Health

  • The Scoop on Natural Kitty Litters

    You’ve installed a low-flush toilet in your bathroom and only use recycled toilet paper and eco-friendly cleaners. But is your cat’s bathroom earth-friendly, too? Billions of pounds of conventional clay kitty litter end up in landfills every year.

    By O’Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Ask The Doctor: Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Vitamin B12 deficiency is a growing health problem, caused in whole or in part by vegetarian diets, antacids, diabetes medications, alcoholism, iron deficiency, aging, and digestive disorders (such as malabsorption, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease).

    I’ve been a vegan for nearly 25 years and was recently diagnosed with low vitamin B12 levels. I’m being treated with B12 shots, but how can I prevent getting deficient again?
    By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD
  • Ask The Doctor: How Much Is Enough Antioxidants

    I can’t overstate the importance of antioxidants for your health. Every moment, your body churns out potent reactive substances called free radicals, which form as your body “burns” food for energy, detoxifies chemicals, and fights off invading organisms.

    Can I get enough antioxidants from my food or do I need to take a bunch of supplements?
    By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD
  • The Inside Scoop: Velvet Antler

    Antlers from deer, and sometimes elk, are “often used to increase blood counts, particularly in cases of anemia induced by chemotherapy,” says TCM practitioner David Scrimgeour, LAc.

    Although Rudolph’s red nose gets all the fame, his antlers deserve some attention, too. Velvet deer antlers are one of the principal ingredients used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially yang tonics that increase energy, warmth, and cardiovascular health
    By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
  • Confessions of a Sugar Freak

    As far back as I can remember, I was tired. All of the time. No matter how much sleep I got, no matter how much coffee I drank, my fatigue simply overwhelmed me. I had a terrible time waking up. By late morning, I could hardly concentrate on my job. Mid-afternoon brought an intense urge to nap, and by early evening I was ready for bed.

    How I made the food-mood connection and eased my fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
    By Margaret Adamek, PhD
  • Isolated by Chaos

    Lisa Everitt first noticed something awry with her son, Mark, when he turned three. An active and happy infant, he was becoming anxious and depressed. Doctors fingered Everitt’s looming divorce as the source of her son’s moodiness, but the Colorado mom suspected a more profound problem.

    New strategies open the door to a better understanding of Asperger's sydrome.
    By Catherine Guthrie
  • 8 Essential Flu Fighters

    If instead of ringing in the New Year you’re sneezing, wheezing, and coughing it in, ’tis the season to fortify your immune system. Along with getting sufficient sleep, washing your hands, and stocking up on fruits and vegetables, our experts recommend keeping the following herbs and oils on hand to prevent and treat colds this winter.

    Keep these remedies on hand to ward off winter bugs.
    By Gina Roberts-Grey
  • The Buff Brain

    You run marathons, regularly lift weights, and are the Pilates queen. But when’s the last time you worked out your brain? That gray matter needs exertion, too. More than that, it needs variety. Just as you exercise your entire body and all its muscle groups, likewise, you should exercise your entire brain to stay sharp (goodness knows it could use the help).

    Your mind needs a workout just as much as your body.
    By Dan Orzech
  • Once Upon a Babymoon

    No poolside margaritas or ceviche. No hot tubs or saunas. No horseback riding or waterskiing. Still, taking some time out as a couple before the baby arrives may turn out to be the vacation of a lifetime. It was for us.

    Indulge in a little pre-baby pampering.
    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Ask The Doctor: Lethargy and Diet

    Absolutely. In a nutshell, you want to feed your body, use it, and give it adequate rest. Before tackling the diet question, I want to make sure you’re getting enough exercise, fresh air, and plenty of sleep. On top of that, make time for those you love as well as yourself. Now, back to your diet. Here are several things to consider:

    I’m feeling lethargic and just not very happy. Could my diet be to blame?
    By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD