Health Pearls

We Summarize Latest Medical and Scientific Studies

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed with medical information in the media.

It is often written with the intent of being big on headlines but short on important details. We present that information in a reliable manner so you can be well-informed. We also summarize medical conference news

We hope all the pearls we will be gathering will help you on your journey to good health and happiness!

The Human Microbiome – part three

Welcome back! This is part 3 of our series on the human microbiome. In brief, in parts one and two, we learned about prebiotics and probiotics being fiber and fermented foods, respectively. Now we’ll go on to what postbiotics are, and assess our current knowledge base and where this may lead going forward and how…
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The Human Microbiome – part two

Last week, we ended by saying that we determine the makeup of our microbiome by what we eat. We’ve been aware of the benefits of fruits and vegetables for a long time.  The microbiome has been the secret helper we never knew. This is the meat of the matter, so to speak. Carnitine is found…
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The Human Microbiome – part one

Be good to it so it can be good to you!   There is a huge village living inside of you. It is invisible to the naked eye, yet it plays a role in what  happens to the food you eat, the medications you take, the allergens you react to, how you react to  stress…
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Enjoy the outdoors … and protect your eyes

Now that spring is here and the weather has turned nicer, many of us are excited to be able to spend more time on outdoor activities. Gardening, hiking, yard work, bicycling, golf, soccer and tennis are some of the activities to enjoy. While the aim is fitness and fun, it is important to note that…
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Allergy Season? The EYES Have It!

It’s Allergy Season! Spring is here!  The sun is out, the days are longer, the grass is growing and the flowers are blooming.  There is a sense of renewal, rebirth, hope.  For some though, spring brings misery as the trees, grasses and weeds release pollen into the air and cause those pesky allergy symptoms.  …
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COVID-19 Vaccine and Allergic Reactions

As COVID-19 vaccinations start, we hear a great deal in the press about allergic reactions. Serious reactions to the vaccine are very rare, despite what we hear in the news, but because this is all new, serious monitoring is being performed. It is necessary to remember that the risk of becoming gravely ill from COVID-19…
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6 Constructive Ways Parents Can Support Children and Teens

Helpful Tips As We Continue Forward with COVID As first appeared in Psychology Today At the start of this pandemic, my family like many across our nation, prepared for a sprint. We dug deep for the burst of energy and the explosive performance of the 200 meters we imagined in store for us. As a…
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Guidance about covid tests and holiday travel

Happy Holidays to all of you.  Last week, we shared some news related to the vaccine developments.  Today we’d like to share guidance about holiday travel. Unfortunately, we still find ourselves in the midst of the pandemic. Holidays can be stressful and also isolating for many, and this is especially more acute this year.  The…
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Good News About Vaccines on the Horizon

What good news it is to hear that several effective vaccines are on the horizon! This week, I had the pleasure of listening to a panel of experts made up of vaccine researchers and virologists, and those experienced with vaccine approval. They discussed the current state of development and what we can reasonably expect over the…
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Let’s All Get the Flu Shot in 2020!

This year the new coronavirus that causes what can be a serious illness which is described as a “flu like” has greatly affected all of us.  In a similar way, the original “flu”, influenza, has the potential to cause 20,000 preventable deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations this year. What is a flu like illness?  Common symptoms…
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