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.

12 Healthy Habits to Adopt for 2017

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Today, I want to share 12 simple, life-changing habits for maximum health…and happiness. Habits get a bad rap—we often think of the bad ones out there. But the truth is, habits form the backbone of about 95% of what we do every day—the good and the bad. And that’s why it’s so important to fill […]

BRAT Diet: not enough food for nausea

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Everyone knows how to fix up an upset stomach—nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastroenteritis—just do what grandma always said. Give your tummy a rest with a bland diet called BRAT: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. It wasn’t just grandma who told you that. Most physicians agreed with her, and the BRAT diet was pretty much a given. […]

The Truth of Feed A Cold, Starve a Fever

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If you grew up under any sort of adult supervision, there’s a good chance you’ve heard this gem once or twice: “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Most likely, no one ever explained where the theory came from, or why it would work. As you grew older, chances are high that you questioned this little […]

Saffron’s Health Benefits

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What’s the most expensive food in the world? More costly than gold, and much tastier? The fabled spice—saffron. Step aside, caviar and truffles. At $2,700 per ounce, saffron makes you second-class culinary treats. And take this—saffron is prized not just as a delicious spice, or as a gorgeous dye (in Buddhist robes, for example—a single […]

GMO mosquitos aren’t the answer to Zika

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Zika is one of the most dangerous emergent diseases we’ve seen in awhile. And, in a bid to stop the spread of the disease, health experts around the world are considering some very unorthodox approaches. One of those is particularly controversial. Mostly because it’s a new type of genetically-modified organism—a GMO. But, unlike previous GMOs, […]

8 Health Steps for Rising Seniors

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College-age kids are called “rising” when they’re about to move up a grade, like from sophomore to junior. So let’s call those of you now 50–64, who will become 65 and older over the next 14 years, “rising seniors.” The threat to rising seniors A recent report warns that many rising seniors face trying years […]

Recognizing Celiac Disease

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If you have sores in your mouth, they might not be canker sores. If you have joint pain, it might not be arthritis. And if you suffer from a skin rash, it might not be an allergic reaction from touching the wrong thing. These three symptoms—and plenty of others—are all signs of celiac disease. And […]

Watch out for new Lyme disease

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It’s beautiful out there. The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and fields throughout the country are begging for romantics to take shoeless runs through them. But I’d think twice before doing that. We haven’t just emerged from our winter slumber. We’ve also entered tick season. And where there are ticks, there’s also Lyme […]

Zika Virus: A threat but not for U.S.

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First, the good news for most Americans and most of my readers. The mosquito-borne Zika virus is unlikely to threaten your health. Yes, when the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaims Zika “a public health emergency of international concern,” that’s scary. But the scariest coverage has been from authorities with global responsibilities, like WHO and our […]

Antibiotics alternatives for cold and flu

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I like the way one writer puts it: “For the love of God, people, stop taking antibiotics for colds.” I’ll add, with equal passion: Fellow physicians, stop prescribing antibiotics for colds! And, cold and flu sufferers, stop asking your doctor for antibiotics. Antibiotics are among the most over-prescribed medications we’ve got. Yet they should be […]

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