Category Archives for Infectious Disease

Iron and Fungal Infections

We saw recently that iron is involved, however unlikely it may seem, in producing dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and quite possibly, male pattern baldness. These conditions all have in common that a

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Does Fungal Infection Cause Male Pattern Baldness and Heart Disease?

Quite the rabbit hole I’ve been down with my research. Does fungal infection cause male pattern baldness and heart disease? There’s an iron link to fungal infection too. This started when a

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Do Bacteria Cause Hypercoagulation and Aging?

I recently wrote about hypercoagulation, which is the phenomenon of increased activation of blood clotting and decreased activation of clot dissolution, and how it’s connected to aging. I showed

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How Iron and Bacteria Combine to Promote Aging

Microbes in normally sterile body sites One of the more remarkable developments in recent years in the field of health and aging is the recognition that bacteria and other microbes such as fungi can be

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Do Microbes Cause Aging?

Microscopic organisms — bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses — are extremely abundant on the planet; the estimated number of bacteria alone is ~5 x 10^30, and their total content of carbon,

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Iron increases infections

One important aspect involving iron – one that I haven’t discussed before – is its relation to infections. Competition for iron and the evolutionary arms race Virtually all bacteria,

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Too clean for our own good?

The advent of the paleolithic diet makes one realize that there are many other ways that modern lifestyle differs from that of our long-ago ancestors besides food. They had no bright lights interfering

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Iodine for infections

There’s quite a bit of information on the web about the internal use of iodine for urinary tract infections. See a list. Most or all of this info comes from naturopathic and holistic type folks,

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Childhood socioeconomic status, telomere length, and susceptibility to upper respiratory infection

Childhood socioeconomic status, telomere length, and susceptibility to upper respiratory infection Low socioeconomic status (SES) during childhood and adolescence has been found to predict greater susceptibility

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Progress on TB?

Orthomolecular News Service: Progress with TB or a Return to the Dark Ages? by Steve Hickey, PhD and William B. Grant, PhD Tuberculosis (TB) was formerly one of the most devastating scourges of mankind

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Blue light for infectious diseases

Blue light for infectious diseases: Propionibacterium acnes, Helicobacter pylori, and beyond? Blue light, particularly in the wavelength range of 405-470 nm, has attracted increasing attention due to its

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Zinc supplementation decreases incidence of infections in the elderly

Zinc supplementation decreases incidence of infections in the elderly: effect of zinc on generation of cytokines and oxidative stress Background: Zinc deficiency, cell-mediated immune dysfunction, susceptibility

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Guns, germs, and stealing

Guns, germs, and stealing: Exploring the link between infectious disease and crime ABSTRACT Can variation in crime rates be traced to the threat of infectious disease? Pathogens pose an ongoing challenge

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Up to 99 flu vaccinations needed to prevent one case of flu

http://www.drbriffa.com/2012/11/22/flu-vaccination-over-promoted-and-over-hyped-according-to-researchers/ Quote: Here’s three of the key findings from this report: During some influenza seasons vaccination

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Omega-3 fatty acids can decrease immune function

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are well-known as modulators of inflammation, this being the mode of action responsible for their effectiveness against the diseases of civilization, such as heart disease

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Artificial natural selection

Artificial natural selection: Can supplemental feeding domesticate mosquitoes and control mosquito-borne diseases? Abstract A new method is proposed for controlling mosquito-borne diseases. In particular,

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