Infectious Disease


Among COVID-19 Survivors, an Increased Risk of Death, Serious Illness

Among COVID-19 Survivors, an Increased Risk of Death, Serious Illness

In a comprehensive study involving more than 87,000 COVID-19 patients, scientists at the University of Washington in St. Louis concluded that COVID survivors had a 60% increased risk of death during the six months following the initial infection compared to those in the general population. Moreover, long-term COVID-related health issues affected every organ system, including the respiratory, nervous, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems as well as the skin, metabolism, and more.

H. pylori: What It Is + 9 Natural Treatments

H. pylori: What It Is + 9 Natural Treatments

Do you know what’s been called “the most successful pathogen in human history?” It’s a type of bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and it’s been around for at least two hundred thousand years.

According to the CDC, about 66 percent of the world’s human population is infected with Helicobacter pylori. . . . But, having this bacteria living in your body can make your risk of developing gastric cancer up to six times higher. Plus, H. pylori bacteria is often at the root of other major digestive problems . . .

Nutrition Can Strengthen the Immune System to Fight COVID-19

Nutrition Can Strengthen the Immune System to Fight COVID-19

Dietary changes can help bolster your natural immunity against viruses.

No diet can reduce your risk of catching COVID-19. . . . [I]t is largely the health of your immune system that ultimately determines your fate.

Yet even with a grand total of zero dietary studies available thus far, it would be a mistake to conclude that diet doesn’t matter in a pandemic. . . . [This is] because the majority of people who suffer serious consequences from COVID infections have something in common: poor metabolic health.

Flushing a Public Toilet? Don’t Linger, Since Aerosolized Droplets Do

Flushing a Public Toilet? Don’t Linger, Since Aerosolized Droplets Do

Study explores toilet flushing and disease transmission, including that of COVID-19, via aerosolized droplets

Flushing a toilet disperses microbe-containing aerosols that can spread diseases such as Ebola and COVID-19. Scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science examined the droplets generated by flushing toilets and urinals in a public bathroom, given its customary high foot traffic and poor ventilation. The research indicates a potential high risk of disease transmission.

Chronic Viral Infections Can Have Lasting Effects on Human Immunity, Similar to Aging

Chronic Viral Infections Can Have Lasting Effects on Human Immunity, Similar to Aging

Research from the Buck Institute and Stanford University suggests that chronic viral infections have a profound and lasting impact on the human immune system in ways that are similar to those seen during aging. Results are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Using systems immunology and artificial intelligence, researchers profiled and compared immune responses in a cohort of aging individuals . . .

Make-up of Gut Microbiome May Influence COVID-19 Severity and Immune Response

Make-up of Gut Microbiome May Influence COVID-19 Severity and Immune Response

Imbalances in type and volume of bacteria may also be implicated in ‘long COVID’

The variety and volume of bacteria in the gut, known as the microbiome, may influence the severity of COVID-19 as well as the magnitude of the immune system response to the infection, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.

Imbalances in the make-up of the microbiome may also be implicated in persisting inflammatory symptoms, dubbed ‘long COVID’, the findings suggest.

Study Suggests High Vitamin D Levels May Protect Against COVID-19, Especially for Black People

Study Suggests High Vitamin D Levels May Protect Against COVID-19, Especially for Black People

A new research study at the University of Chicago Medicine has found that when it comes to COVID-19, having vitamin D levels above those traditionally considered sufficient may lower the risk of infection, especially for Black people.

The study, published in JAMA Open Network on March 19, retrospectively examined the relationship between vitamin D levels and likelihood of testing positive for COVID-19. While levels of 30 ng/ml or more are usually considered sufficient . . .

Flushing a Public Toilet? Don’t Linger, Since Aerosolized Droplets Do

Flushing a Public Toilet? Don’t Linger, Since Aerosolized Droplets Do

Study explores toilet flushing and disease transmission, including that of COVID-19, via aerosolized droplets

Flushing a toilet disperses microbe-containing aerosols that can spread diseases such as Ebola and COVID-19. Scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science examined the droplets generated by flushing toilets and urinals in a public bathroom, given its customary high foot traffic and poor ventilation. The research indicates a potential high risk of disease transmission.

