It wasn't long ago that herbs — the leaves, roots, berries and bark of plants — supplied the medicines of the world, gathered throughout history, usually by women, to treat just about anything you can name.
from wireless to hard-wired phones and computers, swapping fluorescent lights for incandescent, installing analog utility meters rather than RF, turning off breakers in the bedroom at night and always using a headset with cellphones.
You've had a tough workout at the gym, and you're sore. You pop an aspirin or ibuprofen for relief.
The Feldenkrais Method was developed more than a half-century ago by Moshe Feldenkrais, an engineer and physicist who also practiced martial arts, so it is not surprising that the discipline emphasizes learning about body structure and movement.
For 13 years, Rhonda Taylor suffered from pain and a shrinking range of motion in her shoulder and neck.
The stroke Barbara Chen recently suffered has kept her apart from her three beloved dogs as she undergoes rehab at Providence Medford Medical Center.
Some pills can be helpful in maintaining health. But long-term use of pharmaceutical drugs, including oral contraceptives, can lead to nutritional deficiencies with big fallout for heart health, depression, sexuality and other areas of life, according to Ashland pharmacist, author and health educator Ross Pelton in his new book, "The Pill Problem."
The pain Shara Baack experiences every day defies description as a headache.
The days of a heart-surgery patient leaving the hospital pumped full of someone else's blood are over at Rogue Regional Medical Center.
At 70 years old, Ashland resident Angie Thusius is her own best example of the benefits of Kentro Body Balance, a system of movements she developed for the most practical of reasons: to heal herself and improve her own quality of life.
Natural-foods chef and nutrition counselor Roanne Lewis confesses that she loves to eat. And who doesn't?
It's cool to nap.
Motherhood for Erin Cox began on a California military base 40 miles from the nearest Mojave Desert town.
Edie Gilder stepped onto a medical scale and promptly smacked her head into a height rod in the "Body Fat Analysis" booth at Saturday's Rogue Valley Health Fair.
Viewers of the London Olympic Games got used to seeing brightly colored Kinesio tape on the legs, arms and shoulders of elite athletes. This versatile medical tape, however, is used right here in Southern Oregon for people who are unlikely to make the Olympic team.
Ah, January, the time when you pack away the holiday lights, put away the presents — and get ready for the flu season.
There are plenty of negative, bitter thoughts to go around — even, or maybe especially, during the holidays.
Going to regular sessions of Laugh Yoga may sound ridiculous, even laughable. But that's the whole idea: Participants get in a circle, maintain eye contact, become playful and childlike — and through a series of goofy, nonsensical games, they at first force themselves to laugh, and soon they are laughing for real.
When you think of plastic surgeons, images of wealthy Beverly Hills yuppies receiving high-dollar facelifts and tummy tucks spring to mind.
Near the Greensprings summit, in the shadow of Hobart Bluff, an experiment called TerraVita Springs is taking shape. The evidence is everywhere: a geodesic greenhouse, fresh wood chips covering a series of footpaths; a terraced slope with artfully arranged rocks and medicinal plants; criss-crossing stacks of oak logs inoculated with mushroom spores. And around it, one ambitious deer fence, all 4,700 feet of it tied together with cedar posts harvested from the land itself.
It took just a chance encounter in a local grocery store to dramatically change Kathy Offutt's shopping, cooking, eating and overall health.
Local Soroptimists say it's time to lace up your tennies, grab your wine glass and sign up for the sixth annual Soroptimist Wine Walk for Women's Health.
When Ashley Rejcek and Barbara Houck mount their bicycles next Saturday in Monmouth for a 103-mile ride to Silver Falls State Park — followed by a 55-miler Sunday — they won't be following doctors' orders.
A new outdoor obstacle course on Medford's Roxy Ann Peak isn't just another way for thrill-seekers to tackle a physical challenge.
It's an affliction not just of the elderly, infirm and women weathering postpartum complications.
Practiced regularly, any yoga will tone muscles, increase flexibility, promote inner peace and provide a "feeling of being put together." Anna K. Rose tries to take it further with Triadic Heart Yoga, an ancient mode that blends the physical with the contemplative to "open powerful energy in the heart."
It didn't take a chiropractor to convince Christy Taylor that sitting all day is bad for her health. She could feel it in every creak of her neck and cramp in her shoulders.
We humans are fragile creatures, and no part of our anatomy bespeaks our frailty quite like the lower back.
Adults planning for their next 50 years typically think in terms of financial investments. Author and yoga instructor Max Strom preaches a different kind of investment — in one's health and longevity. His plan calls for learning to breathe mindfully, following up with balance and then integrating the two for at least 10 minutes a day.
Erin Daugherty walks all over her clients, but they keep coming back.
Acupuncture treatments often cost in the neighborhood of $100 for the first visit and $60 to $70 after that, which might not seem like much if you have a good health-insurance plan that covers it.
The fruits of honeybees' labors add to a wholesome human diet and augment our natural pharmacopeia.
Dietary change is an age-old technique for purifying the body. Add nutritional supplements, elimination methods and mental imagery, and you have a powerful combination for detoxification.
So, you've made a New Year's resolution to get healthy. No doubt you've banished all cookies and chips from the house and have been hitting the gym every single day since Sunday.
Maybe you had a granny whose raspy voice you still hear rattling around your head every time you feel a cold coming on. "Feed a cold, starve a fever." Or, wait, is it the other way around?
The yoga poses that Mona Therese Winston displays on her new 2012 calendar — interspersed with the poetry of Sylvia Chatroux — are keys to a toned and vibrant body, as well as a place to find inner peace and happiness.
ASTORIA — When Elsa Nethercot first stepped through the entrance of Jesse Smith's Colorado ranch last winter, she wasn't sure what to expect. Self-confidence wasn't her strong suit, and she was about to start five weeks of intensive classes in saddle-making — a difficult, technical craft requiring steady hands, patience and a willingness to fail.
Until she had a horrendous bicycle crash six years ago, Kelly Cruser of Ashland was an orthodontist and No. 2 in Oregon bike racing for women older than 35.
During meditation one night, Dr. Leonard Laskow had a vision that love is the key to healing.
In a perfect world, we'd all be in shape and stay there. But working out too hard can be almost as hurtful as being the couch potato who gets exercise by walking to the fridge.
The first modern-day cooperative grocery store in Medford isn't just a boon to local shoppers. It's part of a nationwide resurgence in co-ops that looks to keep growing.
Conventional wisdom used to be that rubbing sunblock on exposed skin offers protection from ultraviolet radiation. Clothing, on the other hand, only partially blocks sunlight, leaving a lot of skin at risk.
Like many newcomers to Southern Oregon, Cathy Edwards couldn’t wait to spend days hiking around the Greensprings uncovering the Cascade foothills’ secluded wonders.
Professional musicians play to impress audiences and build a fan base, but not harpists Elizabeth Markell and James Excell.
When people head into the Oregon outback looking for pristine natural beauty, they are often surprised at how much evidence remains from previous visitors.
Jim Collier grew up in Iowa with the message that a good boy cleans his plate, gets rewarded with a big dessert and makes mom happy.
It's affectionately known in creamery circles as "missionary cheese."