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  • 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.
  • 12/26/2018
    Did your doctor advise you (or even strong-arm you) to get a pneumonia vaccine? It’s more effective than flu shots, it’s harmless, and plus, one dose lasts forever. Right? Or is there another side to the story?
  • Dangers of Light Drinking | Health Blog
    Everything in moderation is generally a pretty good motto to live by. But now, new research suggests that even one daily drink might be detrimental to your health.
  • 8/16/2018
    While it may be a little early to be thinking about the flu, you might want to take steps to protect yourself, especially if you are considerably overweight. Find out why...
  • 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.
  • The Toll of Stress on Your Immune System
    We all know that stress causes headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and other health problems. And now, new research states that stress can even result in serious damage to the immune system.
  • 5/29/2018
    It’s not quite so fun if you end up getting ill on your vacation, and a new report suggests that might be considerably more likely if you are using the hotel pool.
  • Dark Chocolate Health Benefits | Natural Health Blog
    Chocoholics, rejoice! The food you love, the one you crave on a daily basis, is again being touted as a healthy food. 
  • Shingles Vaccine: Pros & Con | Natural Health Blog
    Shingles Vaccine: Yay or Nay? Remember the indignity of Chicken Pox? Your skin covered in ugly eruptions, your fever pushing the thermometer, feeling lousy all over? As if it wasn’t enough to go through that misery as a kid, it turns out that the virus that causes the disease never really leaves your body, even after you heal, and in fact, may provoke an even worse disease when you’re too old to reap the perk of missing school.
  • National Pecan Day | Pecan Health Benefits Blog
    On April 14, you can go nuts celebrating National Pecan Day. Okay, maybe don’t gorge on pecan pies, but there are lots of healthy ways to get your fill of pecans this day. 
  • Health Benefits Physical Touch | Natural Health Blog
    Sadly, many of us don’t enjoy nearly enough physical contact in a typical day, and that, perhaps, is a key component of health that medicine overlooks. 
  • basket of apples
    A new study found that greater consumption of both tomatoes and apples is associated with healthier lungs that show fewer signs of age-related damage.
  • 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.
  • Nature Best Stress Reducer | Forest Bathing
    Time spent in nature makes our troubles feel less troubling, and in fact, studies show that immersion in nature has real power to heal both body and mind.
  • 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.
  • Health Benefits of Melons | Health Blog
    August 9th is Melon Day! Enjoy a few of the health benefits of melon consumption from immune enhancement to cancer prevention, weight loss, and more.
  • 7/1/2017
    Did you know?  July is Horseradish Month! For those who love the spicy flavor of horseradish, rejoice! And if you don’t like horseradish, the health benefits are plentiful in supplement form as well.
  • The Art of Reading Tongues For Health | Natural Health Blog
    July 19th is Stick Out Your Tongue Day!  Let's celebrate by taking a closer look at the tongue from the standpoint of health. Learn the art of reading tongues. 
  • 5/25/2017
    According to new research, your kitchen, even if you clean up regularly, might be a huge source of potential infection.
  • Health Benefits of Swimming | Health Blog
    The third Saturday in May is celebrated as Learn to Swim Day, and this year it falls on May 20th.  Here are five good reasons why you should head to a pool near you.
  • Decaf vs Regular Coffee Health Benefits & Risks | Natural Health Blog
    Is decaf better than regular coffee? It’s confusing when considering decaf, which shares some of the advantages of the rocket-fuel variety, but brings problems of its own.  Find the pros and cons of each.
  • List of Medicinal Mushrooms Boost Brain Power | Natural Health Blog
    If you’re a fan of mushrooms, rejoice! New research shows that a certain type of medicinal mushroom may help protect the brain from degenerative conditions such as dementia.
  • 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.
  • Bikini Waxing & STD Health Concerns | Health Blog
    According to new research, there might be a link between pubic hair grooming and sexually transmitted infections.
  • Health Benefits of Beer? Natural Health Blog
    New research, out of Switzerland, concluded that beer makes you cheerier all around. Other studies show some real health benefits to beer.
  • Health Benefits of Pumpkin | Natural Health Blog
    On October 26th, celebrate National Pumpkin Day by eating some pumpkin: its loaded with antioxidants alpha- and beta-carotene!
  • Journaling to Boost Immunity
    Numerous studies have shown that journaling can contribute to emotional health and that it even can boost physical health in myriad ways, including immune functioning.
