A furry angel saved my son
December 23rd, 2011
05:26 PM ET

A furry angel saved my son

Jeff Mitchell of Braselton, Georgia, was 26 years old when he went to war in 2003. In 2007, he was forced to leave the Army through medical retirement after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.  After years of futile attempts at treatment, Jeff’s condition began to improve a few months ago after a group called Paws4Vets paired him with a service dog who had undergone her own traumas. Jeff’s mother, Carol, tells what it was like to watch her son struggle.

First, you bargain with God.

Just please let him survive.  Please let us see him again. Oh, please surround our son with your protection.

Prayers are answered. He's back.  He has survived - he's still at Fort Carson thousands of miles from home, but he's back in the United States and he is no longer being targeted by insurgents.

Little did we know then that an even more insidious enemy was trying to take our son. FULL POST

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Hair: The gift of all seasons
December 23rd, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Hair: The gift of all seasons

Tis the season of giving, but there's one gift that you can give all year-long - your hair.  It's not a new concept, but not everyone (who has long hair) may be aware of the opportunity.  The hair is used to make real-hair wigs for people who have lost their hair because of cancer or another illness.

Not everyone can donate.  First of all of course, you must have long hair you are willing to part with.  I had to have at least "10 good inches" of hair to donate,  according to Shane Tylor Petsch, hairstylist at Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, Georgia.  That's because I donate my hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that "provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis."  FULL POST

What the Yuck: My pee is bright green!
December 23rd, 2011
09:07 AM ET

What the Yuck: My pee is bright green!

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: My pee is suddenly bright green, even though I drink tons of water. What’s going on?

Normally, the color of your urine should be between almost clear and dark yellow.

Neon-green pee may look alarming, but it’s usually just a sign that you’re getting too much of certain vitamins - B vitamins, in particular - and that your body is flushing out the excess.

That said, if you notice it regularly, talk to your doc about whether you should cut back on your B intake.

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December 2011
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