Infectious Disease

How Insurers Profit From the Pandemic: A Conversation with Wendell Potter

By Erik Goldman

The COVID pandemic has wrought unprecedented economic strife worldwide. Despite the public hardship, one sector profits handsomely from the pandemic: health insurance. Healthcare plans are poised to make record profits this year. They continue to collect premiums, but their coverage of COVID care is spotty at best, and with so many clinics closed and non-COVID […]

Honeybees May be Allies in Fight Against MRSA

By Kristen Schepker | Assistant Editor

Swedish researchers recently discovered unique lactic acid bacteria in fresh honey and in the honey-producing organs of bees that are strongly active against several virulent human pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Profiting from Pandemic: How Insurers Turned COVID into a Goldmine

By Erik Goldman

For health insurers, the COVID pandemic has been a goldmine. At least so far. Across the nation, ordinary people and small businesses struggle with both the disease itself and the fiscal consequences of prolonged economic shutdown. Healthcare plans, on the other hand, are poised to make record profits this year. According to a mid-April NASDAQ […]

Nutrients & Phytochemicals to Ease Pulmonary Inflammation

By Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD Contributing Writer

The intense immune reactions seen in severe COVID and other forms of Acute Respiratory Distress (ARDS) are mediated in part by Inflammasomes–multi-protein complexes produced by lung cells. Dr. Nalini Chilkov shares how substances found in common herbs and plant-based foods can reduce pulmonary inflammation.

If Social Distancing is Key, Why Aren’t Our Leaders Role-Modeling It?

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

Watch a clip or look at a photo of Donald Trump at any of his recent COVID-19 press conferences.

There he is, flanked tightly by a phalanx of dutifully stone-faced cabinet members, advisors, and health experts—all within a sneeze of each other. All apparently unconcerned about catching or transmitting the very pathogen that is tanking the global economy and throwing turmoil into millions of peoples’ lives.

Mercury & Adjuvant-Free, A New Flu Shot Offers Cleaner, Greener Option

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

This flu season, practitioners have a new adjuvant-free option to offer people who’ve been reluctant to take conventional flu shots. The new vaccine, called Flublok, delivers up to three times as much antigenic protein as other flu shots, without additives like thimerosal or aluminum. And, no chicken eggs are involved in its production.

Honeybees Are Allies in Fight Against MRSA

By Kristen Schepker | Assistant Editor

Swedish researchers recently discovered 13 unique lactic acid bacteria in fresh honey and in the honey-producing organs of bees that are strongly active against several virulent human pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

What to Do When Patients Demand Unnecessary Antibiotics

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

It’s a common clinical scenario—especially this time of year.

A patient comes in with a respiratory infection—most probably viral—and requests–make that demands–a Z-Pak, saying that he cannot afford to be absent from work, and that antibiotics have “always worked” well in the past.