Why nasal xylitol works to stop URIs and COVID

While xylitol in a nasal spray is marketed as a nasal wash that is not what it does. Aggressively washing the body—any part of the body—can remove the helpful and friendly microbes that provide many of our defenses. We learned that over the last few decades beginning with Bill Costerton’s telling us about our helpful […]

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COVID-19: Coping with Alternative Medicine

Epidemics and pandemics are useful in promoting alternative medicine and our current pandemic is a case in point. But we are missing the boat–we could end the pandemic now. The story goes back to the cholera epidemics  of the mid 20th Century that led to the development of Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT). This development is […]

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Healthcare Revisited–Again!

We at Common Sense Medicine know that any healthcare system must pay attention to significant facts in order to work. We also have suggestions to make it work. Fact 1. Healthcare is both complex and adaptive–it evolves. Fact 2. Regulating such systems doesn’t work; learned from the fall of communism. Fact 3. The best way […]

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Superbugs and xylitol

Thirteen years ago I wrote an article that was published in Medical Hypotheses about how we can tame bacteria. Last week I got this video from a friend in Australia that shows how this is happening. My article was based on the ideas of Nathan Sharon whose research was on how bacteria attach to us […]

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Urinary Infections that kill?

Reading the news about antibiotic resistant germs causing urinary tract infections? As we have written, this is a war we have little chance of winning. The other side is just too good at coping with our weapons and we can’t adapt near as fast. We need another option! In our real world wars we look […]

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Superbugs? Antibiotic resistance?  Try negotiating!

More and more we are learning that bacteria are not all enemies. There are good bacteria; ten times more bacteria living on us and in us than we have cells and mostly they are good. Bacteria are the unquestioned masters of life on earth, both in durability and variety. As one doctor put it, we […]

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Coping with antibiotic resistance: taming bacteria

There is information everywhere you look today about our problem with antibiotic resistance and the only solution seen is more antibiotics. The July 2015 issue of Consumer Reports has the first of a three part series on the subject. President Obama announced his program in that area last March; one commentator for that announcement called […]

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Killing germs doesn’t work; let’s try feeding them.

Bacteria have a sweet tooth; feeding them the right sugars makes for friendlier adaptation, reduces the need for antibiotics, and can help solve our problem of antibiotic resistant microbes. A.H. ‘Lon’ Jones DO Common Sense Medicine Living things adapt; itʼs part of the definition of life. They adapt to changes in their environments; and they […]

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*Insurance is designed to pay for the unexpected crisis. Health insurance started that way in the U.S. but gradually, because the companies we work for were paying for it and getting a better tax break, it morphed into paying for it all. That means we have less interest in getting the ounce of prevention than if we were paying for some of those costs. Children we talk to about the dangers of drugs just say they’ll get a brain transplant if they burn theirs out. That’s why we think that Health Savings Accounts should be promoted by the government more; they put the individual back in a position of responsibility in making more choices in their health care. With Health Savings Accounts an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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