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Health in the New Age

‘Immune System’

Probiotics for Skin Health

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, and as such, is an indicator of the overall level of health and wellbeing in individuals. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are beneficial to health, especially the digestive system. Bacteria is often thought of as something that causes disease. However, bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often referred to as “good” or “helpful” bacteria, because they help keep the gut healthy. They contribute to total wellness, including skin health. Moreover, probiotics contribute distinct advantages for skin disorders. It has already been proven that probiotics perform a role in skin heath, such as reconstructing atopic dermatitis, promoting the healing of scars and burns, rejuvenating the skin and strengthening the skin’s innate immunity. For those acne sufferers who… Read More

In a world with no antibiotics, how did doctors treat infections?

Bloodletting was treatment for infection in the past. The development of antibiotics and other antimicrobial therapies is arguably the greatest achievement of modern medicine. However, overuse and misuse of antimicrobial therapy predictably leads to resistance in microorganisms. Alternative therapies have been used to treat infections since antiquity, but none are as reliably safe and effective as modern antimicrobial therapy. So how were infections treated before antimicrobials were developed in the early 20th century? Blood, leeches and knives Bloodletting was used as a medical therapy for over 3,000 years. It originated in Egypt in 1000 B.C. and was used until the middle of the 20th century. Medical texts from antiquity all the way up until 1940s recommend bloodletting for a wide variety of conditions, but particularly for infections. As late as 1942, William… Read More

2000: Your Immune System

It has only been in the last two to three decades that research into the workings of the immune system has really taken off. Before this, the immune system was not completely ignored by the established medical community; it was used as an indicator of one”s health status. Remember your “white count” tests? A high white blood cell count told the physician that your body was fighting an infection. Beyond that, it pretty much was not only ignored, but abused, especially considering the innumerable medical procedures and drug therapies that suppress the immune system-some procedures actually decimating it. In the fifties, tonsillectomies (removals of tonsils) were standard procedure. The tonsils happen to be one of the first line of defenses against disease, and are your only defense against the poliomyelitis virus. The… Read More