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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Defense medicine is evolutionary medicine and it’s good medicine.

Western Medicine continues in the mindset of humoral medicine when is sees illness as a disturbance in homeostasis. Often included in the disturbance are bothersome symptoms that represent physiological responses to a challenge. The allostatic model is a current proposed that recognizes the homeostatic disturbance, argues for honoring and supporting it, but does not link […]

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How Independants Can Win in 2018: Empower the People

The July/August issue of The Atlantic has an article about Evan McMullin, the Presidential candidate who ran because he saw Trump as an autocrat. To counter this he wants to empower an independent party in 2018. He saw Trump as a threat because in his career in the CIA he worked in many countries ruled […]

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How not to create and stimulate dependence in entitlements.

Entitlements The conservative position that entitlements create dependence and decrease a society’s health by supporting the survival of the unfittest is not without merit, but eliminating them is the wrong solution. As the balloon here indicates they are the largest part of of the federal budget as well as being the fastest growing. Military spending […]

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The Role of Government

Common Sense Medicine extends to more than health and health care. A significant part of our book – The Boids and the Bees: Guiding Adaptation to Improve our Health, Healthcare, Schools, and Society – is how to guide social change. That means politics. Most political arguments use fear to motivate their respective bases. Reading Daniel […]

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Russia, our elections, and what to do about it.

Russia and the election – What to do and WHY!     A Common Sense Approach Besides determining if Trump and his campaign were in collusion with those interfering, what to do about it to prevent a recurrence is the main problem. There are two issues: the first is the hacking that everyone looks at. […]

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Twitter: bees, bugs, and superbugs

Twitter, as a means of communication, is big in the bug world. Bacteria release chemicals to communicate–it’s called quorum sensing–and when the message gets loud enough the colony shifts direction. Bees use it to choose a new hive–the site with the most bees on its doorstep wins. But in nature twitter is democratic–it’s one bug […]

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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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