Chronic Viral Infections Can Have Lasting Effects on Human Immunity, Similar to Aging

Chronic Viral Infections Can Have Lasting Effects on Human Immunity, Similar to Aging

Research from the Buck Institute and Stanford University suggests that chronic viral infections have a profound and lasting impact on the human immune system in ways that are similar to those seen during aging. Results are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Using systems immunology and artificial intelligence, researchers profiled and compared immune responses in a cohort of aging individuals . . .

Among COVID-19 Survivors, an Increased Risk of Death, Serious Illness

Among COVID-19 Survivors, an Increased Risk of Death, Serious Illness

In a comprehensive study involving more than 87,000 COVID-19 patients, scientists at the University of Washington in St. Louis concluded that COVID survivors had a 60% increased risk of death during the six months following the initial infection compared to those in the general population. Moreover, long-term COVID-related health issues affected every organ system, including the respiratory, nervous, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems as well as the skin, metabolism, and more.

H. pylori: What It Is + 9 Natural Treatments

H. pylori: What It Is + 9 Natural Treatments

Do you know what’s been called “the most successful pathogen in human history?” It’s a type of bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and it’s been around for at least two hundred thousand years.

According to the CDC, about 66 percent of the world’s human population is infected with Helicobacter pylori. . . . But, having this bacteria living in your body can make your risk of developing gastric cancer up to six times higher. Plus, H. pylori bacteria is often at the root of other major digestive problems . . .

Nutrition Can Strengthen the Immune System to Fight COVID-19

Nutrition Can Strengthen the Immune System to Fight COVID-19

Dietary changes can help bolster your natural immunity against viruses.

No diet can reduce your risk of catching COVID-19. . . . [I]t is largely the health of your immune system that ultimately determines your fate.

Yet even with a grand total of zero dietary studies available thus far, it would be a mistake to conclude that diet doesn’t matter in a pandemic. . . . [This is] because the majority of people who suffer serious consequences from COVID infections have something in common: poor metabolic health.

Make-up of Gut Microbiome May Influence COVID-19 Severity and Immune Response

Make-up of Gut Microbiome May Influence COVID-19 Severity and Immune Response

Imbalances in type and volume of bacteria may also be implicated in ‘long COVID’

The variety and volume of bacteria in the gut, known as the microbiome, may influence the severity of COVID-19 as well as the magnitude of the immune system response to the infection, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.

Imbalances in the make-up of the microbiome may also be implicated in persisting inflammatory symptoms, dubbed ‘long COVID’, the findings suggest.

Study Suggests High Vitamin D Levels May Protect Against COVID-19, Especially for Black People

Study Suggests High Vitamin D Levels May Protect Against COVID-19, Especially for Black People

A new research study at the University of Chicago Medicine has found that when it comes to COVID-19, having vitamin D levels above those traditionally considered sufficient may lower the risk of infection, especially for Black people.

The study, published in JAMA Open Network on March 19, retrospectively examined the relationship between vitamin D levels and likelihood of testing positive for COVID-19. While levels of 30 ng/ml or more are usually considered sufficient . . .

How the Pandemic Might Play Out in 2021 and Beyond

How the Pandemic Might Play Out in 2021 and Beyond

This coronavirus is here for the long haul — here’s what scientists predict for the next months and years.

June 2021. The world has been in pandemic mode for a year and a half. The virus continues to spread at a slow burn; intermittent lockdowns are the new normal. An approved vaccine offers six months of protection, but international deal-making has slowed its distribution. An estimated 250 million people have been infected worldwide, and 1.75 million are dead.

Diet and COVID, Where Vital Meets Urgent

Diet and COVID, Where Vital Meets Urgent

Roughly two weeks ago, the American Heart Association told the world that diet should be assessed routinely in clinical encounters . . .

You might wonder why diet should suddenly be treated as a vital sign, and the answer is as robust as the question is reasonable: diet quality is the number one predictor of premature mortality in the United States (and increasingly much of the modern world) today.

Charcoal

How and When to Use Charcoal for the Dreaded Stomach Flu

Charcoal isn’t just for your backyard grill. Even though charcoal makes most of us think of glowing embers and yummy barbecued kabobs or steak, it has stomach soothing medicinal properties too. The CDC reports that 19 to 21 million Americans will get the stomach flu, and charcoal might just help you get back on your feet faster.

