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Foods That Will Help Bad Breath

Monday, March 15th, 2010

cinnamon bad breath

Some foods that are notorious for causing halitosis are garlic, onions, curry, fish and cheese.  Therefore, you’re going to want to freshen your mouth after eating these.  You also need to freshen your mouth once every 30-60 minutes until the breath offending-food is out of your bloodstream- sometimes this takes up to 24 hours!  It isn’t a good idea to brush your teeth that often, so trying some foods that banish halitosis may be just what the dentist ordered.

Foods that can fix bad breath:

1) Lemons- These are easy to find in restaurants, bars, etc.  Lemon-flavored candies can work as well as normal lemons, and are more easily portable.

2) Green garnishes (i.e. parsley, basil, and rosemary) - A garnish doesn’t always just serve as a decoration.  The meals that have garnish often have a lot of onions and garlic–thus needing a breath freshener afterward.  If you chew on a parsley’s sprigs, it releases breath-freshening oils. 

3)  Crisp and fresh foods like apples, firm pears, carrots, jicama are all high in fiber, plus chewing bumps up the productive of saliva (functions like a scrubbing rinse inside the oral cavity). 

4) Crunchy spices like anise, coriander, cardamom, and fennel seeds are available in many grocery stores.  Try getting these spices, mixing equal parts together in a covered bowl, and keep them around for mealtime.  If you chew on a few seeds here and there, enough oil should be released to freshen your breath after eating.  They taste good, as well.

5)  Mint sprigs/cinnamon sticks (cinnamon/mint gum, etc.)- These especially help against onion and garlic.  Cinnamon, with its essential oils, also helps kill various types of oral bacteria.  Gum without sugar is less likely to cause cavities and fuel the bad breath-causing bacteria. 

6) Berries/yogurt- Eat these foods to prevent bad breath…if you eat half of one cup of plain and sugarless yogurt twice a day, this can lower the levels of hydrogen sulfide in your mouth.  The same goes with berries, melons, oranges, and other foods high in Vitamin C- they help kill smelly bacteria in the oral cavity.  Try having a cup of fruit with yogurt twice a day, and this should help get rid of the bad breath.

Last but not least, practice good oral care, and this will decrease your “Real Age” as much as 6.4 years!

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Bird Bad Breath

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Does Your Bird Have Bad Breath?

Thus far, our posts have mentioned dogs and cats having bad breath…but never have we discussed bad bird breath.  As someone who is a bird owner and avid bird fan, I thought it was necessary.  Birds can have bad breath!

If a bird has bad breath, that is almost always the sign of a bacteria infection, and it needs to see an avian veterinarian.  Generally, foul breath in our avian friends means that there is some abnormality in the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, or even with the oropharynx

If a bird has vitamin-A deficiency, it may be more susceptible to bacterial or yeast infections like Candida sp.  Infections like these can cause halitosis.  Also, a bird’s diet can affect its breath–so don’t give it rotten food/seed.

The bacteria that normally resides in the gastrointestinal tract (like the colon of mammals) are known as coliform bacteria.  Coliform bacteria and other bacteria are accompanied with a fecal-type odor.  If a bird is infected with one type of these bacteria, its breath (if the mouth, crop, or proventriculus has the infection) or its droppings (if the lower gastrointestinal tract has the infection) can develop a strong fecal odor.

Where Do These Bacteria Come From?

People use fertilizer frequently when growing fruits and vegetables, and this is a strong bacterial source.  Soil can also be contaminated with fecal material.  Fruits and vegetables need to be washed properly before a bird eats them, because the bird can ingest the bacteria.

Also, if a bird is in the bathroom when the toilet is flushed, the coliform bacteria can become aerosolized and breathed in by the bird.  Also, bird owners need to wash their hands after using the bathroom before handling their bird. 

Avian Gastric Yeast (AGY, formerly known as megabacteria) can be found in middle of the proventriculus and ventriculus and may also be found in other places of the gastrointestinal tract.  Unfortunately, this is hard to track in live birds, and it can be the cause of bad breath.  An ulcer in the crop, proventriculus or ventriculus that has been contaminated by bacteria can also cause bad breath.

Other Bad Breath Causes

Other gastrointestinal issues can cause halitosis, like Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD).  Spirochetes, an unusual type of organism, might cause halitosis, especially in lovebirds.  Both benign and malignant tumors in the gastrointestinal tract can also cause bad breath, especially if they erode or cause ulceration into the GI tract.  These can be diagnosed by a combination of blood work, X-rays, endoscopy, or ultrasound.  Within the GI tract, protozoal infections (i.e. trichomoniasis in the oropharynx, giardia) can be hard to diagnose and may cause bad breath.  Most protozoal infections can be treated with ronidazole. 

