol, and fatty acids. Over-bathing with soap and hot water washes away these layers as well as the salts in the skin that also hold water.

    My skin gets so dry every winter. What remedies will help?
    By Alan M. Dattner, MD
  • Sidestep the Sniffles

    All too often, the return of autumn means another round of nagging colds and flus. Don’t want to spend the next six months wrapped in a cocoon of blankets, downing hold-your-nose cough syrup and mystery capsules? Forget about starving the cold and feeding the fever, and follow the lead from three healing methods—ayurveda, naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.

    Uncommon remedies for the common cold
    By Matthew Solan
  • Pretty in Pink?

    Lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, perfume—Jessica Assaf applied them all, and more, before she hit 12. And by her mid teens, she estimates she was using 15 to 20 beauty products a day. Like many girls, Assaf was indoctrinated into the beauty culture at a young age, with makeover-themed birthday parties as early as kindergarten and trips to the nail salon starting in grade school.

    Companies now market makeup to girls as young as 3—and the health implications are huge.
    By Stacy Malkan