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Breathe Deeply

February 25, 2016

I think it’s a tough call which organ is the most under-appreciated. I think there’s a good case for the lungs—breathing isn’t a conscious decision. There aren’t many major diseases that strike them randomly, so lungs don’t get their own month. And even if you don’t think about your liver or pancreas often, you know […]

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Resting up when you’re sick can help you get better faster, and even have milder symptoms overall. And it can even help prevent follow up illnesses, like a head cold or sinus infection spiralling into bronchitis or pneumonia. Here’s an important distinction a lot of people miss: bronchitis is, strictly speaking, an infection of the […]

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You may already know that doctors over-prescribe antibiotics, and that sinusitis, which is mostly caused by viral infections, is the leading disease for which they’re over-prescribed. Add Bronchitis to the list of diseases that don’t deserve antibiotics. If you can rule out Pneumonia, which is a bacteria, as a cause, then prescribing antibiotics will only […]

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What Is A Sinus Infection?

December 23, 2011

During cold and flu season it can become hard to tell one respiratory infection from the next. And with many illnesses causing obstruction of the sinuses, a sinus infection (sinusitis) is a common secondary or follow up to other infections. But differentiating between a sinus infection and some other illness causing a sinus infection becomes […]

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There seems to be a common misunderstanding about diseases: many common disease are not interchangeable with the pathogens (bacteria, viruses, and fungi/yeasts) that cause them. For example, pneumonia is a deep infection of the lungs. “I have pneumonia” means “something has infected the passages and air sacks in my lungs”. The “what” that is doing […]

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