Take Your Vitamins: New research shows Vitamin D deficiency can lead to worse COVID outcomes
A recent article in the American Journal of Infection Control titled “COVID-19 fatalities, latitude, sunlight, and vitamin D” found that a country’s latitude had a significant effect on its COVID-19 death rate. Using data from 88 countries, the author, Paul B Whittemore, PhD, of Pepperdine University, found that 16% of the variation in COVID-19 fatality […]
Trust Science?: Americans on both sides of the political divide struggle to decide who to believe
Americans seem to be dividing themselves into two camps: those who trust science and those who don’t. But even those who traditionally support science and have faith in agencies such as the CDC are looking askance at those agencies, wondering if they’re falling prey to political pressure. Dr. Michael Fine, doctor, community organizer and former […]
Alt-Health: It’s Raining Pollen!
It’s allergy season, and we all know what that means – itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing – all the symptoms of a cold, without an end in sight. Here are some practical steps to take, even before you hit the drugstore. Check up-to-date pollen counts in your neighborhood every day. The pollen count is […]
Alt-Health: Where Does Personality Start?
If life were a game and you entered at square one, there is only one thing that you would bring with you – your genetic blueprint. Every part of you is mapped out there, your psychological traits along with your physical characteristics. For many years, it was largely a word-of-mouth observation that certain temperaments seemed […]
Alt-Health: Life-Changing Bariatric Surgery
When the question of weight has passed from being a matter of vanity to becoming a dangerous health condition, a diet and exercise program isn’t enough. For some patients, bariatric surgery may be the last chance to change the course of their health. Bariatric surgery describes any surgical procedure on the stomach or intestines intended […]
Alt-Health: Little White Lies Lead to Big Problems
PD Ouspensky once wrote that man could be classified as “an animal that lies.” This is most certainly true. Much of the time, it can be a harmless feelings-sparing, or time-buying, act, but sometimes it can be dangerous. According to a recent study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), 60% to 80% […]
Alt-Health: Kids and E-Cigs
They look like USB drives, but they are a delivery system of a very different kind. “Pod Mods” are a new product class of e cigarettes that are quickly gaining ground in what doctors are seeing as the next emerging public health concern. Their apprehension is well-grounded. In 2011, less than 2% of US high […]
Alt-Health: Grief Affects Our Health
We all know how much grief hurts us emotionally, but we may not realize how damaging it can be to our health. At least one lethal form of grief, the “widowhood effect,” has been well documented by science. Studies show that the likelihood of death can increase from 40% to 90% in the three months […]
Alt-Health: Where’s a Lyme Vaccine?
Since the ’70s, when it was first discovered in Lyme, Connecticut, Lyme Disease has become one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in our country. It is a debilitating infection that, if not caught in its earliest stages, can become a lifelong, crippling illness. The CDC estimates that 300,000 people every year are diagnosed. In […]
Alt-Health: Separation Anxiety
Trump has finally signed the executive order that ended the separation of immigrant families and children at the borders, but the families in question seem to still be in limbo As of June 27, more than 2,000 children remain separated from their parents. In the six days that have elapsed since the order was signed, only […]