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Erin Jansen

Erin Jansen

Erin is the Editor of AHJ. Her healthy passions are yoga, chiropractic, and drinking red wine. In her spare time she likes to ride her bike on the beach. She fasts twice a year and takes supplements daily.

Erin specializes in website development, specifically content and community. She's worked in the Internet industry since 1994 with numerous businesses in NYC, Seattle, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and LA, and she has consulted on projects in England, France and Germany. She travels often, owns a publishing company, and is passionate about alternative health.


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11 Essential Items for Your Medicine Cabinet


Do you keep a First-Aid kit in your vehicle? It’s important to be prepared for health emergencies, and having a First-Aid kit close by when you’re...

4 Popular Traditional Chinese Herbs


While not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced for centuries. There are dozens of...

4 Tricks and Tips for Packing a Winning Lunchbox


When it's time to send your child off to school, you want to be sure to pack them a healthy lunch.  But it is at least as important that you pack...

5 Easy Ways to Pump Up Your Immune System


Why do some people catch colds, the flu and other bugs while others don’t? It has a lot to do with your immune system, a collection of tissues,...

5 Healthy Eating Tricks and Tips for Kids


Is your child a picky eater? If so, you may be having a hard time getting him or her to eat foods that are good for a growing body. Many kids get...

5 Weight Loss Tips and Tricks


Looking to lose that excess weight? If so, this probably isn’t your first attempt. Most people who’ve tried to lose weight and experienced some...

6 Essential Vitamins and Minerals You Need


Ensure your well-being and healthy habits last for a lifetime by supplementing your diet with these essential vitamins and minerals.

6 Foods You Need Each Day for a Balanced Diet

Do you know what you should be eating on a daily basis? You may think you’re eating the right foods – and the right amount of those foods, but...



6 Skin Care Tips and Tricks for Kids in the Sun


Sun damage accumulates over time, so the sooner you start protecting skin on a regular basis, the better. This summer, keep your kids on a path...

A Close Look at Hypertension


Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Many Americans have been diagnosed with this illness and it can lead to more serious health...

A Close Look at Osteoarthritis


Osteoarthritis is an illness that is also known as degenerative joint disease. It is a form of arthritis and is caused when the cartilage in your...

A Close Look at Osteoporosis


If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, this means that your bones are porous. When you have porous bones, it leads to weak and brittle...

A Closer Look at Common Prescription Medications


Millions of Americans take at least one form of prescribed medication at any given time, to either treat an existing health condition or to try to...

A Closer Look at the Causes and Types of Cardiovascular Disease


Cardiovascular disease is a classification for a group of illnesses that occur in the cardiovascular system. This can include heart attacks,...

ActiveZyme: Digestive Supplement


Without enough enzymes the body cannot digest food. Undigested food turns into a toxic substance. This can result in a multitude of adverse health...

All About Homeopathy


More than 50 million Americans practice homeopathy, an alternative form of medicine that involves the use of diluted natural remedies to stimulate...

All About Supplements FAQ


Supplements can be a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, but like anything that you put into your body, you need to feel confident that you’re...

Alternative Health Journal Announces New Website Launch


SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug 25, 2008 -- Alternative Health Journal today announced the launch of the Web's first alternative health community with Web...

Alternative Health Journal Launches New Natural Health Series: Free Conference Calls with Famous Doctor


"It's Like Getting Free Medical Advice Without A Doctor's Visit"

SANTA MONICA, CA., January 12, 2009 -- The Alternative Health Journal today...

Are Your Drugs Interfering with Proper Nutrition?


You have regular visits with your doctor, you’re faithful with the medications prescribed to you, but still don’t feel great. So what gives? Doing...

Arthri-Zen: Joint Supplement

As we get older, joint problems certainly start to become a factor. I was astonished to read the story about a Bio-Medical Engineer by the name of...



Bio-Drene: Weight Loss Supplement


At last, a weight loss supplement that doesn't give me that jittery, amped-up feeling! I immediately liked the fact that Bio-Drene didn't have...

