Cold & Flu Symptoms

Is it a Cold or Allergies?

July 28, 2014
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Is it a Cold or Allergies?

You have a runny nose, cough and congestion…but is it a cold or allergies? It’s a common question during summer, when pollen counts are high but colds are still going around. Allergies and colds share many of the same symptoms, but causes—and treatments—are different for the two. Allergies Allergies happen when the immune system...

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Beyond Antibiotics: Natural Ways to Fight Ear Infections (Video)

June 18, 2014
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Ear infections can be a persistent problem in young children. Here, Dr. Tori Hudson talks about natural ways to prevent and treat ear infections without having to turn to antibiotics, which can exacerbate the cycle of infection. She covers homeopathic and herbal remedies, as well as long-term prevention with probiotics.

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Natural Ways to Get Through Cold and Flu Season–Without OTC Meds

November 21, 2013
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Unfortunately, cold and flu season is upon us. Whether or not you choose to get a flu shot this year, you can definitely arm yourself and your family with smart preventive measures. While OTC meds can be helpful, it’s worth trying some natural supplements and strategies to boost your immunity. Eat Organic Stock up...

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Demystifying the Flu

Demystifying the Flu

Want to help prevent the flu? First you need to know a little about how flu and your body work. The flu is a viral infection that often occurs in the winter, for several reasons—because we don’t get much exposure to sunlight and are often deficient in vitamin D, because we’re indoors consistently (and...

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Mushrooms and Long-Term Immunity

Mushrooms and Long-Term Immunity

Looking for a way to boost long-term immunity for cold and flu season? Mushrooms may be the next big thing in the fight against sickness. “Mushrooms are used to strengthen the immune system in a deep way over a long time,” says Matthew Becker, herbalist and lead practitioner at our North Boulder store. “They...

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The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

The Ins and Outs of Immunity-Boosting Herbs

Ever wonder what is it about Echinacea that helps fight colds? Or why practitioners often recommend elderberry? Anne Salazar-Dunbar, herbalist and lead practitioner at our La Jolla store, tells us about these immune-boosting herbs. Echinacea Echinacea’s ability to boost the immune system’s performance has been extensively documented over the years. Research suggests that the...

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Cold and Flu Relief Now

You probably already know the ins and out of boosting your immunity. But what happens when you just can’t escape cold and flu season? Take comfort in these remedies that can speed the recovery process. First, the basics. “The average cold runs 5-7 days, but you can get back on your feet more quickly...

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Neti for Cold and Flu

September 20, 2012
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Neti for Cold and Flu

Going back to school and heading into cold and flu season means our bodies can use all the immunity-boosting help they can get. Don’t overlook the power of the neti pot for daily support of your nasal passages, one of the body’s first lines of defense. The neti pot is a centuries-old Ayurvedic tradition...

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Expert Advice: Beating Cold & Flu Symptoms

February 3, 2012
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Expert Advice: Beating Cold & Flu Symptoms

We’re still in the midst of cold and flu season. Here’s the rundown on common cold and flu symptoms–so you can make sure you know what you’ve got–before you start treating it. The common cold is caused by viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract (including the nasal passages). Most people only suffer one...

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From Immune Boosts to Uncommon Cures

From Immune Boosts to Uncommon Cures

With flu season in full swing, now is the perfect time to seek out ways to boost your immune system. Pharmaca not only offers a full range of product options to customers, but also has a staff of licensed health care practitioners to provide guidance. Two of our expert staff members—Peter Borregard from the...

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