This Post really is about supps for colds and flu, but first, read this excerpt from an October 12, 2015, Medscape newsletter on the upcoming Gastro Conference:
“A prominent theme of the meeting — the way food affects health — will be reflected in a lecture on food allergies, sensitivities, and food-related illnesses by William Chey, MD, professor of gastroenterology at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and coeditor-in-chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
The association between food and gastrointestinal ailments has received renewed attention in the past 5 years; however, little credible research has supported specific dietary interventions for gut disorders, Dr Chey told Medscape Medical News.”
Wow, the Gastroenterologists are going to be considering that “food affects health and the gut”, even though “little credible research supports dietary interventions for gut disorders”.
And this folks, is why we need to quit putting our full trust in the medical establishment, who think we’re sick from a lack of pharmaceuticals, and become very responsible for our own health.
We are, literally, made out of the food we eat ( sleep, movement, and stress management play a big role too.) Everything we put in our mouth has an effect on us, good or bad. Everything.
Which brings me back to Supplements:) I got a cold about 10 days ago, darnit. My goal: support my immune system so it’s able to overcome the virus that got me. Here’s the routine I used to get well.
Fire Cider! This is Powerful! I’ve used a homemade version of this the past 2 winters, but since I didn’t get sick, I just used it preventively: a couple teaspoons in a big jar of water everyday, or sometimes on my salads. This particular cold caught me off guard. No homemade hooch so I had to buy it at my favorite health food store, Natural Market in Warrenton. If you’re not from my area, and you don’t want to DIY, you can find the Fire Cider here.
This year, I just poured the Cider in a shot glass and downed it – WHEW. It has a kick, and it’s effective. If you’re a wuss when it comes to food, and will only eat things that taste like pie, this could be tough. That’s a weakness to over come though because a lot of healthy foods are bitter, sour, or hot. If I can develop my taste buds, you can you, I promise.
Next, I used oregano essential oil ( Plant Guru ), and DoTerra On Guard, which is a blend. I also used a ton of eucalyptus oil, both Plant Guru and Arbor Oil. I kept one in my car, and carried the other with me. Eucalyptus is wonderful because you can rub it directly on your nose and in your nose; it opens up sinus passages fast.
Speaking of sinus passages, the Neti Pot is awesome. Gross, but awesome.
About essential oils: some can be rubbed directly on your skin or in your cheek, and some will burn the heck out of you if you don’t dilute them with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
I accidentally got cinnamon oil on my raw nose skin and that really stung! There was nothing I could do, it just had to kind of “burn out”:( I’ve also had a few minor disasters with oregano oil, and geranium oil, (I use geranium oil on my face, and I’ve learned to always put my carrier oils on first, heavily.)
I actually tried some oregano oil in my Neti Pot. It was horrible! I did it 4 times anyway, dumped it out, and switched back to salt water. Much more pleasant.
I went through a whole lot of Elderberry Syrup, garlic and Manuka honey, and liquid zinc ( zinc is huge for good immune function.) I took Biotics products “Bio-immunozyme” every morning and every night, along with A.D.P.
To sleep, I used a tonic with Valarian, Hops, Passionflower, and Skullcap, along with a Biotics Melatonin w/ B6 and Magnesium. I slept mostly great, which is totally necessary since we repair best when we’re asleep.
I made sure to eat a huge variety of vegetables, herbs, and spices; I had liver more than normal, more lemon than usual, and more turmeric and ginger. ( I put turmeric in every single morning coffee, a habit I’m going to keep.)
And last, I got an ear infection, which I thought was just for kids. I used Mullein Garlic oil: eardrum soothed, and infection gone. Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed their position on ear infections to “watch and wait”? Most ear infections are viral, and most clear up – untreated – in a week.
I did a pretty good job staying away from sugar(which seriously and immediately suppresses immune function), except for a dive into Trickling Springs ice cream on Saturday night. I was weak. And made sure I got outside every day to move in the sunshine. Vitamin D and fresh air – remedies for everything!
Here’s what I didn’t do: use conventional cold meds. Why? One, suppressing symptoms while ruining my liver and other organs scares me now. Besides, I used that stuff for years, and it never seemed to suppress the symptoms well anyway.
Sneezing, dripping/runny nose, watery eyes: that’s our immune system expelling germs from the body. Why would I get in the way of that?
Two: take a look at these ingredient lists.
Inactive Ingredients: Citric acid, FD&C yellow 6, flavor, glycerin, polyethylene glycol (aka PEG, I wrote about this in the Miralax post), propylene glycol, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium citrate, sucrose.
Active Ingredients: Acetaminophen ( #1 cause of Liver Failure in the U.S.),Dextromethorphan HBr, and Pseudoephedrine HCl ( banned from store shelves since 2006).
Inactive Ingredients: Acesulfame potassium, alcohol, citric acid, D&C Yellow No 10, FD&C Green No 3, FD&C Yellow No 6, flavor, high fructose corn syrup, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, saccharin sodium, sodium citrate.
Active Ingredients: 650 mgs Acetaminophenm Dextromethorphen Hbr, and Doxylamine succinate.
No wonder we’re such a sick society!
It’s the end of October, start stocking up for your family now. Colds, flus, sore throats, ear aches,… tis the season. Make sure you and your family are covered.
Remember, no one “gets” us sick. We come into contact with germs every day, all the time, every where. Our immune system is either strong or weak, and our life style determines that. Our choices determine that. Let’s choose to be strong, and do what’s best for our body.