Survival of the Fittest – Natural Alternatives for Colds and Flu

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Echinacea use reduces the incidence and duration of the common cold.

Echinacea appears effective in preventing upper respiratory tract infections in children.

Treatment with Echinacea Plus tea at early onset of cold or flu symptoms was effective for relieving these symptoms in a shorter period of time than a placebo.

Probiotic bacteria reduce the duration and severity of common cold episodes.

American Ginseng is safe and effective in reducing relative risk and duration of respiratory symptoms associated with “cold and flu” in adults.

American ginseng is safe, well tolerated, and potentially effective for preventing acute respiratory illness due to influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infections.

Elderberry appears to be safe and effective treatment for influenza A and B.

Elderberry significantly reduces the duration of infection from influenza in a safe manner.

Green tea is safe and effective in preventing cold and flu symptoms, and for enhancing T cell function.

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Green tea consumption is inversely associated with the incidence of influenza among Japanese schoolchldren.

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with susceptibility to influenza.

An herbal preparation containing echinacea, propolis, and vitamin C in preventing respiratory tract infections in children.

There is evidence that vitamin C may reduce susceptibility to the common cold.

Pelargonium sidoides is a safe and effective treatment for the common cold

A Pelargonium sidoides extract has broad antiviral activity against respiratory viruses.

Homeopathic preparation has therapeutic value in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes.

Homoeopathic Oscillococcinum appears to have therapeutic value in influenza and influenza-like syndromes.

Zinc lozenges may provide an effective treatment for the common cold.

Zinc may inhibit influenza virus.

A combination of fruit and vegetable powder extract reduces symptoms associated with the common cold.

An extract of Baptisa (Wild Indigo), echinacea and thuja is safe and effective in the treatment of upper respiratory infections.

Consumption of yoghurt fermented with L. bulgaricus reduced the risk of catching the common cold in elderly individuals.

Cinnamon has antiviral activity against various influenza viruses.

Horseradish extract attenuates influenza infection (in mice).

Pomegranates have anti-influenza activity.

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Agrimony (A. pilosa) has broad spectrum antiviral activity against Influenzas A, B and Avian Influenza.

Black Tea inhibits influenza virus.

Cranberry juice constituents inhibit influenza virus adhesion and infectivity.

A water extract of dandelion exhibits anti-influenza activity.

Maitake mushroom appears to induce the production of certain factors, including TNF-alpha, which are responsible for the inhibition of viral growth in vitro.

Mullein contains antiviral compounds.

Red Marine Algae exhibits strong HSV and Influenza-inhibiting activity.

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Survival of the Fittest – What is the Ebola Virus and how to prevent from getting sick?

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Over 3,000 people have died from the Ebola virus, predominantly in west Africa, in an outbreak declared an international health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO). But on Wednesday, a man from Texas became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil. So what is Ebola? And it be treated?

What are the disease’s symptoms?

The early signs of Ebola can be similar to flu-like symptoms, including: fever, severe headaches, general weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and unexplained bruising or bleeding. In its later stages, according to the NIH, the disease causes a severe rash; bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth, and rectum; and death.

Learn to recognize the symptoms of Ebola HF.

The more you know about recognizing the symptoms of infection, the better protected you’ll be. While the symptoms of infection are somewhat general, you can use your judgment to determine whether or not your proximity to the infection and the symptoms you note might signify the presence of the disease. Symptoms have appeared anywhere from 48 hours following exposure to three weeks after exposure, though most symptoms should appear in about a week.[4]

  • Common symptoms of the disease include:
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Joint and muscle aches
    • Weakness
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Stomach pain
    • Lack of appetite
  • Less common symptoms include:
    • Rash
    • Redness in the eyes
    • Hiccups
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Chest pain
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Bleeding inside and outside of the body

How does Ebola spread?

Ebola is not airborne. It is spread through bodily fluids, and patients are contagious only while they’re displaying symptoms.

What is the Ebola virus’s survival rate?

The average Ebola survival rate is about 50 percent, according to the World Health Organization, but it varies greatly, in part because of the different medical resources available to treat different patients.

In past outbreaks, all of which have been in Africa, survival rates ranged from 25 percent to 90 percent.

The actual survival rate in the current outbreak in West Africa could be far lower, as many cases have gone unreported. American Ebola survivor Kent Brantly said his clinic in Liberia had only one survivor in a month and a half of treating patients.

Among patients treated in the U.S., the survival rate is 100 percent so far. Previously, four patients already diagnosed with Ebola had been taken to the U.S. for emergency care. Two were treated and released from Emory University Hospital, one was treated and released from Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and a fourth is currently in treatment at Emory. A fifth American who was exposed to the disease in Sierra Leone was brought to the National Institutes of Health this week for monitoring and participation in a research study.

Is there a cure for Ebola?

No. The first people treated for Ebola inside the U.S. lived, but no one knows exactly why. A few drugs are being developed and have been used, but we don’t know whether they worked or simpler interventions did the job on their own. There’s also no vaccine, though one is being tested by the National Institutes of Health. Officials didn’t say whether the U.S. patient would receive an experimental medicine.