Obesity Linked with Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications

Obesity Linked with Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications

A review of COVID-19 studies reveals a troubling connection between two health crises: coronavirus and obesity.

From COVID-19 risk to recovery, the odds are stacked against those with obesity, and a new study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill raises concerns about the impact of obesity on the effectiveness of a future COVID-19 vaccine.

Herd Immunity to Covid-19 May Be Closer than Expected Based on New Discoveries

Herd Immunity to Covid-19 May Be Closer than Expected Based on New Discoveries

. . . Two incredible new studies point to the key aspect of immunity that T cells play in determining susceptibility and severity of COVID-19 as well as establishing immunity against SARS-CoV-2.

This new data, along with prior evidence, indicates that approximately 40-60% of healthy people already show at least a partial immune response to SARS-CoV-2 because of prior exposure to types of coronavirus that cause the common cold. If these findings prove to be accurate . . .

Study Links Jailing Practices to COVID-19 Spread

Study Links Jailing Practices to COVID-19 Spread

American jails and prisons, in which large numbers of inmates live together in close quarters, have become COVID-19 hotspots. In fact, one published analysis found that the top 10 biggest clusters of the virus in the U.S. are now in correctional facilities.

A new study, however, takes a look at the possible ripple effect these clusters may have in surrounding communities. The findings suggest that short-term cycling of prisoners . . .

Coronavirus Treatment & Prevention: Nutrients That May Help

Coronavirus Treatment & Prevention: Nutrients That May Help

Pharmaceutical companies are working around the clock to develop vaccines and drugs for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 . . .

[T]hese things, unfortunately, take time. That’s why it is more important than ever to . . . support your immune system and your overall health so you’ll have the best chance of fighting off infection. In addition to getting plenty of rest, eating an anti-inflammatory diet, and managing stress . . .

The Most Likely Cause of Serious Manifestations and Death in COVID-19 Patients

The Most Likely Cause of Serious Manifestations and Death in COVID-19 Patients

WOW, the complete title of a recent scientific article pretty much says it all. “Endogenous Deficiency of Glutathione as the Most Likely Cause of Serious Manifestations and Death in COVID-19 Patients.” . . . Lower levels of glutathione results in the combination of an impaired immune response, decreased protection against the virus and cellular damage, and an increased inflammatory response. The bottom line is that if you want to survive this pandemic . . .

Readin’, ‘Ritin’ & Russian Roulette

Readin’, ‘Ritin’ & Russian Roulette

“We can’t become immune to this level of suffering . . . Georgia is in no shape to open its public schools in most of the state, the virus levels are too high.”

Dr. Ashish Jha, CNN, August 10th

Many schools throughout the country face a challenging decision, to either resume some version of normal instruction or implement virtual learning. Some are invoking the former without the necessary safeguards, which still aren’t foolproof, and consequently endangering the lives of children, who can effectively transmit the disease to their families and others.

Dr. Melvin Konner, PhD, MD

Six Months of Coronavirus: The Mysteries Scientists Are Still Racing to Solve

Six Months of Coronavirus: The Mysteries Scientists Are Still Racing to Solve

From immunity to the role of genetics, Nature looks at five pressing questions about COVID-19 that researchers are tackling.

In late December 2019, reports emerged of a mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan, China . . . The cause, Chinese scientists quickly determined, was a new coronavirus distantly related to the SARS virus that had emerged in China in 2003 . . .

Six months and more than ten million confirmed cases later . . .

What Is PANS/PANDAS? And Why Are Cases on the Rise?

What Is PANS/PANDAS? And Why Are Cases on the Rise?

Imagine a loving child who’s been hitting all of their developmentary milestones. Then, seemingly overnight, she becomes so aggressive and full of rage that she’s kicked out of her preschool.

Or, a high-achieving, straight-A middle school student that suddenly begins having difficulty concentrating . . . .

[F]or a growing number of parents, these frightening and heartbreaking scenarios have become their reality. More and more children are being diagnosed . . .

