Infectious Disease

H1N1 is No Match for a Well-Primed Immune System

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Maintaining the functional integrity of the innate immune complex through a vegetable-rich diet, and immune enhancing vitamins & minerals obviates the need to fret over which strain of flu virus will predominate. A competent immune system will defend against them all.

Elderberry Extract Quells Influenza Symptoms

By Administrator - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

An extract of Elderberry (Sambucus) proved effective in reducing symptoms associated with human influenza in a new placebo-controlled clinical trial.

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

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

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

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

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.