Fake flu efficacy, Tamiflu nightmares, Hyperthyroid options, Vegan sickdays, Social media reactions, Not-A-Doc Chris Barr, Skin care solutions, OM Botanical, Topical pain relief, Keto diet criticisms, Homocysteine Response and MORE!

Jan 18, 2019 7-9PM ET

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CDC: “This Year’s Flu Vaccine Effective Against Top Influenza Strains” Since October, millions of Americans have gotten the flu. And while it’s not 100 percent effective, the best bet to avoid the virus is to get the flu vaccine. The good news is that this season’s vaccine is a good “match” for the virus strains in circulation, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means if you’ve been vaccinated against the flu, you’re likely to be well-protected. The CDC reports that as of January 5, 30 states have seen widespread flu activity, with 17 showing regional activity. Between 6 and 7 million people have gotten sick with the flu. About half of those sought medical care for their illness and up to 84,000 have been hospitalized because of the flu. Each year, several flu viruses can be in circulation at the same time. Some cause more severe illness than others.

Colorado child who died from flu was only partially vaccinated The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the young child who died from the flu in early January was from the Denver metro area and was only partially vaccinated. Doctors say when a child under the age of 9 gets the flu vaccine for the first time, the child needs two doses — at least four weeks apart — to be protected.  This child apparently did not get the second dose. “It’s an unfortunate but important reminder of the importance of two doses of influenza vaccine for young children who are receiving influenza vaccine for the first time,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, who is the state communicable disease epidemiologist. Herlihy says the child had the H1N1 strain, which is the predominant strain this year. That is also the strain Selina Nguyen has. The 7-year-old went into a coma, and at last check was still battling symptoms at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

El Paso woman in her mid 20s dies of the flu; had been vaccinated against influenza virus An El Paso woman in her mid 20s – and who had been vaccinated against the influenza virus – is the second flu-related death in the area this season, the El Paso Department of Public Health announced Thursday. Health officials said the woman was in her mid-20s and had no known underlying medical conditions.  An epidemiologist investigating the case said the woman had been vaccinated against the influenza virus. “This very difficult news to deal with, as is any loss of life,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “The only thing that could make this even worse is if our community assumes that this means the vaccine is ineffective, when we know that this is not the case.” As of the second week of January, the number of flu cases in El Paso is 2,946, health officials said. That is compared to 3,377 at the same time last season.

Doctors say nightmares on Tamiflu are ‘very common’ — here’s what you need to know With more than 6 million people sick with the flu, according to CDC data, we’re officially in the thick of flu season. And, with that, doctors are regularly prescribing Tamiflu to patients to try to speed up recovery and lower the odds that people will have serious complications from the illness. But there’s one thing people should be aware of before they take the drug: It can cause hallucinations and nightmares. In early January 2018, a 6-year-old in Florida began hallucinating after taking the drug and attempted to jump from a second-story window. Weeks later, another young girl in Florida suffered from hallucinations and seizure-like symptoms. “To see her have no light behind her eyes, no recollection, no nothing, was just — I’ve never been panicked like that in my life,” her mother, Winnie Duffy, told NBC 2. The internet is also filled with stories of kids having nightmares while on Tamiflu. I see it all the time. It’s very common — nightmares especially,” Gina Posner, MD, a pediatrician at Memorial Care Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Question of The Day!

Hi Robert,
Any suggestions for natural remedy for a hyperthyroid? It would be nice to get off the rx for it. Also what do you think would cause the thyroid to go into hyper mode in the first place?
Thank you,

Vegans take twice as many sick days as everyone else, report finds Perhaps carrots should carry cigarette-style health warnings, as it’s emerged that vegans actually take more days off sick than everybody else. People on a ‘plant-based’ diet take five days off work a year ill with coughs and colds – compared to an average of 2.5 days. The survey of 1,000 office workers by lozenge overlords Fisherman’s Friend found that vegans are also three times more likely to take a trip to their GP, compared with the average UK adult. During cold and flu season, vegans make 2.6 appointments to see the doctor compared with the national average of just 0.7 visits. Just in case that wasn’t enough fuel for the culture war fire, the survey also found that millennials take far more time off than older workers – with older workers averaging just 0.7 days off each.


Hour 2 – Special Guest Chris Barr!

Celebrities Are Fighting Over the ‘Keto’ Diet. Here’s What Science Says About How Healthy It Is  A celebrity feud has ignited debate over the popular — but somewhat controversial — ketogenic diet. It all started last week, when trainer Jillian Michaels told Women’s Health that the high-fat, low-carb keto diet is “a bad plan, for a million reasons.” “I don’t understand. Like, why would anybody think this is a good idea?” Michaels asked.  It quickly became clear that many people, famous and otherwise, think the trendy plan is a good idea. Celebrities including Al Roker and Andy Cohen criticized Michaels’ take, causing her to double down on her position and offer to debate the science of the diet. So what is the diet behind the beef? Here’s what you should know about the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic, or keto, diet has been used by medical professionals to treat seizures for nearly a century. In recent years, it has also become popular among people trying to lose weight and build muscle. It involves mostly eliminating carbohydrates, cutting back on protein and eating plenty of fats. Followers are advised to draw about 80% of their calories from fats and the rest from protein, with minimal carbohydrate consumption — which means eating plenty of meats, dairy products, butter, eggs, nuts, seeds and oils, and avoiding grains and carb-heavy fruits and vegetables. That’s a stark departure from the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which say between 45 and 65% of daily calories should come from carbohydrates.

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