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HEALTH
October 25, 1999
For some people who suffer from insomnia, traditional treatments such as behavior therapy and prescription drugs produce undesirable side effects or don't work. This makes folk remedies and alternative health treatments for insomnia very popular. But do they work? Here is what some experts say: Warm milk: Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is touted to alleviate stress and produce serotonin, a brain chemical that helps control sleep.
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HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 1999 | From ASSOCIATED PRESS
In the yellow glow of the autumn moon, a human form enters the garden and buries a cow horn filled with cow manure, 2 feet deep in the soil. Months later, after cold winter winds give way to balmy spring breezes, the buried horn is dug up and its contents, transformed by cosmic and biological forces, are used to enhance the vitality of plants in the garden. This is obviously not the work of your average gardener. Here we have a "biodynamic gardener."
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.
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.
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.
NEWS
March 10, 1999 | DICK LOCHTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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 . . .
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.
NEWS
January 31, 1986 | DON COOK, Times Staff Writer
Delegates from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization powers and the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact on Thursday began their 14th year of negotiations on military force reductions in Central Europe, and for the first time in this long stalemate, both sides are now talking cautiously about possible agreement.
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