Health

  • Body Language

    You know the feeling all too well : You’re working at your desk, trying to meet a deadline, and tension creeps between your shoulder blades and starts to move up your neck. Or you’re sitting in traffic, late for a coffee date, when a dull ache starts to form in your lower back.

    Stiff muscles speak to the tension in our lives. Here's how to get them to whisper sweet nothings all day long.
    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • What's My Alternative: Urinary Incontinence

    After giving birth to her first child, Dawn Kramer, 42, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, lived with mild to moderate urinary incontinence for 10 years. “I thought having a little leakage when I laughed or coughed was just a result of becoming a mom,” Kramer says.

    By Gina Roberts-Grey
  • Soothe Arthritis, Tastefully

    Richard Blau, MD, author of Too Young to Feel Old: The Arthritis Doctor’s 28-Day Formula for Pain-Free Living (DeCapo, 2007) shares his top picks for foods that ease joint pain—and explains why they work.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Cool the Fires of Heartburn

    Just about everyone experiences heartburn at some point in their lives, after a stop at the Rib Shack, say, or too many mochas. For most folks it’s a passing problem. But roughly 60 million Americans suffer that burning sensation in their esophagus once a month, and some 15 million experience heartburn every day. They suffer from GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disorder.

    Your stomach can rest easy with these three approaches.
    By James Keough
  • Toxic (Over) Load

    Each morning I take a hot shower, shampoo, and shave. I may stop at the gas station while I’m out and about, and in the evening, I enjoy grilling fish and relaxing on the couch with the Discovery Channel.

    Minimize your exposure to everyday pollutants.
    By Matthew Solan
  • Ask The Doctor: End Springtime Allergies

    It sounds as though you have a condition known as rhinitis—inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose. This inflammation leads to a runny nose, sneezing, and a feeling of being stuffed up. Rhinitis may result from a cold, allergies, or nonallergenic irritants in the environment, such as dust, cigarette smoke, or pollution.

    I always have a runny nose, but every spring it gets worse, and my eyes water and itch. Is this just allergies or something else?
    By Jane Hart, MD
  • Nontoxic Noshing

    We have a dream: happy dogs frolicking with PVC- and phthalate-free plastic, organic cotton, sustainable hemp, and recycled dog toys. Only a few companies are helping this dream become reality, so we rounded up the best of what the natural world has to offer and then turned the eco-toys over to our four-legged editorial advisors for testing.

    The Dogs:

    Nontoxic toys for dogs
  • Just Say No To Nanos

    In deciding to withhold its organic certification from any product that uses “man-made nanomaterials,” England’s Soil Association became the first organization in the world to take action against what it terms “this hazardous, potentially toxic technology that poses a serious new threat to human health.”

    By James Keough
  • Ask The Doctor: Diabetes & Artifical Sweeteners

    As you know, when you eat sugar (or simple carbohydrates), your blood glucose levels rise, and your pancreas releases insulin to usher the sugar into cells. As a diabetic, however, you either don’t produce enough insulin or your cells don’t respond to the insulin (or both), and your blood glucose levels remain sky high.

    I’m diabetic. Should I use artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda or NutraSweet, instead of sugar?
    By Lisa Lanzano, RD
  • Green Clean Fun

    Call me crazy, but I love cleaning. Not in an obsessive, Monica-from-Friends kind of way, but I love that feeling of satisfaction I get after a good scrub session. A wave of bliss washes over me as I sink into the couch and survey the fruits of my labor—a spotless house.

    Here's the dirt behind your favorite cleaning prodcuts and alternatives that are better for your health and the environment. The best part? They work. Really!
    By Nicole Duncan