What To Do For A Fever

Of all the concerns that parents have contacted my office about over the years, one of the most common ones has been what to do with a child’s fever.

In addressing this concern, it’s vital to understand that a fever serves to protect your body against infection and trauma in three major ways:

  1. A fever stimulates your immune system into producing more white blood cells, antibodies, and a protein called interferon, all of which work to protect your body against harmful microorganisms.
  2. By raising your body’s temperature a few degrees, a fever makes it harder for invading bacteria and viruses to survive and flourish. The higher your core body temperature is, the harder it is for harmful microorganisms to survive in your body.
  3. A fever helps to shuttle iron to your liver so that it is not readily available to fuel the growth of invading bacteria. (more…)

Raising Awareness of Candida Yeast Infection

Are you suffering from seemingly unrelated health problems and your doctor isn’t able to explain what may be causing them? Candida yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, affects millions of people worldwide – and mainstream media remain silent about its symptoms, causes and treatment options.

Unexplainable tiredness, digestive disorders, headaches, and recurring yeast infections. For thousands of people, these all-too-common ailments can become a serious problem. Little by little, slowly over time, they are robbed of their vitality, and their doctors are clueless about what may be causing it. It wasn’t until recent years when many well-respected alternative health practitioners started to connect symptoms like general fatigue and bloating with Candida infection, a condition caused by bad diet and lifestyle habits.

Symptoms of Candida Infection (more…)

Aspirin — What is it Good For?

Aspirin is one of the most popular nonprescription drugs in the world. It is often called a miracle drug, and why not? It’s one of the most common arthritis remedies in existence. It’s reportedly good for everything from pain and inflammation relief to fever reduction, from preventing cardiovascular disease and strokes to helping protect against pregnancy complications, dementia, and even some forms of cancer.

But its benefits don’t stop there. As it turns out, aspirin is also good for recharging your car battery, removing perspiration stains, restoring hair color, and helping cut flowers last longer.1 And it even has its own foundation. No joke! There really is an Aspirin Foundation — aspirin-foundation.com — supported by Bayer® Aspirin, no less.

Aspirin and cancer

But the reason for today’s newsletter is the recent news concerning aspirin and cancer. For some time, there has been statistical evidence that aspirin may help prevent cancer. Although the evidence is mixed, there have been some studies that indicate aspirin can provide a significant protective effect against breast cancer.  For example, a retrospective study of over 80,000 women found upwards of a 28% reduction in breast cancer among women who had used two or more tablets per week for ten years.2 Other studies have been less positive. But there’s even stronger evidence that aspirin may help prevent colorectal cancer, where studies have shown that regular consumption of aspirin may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by about 40 percent after at least 5 years’ use.3 (This is an especially “interesting” result considering aspirin’s proclivity to intestinal bleeding.)

And now the latest research indicates that the use of as little as one aspirin tablet a month may provide a significant decrease in pancreatic cancer risk, at least according to the results of a case-control study presented just a couple of weeks ago at the American Association of Cancer Research 102nd Annual Meeting.