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Naturopath who provided echinacea cleared of wrongdoing in Alberta boy's meningitis death
The governing body for naturopaths in Alberta has dismissed a complaint against one of its members related to the death of Ezekiel Stephan, whose parents were convicted after treating his meningitis with natural remedies instead of seeking medical treatment. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Echinacea: Is it effective for the common cold?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - March 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Great cough syrup con: Medicines we buy from the chemist have virtually no effect
Pharmacy cough medicines work little better than a placebo, while other remedies such as echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are not likely to help either, scientists claim. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New book explores Echinacea, a medicinal plant with roots in Kansas
(University of Kansas) A recently published book co-authored and edited by Kelly Kindscher, senior scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey and professor of environmental studies at the University of Kansas, explores 'everything known' about the purple coneflower. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 14, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How To Ward Off A Cold, According To 7 Health Editors
By Rosie McCall You’ve been loading up on immune-boosting foods, exercising regularly and washing your hands often and well. Yet there’s no question you’re coming down with something — your body feels rundown, and there’s a twinge in your throat. But it’s not too late! Below are the sickness-prevention strategies that Health editors use at the first hint of seasonal sniffles. These reality-tested remedies have worked for us, and nipped colds in the bud. Gargle salt water “I swear by the salt-water gargle, a trick I learned working at Health. The how-to: Add half a teaspoo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Common Cold and Complementary Health Approaches
Colds are a leading reason for visiting a doctor and for missing school or work. To prevent or treat colds some people turn to complementary health approaches such as herbs, vitamins, and minerals. This issue provides information on “what the science says” about some of these practices for the flu and for the common cold, including zinc, vitamin C, echinacea, probiotics, nasal saline irrigation, buckwheat honey, and geranium extract. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 6, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Canna-butter, astro eggs and other costly superfood trends
You're down with acai, take echinacea on the reg, and consider coconut oil a mainstay in your home. But a new class of high-powered superfoods is pushing the envelope even further, making even the healthiest among us stop and do a double take. For starters, there's Gwyneth's pricy morning smoothie ritual (whose ingredient shopping list totals $200 thanks to so-called "moon dust"). And then there's something called Blue Majik and ... astrologically farmed eggs? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why bingeing on health foods won ’t boost your immune system
There are only two ways the human body can deal with the invading pathogens and infections that can cause colds and other illnesses – and neither involves vitamins or ‘superfoods’ that claim to offer protectionWalk through the aisles of any health food shop and you ’ll see pots of echinacea or zinc that promise to “support your immune system” or “maintain its healthy function”. Read new age health blogging sites and you’ll find posts on how drinking hot lemon water or knocking back a shot of wheatgrass juice or the current green goo du jour will “ boost your immun...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 24, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Dara Mohammadi Tags: Nutrition Vaccines and immunisation Microbiology Food & drink Health wellbeing Diets and dieting Science Society Life and style Source Type: news

Why bingeing on health foods won’t boost your immune system
There are only two ways the human body can deal with the invading pathogens and infections that can cause colds and other illnesses – and neither involves vitamins or ‘superfoods’ that claim to offer protectionWalk through the aisles of any health food shop and you’ll see pots of echinacea or zinc that promise to “support your immune system” or “maintain its healthy function”. Read new age health blogging sites and you’ll find posts on how drinking hot lemon water or knocking back a shot of wheatgrass juice or the current green goo du jour will “boost your immune ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 24, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Dara Mohammadi Tags: Nutrition Vaccines and immunisation Microbiology Food & drink Health wellbeing Diets and dieting Science Society Life and style Source Type: news

Can Echinacea Melt Winter's Colds and Flu?
The herbal remedy Echinacea is supposed to prevent or lessen respiratory infections. What the research says (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - January 12, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: FREE Source Type: news

