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CDC says flu season is just beginning

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that the flu season may finally be starting up. So, it’s NOT too late to get your family immunized.

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Zinc for the common cold—not if, but when

A new Cochrane Review finds that zinc supplementation CAN reduce the duration and severity of a cold SOME, but ONLY if it’s started early on.

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Busted: Top five flu myths

‘Tis the season for colder weather, impending family gatherings, holiday preparations … and sick days caused by colds and the flu. Along with flu season comes the age-old bits of wisdom from our grandmothers (and their grandmothers). What’s correct and what’s … Continue reading

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Cold and Flu Old Wives’ Tales Debunked

Was mom’s stay-well advice right? Don’t go out with wet hair. Rest. Cover your mouth when you cough.

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Vitamin D Supplements Reduce the Risk of Flu – Especially in Children

The doctors of pharmacology at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database are reminding us healthcare professions to inform our patients that vitamin D supplements may reduce the chance of getting influenza. Vitamin D levels decrease during the winter months, during the … Continue reading

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Vitamin D helps fend off flu and asthma attacks

In a recent study of Japanese schoolchildren, vitamin D supplements taken during the winter and early spring helped prevent seasonal flu and asthma attacks. Here’s more on the study from Reuters Health: The idea for the study, study chief Dr. … Continue reading

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Deaths from H1N1 vaccine = ZERO. Deaths from H1N1 illness approaching 7000.

As of 15 November 2009, the World Health Association (WHO) is reporting that worldwide more than 206 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 6770 deaths. So, the outlandish predictions that … Continue reading

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Suplements for Colds or the Flu. What works? What does not?

Demand continues to rise for supplements for colds and flu … despite the lack of hard evidence for most of them. However, some may work. Find out more about them here. Nasal saline irrigation can reduce nasal congestion, sore throat, … Continue reading

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Does elderberry fruit extract block the influenza virus? It may!

According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, (an subscription-based, independent, evidence-based, and highly trustworthy website that I highly recommend), “extracts of elderberry seem to block replication of some strains of influenza virus. New research shows that it might also block H1N1 … Continue reading

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New Swine Flu Website from the AMA looks terrific

The American Medical Association (AMA) has just today unveiled a new Web site for patients like you who want to learn more about the 2009 H1N1 (Swine) flu and the seasonal flu. This free public health resource can help assess your … Continue reading

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FDA urges consumers to avoid buying H1N1 treatments online

CNN is reporting that the FDA is warning Americans to “avoid buying treatments for the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, online.” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said, “Products that are offered for sale online with claims to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, … Continue reading

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Surgical masks may be as good as respirators for protecting against the flu

In an earlier blog, I told you about studies indicating that the only facial apparatus that is likely to protect you from the flu virus is what they call a “respirator.” This refers to an N95 or higher filtering facepiece … Continue reading

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How to Catch the 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu

What’s the single most efficient way to catch H1N1 swine flu? OK, that’s a no-brainer. Having a sick person cough directly into your face cannot be a good thing. That gives you more than a 50% chance of getting sick. But … Continue reading

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What do I do if I think I have the 2009 H1N1 Swine flu?

I’ve blogged before about “How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu (or Swine or H1N1 influenza).” What used to be called the “Novel H1N1 flu,” or the “Swine Fly,” is now officially called the 2009 H1N1 flu. But, … Continue reading

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Is the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe? An Update

I’m getting tons of emails and questions at the practice about the safety of the Swine flu vaccine (the Swine flu is now officially called the “2009 H1N1 influenza). Will it be safe? Will it cause cancer? Will it contain … Continue reading

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Will the Swine Flu Vaccine be safe?

At my practice, patients are already asking about the safety of H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine – event though it’s not likely to be out for a month or two. Here’s what I am telling them. More Information:

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Separating Swine Flu Myths From Facts

With the world facing its first pandemic of influenza in over forty years, it’s easy to get caught up in all the hullabaloo that’s circulating about the swine flu. The CDC says the worst could be yet to come. So, they … Continue reading

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A Vaccine for the H1N1 Swine Flu: The Race is On — And What it May Mean for You

The U.S. is racing to make huge supplies of swine flu vaccine — and trying to figure out who needs it most — even as the pandemic sweeps the globe. What will this mean for you and your family? More … Continue reading

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Swine flu has summer camps scrambling! What’s a parent to do?

Cuts and bug bites, sprains and bruises aren’t all that children are at risk for at summer camp this year. News reports from around the country indicate that Swine flu is spreading through dozens of camps. Some have shut down. Some … Continue reading

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Updated FAQ’s about the Swine Flu Virus – including a question about face masks

Like you, I can’t read the paper or turn on a television or radio without hearing about the H1NI influenza. As I’ve done radio interviews for radio stations around the country on the topic, I find many are asking the … Continue reading

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu (or Swine or H1N1 influenza)

If you’re sneezing, coughing and have a fever, do you know how to tell whether you’ve caught a cold or have the flu? At our clinic, as in clinics and Emergency Rooms all over the world, folks are calling in … Continue reading

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Swine Flu – Updated FAQ

Here’s an update on the rapidly evolving news about what is being called the Swine Flu. As more information comes available, I’ll post it here for you. Feel free to distribute this to your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and faith … Continue reading

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Swine Flu: Top 5 Reasons Your Should Not Panic

Public health physicians and medical journalists have a tough job when it comes to informing the public about the Swine Flu as we have to walk the tightrope between informing you so that you can protect yourself and your family, … Continue reading

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Swine Flu: Questions and Answers

What is the Swine Flu? How do I avoid It? What do I do if I have flu symptoms? These are all questions that came into our clinic today and over the weekend. Also, you can read a couple of my … Continue reading

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Swine Flu: What You Need to Know

As officials warn of the spread in swine flu cases across several countries around the globe, there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and your children from this unique virus. Also, you can read a … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu (in general) or the Swine Flu (in particular)

Prevention of the flu, and protection from the virus, is really no different than any other cold or flu. Just remember “the simple things” are what work best – wash your hands a lot, don’t shake hands or hug or … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Prevent Your Child From Catching the Flu

With winter cold comes the flu season, when more time spent indoors means more opportunities for the virus to spread. Some physicians who care for children have had their shipment of flu vaccines for almost two months, and other organizations … Continue reading

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Do You Have THE FLU or A COLD?

Here’s an on-line tool that can help you and your doctor differentiate the two – just from your symptoms. 

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Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot or Nasal Spray? If not, what’s Your Excuse?

WebMD Health News is reporting that mMore Americans are getting flu shots – but still far too few, the CDC reports. So, when are you planning to get yours? And, if not, why not? My Take?

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10 Ways to Stay Flu-Free

ABC News is reporting, that with flu season less than a month away, it isn’t too soon to take steps to protect yourself from influenza. And, since the flu can knock you out for a couple of weeks, catching it … Continue reading

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