FLU Prevention Part 2

29 09 2009

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Now that I explained the basics about prevention and adequate diet for overall great health, I am going to offer you suggestions on what to do when you do get that dreaded cold or flu.

FLU 101:

Flus and colds are different.  The flu is VIRAL and therefore cannot be treated with antibiotics.  There are numerous strains of the flu and we really aren’t 100% certain which one(s) will hit for the season.  That’s why FLU shots are really ineffective and unnecessary.

Please understand that a flu shot DOES not improve your immunity!  They may actually hinder it.  This is a controversial debate amongst the conventional medical field and the alternative medical field.  There is no proof that FLU shots prevent the flu and improve your overall resistance.  Often times flu shots contain many other ingredients apart from the dead virus they assume is the virus de jour. Do your homework, and ask questions!  Don’t assume that because your doc recommended one you need it.  This is called proactive  health care.

Flu Symptoms vs Cold symptoms:

Flu :

  • Characteristic HIGH FEVER  102-104F  which lasts 2-4 days
  • Headache PROMINENT
  • Bodily pains aches often SEVERE
  • Fatigue/Weakness Can last 2 or more weeks
  • Stuffy nose, congestion, sneezing is  often NOT experienced
  • Sore throat is often NOT experienced
  • Cough/Chest discomfort is common and can be SEVERE
  • Complications of FLU- pneumonia, bronchitis

COLDS:

  • Fever is RARE
  • Headache mild and most often not occur
  • General aches/pains RARE
  • Fatigue/weakness quite mild
  • Duration for most without a compromised immune system is 2-3 days
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose, congestion VERY COMMON
  • Sore throat is COMMON
  • Cough is mild, and short duration
  • Complications may result in sinus congestion or mild infection

Those are the differences.  Treat each condition differently!

The Flu:

High fevers need to be monitored.  If a fever of 102 or over lasts for more than 2 days seek medical attention.  Often times a fever will surface and takes its course and settle after 2 days or so.  It is your body trying to kill off the virus naturally.  Viruses don’t like a hot unstable environment, so the body naturally increases in temperature to eradicate the bugs.

Begin taking oil of oregano every 3-4  hours for the first two days- 2 -3 drops under the tongue.

This will help the body normalise and fight off the virus.

Also take Elderberry extract 3 times a day for first three days.  This also boosts the immunity.  Elderberry is a very potent anti viral and anti bacterial plant source, and much research has been conducted on its effectiveness. It is readily available at your local health food store.  One product I’ve tried and swear by is SAMBUCOL.  It has really helped me and my patients with relief of symptoms and duration of the FLU. It is also very EFFECTIVE FOR COLDS!

Drink plenty of fluids and REST. You need as much rest and sleep as you can get to fight off a flu.  Rest will enable your body to use its resources to restore and regenerate your system.  You will need to take TIME OFF work, school and excercise or WORKOUTS.  Give your body the chance to use its energy to heal the system, not to run on the treadmill.  Even if you feel better on day 4 or 5.  Give the gym or the track a good week or more off.  This is essential. You will only prolong your recovery, and find yourself relapse with stronger symptoms.

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Colds:

Colds are much easier to deal with.  They often are short in duration and easily treated.

Drink plenty of fluids, and preferably plain, room temp filtered water.  Increase your intake substantially, and the cold will not linger on as long.

Up your VITAMIN C , by 3 times the amount! For 3-4 days.

BUY a NETI POT: Neti pots are traditional Ayurvedic Indian medical practices.  Its a ceramic pot that you fill with filtered warm water and a small amount of salt.  The saline solution is poured into one nostrils and while the head is tipped over a sink to one side the water filters through the other nostril.

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This cleanses the whole nasal passage thereby flushing out toxins, or impurities.  It is FANTASTIC for sinus and CONGESTION. Also for those suffering ALLERGIES! Done twice daily during a cold or allergy season is best.  For maintenance once daily or every other day.

For more information on Neti Pots and their use go here :

www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8sDIbRAXlg

www.yoga108.org/pages/show/106-how-to-use-a-neti-pot-without-danger

Colds also need REST. You may not need to take a whole day off work or school, but you should slow down somewhat and give yourself some recoup time.  So sleep a little more, and take some time to just relax.

Supplements: You may also choose to take oregano oil, GARLIC capsules or fresh raw garlic with your food.  This are both antibacterial and proven to shorten duration of colds.

HYGIENE: It goes without saying, that proper hygiene for cold and flu season is imperative!

WASH YOUR HANDS: Its amazing how many people don’t do this simple thing.  ALWAYS wash your hands after you use the washroom, before you eat and always when coming home from work, school or wherever you been.

Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds and cover the WHOLE HAND not just the underside or fingers.

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ALSO SANITIZE the high traffic areas of home and office: ie Washrooms, showers, sinks, toilets, kitchens.  These areas are often warmer, more humid and a lovely breeding ground for germs.  Germs love these type of environments and can live on sinks and counters for days! These areas need extra clean up when someone in the home has a cold or flu, so every 2- 3 days get scrubbing!

Well that is a summary of the basics for cold and flu prevention and treatment.  I would love to hear your stories.  What worked for you?  How did a particular supplement or practice help you?  I await your feedback 🙂

As always,

Love and Light,

Travelling Yogi

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4 responses

29 09 2009
debraintheraw

I am opposed to these flu shot. It is great to see a well written article on other options. My 82 year old mother insists on getting her flue shots every year. And I tell her they do her no good. And every year she get the flu. It is funny I never have gotten a flue shot and I have never had the flu ever and I am 56 years old.
Even though I am new to raw food (almost 2 months) I have always kept my immune system well treated with natural approaches.
Great article.
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6 10 2009
RobD

I usually don’t post on Blogs but ya forced me to, great info.. excellent! … I’ll add a backlink and bookmark your site. 🙂

9 10 2009
Bill Bartmann

Your site was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.

9 10 2009
Bill Bartmann

Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya

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