How to Pass a Urine Drug Test Using Science
This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Yasmin Tayag Drug testing, like heroin, got popular in the late '80s and early '90s. As Reagan's Drug War rushed towards its logical conclusion, employers hustled to create drug-free work environments despite a lack of evidence that there was any advantage in it or that tests actually worked. Now, as the legalization movement gains momentum, tests to screen for marijuana use seem outrageous, but they remain relatively common. Plenty of businesses still require a piss test and plenty of would-be employees still struggle to pass. There are cleanses and adulterants that promise...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What is in that echinacea herbal pill you are taking?
The new series of BBC2's Trust Me I'm A Doctor decided to find out whether there is actually any ginkgo inside the bottle when it says ginkgo on the lid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Echinacea preparation as effective as Tamiflu in early flu cases in large clinical trial
(NaturalNews) An Echinacea extract is just as effective as the antiviral drug Tamiflu at speeding recovery from flu infection, according to a study published in the journal Current Therapeutic Research.The new findings build on prior research which showed that Echinacea acts as... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why You Should Care About GNC's New Supplement Guidelines
GNC responds to investigation revealing mislabeling of ginseng, echinacea and others. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Media Advisory: Data on Children’s Use of Complementary Health Approaches
What: The release of data from a nationwide government survey on American Children’s use of natural products such as melatonin, Echinacea, probiotics, as well as on the use of mind and body approaches such as yoga, chiropractic, massage, and meditation. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a webinar/telephone briefing to discuss the findings of the most recent reports from the National Health Interview Survey. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - February 24, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCAM Source Type: news

7 Reasons You're So Sensitive To Caffeine
We all have coworkers who can down six cups of coffee in a given day without flinching, and friends who can indulge in an after-dinner cappuccino and be sleeping like a baby within the hour. Yet a single cup leaves many of us feeling jittery, anxious and restless. What gives? To be sure, coffee is safe. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the average American consumes 300 milligrams of caffeine each day, and the Mayo Clinic says it is safe for adults to consume upward of 400 milligrams daily -- the equivalent of four cups of coffee. It is our most popular caffeine delivery mechanism by magnitudes, and prov...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Portland law firm takes on dietary supplement 'scams'
The Portland law firm Stoll Berne wants to hear from consumers who believe they've been scammed by herbal supplement makers, as precursor to a possible class action lawsuit. The firm is soliciting comments, as a precursor to a possible class action lawsuit over false marketing. The supplements in question include Ginkgo Biloba from Walmart, Echinacea from Walgreens, St. John's Wort from GNC and Valerian Root from Target, among many other store-branded products. The New York State Attorney General's… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 19, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

A Really Bad Week For The Supplements Industry
If the ingredients in your pills don’t really work, does it matter if they’re correct? Well, yes. Even if that echinacea pill doesn’t cure the common cold, if a supplement manufacturer sells you an echinacea pill, they have to put echinacea in it. Supplement makers can and do make all kinds of claims about the health benefits of the stuff they’re selling you. They claim that supplements can "boost your immune system," relieve aches and pains, improve memory, and promote "wellness," whatever the heck that means. Most this is nonsense, but thanks to the manufacturers’ ...
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 16, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Steven Salzberg Source Type: news

8 Cold Remedies That Really Work, According To Science
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? And should you actually feed a cold and starve a fever? While there's some true behind both, it's a bit more complicated than that, according to a new video from YouTube's AsapSCIENCE. The video (see above) explores eight sick remedies, and explains the science behind how they work. For instance, chicken soup really might help reduce those cold symptoms, just as mom told you it would -- it works as an anti-inflammatory. Honey, vitamin C, garlic and echinacea have their own powerful cold-fighting properties too, according to the video. Always remember though: While some o...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

8 Cold Remedies That Really Work, According To Science
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? And should you actually feed a cold and starve a fever? While there's some true behind both, it's a bit more complicated than that, according to a new video from YouTube's AsapSCIENCE. The video (see above) explores eight sick remedies, and explains the science behind how they work. For instance, chicken soup really might help reduce those cold symptoms, just as mom told you it would -- it works as an anti-inflammatory. Honey, vitamin C, garlic and echinacea have their own powerful cold-fighting properties too, according to the video. Always remember though: While some o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 8, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

The DNA of Christmas
I hope Santa has been good to you, and you’re not too frazzled and stressed. It happens every year around this time… right after the holidays, I get quite a few patients who come to my Wellness Center who have gotten sick. Stress can make an illness that you might have fought off with very few symptoms much worse. I read a study from Carnegie Mellon University about this. They put subjects through a stress test, and then infected them with influenza. They found those who had the most stress actually got sicker, and had more intense symptoms.1 By simply boosting your immune system, you can protect yourself. And...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - December 30, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Nutrition DNA herbs nutrients telomerase Source Type: news

