Health

  • Prevent Kennel Cough Naturally

    Anyone who uses doggie daycare, boards their pup, or has visited their local animal shelter has heard the telltale honking cough of Bordetella bronchiseptica, or kennel cough. Luckily you don’t need a DVM degree to protect your pal from this highly contagious bug—just take the following steps.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Keep An Eye on MS

    With multiple sclerosis, you want to halt the deterioration of nerves and brain cells as soon as possible. But often doctors can’t detect that deterioration until late in the game—when the damage already has permanently affected the brain.

    By Gina Roberts-Grey
  • Ask The Doctor: Trans Fat Trickery

    This is a great question, and one that confuses many people. If a food lists “partially hydrogenated” or “fully hydrogenated” oils in its ingredients, then it definitely contains trans fats, despite the “0 grams trans fat” claim.

    How can some food labels proclaim “0 grams trans fat” on the package and still list hydrogenated oils in the ingredients?
    By Lisa Lanzano, RD
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Fibromyalgia Fix

    Relieving the chronic pain of fibromyalgia may have gotten a little easier, thanks to a study comparing the efficacy of four common self-help approaches: aerobic and flexibility exercises; strength training along with aerobics and stretching; the Fibromyalgia Self-Help Course (topics include managing fatigue, pain, sleep, stress, and emotional issues such as worry, frustration, depression, and

    By James Keough
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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