Colds, Flus, & Infectious Diseases

  • 5/4/2019
    What is better?  Hand dryers or towels?  There are numerous studies comparing dryers to towels and a lot of controversy on the subject.  Learn more...
  • Beards and Pogonophobia | Natural Health Blog
    A new study found that the typical beard carries more germs than does dog fur.  Are beards safe? 
  • Do Face Masks Work For Flu | Natural Health Blog
    Wearing a face mask protects you from inhaling allergens and otherwise work as a shield against spreading and contracting flu and other infectious diseases. So, should you run to the drug store and buy a pack of 100 to protect yourself from all the sniffling people around you?
  • 2019 Flu Season, H3N2 | Natural Health Newsletter
    Instead of peaking in February, the incidence of flu this year is still climbing. Even worse, having had the flu once this year may not protect you from getting it again as it has changed strains.
  • 3/9/2019
    What’s up with people reporting to work sick? Don’t they get sick time off? As it turns out, not as much as you might think.
  • 2019 Update on Ebola | Natural Health Newsletter
    The danger from Ebola does not lie where you might think. If you’re not concerned, it’s because you’re looking at it all wrong.
  • Germs Prevent Cancer | Natural Health Newsletter
    Being obsessed with cleanliness only makes you more vulnerable to infection--and as new research shows, most likely to cancer as well.
  • Overprescribing Antibiotics | Natural Health Blog
    Beware if you walk into an urgent care center sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. New research suggests that you may be walking out with an unnecessary prescription for antibiotics.
  • Myths About 2018 Flu Season | Natural Health Blog
    The case for either getting the flu vaccine or avoiding it is not clear cut. Don’t be bullied by either side of the argument. Look at the information and make your own decision.
  • FAQs About Flu Season | Natural Health Blog
    Flu season is here with a vengence. Read five quick tips to help you make wise decisions about prevention and treatment.
  • 2018 Flu Season and Immunization Shots | Natural Health Newsletter
    Any vaccination, whether it’s for you or your children, should be a personal choice. (Sadly, many states are moving away from that option.) But that choice should be based on facts, not fear and emotion.
  • Pros & Cons of Exercising When Sick | Natural Health Blog
    Is laying about really the best course of action when you’re under the weather?  If it is just a head cold, you may not want to just stay home and rest.
  • New Antibiotics For Resistant Strains | Natural Health Newsletter
    Until medical science overcomes antibiotic resistance, you’re on your own. If you come down with a drug resistant infection, you’re only hope may be to turn to Mother Nature for help.
  • How to Stay Healthy on Vacation | Immune Health Blog
    Vacations can be very taxing on our immune system from lack of sleep to sick people on the plane. Here are five things you can do to make sure your trip is both fun and healthy.
  • 5/25/2017
    According to new research, your kitchen, even if you clean up regularly, might be a huge source of potential infection.
  • 8 Ways To Avoid Colds & Flu | Natural Health Blog
    We have 8 tried-and-true methods of avoiding colds! Read on for some natural ways to prevent a cold or flu virus from getting the best of you.
  • Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever Work? True? |  Natural Health Blog
    Does the adage “feed a cold, starve a fever” actually have any merit? Well, as it turns out, Mom may know best. New research suggests that we should take it seriously as it might help us fight off infections more effectively.
  • Why Exposure to Germs Fights Germs | Immunity Health Blog
    A new study has just come out that once again confirms you need regular exposure to dirt and germs to keep your immune system in top shape.
  • Doctors Overprescribe Antibiotics | Health Blog
    According to the CDC, nearly one-third of the outpatient oral antibiotics prescribed each year may be unjustified.
  • New Sudden Viruses Appearing | Natural Health Blog
    According to the World Health Organization, new illnesses are popping up and spreading faster now than ever before in history.
  • Germs Found on Money | Natural Health Blog
    Money and phones are loaded with germs--really loaded.
  • How Contact Lens Cause Eye Infections | Health Blog
    99 percent of those who wear contacts do not follow correct safety protocols, doing things that might lead to serious eye infection and other problems.
  • Horseradish Benefits
    The benefits of horseradish have been extolled throughout history: it was mentioned in Greek mythology, there are murals of this plant in Pompeii, and George Washington and Thomas Jeffersion both mention it in garden accounts.
  • Fecal Germs on Your Toothbrush | Natural Health Blog
    Using a shared bathroom may greatly increase the risk of fecal germs inhabiting your toothbrush.
