January 6, 2003 |
"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.
July 7, 2013 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
April 14, 2001 |
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.
April 2, 2001 |
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.
September 25, 2006 |
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.
July 3, 2000 |
In the beginning, Debra Jones was simply trying to do a favor for a friend, but today she is a leader in the cause of finding natural remedies for the childhood maladies known as attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a fertile and growing field. Her organization, Parents Against Ritalin, is a rallying point for opposition to the leading prescription treatment for ADD and ADHD, and interest is "like never before," she said.
December 7, 2012 |
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.
May 22, 2011 |
Delicate flowers didn't do well on the Rock. I'm not talking about prisoners, though criminals such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly were no shrinking violets. I mean the actual flowers blooming outside the cellblock walls — hot-pink foxglove, frilly valerian, even a deep-red climbing bloom dubbed the Alcatraz Rose. They had to be extra tough to survive the island's rocky soil and cutting winds, as well as 40 years of neglect after the federal penitentiary closed in 1963.
November 30, 1998 |
Herbal medicines are increasingly popular, but many patients do not inform their physicians that they are using these alternative remedies, according to one of the studies released earlier this month by the American Medical Assn. This can be dangerous because some of the herbs affect prescription drugs that patients may also use. * Chamomile: Contains coumarin, but chamomile's effects on the body's anticoagulation system have not been studied.
March 10, 1999 |
By titling her new mystery "The Revenge of Kali-Ra" (Mysterious Press, $22, 229 pages) and dedicating it "affectionately and respectfully" to the memory of Sax Rohmer and H. Rider Haggard (among others), the witty novelist K.K. Beck sets us up for a playful spoof of those writers of the purple page. She delivers that in spades, along with a gleeful evisceration of today's Hollywood, where youth must be served . . . and served . . .