Common Mold Impairs Respiratory Immunity

Aspergillus. You probably inhale hundreds of airborne Aspergillus spores every day. Of the hundreds of Aspergillus species, fewer than 20 cause human disease. Among these, A. fumigatus is the leading pathogen. For example, in a hospital survey comparing airborne fungal spores with fungal isolates from patients, A. fumigatus comprised only 0.3% of airborne spores, but […]

How To Get Rid of a Fever Blister or Cold Sores?

This is a Guest Post by Ethel Huizar Fever blisters are also commonly known as cold sores – clusters of small red blisters grouped around the mouth and on the lips. The skin surrounding fever blisters is irritated, sore and swollen. Contrary to popular belief, fever blisters don’t appear in a direct relationship with fever, but represent […]

Colic Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Review of the most common foods in mother’s diet to cause colic in breastfed baby: foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Regardless of the cause, tips to soothe the colicky baby are similar. And regardless of the cause, a recent study found that Probitotics, when compared to simethicone, relieved colic symptoms in 93% colicky babies compared to only 7%!!

The Hygiene Hypothesis: Are Dirty Children Healthy Children?

Is Grime Good For Our Kids? We are a nation obsessed with cleanliness, convinced that dirt is dangerous. We carry hand-sanitizer (“hanitizer” according to my 4-year-old), and we see sanitizer dispensers everywhere: schools, gyms, the library. And that seems reasonable. After all, we transmit fewer bacteria between us when we sanitize our hands on a […]

Brain-Eating Amoeba and Nasal Rinses?

If you use a Neti pot or any other method for nasal rinsing, you must have heard about the recently reported deaths from Amoebic Meningoencephalitis that were linked to Neti pot use. Is that true? Can I get brain-eating Amoeba from my Neti pot?? Here is an interview with expert, Dr. Robert Tolan, to answer that question.

A Story About a Sugar: The X-Factor

There are few proven ways to reduce ear infections in children. What we hear about – what our pediatricians prescribe – are antibiotics, and surgical procedures. What we don’t hear about are cheap natural products that WORK. Here is the story of one such product: Xylitol. Xylitol is proven to reduce ear infections in prospective clinical trials. Read more to learn how.

When Considering Probiotics, Consider This

Randomized Clinical Trials have clearly demonstrated benefits of Probiotics for certain populations, but what do you look for when looking for a probiotic? Here is a review of the things to consider.

Probiotics: Do They Work?

Do Probiotics Help Restore a Healthy Balance in Our Microbiome? What we really want to know is this: Do probiotics help reduce symptoms of any diseases? Do probiotics help reduce respiratory symptoms of allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, or viral URI syndrome? Do probiotics help reduce symptoms of diarrhea or other GI imbalances? Do they help […]

5-Step Program to Eliminate Chronic Sinusitis (and 1 more)

We know that chronic sinusitis is the result of biofilm-forming bacteria. How can we use that information to treat sinusitis? Here is a 5-step program to eliminate biofilm and sinusitis – for you or your child.

Probiotics: An Introduction

I recently reviewed how our microbiome – the menagerie of living microorganisms living within us – and how the balance of our microbiome can affect our health and well-being in a couple articles here. This article will briefly review the definitions of Probiotics and a couple other terms that you will want to be familiar […]

Biofilms and Chronic Sinusitis

Bacteria in “Biofilms” have properties that make them difficult to kill, both with antibiotics, and by our immune system. These properties of biofilms help explain the clinical features of chronic rhino-sinusitis, or CRS. Here are the facts.

Our Health and Our Microbiome: A Matter of Balance

It’s a Matter of Balance. A couple weeks ago I talked about the complex universe of non-human life living within us – our microbiome: Paradigm Shifting Without A Clutch. These bacteria, archaea (single-cell life form separate from bacteria), viruses, and fungi that comprise our microbiome mostly live in harmony with us. They do us no […]