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Can a Flu Vaccine Stop Heart Disease?

…recent news reports, like I have, which proclaim that getting a flu vaccine not only prevents the flu—it can also prevent heart disease. In fact, these new findings which were released by the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress says that a flu shot can reduce the risk of a major cardiac event by 50% and…

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Secrets for Surviving Seasonal Flu

Another cold and flu season is upon us and many areas of our country are being hit hard already. Even our son-in-law was one the many folks in Massachusetts who needed the help of antibiotics to fight off the seasonal flu. It was also devastating to hear about the 17-year-old athlete who died of a secondary…

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7 Ways To Survive Cold and Flu Season Naturally

At this time of the year cold and flu season is at full throttle. Not only do cold temperatures tax your immune system, more time spent indoors means increased contact with germs. Being sick not only feels miserable, it takes time away from the things we’d rather be doing. The good news is you can…

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Heart Attack and Stroke Differences

…Sudden, profound fatigue * Jaw or neck pain * Pain in left arm or elbow * Abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting * Dizziness, even blackouts * Vague flu-like symptoms While symptoms vary between a heart attack and stroke, there are both similarities and differences when it comes to cause. Both heart attack…

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The Pros and Cons of Statin Drugs

…thing, they have several severe side effects, including the following: * Muscle weakness and pain, * Dizziness, * Headaches, * Extreme fatigue and flu-like symptoms, * Swelling of the ankles, * Liver dysfunction with elevation of the liver enzymes, * Neurological problems such as a condition called…

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Summer Hazard #1: Tick-Borne Illnesses

…for ticks, and found none. Day two his temperature rose again, and waxed and waned throughout the day and evening. Thinking his body was fighting the flu-bug that was going around, his parents supported rest, along with fluids to bolster his fading appetite. . Day 3, the same temperature, malaise, headache…

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FDA Issues Statin Drugs Warning, But Only Tells Half the Story!

As you may have seen in the news this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an important statin drugs warning about the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor (simvastatin). They announced that the high 80 mg statin drugs dose can cause muscle myopathy, or weakening—especially in the first…

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How Thanksgiving Heals the Heart

How often do we take the time to actually name the people and things we’re grateful for? Probably not often enough. But having an “attitude of gratitude,” which is what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about, is important to your emotional and physical health. It filters how you see the world…

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Common Side Effects of Beta Blockers

…Tenormin (atenolol) * Corgard (nadolol) Side Effects of Beta Blockers * Erectile dysfunction * Sleep disturbances * Fatigue * Dizziness * Depression * Flu-like symptoms An additional side effect of beta blockers is depleted CoQ10, and should not be used by patients with asthma or active lung disease because…

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Give Thanks for Your Heart

When you gather with family and friends around the dinner table at Thanksgiving, it’s hard not to feel grateful for the people in your life. It’s a healthy feeling that we should carry with us all year long with good reason: Being grateful can heal your heart. This is a message I’ve shared…

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Beta Blockers 101

…cardiac events. Like any medication, beta blockers do have side effects, including: * Erectile dysfunction * Sleep disturbances * Fatigue * Dizziness * Flu-like symptoms Despite these side effects, I do prescribe beta blockers to lower high blood pressure levels. While they are not on my list of “natural”…

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The Side Effects of Statin Drugs

…powerful medication usually prescribed to help you maintain good cholesterol levels. Common Side Effects of Statin Drugs * Muscle pain and weakness * Flu-like symptoms * Generalized soreness Other statin drug side effects include: liver dysfunction with elevation of the liver enzymes; problems of the nervous…

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The Health Benefits of Saunas

…at home nearly every day. I experience the health benefits of sauna after exercising, to relax before bed, or if I feel I might be fighting anything flu-like. I head into the sauna with a towel for my face, wearing my old familiar sweats from my football and wrestling days, so my body discharges water…

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Spiced Winter Tea Recipe

It seems like January is prime-time cold and flu season. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's the calm after the storm of the holidays, or maybe it's just good old-fashioned germs. But, whatever it is, you can be prepared with this delicious spiced tea recipe. Not only is it delicious, but the orange juice…

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Are You at Risk for Heart Attack?

…men and women experience chest pressure or discomfort, women generally experience a wider variety of vague, ill-defined symptoms than men, including flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and jaw pain. A woman is less likely to survive a heart attack—and one of the reasons why is that women have a different set…

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