  • Forgiveness Boosts Health | Natural Health Blog
    August 25 is "Kiss and Make Up Day," and August 27 is "Global Forgiveness Day." Turns out letting go of anger and forgiving your enemies may be essential to your health.
  • New Food Allergies Develop in Adults
    Many think of allergies as a youth-onset condition, most of us hardly expect to suddenly become allergic to foods we’ve enjoyed our entire lives on our 30th or 60th birthday. But adult-onset allergies occur with more frequency than you might expect.
  • 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 to Properly Store Leftover Foods | Natural Health Blog
    How--and how long--should you store food once you've opened and/or cooked it?
  • Massage To Strengthen Immune System | Natural Health Blog
    If you love the feeling of a great massage, then indulge for your health's sake. Swedish massage has recently been shown to improve immunity -- just minutes after the very first session.
  • L-Methionine Health Benefits
    Methionine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is responsible for the production of collagen and is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body as well as slow the aging process.
  • Antibiotics, Probiotics, & Diabetes | Health Blog
    Individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have used antibiotics in the years prior to developing the condition than their peers who did not develop diabetes.
  • Vaccination Side-Effects, Vaccine Safety, Dangers of Vaccines, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Polio, Flu Vaccine
    When it comes to vaccines, reason and nuance are in short supply and, in any case, despised on both sides of the argument.
  • Dishwasher Too Clean For Immunity | Natural Health Blog
    If you have kids, too much cleanliness leads not necessarily to godliness, but perhaps instead to asthma, allergies, and increased vulnerability to illness
  • Are Vaccines Good or Bad -- Natural Health Newsletter
    Once you begin to treat each vaccination on its own terms, it becomes clear that not all vaccinations are the same and that we may come to different conclusions when looking at them individually.
  • 1/4/2015
    For most of the last 15 years, I have been developing and playing with my "ultimate" superfood formula. It was nothing that I ever intended to sell to the public. Produced in limited runs, they were for my personal use.
  • Hugging Prevents Colds | Natural Health Blog
    According to new research, getting hugs can help you lessen your chances of getting sick.
  • 11/1/2014
    Pathogen destroyers function as natural antibiotics, antivirals, and virucides. They represent an alternative, complementary route to assisting your immune system.
  • 10/18/2014
    If you're looking to minimize your risk from dying from the flu--and from Ebola too, for that matter--it's worth optimizing your immune system.
  • how to avoid germs when shaking hands
    According to new research, fist bumping just may be a whole lot more hygienic than shaking hands
  • 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.
  • red habanero chili
    Rated one of the hottest peppers on the Scoville chart, this spicy, citrusy fruit continues to grow in popularity. And, not surprisingly, this little pepper is more than just a way to heat up a dish. Habaneros also have a number of great health benefits as well.
  • tabebuia heptophylla tree
    In addition to being considered an anticancer herb, Pau d’arco is also well known for helping treat a wide range of infections, from the common cold to H1N1 to other infections such as sexually transmitted infections, infections of the prostate and bladder; ringworm and other parasitic infections; yeast infections; and infectious diarrhea.
  • cordyceps mushrooms in a plate
    Each week we like to take a moment to give special attention to a natural ingredient used to promote health. This week we're going to take a look at a Chinese fungi known to do everything from increasing endurance in athletes to helping rebuild the body after long-term illness.
  • rice field
    Tested by the U.S.D.A., stabilized rice bran is an extremely powerful source of vitamins and minerals, essential amino acids, Omega-3,6,9 fatty acids, and complete soluble and insoluble fiber.
  • noni fruit on table
    You may have heard quite a lot about the noni fruit as it rose in popularity a few years ago. The claims that it was a magic cure-all certainly didn't hurt. But, how effective is this fruit, and can it do all that people claim? To answer this, first we need to take a look at the history of the noni.
  • 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.
  • 10/15/2013
    New research has found that dishwashers, and to some extent certain other household appliances, often harbor fungi that can sicken or even kill us.
  • 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.
  • 9/16/2013
    Garlic is used as an herbal medicine. In fact, it is one of the best infection fighters available for both bacterial and viral infections.
  • Less Poultry Inspection Could Compromise a Healthy Immune System
    The USDA has proposed that it be allowed to radically cut back on the number of chicken inspectors stationed at poultry processing plants, while at the same time allowing plants to speed up production.
  • Your balanced diet shouldn't include washed chicken
    Drexel University has launched a "Don't Wash Your Chicken" campaign, setting up a website full of videos making the point.
  • 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.
  • Benefits of Probiotics for a Healthy Immune System
    Don’t chase after gimmicks. If you decide to eat things like probiotic enhanced cereals, cookies, or candy, do it because you like the taste, not because you believe it will provide any benefit.
  • 8/7/2013
    What is Goldenseal used for? Native Americans used it for its ability to heal common ailments such as sore eyes, skin issues, and digestive disorders.
  • 8/6/2013
    An Acetyl L carnitine supplement can perform several key functions in the body: improve the functioning of muscle tissue and of the immune system.
  • 7/25/2013
    Camu Camu is full of nutrients and is considered to be a true superfruit. Camu Camu is the single most concentrated source of Vitamin C found in nature.
  • Healthy Immune System & Staph
    New research has found that there may be a high transmission rate of the bacteria that can cause serious staph infections during team sports involving the handling of a ball.
  • Natural weight loss for psoriasis
    A study, out of Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark, found a link between overweight psoriasis sufferers shedding excess pounds and a marked reduction in their symptoms.
  • Benefits of A Pacifier
    A Swedish study has found that introducing bacteria from an adult mouth via pacifier into a baby's mouth decreases the risk of allergies in the baby.
  • 3/1/2013
    Over 3.5 million people get sick every year after coming into contact with raw sewage at the beach, making beach pollution a big concern.
  • 12/7/2012
    A short story about Jerry Mapes and how he used natural remedies to overcome Hepatitis C.
  • 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.
  • 7/31/2012
    Today, there are more than 20 million Americans with thyroid disease. Review a list of resources to help you learn about the natural alternatives for prevention and regulation of Thyroid Disease.
  • infections
    Infectious diseases range from viral (flu) to bacterial (TB), parasitic (pinworm) and fungal (candida). Infectious diseases account for more than 15 million deaths per year. One of the main problems today is that most antibiotics and antivirals are losing their effectiveness. Find out what does work, that just happens to be all natural.
  • 7/31/2012
    Although we all get colds and flus, not many know that the plain garden variety flu kills some 36,000 every year in the US alone! Unfortunately, when it comes to treating colds and viruses, modern medicine has little to offer. However, you may want to consider the power of alternative medicine...
  • 7/31/2012
    Your immune system is the most awesome system in your body, easily rivaling your brain in terms of complexity, subtlety, and self-awareness. Unfortunately, the intricate balance of this system can be easily thrown off by changes in hormonal balance, poor diet, and invading bacteria and viruses. The result is a wide range of auto-immune disorders ranging from Lupus to MS.
  • 7/31/2012
    Whether you are looking to fight off a cold or would like to understand how your immune system constantly fights cancer cells, our series on the immune system will explain how to boost your immunity and destroy invaders.
  • 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.
  • 5/31/2012
     The body's immune system plays two vital roles: defending against harmful foreign organisms such as germs, viruses, or bacteria; and guarding over your cells to ensure they are not degenerating or abnormal. However, your immune system can become overwhelmed by too many foreign organisms and become weakened or become compromised or even misprogrammed so that it begins to attack your own cells. With the Jon Barron immune system program, you can promote a healthy immune system and optimize your system.
  • 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.
  • 10/4/2011
    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.
  • 9/19/2011
    In this part of our series on the immune system, we talk about the complementary immune system, how your immune system communicates, and how we build immunity.
  • 9/5/2011
    In our last newsletter, we explored the elite half of the immune system: cell-mediated immunity.  These are the T-cells and Cytotoxic NK killer cells. To use a military analogy, these are the officers of the immune system -- those educated at West Point. In this issue, we explore humoral immunity, the grunts of the immune system, the draftees who man the front lines and do the bulk of the fighting.
  • 9/1/2011
    The stress levels of the alpha male, at least among baboons, were found to be much higher than those of the beta males who are immediately below him in status. And we all know what stress can do to your health.
  • 8/30/2011
    There is a new strain of deer tick-borne illness that's been discovered, and like Lyme disease, it too can strike humans. The most common symptoms of the disease, which usually appear about a week after the initial contact with the tick, are chills, fever, headache, muscle aches, and nausea.
  • 8/22/2011
    Understanding how your immune system works and how to optimize it, while at the same time keeping it in balance so it does not run out of control, turn on you, and attack your own body, is essential to good health…if not your very life.
  • 8/20/2011
    International conglomerate Cargill Inc. has recalled almost 36 million pounds of ground turkey that was identified as the source of 79 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in 26 states all across America, and was responsible for one death in California. The recall by the United States Department of Agriculture was considered Class I, posing the greatest health risk.
