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It is Time to Start Breathing!

Below Dr. Cobb talks about a breathing technique that he recommends. This one would be fine for you to begin with.

The video below will go over some points that are crucial regarding breathing. This video is pretty good but it lacks a demonstration.

Breath Easy!

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Battling the Flu Season Part 2

When it comes to the flu,  rest is crucial. Most of the people I came across with who got the flu this season were bedridden for at least a week. Allowing the body to rest is one of the best ways to allow the body to conserve and utilize available energy for the most pressing issues effecting the body. For example women have to rest after giving birth and when someone has surgery they usually have to rest until the area of injury adequately heals. Rest is very important for recovery.

There is a interesting recommendation found in “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies,” it is called: Dr. Silbert’s cold, wet, sock treatment. He recommends that at the beginning of a a cold, flu or sinusitis, before going to sleep, put on a thin wet sock on your feet. Then put on two thick dry wool socks over the wet socks. If you wake up in the middle of the night and your socks are wet, take them off and dry your feet. The idea behind this is that the wet socks treatment activates the bodies immune system. This remedy can be used for the flu, earaches, cold symptoms and it can give you a better sleep overall. The good thing about this remedy that it is safe from the infants to the elderly; socks should be dry within four hours for infants and elderly. More on this can be found here.

Fasting is another way to help conserve available energy. Fasting is the act of taking in only water or tea(with no calories) and restricting the body of any form of food. This includes any fruit juices. The reason why you take in only calorie free water or herbal tea is because you do not want the digestive system to do any work. The digestive system consists of large organs that need energy to help facilitate the digestive process. Allowing the body a break from the digestive process frees up a significant amount of energy that can be used for healing.

There are two types of fasting: short-term and long-term fasting. Short-term fasting ranges from one to three days. According to Dr. Weil, fasting is good for relieving toxic conditions of all kinds, the flu, and infectious illnesses. He also claims that fasting influences both physiology and  consciousness of the body. Dr. Weil(2005), “Many people report that even after one day of fasting their senses are sharper, their heads clear, their bodies lighter and more energetic.” Some people enjoy fasting so much that they do it once a week.

Long-term fasting lasts longer than three days. This type of fasting should not be done without expert oversight. Long-term fasting is dangerous if it is not done correctly. On the other hand long-term fasting can completely relieve ailments if performed successfully. Dr. Weil(2005), states, “I have met people who have fasted for one to three months with good results, and I have seen long-term fasting produce complete remissions of diseases that resisted all other treatments: bronchial asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis.” Again only under expert supervision when participating in long-term fasting.

Certain measures should be taken when fasting:

  • Drink plenty of water.
    • Helps body release toxins.
  • Conserve energy.
    • Do not participate in normal activity, including exercising.
  • Stay warm.
    • When fasting body temperature decreases. To help stay warm, drink hot herbal tea, wear warm clothing and if possible indulge in warm baths.
  • In the end gradually introduce food.
    • In the end slowly take in fruit juice, then fruits and finally small amounts of plain foods.
  • Do not fast if you are diabetic.
  • I would not recommend fasting to lose weight.

Baths are a good way to help the body fight a cold or flu. In a hot(comfortable) bath add two cups epsom salt or sea salt. Then add a few drops of rosemary, eucalyptus and lemon oil.

The same oils can be used  in steam inhalation. Pour hot water in a bucket, bowel or container drop a few drops of these oils in the hot water and breath in the steam with a towel over your head. This will help relieve and moisten  the nasal passage ways, the throat and lungs.

Gargling is a good way to relive the tissues of the throat and it can help ear infections. The thought behind why gargling helps is because it allows the tissues of the throat to be in contact with healing solutions. There are many remedies for the gargling solution, one of the simplest is the warmest water that you can handle and one cup sea salt. You can make a solution of half water half hydrogen peroxide and gargle at least four times a day.

The flu season can be a beneficial excuse to take up habit of consuming vitamins and supplements regularly. There a couple of vitamins and minerals that should be taken during the flu season.

