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Antiviral Immunity: Understanding Viruses and How the Immune System Responds to Viral Infections

Antiviral Immunity: Understanding Viruses and How the Immune System Responds to Viral Infections

Viruses are everywhere cellular life is present, often in unfathomable numbers. They mutate very often, frequently by recombining with other viruses. This means that new viruses are constantly being generated.

As we’ll learn in this article, viruses are very simple, but despite their simplicity, they are very effective and impressive little creatures. We’ll also learn how our immune system rises to the challenge.   

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How Does the Immune System Work? Part 1: An Exploration of the Functions, Responses, and Processes of the Innate Immune System

How Does the Immune System Work? Part 1: An Exploration of the Functions, Responses, and Processes of the Innate Immune System

The immune system is the collection of cells, tissues, and molecules that work together to recognize the healthy cells that make up the body, and protect us against the unfamiliar or damaged. 

The immune system monitors our body continuously searching for certain categories of things that may threaten our health: infectious microbes, viruses, fungi, and parasites (i.e., germs or pathogens); toxic cellular products; and damaged or diseased cells, including senescent or tumor cells.

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Can Gargling Prevent Upper Respiratory Tract Infections?

Can Gargling Prevent Upper Respiratory Tract Infections?

There’s no data suggesting that gargling prevents infection from the virus causing COVID-19. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is too new to know. But, in general, gargling might have modest preventive benefit for colds (and likely less so for the flu). Once someone has an upper respiratory infection, gargling is not a treatment for the infection. It would, at best, offer some degree of soothing of sore throat symptoms.

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Here’s How We Are Going to Get Through This Together

Here’s How We Are Going to Get Through This Together

Life is different today.  Here’s how we are going to get through this together.

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Transcript: Dan Stickler, MD on COVID-19 Immunity Protocols

Transcript: Dan Stickler, MD on COVID-19 Immunity Protocols

Dan Stickler, MD joins Heather Sandison, ND to explain immunity protocols that are most likely to be effective against coronavirus (COVID-19). This episode includes stress reduction techniques, nutrition info, supplements, and technologies that our team of experts has compiled to enhance the immune system's function. While we don't have all of the answers, we've used a complex systems science approach to provide the best information possible. 

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COVID-19 Information and Recommendations

COVID-19 Information and Recommendations

Right now, there are still many unanswered questions about the new coronavirus and the evolution of COVID-19 is still unpredictable. 

At this point, the only thing that is certain to make a difference is prevention. 

Here, we’ve compiled some important information about the new coronavirus and the official guidelines to help protect your health and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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How The Gut Microbiota Influences Our Immune System

How The Gut Microbiota Influences Our Immune System

The gut microbiota influences many aspects of human physiology, from metabolism, to the cardiovascular system or the nervous system, for example. In this article, we focus on the interaction between the gut microbiota and our immune system.

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What to Expect While Intermittent Fasting

What to Expect While Intermittent Fasting

In What to Expect While Fasting we explore how some biohackers are using traditional caloric restriction, some of the purported benefits, and what you can expect. This provides more in-depth context for fasting and how you might be able to apply it in your life.

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