Infectious Disease Related Articles & Blog Posts
Dark Chocolate and Coughs
You’ve heard of DM cough syrups. How about DC cough remedies? DM is an abbreviation for an over-the-counter cough suppressant called dextromethorphan. What is DC? It.s the nickname given by members of the DrGreene.com community to dark chocolate. Codeine is stronger against coughs than DM. Could DC be even more effective? And if so, how [...]Read full story
Chocolate and Coughs
Could chocolate be more effective than codeine in treating coughs? And if so, how much chocolate would it take? Research published November 17, 2004 in FJ Express, which will appear in The FASEB Journal in January 2005, makes a strong case that dark chocolate may be a powerful cough suppressant. A cough is a healthy, [...]Read full story
Mild Flu Year?!?
It’s too soon to say for sure, but early signs suggest that this year may be a mild flu season in the United States – despite the fear frenzy the flu vaccine shortage has fueled. Here’s the first clue: the flu season that is just ending in the Southern Hemisphere has been a mild one. [...]Read full story
Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury
A concerned father recently contacted me about the no-added-mercury flu vaccine. He had called the manufacturers who admitted that there were still trace amounts of mercury in the vaccine. He wanted to know from me whether there was a brand available for young children that was totally free of mercury. Sadly, in the United States [...]Read full story
Do You Know Where Germs Are Waiting for Your Kids?
In a recent survey 1,000 people were asked where they thought disease-causing germs were most likely to be found: shopping cart handles, porta potties, playground equipment, escalator handrails, or picnic tables. The results were compared to the real culprits disclosed in a paper by University of Arizona professor Dr. Charles Gerba, one of the nation’s [...]Read full story
Zinc for Pneumonia
What we eat affects our health. Zinc is an essential nutrient that has many functions in the body, including being critical for optimal operation of the immune system. We know that getting enough zinc can be useful for preventing and treating diarrhea. We know that it can be effective for preventing respiratory infections, including pneumonia.Read full story
West Nile Babies
What happens when pregnant women get bitten by a mosquito? West Nile virus infection has become increasingly common in the United States. In 2003 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received reports of about 9,100 new people with West Nile virus (WNV). This is more than double the number of cases in 2002. [...]Read full story
Soap and Water or Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?
Isn’t ordinary soap and water just as effective as using these other products?Read full story
Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers and Antibacterial Soaps
Are alcohol-based hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps the same?Read full story
What Hand Hygiene Product Should I Use?
How can consumers know they are buying the right hand hygiene product?Read full story