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

Alternative Medicine
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, and cough. I suggest that my patients irrigate once a day or more often if needed. Zinc lozenges might help decrease a cold's duration. But I caution my patients that zinc has a metallic taste and too much can lead to copper deficiency. The Natural Medicines Database tells doctors, “Remind people to throw away old recalled Zicam nasal products. Nasal zinc can cause a loss of smell.” Adequate vitamin D levels are associated with a lower risk of respiratory infections. This looks promising, but it doesn't prove that vitamin D…
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How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 8 – Patience

General Health, Woman's Health
This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter and safer labor and birth. Although written primarily for professional birth attendants, I hope information will be helpful to lay women planning their birth. Today we’ll look at the sixth “P” of my 10 “P’s” of keeping labor shorter and birth safer — patience. “We’ve forgotten that most women deliver in time.  If you allow 24 hours to elapse before intervening, you wouldn’t have the high cesarean rate ... we’re  not doing the combination of the right things in managing labor.”(29)  Not only are the “24-hour” or the “12-hour” rules open to debate, but the “2-hour” rule is also being questioned:  “The two-hour rule for…
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The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World – Part 7 – Norway

Bioethics, Medical Economics
In the midst of our national debate about healthcare reform, people on both sides of the debate seem to pick and choose among the facts and myths about the nationalized healthcare available in a number of other countries. The fact is that every nationalized health care system in the world is battling issues of rapidly rising costs and decreasing access to care. But, these systems also have some very attractive benefits. So, let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s of the Norwegian system. (more…)
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