When Tamiflu Stops Working

May 1, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Homeopathy

What happens when Tamiflu, the leading anti-viral drug, no longer works?

The New York Times reported on January 8th, 2009 that “Last winter, about 11 percent of the throat swabs from patients with the most common type of flu that were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for genetic typing showed a Tamiflu-resistant strain. This season, 99 percent do.”

Some vaccines may provide effective protection, if it’s a good vaccine and is made prior to, or very early on in an epidemic. We saw the results of the last vaccine hastily created during the last swine flu epidemic:  people became sick, or died from the vaccine.

While proponents of alternative therapies are generally negative about vaccines, if a disease is lethal enough, most would probably revisit their thoughts on the subject of vaccines.  However, because s virus can mutate so fast, immunization may not be as effective as one would hope.  Read more

FDA Recalls Popular Diet Pill

May 1, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

[FDA] May 1, 2009

FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Using Hydroxycut Products
Dietary Supplements Linked to One Death; Pose Risk of Liver Injury

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y. Some Hydroxycut products are associated with a number of serious liver injuries. Iovate has agreed to recall Hydroxycut products from the market. Read more

The Best Diet for YOU!

April 30, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Weight Management

From an early age we’re programmed by the media, the fashion industry, and our peers to believe that something must be wrong with us if we don’t have the genetic makeup of a super model. We begin to feel inadequate on all levels, and thus begins the quest for that magic bullet; which comes in the guise of diet pills, fad diets, crash diets, liquid diets, cosmetic surgery, and whatever else will make us resemble those computer-enhanced photos we see on the covers of fashion magazines. Read more

Is H1N1 Genetically Engineered?

April 29, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

As conspiracy theories go, the one surrounding the HINI (swine flu) does seem highly probable. The H1N1 contains viral code fragments from the Asian Swine Flu, Swine flu from Europe, Bird flu from North America, and human influenza. All of these are found in the current strain of Swine flu. Statistically, the chances of this strain of flu occurring naturally on its own are very remote. Read more

Cranberry Juice for UTI

April 27, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

Cranberry and cranberry juice for treating urinary tract infections is one of the most common home/natural remedies. Cranberry juice or vitamins C both increase the acid in your urine so bacteria can’t grow easily. Cranberry juice also makes your bladder wall slippery, so bacteria can’t stick to it. A large polymeric compound of unknown structure and fructose in the juice are said to be responsible for this. Whereas fructose is present in all fruits, the large polymeric compound is found only in cranberry and blueberry juices. Read more

Ways to Avoid Getting the Flu

April 27, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Flu, General Interest

What’s the best way to avoid the flu? Aside from common sense hygiene practices, your best first line of defense is to build a healthy immune system.  At its core level, our immune system is designed to do two things: recognize harmful viruses, bacteria, and parasites that enter the body, and then destroy them. At least that’s the way it works if your immune system is working properly. Read more

Swine Flu: The Next Pandemic?

April 25, 2009 by Terri  
Filed under Flu

As of this post, as many as 60 people in Mexico have died from swine flu, and possibly as many as 1,000 people in both the U.S. (in the U.S.: California; 7, Texas; 2, Kansas; 2, and possibly 9 in New York) and Mexico have been affected. The WHO (World Health Organization) said today that this flu has “pandemic potential,” and that it may be too late to contain the outbreak. There have been about 3 influenza pandemics during the last 300 years: Read more

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