Fall 2012

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When songbird Toni Braxton learned she had lupus, she listened to a friend’s advice to keep her condition hidden. Now she has no regrets about finally going public.

Meal Makeovers
Stealthy tricks can make even packaged foods healthier—really!

Quiet Please!
For people experiencing tinnitus—the perception of annoying ringing and buzzing noises when none exist—the best sounds of all are the sounds of silence.

Breaking Points
African-American hair is notoriously fragile and easily damaged, but everyday solutions can help black women overcome these hurdles.

Here’s to Brighter Days Ahead
Everyone suffers from misfortunes, but people do recover.

Feeling Defeated? Step Back, Leap Forward
Wide receiver George Wilson’s biggest career-related complication led to his biggest sports achievements.

The Expert Says—Fall 2012
Setbacks are an inevitable part of life, but you can turn a negative situation into a positive learning experience, according to life coach Bonnie Mechelle.

The Burden of Proof
Companies want you to believe that the phrase "clinically proven" confirms products will deliver results based on science-backed evidence. But here's a word of caution: Don't believe the hype.

Saved by the Gila Monster
An injectable drug helps control diabetes—using the saliva of a lizard.

A History Book for the Future
The Black Panther Party’s health care program

Is Sex a Hep C Risk?
Yes, but only in these rare instances.

Ask Your Family Doctor
Rachael L. Ross, MD, PhD, a.k.a. Dr. Rachael answers your questions.

Smart Moves
California kids see results from having healthier food choices at school. Here’s why you may want to follow their lead.

Dairy Queens
Got milk alternatives? Soy, rice and almonds show they can compete with the cows.

Berry Brainy Food
Blueberries and strawberries are known for packing a nutritional punch. Turns out, they also boost your brain power.

Stuff We Love—Fall 2012
A roundup of the latest, must-have finds for hair, skin, health and beauty, these products are worth every cent.

Editor's Letter-Fall 2012
When I heard about a pregnant Chinese woman who'd been snatched off the streets by family planning officials and forced to abort her unborn child, the news chilled me.

In this video Hannah, who is featured in the summer 2015 issue of Real Health, talks about her diagnosis with the hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania.


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