A while back, I wrote a post on holistic flu prevention. Today I bring you some additional suggestions from Dr. Matt Reddy, a practitioner at Alternative Naturopathic Center in Littleton, CO. Also, be sure to check out this very educational video being played in Chinese airports
Today I must inform you that Harvard Med School has released a new iPhone app that will let you know about swine flu outbreaks in your area. This is perfect for hypochondriacs, conspiracy theorists, and epidemiologists.
However, he was quick to say that the declaration is primarily a move to cut through red tape. This allows medical facilities to deliver treatments more expeditiously…and insurance companies to receive payment for said treatments. Hmmm….
Per CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, many millions of people have already had the swine flu. But a story running last August estimated worldwide deaths at just over 1,100. Similarly, the 1918 Spanish flu killed 50 million, but over 500 million – 1/3 of the world’s population – were exposed. In other words, 80-90%of those exposed, survived. That is to say that H1N1 is in no way, shape, or form, a death sentence.
Let’s talk about prevention. Like hundreds of thousands of people, you may be on your way to the nearest doctor’s office, hospital, supermarket, potluck, makeup counter or Tupperware party to get injected with a vaccine. Which isn’t necessarily a bad move. I can’t say for sure. But if you’re interested in more holistic treatments, you want to focus on bolstering your immune system.
There are a number of ways to do this. First and foremost, make sure you have a healthy diet plan and Nutrisystem can help you with that. Sugar, processed foods, and caffeine allÂ tax the immune system. In contrast, lots of vegetables, good-quality protein, and fats offer abundant vitamins and minerals that support the immune system. Be certain to stay well-hydrated with water (not soda!). You can offer your body’s natural defenses additional support with enough sleep, some exercise, and deep breathing, or other forms of stress management. In cold weather, choose hot drinks and hot soups to keep yourself from getting chilled.
Food is a potent way to strengthen your body’s ability to fight off germs. Homeopathy and herbs are another.Â In contrast to a vaccine, homeopathic treatments are not strain-specific. They empower your immune system to increase its effectiveness regardless of the type of flu you may encounter. Oscillo‘s one remedy you’ve probably seen at your local drugstore. Influenzinum’s another (I’m not affiliated with any of these products, BTW). Colostrum, or the “pre-milk”, is full of immune-enhancing antibodies.
If you are unfortunate enough to come down with the flu, you don’t want to suppress your symptoms. Symptoms are your body’s wayÂ of mounting a response against the foreign invader it’s fighting. If you find your nose running and you take a decongestant to stop the mucus, your body will have to find another path to release the toxicity. If symptoms are making you miserable, Elderberry can slow the virus’s replication, thereby decreasing symptoms.
Most importantly – don’t panic! Per the World Health Organization, it’s complications from flu, rather than the flu itself, that causes deaths. So as long as you keep your body and mind healthy, you’ll be in pretty good shape.