What is the incubation period for Ebola?

The incubation period for Ebola can span anywhere from two to 21 days. Symptoms most often begin to appear eight to 10 days after exposure.

How to prevent from getting Ebola or any kind of virus?

Avoid areas in which infections have been reported and suspected.

For now, the disease has only been confirmed in central and west Africa, and now one case in the US, and spread primarily around healthcare facilities where patients are being treated. For the most up-to-date travel warnings and information about potential outbreaks, visit the Centers for Disease control website here.

Avoid direct contact with infected people.

Because the disease is spread primarily via direct contact with infected patients, the best way to avoid infection is to steer clear of people who are already sick. Blood and other bodily secretions from infected patients are linked closely with the spread of the disease.

Avoid eating wild-caught bush meat.

Researchers have their suspicions that the disease came to humans via animals, probably through the consumption of the meat of primates. If you’re in an area where the disease has been reported, avoid purchasing, eating, or handling wild game to stay on the safe side.

Wash your hands regularly.

Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap is absolutely essential, especially if you’re in an area of infection. You should wash your hands, up to the elbow, before removing your hospital gown and other protective wear, and again after removal is complete.

Maintain your electrolytes and stay hydrated.

There is no vaccine for Ebola HF, so most of the treatment available involves addressing the specific symptoms and making the patient comfortable. One of the most uncomfortable symptoms of the disease is severe diarrhea and nausea, making it important that you stay hydrated and keep your electrolytes up. Sports drinks can be used for mild dehydration, but IV-drip should be used in serious cases.

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National Coffee Day was Yesterday but do you feel like you drink too much Coffee? The Signs & Symptoms of Caffeine Addiction

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Over the years, there has been an extensive health debate over whether coffee is really good or bad for our bodies, with strong arguments and research coming from both sides of the fence. Some research suggests that coffee can prevent strokes, delay the onset of diabetes and heart disease. Other findings indicate it might lead to  some forms of cancer and adversely affect the metabolism.

The most recent studyfrom the Mayo Clinic published on August 15 reveals that drinking more than 28 cups a week can harm your health considerably, with those consuming more than four cups a day twice as likely to die than those who are non-drinkers.

Based on data collected from the Aerobic Center Longitudinal Study, the research measured the coffee consumption habits and lifestyles of almost 45,000 people ages between 20 and 87 years over a 17-year period.

The study specifically found that men aged 55 years or younger who consumed more than 28 cups of coffee a week were 56 percent more likely to have died from any cause than those who were non-drinkers, and younger women doubled their risk of mortality with consumption.

However, there is no need to ring the alarm bells just yet. The study did not find any significant link between coffee consumption and heart disease deaths and there were no increased mortality risks associated with less than three cups a day as co-author Carl J. Lavie, a cardiology researcher at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans explained. “There continues to be considerable debate about the health effects of caffeine, and coffee specifically, with some reports suggesting toxicity and some even suggesting beneficial effects,” he  said.

The latest research conflicts with the findings of a number of previous studies on the health effects of coffee, such as a 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health which found that older adults who drank more coffee had a lower risk of death overall. It’s safe to say there are positive and negative qualities about drinking coffee but of course in moderation. Here are the signs that you might be affected by too much caffeine and you might need to cut back or be prick to everyone in your workplace.

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IT CAN MAKE YOU HEAR THINGS.

According to a study by the University of Melborune, coffee is “the most commonly used psychoactive drug,” and drinking more than 5 cups a day can have you hearing things.

Researchers gave 92 subjects large amounts of coffee and then had them listen to white noise.

From The Daily Mail:

Professor Simon Crowe, of La Trobe University in Melbourne, said: “We also told them that within the white noise there may be parts of the song White Christmas and if you hear it, press a button. We didn’t include White Christmas in the white noise but found that more people who were very stressed and had high levels of caffeine thought they heard the song. The combination of caffeine and stress affect the likelihood of an individual experiencing a psychosis-like symptom.”

IT CAN DAMAGE YOUR LIVER.

According to studies by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, while moderate amounts of coffee can help the liver to detoxify the body, too much can have to opposite effect and hinder your liver’s function. This is especially true if you’re taking high doses of common over-the-counter pain medication.

IT CAN RAISE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.

That’s according to a Carnegie Mellon study which also says that coffee can stimulate the heart and cause shallow breathing.

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IT CAN MAKE YOU IRRATIONAL AND IRRITABLE.

The shallow breathing caused by too much caffeine can stymie oxygen’s flow to the brain, which in turn harms the decision making process.

IT CAN CAUSE INSOMNIA.

This varies from person to person, depending on how well your body can process caffeine. Coffee  has a 6 hour half life so it takes 24 hours to work its way through your system (on average).

That means coffee right before bed (like when you’ve been pulling an all-nighter) is no way to get good quality sleep. Studies show that it reduces valuable REM sleep time.

IT’S ADDICTIVE.

According to research done by Johns Hopkins University, caffeine only gives you that focused energy because it gets you over caffeine withdrawals in the first place.

From Forbes:

John Hopkins researchers found that caffeine-related performance improvement is nonexistent without caffeine withdrawal. In essence, coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and has a negative impact on your mood. The only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when you do drink it, you feel like it’s taking you to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking your performance back to normal for a short period.

IT CAN MAKE HARD WORKERS SLACK OFF.

The University of British Columbia did a study in which it gave 40 rats amphetamines and caffeine. The amphetamines made lazy rats work harder and hard working rats more lazy.

The coffee, on the other hand, did nothing for the slackers. It didn’t do anything for the workers either. 

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IT CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS.

You can get vitamin D from the sun.

This is according to research by the Oregon State University. To combat this, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D and calcium when you’re drinking coffee.

WITHDRAWAL CAN GIVE YOU A HEADACHE.

Withdrawal is about 12-24 hours after your last cup, according to the American Heart Association.

WITHDRAWAL CAN ALSO MAKE YOU DEPRESSED.

You can add anxiety, fatigue and drowsiness to those symptoms.

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BONUS: DRINKING CAFFEINE CAN LEAD TO A LEAKIER BLADDER.

A study from the University of Alabama showed that in some men and women, drinking coffee exacerbated to bladder problems that already existed.

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LeBron James lost 25Ibs on the Ketogenic Paleo Diet but what exactly is the Ketogenic Diet?

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What’s ketosis?
  

Before I go any further with this, I’ll briefly explain what ketogenic means and why one would aspire to be on a ketogenic diet. Some say you need to eat fewer than 30 grams of carbs per day to be in ketosis. It may be fewer than that to get into a deep state of ketosis, and you must not eat too much protein either. So a ketogenic diet is high fat, low(ish) protein, and very low carb. More on that in a moment.

When you are in ketosis, your body is using ketones more than it normally would for energy. Ketones are made out of fatty acids in the liver in the absence of dietary glucose (carbs) so that your organs can continue to function properly even when you don’t have carbs. Some people say when you’re in ketosis your brain doesn’t get enough energy, but some would argue that the glucose your liver produces on its own when you’re in ketosis is more than enough to feed your brain.

Studies have shown that you can even train endurance activities at an elite level on a ketogenic diet. These people would fuel up with coconut butter instead of Powerade, and their bodies would get very good at using fat instead of glucose as fuel, as would yours if you ate a ketogenic diet for a while.

Isn’t it dangerous?
    

Ketosis has kind of a bad reputation, and that’s partly because there’s something called diabetic ketoacidosis, which is when a diabetic can’t use glucose as fuel (due to a lack of insulin or insulin resistance) and ketones start to build up in their blood. Too many ketones are not a good thing, but you can mitigate and monitor that on a healthy ketogenic diet. Jimmy uses the home blood tests to check his ketone levels in his blood, which seem to be more accurate than the urine tests. Here’s an interview with Jimmy and Dr. Lauren Noel that explains all that.

Ketosis can actually be therapeutic.
    

The fact is that you can lose a lot of weight eating a ketogenic diet. It’s been cited as beneficial for autism, alzheimer’s, seizure disorders, ADHD, and others.

I’m not necessarily even advocating this as a way of eating. After analyzing what it would take to get me into ketosis, I’m not sure I’d like it. I do think it’s a good idea for people suffering from myriad diseases and disorders, though. So below is what it would look like on a 2,000 calorie diet. No, everyone should not be on a 2,000 calorie diet, but that’s sort of an average between men and women’s caloric needs, so I thought I’d start there. Jimmy says he gets around 82% fat, 3% carbs, and 15% protein, so I tried to mimic that in my imaginary ketogenic diet for a day.

Things to note…

One interesting thing I noticed when I was making this hypothetical diet was that there’s really no room for vegetables except for the paltry onions I included. I don’t necessarily think that vegetables are a necessary part of a healthy diet, but that’s only when you’re eating the whole animal, so to speak. If you eat organs, bone broth, AND the muscle meat from grass-fed/pasture raised animals and yolks from pastured hens, then you’re getting heaps of nutrients. But if you don’t, you’d really need to supplement on this diet.

One other interesting point came about when I was trying to think of all the fatty Paleo foods I could include. Of course avocado came up on my list, as well as lard, bacon fat, tallow, fatty meats, coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, and nuts. However, while one whole avocado contains 322 calories and 29 grams of fat, it also houses 18 grams of carbohydrates. I don’t know how I’ve overlooked that for so long. Those 18 grams alone would’ve more than doubled the carb count of this menu, so I omitted it. Just something to consider.

In Conclusion


If you try eating a ketogenic diet, I strongly recommend you make a menu like this for yourself and record your meals in one of the free diet trackers online so you know exactly what percentages of carbs, fat, and protein you’re getting. You’ll probably be eating more fat than you’ve ever eaten before and I’m assuming it might require some practice. It might be worth being diligent about it: at least in Jimmy’s experience, the further he went into ketosis, the more weight he dropped, at least when he wasn’t doing any exercise. When he was doing exercise his weight loss declined a little bit, but that’s a whole different topic.

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