  • Vitamin C.
    • Is an antioxidant.
    • At least 75mg/day.
    • WebMD recommendations found here.
    • Take with caution if you have low iron.
  • Vitamin E.
    • Is an antioxidant. Should be taken as a complex compound(look at label), consisting of tocopherols and tocotrienols. According to Dr. Weil, you want a capsule that contains about 80 milligrams of Vitamin E and at least 15 milligrams of the tocotriels. If you only find capsules that contain mixed tocopherols take 400 to 800 IU.
    • WebMD recommendations here.
    • Vitamin E should be taken with lunch or dinner; for absorption.
    • Avoid vitamin E that only consists of synthetic DL-alpha-tocopherol.
  • Vitamin D
    • Is steroid vitamin part of a group of prohormones.
      Necessary for the absorption of calcium.
    • Dr. Weil, recommends, at least 400 IU daily.
    • WebMD recommendations found here.
  • Selenium.
    • A trace element that is considered an antioxidant.
    • Dr. Weil, recommends  100-200 milligrams a day. 200 milligrams if you have increase cancer risk.
    • WebMD recommendations found here.

Many believe introducing medicinal mushrooms into the diet could really be  beneficial to ones health. Dr. Weil, recommends introducing maitake, shiitake and enoki to your diet, these have to be cooked. The mushrooms mentioned above can be found at health food store; more and more are found in supermarkets now. There are three other medicinal mushrooms that can be taken in tincture form cordyceps, reishi and astralagus. You can buy tinctures from an herbalist(recommended) or local health food store or on the internet.

Clinical Western Herbalist, Mr. Joshua Muscat, recommends, taking this tincture combination of mushrooms: maitake, reishi, and cordyceps(6-8 drops, three times a day), accompanied with 1,000 IU of vitamin D during the flu season.

Peace.

References:

Fiedler, Christle. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies. Alpha. 2009.

Weil, Andrew. Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimal Health. 1995. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.print.

The information here is not intended to replace standard(allopathic) medicine, which has its benefit in the medical environment in diagnosing and treating diseases. Any persistent, severe, and or unusual symptoms should be evaluated by a registered physician. The natural remedies/habits suggested here, although safer than pharmaceutical drugs, can cause unexpected results, in different people. If a condition fails to respond to the remedies/habits presented here, you should consult a physician. The author of this information, disclaims responsibility for any adverse reactions resulting directly or indirectly from the information given here.

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Battling the Flu Season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) website, which can be found here. The flu season started a month early. The CDC website states that influenza virus is off to a strong start but it is important to point out that it is still too early in the flu season to know if it is going to be a bad flu season overall. It is also important to note that America, so far has been hit the hardest, while other countries are not experiencing the same influenza activity.

Now, we can start talking about the difference between the flu and the common cold. Because it is important to know that you can get sick from either one.  The type of viruses that get you sick are different for the flu versus the common cold. The flu is caused by either Influenza A or B,  in comparison to the common cold which can be caused by over 200 different varieties of the rhinovirus. They also differ in the symptoms, the WebMD website, found here does a good job of going more into detail. Nonetheless, the symptoms can be be found below.

Common Cold:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Children can get a fever
  • Lasts about one week

Flu:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever in children and adults
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • How long symptoms lasts vary

It is also important to add that people who have cold like symptoms that do not go away within a week,  should check with their doctor to see if the have an allergy or sinusitis. On that note I would like to make it clear that I am not a registered physician or nurse and that the information given here should be used under your own judgment.

Before we get into what you can do as a preventative measure and or if  you do get sick. I would like to point out a couple of bad habits that should not be done while one is sick:

  • You should not smoke, if you are a smoker.
  • You should not exercise, this is because exercise puts stress(usually a good thing) on the body and your body needs all the energy it can get when you are sick.
  • You should not consume a lot of alcohol(if any at all).
  • According to certified nutritional consultant, Phyllis Balch, (2012), “do not give aspirin to a child who shows symptoms of a viral  infection.” This because giving aspirin can result in the child developing Reye’s syndrome, which could be serious.
  • Phyllis Balch, (2012), also recommends not to take antibiotics since they are useless against viruses. This is because antibiotics fight bacteria and not viruses. So be careful if you doctor prescribes antibiotics.

