Health

  • 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
  • Breathe Easier

    I’m a poster child for sinus distress. Headaches, infections, unbearable pressure—you name it, I’ve had it. So when someone suggested I try putting liquid garlic up my nose, I thought, Well, why not? Not only did it work, it wasn’t the least bit unpleasant—just a slight garlic aftertaste and smell.

    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
  • Put Your Best Foot Forward

    When my third daughter was born with six digits on each foot, I knew I could never look at feet the same way again, especially my own. I might only have 10 toes (and so does my daughter after surgery), but my feet are fraught with problems.

    8 exercises to soothe your soles—and your toes.
    By Jennifer Lang
  • What's My Alternative: Back Injuries

    While 14-year-old Emily Bowman of Colleyville, Texas, was doing sprints during soccer practice, she bent down to touch the field and turn around—and when she couldn’t stand up again, she knew she’d hurt herself badly.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • 3 Ways to Relieve Kids' Eczema

    New research published in the journal Pediatrics found that eczema is on the rise in children. To calm the dry, itchy patches of skin and frequent rashes that can result from this condition:

    1. Get your child to drink more water, since well-hydrated skin itches less. As a rule, kids should get an ounce of fluid per pound of body weight per day.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • The Virgin Queen

    I need sleep, lots of it. Nine hours are good, 10 are better, and 11 is heaven. Toss in the odd nap, and that’s a lot of time to spend in bed. And that bed has to be just right, a hypersensitivity that drove one erstwhile beau to crown me Girlfriend and the Pea. One speck of dirt on the covers, a trace of a funny odor, and it’s a bumpy night for all.

    By Donna Chapin
  • The Arnica Cure

    The cheery yellow flowers of Europe’s native arnica plant (Arnica montana) have “had a place in folk medicine for hundreds of years,” says Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health (Three Rivers Press, 2005), “helping those who suffer from bruises, contusions, joint pains, or any kind of physical trauma.” We no

    By Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH