When It Comes to the Rhinovirus, We are Outnumbered!

I recently came across an article claiming that the population of rhinoviruses—the primary viruses that causes the common cold—is about one billion trillion. That rhinovirus number is so amazingly huge, that I had to put it into context to even comprehend it: There are about 150 billion rhinovirus particles for every person on the planet. If […]

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Can the Flu Shot Really Give You the Flu?

A close friend of mine recently told me that he came down with the flu six hours after getting a flu shot (influenza virus vaccine). He was convinced that the flu shot had given him the flu and was adamant that he would never get vaccinated against influenza again. It’s not the first time I […]

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Flu Shots: How Well do They Really Work?

Someone would have to be living under a very big rock not to notice the enormous hype that flu vaccines receive every flu season.  From department stores, to virtually every drug store chain, to walk-in health centers across the country, everyone seems to be not only offering a flu shot but also touting how essential […]

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How to Treat a Bronchitis Cough (and Stop It Cold in Its Tracks)

If you have a mucus-producing cough or a continued wheeze, then you may have bronchitis.  Bronchitis occurs when our bronchial tubes—small airway tubes in our lungs—become inflamed. This inflammation causes the lining of the bronchial tubes to puff up and secrete mucus, effectively reducing the amount of air that can travel through the bronchial tubes. […]

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Why Do I Keep Getting the Flu?

Every winter, we at least consider the possibility of getting the flu…again. Why do we keep getting the flu every year, but we only catch other viruses once or maybe twice in a lifetime? Many of us had the chicken pox, which is caused by the herpes zoster virus, when we were kids. Once we […]

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How Probiotics Benefit Your Digestive Health

We’ve probably all heard the term “probiotics” thrown around at some point. Between yogurt, chocolate, cheese, and various cabbage preparations (notably sauerkraut and kimchee), it seems that probiotics are all over the place. They are everywhere—but what do probiotics do? And, why do we want them? The short answer is that probiotics are specific bacteria […]

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