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  • Health Alert: Isn’t It Iron(ic)?

    Though many foods and vitamins are “fortified with iron,” studies have shown that only three percent of people have depleted iron stores while 13 percent have excess iron—so you are more at risk for iron surplus than deficiency. Testing for iron levels can be done with a simple blood test called a serum ferritin test—the ideal range is 40 – 60 ng/ml.

  • Focus On: Iron

    WHAT is it? An abundant metal found nearly everywhere on earth, iron is necessary for human life. Without iron, our bodies wouldn’t be able to deliver oxygen to our muscles, brain, and other vital organs.

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  • Warm Up Wisely

    Winter is on its way, and many of us spend November through February chilled to the bone, even indoors. Besides making you uncomfortable, low body temperature can leave you susceptible to infection and disease—and signal underlying health conditions.

    by Melaina Juntti
  • Health Secrets from Holistic Docs

    Even though I crave caffeine, carbohydrates, and chocolate right before my period, these foods make me feel bloated and aggravate my cramps. So to avoid the kind of aches and pains that can leave me feeling sapped for days, I make it a point to eat especially well during that time—lots of big salads and antioxidant-packed smoothies.

    Top practitioners share advice that can transform how you look and feel.
    By Nora Isaacs with: John Douillard, DC, Phd Christiane Northrup, MD Andy Seplow, Lac Lise Alschuler, ND Alison Eastwood, RD
  • Ask The Doctor: Iron for Infants

    Not at all. Iron plays a vital role in your baby’s health by helping make hemoglobin, a complex protein that ferries oxygen around the body. Low levels of iron can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which can cause developmental problems.

    I’m worried about whether my infant gets enough iron. Am I just being paranoid?
    By Roy Steinbock, MD
  • 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