Why You Keep Getting Sinus Infections, Colds, Urinary Tract Infections, And Other Recurrent Infections with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

Episode 10 38m


Many of us wonder why we keep getting sick and repeatedly suffer from recurrent infections—whether it be sinus infections, ear infections, urinary tract infections, cold and flu, or a range of other infections. While conventional medicine typically treats these infections with antibiotics, Functional Medicine digs deeper to determine the cause of the infection and what can be done to eliminate it. In this mini-episode, Dr. Hyman is joined by Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to breaking the cycle of recurrent infections and how to make ourselves more immune resilient. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices functional medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing, she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well. In this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:
  • Strengthening our immune system to break the cycle of recurrent infections.
  • COVID-19.
  • How antibiotics can disrupt the balance of bugs in our microbiome, affecting the immune system, and leading to a cycle of infections.
  • A 10-year old patient Dr. Boham treated who was consistently getting sick from cold and flu.
  • Dairy as a common cause of congestion and recurrent ear infections.
  • Boosting the immune system with zinc and vitamin C.
  • How heavy metals, such as lead, interrupt gut function and affect the immune system.
  • Using probiotics and supplements to personalize treatment for recurrent infections.
  • Supporting the detoxification system to improve the immune system.
  • Treating recurrent bladder infections.
  • Common causes of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
  • Breaking the cycle of recurrent bladder infections by drinking a lot of water, urinating frequently, wiping from front to back, wearing cotton underwear, and urinating after sex as well as with probiotics, cranberry, D-mannose, and herbs.
  • Rejuvenating the immune system with sleep, exercise, stress reduction, a whole foods diet, getting off sugar, and eliminating ultra-processed foods.
For more information visit drhyman.com/uwc

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Dr. Elizabeth Boham: We'll see that somebody gets an infection, right? For this kid it was his ear infection, or for somebody else it might be a urinary tract infection or a sinus infection. They are given antibiotics, but those antibiotics get rid of the infection, but they also can get rid of all that good bacteria. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to the Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman and this is a special episode called House Call with my colleague, and friend, and partner at the UltraWellness Center, the medical director Dr. Elizabeth Boham. This is a conversation that you should all pay attention to because it's about how to prevent infections, and given our current situation with COVID-19, we should all be paying acute attention on how to..

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Ep. 10 - Why You Keep Getting Sinus Infections, Colds, Urinary Tract Infections, And Other Recurrent Infections with Dr. Elizabeth Boham