Another “hygiene hypothesis” news story is making the rounds. This time it’s an ABC News story of a farm family in New York state whose kids and parents don’t ever seem to get sick.
As has been covered on this blog for a long time now, it’s called the hygiene hypothesis, or as I [...]
The flu season is here. Early.
News reports this week quote the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as saying this is the earliest start to the flu season since 10 years ago in the 2003-2004 winter season. And several southern states are seeing a big spike in number of flu cases so far in [...]
Ever wonder how much vitamin C gets flushed down the toilet around this time of year? There’s still this mind set that loading up on tons of Vitamin C during the winter months can prevent colds and infections and related winter maladies.
First, let’s not discount the overall importance of Vitamin C. It is essential [...]
Many things can contribute to strong–or weak–immune function. The main components, outside of genetics, that can make or break a healthy immune response are what I’ve called “The 5 S’s”: Sleep, Sustenance (healthy diet), Stress (management), Sport (exercise) and Supplementation (EpiCor). I could probably add an H to that list as well, for Hygiene. As [...]
A primer for parents on how to keep their kids healthy in school would be a good one for adults, too. Wash hands, get enough sleep each night, do the Vampire Cough (cough into your elbow, like you’re a vampire wrapping your cape around your face), and eating healthy are all things us grown-ups should [...]
A New York times piece this past week discusses the possibility of continuous inflammation–the result of an unbalanced aggressive immune function – as a potential contributor or even cause for autism in newborns. In fact, as the article points out, a Danish study spanning 20 years shows a connection between pregnant mothers treated for a [...]
The British version of the FDA - The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency – has issued some guidance about echinacea in that country. The warning says that echinacea — a herbal supplement made from the echinacea plant — should not be used by children under 12 years old. The warning says ”the perceived benefits of the [...]
Every year in July, the Des Moines Register newspaper puts on the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI. The ride started 40 years ago, with just a few dozen cyclists starting at the banks of the Missouri River and ending a week later at the Mississippi.
It has now grown to nearly [...]
When people talk about immune response and the benefits of the immune system, we tend to think in terms of cold and flu, protecting wounds and, maybe, allergies, although many people don’t realize allergies are just overaggressive immune responses.
But I think people need to realize your immune system, and how you take care of [...]
Research is strongly indicating that exercise is beneficial for healthy immune function. Especially moderate exercise. On the other hand, there is growing research showing intense physical workouts, such as marathons, triathlons, body building, etc., and all the training that goes into preparing for competitions, can actually weaken immune function, making the body vulnerable to illness [...]