People tend to underestimate the effects of flu (and doctors underestimate the dangers of vaccines), but it puts several hundred thousand people in the hospital every year. It can kill up to 50,000 people every year, and there are certain groups—people with underlying medical conditions, Continue reading
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
Another 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
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
Most of us have taken antibiotics to get rid of a nasty cold that turned into a secondary bacterial infection, or as a preventative measure after a surgery or some other injury. We take these powerful drugs because we are told by our healthcare professionals that we must. After all, who would want to risk a serious bacterial infection when it could be easily avoided? Antibiotics are great at what they do; they kill bacteria. Unfortunately, they are unable to discriminate between good bacteria Continue reading
Today we present five sure-fire healing secrets from deepest China that you might be able to use to battle the nasty yet formidable common cold. To have these secrets under your belt means you are truly in the know.
1. Andrographis Continue reading
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
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
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
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
Cold and flu season are right around the corner, and with it we can expect lots of advertisements for flu vaccines.
I’ve written extensively on the dangers of flu vaccines before, and the fact that they simply do not work—according to the scientific evidence.
So here’s a timely review of what you can do to protect yourself and your family from colds and any type of flu this season, and in years to come.
What Causes Colds and Influenzas? Continue reading
Stress has become the most common reason for a worker being signed off long-term sick, a report reveals today.
Experts said the psychological condition had become so widespread that it was the ‘21st century equivalent of the Black Death’.
Stress has even eclipsed stroke, heart attack, cancer and back problems, according to the report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Jill Miller, an adviser to the institute, says the report ‘highlights the heightened pressure many people feel under in the workplace as a result of the prolonged economic downturn’. Continue reading
We breathe every single minute of every day, and without breathing we cannot live.
Often people experience difficulty breathing fully, due to impaired sinuses. Also known as the paranasal sinuses, our sinuses are connected to our nasal cavities, and include the maxillary, frontal, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses. When we have a cold or allergies, the sinuses become inflamed, the sinus tissues swell and breathing becomes congested. Virtually everybody has experienced this. Additionally, accidents involving head trauma can occlude the sinuses, and cause long-lasting or even permanent obstruction.
LONDON – Don’t reach out for paracetamol if you’re down with a cold, instead, try out fenugreek in your curry to keep yourself warm, says a study.
A nutritionist claims fenugreek, a common ingredient in Indian cuisine, is a ‘winter elixir’ whose anti-viral properties not only alleviate cold and flu symptoms but also prevent the conditions starting in the first place.
The spice, also called Greek hay and wild clover, has been recognised as having medicinal properties for centuries.
During a three-month winter period, 20 volunteers, 10 with colds and flu symptoms and 10 without, consumed half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds twice a week in a curry, the Daily Mail reports.
The cold-afflicted volunteers reported immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of running nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat and fatigue.
Volunteers who were fit and healthy at the outset remained that way for the duration of the trial, despite usually coming down with a cold at least once in the same period.
The test was conducted by Anglo-Indian chef Gurpareet Bains, author of Indian Superfood. He plans further clinical trials with the help of an American university.
“We already know that some foods and spices can help alleviate the symptoms of cold, but the results of these studies show that fenugreek is significantly more beneficial,” he said.
1 in 5 U.S. kids found deficient in vitamin D
By a looser measure, almost 90 percent of black children that age and 80 percent of Latino kids could be vitamin D deficient – “astounding numbers” that should serve as a call to action, said
The deficiency is a concern because recent studies suggest the vitamin might help prevent infections, diabetes and some cancers.
The new analysis, released online today by the journal Pediatrics, is the first assessment of varying vitamin D levels in children ages 1 through 11. The study used data from a 2001-06 government health survey of almost 3,000 children who had blood tests measuring vitamin D.