Flu 101

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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 a flu-related complication. It was also devastating to hear about the 17-year-old athlete who died…

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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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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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Chicken Soup for the Lungs—A Natural Cold & Flu Treatment

Every year around this time I get many questions about the best natural cold and flu treatments. This season, I’m trotting out an old remedy: chicken soup. However, it’s not your regular chicken soup. This “souped-up” chicken soup is loaded with hot spices to support your immune system and to…

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Peripheral Artery Disease 101

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE One of the common conditions cardiologists treat has nothing directly to do with the heart itself, but rather with blockages of blood vessels going to and from the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs, and feet. We call this condition peripheral vascular or…

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Pet Health 101: How to Tell If Your Dog Has a Heart Issue

I know that pet health is top of mind for many of you. After my recent blog post about the danger of walking pets on chemically treated grass, several of you asked how you would know if your dog might have a heart issue. So, I thought it was time to dedicate a blog to “canine cardiology.” My…

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Stroke 101: Risk Factors for Stroke

Strokes go by many names, and there are a couple different kinds but, simply put, a stroke is are a cessation of blood flow somewhere in the brain. The loss of blood supply can last from a few seconds to the rest of your life, and can affect any area of the brain, large or small. In the old days,…

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With Ebola, Be Cautious But Don’t Feed Into the Hype

…hospitals in Africa are full, so people are being sent home where they end up infecting family members. Ebola symptoms usually include a fever greater than 101.5 F, muscle pain, a severe headache, diarrhea, weakness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Unexplained bleeding or bruising can also be an Ebola symptom…

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Is It Your Heart, Or Is It Lyme Disease?

…usually presents itself in its early stages with unresolved flu-like symptoms such as a sore throat, headaches, chills, fatigue, and muscle aches. These symptoms can easily be attributed to a host of other conditions, including a common flu virus, so early diagnosis is easily missed. If it’s not caught…

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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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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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Learn the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

…lightheadedness or dizziness. Or you may feel no symptoms of atrial fibrillation at all. Some of my patients with AF have said, "I thought I had the flu," and others have reported feeling "strange," weak or just "different." Even a cough or light headedness can signal AF. In fact, I’ve had patients…

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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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How Do You Know If You’re Getting Pure Olive Oil?

…learned, that’s equally unreliable. I did a lot of research, and some of the best advice I found came from Carole Firenze, author of Passionate Olive: 101 Things to Do with Olive Oil. Because olive oil is highly vulnerable to air, light, heat, and time when you’re looking for pure olive oil you should…

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