Immune Support

  1. Allergies beaten with natural treatments

    End the summer sniffles with natural allergy cures

    If you're struggling to get your allergies under control... if the first days of summer have vanished in a haze of blurry vision... if you've got headaches, sore throats, and more from your hay fever... you need help.

    Just don't expect to get it from the Food and Drug Administration!

    They're out with a new cheat sheet for allergy patients, and they've been making the media rounds promoting their pointless advice.

    But instead of sharing real and proven solutions for allergy sufferers, they're spreading the kind of misinformation that's almost guaranteed to lead to more misery.

    Their "advice" is really just a recycled laundry list of all the usual mainstream options, including the drugs that either fail or pack big risks even when they do work.

    Some of them will leave you drowsy, and don't be fooled by the ones that claim to be "non-drowsy" on the front of the package.

    Flip it over and read the fine-print warning on the back, and you'll find they can leave you feeling like somebody put something in your drink.

    One of the most common antihistamines of all, Benadryl, can do something even worse than make you drowsy.

    It's a powerful anticholinergic drug, which means it alters activity in the brain, which is why studies show long-term use of these drugs can increase the risk of dementia.

    The agency is even pushing the latest trend, immunotherapy, a.k.a. "allergy shots." They're expensive, require constant doctor visits, and, while they can work, studies show it can take years before the benefits really kick in.

    If you're sniffling and sneezing today, you don't have years.

    You want help right now.

    That's where I come in, because I've got some much better, safer, and more effective ways to gain control over seasonal allergies.

    For example, butterbur supplements have proven to be just as good as a popular allergy drug, but without the risks -- yet the FDA won't even mention it!

    And while the feds are talking about immunotherapy, there's a faster, easier way to get very similar benefits.

    There's a form of homeopathy called isopathy that works much the same way as immunotherapy. It exposes you to very low doses of common allergens in order to desensitize your immune system so it no longer reacts.

    For example, if ragweed is running you ragged, homeopathic ragweed will help desensitize your immune system to it.

    You can find these and other inexpensive homeopathic allergy remedies in any decent natural pharmacy. If it seems like there are too many choices and it gets a little confusing, either ask a pharmacist who specializes in natural medicine or seek the advice of a holistic physician.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I can craft a custom plan to turn your own allergies around. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Muscles need more protein than you may think

    This mainstream advice can leave you weak

    It's one of the most important parts of your diet, especially as you get older -- and new research shows how it holds the key to your strength, vitality, and overall health.

    Yet it gets almost NO attention at all!

    Docs will give you all the usual lectures about sugar, salt, and fat: "Eat this. Don't eat that. Count your calories, and don't forget to track your cholesterol."

    Yet those same doctors will never ask about how much protein is in your diet.

    They'll just assume you're getting enough, since they think everyone on a typical Western diet is getting plenty.

    Well, friend, you know what happens when you assume, right?

    The new study finds many older Americans are falling badly short on protein, which could lead to weakness and even frailty, turning your golden years into a nightmare of injury and disability.

    And that's because ALL of the mainstream's assumptions about protein have been flat-out wrong.

    The new analysis finds that the "official" guidelines for protein, written long ago, were created with much younger people in mind. Yet somehow, it was assumed they would be just fine for 97 percent of the adult population.

    As it turns out, those targets don't come close to fitting 97 percent of the population.

    And when it comes to seniors, they fit about ZERO percent of the population.

    Older people often struggle to maintain muscle mass even in the most ideal of circumstances, so they need higher levels of protein to keep strong.

    But many don't get those levels.

    The research team behind the new study didn't set specific targets. Instead, they're calling for careful research in the form of a clinical trial involving between 400 and 500 seniors.

    Sure, that's great... for them.

    For you? Not so much!

    You don't have time to wait around for these guys to get their act together and do study after study after study. You need to act NOW, or you'll risk losing your own strength, vitality, and independence.

    So, make sure you're getting plenty of protein. Along with building muscle, it can help strengthen your arteries... protect your liver... and even cut your risk of an early death.

    Just make sure it's quality protein, because getting it from bacon burgers will kill you, not help you.

    Good sources of protein include fish, poultry, and a little bit of lean red meat. But the BEST sources of protein are plants including legumes, quinoa, and nuts.

    You don't have to turn into a vegetarian, but studies show even a 3 percent boost in plant protein can cut your risk of an early death by 10 percent.

