• Diabetes: Lowering Your Glycemic Index

    Diabetes: Lowering Your Glycemic Index

    Low glycemic index foods include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. In general, the more fiber in a food, the lower the glycemic index.

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  • Gallstones

    Gallstones

    The gallbladder often seems more trouble than it’s worth. This small storage pouch plays a minor role in the body, but it’s a major source of disease. Specifically, the organ can become a breeding ground for gallstones, hard crystals that can cause absolute misery. Each year, about 1 million Americans develop gallstones. More than half

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  • Garlic

    Garlic

    Garlic (Allium sativum ) reigns as a powerful — and pungent — leader among herbal remedies. A close cousin of onions, leeks, and shallots, garlic has traditionally been used to fight off everything from colds and infections to vampires and evil spirits. It’s also one of the most intensely studied herbs; over the last 20

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  • Gastritis

    Gastritis

    What is gastritis? Many people — including some doctors — use “gastritis” as a fancy word for stomachache, but the term really means “inflammation of the stomach.” Most people with sore stomachs don’t have gastritis. When inflammation does set in, it can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Fortunately, gastritis is usually easy to control. You

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  • Gastroenteritis (“Stomach Flu”)

    Gastroenteritis (“Stomach Flu”)

    What is gastroenteritis? Many people blame “the stomach flu” whenever they fall ill with nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. But stomach flu is actually a misnomer: The viruses that cause the “real” flu (influenza) usually don’t affect the stomach. When doctors speak of stomach flu, they’re usually referring to a popular name for a condition in

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  • Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

    Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

    What is it? Genital herpes is a common sexually-transmitted infection that can cause painful genital sores on both men and women. It’s caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus type 2, or HSV-2. An estimated one in five American adults and teens has genital herpes. It’s somewhat more common in women than in men.

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  • GERD

    GERD

    GERD is the acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition in which stomach acid frequently splashes into the esophagus. GERD occurs when the valve connecting the stomach and esophagus becomes weak, turning the junction into a two-way street. Because the esophagus isn’t well equipped to handle such a harsh liquid, GERD often causes burning pain

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  • Giardia

    Giardia

    There’s a reason why veteran hikers and campers never drink directly from lakes or streams, no matter how clean and pure the water may look. It’s the same reason why getting a mouthful of water from a swimming pool or a hot tub isn’t such a great idea, either. Water that isn’t intended for drinking

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  • Ginger

    Ginger

    The knotty, twisted underground stem of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale ) has been used as a spice and a drug in China for the last 25 centuries. Chinese sailors chewed pieces of it to relieve their seasickness thousands of years ago. Today ginger is a leading folk remedy for nausea and digestive problems as

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  • Ginko: Safety and Uses

    Ginko: Safety and Uses

    Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba ) is the only remaining member of a family of trees that flourished centuries ago in ancient China. Dubbed a living fossil, ginkgo today thrives worldwide in parks and gardens, and in plantations where leaves of carefully pruned ginkgo shrubs are harvested and processed into supplements. Although the people of China have

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