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October is Mental Health Month

Dear Patient VIP – (Very Important Patient) Throughout life, many individuals experience mental health issues that can impact their mood, thoughts, behavior, and quality of life. Supporting good overall health by engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a well-balanced diet, prioritizing sleep, and managing stress can help to support mental well-being. Certain dietary supplements may …

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What are Helper T Cells (CD4+, Th1, Th2, Th17, and the Interleukins)?

A discussion of Th1 and Th2 would not be complete without the basic understanding of what these cells and what their function are.  Th Cells or Helper T-cells are derived from CD4+ cells (a part of the immune system’s basic cell structure).  Helper T cells come in five major subsets and they are: Th1 cells …

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The Benefits of Echinacea to Reduce Stress and Improve Health

Echinacea is derived from the upper parts and roots of purple coneflowers. For centuries there has been interest in the immune effects of this natural supplement.  In a meta-analysis published in Advances in Medicine, echinacea extract was found to decrease the risk of recurrent respiratory infections and complications, such as pneumonia, ear infection, and tonsillitis. Experts …

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Polypharmacy: Dangers for Americans young and old.

Polypharmacy, the taking of too many medications, is a growing problem in the United States and some other industrialized countries.  However, Americans are by far more overmedicated than other nations utilizing almost 95% of the world prescriptive medications produced. This problem affects the elderly especially.  In fact, a full 35.8% of older adult Americans take …

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