Swine Flu Vaccination Information

There is one prominent fact about the current H1N1 vaccinations being promoted in the media and by virtually all conventional physicians: there is absolutely no evidence that the vaccination will prevent swine flu. Despite all the media and all the hype about this vaccination, there still is not one study that shows this vaccination will prevent even a single case of swine flu.

We believe every physician should inform their patients about this fact and let patients make informed decisions accordingly.

The decision to get – or not to get – a vaccination against the H1N1 virus rests with every individual. The decision should only be made on the basis of information, not on the basis of fear or pressure exerted by a physician. It is the responsibility of physicians to educate patients about health, disease and risks. It is the responsibility of patients to ask question, assess information, and make decisions based on that information. Continue reading “Swine Flu Vaccination Information”

Confused about the flu hype? Boost your immunity!

Did you get it yet? You’ll probably be hearing a lot of people talking about the flu vaccine, if you haven’t heard it already. This year with all of the talk of the H1N1 flu and the annual push for vaccination for the seasonal flu, the marketing blitz is on. These are two different issues and we’ll separate them out. There are plenty of things you can do to increase your immune system’s effectiveness. And if you do happen to build your immune system (by getting the flu) there are ways we can help get you through the illness. Continue reading “Confused about the flu hype? Boost your immunity!”

Preventing Allergies and Asthma

Two recent studies reveal the power of preventive medicine in reducing the risk of two common and serious conditions: allergies and asthma. While billions are spent annually on prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat these conditions, a few simple choices could mean the difference between health and chronic disease.

A study published in the journal Infection & Immunity suggests that changes in the normal combination of different healthy bacteria that live in the digestive tract can significantly increase the risk of both allergies and asthma. There are several types of bacteria that are beneficial for the health, the two most prominent being L. acidophilus and L. bifidus.

While these bacteria are important for the health of the digestive system and the immune system, there are many aspects of modern life that deplete these bacteria: stress, alcohol, sugar, medications, processed foods, coffee and others. Unfortunately, once the balance of bacteria is upset, it is difficult to get the healthy bacteria re-established. Continue reading “Preventing Allergies and Asthma”

The Burden of Recurring Sinusitis and Bronchitis

In a survey conducted of 606 self-identified sufferers of recurring sinusitis and bronchitis, nearly half of them had missed at least one day of work due to one of these illnesses, and a quarter of them had missed three or more days of work. In addition to over $6 billion being spent annually to treat sinusitis, additional billions are lost through work absence.

The medical doctors who conducted this survey note that it is important to treat these conditions appropriately, and that antibiotics should only be used to treat sinusitis or bronchitis that is caused by bacteria, not viruses. However, there is another option for treatment, one that offers much greater benefits than antibiotics. Continue reading “The Burden of Recurring Sinusitis and Bronchitis”

Food Allergies and Food Reactions

According to the European Food Information Council, about 20% of individuals surveyed believe that they have food allergies. However, they say that when tested, only about 1 to 2% of them actually do have allergies. There is a problem with this data, though. It is a problem that has to do with the use of the word “allergy.”

A food allergy is a specific type of immune reaction to food. In other words, if someone allergic to wheat accidentally eats a product with wheat in it, their body will form antibodies against the wheat. This immune reaction goes on to produce symptoms, which can range from digestive upset to fatigue.

However, it is entirely possible that people react to foods in ways that are not described by the term “allergy.” The most obvious example is a food intolerance, like lactose intolerance. This is not an allergic reaction to lactose, yet the individual definitely experiences unpleasant symptoms when they ingest milk. Continue reading “Food Allergies and Food Reactions”

Hepatitis Vaccination Risk

According to a recent study published in the journal Neurology, there is yet another disease risk resulting from a vaccination.

In a review of almost 2000 patients between 1993 and 2000, it was discovered that receiving a hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination increased the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) by over 300%. The disease was found to begin within 3 years of the vaccination.

The authors of the study note that they could not tell if the vaccination actually caused the disease, or if it simply hastened the onset of the disease in individuals already bound to get it in the future.

It is interesting to note that, in 1996, the French government suspended the use of the HBV vaccination in pre-adolescent children after finding that over 200 cases of MS and other neurological diseases occurred in children receiving the vaccination. Continue reading “Hepatitis Vaccination Risk”

The Wrong Way to Treat Allergies

As many as 25% of people worldwide suffer from allergies of some kind. In fact, treatment for seasonal allergies – sometimes very intense – is one of the most common symptoms that lead people to visit Nature Cures Clinic.

A team of Austrian scientists publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences thinks they have found a promising treatment: a genetically engineered vaccination. Based upon results in a limited trial in three countries, the team believes that their vaccination causes the body to form “a kind of barrier of antibodies” that prevent the allergic reaction.

This approach highlights a fundamental difference between how conventional and naturopathic medicine view disease. These researchers describe their vaccine as a tool to suppress a specific branch of the immune system that leads to the symptoms of allergies. By contrast, a naturopathic physician works to understand why the allergies are happening. Continue reading “The Wrong Way to Treat Allergies”

Yo-yo Dieting Decreases Immune Function

A recent article published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (June 2004) gave yet another reason to avoid the weight loss/weight gain cycle of dieting. The repeated changes in weight are a stress to the body, and stress has a number of negative consequences.

In this study, women were interviewed to determine their pattern of weight loss/gain over the previous 20 years. In addition, the health of their immune system was assessed through the activity of immune system cells called natural killer cells (NK). These cells play an important role in everything from preventing colds to fighting cancer.

The researchers discovered that women who had lost and regained 10-or-more pounds more than one time over the previous 20 years had a suppressed immune system. Most strikingly, those who had lost weight more than 5 times had natural killer cell function that was one third less than someone whose weight had remained stable over the same period.

Undertaking diets or using supplements that promise quick weight loss may shed some pounds in the short term, but supporting health means that weight needs to remain stable over many years. The practitioners at Nature Cures Clinic have expertise in designing diet and lifestyle programs that optimize weight while at the same time optimizing overall health and vitality. In addition, therapies such as acupuncture, massage, hypnosis and physical medicine can be used to support individuals in making these changes as enjoyable as possible.

Call the clinic for more information or to schedule a consultation about weight loss.