Treatment Plan

According to many avian vets, vinegar can by used to help acidify the interior of the proventriculus and ventriculus as well as treat many diseases, mostly in the GI tract.

If your bird has bad breath and any other symptoms, bring it to a vet and have a physical exam and work-up done.  These include: complete blood count; plasma chemistry panel; Gram’s stains of the choana, crop, and cloaca; bacterial and fungal cultures; appropriate serological tests; full-body X-rays and maybe an endoscopy.

Depending on what your avian veterinarian tells you, you can suggest a consultation with a board-certified avian specialist (some veterinary labs will offer this).  If your vet is not experienced enough, you can have them refer you to a referral center or avian specialist. 

Unlike pet mammals and humans, birds do not have teeth (aside from the single egg tooth that is not made of the structures in a mammalian tooth), meaning that the cause of bad breath in birds cannot be attributed to dental and gum disease (usually caused by a bacteria infection).  However, bacterial infections concerning the bird’s gastrointestinal tract or lungs can cause bad breath and impact its health. 

Source: Bird Channel

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Immune Supplements, Immune Strips

Friday, June 5th, 2009


Why Do You Need Immune Supplements?

When I first started testing bad breath back in 1993, I realized that it was absolutely necessary to physically smell the odor exhaled by patients at my clinics. This was in addition to all of the other tests I performed. An unfortunate side effect of that procedure was an increase in rate of getting sick. You see, I was picking up a lot of bugs from every heavy exhale.

I realized that if I wanted to continue I needed something to help me boost my immune system and fight off these viruses and bacteria. Some of you may remember the liquid product I introduced in the 1990′s known as Immune Therapy. You needed to mix a few drops of this immune supplement (a blend of compounds I knew would work, based on experience working with bacteria and viruses back at UCLA) with water. It was a bit of a hassle, but it worked very well to strengthen the immune system. One problem with that formula was that we couldn’t add any flavor, because of the method used in preparation.

I recommend that you use an immune supplement with three main ingredients:
· ZINC
The
Zinc Gluconate in immune strips is the only form proven to be effective.
Dr. Katz Talks About Zinc
· VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants and vital for the immune system.
Dr. Katz Talks About Vitamin C
· ECHINACEA
Echinacea has been used for over 400 years as a general "cure-all".
Dr. Katz Talks About Echincacea
 
Many of you are aware of a popular product known as Airborne®. It’s an effervescent tablet that when dissolved in water helps to boost the immune system and ward off viruses and bacteria. Airborne®. Is a good example of an immune supplement that contains the three ingredients above.
 
 
 
 
 
Zinc (Zinc Gluconate)
Zinc works in several possible ways. For example, zinc might prevent the formation of proteins that are needed by a cold virus to reproduce itself and increase its own numbers. Without duplication of the virus, the cold symptoms will cease. Zinc also may attach to proteins that are located on the edge of a cold virus. This attachment impairs the ability of the virus to enter the body’s cells, notably those in the respiratory system (the nose, throat, and lungs). Zinc gluconate has been shown to attach to specific receptor sites on the bacteria that produce Volatile Sulfur compounds, thereby inhibiting their ability to produce these compounds. These sulfur compounds have been shown to interfere with the body’s healing process
Finally, in an undefined manner, zinc salts may protect and stabilize the lining of the cells, which thereby reduces the chance that the virus will penetrate the cells.

Since 1984, twelve controlled studies (referred to as double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trials) were conducted to evaluate the usefulness of zinc in treating the common cold. During a double-blind, randomized trial, which is considered by scientists as the most objective and reliable study method, neither the physician nor the patient knows whether the patient is being treated with zinc or a placebo. Which patients receive the zinc or the placebo is assigned in a random order (like the flip of a coin). The placebo in these studies is an inactive, non-zinc lozenge that is made to look like, and in some instances, taste like the zinc lozenge.

Five of the randomized clinical trials, which were done in adults, determined that zinc was effective in treating the common cold if the lozenges were started within 24 hours of the onset of cold symptoms.

In one study, the lozenges reduced the severity of symptoms (assessed by using a scoring system). In the other four studies, the duration of symptoms was decreased by 3 to 4 days.

In another study, the treatments with zinc or the placebo were begun before the volunteer subjects were purposely injected with a cold virus. The severity of cold symptoms was significantly less in the group taking the zinc than in those taking the placebo.