  • Adults Rarely Get the Flu | Natural Health Blog
    Surprise, a recent study found found that otherwise healthy adults typically catch the flu just once every five years or so. Most of the time people think they have the flu, they have a cold.
  • Deadly Sore Throats From New Strain | Natural Health Blog
    New research has determined that there is a form of bacteria more prevalent than Strep causing sore throats in young adults, and it is dangerous.
  • 2/28/2015
    Researchers this week reported that they found evidence of bubonic plague in the New York subways.
  • Hugging Prevents Colds | Natural Health Blog
    According to new research, getting hugs can help you lessen your chances of getting sick.
  • Contacts Cause Eye Infections -- Natural Health Blog
    According to new research, bad hygiene habits with contact lenses may be the cause of a multitude of eye infections every year.
  • Natural Remedies For Bacterial & Viral Infections
    In this report, Jon tells you exactly how he manages his own immune system, prevents infection, and quickly overcomes any pathogens that take hold.
  • Herpes Increase Alzheimer's Risk -- Natural Health Blog
    Two separate studies have found that the presence of the herpes simplex virus may be associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease.[
  • 11/1/2014
    Pathogen destroyers function as natural antibiotics, antivirals, and virucides. They represent an alternative, complementary route to assisting your immune system.
  • Ebola Status Report | Special Announcement
    The maleficent, monger-miners of morbidity are at it yet again, looking to whip people into a frenzy of fear and spread misinformation in the name of the CDC. In case you haven't seen it, there have been an abundance of headlines over the last couple of days saying things like:
  • Tick Bites Cause Food Allergies
    It turns out that if you get bitten by a certain type of tick, you can develop an allergy to red meat.
  • how to avoid germs when shaking hands
    According to new research, fist bumping just may be a whole lot more hygienic than shaking hands
  • Ebola – Not Yet
    There's no reason for hysteria. The current outbreak of Ebola is highly unlikely to ever become a worldwide pandemic.
  • airplane interior Germs on Jets
    A new study has determined that two potentially dangerous types of germs--E. coli and MRSA--may linger within a plane long after the human carrier who deposited them there has gone.
  • 5/27/2014
    China may get all the headlines for tainted food, but there were five separate, large-scale, tainted food recalls in just one day in the U.S. last week.
  • Mers, The New Coronavirus
    MERS is unlikely to ever become the terrifying global pandemic that we are all holding our breath for--and that someday will come. It certainly bears watching, but there is little reason to be panicked.
  • purple echinacea flower
    If ever there was a miracle herb, echincea would fit the bill. The history of this highly debated herb has its roots steeped in Native American culture. The interesting discovery of this herb, however, is a little less glamorous than its uses.
  • 3/27/2014
    Most everyone is familiar with the five-second rule: the understanding that any food that has fallen on the floor is acceptable to consume as long as you pick it up within five seconds.
  • 2/8/2014
    After nearly 700 people got the heaves and diarrhea aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship last week, followed by 170 victims on a Princess Cruise a few days ago, you may wonder about the safety of cruising.
  • Building a Healthy Immune System With Less Antibiotics
    According to Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, Associate Director of the CDC, we have reached "the end of antibiotics, period. We're in the post-antibiotic era.
  • 9/28/2013
    The CDC has just officially announced that the overuse of antibiotics may lead to disastrous consequences. Already a minimum of 23,000 people die directly from antibiotic-resistant infections each year.
  • 9/16/2013
    NAC is great for dissolving and loosening mucus, so it is commonly used for chronic bronchitis, COPD, hay fever, and respiratory disorders.
  • 8/12/2013
    Flower Pollen benefits a wide array of functions and strengthen immunity. A powerful supplement, flower pollen extract is more efficient and cleaner.
  • MERS, The New Coronavirus
    There may be something coming in the fall that could change the equation regarding MERS (MIddle East Respiratory Virus).
  • 6/15/2013
    If you believe the World Health Organization, H7N9 and MERS are "a threat to the entire world." In truth, every few years, we have another "end of the world" pandemic scare.
  • Mandatory Vaccinations for Hospital Staff
    Four states currently have legislation on the books requiring all health care workers to get annual flu shots no matter what facility they work in, and more states are looking at passing such laws.
