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From Our Readers: Comments & Suggestions – 12-10-08

  [ 5 votes ]   [ 1 Comment ] • December 9, 2008

Fighting Colds & Flu

Q: How do I boost immunity against colds and flu? - James M

A: While many nutrients may help us bolster our resistance to infection during cold and flu season, ProHealth's customer service reps advise us that two little-known supplements stand out. Both help the immune system take care of itself naturally.

One is EpiCor®, a yeast culture-based nutrient used only in livestock feed until the mill owner’s insurance company asked why employees were never sick. Their research soon found that the antioxidant-rich product supported a four-fold increase in the activity of Natural Killer cells - the “guard dogs” of the immune system. And recently, a double blind placebo-controlled study linked supplementation with Epicor to reduction of "all types of minor complaints" and allergic reactions, likely owing to a measured increase in red blood cell and mucosal immune health.

The other notable immune support nutrient with fascinating science behind it is Transfer Factor Essentials, which demonstrably nourishes NK cells and supports their ability to dispatch infectious intruders.


IBS - or Celiac Disease?

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, costochondritis [inflammation of cartilage connecting a rib to the breastbone], IBS, post-herpetic [shingles] neuralgia, and several other unknown pain syndromes in 1996. The ensuing IBS complaints were so unpredictable that I was having accidents in public places.

Several years ago my 76-year-old mother was diagnosed with Celiac disease [gluten intolerance]… She also has the skin blisters (dermatitis herpetiformus) that some CD patients have. Since all the women in my family have autoimmune problems, she suggested I go on the gluten-free diet. I went cold turkey - and miraculously found a total reversal of the IBS!

This was never even considered by my doctors and now I want to get the word out for others who might really be suffering from the same thing. My suggestion for ProHealth would be to include Celiac disease in your health sites. I just wonder how many IBS patients really have Celiac disease - and suspect the number might be very large.

Some may feel the gluten-free diet is too restrictive, but there are many wonderful substitutes out there for wheat, rye, barley, triticale & Quinoa (keen-wah), buckwheat (which is not wheat at all), potato flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, and many others.

Gluten-Free Pantry sells wonderful cake, brownie, and cookie mixtures, as does Namaste brand, so you really never "go without" goodies. I've even found lovely pre-made breads & biscuit mixes, something this southerner missed terribly.

If you suffer from IBS, might I suggest you go gluten-free for a while and see if it helps? If you have celiac disease, you'll never want to eat gluten again because you'll SO enjoy the absence of bloating, pain, straining, or rushing to the bathroom within a matter of days or weeks. - greenthumb


Thank You, Kim McCleary

Re: “CFIDS Association President Kim McCleary Rips CDC Management of CFS Research Budget”

It is absolutely outrageous that the CDC is (apparently) once again squandering research money for CFS…. the CDC needs to model itself after people who are accountable, and who actually care about CFS patients. If the CDC continues to mismanage the millions of dollars that they are given, then that money should go to researchers who will value it and put it to better use. Thank you Kim McCleary for fighting for us.


Best News Ever!

Re: "Thrilling Results Already in the Works at Reno’s Whittemore Peterson Institute," with link to Reno newscast video.

Thanks so much to Dr. Peterson, Ms. Whittemore (I wish we all had mothers like her!) and Dr. Mikovits for all of their hard work, and for giving us hope for a test, treatment and cure! I am especially grateful for the validity that a test and the identification of a virus will give to this diagnosis. I've watched that newscast over and over and every time it makes me smile - will definitely bookmark to watch on rough days.

As someone who has had CFS for almost 20 years, who contracted it during the epidemic for which CFS was named, had the acute-onset, flu-like symptoms, and Epstein-Barr related illness described in Osler's Web (but lived nowhere near Nevada), I am ecstatic that there is an institute undertaking viral research for CFS.

They do recognize that CFS is likely to be the end-point of several diseases, and that a subset had a viral onset and then ongoing viral infection.

The kind of quantitative research that they are undertaking will help all sufferers of CFS as it will validate it as a non-psychiatric illness - or just as an illness at all, since at this point many doctors don't even believe it even exists. The people at Whittemore Peterson are devoting their lives to helping us, and making significant progress, and I am thankful. - Outofstep


Gulf War Syndrome is Environmental Illness

Re: “Research Panel Reports Gulf War Syndrome is Real”

Gulf War Syndrome is Environmental Illness. 30% of those who went to the Gulf have it, and 15% who were not deployed also have it. In fact 15% of the regular population have it to some degree, and 5% of civilians are disabled from it.

It is huge, and I am trying to get the AMA to change their position on this whole group of conditions for all of our benefits… You may be interested in seeing my lecture at the Cleveland Clinic explaining the field of environmental medicine and how it treats all of the environmentally ill, regardless of where and when it started. See “Environmental Health and Illness: Why the Controversy?” (Scroll down to September 10.)

I can assist in locating a physician if you need to find one who treats this condition (e-mail or look at my website ( Sincerely - Lisa Nagy, MD
Note: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is generic and anecdotal, and is not meant to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any illness, condition, or disease. It is very important that you make no change in your healthcare plan or health support regimen without researching and discussing it in collaboration with your professional healthcare team.

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watch for hidden gluten
Posted by: Sandy10m
Dec 10, 2008
If you are going to try the gluten-free diet, you need to watch for hidden sources of gluten. You won't get a good result if you are still eating gluten. One key place that you would never think of finding gluten is in soy sauce. It is the second ingredient listed, higher than soy! Most sauces have some form of gluten in them: salad dressing, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, etc. You need to read the labels very carefully. Or else just go without sauces for a while. Stick with salt and pepper, or try Mrs. Dash to flavor your food. Within 1 week you will notice a difference. I did. Good luck!
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