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Winter Season

Flu Articles - Flu Prevention

The Difference Between a Weed and a Flower Is The Reference Book You're Reading
I really don't like pumping my kids up with some drug to make them feel better. Laugh all you want, especially if you knew me in college, but it's true. If my kids get sick, I refuse to pick up a bottle of ibuprofen or cough syrup or baby-anything drug. Now before you pick up the phone and call CPS, hear me out.

Is It a Cold or the Flu?
Your nose feels blocked, your throat is sore and you’re starting to feel achy. You’re sure you’ve caught the cold that’s making the rounds — but then again, flu season is under way. Is there a simple way to figure out what exactly you’re coming down with? If so, should colds and flu be treated differently?

Natural Cough Remedies
The pharmacy shelves are stocked with cough syrups full of chemicals, alcohol and dyes. Are there natural cough remedies to try?

Home Remedy for Coughs
Here are two of my favorites (excerpted from my book, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child ... A Parent's Guide). The first is prepared and consumed right away, while the second may be prepared and stored in your refrigerator all winter long.

Immune A-Go-Go Soup
Good enough for dinner any night, this soup is of special benefit for those in the midst of chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Variations on this soup are a regular part of my anti-cancer lifestyle.

Ear Infections and Homeopathy
When my first boy had an ear infection when he was a baby, I was able to figure it out by paying close attention to him. No, he didn't really tug on his ear; he more or less flapped it with his hand, a lot like a hound dog scratching his ear. But Joey developed a sudden breast preference and was using the definitive "pain" cry at night.

Sage: More Than Poultry Stuffing!
The wise gardener who planted salvia officinalis has an abundance of sage for valuable medicinal use. Prepared as an infusion (1 teaspoon of the herb steeped 15 to 30 minutes in a covered cup of boiled water), sage has a multitude of applications.

Feeling blue? Maybe you’re SAD
SAD is greatly misunderstood like other forms of depression. Many people tell Denise that they feel less energetic or depressed when the weather is cloudy or winter hits — but feeling blue because of the weather and being knocked on your feet for months are worlds apart.

Cough syrups, antihistamines and night-time coughs
As much as your sick child and yourself need sleep, it does not appear that cough syrup or an antihistamine will help either of you sleep. Parents completed a survey about their child’s coughing and its effect on sleep. Then, the children were randomly assigned to either receive the cough syrup Benylin, the antihistamine Diphen AF or simple syrup (placebo) for one night. The next day, the parents again completed the survey.

Immune-Boosting Supplements for Winter Health
Holiday cheer isn’t the only thing that abounds this winter: Cold weather ushers in the sniffles, sneezes and coughs of cold and flu season. Check with your health care provider to see if any of these supplements can help your family avoid illness or feel better quickly in the event you do get sick.

Worried About Flu Vaccine Shortages?
3 Big Reasons Not to Panic

Take a deep breath and relax! The best way to keep from getting sick this winter is to prevent the spread of germs. NFO dispels three big myths about the flu and gives you insight on flu prevention.

I have three children, and it seems like someone is always sick at our house.
Is there any thing I can do nutritionally to help keep my family healthy and illness-free?

My kids tend to get frequent colds once school and day care start. Is this normal? How can I minimize their symptoms?

Myths About Common Wintertime Illnesses
Many parents dread wintertime because of the illnesses that tend to be more common during the cold season. We are barraged at every turn by misinformation in the media, fueling our anxieties.

Echinacea: Winter’s Health Ally
One of the finest stimulators of the immune system, echinacea (ehk-ih-NAY-shah) is a valued herbal medicinal for colds and flu and their prevention. Its chemical constituents --polysaccharides, fatty acids and glycosides -- stimulate the functions of helper T-cells, which are important in the production of antibodies, and killer T-cells, which are responsible for anti-viral activity.

Fight Illness With a Hot Cup of Tea
Do green tea and black tea really help your body fight serious disease? After hearing that tea is effective in cancer prevention, writing a report on SARS and having the small article above submitted the next day, I set off to investigate.

Herbal Allies to Strengthen Your Immune System
Faith in your body's ability to protect itself will continue to bolster and reinforce the immune system as your mental well-being improves. Enjoy the upward spiral of health.

My Kid’s Got the Sniffles! Now What?
It’s been a long day. You’re ready to take a break. One look at your child, though, and you see the signs of a dreaded winter cold. What can homeopathy do for your child? A lot.

Pick The Right Dosage for Homeopathic Remedies
Ok, you’ve got a cold or just banged your knee hard. What’s the best dosage for a homeopathic remedy? To figure out the best dosage, you need to consider many factors: whether the condition is acute (sudden onset) or chronic (present for a longer time), the severity of pain and even your age.

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