Health

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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