Common Viruses Causing Your Chronic Fatigue + Other Health Issues

Common Viruses Causing Your Chronic Fatigue + Other Health Issues

I see it all the time . . . [People] tell me they can’t understand why one day they woke up feeling like “a train hit them,” no matter how much they slept.

The Viral-Fatigue Connection

Viruses are often the underlying missing link because they can be triggers for many health conditions. Chronic viral infections can wreak havoc on your health months or years later in life and they can be difficult to eradicate once they get . . .

The Best Way to Support Your Immune Response

The Best Way to Support Your Immune Response

What Is Your Immune System?

Your immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that defend your body against infection . . . .

When your immune system is working optimally, acute inflammation is a critical weapon that protects you against severe and immediate stressors. . . . It subsides once the threat is gone.

However, chronic inflammation in your body is a big problem. [It] is systemic and ongoing . . . This type of inflammatory response is often the root cause of disease.

Natural Fever Remedies for Fever and Flu

Natural Fever Remedies for Fever and Flu

For most of us, our lives are packed with work, commitments and obligations. . . . We say to ourselves, “I have no time to get sick!” and we slam down a few Echinacea caps and Vitamin C and hope for the best.

But what if the inevitable happens? One morning, we wake up with the flu and a high fever. How did we go from being healthy and vital to down for the count?

How Do We Get a Fever?

When we are fighting off a pathogen, IL-1 (DEF) and pyrogens . . .

Vitamin D Reduces the Risk of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections!

Vitamin D Reduces the Risk of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections!

Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD, discusses vitamin D deficiency, the use of vitamin D supplementation, and acute respiratory tract infections. This is an important topic, as most people do not spend adequate time in the sun for their bodies to manufacture sufficient vitamin D nor do they supplement appropriately, and vitamin D bolsters health and protects against disease. Listen to learn more!

Covid-19 FAQ: Cleaner vs. Disinfectant

Covid-19 FAQ: Cleaner vs. Disinfectant

As we learn more about the novel coronavirus (technically called SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for causing the covid-19 pandemic illness), a common emerging question is “How do I clean (my hands, my groceries, surfaces in my home, car or workplace, etc.) properly to eliminate the possibility of exposure”? In order to thoroughly answer this question, it helps to understand the susceptibility of SARS-CoV-2 to cleaners versus disinfectants . . .

Robust Immunity to Viral Infections: Can You Really Boost the Immune System?

Robust Immunity to Viral Infections: Can You Really Boost the Immune System?

We hear a lot about “boosting” the immune system. And in truth, that’s catchy, but it doesn’t properly explain what’s going on. Immune function is a complex system that communicates with many different cells, organs, and tissues within the body. And it’s influenced by factors that build cells, make hormones, and control metabolic pathways.

The prompt response of immune cells to mount an appropriate attack on pathogens . . .

Do Masks Work to Prevent Coronavirus Spread?

Do Masks Work to Prevent Coronavirus Spread?

With mandatory mask rules in place in so many cities, a question must be asked.

Do masks work? If they don’t, then WHY are THEY asking us to wear them?

Let’s look at 3 studies on the subject of masks. References at the bottom.

Study 1 – Done in 2 Korean hospitals. Surgical masks and reusable cotton masks to detect transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from the person wearing the mask. The infected coughed from the mask into a petri dish. CONCLUSION- MASKS DON’T WORK.

Does the Flu Shot Increase COVID-19 Risk (YES!) and Other Interesting Questions

Does the Flu Shot Increase COVID-19 Risk (YES!) and Other Interesting Questions

Does the flu shot increase the risk for coronavirus infection?

There is evidence that influenza vaccines specifically increase the risk of coronavirus infection. Here is why, a phenomenon known as virus interference. Yes, it appears that the flu shot protects against influenza and it appears some other types of viruses as well, but it comes at a price of actually increasing the risk for coronavirus infections.

The Many Ways to Protect Yourself in a Post-COVID Lockdown World

The Many Ways to Protect Yourself in a Post-COVID Lockdown World

With each passing day, we learn more about the COVID-19 virus and how it behaves.

. . .[O]ur federal and state governments are forging ahead with plans to re-open various parts of the economy and relax many of the lockdown measures that have helped slow COVID-19’s spread.

. . . [S]afeguarding health during the re-entry process is all about prevention. And prevention is not only about continuing to engage in behaviors . . .

