Busy Woman’s Guide: Germs You Don’t Need to Worry About

Things my toddler put in her mouth this week:
– the dog’s soccer ball
– her foot (how does she even DO that)
– a cracker that fell on the kitchen floor (hey, it was cleaned that week…)
All in the name of a strong immune system, I say. Germs are everywhere, and at last check, wrapping a bubble around your child isn’t feasible. The fact is children depend on exposure to some germs for immune system development. But there are bugs like the flu, MRSA and C. difficile which you do want to avoid. So, when can you “5 Second Rule” it and when does your child need a full-scale hose-down (or at least a thorough washing of hands)?
Don’t Worry
While I don’t recommend seeking out exposures simply for the sake of reducing allergies, you needn’t run for the sterilizer in these cases:

Travel Healthy, Travel Happy


Traveling over the holidays can certainly take a toll on your body. Read my tips here for how to catch a flight- WITHOUT catching a bug.

Getting the flu after having the flu shot… and other things to know about the flu this year.


I’ve been delinquent!  I haven’t been posting links on this site to the work that I’m writing elsewhere–and I am sorry.  But I’ve called in reinforcements.  Soon, you’ll see a new look to the website as well as more regular publishing of the posts that I’ve written (on DrOz.com as one of his “experts”, on Sharecare.com, for Even Hotels, and other outlets), as well as links to my on-TV appearances.

In the meantime, here’s my latest– you may have heard that this year’s flu vaccine is a bad match for the flu strains that are circulating .  Unfortunately, it’s true.  Fortunately, it doesn’t mean that the vaccine was totally ineffective, and there are other things you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season.

Read more here: