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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Eating the skins of some fruits could reverse the damage of MS

More than one million people suffer from MS in the United States alone. But ground-breaking research may be able to help them slow, even reverse the damage it inflicts on the nervous system. Best of all, it’s a natural compound found in some of our favorite fruits and a few herbs, too…

Joyce Hollman

If you thought melatonin was just for sleep, think again

It turns out that a hormone we naturally produce, and a supplement many of us take in order to improve sleep, is also a surprising immune system booster with benefits especially for two issues that can turn a mild COVID-19 infection to a life-threatening one. Discover all the ways melatonin can help now and always…

Jenny Smiechowski

What you should know about Guillain-Barre syndrome and COVID-19

Guillain-Barre isn’t all that common. It only impacts about 1 in 100,000 Americans. But those who are affected by it often have something in common — in the weeks before developing it, they were fighting off a bug. Usually, a gastrointestinal bug that causes diarrhea or a respiratory infection — like COVID-19…

Virginia Tims-Lawson

Pre-existing lung conditions increase risk of COVID-19

My husband has asthma. He’s a first responder which puts him in close contact with a lot of people daily. We recently found out my oldest son doesn’t make the proper antibodies to protect him from respiratory infection after four bouts of tonsillitis last spring. The diagnosis was honestly no shock since he’s been prone […]

Jenny Smiechowski

Are these common viruses behind the worst brain diseases?

When we hear the word “herpes,” most people think of cold sores or STDs. But Chickenpox, Mononucleosis and Roseola are all caused by a herpesvirus. The list goes on. And now there’s mounting evidence that long after herpesvirus symptoms pass, they increase the risk for major neurological diseases…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Have you wondered why your psoriasis is worse since developing high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a life-threatening condition if not properly managed. So, medication is a no-brainer for most… At least until your psoriasis flare-ups get worse and your irritated skin becomes swollen as it cracks and bleeds. Unfortunately, for people with psoriasis, things just aren’t that simple…

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Joyce Hollman

Pernicious anemia and other dangers of a B12 deficiency

It’s no exaggeration to say that Vitamin B12 is crucial to life. B12 helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body. It also creates and regulates DNA. B12 is essential for proper nerve function. So a deficiency can leave you wide open for serious problems. Here’s how to avoid them…

Jenny Smiechowski

The fast way to douse disease-fueling inflammation

If I don’t eat lunch by 2:00 pm, I feel lightheaded. But I still haven’t written off the idea of fasting. How can I when I keep reading studies that show it’s an effective way to fight chronic inflammation… the stuff that puts you at risk for cancer, autoimmune diseases and pretty much every other health condition.

Jenny Smiechowski

Fighting autoimmune fueled fatigue? Optimize your HDL for more energy

If you have an autoimmune disease, you know about fatigue. How it prevents you from working, going out with friends, keeping up with your housework and living a normal life — probably more so than any other autoimmune disease symptom. The question is… what (if anything) can you do about it?

Gena Hymowech

7 easy, drug-free ways to live life better with lupus

If you have lupus, you know it can flare up and settle down. It can also leave you at higher risk of having cancer or an infection. Natural strategies, such as incorporating or avoiding certain foods and supplements, and changing your lifestyle, will not cure lupus — nothing will — but they could help.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Don’t let your autoimmune medication give you cancer and Crohn’s

I still remember sitting in my rheumatologist’s office. He was recommending a medication that could increase my risk for deadly cancers for a condition he thought I might have — but wasn’t actually sure. And that’s the trouble with many autoimmune diseases. But what else could I do?

Jenny Smiechowski

People with MS have a crazy high risk of these three cancers

When you have a chronic disease like MS, you devote a lot of energy to keeping your symptoms in check… You work to get your meds right. You eat healthy. You keep stress levels low. But something serious can happen while you’re running defense against MS… You can get blindsided by cancer.

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