Scientists find why "sunshine" vitamin D is crucial

Vitamin D Crucial To Activating Immune Defenses Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer cells of the immune system – T...

Swine Flu and D-ficiency

There is a lot of excitement in the medical world about vitamin D as a preventative – or even as a treatment! – for a wide variety of problems, including infectious diseases such as influenza and colds. The basic idea is as follows: Vitamin D is essential...

BHT and the silent epidemic…Herpes

A little over 25 years ago a paper got published in the journal Science showing that BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene), a common food preservative, could inactivate herpes simplex and other lipid-coated viruses in lab dishes. Two years later another paper in the same...

Why Flu Epidemics Occur in Winter

As we wait for this year’s influenza epidemic to begin, keep in mind we are also waiting for the “big one” the pandemic (pan: all, demic: people). A severe influenza A pandemic will kill many more Americans than died in the fall of the World Trade...

The H1N1 Flu Epidemic of 1918

The flu pandemic that killed tens of millions of people during and after World War I was caused by an H1N1 strain of flu virus. It was referred to as ‘the Spanish Flu’, although the first wave of this pandemic seems to have begun in Kansas in January 1918...