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Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
Natural cold and flu remedies

Natural cold and flu remedies can be an effective support to overall immune support, especially within a society that often prescribes antibiotics as a primary source of treatment.

Antibiotics, despite being vitally important in multifarious conditions, are not always the answer for colds and flu. They work only when bacterial infections are present, for those with bronchitis, etc. They do not work against viral infections and, indeed, are frequently less than useful when given in such circumstances as they kill both friendly and unfriendly bacteria, leaving people vulnerable to thrush and bowel problems.

Overuse of antibiotics has additionally created an ever-growing number of bacteria that are immune to them, threatening doctors’ ability to treat serious illness. The emergence of superbugs – pathogens with a resistance to antimicrobial drugs – was firmly linked to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in a report of the Standing Medical Advisory Committee.

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Get Your Children’s Immune System Ready

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Children's Health, Cold and Flu
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Children catch an average of 6 to 10 colds every year. Children are more susceptible to colds than adults because they haven’t built up enough specific immunity to fight the many different cold viruses and they don’t have the same reflexes as adults when it comes to hygiene.

In children, a cold can easily lead to an ear infection because their Eustachian tubes are shorter and more horizontal than those of adults. As many as 75% of children develop an ear infection before the age of 3.

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How to Deal with a Cough

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
How to Deal with a Cough

A persistent cough can be very annoying but why do we cough?

Coughs are often caused by excess mucus or other irritant matter from external sources – dirt, smoke, household cleaners – lying on the surface of the respiratory tract, and your body is trying to expel them out of your system.

The body uses the mucous membranes as an exit route for toxins. When a bug infects you and your immune system attacks it, dead bacteria and dead immune cells can be pushed out via mucous secretions. Also, if other eliminatory organs such as the bowel aren’t working well, then some toxins may be diverted to the respiratory tract to be offloaded through these membranes.

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Health Conditions – What Men Don’t Talk About

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Men's Health
Health Conditions - What men don’t talk about!

Women outlive men by six or seven years on average. More boys than girls suffer from hyperactivity, reading and behavioral problems, clumsiness, stammering and autism. Once they make it into adulthood, boys are more likely to suffer from circulatory disorders (including the biggest killer, heart disease), diabetes and alcoholism, ulcers and lung cancer. Male infertility rates are on the increase too.

WHY IS THIS?

One of the problems is testosterone. While helping out in many areas, it also has some drawbacks, including raising cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and lowering immune function.

Luckily there is an upside to all this and many simple ways to reduce the risk of having these problems…

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Prostate Problems – The Great Male Taboo

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Men's Health
Prostate Problems - The Great Male Taboo

The issue of prostate trouble continues to be a taboo subject for a large number of men. Often, men confuse a healthy prostate gland with virility.

What man would dare admit to having a weakness in this area? Prostate trouble has even been called an “old man’s illness.” A man’s reluctance to have a doctor examine his prostate as a preventive measure—in a process that involves the doctor inserting a finger into the patient’s rectum—is also the reason that so many men act as though nothing were wrong. That’s why only about 40% of men who may be considered at risk seek treatment—with a majority preferring to remain silent.

When left untreated, prostate ailments make it increasingly impossible for the bladder to empty itself completely. Residual urine begins to accumulate, and bacteria, which thrive in this warm environment, quickly begin to multiply.

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