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.

Saffron’s Health Benefits

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

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

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.

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

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 […]

Asthma and the Hygiene Hypothesis

Quick—what’s the first thing you think of when I say “bacteria?” If it’s, “Bacteria, ick! Must wash hands,” you would be wrong on two counts: While some bacteria are indeed icky, even dangerous, our health is hugely dependent on “good,” or “friendly” bacteria, called probiotics, that live in our gut, or biome. Recent research is […]

Antibiotic use increases diabetes risk

How many times do I have to wave this flag? Antibiotics can be hazardous to your health. Researchers in Denmark have just shined new light on this warning—by finding a link between antibiotics use and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. I’ve been saying forever that antibiotics wreak havoc in your gut, wiping out […]

5 Flu Prevention Plans

It’s official. As leaves turn orange, decorations get spooky, and the calendar flips to fall, my mind goes to a different dawning season. Flu season. Too many people don’t give the flu the respect it deserves. Which is scary, since we don’t have very good treatment options. The flu vaccine is a best-guess half-measure, leaving […]