The COVID Testing Conundrum

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Am I infected? Am I infectious? Am I immune? These are simple, reasonable questions that millions of people—practitioners and patients alike—are asking every day, all over the world. It would be nice if there were simple answers. There aren’t.

The Virome: 10 Facts about Viruses You Might Not Know

By Anita Teresa Boeninger & Val Elefante

The COVID pandemic has triggered an unprecedented surge in viral research, with hundreds of new papers posting every day. All that we are now learning underscores how little we really know about the virome—the fascinating and vast world of viruses. What is known about viruses is both fascinating and unsettling.

Evaluating COVID Serology Tests

By Erik Goldman, Editor

The Institute for Functional Medicine’s COVID-19 Task Force has developed a set of practical questions to help you assess the validity of COVID-related serological tests.

Wireless Devices Support Home-Schooling, But Not Without Risks

By Kristen Schepker

With most of the nation’s schools closed through summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, children are spending more time looking at digital screens than ever before. Wireless technology is vital for distance learning. But staying constantly connected has consequences, especially for children’s health and wellbeing.

Does Elderberry Cause “Cytokine Storms” in COVID Patients?

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Elderberry is a staple in many natural medicine toolkits, especially during cold and flu season. Many people are now turning to it as a preventive or therapeutic treatment for COVID-19. It may have some merit in this context, but recent reports that the beloved botanical can set off a storm of hyperinflammation have called its immune-boosting power into question

Diet for a Large Pandemic

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

For medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, good nutrition is as much a part of “PPE” as N95 masks, and can be just as difficult to obtain. Fortunately, many healthy foods are available in convenient grab & go packages, and many restaurants around the country are stepping up to bring healthy, nutrient-dense Mediterranean style meals to clinics and hospitals. 

Ten Tips for Boosting Immunity & Building Resilience

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

Immune system health, while not the only determinant, is certainly one of the most important factors in determining how someone will fare if exposed to this virus. Here are 10 ways to boost immune defense, support tissue repair systems, and reduce the risk of infection and illness.