Swine Flu and You
Lately we've all been hearing about Swine Flu. Many numbers and facts have been bandied about, but in truth, most are only guesses. Since working in a clinic in San Francisco, most of the people I see come in the door are relatively poor, working class. I've seen people march in there with all the same symptoms of the Swine Flu for the last 6 months. Almost always, they march right back out again, feeling much better, if not 100%. If they're not feeling much better, they have an additional remedy to take if they feel they're not significantly down the road to recovery.
What are the symptoms? I've seen many: nausea, vomiting, dry heaves, bitter taste, fever, cough, sore throat, loose stool, congestion in the sinuses, headache, body aches, but above all, the cough with mucus in the chest. Often people complain about having trouble on deep inspiration, and sometimes they say they feel like they're drowning, or unable to get enough air. In homeopathy, vaccinations are frowned upon. If you read about the philosophy of why, you may or may not understand it. Suffice to say, when you bypass the body's natural immunity, you cause problems. Then there is the composition of the vaccine. What are we being injected with? Why? Some of the reactions to vaccines are very distressing. Personally, my son has not been vaccinated since he was in kindergarten or before. The key to staying healthy is multifaceted, so you need to seek balance on many levels. Below are some suggestions on how to succeed in staying healthy in spite of being exposed to the virus.
The key to staying healthy this fall is multifaceted. Eating right, sleeping well, taking supplements, and keeping stress under control are all good ideas for keeping your immune system healthy. Here are a few key points:
FIRST: Eat right. NO sugar. Sugar has been shown to depress the activity of leukocytes (white blood cells) for at least 4 hours in college students after ingesting it. Keep yourself well with a variety of foods, trying to stay away from things with a lot of packaging, which are usually processed foods, and tend to be low on the nutritional scale. Lots of color is very important; blueberries, squash, pomegranate, oranges, apples, carrots...you get the idea! Try to stay away from white stuff; sugar, flour, bread, pasta, potatoes. If you feel congestion coming on, a stuffy nose or headache, have some broth; plain chicken or vegetable is fine. Onions and garlic are very good for the immune system, but if you cut garlic to cook it, leave it out for 10 minutes to develop the compounds that need to oxidize. Organic food is important too, not just because you don't get the pesticides; you need the trace minerals found mostly in organic foods, ones you can't get from depleted soils.
SECOND: Sleep well. Your immune system is active at night, and if you don't sleep well, you're bound to be ill. Darkness is important, it keeps your melatonin stable. Switch on a light in the middle of the night, and your melatonin drops rapidly. Don't leave electronics on next to your bed, or within a yard of your head. Many people that have poor sleep tend to develop problems with sleep hormones. Think reproductive system cancers and brain problems. These effects are from the intervention of the hormones coming from the brain.
THIRD: Take Supplements. Once you have the basics (vitamins A, C, and E), you can add others. I'd insist on vitamin D, at least 1000 IU per day, and a good fish oil, at least 1200 mg per day. Zinc has been shown to help the immune system, and is very inexpensive, 15 mg per day is fine. If you're under stress, I'd add a sublingual (under the tongue look, at those blood vessels!) vitamin B multiple. You can carry around Emergen-C and take one per hour if you need it.
After becoming interested in the alternative medicine field while still an airline pilot, I studied during layovers and received my MS in Natural Health (summa cum laude), but I felt I still did not understand homeopathy. Signing up for a four-year program at the Institute of Classical Homeopathy, I thought I would finish a year or so, and be satisfied. No such luck. Homeopathy had me in its thrall. The four years went by so fast, I could scarcely believe I was done.
With 2 years of clinical experience under my belt, I volunteered at a local San Francisco clinic once a week, for lack of something to do with my newfound skills. I have been at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center since 2005. As I gathered clients, I realized how valuable this modality can be. I never looked back. I have seen it do things I never thought possible, and have learned so much since my Master's Degree. I have done research for my PhD in the field of sleep, and feel it is one of my specialties.