Health

  • The End of the Period?

    Some see menstruation as a curse that dashes vacation plans, cramps our bellies (and our styles), and wreaks havoc on our emotions. Others embrace it as a welcome sign of health and an integral part of womanhood. But in an age when a pill exists for everything, a growing number of women look toward one that can render their menstrual cycle something else entirely: optional.

    What you need to know before you stop the flow.
    By Lisa Marshall
  • The Fertility Diet

    It doesn’t seem all that tricky. But in the US, baby making has turned into one of the most earnest endeavors of the 21st century. More than 6 million women of childbearing age have trouble getting pregnant, and infertility affects an estimated one in 10 couples.

    10 foods to boost baby making
    By Lisa Turner
  • 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
  • A Change of Heart

    Ever since the 1950s, when the Framingham Heart Study established a correlation between high cholesterol and heart attacks, doctors have focused on lowering cholesterol as a way to prevent heart disease. For years they’ve told us to accomplish this by eating a low-fat diet and exercising and, if that failed, by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.

    A new wave of doctors is relvolutionizing the way Western medicine prevents and treats heart disease. Here's what you need to know to keep your heart healthy for many beats to come.
    By James Keough
  • 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
  • Prostate Help

    The fear and pain that come with prostate cancer and the radical prostatectomy that often accompanies it can crush any man’s spirits. But to add insult to injury, many men experience incontinence that can last more than a year after the surgery. A few simple exercises, however, can help end any Depends dependence.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Home, Green Home

    Walls and floors. They’re the basic building blocks of your home—and also some of the easiest parts of the house to make green. A recent boom in renewable, nontoxic materials means that you have lots of options if you want to tread lightly. Here are some ideas to get you started.

    Floors

    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • The Beauty Bar: Vitamin K's Best-Kept Secret

    Well-known for its blood clotting and bone health benefits, new research shows vitamin K also plays a role in maintaining the skin’s elasticity.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Prostate Help

    The fear and pain that come with prostate cancer and the radical prostatectomy that often accompanies it can crush any man’s spirits. But to add insult to injury, many men experience incontinence that can last more than a year after the surgery. A few simple exercises, however, can help end any Depends dependence.

    By Nora Simmons
  • 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