 
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C is vital for the function of the immune system and contributes to the formation of collagen, which is critical
for essentialy bodily functions.
Two hundred fifty years ago, as many as two-thirds of a ship’s crew died from Vitamin C deficiency. The deficiency disease, called scurvy, was rampant in men who were at sea for long periods. In 1747 it was determined that only the sailors given citrus fruits recovered from scurvy. It wasn’t until nearly 200 years later that Vitamin C was identified.

Functions of Vitamin C

  • Collagen formation
    Vitamin C participates in two reactions that are necessary for collagen formation. Collagen is found wherever tissues require strengthening, especially in those tissues with a protective, connective, or structural function. Collagen is critical to the maintenance of bone and blood vessels and is essential in wound healing.
  • Antioxidant activity
    Ascorbic acid can act as an antioxidant by donating electrons and hydrogen ions, and reacting with reactive oxygen species or free radicals.
  • Iron absorption
    Vitamin C is important for the effective absorption of iron, especially non-haem iron. Ascorbic acid reduces ferric iron (Fe3+) to ferrous iron (Fe2+).
  • Synthesis of vital cell compounds
    Vitamin C plays a role in stress, as it is important for the synthesis of epinephrine and norepinephrine. During times of physical and emotional stress, as well as during infection, there is increased production of oxygen radicals. Therefore there is also a reliance on Vitamin C’s activity as an antioxidant. Those under heavy acute physical stress may benefit from taking large doses of Vitamin C.
  • Immune system function
    Vitamin C is vital for the function of the immune system, especially for the function of lymphocytes.
Physiology and Metabolism
  • Humans are one of the few mammals that are unable to synthesize Vitamin C.
  • Absorption occurs primarily by active transport in the small intestine. Prior to absorption, ascorbic acid (reduced form) may be oxidised to form dehydroascorbic acid. Dehydroascorbic acid is absorbed more readily than ascorbic acid and efficiency of absorption decreases at high intakes. The two forms are inter-changeable and are both biologically active.
  • As Vitamin C is water soluble, the body excretes any excess.
Some Dietary Sources
  • Fruits and vegetables can easily provide a nice dose of Vitamin C. We recommend Grapefruit, kiwi fruit, oranges, honeydew melon, strawberries, cantaloupe, and broccoli.
Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea)

Echinacea is one of several herbs that act as immunostimulants – botanical medicines that help your body fight off illness by bolstering its natural defenses.
Results of archeological digs indicate that Native Americans may have used echinacea for over 400 years to treat infections and wounds and as a general "cure-all." Echinacea has also been used throughout history to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria.

Echinacea is one of several herbs that act as immunostimulants-botanical medicines that help your body fight off illness by bolstering its natural defenses. Echinacea is the best-known of these herbs. The herb is named for the prickly scales in its large conical seed head, which resemble the spines of an angry hedgehog (echinos is Greek for hedgehog).

This North American plant kicks your immune system into high gear. Echinacea can help cut down the effects of a cold, influenza, or bacterial infection before it can spread in the body. It can also shorten the duration and lessen the symptoms of the infection, says Alison Lee, M.D., a pain-management specialist and medical director of an alternative medicine practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

When you take echinacea, your immune system responds immediately. It can’t sit still. Echinacea speeds up the process of phagocytosis and increases the number of white blood cells-natural killer cells-hunting down foreign particles such as viruses and bacteria in your body.

Today, echinacea is primarily used to reduce the symptoms and duration of the common cold and flu and to alleviate the symptoms associated with them, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and fever. Many herbalists also recommend echinacea to help boost the activity of the immune system and to help the body fight infections.

The constituents of echinacea include essential oil, polysaccharides, polyacetylenes, betain, glycoside, sesquiterpenes and caryophylene. It also contains copper, iron, tannins, protein, fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E. The most important immune-stimulating components are the large polysaccharides, such as inulin, that increase the production of T-cells and increase other natural killer cell activity. Fat-soluble alkylamides and a caffeic acid glycoside called echinacoside also contribute to the herb’s immune empowering effects.

It has been shown in animal and human studies to improve the migration of white blood cells to attack foreign micro-organisms and toxins in the bloodstream. Echinacea properties may offer benefit for nearly all infectious conditions. Studies show echinacea prevents the formation of an enzyme which destroys a natural barrier between healthy tissue and damaging organisms.

Echinacea is considered an effective therapeutic agent in many infectious conditions including upper respiratory infections, the common cold and sinusitis. The herb is a mild antibiotic that is effective against staph and strep infections. Echinacea aids in the production of interferon, which increases antiviral activity against, influenza (flu), herpes, an inflammation of the skin and mouth. It may reduce the severity of symptoms such as runny nose and sore throat and reduce the duration of illness.

