essentials for every first aid kit: natural remedies and modern diagnostics

So you’ve started to re-examine modern medicine.  Maybe you’ve read the WHO’s factsheet on antimicrobial resistance and how overuse of front line medications are threatening global public health.  Maybe you are concerned about side effects of medication, even in traditionally used “safe” medicines like paracetamol, which has been linked to asthma and eczema in children.  Perhaps you are questioning the ingredients in certain medications, like those pesky E-numbers or food colourings that are banned in some countries, but not others.  Or maybe you want to build up your natural immunity and not turn to medication for every ache, pain and fever.  Whatever your reasons, here are some essentials to include in your first aid kit. (more…)

three things you can take to help beat the cold and flu season

You’ve all read the news by now: Australia has been hit with one of the worst flu seasons on record.  More than 222,000 people came down with the flu in the country this season.  The most prevalent strain this is the H3N2 virus, and it promises to continue to wreak havoc across the world.

So what can we do to avoid getting ill?  According to Business Insider, the flu vaccine only promises to be 10% effective this year, which is pretty consistent with previous years’ efficacy rates. Fortunately, there are natural and more effective ways to help boost your immune system in order to keep colds and flu at bay this winter. (more…)