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Infection Prevention

Strategies to stay healthy this ski season

Most common colds and flu infections are VIRAL. Colds can be caused by over 100 different virus types, but only influenza viruses A, B and C (and their subtypes) can cause the flu. This is why the seasonal flu vaccine is aggressively promoted for all ages 6 months to 100 years old. The flu shot consists of: dead influenza viruses (this season it covers 4 viruses: an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus; an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus; a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus), egg protein (how the viruses are grown), Thimerosal (Mercury-flu vaccines also available as mercury-free), stabilizers (sucrose, sorbitol and MSG), Polysorbate 80, and Formaldehyde. The FluMist (nasal spray vaccine) consists of weakened influenza viruses and the above ingredients.

Concomitant infections, secondary to the primary viral infections, are usually bacterial and only amplify the current illness. Antibiotics are heavily prescribed even though most initial infections are viral. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriately prescribed. A simple and cost effective blood test is in development with Stanford University School of Medicine and could accurately identify when an antibiotic is needed or not. The overuse of antibiotics threatens to create a global scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens.

Actively engage in Infection Prevention this ski season - November though April! DON’T wait until you actually get sick to seek medical and/or naturopathic care. Each person must decide if vaccines and antibiotics are right for them, but in the meantime, put the following strategies to the test and see the results for yourself. Not only will your immune system be strong and resilient, your mood will be stabilized through the end of this cold and dark six months.

 

DAILY

Silver Shield, a  Natural “Antibiotic” … Nano-particle Silver works in three ways: it ruptures the membrane of a bacterium leading to cellular death, it ruptures a virus’s DNA rendering the virus unable to replicate, and finally, it resonates at a frequency that directly kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ingest one teaspoon of Silver Shield before bed for overall health and prevention. More can be safely consumed for initial and progressed infections. Silver Shield also comes in gel form for topical use and as an alternative hand sanitizer. Silver Shield kills pathogenic microorganisms without killing the good bacteria.

Immune System Elixir … This recipe was created by me and is one of many recipes in a book I am currently writing. I love how I feel when I drink this first thing in the morning! It is excellent for energy, cleansing, metabolism and the immune system. In a blender, mix: 16 ounces of cold water, one whole lemon (peeled), 2 tablespoons Local Maple Syrup, 2 capsules of Capsicum (opened), 2 capsules of Ginger (opened) and 1 scoop of Ultimate GreenZone.

Chlorophyll, A Gentle Detoxifier … Chlorophyll is the lifeblood of green plants and is excellent for cleansing, alkalizing and strengthening the gastrointestinal and immune systems. Liquid Chlorophyll ES is made from Mulberry Leaves and is flavored with pure Spearmint oil. Add one ounce of Liquid Chlorophyll ES to about 16 ounces of water every day. Sip in its concentrated form for mouth issues, sore throats and esophageal irritation.

Probiotic Eleven, Microbiome Replenisher … Probiotics are vastly researched and proven to help the body’s immune system, heal gastrointestinal disorders and support the production of various neurotransmitters. Take 2 capsules of Probiotic 11 with water in the morning and before bed, on an empty stomach. Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, M.D., is an excellent book that explains the power of a healthy gut microbiome.  

Immune Stimulator, Medicinal Mushrooms … Immune Stimulator combines Beta Glucans (from Saccharomyces cerevisiae) - immunomodulators and macrophage/lymphocyte stimulators; Arabinogalactan (from Larix spp) – a powerful cytokine and natural killer cells stimulator; Colostrum (from milk), Cordyceps, Reishi and Maitake mushrooms – all immune system strengtheners. Take two capsules of Immune Stimulator two times per day on an empty stomach for infection prevention. More capsules can be taken during times of illness.

Elderberry D3Fense, An Herbal Combination … Many customers from our store, especially local teachers, notice a great difference when they take this product daily. Elderberry D3fense is a combination of 2000 IUs of Vitamin D3, Elderberry Fruit Extract, Echinacea Aerial Parts, Willow Bark Extract and Olive Leaf Extract. Take two capsules with a meal two times per day.

Vitamin D3, A Fat Soluble Vitamin … Nature’s Plus has an excellent liquid Vitamin D3 source that is in an oil emulsion. One drop is 2500 IUs. During the fall, winter and early spring seasons the recommended dose is 5000-10,000 IUs twice per day. This has been shown to prevent infections, heal skin issues, stabilize moods and aid in healthy bones.

Vitamin C, a Water Soluble Vitamin … Everyone knows and has experienced the preventive and healing effects of Vitamin C. It is sold in tablet, capsule, powder and chewable forms. Everyone’s Vitamin C needs are different. How do you know what dosage is good for you? Many people take 1000 mg of Vitamin C twice per day for three days. Then they increase that to 2000 mg for three day then 3000 mg, etc … UNTIL they reach bowel tolerance. This means that the bowels will become loose. At this point, back down the Vitamin C by 1000 mg. This is your current need.

 

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Elimination of Chemicals … Toxic products in the home, car and office will wear out the immune system, liver, kidneys, skin and lungs. For one month remove toxic laundry detergents (Tide), bleach, dryer sheets, household cleaners, perfumes/colognes, lotions, air fresheners and candles. The collective force of all these chemicals added together may be the cause of a depressed immune system, headaches, mood swings, eczema/psoriasis, asthma, allergies, weight loss resistance and much more! You are in control of your indoor air quality!

Humidity … Dry air in your home or workspace will dry out your mucus membranes, increasing your risk for respiratory infections and dry, itchy skin. Purchase a humidifier and a humidifier monitor. You will be surprised at how dry your living spaces get throughout these six months. Higher room temperatures will add to this low humidity. Add Essential Oils (like Tei fu oil) to your humidifier.

Sleep Health … Come visit me at Nature’s Remedy, downtown Ellicottville, for a Free Sleep Health consultation and a mini biofeedback scan.

 

WEEKLY (EACH ONCE/WEEK)

Foot Detox Baths with a 28 Detox Consultation … Book your appointment or buy packages at Nature’s Remedy from Suzie Evans Horton, Lillian Dirito or myself. Detoxifying the body will decrease the pressure on the immune system.

Nutritional Counseling … Reach out to Kathie O’Connell at Nature’s Remedy, our registered nutrition consultation.

CranioSacral Therapy with Essential Oils and Far Infrared Heat … Book your session with me for 75 minutes @ $95 per session.  Ask me about other beneficial services available locally, including chiropractic adjustments and yoga.