Bio-Krill/500: Anti-Aging Supplement

Anti-aging remains a hot topic with Alternative Health Journal Readers. Let's face it . . . nobody wants to get old and that includes myself. But...



Bottled Water: What's the Difference?


While there are many different types of bottled waters on the market, is one any better than another? That depends on your needs and your taste...

Butt Out: The Many Health Threats of Smoking


Do you ever light up a cigarette? Even though we all know that smoking is “bad” for us, just exactly how bad is it? The number (and the severity)...

Ce-ment: Strength and Endurance Supplement


As someone who watches what they eat, I've always been interested in supplements that further my dieting efforts. But I exercise too so I began to...

Coffee Break: The Pros and Cons of Coffee Consumption


For many people, the day cannot begin until the morning coffee ritual takes place. Whether your coffee routine is based on frothy cappuccino or a...

Cold and Flu Medicines: New Varieties Make Them Easier to Swallow


Cold and flu season is fast approaching . . . are you ready? There’s no vaccine for the common cold, and the flu vaccine doesn’t cover all strains...

Could You Be at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease?


Nearly everyone knows somebody who has been affected by cardiovascular disease. What many don’t realize is that there are a variety of risk...

Could You Be At Risk For Hypertension?


Millions of people have hypertension (the proper medical label for the commonly named condition of High Blood Pressure) and it’s possible that an...

Could You Be At Risk For Osteoarthritis?


Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and restricted movement of the body joints.  It has several forms, but the most common of the forms is...

Could You Be At Risk for Osteoporosis?


Millions of people around the world either have osteoporosis or are at a high risk for the disease.  When the bones in the body become fragile and...

Could You Be at Risk for Stroke?


One of the top killers of them all for many people over the age of 65 is stroke (it actually doubles each decade after age 55). But don’t let that...

Could You Be at Risk for Type-2 Diabetes?


There are many different facets of the aging process that are physically hard on the body and mind.  Staying fit and healthy while in your teens...

Diet Derailed? Get Back on Track with These 4 Tips


Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year to lose weight? You’re not alone! Millions of us vow that this will be the year that we start and...

Diet Guidelines for People with Type-2 Diabetes


If you or someone you love is living with type-2 diabetes, then you already know how important it is to make healthy lifestyle changes because of...

Do You Know All the Facts about a Stroke?


A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function due to poor blood supply; this causes brain cells to die. Some possible causes include blockages in...

Don’t Let Food Allergies Get You Down


Are you living with one or more food allergies? You’re not alone! Over 12 million Americans have food allergies, according to the American Academy...

Don’t Let Winter Wreak Havoc on Your Skin


Have you noticed that your skin is dryer in the winter than it is during the summer? That’s because there’s less moisture in the air when it’s...

Everything You Need to Know About Organics


Looking for better-tasting foods that are better for you and the environment? Look no further than the foods labeled as “organic” at your local...

Exercise and Aging: 5 Tips to Stay Fit


Staying fit is important at any age, but as you get older, you need to keep your body active and your muscles strong to stave of age-related...

Fight Colds and Flu Naturally with These 7 Nutrients


When you have a cold or a nasty case of the flu, what’s the first thing you do? If you run to the drugstore to stock up on medications, you may...

Fill Your Cart with These Healthy Go-To Groceries


As the cost of groceries get more expensive with rising energy costs and a tight economy forces manufacturers to reduce the sizes of packages, you...

Flexagene: Joint Supplement


When the manufacturer first sent me this product to review, I was immediately impressed by its credentials. But not wanting to take anything at...

Forty Winks: Sleep Strips


I never thought I'd have a problem falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night (I love sleeping!), but the older I get, the less restful...

From Bottle to Spoon: Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?


Making the transition from milk and formulas to solid foods is a developmental milestone in any infant’s life. But how can you tell if your little...

Get in the Know: Depletions and Interactions


Natural herbs and supplements can be a beneficial part of a well-rounded lifestyle, but it’s important to note that anyone can experience a...

Get Moving: Step Up Your Sedentary Lifestyle and Get Healthy


It’s a fact: far too many people today are living a sedentary lifestyle. What defines a “sedentary lifestyle” you ask? Well, you might be more...

