Every year, millions of Americans are hit by cold, flu, and other respiratory infections. While the common cold will rarely cause serious complications, the flu and other infections—such as Legionnaire’s, pneumococcus, and mycoplasma—can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications, especially in the young, the elderly, and the chronically sick.
Autumn is here, and so is influenza—better known as the flu, a nasty viral infection that strikes millions every year, both in the winter and spring. If you have full-blown flu, you will likely feel very unwell and may be confined to bed for a day or three. And you
Nutrition scientists often differentiate between “energy-dense” and “nutrient-dense” foods. In terms of nutrition, “energy” equals calories, so foods that are energy-dense contain a lot of calories for the amount of food—sugar, for example, which packs 773 calories per cup. The same amount of a non-energy dense food like chopped carrots,
A shooting pain that takes your breath away. A throbbing ache that won’t let up. Tingling fingers and toes. Nerve pain comes in various forms and can be debilitating in many ways—depression, anxiety, and infections, for example.
Our bodies contain billions of nerves that send billions of messages to our
Do you want to stay flu-free? Are you curious about immune system supplements, wondering if any of the hundreds available are really effective? Many naturopathic and integrative doctors recommend effective, immune system boosters that can be safely taken long-term during the flu season to help lower the likelihood you’ll get
Adaptogens, as they are aptly named, are substances (usually herbs) that may help your body adapt to changing needs by restoring normal physiological functioning and reducing stress and fatigue. While they have been around a very long time, the term “adaptogens” was coined only in 1947.
There are approximately 70 herbal
If you regularly take a dietary supplement, it’s likely you do so because of manufacturer claims that it will boost your wellbeing—and many people report that they do perceive a health benefit from the supplements they take. But Mount Sinai geriatrician Patricia Bloom, MD, notes that there are no large
Millions of older adults undergo surgical procedures annually, and we’re looking at the two main approaches—open surgery and minimally invasive (or “keyhole”) surgery—in this month’s issue. If you’re having surgery in the near future, it’s likely that countless questions about the procedure and the recovery period are racing through your
You’d need to review a lengthy list of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in a specific food to determine whether it qualifies as a superfood. That level of research simply wouldn’t be practical (or even possible) for most of us. Fortunately, there are plenty of clues that will help