How to Keep Your Family From Getting You Sick Over the Holidays

Sitting around the table, it wasn’t just the occasional family drama that made me cringe. It was the fact that my very own relatives were so distracted by the “good eats” that they forgot to take some simple preventive health measures -– things that could have easily prevented the germs from being passed along with the pumpkin pie. While the seasonal flu may not be very prevalent right now, I couldn’t help but think that it’s only a matter of time. While the flu is known to come on as quickly as our post-turkey comas, it’s symptoms are much more severe. Therefore, in an effort to prevent the flu from ruining future family gatherings, I thought I’d share some simple stay-healthy tips. ...more

Flu Vaccine? Ups and Downs.

As a college student, and daughter of parents who have both worked in hospitals since I've been alive, I have always gotten a flu shot. Every year, about the same time, I get a little stab, that eventually stopped bothering me so much. We've all heard the gossip about the links between vaccines and autism (among other things). After a little argument, with me defending vaccines, I decided to actually do some research (and not go on hearsay, which unfortunately is what I was doing...oops). ...more

Baby Vaccinations

We all have at least heard something regarding the endless debates over the past couple of years, that have been centered around baby vaccinations.  As a new parent, I tried to read up on as much information that I could, and also spoke to some of our friends in the medical field to make up my mind about having my son receive all of his vaccinations....more

When your child avoids school

Diagnosing the Mystery IllnessOften those pesky symptoms stem from anxiety, but what’s causing that?...more

I Say "No" to Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Health Care Workers

Google the word "flu," and you will be bombarded with scare tactics (and guilt tactics) to influence you to get a flu shot. In addition, there are many pieces of writing out there right now trying to influence public opinion about making flu shots mandatory for all health care workers. The idea of making the flu shot mandatory for anyone is disturbing to me. And if you think you don't have to worry because you're not a health care worker, think again. It's a very slippery slope. ...more

I think that sounds like a reasonable compromise as well. Although, many cancer patients ...more

Health Risks of Anti-Bacterial Soaps

With fears of H1N1 running rampant, it seems like everywhere you turn, there’s antibacterial gel, antibacterial soap and other antibacterial cleansers.  But are these cleansers really necessary, not to mention safe, or do they actually post health risks?  Today’s guest post addresses these questions. ...more

Has Swine Flu Created the Purell Period of History?

Everywhere I go, I see those signs in the bathrooms explaining how to properly wash hands. Reminding me to wash my hands. And I ask myself, does anyone NOT wash their hands after going to the bathroom? And if so, how can we call ourselves a civilized society? But I get it. Everyone's terrified of swine flu, the latest scourge on our populace, and now we must all focus on the hand washing. With many bubbles and much hot water. This is hard enough to get out of adults, let alone kids. However, I'm noticing a trend I find almost as disturbing as not enough hand washing in my daughter. She's become addicted to hand sanitizer. ...more

As a nanny, I hardly ever have *time* to fully wash my hands when absolutely necessary. I ...more

Germs on a Plane: 5 Myths and Truths About Healthy Flying

 Is it true you get sick every time you fly, or does it just seem like it? It's a common belief that planes are germ factories and with every passing minute you spend in the cabin, you're more likely to get sick....more