  • 10/27/2012
    Few things evoke revulsion and complaint the way dirty public restrooms do. Even sparkling clean public restrooms make many of us uncomfortable. That’s why we try to keep things sanitary by helping ourselves to those toilet seat covers dispensed in the stall. But are the seat covers just a ploy by the paper products industry to lull us into thinking we’re safe? What dangers does the toilet seat actually present?
  • 9/23/2012
    For doctors treating strep throat and sore throat symptoms, unnecessary tonsilectomies and the dishing out of antibioics may be a thing of the past due to new guidelines released by The Infectious Disease Society of America.
  • 9/1/2012
      Coverage of the health risk of tattoos has been revisited after contaminated tattoo ink ingredients have caused an outbreak of a nasty, hard-to-treat skin disease that is caused by a type of bacteria known as “nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM)”. Both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued warnings about the health risk of tattoos.
  • 8/28/2012
    Recently, two new superbugs --Clostridium Difficile and Klebsiella Pneumoniae -- have come to the fore, and they are evolving rapidly. Not only are they now resistant to most antibiotics, but they have escaped the hospitals where they were first bred and are now roaming the community at large. And like escaped convicts, they should be considered armed and dangerous! 
  • 7/28/2012
    Researchers have found that people who have no children are roughly twice as likely to catch colds as those who do have children.And the protection is cumulative -- the greater the number of children you have, the less likely you will get sick.
  • 7/6/2012
    Jaws isn’t the only predator lurking in the water. Beach pollution in the form of bacteria too small to see with the naked eye can cause harmful bacterial infections--not exactly the souvenir you want from a trip to the shore.   
  • 6/21/2012
    Recently, according to the World Health Organization, strains of gonorrhea have appeared that are resistant to all of the antibiotics typically used to treat this disease. This is a potential medical catastrophe, considering that more than 106 million people become infected with this sexually transmitted disease globally each year.
  • 5/17/2012
    Whooping cough, otherwise known as pertussis, has reached epidemic proportions in Washington (state). There have been more than 1,100 cases recorded between January and early May.
  • 5/8/2012
    A cow in California has recently been identified as having mad cow disease…leading once again to the question of just how safe are we.
  • Oral HPV Infection
    New research has found that HPV can be carried within the mouth, and may be present there in approximately seven percent of Americans.
  • 12/15/2011
    According to new research, it seems that we are all surrounded by germs pretty much wherever we go. A study at the University of Colorado in Boulder found that public restrooms were an especially rich breeding ground for a whole range of bacteria.
  • 11/8/2011
    It's been a bad month for the lucrative health-screening-test industry. Those of us who have been poked, prodded, scraped, and radiated to get our annual tests may be somewhat dismayed to discover that all the money and time spent may have been for naught -- or to be kind, very little.
  • 11/5/2011
    A team of researchers from England and Switzerland have discovered a "super-antibody" called F16 that appears to disable all of the influenza A viruses they tested it against.
  • 10/22/2011
    New research has found that there is a tick parasite that has been transmitted through blood transfusions appearing in the blood supply. Babesiosis, carried and transmitted by deer ticks throughout the Northeast and northern Midwest United States, is now the most commonly reported infectious agent spread by blood transfusion, according to a study performed by the CDC.
  • 10/4/2011
    A new version of the swine flu has been identified in two children in the United States. his H3N2 swine flu is a variant that has added a gene from the 2009 version of H1N1. Transmission between humans appears to be likely since the child in Indiana was not directly exposed to any pigs but did come into contact with an adult who had been around pigs.
  • 10/3/2011
    In our concluding segment on the immune system, we progressively step outside the box and draw a clear line between the medical view of the immune system and the holistic view. And ultimately, we arrive at the primary point of separation.
  • 9/22/2011
    A recent study that took place at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, found that lab coats, scrubs, and other articles of medical clothing were more often than not contaminated by various types of bacteria, including the potentially deadly MRSA. The researchers tested the garments worn by 60 doctors and 75 registered nurses on duty and discovered illness-causing bacteria on more than 60 percent of them.
  • 7/1/2011
    Colds and flus are not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, they can also be extremely dangerous -- especially to the very young and the very old. Unfortunately, modern medicine has little to offer in the treatment of colds and flu.
  • 8/24/2010
    Pennsylvania's Department of Health just issued a health warning of unusually high levels of pertussis, and California has reported an epidemic.
  • 3/2/2009
    The focus of this newsletter is on diseases that affect the bronchioles and alveoli. We're talking about COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, flu, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and pulmonary embolisms.
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