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Immune System

Dirty Kids: How Germs Can Be Your Child's Best Friend

Ben Greenfield | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Greenfield

To understand why I'm not too concerned about germs, and why you shouldn't be either, you need to grasp a concept called the "hygiene hypothesis," along with two other important hypotheses.

Did the Cold Cause My Cold?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

As an infectious disease doctor, I felt a little embarrassed that I didn't know the definitive answer to this simple question. Especially since I repeatedly rebuke my teenage children for not taking a jacket to school or wearing socks and a sweater at home.

Ooh Sexy Genes! Our Immune System Genes, that is.

Daniel M. Davis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Daniel M. Davis

While mainstream science focused on how certain genes work in the immune system, others - by and large, working away from the limelight - have found evidence that these same genes can also influence sexual attraction.

Gratitude Mantra Practice (VIDEO)

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Olivia Rosewood

So you know there's a great deal of evidence documenting the efficacy of a gratitude practice. But have you found one that works for you? Are you practicing gratitude every day?

Discovered! New Clues To The Causes Of Alzheimer's

Posted 10.28.2013 | Fifty

New genes linked to late-onset Alzheimer's have been discovered, giving scientists clues on how to create better drugs to fight off the disease. Resea...

Fight Inflammation And Fight The Diseases Of Aging

Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty

The thing that's causing your achy joints and swollen feet on the outside, is also wreaking havoc on your insides. Researchers at the Yale School of M...

5 Strategies for Optimal Autumn Wellness

Grace Suh, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Grace Suh, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.

Let's acknowledge autumn can also decrease motivation as well as trigger low mood and energy levels. Some people thrive in autumn; others, not so much. That's fine.  Stop pressuring yourself to feel exuberant when your body needs time to adjust to seasonal transition.

Immunity-Boosting Breakfasts To Help You Survive Cold And Flu Season

Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living

You may be lucky enough to be sniffle-free so far, but cold and flu season is upon us. Just over 2 percent of Americans have had the flu so far this s...

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

It does appear that there is growing evidence linking autism, an abnormally functioning immune system, and a variety of medical conditions. The exact associations, so far, elude our understanding.

A Simple Self-Esteem Boost That Improves Emotional Strength

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Self-affirmation exercises are an effective way to boost our self-esteem and by doing so, increase our emotional resilience and become better protected against the various psychological injuries we encounter in daily life.

Chronic Illness and Lyme: What You're Not Being Told

Beth Greer | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Greer

The first place to start if you have a chronic illness is to become intimately aware of what goes in you, on you and surrounds you. Awareness can bring about change.

Natural Ways to Boost Your Immunity for Fall

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer Cold and flu season is approaching, and the sooner you begin your immune-bo...

Never Mind 'Don't Pick Your Nose' -- Boogers May Be Good For You

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Mercola

If you catch a child with a finger up his nose, you probably discourage it. But could the "nasty" habit of nose-picking -- and eating it -- be more sanitary and even health-beneficial than we've been taught?

REVEALED: Secret Of Salamander's Amazing Limb Regrowth

Posted 05.21.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/20/2013 03:14 PM EDT on LiveScience Salamanders can regrow entire limbs and regenerate par...

The Secret Behind Women's Longer Lives

Posted 05.15.2013 | Fifty

It's common knowledge that women tend to live longer than men. Although men are living longer these days, a woman's life expectancy is 81.1 years comp...

10 Natural Ways To Avoid The Flu

Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living

Once you feel that telltale tickle in your throat or the first sniffle of congestion, it's too late. Symptoms for the flu rear their ugly head about a...

14 Immune-Boosting Recipes

Posted 12.21.2012 | Taste

Saving room for a few almonds or cups of green tea can make a difference.

The Best Way To Fight A Cold

Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living

By Joe Donatelli for Shape.com If you smell onions in someone’s socks over the next few weeks, do not be alarmed. That person is probably just fi...

Are Social Conservatives Just Being Squeamish?

Rob Brooks | Posted 02.03.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

The tendencies to adhere to tradition and submit to authority are all part of the socially conservative repertoire. As is a strong tendency to act unwelcomingly toward out-group members. Exactly the kinds of behaviours that would minimize the risks of infection during an epidemic.

Infection Protection: 10 Fun Ways To Boost Immunity

Lisa Turner | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Turner

We understand that colds and flu are caused by viruses -- but we're still no closer to a cure. The only defense is a good offense. But who says it has to be a drag?

What You Should Know About Bacteria On Your Body

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have long known that bacteria living on and in our bodies outnumber our cells -- which themselves sum up to a number that exceeds any hope of real understanding -- by 20 to one. We are a rounding error in our own skin.

The Amazing Effect Of Meditation On Seniors' Health: Study

Posted 01.07.2013 | Fifty

A new study has found that older people who take part in an eight-week program of meditation were able to reduce feelings of loneliness and boost thei...

This Is Your Immune System On Sleep Deprivation

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

You've probably heard about how significant a role stress is believed to play in the development of illness and disease. Here's some sobering and important news: New research indicates that lack of sleep can be as damaging to the immune system as stress.

Do Parents Really Get Sick LESS Often Than Non-Parents?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

That doesn't jibe with your reality either, huh? The one where you started sneezing when your oldest started preschool, and haven't put down the Kleenex since. The one where you drag yourself to work regularly with a fever because you used all your sick days taking care of the child whose germs you are now battling?

Why You Should Add Dirt To Your Diet

New York Times | Posted 06.21.2012 | Food

Over 7,000 strong and growing, community farmers' markets are being heralded as a panacea for what ails our sick nation. The smell of fresh, earthy go...