Infectious Disease

IFM’s New COVID Course Spotlights Strategies for Resilience & Recovery

By Erik Goldman

Since the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Institute for Functional Medicine has taken a lead in the effort to compile, evaluate and disseminate practical information on nutritional and botanical interventions for immune system resilience, risk mitigation, and recovery from infection. Headed by Patrick Hanaway, MD, IFM’s COVID-19 Task Force has also been helping […]

When COVID Came to Whitefish

By Kristen Schepker

Covid-19 began as a largely urban issue, but has since spread to far less densely populated regions. Now, the virus is upending daily life in rural areas that once appeared almost immune to its toll.

CDC “C’s the Light,” Reluctantly

By Erik Goldman

The Centers for Disease Control has finally, but reluctantly, acknowledged that “certain vitamins & minerals may have effects on how the immune system works to fight off infections and inflammation.”

Words of Warning: Fed Reprimands Clinicians on COVID Communications

By Erik Goldman

Any public health crisis creates a ripe situation for marketers promising quick cures and phony protections. With COVID-19, the huckstering began almost immediately. So did federal regulatory actions.  By the second week of March, the FDA had issued cease-and-desist warning letters to seven companies for selling COVID-19 remedies, including teas, essential oils, tinctures, and colloidal […]

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.