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January 6, 2003 | Amanda Ursell, Special to The Times
"Giving up smoking is easy," claimed Mark Twain. "I've done it a thousand times." Fortunately, the average smoker is able to quit smoking after three or four attempts -- and many will begin their efforts in the new year. Although nicotine patches, hypnotism and acupuncture may increase a smoker's odds of successfully quitting the habit, what you eat -- and when -- can help ameliorate symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, including irritability, depression, insomnia and weight gain.
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OPINION
July 7, 2013 | Paul A. Offit, Paul A. Offit, a physician, is chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of "Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine."
In an early comedy routine, George Carlin compared football and baseball: "Baseball is a 19th century pastoral game," he said. "Football is a 20th century technological struggle.... Football has hitting ... and unnecessary roughness and personal fouls. Baseball has the sacrifice. " In football, the quarterback riddles the defense with the shotgun; "in baseball, the object is to go home! And to be safe!" Some might say the same can be said for conventional and alternative remedies.
HEALTH
April 2, 2001 | Barrie R. Cassileth
Got a headache? There are pills for it. Too much stress and anxiety? Numerous pills and capsules for those problems, too. Sex life not up to par? A pill can take care of it. High blood pressure? Good medication for that as well. Pharmaceutical companies have done a fantastic job of making our lives healthier and more comfortable. Why, then, is the natural and herbal remedies business going so strong? More than 1,000 Web sites are dedicated to herbs.
HOME & GARDEN
April 14, 2001 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Does garlic cure infections? Will lavender oil bring on sleep? Can fennel help digestion? There may be skeptics, but Carole Ottesen isn't one. She's confident in the medicinal properties of some herbs, vegetables and plants, and has written a book, "The Herbal Epicure: Growing, Harvesting and Cooking Healing Herbs" ($16, Ballantine/Wellspring, 2001), that tells how to make the most of them. "I'm not saying all herbs are good," she said by phone from her home near Washington, D.C.
HEALTH
September 25, 2006 | Hilary E. MacGregor, Times Staff Writer
Whether meditating before bed or sipping a kava kava nightcap, more than 1.6 million Americans use some form of alternative medicine when they have trouble sleeping. In analyzing data from 31,000 Americans interviewed for the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, researchers found that nearly one-fifth of adults reported difficulty sleeping in the last 12 months, and of those, about 5% used complementary and alternative medicine to treat their sleeplessness.
REAL ESTATE
May 15, 1994 | ROBERT SMAUS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's as close to a gardening craze as you're likely to find, this sudden interest in genuine geraniums. Virtually unknown in Southern California, and seldom seen until a few years ago, avid gardeners are talking about them, and nurseries seem to have a new kind every week. "It's the flavor of the month" is how Robin Parer, who runs a geranium-only nursery in Northern California, explains their sudden popularity.
TRAVEL
June 26, 1994 | Colman Andrews, Andrews, editor of "Traveling in Style" magazine, is working on a book on the cooking of Nice and Liguria
The Cinque Terre is one of those places people tend to read about once and then dream about forever. An isolated part of the northwestern Italian region of Liguria, the Cinque Terre is a ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastline inset with five tiny villages perched between the Mediterranean and a range of steep coastal hills. Articles about the Cinque Terre (pronounced CHEEN-kway TER-ray) invariably describe it as a kind of austere, unspoiled paradise.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Steven Wynbrandt sticks his hand deep beneath the layers of straw that blanket his enormous compost heap and pulls out a fistful of black gold, sweet and earthy. “Look at this soil,” Wynbrandt says with excitement as his fingers open, revealing his secret recipe for compost: decomposed dairy cow manure, alfalfa, yarrow, camomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian flowers. “I'm an alchemist.” PHOTOS: The Wynbrandt backyard As further proof that compost is to gardening these days what grass-fed beef and gluten-free gourmet foods are to the world of food, the Wynbrandt compost heap photographed by the Los Angeles Times would later sell through word of mouth for $1 a pound.
NEWS
July 4, 1986 | DON COOK, Times Staff Writer
The 39th round of the 13-year-old East-West talks on conventional force reductions in Central Europe ended here Thursday, with senior NATO ambassadors saying they are convinced that the Soviet Union no longer wants to negotiate any agreement and instead is maneuvering to have the talks killed off entirely.
NEWS
January 30, 1987 | DON COOK, Times Staff Writer
A 15th and probably final year of the East-West negotiations on mutual and balanced force reductions in Central Europe opened Thursday with both sides marking time and calling on the other to take a first step. But the delegations from seven Warsaw Pact countries and 12 countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will probably not have to go on making the same speeches for much longer.
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