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January 23, 2015

Disneyland Outbreak Is A Reminder About Prevention

More than 70 people in North America have reported suffering from measles as of Jan. 23 in an outbreak that started at Disneyland in Southern California earlier this month. Even five park employees have reportedly been infected.

Though the case has the country thinking about measles and serves as the latest round in the immunization vs. non-immunization battle, it’s not the worst outbreak the U.S. has had in recent years, only the most high profile.

“As a parent, this is scary. It brings back all these notions of how unsafe the world can be,” says’s Dr. Pedram Shojai on a recent Health Bridge podcast. Shojai lives near the amusement park. “It’s one of the most [...]

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October 29, 2012

Flu Season comes like clockwork… why? Halloween Candy Decreases Immunity

Flu season is upon us and so is Halloween. Ever wonder why everyone starts getting sick in November? Maybe it has something to do with the change of season but what else happens around that time? Halloween candy happens.

According to Dr. Sears from the DOCTORS TV show, “A big dose of sugar can immediately suppress your immune system and make you more vulnerable to colds, flu and other infections”

Several years back, researchers at Loma Linda University gave volunteers 100 grams of sugar (20 teaspoons, roughly the amount in a liter of soda). The researchers then drew blood from the volunteers and mixed in some bacteria. They found that infection-fighting [...]

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