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Can Chicken Soup and Orange Juice Fight Off Illness?

Chicken soup and orange juice are popular home remedies when a cold or flu strikes. But can certain foods really make us feel better, or is it just folklore?

“There is no clear consensus about whether or not certain foods can help us ward off or relieve illness,” explains Richard Lindquist, M.D., Medical Program Director at Swedish Weight Loss Services. “However, certain foods do contribute to overall health, and that can help us withstand exposure to illnesses.”

The body needs energy to fight off illness, and good foods like healthy proteins, and antioxidant-rich, bright colored fruits and vegetables, provide that energy. And what about Grandma’s chicken soup? 

“Although a Nebraska Medical Center study did conclude that chicken soup appeared to help participants fight off colds, I wonder whether or not other factors like a healthy diet or regular hand washing contributed to these outcomes,” says Dr. Lindquist. “However, chicken soup combined with plenty of rest and fluids can’t hurt when you’re feeling under the weather.”

One thing we can be sure of is that eating the wrong foods can certainly contribute to us become ill. “If we are deficient in protein, vitamins and nutrients, our bodies are less able to fight off illness,” explains Dr. Lindquist. “Additionally, foods that cause us to put on extra weight are detrimental to our immune system. Excess fat tissue causes inflammation in the body, which compromises our immune system and makes us vulnerable to viruses.”

Even if we’re eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones, cold and flu viruses are highly contagious and can attack even the healthiest individuals. For this reason, it’s a good idea to take other steps to protect yourself. “The best thing you can do to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to infectious sources,” advises Dr. Lindquist. “The next best thing is making sure your immune system is up to par, and that includes good nutrition.” Some tips for avoiding, or at least decreasing, your exposure to illness include:

Swedish Vascular: Chapter Published by Expert in Cerebrovascular Imaging

We are pleased to share that Colleen Douville, Director of Cerebrovascular Ultrasound at Swedish Medical Center, published a textbook chapter in Diagnostic Medical Sonography: The Vascular System. Douville’s chapter, “Intracranial Cerebrovascular Examination,” details cerebrovascular anatomy, transcranial Doppler & imaging ultrasound techniques, clinical applications and diagnostic criteria. The book was published this spring.

The Swedish Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory, located at the Swedish Cherry Hill campus, has the capabilities and expert staff that perform specialized exams to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease. In addition to conventional examinations for peripheral arterial occlusive disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous disease, renal and mesenteric disease and dialysis access, this center performs cutting-edge studies to detect abnormalities of the cerebral circulation.

The physicians and sonographers at Swedish Vascular have garnered broad recognition for their advanced expertise in non-invasively studying cerebrovascular disease using innovative test protocols. Ultrasound evaluations of the cerebral circulation are pain-free, require no preparation and are cost-effective. The Swedish Vascular Ultrasound lab is accredited in all five testing areas by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), and provides comprehensive diagnostic services aimed at reducing the incidence, morbidity and mortality of stroke and other vascular diseases. Visit Swedish Vascular Ultrasound and for detailed descriptions on specialized cerebrovascular exams offered.

Hundreds of Swedish-Affiliated Providers Recognized as Part of Seattle and Seattle Met Magazines' Annual Top Doctors Surveys

SEATTLE, Sept. 11, 2012 - As they do each year, Seattle magazine and Seattle Met magazines published the results of their annual Top Doctors surveys in their July and August 2012 issues, respectively. To recognize the more than 300 Swedish-affiliated providers who were nominated by their peers for each survey, here is information about both efforts.

Give Me a Break!

There never seem to be enough hours in the day for many of us to get through all of our to-dos. But have you ever considered that the act of trying to cram so much work into such little time is actually counterproductive?

The summer months are often the time of year when many of us afford ourselves a vacation or at least some brief respites from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A week—or even a few days—can make all the difference, yet so few of us recognize the value in this on a smaller scale. Maybe instead of working, working, working to cash in those vacation days as the weather gets warmer we should be focusing on giving ourselves more regular breaks throughout the day!

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What is Pain Management About? (Part 1 of 2)

Patients in chronic pain come to their doctor to find relief and often have different expectations, and sometimes a less than complete understanding of what pain management constitutes.

Issaquah Press Publishes Article, 'Issaquah Brothers Become Brain Surgeons for a Day'

SEATTLE, Aug. 29, 2012 - The Issaquah Press posted an article on their web site today headlined 'Issaquah brothers become brain surgeons for a day' about two Issaquah brothers who were among those invited by the Swedish Neuroscience Institute to become brain surgeons for a day on Aug. 24.

Should I consider hearing aids if I have hearing loss?

Persons with mild hearing loss often begin thinking about the possibility of seeking help from hearing aids. But they may do so grudgingly because they have heard stories from friends suggesting that hearing aids are never without complications. And it is true. Hearing aids always bring with them a set of advantages and disadvantages. And the degree to which a person will accept and enjoy their hearing aids depends a great deal upon how much the hearing loss is impinging on their enjoyment of life.

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