The Five Best Home Remedies for Colds, Coughs and the Flu

From the pantry to the bedside, home remedies you can make in a snap help prevent seasonal colds or cure a stubborn case of the flu.

Garlic tea immune enhancer

A well-known immune system strengthener, garlic shines as an antibacterial and antiviral herb for fighting colds, Continue reading

Six Little-known Cures for the Flu

flupEach year brings with it influenza. Why not head into this year with an extra bundle of health secrets under up your sleeve? Check out these six homeopathic remedies for the flu.

1. Baptisia Tinctoria

Baptisia is a good remedy for a form of flu that brings aches and pains. Continue reading

Fortify yourself this winter with Nature’s Medicine Chest

Cold and flu season is almost upon us. Before it’s too late, strengthen defenses naturally with herbal, dietary and lifestyle tips. If a bug does manage to settle in, use a few of the following suggestions to lessen symptoms and severity — helping you to get back on your feet fast.

Diet for a strong immune system

Sugar. Quite literally the scourge of health. Macrophages (a type of white blood cell) Continue reading

Beta-Sitosterol Benefits – A Great Immune System & Heart Health Booster

sitoDid you know…that an all-natural herbal cure helps prevent heart disease, boosts your immune system and relieves the symptoms of autoimmune disease such as arthritis?

Beta-sitosterol is a natural, non-toxic plant sterol found in all oil-producing plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and trees. Continue reading

Top Healing Foods that Stop Ovarian Cancer in its Tracks

Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly diseases out there. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women — an astounding 14,000 out of 23,000 diagnosed each year, die. Ovarian cancer tends to be aggressive and generally has very few symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. Fortunately, several natural remedies have proven to be exceptionally useful in both preventing and curing this silent killer. Ginger, ginkgo biloba, green tea and flaxseed are all remarkably effective Continue reading

Thyme out for Cold, Flu, and Other Organisms

thymeAnother member of the labiatae, or mint, family, thyme is an herb native to the Mediterranean basin and comes in many varieties. There is only one plant, thymus vulgaris, but the composition of the oil distilled from the plant shows variations in chemical components based on the location or region the plant grows in, despite being botanically identical. The microbial power of thyme is so powerful that some oils are safe to use in all situations, and some are not. Thymus vularis ct. linalol is the best oil for beginners to use and it is the safest to use on the skin, in baths, and on children and the elderly. Other chemotypes (ct) such as thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol, thymus vulgaris ct. thymol, Continue reading

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Did You Know…

… Flu vaccines could make you sicker—and there’s a great alternative the FDA doesn’t want you to know about?

Last week, Dr. Mercola shared a story from the Vancouver Sun on a frightening new research study about the flu vaccine.  Initial findings Continue reading

Do This One Thing to Prevent Many Diseases

Not long ago, a rubber stamp was affixed to the idea that you can stop the spread of viruses simply by washing your hands regularly. Viral infections are a big threat to humanity, making them fodder for Hollywood in such films as the “Contagion.” Researchers have found that we could help Continue reading

The Healing Secret from the Alps

Homeopathy, established in the 1800s, is loaded with a wide variety of natural healers. Many have poisonous elements to them, but these pose no risk to humans. After all, only a tiny fraction of the plant is used, and even then it’s decocted. Today let’s take a peek at “Aconite,” which has multiple excellent uses.

Deceptively pretty with its violet flowers, the Aconite plant has poisonous roots. In fact, its poisonous powers are legendary: long ago, in the Alps, hunters were said Continue reading

Natural Ways to Banish Colds and Flu

Once the temperature drops, cold and flu season looms over health like dark storm clouds. Our fast-paced lifestyles, holiday travels and festivities, along with seasonal changes lead most of us to believe that colds and flu are inevitable facts of winter. But a healthy diet, lifestyle choices and supplementation offers protection year-round with natural solutions that help strengthen your defenses and keep you vibrant and energized.

Cold or Flu? Know the Difference

As an integrative physician, my patients often come to me with an important question: “How can I tell whether I have a cold or the flu?”

Both colds and flu are respiratory illnesses, but each is caused by different viruses. Colds are usually milder and present symptoms that include nasal stuffiness, sneezing and a runny nose. Adults and older children generally have minimal or no fever, but infants and toddlers often run a fever in the 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit range. Depending on which virus is the offender, a cold may also produce a headache, cough, postnasal drip, burning eyes, muscle aches or a decreased appetite — but the most prominent cold symptoms are usually in the nasal passages. Continue reading

The Mysteries of the Flu and Medical Deception

Pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession consider influenza to be a lucrative profit center. And to keep their profits rolling in they’re willing to sacrifice both the truth about illness and our health. But if you can see behind their deceptions, you can protect yourself.

Tight Control

Medical authorities dominate the public mind because they exert tight control over the press, medical publications and the medical profession.

Pharmaceutical firms can skew results of research until it essentially becomes a scam. Everything they create is designed to further their profits. Continue reading

Winter Tips for Cardio Health: Protect your Cold, Cold Heart

Though winter’s best known for colds and flu, it’s also a time to protect your heart. Dim, wintry sunlight means less vitamin D and more depression, risk factors for heart problems. Comfort food, holiday treats and less exercise can lead to heart-threatening body fat. So ’tis the season to melt your cold, cold heart and make simple but powerful lifestyle changes that boost cardio wellness and may save your life.

State of the Heart

National statistics show that an American suffers a heart attack every 25 seconds. That kind of danger means that taking measures to support your circulation and cardiovascular system is critical, especially during the cold months. Continue reading

Natural Food Remedies Fight Cold and Flu

During the holiday season, the cold and lack of sufficient sunlight are enough to weaken the body’s natural defenses against cold and flu. Luckily, experts say that consuming specific types of foods might increase our resistance to colds and seasonal pathogens. These cold fighting foods are rich in minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals that help repel invading microorganisms, strengthen our immune response, and reduce inflammation and cold associated symptoms.

Consuming raw, vegan foods (such as sesame and mustard seeds, celery, beans, almonds, cashews, whole grains, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and cocoa powder) may work wonders on human immunity due to their high zinc content. Continue reading

Try This Herb to Help Breathe Easier

With flu season here; it’s time to start reinforcing your immune system. You’ll want to make sure you’re getting lots of vitamin C in the fruits and vegetables you eat. You’ll also want to get some exercise and keep up with the clinically proven cold and flu prevention tactic of washing your hands throughout the day. If you follow all this health advice, hopefully you’ll fight off any cold and flu bugs that you happen to come in contact with. But, if you do come down with a cold and symptoms settle into your lungs and chest, there’s a herb that can come to the rescue. Echinacea is heavily recommended during flu season by many naturopathic doctors — and for good reason.

Echinacea has special nutrients that fight bacterial and viral infections. Echinacea also stimulates white blood cells, helping them to do their job of protecting you against foreign invaders. Continue reading

Heal with the Miraculous Powers of Garlic

When you’re sick with the flu, an infection, or simply unwell, doctors will usually prescribe antibiotics. We all know however, how dangerous antibiotics can be. But what if you could find that very cure for these things in nature, where you wouldn’t have to suffer the dismal side effects of nausea, wrenching stomach pains, potential hallucinations, and a gruesome attack on the friendly flora that lives in your intestines? What if you didn’t have to feel like a run-down old tractor, or like you’ve suddenly run out of batteries?

Yes, it stinks a bit – no wonder vampires hate it! But the abundance of health benefits contained in a single clove of garlic should be enough to make you embrace it – for there is a whole list of those benefits. In Russia, garlic is even called Continue reading