The F Word

The F-Word

Everyone’s talking about it. A mere 3-letter utterance, yet this year’s f-l-u(!) has reached superlative status, prompting the CDC to announce its epidemic proportions and declare cities like Boston a state of health emergency with 700 reported cases. But I say F the flu. I’m so over you and your media blitz and widespread panic. I’ve decided to look at it on the bright side: A typical flu season lasts about 10 to 12 weeks; experts say it’s peaking, which means about five more weeks of this flu frenzy (coincidentally, around the same time spring emerges, as predicted by the shadow-less groundhog).

The flu is out, spring is in!

The flu is out, spring is in!

The flu may be on its way out–and I may have stopped obsessing (who me?), but that doesn’t mean I’ve let down my guard. I’ve added even more muster to my arsenal of natural aides thanks to great guidance from some incredible health crusaders and anti-flu masters. Why choose alternative over antitoxin? For one, the vaccine only has a 62 percent success rate (most childhood vaccines are about 90 percent effective) and that doesn’t warrant the chick embryo cells, formaldehyde, mercury and preservatives, including thimerosal (known to cause impaired neurological development in children), being pumped into the body year after year (for more info: http://www.anh-usa.org/not-sure-the-flu-vaccine-works/)

Reason #2: Anecdotal evidence is powerful stuff: Last month, I posted an inspiring story about Kimberly Medleycott Criley (https://meredithasplundh.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/the-gift-of-health-part-1/), who healed her debilitating arthritis and colitis without pharmaceuticals. She maintains her health with a daily practice of wellness rituals and natural therapies that work for her. How can science prove this? It can’t. Scientific evidence can only prove what is “typical”. But how can healing be “typical” when everybody is unique? There’s limited evidence proving the efficacy of complementary therapies but that’s not because they don’t work. Most haven’t been researched due to profit–and the fact that the gargantuan drug companies don’t want to be proven wrong.

Therefore, the majority of alt therapies rely on anecdotal evidence and incidentally, psychologists have found that people are more likely to remember notable examples than typical ones. Looks like taking good care of ourselves just got easier. Moreover, researchers have found that a strong belief in a remedy’s effectiveness produces better results–at least a 26 percent drop in symptom severity and a feel-better effect at least two and-a-half days sooner than those with no faith in the supplement. So whether you are practicing prevention or flu fighting, try these roadtested remedies with a dose of optimism of course!

HEALTHY HABITS:Natural therapies can be expensive. To get more mileage out of them, make sure you are a.) exercising regularly (to help immune cells circulate faster through the body, b.) avoiding processed sugar (bacteria and viruses thrives on the sweet stuff), c.) getting enough rest (lack of sleep = inflammation), d.) washing your hands often (you’re 24 percent less likely to catch a respiratory illness and up to 50 percent less likely to get a stomach bug, according to World Health Organization), e.) eating clean foods (as in non processed meats, dairy, grains, and organic fruits and veggies), and f.) drinking water, and drinking some more (it flushes out toxins, lubricates joints, protects body organs and tissues, carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and much more, as stated by Mayo Clinic medical info).  

HEALTHY HABITS:
Natural therapies can be expensive. To get more mileage out of them, make sure you are a.) exercising regularly (to help immune cells circulate faster through the body, b.) avoiding processed sugar (bacteria and viruses thrives on the sweet stuff), c.) getting enough rest (lack of sleep = inflammation), d.) washing your hands often (you’re 24 percent less likely to catch a respiratory illness and up to 50 percent less likely to get a stomach bug, according to World Health Organization), e.) eating clean foods (as in non processed meats, dairy, grains, and organic fruits and veggies), and f.) drinking water, and drinking some more (it flushes out toxins, lubricates joints, protects body organs and tissues, carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and much more, as stated by Mayo Clinic medical info).

Dr. Deborah Ginsburg: a board certified family doctor and holistic physician specializing in women’s health, pediatrics, immune strength, nutrition, and birth.

Something to believe in (note: I’ve tried them all with great successes. All good for kids too):

1. Fermented turmeric. An anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing, hormone balancing, natural probiotic, a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Try: Rest Easy and/or Inner Garden broad-spectrum probiotic (www.turbochargedturmeric.com)

2. Essential oil inhaler sticks by Healing Oceans Family Wellness (www.healing-oceans.com). Keeping germs at bay is as easy as a quick sniff.

3. Vitamin D (at least 1,000 for kids; 2,000 for adults). Vitamin D is essential for a strong immune system and during the darker winter months, there is less available for a healthy body. If you get a vitamin D blood test, the optimum healthy range is 50-70 nag/ml, according to Dr. Ginsburg.