  • 8/11/2011
    Measles is being reintroduced to the U.S. primarily by travelers who have not been vaccinated against it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, approximately 90 percent of the patients affected by the current outbreak were unvaccinated.
  • 6/27/2011
    MRSA accounts for some 19,000 deaths annually in the United States, and an equivalent number in Europe, more than all the deaths from HIV/AIDS and almost 400% more than all the deaths from food poisoning – from all bacterial sources. Treating MRSA in U.S. hospitals costs upwards of $3 billion annually, and it is only one of several widespread deadly pathogens that are becoming drug resistant.
  • 6/14/2011
    A new study, just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that even people who have no symptoms and no clue that they're carrying herpes can, nevertheless, spread the disease. People who have herpes but no symptoms shed the virus in genital secretions 10 percent of the days they are tested, meaning they can infect sexual partners on those days. In contrast, those who manifest active herpes symptoms “shed" the virus about 20 percent of the time.  Explore what immune system boosters help if you have herpes (HSV-2).
  • 6/9/2011
    The number of asthma sufferers in the United States is on the rise, hitting unprecedented levels, according to research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The findings suggest that as of 2009, close to one in every 12 Americans -- including one in every 10 children -- are asthmatic.  Read on to find out what natural health remedies help to minimize asthma symptoms!
  • 5/31/2011
    Scientists at the University of California San Francisco and the University of California Los Angeles have combined natural immunity with genetic engineering to create HIV-resistant blood cells in HIV positive individuals. This research was based on the discovery of a person with natural immunity to HIV in Berlin in 2007. This person donated blood that was transfused into an AIDS patient. The recipient's disease then went into remission and has remained undetectable. It is believed that less than one percent of people possess this type of natural immunity.
  • 5/26/2011
    A recent study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, found that people who are lonely are more disposed to developing chronic inflammation -- and the diseases it can cause, such as cardiovascular illness and cancer -- than the more outgoing among us. In fact, loneliness was shown to have as great an impact on mortality rates as that of alcohol use and even smoking. According to a separate study that took place at the University of California, Los Angeles, certain genes are regulated differently in lonely people than they are in the extroverted, which could help explain the other researchers' findings.
  • 5/5/2011
    A new study has shown that approximately half of all adult men are infected with HPV. The participants were residents of the United States, Brazil, and Mexico, and the mean age among them was 32 years old. The rates of HPV infection discovered were high in men of every age. The findings also showed that the immune systems of older men were typically able to clear up HPV infections faster than those in younger men. And, unsurprisingly, certain strains of HPV that can cause cancer were highest in men with more than one sexual partner at a time.
  • 4/4/2011
    Given what we now know about oil pulling, it might be better to refer to it by its less common name, oil swishing, since there probably is no "pulling" of toxins from the body involved. On the other hand, given its low cost and potential benefits in terms of eliminating gum disease and all of the problems that creates throughout the body, it probably makes sense to add it to your arsenal of health maintenance protocols.  Learn everything you need to know to maximize the effectiveness of this potentially lifesaving technique.   
  • 3/7/2011
    The world's establishment health experts still don't get it when it comes to fats and oils. They oversimplify and misrepresent the case against saturated fats. They are clueless when it comes to trans-fats, which in some cases are actually healthy. And they are dangerously wrong when it comes to polyunsaturated fats, actually encouraging you to take a course of action that will lead to more heart attacks and cancer. The bottom line is that your life really does depend on understanding fats. 
  • 2/12/2011
    A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles determined that there has been a tremendous rise in monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.  Monkeypox transmission had been studied in that nation in the early to mid-1980s, providing a good basis for comparison to today.  Unfortunately, the scientists found that the incidence of monkeypox has swelled to 20 times the numbers of the original study.
  • 2/8/2011
    Bruno Chomel,a professor of zoonoses at University of California Davis, and his co-author Ben Sun reviewed published literature about people's physical contact with their pets  and found that there are indeed health risks. They came up with about 100 risks associated with "pet intimacy," -- including sleeping with pets, kissing them, and being licked by them.
  • 1/13/2011
    Were you healthy during the holidays this year?  If so, lucky you!  Many people were not fortunate enough to avoid the colds, flu, noroviruses, and other illnesses that are so prevalent between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Well, now that we're getting into the heart of winter, things only get worse.  Learn how to boost your immune system naturally and stay healthy during the flu season with this health blog!
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