Steven Dentali, Ph.D., a natural products chemist with Dentali Associates in Troutdale, Oregon, and a member of the advisory board of the American Botanical Council says that Echinacea works on another level of the immune system as well. It seems to prevent the action of an enzyme called hyaluronidase. When you’re sick, this enzyme breaks down the walls of healthy cells, allowing the invaders to get inside.

By interfering with this enzyme, echinacea helps the body maintain its lines of defense in the deadly game of germ warfare, says Dr. Dentali. "There’s still some debate over the actual mechanism. Maybe it inhibits the enzyme, or perhaps it supports the cell wall so it’s a more formidable barrier and harder to penetrate. No one really knows," he says, "but the result is that it seems to slow down the spread of infection in the body."

The revved-up effect, however, is short-lived. Consequently, for best results, at the very onset of any symptoms (or before entering a crowded environment, such as airplane, stadium, etc) we recommend taking 1 strip every 2 hours until you have dissolved 4 strips per day.

Two groups of researchers recently conducted a review of the scientific literature to determine whether echinacea is safe and effective in preventing or treating the common cold. Both groups of researchers identified 13 high-quality European studies including a variety of different echinacea preparations. Nine looked at the effectiveness of echinacea to treat the common cold and four examined whether echinacea helps prevent this familiar health problem.

Most studies found that echinacea (when taken at the first sign of a cold for 8 to 10 days) reduced cold symptoms or shortened their duration. For example, in a study of 95 people with early symptoms of cold and flu (such as runny nose, scratchy throat, and fever), those who drank 5 to 6 cups of echinacea tea every day for 5 days felt better sooner than those who drank tea without echinacea. Other studies have found that echinacea reduces cold symptoms by roughly 34 percent.

 
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The Therabreath System

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Our Product Formulations: An Overview

TheraBreath, AktivOxigen, and TheraBrite are the first chlorine dioxide based products to be sold in retail stores. They are based on clinically-proven formulas developed and tested for many years on thousands of patients at the California Breath Clinics by Dr. Harold Katz. (TheraBreath PLUS & PerioTherapy are available only from us on-line or by phone order.)

Many people have tried to copy our products and their formulations, but as hard as they try, they always come up short. The reason: Our products are made with proprietary pharmaceutical-grade chlorine dioxide and specific oxychlor complexes, both in the active and stabilized formats, using technology developed by the leading scientists in this field. Despite what jealous competitors may say, we use chlorine dioxide in our products at concentrations sufficient enough to make us the best-selling, direct to the public brand, both in the U.S. and worldwide. No one comes close.

When GNC (natural heath product retailers) went searching for the BEST oral products for their very selective customers, they chose TheraBreath, TheraBrite, and AktivOxigen from the California Breath Clinics. When Wegmans Supermarkets wanted the finest breath products, they chose TheraBreath, and when Walgreens searched the ClO2 market, they chose TheraBreath as their exclusive professional breath product. When SelfCare Catalog dropped Profresh because of poor sales, they chose AktivOxigen and TheraBrite.

We do not use any alcohol, detergents (sodium lauryl sulfate), saccharin, artificial colors or artificial flavors in any of our formulas. We do not need to use bleach to generate ClO2 (bleach is used in Profresh). And, we don’t need to fool the public by creating strong medicinal or minty masking flavors, because our formulas work!

If you’re looking for definitive scientific proof on which oral product reduces VSC safely and rapidly, just look at these independent tests from June, 2000.

TheraBreath Nasal Sinus Drops:
The first Oxygenating Solution To attack Bad Breath and Mucous/Post Nasal Drip BEYOND the tongue, sinus, throat, and tonsils. All Natural Triple Strength formula prevents anaerobic bacteria from producing volatile sulfur compounds. No preservatives (no allergens like Benzalkonium Chloride) or artificial flavors.

Simply tilt your head back and squeeze out 3-4 drops into each nostril during the day to get to the source of the problem! And, because it’s all natural, there’s no danger in using too much. If you have post nasal drip, allergies, dry mouth, or tonsils, this product, in conjunction with our other clinically-proven oral products, is the best recommended solution.

The ingredients are: Purified and filtered water, Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized oxychlor compounds), zinc gluconate, sodium bicarbonate, tea tree oil, essential oil of spearmint, citric acid, sodium benzoate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.

There is no ephedra or drugs used in the formula. All of the components are derived from plants or nature.

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TheraBreath Nasal-Sinus Spray:
Same powerful formula as our Nasal Sinus Drops, but packaged in a convenient spray bottle. Simply displense 1-2 powerful ‘spritzes’ into your sinuses and feel the oxygenating power of OXYD-8 go to work BEYOND your tongue, sinuses, throat, and tonsils. All Natural Triple Strength formula prevents anaerobic bacteria from producing volatile sulfur compounds. No preservatives (no allergens like Benzalkonium Chloride) or artificial flavors.