  3. Pneumonia antibiotics are failing

    The deadliest pneumonia season yet is coming It's one of the most alarming reports I've seen in a long time -- and, given what's going on in the world right now, that's saying something. Yet it's getting ZERO attention in the mainstream media! Common antibiotics are failing when it comes to pneumonia -- already one of the nation's deadliest infections...
  4. Surgical infections increase in summer

    Don’t schedule surgery without reading this! There's a lot to love about the approach of summer, but there's at least one thing you've got to worry about -- especially if you have surgery planned. You could battle an infection! New research shows how your risk of suffering one of these complications after an operation -- any operation at all...
  5. Heart attack triggered by respiratory infections

    How the common cold could kill you Happy Memorial Day. I know this day has become a celebration of summer, but be sure to take a moment to remember what it's really all about and say a prayer for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Later today, when you're kicking back on the beach, lighting...
  6. Colds cured by zinc

    At last: A cure for the common cold You've got a lot on your mind as summer approaches: beach, barbecues, and maybe even a trip to see your loved ones. But the one thing you're probably NOT thinking about is catching a cold. I hope you don't get sick, in this season or any other. It can happen, though. Even...
  7. Vitamin D shortage linked to sunscreen

    Summer advice you SHOULDN’T follow Officially, summer's still a month off. Unofficially, it's supposed to start next weekend, as Memorial Day arrives. Here in sunny San Diego, it feels like summer kicked in WEEKS ago! Whenever summer begins for you, there's something that almost always comes hand-in-hand with it -- and that's the alarmist fear-mongering about the supposed danger of...
  8. B vitamins block pollution damage

    STOP hidden heart damage with this nutrient Everyone knows the OBVIOUS risk factors for heart problems. There's the toll that junk food and obesity take on your body... a sluggish metabolism caused by lack of movement... bad habits like smoking or drinking to excess... and so on. But there are OTHER factors that are much less obvious. I try to...
  9. Sepsis cured with intravenous vitamin C

    One of the nation's top killers... CURED! It's the epidemic you've never heard of... a leading killer your own doctor won't warn you about. If sepsis were its own cause of death, it would NUMBER THREE in the nation, behind only heart disease and cancer. But because sepsis is the result of an immune system breakdown during a fight with...
  10. Probiotics can boost the immune system

    Turbocharge your immune system Getting sick can make you miserable at any age. But when you're a little older, even a minor illness or infection can hit you like a sack of bricks. It's unfair, but many older folks get sicker easier and stay sick longer. Your body just doesn't bounce back the way it used to. But there is...
  11. Probiotics can ease depression

    Fight depression… with yogurt! It could be the tastiest way to fight depression yet... and it's available in strawberry, blueberry, peach, or honey. It's yogurt, as new research reveals how the live bacterial cultures found in this healthy treat could help boost your mood and chase away the blues. The key is a type of bacteria called Lactobacillus found in...
  12. Allergies can be defeated without meds, study proves

    Beat allergy season before it starts In just a few weeks, the snow will melt -- if it hasn't already -- and the first signs of spring will start to poke through. The grass will turn green... the flowers will bloom... and millions of Americans will step outside to inhale the fresh spring air... and immediately start sneezing. Yes, allergy...
  13. NSAIDs linked to heart attack

    Meds can turn a winter cold into a cardiac emergency Is there anything worse than the misery of yet another mid-winter respiratory infection? It certainly doesn't feel like it... not when you're coughing up a lung... battling a fever... and trying to cope with what feels like pain in every muscle. But there IS something far worse -- and if...
  14. Immune system T-cells boosted by sun exposure

    How sunlight boosts your immune system February may not be prime time for getting out under the sun in most parts of the country... even if it's something we do all year long here in Southern California. But when the weather allows it, make it a point to soak up some rays for a few minutes each day. It doesn't...
  15. Flu shot rejected by most Americans

    The flu shot is getting its annual push from the CDC, but despite that government backing, Americans have rejected the vaccine like never before. Here’s why.
  16. Immune system holds the key to heart health

    Your immune system does more than fight off colds. It also holds the key to heart health, and can even help protect against a heart attack.
  17. Probiotics can boost your immune system

    Probiotics can give your immune system a lift so your body is better able to fight off illness.
  18. Zinc can boost immune function in seniors

    Zinc deficiency is common in seniors, especially the elderly, but new research shows how boosting your intake can help your immune system fight off illness.
  19. The tricky way that flu virus can sneak past the flu shot

    The flu virus can make you sick even if you’ve been vaccinated, and new research shows why: strains not in the shot travel alongside the ones that are.
  20. Tylenol for flu? Don’t even bother!

    Tylenol is one of the first drugs that folks with flu-like symptoms take, but new research shows it won’t help by any measure.

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