| Feb 1, 2010
An industrial chemical developed to help separate heavy metals from polluted soil and mining drainage is being sold as a dietary supplement by a luminary in the world of alternative autism treatments.
The supplement, called OSR#1, is described on the...
| Dec 20, 2010
"Holistic nutrition." You may not know the term, but you've surely heard its claims. Among other things, holistic nutritionists (or HNs, as they call themselves) may teach that fluoride and pesticides are lethal, that most diseases and detrimental...
| Apr 25, 2011
It's hard to feel upbeat about spring weather if you suffer from seasonal allergies. While other people can spend all day outside without a sniffle, you can barely look at a field of grass or an oak tree without turning into a watery, miserable mess....
| Jul 29, 2010
On an overcast Saturday morning, Christopher Nyerges — the head of Eagle Rock's School of Self-Reliance — gingerly skirts a feral clump of bright green weeds.
"Always watch where you're stepping 'cause you might be stepping on our lunch,"...
| Aug 13, 2010
Dr. Thomas C. Peebles, a World War II bomber pilot who isolated the measles virus, setting the stage for development of the vaccine that freed the world from the deadly scourge, died July 8 at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla. He was 89.
| Aug 16, 2010
Like all industries, the herbal weight-loss business moves in cycles. Less than a decade ago, the stimulant herb ephedra was one of the stars of the scene. It sped up metabolism and weight loss, but it also raised the heart rate and, in some cases, caused...
| Jan 30, 2011
It's almost February, and with luck and willpower, maybe you're still sticking with that New Year's diet resolution. Or maybe you're still gearing up to start.
But although the right diet may help you gain a svelte figure, the wrong one might be a...
| Nov 21, 2010
As families sit down at the table Thursday to give thanks for a bountiful feast, we can also give thanks for the bounty of California, where the harvest is diverse and year-round.
And — more thanks — many of California's abundant crops and...
| Dec 13, 2010
I was deeply saddened with the Institute of Medicine report that we are a healthy nation in regard to our calcium and vitamin D intakes ["Sweeping Away the Hype About Vitamin D," Dec. 6]. As a physician keenly interested in my patients' nutrition status...
| Feb 14, 2011
The average man produces hundreds of billions of sperm cells in his lifetime. Only a minuscule fraction of those little guys ever manage to swim far enough and fast enough to fertilize an egg. Successful sperm must be strong. It stands to reason then that...
| Dec 5, 2011
Struggling with the black dog of depression? The supplement aisle abounds with options for people seeking a non-medicinal remedy — but figuring out what works and what doesn't can be a challenge for consumers and experts alike.