Immunity

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Natural Remedies for Acute and Chronic Cough, Part 1
March 2, 2017
Gustavo Ferrer, MD FCCP, an experienced pulmonologist and founder of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Cough Center, is author of "Cough Cures: The Complete Guide to the Best Natural Remedies and Over-the-Counter Drugs for Acute and Chronic Coughs." He challenges our Western mindset that over medication, and offers a blend of Western and natural remedies to effectively address both acute and chronic respiratory issues. Hear why antibiotics are often prescribed unnecessarily; Why many over-the-counter cough remedies are worthless, and may even be harmful; Why Xlear nasal spray is more effective than ordinary saline nose drops. Click HERE for part 2.



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Natural Remedies for Acute and Chronic Cough, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Gustavo Ferrer, author of "Cough Cures: The Complete Guide to the Best Natural Remedies and Over-the-Counter Drugs for Acute and Chronic Coughs." Click HERE for part 1.



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Vaccine Safety Challenged, Part 1
February 9, 2017
Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, integrative pediatrician, pushes back on the assertion that vaccines are free of harmful effects. They contain harmful substances like mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde, and polysorbate 80 that have never undergone adequate safety studies when injected; they may challenge the immune system to go into “overdrive” promoting autoimmunity and neurological consequences; and the vaccines themselves may offer imperfect protection which could actually make viruses and bacteria more dangerous. Dr. Palevsky believes that in our rush to conquer infectious diseases, we have ignored the potential harms of immunization. He points to the unprecedented pervasiveness of neurodevelopmental disorders in children, which now affect 1 in 6. “There’s no such thing as a ‘safe’ vaccine," he concludes. What options exist for concerned parents? Are vaccine “refuseniks” contributing to the re-emergence of mumps, measles, and whooping cough? Why are scientists and medical professionals who question immunization treated like dangerous heretics? What can be expected from the appointment by President Trump of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to head up a vaccine advisory council? Click HERE for part 2.



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Vaccine Safety Challenged, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, an integrative pediatrician who pushes back on the assertion that vaccines are free of harmful effects. Click HERE for part 1.



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Aged Garlic Extract for Immune Support, Part 1
November 29, 2016
The role of Aged Garlic Extract in supporting immunity with Jim Lavalle, R.Ph., CCN, the author of "Your Blood Never Lies" and "Cracking the Metabolic Code." With the stressful holiday season now in full gear, what measures can we take to support our immune systems? What role could supplementation with Kyolic play in fending off infections? How does the immune system function (a brief primer)? When it comes to immunity, can we get too much of a good thing, resulting in autoimmunity or allergic responses? How is it thought that Aged Garlic Extract primes immunity? Are there ancillary benefits to Kyolic—for blood pressure and to protect arteries? For osteoporosis? What are the latest studies demonstrating about Aged Garlic Extract? What other ways can we optimize our immunity? What roles do exercise, diet, and sleep play? What other supplements should be part of our immune support portfolios? Why is allicin not thought to be essential for garlic’s immune-supportive activity? Why is Aged Garlic Extract thought to be superior to other non-standardized garlic products? Click HERE for Part 2.



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The Father of the Modern Science of Immunology, Part 1
July 12, 2016
This year, we celebrate the centennial of the death of Elie Metchnikoff, the Russian zoologist who is recognized today as the father of the modern science of immunology. Metchnikoff discovered the white blood cells that act as cellular “pacmen” to devour foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. But Metchnikoff is probably best known today as the originator of our understanding of the role probiotics play in human health and disease. Metchnikoff kicked off a sensation in 1904 when he touted live cultures as an anti-aging elixir, igniting a world-wide yogurt craze. Metchnikoff was one of the first to systematically study the aging process; he linked it to “autointoxication” in the intestines. While his theories fell into disrepute in the mid-Twentieth Century, were he to be alive today he would be gratified with the current resurgence of interest in the Microbiome and its impact on health and longevity. The modern concepts of “endotoxins” and “leaky gut” owe a debt of gratitude to Metchnikoff’s seminal discoveries. At first greeted with skepticism and derision, Metchnikoff was ultimately awarded the Nobel Prize for his research. Click HERE for part 2.



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The Father of the Modern Science of Immunology, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Luba Vikhanski as we celebrate the centennial of the death of Elie Metchnikoff, the Russian zoologist who is recognized today as the father of the modern science of immunology. Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 2
May 12, 2016
Is undenatured type 2 chicken collagen superior to glucosamine? Some of my overweight friends say if they don’t eat every 3 hours they feel nauseated and sick. Can asthma inhalers compromise the immune system? Does vitamin D cause kidney stones? Any alternative to having my parathyroid glands removed? Click HERE for part 1.



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Immunity, Part 1
December 29, 2015
The holidays will soon be in the rear-view window, winter is in full-swing, and now is when we seem most vulnerable to colds, flus, bronchitis and sinusitis. Thomas Guilliams, Ph.D., author of "Supporting Immune Function: A Lifestyle and Nutrition Approach," weighs in on lifestyle factors that influence immunity: sleep, stress, diet, and exercise. He also enumerates herbs, probiotics, vitamins and minerals that target the immune system--from Astragalus to zinc. What to take for a cold? Can too many "immune boosters" be harmful? Can nutrients boost the efficacy of vaccines? Click HERE for part 2.



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Immunity, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Thomas Guilliams, Ph.D., author of "Supporting Immune Function: A Lifestyle and Nutrition Approach." Click HERE for part 1.



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