Immunity Articles

A healthy immune system fights off assaults to your body from a wide range of enemies, including everything from virus and bacteria to cancer. These articles will give you insight into how you can boost your immune system and help fight off illness.

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Stop Cold and Flu before They Start

Are you doing everything you can to avoid colds and flu this winter? At my clinic, I’m seeing a steady stream of patients suffering from symptoms of both conditions, so I thought it would be a good time for a | Read More…

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40 Clove Garlic Chicken

Here’s a delicious way to get chicken-soup benefits, plus loads of garlic, without suffering from garlic-breath later. The cooked garlic mellows in flavor and becomes so soft, you can spread it on a slice of bread like butter. And the | Read More…

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Immune System Boosters Reduce Autoimmune Risk

As a practicing physician, I’m on the front lines when it comes to spotting trends in health and illness. And one thing I’m seeing on the rise is the number of people with autoimmune disorders, something that scientists say has | Read More…

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Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief: My Patient’s Story

Michael came to my clinic about two years ago, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He was only in his 50s, and a very talented musician, but he was unable to work more than an hour or two a day. The | Read More…

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Flu Shot Alternatives

Are you debating whether or not to get a flu shot? With concerns about the risky downsides of these shots, many people are wondering about alternatives. As a practicing physician for more than 20 years, discussions about flu shots are | Read More…

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What are Probiotics? Bacteria with Benefits

Probiotics are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “Living microorganisms that provide a health benefit to the host when ingested in adequate amounts.” That fairly boring description hardly does justice to these tiny organisms, though. In fact, the | Read More…

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Green Juice Recipe with Probiotics

Serves 1 Prep time: 2-3 minutes Here’s a simple, refreshing green juice you can make that’s so good you’ll want to have one every morning. If you don’t have a juicer, consider purchasing one. Juicing is an excellent way to | Read More…

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Weird Home Remedies That Actually Work

During my more than 20 years as a practicing physician, I’ve collected many wonderful suggestions for home remedies from patients, other doctors, and friends. Today, I’d like to share several of them with you. Some of these remedies are simple, | Read More…

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End Seasonal Allergies

One of the best things about being a doctor is being able to help people after hours, not just at the center. A couple months ago, an opportunity to do that came up during one of my speaking engagements. I | Read More…

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Ways to Stay Allergy-Free this Season

One of the best things about being a doctor is being able to help people after hours, not just at the center. A couple months ago, an opportunity to do that came up during one of my speaking engagements. I | Read More…

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Connie’s Broken Bone Solution

A patient I’ll call Connie came to me after breaking her foot in a skiing accident. The break was bad enough to require surgery. After the operation, Connie developed a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Symptoms include | Read More…

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How to Buy Dietary Supplements

As a practicing physician, my patients frequently ask about dietary supplements, including vitamins and related substances. Here are the top two questions: Do I need to take vitamins? Which vitamins should I take? Since these topics come up so often, | Read More…

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A Guide to Understanding Blood Test Results

If you’re like most of my patients, you’ve probably looked over the alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations in your blood test results and wondered what it all means. So to empower my readers, here is a simplified guide to | Read More…

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Is Lyme Disease Behind Your Fatigue?

In my practice, it’s not unusual to meet with patients who have already seen ten or more different physicians. They come to me because they’re exhausted and ache all over. Sometimes they have swollen joints, a fever, stiff neck, or | Read More…

Jeanette’s Immunity Lesson

Some patients are more challenging than others. Jeanette was one of the difficult ones. An elementary school teacher for many years, Jeanette was continually coming down with colds, most likely due to sick children turning up in her classroom. The | Read More…

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Cranberry Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder 1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice 1/2 cup filtered water 2 Tablespoons flaxseed meal 1 to 2 Tablespoons lecithin 2 to 3 ice cubes Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and mix thoroughly.

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Stop UTIs Without Antibiotics

As many of you know from firsthand experience, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are high on most people’s list of things to avoid. And yet, as I explained to my patient, Sarah, the standard “antibiotics for everyone” treatment only makes matters | Read More…

Sarah’s Bladder Battle

Sarah, 47, had suffered from bladder problems for years. Doctors repeatedly prescribed antibiotics, which Sarah took without question. But the UTIs kept coming back, and they were often followed by antibiotic-induced yeast infections. “The year before I went to see | Read More…

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Herb Garlic Butter

Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, they’re also filled with cold-fighting vitamins A and C. I recommend organic produce whenever possible. Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients: 4 – 5 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed 4 Tablespoons organic butter 3 cloves garlic, | Read More…

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How to Get Rid of a Sinus Infection without Antibiotics

A quick guide on what to take for a sinus infection or sinusitis. The saltwater nasal rinse. It’s safe, effective, inexpensive, and relieves symptoms.

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Quinoa Avocado Salad

For Celiac Disease sufferers, even a tiny amount of gluten (found in wheat) triggers a reaction that causes a wide range of digestive woes, neurological difficulties, fatigue, and more. Fortunately, it’s possible to avoid all symptoms of the disease by | Read More…

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Low-Fat Apple and Raspberry Crumble

Millions of Americans suffer through seasonal misery with allergy symptoms like teary or itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and fatigue. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to find relief from seasonal allergies. One way is to eat a diet | Read More…

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Grandma’s Chicken Soup

Healthy immune systems don’t just happen. One aspect of building strong immunity is eating a nutritious diet of whole foods (unprocessed and unrefined foods) instead of fast or processed fare. If you are already suffering from a cold or flu, | Read More…

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Celiac Disease: A Silent Epidemic

You might be wondering why there are so many “gluten-free” products in supermarkets these days. The reason is simple: it’s due to an explosion in the number of people who have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that | Read More…

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Flu Shot Side Effects

“So last year I got a flu shot,” Gary told me, “because everyone kept telling me I needed one. And then I got the flu! I’m not doing that again this year. But what am I supposed to do to | Read More…

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How to Build Up Your Immune System

I’d like to begin by sharing an email I received recently from a patient. Dear Dr. Connealy, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to explain how the immune system works. Now I understand why I was | Read More…