Nine Tips to Help You Stay Healthy During Flu Season

By Boiron USA

Sadly, according to trends, we are in a high-activity flu area.

A homeopathic brand that Natur-Tyme carries, Boiron USA, offers the following tips on how to stay healthy this flu season and what to do if the flu bug bites:

  1. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. Get professional advice if you are at risk for complications from flu.
  1. WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY. Flu viruses are spread by droplets from infected people when they sneeze, blow their nose, or wipe away secretions from their nose or eyes. During flu season, everyone should be encouraged to keep their hands out of their mouths, avoid rubbing their eyes and wash their hands thoroughly several times a day, especially before meals.
  1. EAT A HEALTHY DIET RICH IN VITAMINS C AND E. Foods containing these vitamins are believed to be helpful in supporting the immune system. Foods rich in vitamin E include sunflower and corn oils, sunflower seeds, and nuts such as almonds and peanuts. You can get your daily vitamin C from foods like orange juice, citrus fruits, broccoli, and green peppers. And make an effort to reduce your intake of concentrated sugar (e.g. soda, candy) because excessive sugar impairs the immune response.
  1. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. Lack of sleep may profoundly inhibit your immune system. Get a full night’s sleep to keep your body’s natural defenses at optimum efficiency.
  1. STAY HYDRATED. Increasing your water intake will help you stay healthy and lessen the chance of you coming down with flu. When you are feeling under the weather, drinking extra fluids prevents dehydration caused by fever, loosens mucus, and keeps your throat moist. Warm liquids are preferable, and there is some evidence that inhaling steam early in the course of a cold or flu may reduce the spread of viruses in your upper respiratory tract.
  1. KEEP OSCILLOCOCCINUM®READILY AVAILABLE. Oscillococcinum (Oscillo®), one of the world’s most popular natural flu medicines, can reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms when taken at the onset of symptoms. Its use is supported by published clinical studies, as well as more than 65 years of use throughout the world. Plus, unlike other flu medicines, Oscillo does not cause drowsiness, it does not interfere with other medications, and it is recommended for both adults and children ages 2 and up.
  1. EXERCISE REGULARLY. Not only can regular exercise lower stress, but research indicates that exercise can stimulate the immune system and promote healthy sleep. In a recent study reported inMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, scientists found that modest exercise may prevent the elderly from getting colds and flu.
  1. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If you do come down with a cold or flu, take it easy. Spending excessive energy steals valuable resources from the immune system. Even attempting to perform normal activities at work or school may be too much. Besides, if you believe you’re coming down with flu, probably the best thing you can do for friends and family is to not expose them unnecessarily to the virus.
  1. SEEK HELP IF YOU GET WORSE. If your symptoms become significantly worse after the first three days of illness, especially if your fever subsides and then returns, be sure to seek medical attention right away. The reason that flu is considered a potentially dangerous infection is that it leaves the body vulnerable to other infections like pneumonia.

Thoughts on the Mystery Virus, Enterovirus D-68

By Carol Blair, DiHom, CNC Natur-Tyme Wellness Educatorcarol

A mysterious respiratory virus (actually known as enterovirus D-68) affecting mostly children has been spreading throughout the country. Proactive and concerned parents have already contacted me about what they can do preventatively. Here are some of my thoughts on this current health concern:

To keep the immune system strong, the child should be taking, on a regular basis, a good multi-vitamin supplement, vitamin D, and a probiotic. Extra vitamin C would be helpful as well. If a virus ensues, increasing the vitamin C can be very helpful because there are very few viruses that can withstand enough vitamin C. Chewable vitamin C is available in delicious flavors.

If the child is over the age of two, I suggest homeopathic Oscillococcinum at the very first sign of an illness. Then move on to King-Bio Cold and Flu, another homeopathic formula that usually proves to be beneficial. I always have these on hand.

Umcka has a strange name but not-so-strange benefits. Studied in Europe, it has been shown to increase interferon, the body’s own natural, anti-viral substance. It has been used in Germany for such illnesses as colds and flu, bronchitis, and TB.

Elderberry has been shown in many studies to keep viruses from replicating. One such study, performed at the University of Oslo School of Medicine in Norway, showed that Elderberry reduced viral flu symptoms by 50% and reduced the duration of flu viruses from 7.1 days to 3.1 days.

For older children, Zinc Throat Spray or Zinc lozenges are excellent choices. If they can swallow capsules, consider Russian Choice Immune to increase Natural Killer (NK) cells.

