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Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Winter Is Tough on Feet
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
CANCER
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
CAREGIVING
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
DIET, NUTRITION
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
FITNESS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
The Unmedicated Mind
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
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Simple Holistic Approach to Fight the Common Cold

While knowing that prevention is key to avoiding the common cold, it’s of little comfort once you are hit with one. The following are some key "Do’s and Don’ts”" if you are one of the unfortunate ones to catch a cold this season.
What to Increase

Eat foods rich in Quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many foods and aside from being a powerful antioxidant, it reduces inflammation. Quercetin also contains natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Foods high in Quercetin include:
– Onions
– Apples (with skin)
– Blueberries
– Grapes
– Black Beans
– Red Cabbage

Drink plenty of filtered water and vegetable broths. These support the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract by keeping them moist and allowing them to better function.

Drinking ginger tea may reduce the intensity of a cold.

Get plenty of sleep. Rest allows the immune system the time it needs to rid the body of unwanted bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin C in high doses supports the immune system and may reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. Start with 1000 mg three times a day, and increase by 500 mg with each dose to bowel tolerance (diarrhea). Everyone has a different tolerance level for Vitamin C.

For a sore throat, natural ginger syrup can ease inflammation and reduce pain.
What to Avoid

Avoid sugary foods and drinks including fruit juices. Sugar suppresses the immune system and will only prolong a cold.

Avoid mucous-forming dairy products especially milk.

Avoid junk food. The body doesn’t need the extra burden of detoxifying the additives and preservatives.

Avoid alcohol and tobacco which decrease immune function.

Avoid stress which can lead to decreased immune function. What might start off as a common cold, could turn into a more chronic condition.

-Karen Roth, MS, NC