4. Flew Away herbal supplement. Take as an everyday preventive or if you’ve been exposed, take an extra recommended dosage at the onset of symptoms. www.naturalhealthproducts.com

5. Dr. Ginsburg’s Potassium Broth Recipe for a mighty immune system (http://www.healing-oceans-family-wellness-center.com/potassium-broth.html)

For more great flu-fighting tactics, got to http://www.healing-oceans-family-wellness-center.com/cold-and-flu-home-remedies.html

Surprising fact: Avoid Tylenol when fighting the flu: It reduces your body’s ability to get rid of toxins (http://www.whale.to/vaccine/tylenol_depletes_glutathione.html)

My mom: a longtime cold and flu fighter with a mastery in immune maintenance  

Something to believe in:

1. Everyday Throat Spray. (www.everydaythroatspray.com (My uncle is the guy in the video, see below). Mom has been known to leave behind her cell phone, even her grandkids, but not her trusty throat spray! Convenient for use on airplanes, in restaurants, for daily maintenance and prevention, or for fighting sickness, it’s a trusted germ slayer.

Brilliant heart surgeon advocates the use of alternative therapies. Booyah!

Brilliant heart surgeon advocates the use of alternative therapies. Booyah!

2. Nasal wash. It’s not pretty but Mom swears by her Netipot and premixed nasal wash ready rinse bottle (try one by NeilMed). Keeping the sinuses clean and clear of debris prevents germs from getting inside. Also try a personal steamer: Experts say the heat inhibits the growth of viruses and bacteria.

3. Extra vitamin C. Just when you thought you were getting plenty of C in your diet, you’re not. Researchers note that adults only get 10 to 20 percent of the recommended nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily; kids even less. All evidence supports that this nutrient is a powerhouse when it comes to the immune system. It also aids the good bacteria in our gut, destroys bad bacteria and viruses, neutralizes harmful free radicals, removes toxic metals, protects from pollution, encourages health cells, and much more. Mom advocates “C” supplements as well as eating loads of organic fruits and vegetables. Surprising fact: Red and green hot chilli peppers provide the most vitamin C than any other food. That’s hot stuff.

4. Mom’s special cold and flu immuniTEA. In a pan, add one-and-a-half cups water, two large garlic bulbs chopped, 4 slices chopped ginger, and four lemon slices (squeeze in juice). Let simmer for approx. 5 minutes. Strain and pour the broth into a mug. Add a teaspoon of honey, preferabley Manuka (see below). Mmm tasTEA

Me: Certified Holistic Health Coach, certified vegan chef, certified yoga instructor but best at consuming all things healthy and nutritious. In other words, a naturalfoods and remedies guinea pig guru master sensei. Motto: “I may smell like a pizzeria but it beats getting sick.”

Something to believe in:

1. Garlic. One clove chopped and taken like a pill with a glass of water is my magic immune potion. Chopped garlic produces a sulfur compound called allicin, which is powerful as an antibiotic and helps to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. Research suggests that 1 milligram of allicin has a potency of 15 standard units of penicillin. Caveat: Do not take on Valentine’s Day

2. Oregano oil. Holey spice this stuff is strong; it has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus among us, yeast, parasites, and viruses. Oil of Oregano is made from the leaves and flowers of the wild oregano plant found in the mountainous area of the Mediterranean. It’s a kitchen medicine cabinet must-have.

3. Manuka honey. Take a tsp after “garlic pill” and oregano oil to neutralize flavor overload. If you haven’t yet heard, much scientific research supports the anecdotal claim that New Zealand’s Manuka Honey is a wonder food cure-all for multiple medical afflictions. For colds and flu, it is anti-viral and a sweet throat soother.

4. Coldcalm and Oscillococcinum natural flu medicine by Boiron. Taken at the onset of symptoms to reduce severity or stop it altogether. Have it on hand.

5. Nature’s Way Sambucus for Kids. It’s my daughters morning elixir for daily health maintenance. It contains elderberry and Echinacea herbal extracts to help reduce inflammation when you have the flu and pump the body full of antioxidants to prevent the flu.

6. GoodBelly probiotics. Dairy-free, vegan but loaded with multivitamin and live and active probiotics for a healthy gut, your first line of defense when preventing sickness.

Julian Kim: a certified Reiki Master, mother, and wife, who is currently working on becoming a certified Clinical Aromatherapist, dabbles in reflexology and studies homeopathy in her free time. What free time? Motto: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Julian Kim, our inspiring cold and flu fighter extraordinaire!

Julian Kim, our inspiring cold and flu fighter extraordinaire!

