Infectious Disease

Physicians, Parents & Politicians Challenge Childhood Immunizations

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

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.

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To Manage Minor Infections, Bolster the Bioterrain, Don’t Batter the Bugs

By Dan Kenner, PhD, Lac | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. , 2003

Overuse of antibiotics has led to a steady decline in their efficacy. Holistic therapies involving homeopathy, isopathic immune modulation, and administration of medicinal essential oils, can prevent or treat many infectious conditions by improving immunologic self-defense rather than destroying pathogenic organisms.

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NIDDK Will Test Milk Thistle in Hepatitis C: Patients Say, “Thistle Do It”

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 1, No. 2. , 2002

Silymarin, a mixture of compounds derived from Milk Thistle, is a popular herbal medicine for hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and other liver disorders. Clinical trials show that these compounds have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can slow the progression of these diseases. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have begun a large-scale trial of silymarin in conjunction with conventional drugs for treatment of hepatitis C.

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