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Should You Get A Flu Shot Now?

The 2019-2020 flu season is here, and EU and US health authorities predict a busy one. You may recall that 2017 was one of the worst flu seasons in decades and that 2018 was quieter. That’s because seasonal influenza is cyclic. It comes every year but varies in strength. What's happening this time?

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

The annual flu season runs from October through March in the Northern Hemisphere, though it could start earlier and last longer. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the opposite. So I look to Australia during July-August (our summer, and their winter) for clues of how bad our flu season might get, and how effective the flu

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What You Need to Know About Getting a Flu Shot This Year

The 2018-2019 flu season started unobtrusively. But, if it worsens between January through April 2019, are you protected if you had a flu shot in September? Is it too late to get vaccinated now? Should you get vaccinated at all?

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

I’m not an anti-vaxxer. However, there’s some validity to anti-vaxxers’ concerns. Not all vaccinations are safe all of the time. Nor does every vaccine protect everyone from infection. In light of last year’s tough influenza season, it’s time to review the safety and value of vaccination. Let’s take a closer look at the flu shot.

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How to Quell Persistent Flu Symptoms With Chinese Herbs

Flu Season is not over, but could be out of your system sooner with TCM

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

This flu season was the worst in a decade. Finally kick your flu symptoms with Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal formulas Minor Bupleurum and Ginseng.

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Does Natural Immunity Protect Better Than the Flu Shot?

When it comes to the flu shot, does the "one size fit all" model benefit everyone?

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

If catching influenza provides stronger natural immunity against the flu than vaccination, why do pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and most doctors push flu shots? The short answer is that standards of care, as recommended by the CDC, require all licensed physicians to follow the same protocol.
The long answer is complicated.

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The 3 Chinese Medicine Treatments for Beating the Flu (Part III of III)

Influenza is endemic to China, so it makes sense that Chinese medicine would have the most experience in treating the flu.

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

Traditional Chinese medicine developed more than 2,500 years ago. Over millennia, traditional doctors gained practical insights about what plants and combinations worked best. But, experience alone isn’t all that matters. Modern science is testing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for the treatment of influenza.

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The 6 Principles for Beating Seasonal Flu in 2018 (Part I of III)

Seasonal flu is inevitable. All viruses have one goal, to infect living cells to replicate.

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

Seasonal flu is inevitable. All viruses have one goal, to infect living cells to replicate. There’s no cure for pandemic influenza, but these natural methods can help.

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Sore Throat, How to Treat it with Natural Medicine

These home remedies are readily available, easy to use, and work without side effects.

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

These home remedies are readily available, easy to use, and work without side effects. We’ve all experienced it. The winter months come on cold and windy, and sooner or later, you get a swelling and burning pain in the back of your throat, making it difficult to swallow. The good news is that natural medicine can be an effective way to treat sore throats.

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How to Bounce Back Quicker and Heal Faster

The sooner we recover from difficulties, the better we fare in life, and the happier and healthier we are.

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

The sooner we heal from difficulties, the better we fare in life, and the happier and healthier we are. Timothy D. Wilson, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, wrote in Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By (Wilson 2015) that the more we understand the negative events that take over our lives, including “breakups, failures, and medical problems, the faster we recover from them.”

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