Intestinal infections tend to hit at the worst times. Five years ago, my husband, two children and I were cruising from one Croatian Island to the next when it happened—gut-wrenching cramps doubled me over while sweat dripped down every crevice. I had gone from feeling slightly nauseous to wanting to
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Gout in foot, instep, and ankle areas is common, affecting up to 8 million Americans today. The condition has been recorded throughout history, affecting many famous people—the most notorious of whom was Henry VIII, renowned for his lavish diet of rich food and copious amounts of alcohol.
What is gout? It’s
No matter where you live, what country you’re from, or what your economic status is, legumes most likely a play a significant role in your family’s daily diet. And no wonder—legumes are abundant, easy to find, economical, and, most importantly, very healthy. What’s not so well known is what the
Uh-oh… you’re feeling those dreaded signs of a flu bug. Some of us, upon feeling that tickle deep in the throat, will opt for flu treatments involving a prescription for the anti-viral med Tamiflu, but is it really worth it? And is it really more effective than home flu remedies?
Autumn is here, and so is influenza—better known as the flu, a nasty viral infection that strikes millions every year, both in the winter and spring. If you have full-blown flu, you will likely feel very unwell and may be confined to bed for a day or three. And you
Q: I’m thinking about juicing. How can I get the most nutrients?
A: Juicing—the process of extracting liquids from fruits and vegetables to create a concentrated drink—certainly offers a lot of nutrients in a single glass, but you would be missing out on even more nutrients in the fruits and vegetables
Addison’s disease—or primary adrenal insufficiency—is caused by damage to the adrenal glands that results in a reduced production of the hormones cortisol, aldosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Adrenal insufficiency can lead to a life-threatening adrenal crisis. Fortunately, Addison’s disease is relatively rare. In the developed world, it affects between 20 to
Carried by mosquitoes, malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there were 216 million cases of malaria, in 91 countries in 2016, up 5 million over 2015. Ninety percent of cases and 91 percent of deaths occured in Africa. To put it in perspective,
What causes dehydration headaches can be as simple as not having consumed sufficient fluids. Likewise, dehydration headaches may happen because lack of fluids causes shrinkage in brain volume. This results in the brain pulling away from the skull, which triggers pain receptors in the meninges (the membrane that surrounds the