With that said, I would like to focus on what one can do if they get the common cold or the flu.  These habits and remedies are ones that focus on the bodies own ability to fight the virus in the body. So they can be used while you are sick as well as prevent you from getting sick.

One of the most important things that you can do is wash your hands regularly and try to avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose. This does not mean using hand sanitizers, which is becoming very common. There is controversy around the use of hand sanitizers, for various reasons, such as how it can lead to skin problems,  Lisa A. Garner, MD, stated:

“Everyone’s afraid of germs, but our skin can’t tolerate [hand sanitizer] as much as some people are using it,”

What Dr. Garner is saying is that the over use of hand sanitizers is causing an increase in skin problems. Dr. garner is a dermatologist(doctor who specializes in skin and its diseases), who has seen a rapid increase in skin problems due to use of hand sanitizers among other things. The complete article can be found here.

This is not to say that you should not use hand sanitizers when convenient or appropriate. I believe that hand sanitizers do have a place in our lives. For example in the work place, if you are someone who works in a hospital, school, or any job that requires you to use tools that other people use, then hand sanitizers come in handy. This is because you can wipe down the equipment, table, whatever it may be with the hand sanitizer. I would also recommend carrying a small bottle of lotion in your bag or purse.

Now to the good stuff! We cannot talk about natural remedies without talking about teas. Teas are very beneficial in reducing the length of a cold or preventing you from getting the flu.  Phyllis Balch (2012), states,” that drinking 2-5 cups of green tea a day during the flu season can prevent you from getting the flu.” I personally recommend two things, the first: get your hands on white tea, if you can find it. This is because it has more antioxidants then green tea. The second: no disrespect to Dr. Balch but drink as much tea as you can (2-5 cups? you can do better). Another important tea to drink is enchinacea(highly recommended). To increase the effects of the teas, I would recommend adding cayenne pepper to the tea, as well as slices of fresh ginger(powder if it is all that you have), as well as boiling the water with lemon peels in the water(my Aunt’s recommendation). Regarding the Green and white tea, it is important to buy Fairtrade tea, and anything you can for that matter. You can purchase Fairtrade tea in you local organic store or online here and here.

One remedy that should be taken seriously is the consumption of raw garlic cloves. This is one that some people shy from because of the stigma around the way garlic can make you smell, but in comparison to the health benefits I believe it is worth it. Dr Andrew Weil, (2005), recommends to finely chop the garlic cloves and eat them raw. This is because when they are cooked the beneficial qualities of the garlic are reduced. Garlic has very strong anti-bacterial and ant-viral properties. One thing that has to be said, is if you do decide to consume garlic in the raw or cooked form, I recommend that you let the garlic sit for at least fifteen minutes, before eating or cooking it. This is has to do with what happens to the garlic when it is exposed to the air. If you want more information on this click here.

For relief from congestion, allergic symptoms, and the cold,  it might be beneficial to use a neti pot. A neti pot is a device that allows you to rinse your nasal passage ways with luke warm water and a non-iodized salt. You can purchase a neti pot or make one yourself. I have provided links to two videos on Youtube here and here(make sure the water is not hot!!! When you use it).

I hope that you find this information useful. Please let me know if you have questions, concerns, and or ideas.

Peace.

References:

Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Herbal Healing. 2nd ed. revised. Stacy Bell. New York. Avery. 2012. print.

Kam Katherine. “Surprising Household Irritants.” WebMD. WebMD, LLC, 13 Sept. 2011.

Weil, Andrew. Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimal Health. 1995. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.print.

The information here is not intended to replace standard(allopathic) medicine, which has its benefit in the medical environment in diagnosing and treating diseases. Any persistent, severe, and or unusual symptoms should be evaluated by a registered physician. The natural remedies/habits suggested here, although safer than pharmaceutical drugs, can cause unexpected results, in different people. If a condition fails to respond to the remedies/habits presented here, you should consult a physician. The author of this information, disclaims responsibility for any adverse reactions resulting directly or indirectly from the information given here.

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