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Carolyn Gretton

What triggers cold sores to flareup?

Herpes simplex virus-1, the “cold sore” virus, is extremely common. It’s believed to be present in more than half of all Americans. That doesn’t make it any easier to deal with when cold sores flareup. Gaining a better understanding of the viurs may…

Virginia Tims-Lawson

The best non-drug way to reduce inflammation

Inflammation seems like such a benign and common symptom. But as the saying goes, “give it an inch and it’ll take a mile.” Once it takes hold — which is easy because it’s fueled by stress, sleep-loss, sugar, pollution and countless other modern-day threats — it can completely wreck your health.

Carolyn Gretton

Higher omega-3 levels may lower COVID-19 death risk

Combatting inflammation is important in treating COVID-19. But many of the anti-inflammatories tested by researchers either don’t help or can actually worsen the condition. One hopeful sign is a connection between reduced mortality risk from the virus and an essential nutrient that douses killer inflammation…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Lower zinc levels tied to higher risk of death from COVID-19

You may remember an email that went viral at the beginning of the pandemic that was supposedly written by a pathologist. In it, he suggested zinc lozenges could effectively block the coronavirus. Looking at what researchers found months later in those infected by COVID-19, kiss any skepticism goodbye.

Joyce Hollman

Mood got you down? Get your fiber up

Dietary fiber binds with cholesterol, lowers blood sugar and speeds the removal of toxic waste from your body. It can also help you say goodbye to that funky blue mood.

Joyce Hollman

5 health-based benefits of kindness

Being kind to others feels good. We feel good about ourselves when we help someone else. But the benefits of kindness extend even further than that. Lots of research is showing that we become healthier and stronger, and live longer, when we are kind to others. Check out these 5 benefits to your health…

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The answer to gum disease found in fish oil

By the age of 65, there’s over a 70 percent chance that you will suffer from periodontal disease. But a new study has found a simple and less invasive possibility for reversing the damage of periodontal disease, one that’s good for your whole body to fight inflammation.

Joyce Hollman

Why sleep apnea can set you up for a severe COVID-19 infection

Sleep apnea is a progressive condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep, often multiple times a night. It’s linked to hypertension, stroke and heart failure. Now, researchers believe sleep apnea increases vulnerability for a serious COVID-19 infection partly because of how it affects blood oxygen levels…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Living with muscle pain? Look at what you’re eating

You pull yourself out of bed in the morning and your back aches. You head into the kitchen to get breakfast and notice that your neck and shoulders are tense and your hamstrings tight and painful. Every movement hurts. And you think, “Today, I’ve got to stretch.” But you may be surprised to learn that what you’re eating could be causing your muscle pain.

William Davis

Science looks to beetroot to fight root of diseases like Alzheimer’s and MS

When inflammation goes unchecked for too long, the nervous system becomes damaged and can lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis. That’s just one example of why inflammation is often called the root of all disease. But researchers have found a peptide in the beetroot that could make all that a thing of the past…

Carolyn Gretton

How walnuts help curb the most destructive process in your body

Walnuts are known to have numerous health benefits, many of which involve the heart — I’ve lost count of how many I mention in this one post! And now, the largest and longest study to date exploring the benefits of walnuts has discovered how they can help protect you from one of the most destructive processes in the human body…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How your immune system and inflammation can lead to heart attack

It’s been long understood that when you have a heart attack, it’s because somehow blood flow to your heart has become cut off, either due to a blockage or a narrowing of your coronary arteries. Blood clots can detach and float off to block those arteries. But finding immune cells are the mechanism behind those clots came as a surprise to researchers recently…

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