Health

  • 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
  • The Perils of Plastic

    Halfway between California and Hawaii floats the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—3.5 million tons of plastic trash, roughly twice the size of Texas. Known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, this 10 million-square-mile vortex of water bottles, plastic bags, and Styrofoam has grown tenfold every decade since the post-WWII plastics boom.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • 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
  • Calm Restless Legs

    The English physician who first described restless legs syndrome (RLS) in 1683 wrote of “leapings and contractions of the tendons” so intense his patients were “no more able to sleep than if they were in a place of greatest torture.” Yet throughout the 1800s, RLS sufferers who complained of its hallmark “creepy crawly” or “itchy, burning” sensatio

    Get a step ahead of this common condition.
    By Lisa Marshall
  • Take a Bite Out of Plaque

    Does your dog’s breath make you cringe every time he comes in for a cuddle? Love those big, sloppy kisses—but need to wash your face immediately after? Just because bad breath is common in dogs doesn’t mean it’s normal, says Larry Bernstein, VMD, a holistic veterinarian in North Miami Beach, Florida, and president of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.

    Eighty percent of dogs have some form of dental disease by the time they’re 3. But proper care can turn your pet’s mouth—and health—around.
  • Healing Houseplants

    Sprucing up your home or office with a touch of Mother Nature can do more than just brighten the space. These three plants can also do wonders for your body and mind, says Shelley Torgrove, certified clinical herbalist in Denver:

    Rosemary ... for mental clarity and memory

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Quick Cold Sore Remedy

    Wear a high-SPF lip gloss or balm. According to Seattle naturopath Tamara Cullen, prolonged sun exposure can trigger flare-ups.

    Lay off the chocolate and nuts. Foods high in arginine disrupt the amino acid balance in your body, which can aggravate the herpes-simplex virus (HSV-1), says Cullen. Cut back as soon as a sore appears.

    The next time you feel that telltale tingling, take charge with these tips.
    By Shanon Lyon
  • Ask The Doctor: Mercury Exposure

    You bring up an excellent question, and I hear it at my clinic almost weekly. Your experience at the doctor’s office mirrors the typical approach to heavy-metal testing—if the physician tests you at all.

    My family doctor tested my blood for heavy-metal poisoning and told me he saw no sign of lead or mercury. I’ve since heard that the test he used may not be very accurate. Should I get retested?
    By Paul S. Anderson, ND
  • Magnetic Personality

    Most types of magnet therapy sound like snake oil. A spam email, obscure website, or glowing advertisement promises that magnets will cure all your ailments, restore your youth, and do everything but your taxes. But not all of the magnet therapies are bogus. Take transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

    A new type of magnet therapy may revolutionize how we treat depression.
    By Linda Childers
  • Ask The Doctor: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Iritis

    Iritis is an inflammatory eye disorder that’s not caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and unfortunately, it’s one of the most dangerous kinds of “red eye” conditions you can have. A more common type, conjunctivitis (also called pink eye), is caused by either bacteria or viruses.

    I have rheumatoid arthritis, and my doctor warned me to get checked for iritis. First, what is it, and second, is it dangerous?
    By Paul S. Anderson, ND