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Humidity helps your nose eliminate viruses

The nose and sinuses are designed to protect us from viruses using small, finger-like projections called cilia that literally beat back infections. Cilia love humidity; when your sinuses and nasal passages get too dry, the cilia have a hard time…

GI Symptoms

COVID-19 *MAY* present with digestive symptoms

Digestive symptoms may be the first signs of COVID-19 infection, for some people. While a dry cough and fever are typically conveyed as the symptoms to watch out for, this new study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology reports that…

COVID in Italy – One physician’s FxMed approach

Dr. Manuel Salvadori, Functional Medicine physician in Italy, is addressing those with COVID19 in his practice using the following protocol. To quote him directly in response to me asking how his patients were faring with what he’s prescribing: “It’s not…

COVID-19 No match for hand sanitizers and soap!

One good piece of news is that this virus is actually fairly helpless when it comes to hand sanitizers and old-fashioned soap. Coronaviruses are envelope viruses, meaning they have a coating that is easily disrupted with alcohol-based hand sanitizers and…

COVID-19 Pharma Treatment Shows Promise

Promising pharmaceutical treatment (a repurposed flu drug) for early-stage COVID-19 could be available as early as May. Testing in 340 patients in Japan appears to reduce the median duration of infection from 11 to 4 days. 91% of those treated…

Peanut IgE+ B Cells Aren’t Just in Blood

The gut is a major site for IgE-producing B cells in peanut-allergic patients, defined for the first time by new research. The authors also found evidence suggesting that isotype switching can occur in GI tissue – including switching from IgA…

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Have You Heard of Experience Extinction?

Can we describe experiences as becoming extinct? How many of us are lacking the following: time spent in nature, and contact with biodiverse environments and microbes? Children especially, occupied by homework and screens, can miss out. Jeff Bland and Susan…

supplements

Essential Advice for Choosing Dietary Supplements

Supplement quality is a hugely important issue. There have been many instances of supplements not containing what they claim to, containing contaminants they are not supposed to (including ones that can be harmful), cost-cutting with cheaper nutrient types, and overstating…