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Going Against the Flow: Botanical Allies Help Mitigate Urinary Incontinence

By Stephen Siegel, MD & Joanna Cohen | Contributing Writers - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

Urinary incontinence is common, and incidence will only increase as the population ages. Conventional drugs often have unwanted side-effects. Fortunately, there are a number of herbal allies like rosehips, saw palmetto, and teasel, as well as homeopathic remedies that can help strengthen urinary tract smooth muscle and reduce involuntary urine flow.

Hypothyroidism, Candida & "Oximation": Toward a New Model of Chronic Disease

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

The most important concept in medicine, I think, is the Law of Parsimony. It dictates that when explaining the cause for an event or series of events, the simplest explanation is likely to be most valid.

To Ameliorate Seasonal Allergies, Choose Xylitol Washes Over Saline

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

Nasal washes can be a big help for patients with seasonal allergies. Many people use salt water. But this not the best choice, as it is irritating and it inhibits natural defense mechanisms. Xylitol nasal washes are effective in stimulating allergen clearance without the risk of irritation, and with the added benefit of inhibiting bugs that cause upper respiratory and middle ear infections.

Avi, Tami & Rummy: The Strange Politics of the Bird Flu Epidemic

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

Stock prices are soaring for the drug companies that make and market Tamiflu, thanks to the Bird Flu scare, and prominent government officials particularly Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, are making big bucks as a result.

Winterizing Your Patients' Immune Systems

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

There's a lot physicians can do to help people fend off the flu besides doling out flu shots. Roby Mitchell, MD, aka Dr. Fitt, offers some outside-the-box thinking and practical suggestions.

Physicians, Parents & Politicians Challenge Childhood Immunizations

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. Online Feature, No. . Winter, 2005

Once the epitome of public health success, childhood vaccine policies are under fire, owing to a growing concern that thimerosal, the mercury-containing preservative in many vaccines, may trigger autism, ADHD and other developmental problems. Federal authorities maintain vaccines are safe and thimerosal poses little threat, but an increasingly vocal movement of parents, politicians and physicians are unconvinced.

Human Influenza Virus Inhibited by Oil of Oregano

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

The essential oil of wild oregano has long been known as a traditional remedy for fending off colds, flu and other infectious conditions. Modern research methods have shown that compounds within oregano oil can block many human germs including Influenza Virus A.

Popular Homeopathic Products Target Influenza Prevention and Treatment

By August West | Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 3. Fall, 2004

Dolivaxil and Oscillococcinum are two of Europe's most popular products for prevention and treatment of influenza, and they are starting to catch on big-time in the US as well. Both are based on homeopathic principles, but are derived from very different substances and have different modes of action.