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What are your flu medication options?

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 November 2015, Cold and Flu
flu-medication

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Every year, there is much commotion about colds and flu in the media and not much is said about it other than getting the flu shot. While many people comply with this recommendation others look for alternatives.

Some of these individuals may have a reasonable strategy for combatting the bug, but others may question the safety and efficacy of such choices. This article—very briefly—goes over some of these options.

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Sinus congestion? Keep breathing!

by Sonia Chartier, on 5 February 2015, Cold and Flu
sinus congestion

Is breathing through your nose a challenge?  If you are waking up with phlegm dripping down the back of your throat; finding it difficult to breath quietly through your nose; not able to exercise without struggling for breath or feeling like you’re always clearing your throat – you are enduring the delights of a congested airway.

In some cases, it becomes a general condition that never seems to completely leave you and can last for months or even years.

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Get Added Protection Against H3N2 with A.Vogel’s Clinically Proven Echinaforce®

by Krista Halton, on 23 December 2014, Cold and Flu
Influenza virus H3N2

A recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reveals that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine may not be effective enough to protect you from this year’s predominant influenza strain, H3N2.

According to Dr. Joe Bressi,with the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), only 50% of the viruses in circulation in North America match those found in the vaccine.

“Considering the PHAC’s recent report and the changing strains of viruses currently attacking the population, now more than ever, it is important that Canadians consider complementary measures that can help in the prevention, and if necessary the treatment of colds and flu,” said Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author of the Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

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Cold and flu – Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

by Sonia Chartier, on 11 August 2014, Cold and Flu
cold and flu

The cold season changes our environment in ways that challenge our body: more germs to catch from the office, school, gym, planes or public transportation; extreme temperature variations; less sunshine, fresh air and outdoor activities…

The smart thing to do is to prepare our body to meet these challenges and continue to enjoy good health.  Prevention is key for getting through the cold and flu season successfully. It is especially important for those who are more vulnerable to infections.

During periods when you experience excessive stress, fatigue or prolonged exposure to virus or bacteria, your immune system may be too overwhelmed to function properly and successfully prevent infection from occurring. When that happens your objective is simple:  relieve symptoms and get better fast.

The people who are most at risk of catching a bug are smokers.  So if you are stressed, lacking sleep and smoking (usually more when stressed), then your risk level is quite high because all those things affect your immune system. Continue reading >