Top 7 Contributing Factors To Chronic Illness

I am a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, and for most of my career I believed wholeheartedly in the power of modern medicine, in our latest greatest drugs, in our ever-more-expert procedural interventions. In 2000, I was diagnosed with multiple...

All the ways daylight saving time screws with you

Only a narrow band of people are really that affected by daylight saving. But gosh darn it, we will complain about it loudly every year. The annual switch to daylight saving time (DST) is the hour that launched a thousand angry articles. And honestly, this is one of...

The chemicals in your cosmetics aren’t regulated

Lately I’ve been grappling with an ethical quandary—about my hair. (These mermaid waves don’t come for free.) Every few months, I go to the salon for a chemical straightening process that—in addition to costing lots of actual money—could be putting the health of...

Naps are really beneficial. Here’s how to take them.

Sneaking a little midday snooze feels unspeakably indulgent. While the rest of the world is hard at work or dealing with the drudgery of household chores, you’re snuggled up in your own cozy dream world. Whether it last a few minutes or a full REM cycle, boy, does it...

The flu season is almost over. So how bad was it?

Flu season is still technically not over, but the tail end is the perfect time to look back and ask: how bad was it? Everyone wants the answer to this question when the peak is happening—is it worse than last year? When was the last time it got this bad? How can we be...

7 Ancient Gluten-Free Grains You Should Try!

As more and more people are diagnosed with Celiac disease and gluten intolerance, the demand for gluten-free grains continues to grow. Originating in Africa and South America, gluten-free grains have been a diet staple for many people for thousands of years....

Rose Essential Oil: 7 Surprising Health Benefits

Rose essential oil has been used in natural health and beauty treatments for centuries. The invigorating scent helps treat depression and anxiety while the astringent, antiviral and antiseptic properties of the oil work as natural remedies to treat inflammation,...