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Natural Antivirals Part 3: Vitamins and Minerals with Proven Anti-Viral Activity

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Vitamin C, vitamin D. vitamin A and the minerals selenium, zinc and iodine have all been shown to have antiviral activity. Although no vitamin or mineral has been studied against the virus causing CoVID19 infection, there is abundant scientific evi...

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Natural Antivirals Part 2: The Antiviral Lifestyle

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The antiviral lifestyle is not living in fear behind a mask, sitting indoors at your computer screen. Here’s what you can do every day to maintain a strong immune system for whatever microbe will inevitably come your way. The antiviral lifestyle i...

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Natural Antivirals Part 1: Plants With Proven Anti-Viral Activity

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Here is a sampling of some of the hundreds of plants that have been shown to have anti-viral activity. Many of them are spices and traditional foodstuffs. Every hyperlink takes you to the supporting scientific article, but keep in mind that this jus...

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Protecting Yourself From Infection

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CoVID19 is a contagious disease. Here is guidance on protecting yourself. Hand washing Good hand washing is accomplished with ordinary soap and water for 20 seconds. This should be done after outside or social contact. Do not scrub to the point ...

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Rational, Healthy Skepticism

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In this time of stress, Dr. Moira Dolan shares some calm facts to take some of the uncertainty out of your day. I came across a credentialed medical site describing the current pandemic as “a Pearl Harbor moment for our country… a sudden tsunam...

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Vaccine for Coronavirus?

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There is no doubt that vaccine manufacturers are delighted by their expected portion of the $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus funding pushed through by US lawmakers. Excitement over the funding and widespread talk of development of a CoVID19 vaccin...

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Coronavirus Update

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Why aren’t news sources reporting on the dramatically decreasing rate of new coronavirus cases in China? Instead, headlines have blasted about the sudden, and artificial, jump in cases, now designated “COVID-19”  (for COronVIrusDisease-2019)....

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Antibiotics Instead of Surgery for Appendicitis, and Other Surprising Facts

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Antibiotics have been shown to be as effective as surgery in many cases of appendicitis in adults. A recent review shows the same effectiveness in children. This does not mean that antibiotics should be used for any little tummy ache. Indiscrimina...

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Broken bones, kidney failure, pneumonia – is it time to wean off your stomach pill?

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Drug makers are in the business of selling drugs, not helping you get off of them. But the dangers of long term acid-reducing drugs for reflux puts millions of patients at risk for kidney damage, hip fractures, and pneumonia, to name a few of the nas...

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Coronavirus Facts

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Relax. You are unlikely to be killed by the coronavirus that is spreading from China. In fact, if you were in China right now, strolling around with no mask on, you’d be statistically highly unlikely to fall seriously ill with the virus, much le...

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