From A to Z, A Nerd's Guide To Herbal Tea
Stop right there: Before you reach for yet another cup of joe, consider the benefits of a nice cup of herbal tea. While it’s not quite tea by the proper definition -- traditional black, white and green teas are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, while herbal teas, or tisane, can be brewed with a wide variety of herbs and spices -- going herbal will add new flavor to your life. You can reap benefits for both your mind and your body by engaging in the centuries-old tradition of tea drinking. Since the world of herbal tea is so vast, we’ve partnered with Traditional Medicinals to put together an A-to-Z...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves experimental use of antiviral drug for Ebola, but still won't allow testing with colloidal silver or Echinacea
(NaturalNews) Right now, speculators are bubbling with anticipation, as drug company stocks are set to make impressive gains. Ever since Thomas Eric Duncan was quarantined at a Dallas hospital, it was only a matter of time before he would be subjected to new experimental drugs. Not... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Echinacea: Is it effective for the common cold?
Echinacea may slightly reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms, but the effect may be too minor to notice. (Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - March 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evidence Mixed on the Usefulness of Echinacea for Colds
02/20/2014, The Cochrane Library - For people seeking a natural treatment for the common cold, some preparations containing the plant Echinacea work better than nothing, yet "evidence is weak," finds a new report from The Cochrane Library. (Source: Health Behavior News Service)
Source: Health Behavior News Service - February 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evidence mixed on the usefulness of echinacea for colds
For people seeking a natural treatment for the common cold, some preparations containing the plant Echinacea work better than nothing, yet “evidence is weak,” finds a new report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 20, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Do supplements really help us keep healthy in the winter?
What's the truth behind the claims for echinacea, cod liver oil, vitamin D and zinc, asks Victoria Lambert     (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - December 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do supplements really help us keep healthy in the winter?
What's the truth behind the claims for echinacea, cod liver oil, vitamin D and zinc, asks Victoria Lambert     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Navigating Dietary Supplement Regulations
Echinacea, vitamins, and other dietary supplements have become a $5 billion industry, but the products don't need to be pre-approved by the FDA before they go on the market. How do we know what is really in our supplements? What regulations are currently in place? How can we keep ourselves safe and informed?» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Director's Message: Herbal Products: Be an Informed Consumer
As I mentioned in my January 2013 Director’s message, many visitors to the NCCAM website seek information about herbal products, such as evening primrose oil, St. John’s wort, fenugreek, echinacea, and aloe vera. And, while some herbs have had more research, others have had very little. This not only means we may be unaware of whether the herb has any potential benefits, it also means that we may know very little about potential harms, such as herb-drug interactions. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - June 12, 2013 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCAM Source Type: news

Vitamins: stop taking the pills
This article was corrected on 7 June 2013. During editing, a line in the fifth from last paragraph, beginning 'Another example is St John's wort…' was accidentally transposed, leading to the suggestion that serotonin was a medicine rather than a brain chemical.Alternative medicineHealth & wellbeingHealthCancerCancerMedical researchPharmaceuticals industryDepressionguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 7, 2013 Category: Science Tags: The Guardian Depression Pharmaceuticals industry Health Medical research & wellbeing Society Extracts Features Cancer Life and style Alternative medicine Science Source Type: news

Lifecoach: preventing malaria and the best time to exercise
Our experts answer your health questions. This week: avoiding malaria on trips abroad, and whether it's good for you to exercise at night. (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - February 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: colds malaria lifecoach health exercise echinacea health advice Source Type: news

Lifecoach: preventing malaria and the best time to exercise
Our experts answer your health questions. This week: avoiding malaria on trips abroad, and whether it's good for you to exercise at night. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: colds malaria lifecoach health exercise echinacea health advice Source Type: news

Fighting The Common Cold: What Really Works?
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Common Cold Dr. Deborah Blazey-Martin Echinacea garlic lactobacillus Probiotics Sick Tufts Medical Center Vitamin C Source Type: news