Secondhand Smoke: Avoid Dangers in the Air

You don’t smoke because you understand the dangers—but what about smoke you inhale involuntarily? Secondhand smoke causes or contributes to various health problems, including heart disease and lung cancer. Understand what’s in secondhand smoke, and consider ways to protect yourself and those you love from it. What’s in secondhand smoke? Secondhand smoke—also known as environmental […]

Food & Nutrition

12 Foods to Avoid If You Have Arthritis

Soda Kazitafahnizeer/Shutterstock You’ll find sugar, aspartame, and/or phosphoric acid on the ingredient list of most sodas. All three of these can flare arthritis pain through aggravating inflammation. Try replacing your soda with green tea or one of these fruity infused waters. Safflower, sunflower, corn, and soybean oil Alexander Prokopenko/Shutterstock Safflower, sunflower, soybean, and corn oil […]


6 Ways to Whiten Your Teeth—and 2 “DIY Treatments” to Avoid

Don’t use anything acid-based Michelle Lee Photography/Shutterstock Many methods of at-home “natural” teeth whitening use acidic or abrasive elements (more on them later.) Things like strawberries, orange peels, or apple cider vinegar can make your teeth appear brighter—but they are very bad for your overall oral health, according to Dr. Burhenne. “Using something acidic on your […]