Must Reads

May 2019

Common Sense Defenses Against Seasonal Allergies

Tips to Help Children Breathe Easier BEVIN WALLACE  For one in seven U.S. children, spring brings the start of seasonal allergies that can last through the fall. Seasonal allergies such as hay fever and allergic rhinitis occur when an airborne allergen comes into contact with nasal membranes, triggering the release of inflammatory histamines. The result can be sneezing, congestion, itchy ... Read More »

Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

DR. LAURI GROSSMAN  For many, spring brings joy via outdoor activities amid blossoming flowers and blooming trees, as they visit parks, hike through meadows and jog along roads in the warming air. For millions of allergy sufferers, however, the attendant airborne pollen brings bedeviling sneezes, congestion, teary eyes and runny noses. Hay fever alone, which affects 35 million Americans, shuts ... Read More »

Plants Talk

Discover Their Secret Language BY APRIL THOMPSON  While flowers are known to lean toward light, a growing body of research is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and scents—and then herald the news to their neighbors. Far from being passive life forms, members of the plant kingdom are adept at interacting with their environments and with each other. “Plants don’t ... Read More »

Fruits and Veggies Boost Moods

Eating Produce Heightens Mental Well-Being Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have ... Read More »

Toxic Legacy

Breast Implant Warriors Unite BY LINDA SECHRIST The U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on cigarettes hasn’t prevented individuals from smoking, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of risks and complications associated with breast implants kept women from undergoing voluntary breast augmentation. Since 1997, the number of saline- and silicone-filled breast implant surgeries has tripled. According to the ... Read More »

CBD For Pets

What We Need to Know BY KAJSA NICKELS 3 SUSAN SCHMITZ/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM With the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their four-legged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD ... Read More »

Lyme Disease “The Great Mimicker”

From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City Are you suffering from symptoms of an illness that doesn’t seem to respond to any normal treatment? Maybe, just maybe, you are suffering from the “great mimicker”, Lyme disease. Even if you know you have it but believe you can’t get rid of it, don’t ... Read More »

The Journey of Acceptance

By Joe Dunn I struggled my whole life with feeling less than. I covered it with phony, always thinking I should be someone else. I never really had a direction, so being left to my own thinking I was lost before I was a teen. I was chosen last in the playground, I never made teams. I sat on the ... Read More »

Peter Sagal on Running Toward Mindfulness

BY RANDY KAMBIC  The 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s award-winning weekly broadcast Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as a mode of ... Read More »