So parents, don’t lay awake at night worrying about this “mystery virus.” No deaths have been reported although with any respiratory illness, including a cold, those with asthma obviously have higher risks. As you can see, there are many options, so handle it like you would any other cold or flu virus–by keeping the immune system strong!

Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

By: Carol Blair, BS, DiHom, CNC

I have two sons who were Boys Scouts so their “Be prepared” motto caught on in our family.

When you get sick, the last thing you want to do is to go to the store to buy what you need. And yet, the best time to “nip something in the bud,” as the saying goes, is VERY early on. So I keep my cabinet well stocked for winter.

You may not keep on hand all that I do but consider picking two or three of your favorites. These are some of the items I have on hand:

King Bio Influenza – used once a week this can ward off the flu, but should you get it, using it several times a day can also help you to feel better faster.

Zinc lozenges – studies have found zinc to be a good preventative to avoid the cold and flu and have also found that zinc can decrease the severity of symptoms as well as the duration of symptoms.

Vitamin C – 500 mg., buffered. (The Natur-Tyme brand also has lipoic acid which helps to re-circulate the C so it lasts longer in the body).

Umcka – the subject of 40 studies as a proven cold and flu remedy. This is also safe for children over the age of two.

Colloidal Silver – nature’s antibiotic. I know you’re worried that you might turn blue/gray like the man in the news, but as long as you don’t take it for years on end and try to make your own, you’ll be okay! I assure you, I have seen clients take it rather indiscriminately and nothing has happened. It’s the size of the particle that matters.

Esberitox – an herbal combination containing Baptisia, Echinacea, and Thuja; safe for children ages two and up. These are small chewable tablets; they may also be used in conjunction with antibiotics, if desired when extra immune support is necessary. I always travel with this on airplanes!

Enhanced Antioxidants – antioxidants protect the immune system and reduce damage to the cells. I use this nearly every day because it is also anti-aging!

Life Shield Immunity – studies show that medicinal mushrooms increase natural killer cells so I take this if I am exposed to something before I get sick!

Kyolic’s garlic immune formula is an inexpensive supplement that contains garlic (aka Russian penicillin) as well as oregano oil and olive leaf extract for additional immune support.

I also have several homeopathics on hand, but that is the subject of another blog! So be prepared and stay well this winter by supporting your immune system at the first sign of exposure.

Flu Vaccines

By: Carol Blair, BS, DiHom, CNC

As of this writing, Australia has just banned the most recent version of the flu vaccine for this winter season due to the fact that a significant number of children have experienced seizures and life threatening fevers.

Over-vaccination, like over-antibiotic use, has become common practice in this country and most children now have 29 vaccines by the age of two! But is this vaccine quest going to lead us down the same path as has the use of too many antibiotics? Researchers are now warning that over-use of flu vaccines, and the drugs used to treat the flu, is causing influenza viruses to mutate into more deadly strains.

Carolyn Dean, MD, indicated in one of her blogs last year that the flu shot worked only 7% of the time. The Oct 2009 issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine also reported that vaccinating young children did NOT reduce flu-related doctor visits or hospitalization during two recent flu seasons.

Further, although flu vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15% to 65% since 1980, there was NO REDUCTION in the number of pneumonia or flu-related deaths. This is further supported by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine five years ago.

These are reasons enough not to vaccinate, but did you also know that these vaccines contain heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum, as well as formaldehyde and the RNA and DNA of animals?! In fact, most flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury, which is 250 times more than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe. Dr. Mercola states that “This amount is considered unsafe for anyone weighing less than 550 lbs!” (and we’re giving it to our children)!

Other serious side effects of flu vaccines include arthritis and autoimmune disorders including paralysis from Guillain-Barre syndrome.

So I hear you asking, “What do I do?”

You’ll probably find the answer surprising. The same viral strains that are in the flu shots are also found in the FDA Approved product called homeopathic “Influenza.” This is very safe, tastes like water, and does not contain all the risky adjuvants. All you do is spray it in the mouth once a week. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Many people used it last year with great results. Also, if the World Health Organization misses the exact strain (which is always like Russian Roulette), the Influenza product has other ingredients to help you fight the flu. Can you say that about any vaccine that you know of?

So don’t let the fear-mongering media scare you! Just as we are teaching our kids about other drugs, “Just Say No” to this drug too.

Stay tuned for my next blog on immune support.


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