Chronic Viral Infections: Yes, we have treatments now!

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Chronic Viral Infections: Yes, we have treatments now!

Today I have the pleasure of talking with Marty Ross, MD, who has extensive experience working with chronic illness. The role of chronic viral infections in these illnesses has long been discussed, and today we will share what we have learned about how to diagnose and treat them. (Yes, we have a variety of effective treatments now!)
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Steps to Take Right Now to Avoid Becoming a Victim of the Flu Epidemic

Good information on influenza from one of GMA’s supplement providers: Super Good Stuff

With this year’s flu season reaching epidemic levels (CDC MAP OF CURRENT FLU LEVELS), it’s not too late to be prepared. Already exposed? Take action now with the steps below…  

Nearly everywhere you look, headlines warn that 2013 is one of the worst flu seasons in years, and more people are getting sick, earlier. Getting a flu shot is your best line of defense, so say the “experts”. But is it?

Interestingly, even people who have received flu shots are getting sick. Why is that? [Read more…]


Colds, Flu, Upset Stomach, Sore Throats, Earaches: What Can You Do?

Elizabeth Large, NDBy Elizabeth Large, ND

The winter is always a time when acute illness make the rounds. Anyone with a chronic illness needs to be especially careful to protect themselves during this season. With holidays making extra demands on your time and energy, what can you do to make it through with the least amount of sickness this winter?

Of course being careful to avoid exposures is helpful. Be sure to wash your hands often. Soap and water is enough, you don’t have to use an antibacterial soap. The physical action is enough to remove any bacteria or viruses from your hands. Avoid being around people who are sick. Be sure to get enough rest, and eat well. Simple enough, but sometimes pushed aside during the holidays.

But what if this isn’t enough? Here is a  list of treatments that you can use to prevent and treat the winter bugaboos that are trying to make your holidays miserable.

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Winterize Your Immune System

Don’t Let Winter Get You Down!


The relationship between vitamin D status and the strength of the immune system is a hot topic. Actually a steroid hormone more than a vitamin, vitamin D is made by the skin after exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. Because the sun’s angle of incidence outside the tropics is considerably lower in winter, the skin’s response is too weak to manufacture sufficient stores of this vital nutrient.

In the early 1980’s, British physician R. Edgar Hope-Simpson proposed a relationship between solar radiation and the seasonality of influenza. Without sunlight, the skin does not produce vitamin D, deficiency of which is common in winter. This steroid hormone has considerable influence on immunity, where is prevents excess expression of inflammation and is able to, “…stimulate the expression of potent anti-microbial peptides, which exist in neutrophils, monocyytes, natural killer cells, and in epithelial cellls lining the respiratory tract, where they play a major role in protecting the  lung from infection.” (Cannel 2006)…

Read full article at the Body Bio.