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What to do about the flu

Date:   11/8/2005 12:34:30 PM   ( 16 y ) ... viewed 1908 times

Like the Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared!
Every year about this time we hear dire things in the news about the ‘virus du jour’. Each season seems to bring the ‘worst-ever epidemic’, leaving us all feeling scared and helpless!

As with most fear inspiring events, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The time to worry about how to protect yourself and your family is now! Do not procrastinate and whatever you do, do not get a flu shot! The idea of giving yourself a dose of the flu do you don’t catch the flu is a bit antiquated, if not downright barbaric! Flu shots, like most immunizations, contain harmful chemicals like mercury, lead and arsenic, in addition to the virulent strain you’re trying so hard to avoid! That sounds like adding insult to injury.

Take a few steps now to ensure your health levels are strong enough to protect you from those nasty bugs and you’ll be one of the “lucky ones” who do not catch the flu. Believe us; luck has nothing to do with it. It’s all about having a plan.
Nature abhors a vacuum so if there are any nutritional holes in your daily regimen, that’s the place that invaders can get their foot in the door. It’s up to you to cancel their reservation. Here are five things you can and should do to protect yourself.

Number One: Replenish your friendly flora every day. These ‘good bacteria’ stand guard so the ‘bad bacteria’ can’t get into your system. No room at the inn, so to speak! Bifidophilus or Acidopholus every day can rebuild your army of protection and strengthen your immune system.

Number Two: Make sure your thymus is strong. It’s the lynchpin of your immune system. Believe it or not mushrooms such as reishi or cordyceps have always beeen a great way to stimulate the immune system. Vitamin A&D are also great for strengthening the thymus. Also, gently thump on you thymus just like Tarzan while saying a positive affirmation such as "I am well".

Number Three: People who are slightly anemic are more likely to catch the flu. Sometimes there are few signs or we chalk them off to a hectic lifestyle. Time for a little extra insurance!

Number Four: Vitamin C has a long reputation for preventing and shortening the duration of colds and flu. Would you like to know why? Because it works! Citrus Bioflavonoids are a great choice or try Rose Hips in capsules.

Number Five: The final step of the prevention plan is echinacea or Olive Leaf Extract, both of which have anti-viral properties. Don’t wait until you have symptoms, but rather build up your reserves in advance.

As always, get the proper rest and exercise, eat a diet of some fresh foods every day, and be sure to breathe some fresh air. Possibly invest in a good air purifier or take trips to the country. I have always found that difusing Citrus aromatherapy oils helps to bring summer feelings into the air and it works as a natural antibiotic/ antiseptic. At any rate, open a few windows in the house, the office, schools, etc. so the fresh air can circulate, sweeping away those anaerobic bugs that are waiting to pounce on you! Then put your feet up and relax. You’ve plugged the holes and your nutrients will stand guard protecting you from invasion!

This was wriiten with the help of my teachers Drs. Ralph & Lahni DeAmicis, NDs and their book "The 10 minute Herbalist"

Laura Lewars ND, MH

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