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Snot: Spit or Swallow?

January 4, 2016

The season for colds is here. Although it initially may sound a little gross, the first article gives us some useful information. Mucus has a defense purpose. The concept here is that we need to learn to survive with microbes. So production of mucus is a mechanism to get rid of the germs. I pay attention to the color of snot—this gives some direction as far as treatment, such as if antibiotics may be helpful. Many healthy foods stimulate the immune system. Glutathione is frequently mentioned and comes from sulfur-based foods. Then there is garlic (allicin is the active chemical) with its direct antimicrobial properties. Olive oil, as well as ginger, have bactericidal activity. We continue to hear about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in helping treat the common cold, probably by modulating the inflammatory response. From scratch chicken or beef soup with bone provides some basic nutrients for healing. Lean beef is high in zinc. Speaking of which, what about the benefit of zinc in allergies and fighting acute infection? George Eby summarizes the history of zinc and its usefulness in the common cold over the past 30 years. Observation led to trial s

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December 14, 2015

Obesity rates are increasing. Statistics show that this is more so in the 45 to 64-year-old age group than in others. This is the time of life where you want to watch out. But it is Holiday Season…! If you follow certain basics in your daily lifestyle, you do not have to worry about “cheating” during the holidays. I hope the information presented will help make you more aware of aspects of your diet. Some of these things go against conventional medical wisdom. My medical school curriculum did not include any significant training in nutrition in the early 1970s. I have a daughter who is in her third year of family practice training and she has shared her similar experience with me. Most doctors do not know anything about nutrition and that can include basics. What you hear and read in the news and on the net needs to be carefully digested. Let us start with a few basics: Help, I’m Gaining Weight! This Could be Why. I have always preached against processed foods. Many of the chemicals and preservatives added adversely affect our normal metabolism. Wheat of any kind is a killer. There is no such thing as whole wheat. The gluten plays havoc with our insulin levels—and remember insulin has a chemical str

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