Simply place the spray bottle into each nostril and dispense 1-2 ‘spritzes’. With the Nasal Sinus Spray, some patients may notice a slight burning – this is normal and is due to the Tea Tree Oil. If you have post nasal drip, allergies, dry mouth, or tonsils, this product, in conjunction with our other clinically-proven oral products is for YOU!

The ingredients are: Purified and filtered water, Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized oxychlor compounds), zinc gluconate, sodium bicarbonate, tea tree oil, essential oil of spearmint, citric acid, sodium benzoate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.

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TheraBreath Oral Rinse:
Purified Water, Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), sodium bicarbonate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, essential oil of peppermint, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tetrasodium EDTA.
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TheraBreath PLUS Oral Rinse:
Purified Water, concentrated Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), zinc gluconate, sodium bicarbonate, tea tree oil, essential oil of spearmint, citric acid, sodium benzoate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.
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TheraBreath Toothgel:
Sorbitol, hydrated silica, water, aloe barbadensis gel, glycerin, Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), tetrapotassium pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, carrageenan, xylitol, sodium fluoride, essential oil of peppermint, sodium benzoate.
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TheraBreath PowerDrops:
Purified Water, highly concentrated Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), sodium bicarbonate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, essential oil of peppermint, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tetrasodium EDTA.
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TheraBreath PLUS ToothGel:
Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, water, aloe barbadensis gel, glycerin, oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), tetrapotassium pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, carrageenan, sodium fluoride, zinc gluconate, ubiquinone (Co-Q10), essential oil of peppermint, natural flavor, sodium benzoate.
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TheraBreath Spray:
Purified Water, concentrated Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), sodium bicarbonate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, essential oil of peppermint, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tetrasodium EDTA.
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Dr. Katz’s New Oral Strips Are Effective Immune Supplements Designed to Strengthen and Boost

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Stopping Yourself From Getting Sick Has Never Been Easier.

Why Do You Need Immune Supplements?

When I first started testing bad breath back in 1993, I realized that it was absolutely necessary to physically smell the odor exhaled by patients at my clinics. This was in addition to all of the other tests I performed. An unfortunate side effect of that procedure was an increase in rate of getting sick. You see, I was picking up a lot of “bugs” from every heavy exhale.

I realized that if I wanted to continue I needed something to help me boost my immune system and fight off these viruses and bacteria. Some of you may remember the liquid product I introduced in the 1990′s known as Immune Therapy. You needed to mix a few drops of this immune supplement (a blend of compounds I knew would work, based on experience working with bacteria and viruses back at UCLA) with water. It was a bit of a hassle, but it worked very well to strengthen the immune system. One problem with that formula was that we couldn’t add any flavor, because of the method used in preparation.

A few months ago, when we started to market our TheraBreath PLUS FreshStrips (for fresh breath), I went to the laboratory and asked them if they could place the same effective ingredients I used for my immune supplements into dissolvable film, but with a delicious natural flavor to help stimulate saliva as well.

Well, I’m proud to announce a new strip product – Immune Strips!

 

  • ZINC
    The Zinc Gluconate in Immune Strips is the only form proven to be effective.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Zinc
  • VITAMIN C
    Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants and vital for the immune system.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Vitamin C
  • ECHINACEA
    Echinacea has been used for over 400 years as a general “cure-all”.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Echincacea
  • Many of you are aware of a popular product known as Airborne®. It’s an effervescent tablet that when dissolved in water helps to boost the immune system and ward off viruses and bacteria. I have nothing bad to say about their formula (although I think mine is better), but I will admit that my Immune Strips are much more convenient to use as an immune supplement – because you don’t need a full glass of water in which to dissolve anything. You simply place a delicious strip on your tongue and your done.

    How To Use Dr. Katz’s Immune Strips
    For best effects to strengthen your immune system, I recommend taking one strip every 2 hours until you’ve taken four on the first day of traveling, or being around people who tend to carry germs (children, crowds of sneezing people, work, trains, airplanes, etc). Most people do fine with 2 strips a day after that – but the good part is that you can take as many as you’d like, because the wild cherry taste is absolutely delicious.

    Better yet, my Immune Strips cost less than Airborne® Immune Supplements.

    Immune Strips and Immune Supplements to Boost and Strengthen Your Immune System
    Dr. Katz’s Immune Strips are a specially-designed synergistic blend
    of natural compounds to help cut
    down the extent and duration of
    colds and other common illnesses.

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