Go Greek: Health Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet


Looking to improve your overall health? Then the Mediterranean Diet may be for you! Based on the traditional eating practices of people living in...

Good News: There are Healthy Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate


If you like to eat chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s good news: dark chocolate is more than just a delicious treat—it’s also good for...

Healing Rhythms: Biofeedback Program


Whenever I come across a new meditation technique, I always approach it with a bit of skepticism, usually because they make so many positive...

Healthy Back-to-School Basics for a Happy School Year


It's back-to-school time again!  Being a student is hard enough without illness and injuries making things worse.  There are a lot of ways you can...

Healthy Eating Tips for Commuters


Do you spend hours driving to work? Whether your job is many miles away, or you live in a Metropolitan area where even 10 miles can take an hour...

Help Reduce Stress for Your Loved One


Heart disease is the number one killer of men—and half of men who die of a heart attack fail to show previous symptoms. Stress is a major risk...

Helpful Hair-Loss Solutions


It starts with a few more strands than usual appearing in your brush or comb or caught in the drain of the shower. But as hair loss progresses,...

Herbal Terms Defined


The benefits of adding herbs to your healthy lifestyle are many, but being able to pick the right herbs for your unique health needs depends upon...

How Mother Nature Can Help You Lose Weight


Are you a few pounds overweight, or do you have a lot to lose? Whatever your weight loss goal, shedding those extra pounds can be a daunting task....

How to Conquer Your Allergies


Do you have allergies? An estimated 50 million Americans do, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology—and more than half...

How to Fight Hay Fever


Are you plagued by sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, and wheezing? You could be suffering from hay fever. Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay...

How to Have the Healthiest Vacation Ever


Are you ready to hit the road this summer? If so, you’ll have plenty of company! Millions of Americans have travel plans in the coming months. But...

How to Jumpstart Your Family's Day with Breakfast

Are you a breakfast eater? Not everyone is, and for different reasons. Unfortunately, there’s no getting around it: breakfast truly is the most...



How to Pick a Diet That Works for You


There are more weight-loss diets out on the market than ever before, and if you’re trying to narrow down the possibilities, you may quickly find...

How to Pick the Best Weight-Loss Plan for You


How can you pick the best weight-loss plan for YOU? The simple answer is, the plan that you can stick with—but, of course, it isn’t that simple....

How to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer


Breast cancer strikes 1 in 8 women in the U.S. over their lifetimes. You may be able to avoid becoming one of those women by following simple...

Is a Gluten-Free Diet Right for You?


Much has been made in the media of the benefits of a gluten-free diet and how it may help improve health and increase weight loss. But will it...

Kick it Up a Notch with Cross Training


It can be difficult to stick to an exercise plan, and can feel downright impossible when you’re bored. How can you achieve your fitness goals when...

Kids and Supplements: How to Make the Right Choices


Generally speaking, a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, proteins, and carbohydrates should provide all of the nutrients that a child...

Leafy Greens: The Lowdown on Why We Love Them


Simply put, leafy greens are some of the healthiest foods available. Packed with vitamins, these plants are a valuable and necessary part of a...

Let's Take a Look at Type-1 Diabetes


Diabetes is a well-known disease, with the average person knowing it relates to the blood sugar levels of an individual.  Most people probably...

Nutty Professor: Learn the Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds


Nutrient dense. Portable. Filling. Delicious. Nuts and seeds are practically nature’s perfect food, providing a wide array of healthy benefits....

Olyjoint: Joint Supplement


When I read the manufacturer's claim that my joint discomfort would be gone in one week (I have a bad knee), I was skeptical. Nevertheless, I...

On the Road Again: Hit the Highway with Healthy Snacks


Fall is the perfect time for a road trip.  The weather is gorgeous and places far and near beckon.  Unfortunately, all too often road trips go...

Protect Your Pearly Whites with These Simple Steps


An attractive smile is one with healthy white teeth and gums—but if you don’t take care of your oral health, that smile can quickly become less...

