Both colds and flu are primarily caused by viruses. However, being exposed to such viruses does not mean that you will develop a cold or flu. In addition, the severity of the symptoms a person develops if he or she does contract a cold or flu can vary dramatically. For example, three people exposed to the same virus to the same degree can have three completely different reactions to the virus.
One person may not develop any symptoms, the second person might develop a mild cold that only lasts for a day or two, yet the third person might wind up bed-ridden with the flu and go on to develop pneumonia. It is the health of your immune system, not the viruses themselves, that determines if you will develop a cold or flu and, if so, how mild or severe your symptoms will be. This is a principle that is well understood by practitioners of alternative medicine, yet mostly ignored by conventional doctors. Therefore, relying on conventional medical approaches to treat and prevent colds and flu will most often end in failure.
As the late Emanuel Cheraskin, MD, DMD, a pioneering integrative physician, once declared, “It is time to put to rest the notion that germs jump into people and cause diseases.” What matters is not the virus, but the internal health of your body.
Other practitioners of natural medicine point out that colds and flu may actually be one of the methods of detoxification that the body employs to rid itself of toxins in order to bring itself back into a state of health and balance. Based on both of these perspectives, it is easy to see that attention needs to be placed on the various factors that can cause you to have a weak immune system and therefore be more likely to develop a cold or flu. The primary factors that weaken immunity and increase susceptibility to colds and flu are allergies, poor diet, stress, and the use of certain pharmaceutical drugs.
Allergies: The primary allergies associated an increased likelihood of developing a cold or flu are food allergies that increase your body’s production of mucus. The most common offenders are cow’s milk, wheat, and all food products derived from dairy and wheat. Such foods have a high mucus content and trigger allergic responses that further increases mucus production, while simultaneously weakening your immune system and increasing the risk of respiratory infections.
Airborne allergens such as pet dander, dust, mould, and pollen can also increase your risk of colds and flu because of the way they also affect your respiratory tract. As a result of an allergic response to such substances, your nose, sinuses, and throat are more apt to become congested and inflamed, making it easier for cold and flu viruses to gain a foothold in your body.
Poor Diet: In addition to a diet containing foods to which you are allergic or sensitive, regular consumption of unhealthy foods such as commercially processed foods, foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates, soda, coffee, alcohol, and foods high in artificial sweeteners, food colouring and dyes, flavourings, and preservatives can also severely compromise immune function. So can foods containing natural sugars, such as honey, dried fruit, and fruit juice, as well as foods high in partially hydrogenated oils, such as most brands of commercial cereal.
Commercial meats and animal products can also weaken your immune system because of the antibiotics, bacteria, hormones, and pesticides they contain.
According to William Wolcott, author of The Metabolic Typing Diet, a diet that is inappropriate for your individual metabolic type can also create havoc in your immune system, causing a state of high acidity in your body’s cells and tissues, leaving you more susceptible to colds and flu, as well as many other disease conditions. Go to pH Test Procedure for more information on your metabolic type. Finally, overeating and improper food combinations can also lead to an accumulation of toxins in the body.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
The following nutrients can be helpful: vitamin B complex (two to three times daily with meals), vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B12, and mixed amino acids (two capsules, ten minutes before meals, three times daily). In cases of chills due to low thyroid function, thyroid glandulars are also recommended.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Stress is estimated to be a primary contributing factor in over 95 percent of all disease conditions, and is especially responsible for increased susceptibility to the common cold and flu. When you are experiencing stress, your body releases hormones that cause your thymus gland to shrink. Since the thymus gland helps to maintain a strong immune system, as it shrinks, your immunity is lessened, thus increasing your risk of cold and flu viral infection. Among the most common causes of stress are anger, anxiety, depression, divorce, the death of a loved one, fear, job loss or a new job, moving to a new location, and nervousness. Lack of or fitful sleep is also a major source of stress. When you fail to get enough healthy sleep, your body’s natural killer (NK) cells, a vital part of your immune system, can be impaired, making it easier for invading viruses and other pathogens to escape being attacked and destroyed. We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis – Find out more by clicking here.
– Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a local practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a local practitioner here
Remember to add a link to Lauren’s blog about chills
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Chinese Medicine for Chills – www.holisticonline.com/remedies/flu/cold_chinese-medicine-for-cold.htm
Chills Solutions – www.healingfoodreference.com/chills.html
Homeopathic Cold Remedies – www.ehow.com/way_5649227_homeopathic-cold-treatment.html
Ayurvedic Remedies for colds and flu – www.ayurvedicyogi.com/ayurvedic-remedies-for-cold-and-flu/
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Cold Rescue Nasal Spray
www.peacefulmountain.com (888) 303-3388
www.herbdoc.com (800) 437-2362
Green Papaya Extract
www.ihealthtree.com (888) 225-7778
www.healthmatesauna.com (714) 739-6600
Propolis Bee Hive Botanicals
www.beehivebotanicals.com (800) 233-4483
www.amazonherb.net (800) 835-0850
Digestive enzymes, Ultra InflaZyme Forte
Vitamin C, Emergen-C
www.alacercorp.com (888) 425-2362
Homeopathic Remedy, Flu-Ban
www.eastparkresearch.com (888) 374-2363
BreatheFree, Health Resources
www.healthresources.net (800) 471-4007
Homeopathy for Flu, oscillococcinum
www.oscillo.com (800) 264-7661
Colloidal Silver, Allergy Research
www.allergyresearchgroup.com (800) 545-9960
Steam with Eucalyptus oil
www.therealessentials.com (800) 371-3515
Herbal Tincture, Throat and Tonsil
www.herbdoc.com (800) 437-2362
Cold/Flu Remedy, MycoPhyto Complex
www.advancedbionutritionals.com (800) 613-5721
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.