15 Coronavirus Myths Debunked (Part One)

15 Coronavirus Myths Debunked (Part One)

It’s been a fast-moving couple of months. Amid contradictory and maladroit messaging—some unduly alarmist—we’re learning more about the true facts surrounding the pandemic. This week, I’m taking a closer look at the some of the myths you may have come across over the last few weeks.

1. You get it from packages: From the outset, I’ve been telling people that they don’t need to leave packages outside for days to let the virus die, or laboriously swab down . . .

15 Coronavirus Myths Debunked (Part Two)

15 Coronavirus Myths Debunked (Part Two)

Last week, I offered a closer look at some of the myths circulating about COVID-19. This week, I’m continuing the list with the rest of the 15 myths that need debunking. Without further ado, let’s dive in:

9. Vaccine optimism: The stock market jumped 1000 points last month on news of a successful preliminary coronavirus trial by vaccine developer Moderna. But it quickly became apparent that this was merely the first step on a long road to a definitive shot.

How to Strengthen Your Immune System Against Covid-19

How to Strengthen Your Immune System Against Covid-19

While rapid and important work is being done to develop immunotherapy and a Covid-19 vaccine, we don’t have them yet. Meanwhile, we are getting somber reports daily on the number of cases and deaths. While we wait for proven treatments, I recommend that we focus on how to strengthen immunity as the best way to protect yourself and your family against Covid-19. The immune system is the first line of defense .

Sick Sneezing

What Can I Do if I Get Sick?

It is that time of year again! The cold and flu season is upon us. Millions of people per year get the common cold, making the common cold a leading reason that people miss work or school. The average adult catches the common cold an estimated 2-4 times per year, this number is even higher amongst the pediatric population.

Here are few specific things that can help prevent . . .

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Natural Remedies for Epstein Barr Virus

Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), also known as mononucleosis or mono, is a virus that is transmitted from human to human through body fluids. EBV is commonly referred to as the kissing disease but can be spread through many different types of contact including through the blood and seminal fluid. Although many people are carriers of this virus, some experience moderate to debilitating symptoms that can make life difficult. In this article . . .

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A Functional Medicine Expert’s Guide to Beating a Cold + Boosting Immunity

Eating clean, whole foods are the foundation to a strong immune system. But inevitably, even the healthiest of individuals will get sick.

We want to do everything in our power to prevent getting sick therefore, we need to keep our immune system strong.

Understanding how our immune system works and is interconnected with the rest of your body is the first step to a healthy immune system.

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Natural Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

When it comes to staying healthy during winter, I believe in prevention first. By prevention I don’t mean vaccines and screening tests. I believe in cultivating true health from the inside out by adopting healthy habits such as proper diet and exercise, an enjoyable family and social life, and a personal spiritual practice.

Yet, even healthy people sometimes get sick. And with cold and flu season upon us, I want to share some of the best ways . . .

Sick Girl

7 Tips for Preventing (And Shortening) Colds and Flus

Conventional wisdom holds that there’s not much you can do to prevent colds and flus—and even less you can do to treat them. [Y]ou could get a flu shot, but research suggests they aren’t nearly as effective as many believe. OTC remedies like antihistamines . . . do nothing to prevent them or shorten their duration. And . . . antibiotics . . . aren’t useful for treating the viral infections that cause colds and flus.

But here’s the good news . . .

Sick Guy

Are You Increasing Your Risk of Pneumonia?

Coughing, shortness of breath, fever, and chills. These are the signs of pneumonia, the 8th leading cause of death in the United States and the most common reason someone will die from an infection. . . .These statistics might seem scary, but there is something you can do. Here are 5 easy steps to decrease your risk of pneumonia.

Prevent & Manage Meningitis Symptoms 5 Natural Ways

Prevent & Manage Meningitis Symptoms 5 Natural Ways

Acute meningitis is considered a medical emergency. A very scary finding shows a high percentage (up to 75 percent) of all life-threatening meningitis cases occur in young children . . .

Of all the types of meningitis, bacterial meningitis is considered the most serious . . .

Meningitis is such a serious condition because it directly threatens the health of the brain and poses many risks to the central nervous system (CNS).


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