Health & Beauty
By Melanie Haiken on February 28, 2014
Once almost completely eradicated from the U.S., bedbugs are back with a vengeance. First spotted in hotels on the east coast, they’re now making themselves at home in movie theaters, office buildings, apartments, public buildings, and college dorms all over the country.
The best way to protect yourself from bedbugs? Don’t get them in the first place. And how to ensure your home stays bedbug-free? If you do encounter them, don’t bring them home with you.
By Melanie Haiken on February 20, 2013
Put away the sleeping pills – these five foods will soothe you to sleep with melatonin, tryptophan, and other natural ingredients.
By Melanie Haiken on November 4, 2011
Chances are, you aren’t buying canteloupes these days, scared off by the latest scare in food-borne illnesses. Canteloupes from a Colorado farm were found to be contaminated with Listeria, and have now sickened hundreds of people and killed 29, the highest death toll ever from a food-borne pathogen. The problem is, this is just the […]
By Melanie Haiken on May 12, 2011
Studies have shown that the light from backlit computer screens and iPads — and to a slightly lesser extent, TV — are seriously sabotaging modern sleep habits.
By Melanie Haiken on November 22, 2010
I went to Rancho La Puerta, the legendary wellness retreat and spa in Tecate, Mexico, to whip myself into shape and get healthy and centered. Certainly those goals seemed ambitious enough for one week. What happened instead was quite unexpected; I discovered a series of classes and activities that allowed me to focus on alleviating […]
By Melanie Haiken on November 5, 2010
If I have one beauty bugaboo that bothers me more than others, it’s the dark circles under my eyes. They’re a permanent fixture, unfortunately; the genetics in my family have seen to it that by the age of 35, my three sisters and I had all developed what we commonly refer to as “eye bags,” […]
By Melanie Haiken on October 5, 2010
One of inspiring aging-related messages at Rancho La Puerta I haven’t had a lot of examples of healthy aging in my personal life; sadly, both of my parents died at relatively young ages. So I find myself constantly on the watch for role models to learn from; I’m hungry for the example of others as […]
By Melanie Haiken on September 8, 2010
It’s amazing what it’s possible to find out about Web traffic. A few clicks reveals that the most popular post ever here at Health*Conscious*Travel was my bedbug report: what to know before you go a few months back. The timing was good, because since I posted the national news has continued to feature one report after […]
By Melanie Haiken on April 28, 2010
Okay, it’s gross and no fun to read about, but frequent travelers everywhere are buzzing about…bed bugs. Is this for real? Apparently it’s all too real; a pest we thought was a relic of depression-era tenements is now taking up residence in hotels across the globe. What surprised me the most, I must confess, is […]
By Melanie Haiken on January 28, 2010
Explanatory note: This is an article I originally wrote for Caring.com, which then got picked up by MSN Health. (Both versions are linked here for proper credit, since I was paid for my work.) Don’t get me wrong, this kind of exposure is great, and much appreciated. What isn’t so great is that bloggers across […]