Something to believe in:

1. Elderberry tablets. Used to boost the immune system, are high in vitamin C, and tastes like a sweetart!

2. Osha Root tincture. It’s a potent, anti-viral extract produced from the roots of the Ligusticum poteri plants; can head off a cold or flu if taken early.

3.  Pau D’arco. A large tropical shrub native to Argentina, healers use Pau D’Arco as an immune system enhancer among many other uses. Lab studies show its potent antifungal and anti-bacterial effects.

3. Echinacea. A well known and researched herb that stimulates the immune system. Kim uses both tincture and tea.

4. Zinc lozenges. They now taste better than ever and research shows zinc lozenges or syrups may shorten colds and relieve symptoms (try Ultra Zinc Lozenges, gnc.com).

SIDEBAR: High vibration equals good health. The essentials of oils. By Julian Kim

It’s a bad flu season but I’m not in a state of panic. By all accounts, I should be…my two young children (now 9 and 7 years-old) used to get sick all the time. Like, 3-strep-infections-within-three-months-kind-of sick. They would pick up every stray germ and incubate every last one throughout the winter months. We’d go through the cold-bronchitis-inhaler-steroid-antibiotics rigamarole every couple of weeks. Now, I am happy to say that my kids rarely get sick. (Caveat: if they do, it’s short-lived). While it’s important to approach illness-prevention with common sense (washing hands, etc.), it also makes sense to maintain health and well-being from an energetic perspective:

Dr. Robert O. Becker M.D explains in his book, The Body Electric, that a person’s health can be determined by the frequency of the person’s body. His work showed that living organisms and animals show a direct current of electric charge which is measurable from their body surface. He was a pioneer in the field of regeneration and an influential activist against EMF pollution. Around the same time, a plant biologist and soil scientist named Bruce Tainio ( http://www.tainio.com/ ) invented an extremely sensitive frequency monitor to study the frequencies of plants. He learned that healthy plants had higher frequencies than sick plants and plants with proper nutrition had higher frequencies than those with poor nutrition. Dr. Gary Young (of Young Living Essential Oils) heard about this work and persuaded Tainio to build a monitor to study his essential oils. Dr. Young measured the frequency of the cells in the bodies’ of patients at his medical practice and correlated the measurements with whatever ailments they had. From this he was able to determine that the normal healthy range of the human body is 62-78 MHz. At this level and above, no one had any ailments at all. Here are some interesting findings:

Colds and Flu start at: 57-60 MHz

Disease starts at: 58 MHz

Candida overgrowth starts at: 55 MHz

Receptive to Epstein Barr at: 52 MHz

Receptive to Cancer at: 42 MHz

Death begins at: 25 MHz

Fresh Foods and Herbs 20-27 MHz

Dried Foods and Herbs 15-22 MHz

Processed/Canned Food 0 MHz

Essential oils start at 52 MHz and go as high as 320 MHz, which is the frequency of rose oil. Clinical research shows that therapeutic grade essential oils have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, creating an environment in which disease, bacteria, virus, fungus, etc., cannot live.

Oil tips to try:

1. Rub one drop of Thieves blend (from Young Living Essential Oils) on the lung reflexology point (at the balls) of each foot as a preventative, or you can make your own blend using cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and lemon essential oils.

2. Diffuse anti-viral oils in the house (I like thyme or peppermint)

3. Spa in the car: Spritz an essential oil spray in the car right before school pick up to keep kids from bringing home stray bugs. In an empty 4 oz spray bottle, fill with filtered or distilled water, add 4 drops of eucalyptus, 4 drops of thyme, 4 drops of tea tree oil, and a few drops of whatever essential oil scent you enjoy (I add lavender and chamomile). Shake it well before spraying each time.

Note: Be aware when selecting essential oils. Many found in generic stores have been adulterated or are diluted in a carrier oil, and should not be used for therapeutic purposes. Young Living makes the most reputable, therapeutic oils https://www.youngliving.org/oils4wellness

Comments
7 Responses to “The F Word”
  1. tribarbaratri says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!

  2. Ellen Asplundh says:

    Loved the post!! You covered a lot of ground. I don’t think you missed anything. Your.research was excellent.

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  3. Ellen Asplundh says:

    Great blog and funny too. Pop

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  4. You had me rolling with laughter reading about the oregano oil. I too have experienced it’s strength. LOL You’re right, it’s a must have, it kicks butt. Loved the part on frequency…I’ve been doing some studying on the frequency of the cells as well. It’s really fascinating, Just loved that you included it in your blog. The fermented turmeric is on the list now! Going to click on the links for the immune soups. Wonderful information!

  5. More I want More! This was fantastic…you’re right it’s all about the oils!

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