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Infectious Disease

Superbugs at the Beach

Just when you thought it was safe… A new menacing hazard—bacteria—may be lurking in the water at your local beach. Although they are invisible to the naked eye, these bacteria can be vicious. According to this year’s report card from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the safety of more than 3,000 U.S. beaches, “there’s a silent and invisible danger” putting swimmers at risk of a number of bacterial and viral illnesses. The Read More

When Bacteria Go Bad…

Studies show superbugs may trigger the most fatal form of cancer. As a whole, bacteria play a very important role in protecting our health – our bodies contain trillions of bacteria and microorganisms that reside on our skin, in our mouths and especially in our digestive tract. Believe it or not, bacterial cells in the human body outnumber human cells 10 to one! However, modern medicine’s heavy antibiotic use not Read More

Green Drink for Natural Flu Prevention

Fight germs with chlorophyll-rich Fat Flush water—safe for winter detox. With trips to the Farmer’s Market and fresh garden produce months away, it seems that most of us just don’t get enough greens this time of year. I know I find myself leaning toward heartier veggies here in the harsh Northwest winter. And what greens I do buy in the produce section just don’t seem to look too appealing – Read More

Healing Winter Woes with Gentle Cell Salts

Ward off colds and flu with this natural remedy. With cooler temps setting in for the long winter season ahead (and snow falling here in the Northwest), immunity is definitely on my mind. In order to make sure my defenses are in tip-top shape, I’m already taking 5000 IU of flu-fighting Vitamin D daily, and ramping up my daily dose of antioxidants with Oxi-Key. In addition, I’ve been on the lookout Read More

Summer Superbug Savvy!

Avoid bringing home surprising souvenirs. Getting away for a much needed vacation is the highlight of many people’s summer, but unwittingly being exposed to toxic invaders can leave you with a ruined trip and a problem that follows you home. You’re not a party pooper if you take precautions—you’re a smart traveler. I have literally counseled hundreds of people who have never been “quite right” after a vacation to an Read More

Flesh Eating Bacteria Alert!

Avoid unwanted hitchhikers at all costs. Bad bugs are everywhere these days. We all have to be especially mindful because of the current outbreak of flesh eating disease or necrotizing fasciitis. This infection is usually caused by a virulent strain of strep or staph that goes wild and produces endotoxins that can spread rapidly resulting in a death rate of up to 40% with loss of limbs. While the young woman Read More

Toxic Travel

How to avoid bringing home surprising souvenirs. Getting away for a much needed vacation is the highlight of many people’s summer, but unwittingly being exposed to toxic invaders can leave you with a ruined trip and a problem that follows you home. You’re not a party pooper if you take precautions—you’re a smart traveler. Check out some of these ways to safeguard your long-term health by avoiding pathogens away from Read More

Radiation Coming Our Way

What you can eat to beat nuclear plant fallout. Last Friday, Japan was hit with an 8.9-magnitude earthquake—the largest since the country began keeping records in the 19th century. It was followed by a tsunami that ripped through the country’s coastline, destroying virtually everything in sight. The quake damaged several nuclear reactors, leading to threats of harmful radioactive leaks and meltdowns. Because radioactivity is airborne, it can be transported for hundreds Read More

Winter Wellness Fat Flushing Alert

Drink your greens to fight off germs and detox. Like many of you, I must admit that during this time of the year I simply don’t eat enough green veggies. Maybe it’s because during the winter months fresh produce spends days—if not weeks—in shipping or simply sitting at the grocery store losing nutrients. What I have seen in the supermarket just doesn’t look all that appealing. So, to help get those Read More

How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

Most people are deficient, though the government claims otherwise! New recommended daily allowances (RDAs) for vitamin D, released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), claim that few Americans are low in the “sunshine vitamin,” although scientific studies show just the opposite. (A few of the most recent are listed in “Sources” below.) The government’s first official recommendation since 1997 did, however, raise the intake level for vitamin D—but it Read More