Proxene-ES: Anti-Aging Supplement


Anti-aging is a hot topic these days and for good reason, there have been major breakthroughs! I tested a lot of anti-aging products and yes, with...

Pũr Sea: Anti-Aging Supplement


I've been keeping abreast of nutrition checklists for years, so you can about imagine how excited I get when a new discovery occurs. The latest...

REMTyme: Sleep Supplement


I admit it, usually I can get a good night's sleep but every so often I suffer from a busy mind. My friend gave me a sleeping pill once and it...

Shed Pounds with These 6 Simple Steps


Shedding extra pounds can seem like a daunting task—especially when you’re surrounded by temptations and have a hard time fitting exercise into a...

Skin Saving Secrets


There’s no magical route to a clear complexion, but with a little due diligence and a lot of preventative maintenance, you can keep your skin...

Sun and Sweat: Safe Ways to Exercise in the Sun


There’s no denying it – summer is the peak season for outdoor exercise! If you love the great outdoors, then you know how much you long for the...

Sun-Soaked: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure


A vast majority of people like the look of their skin, as well as that of other people, when it has a bit of a tan to it.  There are also people...

The 10 Best Supplements for Heart Health


One in three Americans has one or more types of cardiovascular disease—39 million of which are age 60 and older. High blood pressure is a major...

The 8 Best Sports and Fitness Supplements


Never mind those “miracle” pills that promise to melt away fat, reveal six-pack abs, and give you the ability to make a jump-shot like Michael...

The Best Supplements for Anti-Aging


Is it possible to stop the hands of time? The idea is certainly appealing, especially as you start to notice how the passing of time impacts your...

The Best Supplements for Heart Health


One in three Americans has one or more types of cardiovascular disease—39 million of which are age 60 and older. High blood pressure is a major...

The Best Supplements for Men’s Health


In addition to a well-rounded diet, a healthy lifestyle, and plenty of exercise, what else can men do to be as healthy as possible? These...

The Best Supplements for Pregnant Women


If you’ve been taking natural supplements for awhile, is it safe for you to keep taking them while you’re pregnant?

The Best Vitamins for Women's Health


Men and women have different nutritional needs, and if you’re a woman who wants to ensure that your diet is well-rounded, you may want to consider...

The Best Weight Control Supplements


If you’re trying to maintain a recent weight loss or keep from putting on new pounds, the hardest part may be cutting back on or eliminating some...

The List! The Essential Vitamins and Supplements Every Adult Needs


I have always loved to read about how food and vitamins and supplements interact with and support a healthy body! I've poured through countless...

The Pros and Cons and Consuming Alcohol


What do you think of when you hear the word “socialize”? Perhaps you picture a night out with friends, brunch with “the ladies” or happy hour with...

The Right Way to Diet


Different foods contain different amounts of calories, but all calories are burned by the body for energy in the same way. Contrary to popular...

The Secret to Kicking Your Smoking Habit for Good


Does this sound like you? You’ve smoked on and off for years, always wanting to quit for good, but never quite being able to make the commitment...

The Superpowers of Superfoods


A diet loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, and whole grains is ideal for anyone looking to improve their health, but...

Tipping the Scales: The Many Health Threats of Obesity


Unless you have a medical condition, such as an inactive thyroid problem, obesity is very much a lifestyle choice. Inactive lifestyles where we...

Ubitol: Anti-Aging Supplement

Ever since I first heard about CoQ10 years ago, I've been interested in learning more about this amazing ingredient! Now, I think I've found,...



Vinotol: Anti-Aging Supplement

I received a message last week from one of our readers inquiring about the benefits of red wine and a recent episode of 60 Minutes. I had also...



What’s Your Perfect Weight?


Ah . . . the age-old question! Unfortunately, there is no “perfect” answer. But while there may not be a magic number for what your weight should...

Where’s the Beef: Why Red Meat’s Risks May Outweigh its Benefits


With so many people deciding to either cut down on red meat or cut it out of their diets completely, you may be wondering what all the fuss is...

Which Vitamins and Herbs are Right For You?


If you are interested in taking your health and well-being to the next level, it’s time to take a closer look at nutritional supplements. But how...

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