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5 Most Effective Natural Ways to Fight Flu ...

Dr. Sofiya Takh

5 Most Effective Natural Ways to Fight Flu ...

Flu caught us quite early this season. By the end of November a large number of people already caught a flu of one form or another.

If you can’t afford to stay home at least 6 days and then feel awful another couple a weeks trying to recuperate and get your full strength back, you might want to try these 5 all natural yet very effective ways to beat the downtime and get well in no time:

1 Build up Your Immune System ...

It’s advisable to take some vitamin-herbal supplements on a regular basis to build up you immune system. Insufficient sunlight together with everyday stress lowers your natural ability to fight infections. There are many amount of products on the market which can strengthen your immune system including WellMax by Country Life or Wellness Formula by Source Natural.

The first place you are likely to pick up a virus – it’s your nostril lining – keep it protected and moist. Make some Viral Defense Oil. Combine together:

• 1oz of Olive Oil
• 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
• 10 drops of Lavender Oil
• 5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
• 5 drops of Oregano Oil

Mix everything together and apply it to each nostril every morning before leaving to work with a q-tip. Carry some with you and apply any time you feel your nose is dry. Great for kids too, and has a pleasant, minty scent.

2 Do Not Take Anything to Lower Your Temperature ...

Do Not Take Anything to Lower Your Temperature ... If you feel you are coming down with the flu you don’t have much time until it fully develops – usually 2-3 hours. If you begin feeling a headache especially accompanied by pain when you move your eyes, or if you have body or muscle aches, unusual skin sensitivity – it’s the first signs of viral toxicity and are most likely the signs your body temperature is rising.

Do not take anything to lower the temperature (Motrin, Theraflu, Tylenol…)

Elevation of your body temperature is one of your natural defense mechanism. Your body is making special substances to kill the virus – one of them is called Interferon – but it can only be synthesized while the temperature over 102F or 38.5C.

If you start taking any medication that makes you feel better by lowering your body temperature you just disturbing your natural defenses and prolonging your condition for 5-6 days and more, during which your temperature will be on and off and you will have to continue take those medications.

The potentially harmful effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatorydrugs (NSAIDs) are rarely discussed in the treatment of A/H1N1flu, which has caused high death rates in Mexico.

Severe and fatal cases, including sudden death, are characterised by severe sepsis with multi-organ failure with findings such as fever, leucocytosis, leucopenia, acute respiratory distresssyndrome (ARDS), liver impairment, renal failure, rhabdomyolysis,and hypotension.

NSAIDs may aggravate these syndromes, leading to multi-organ failure.

Since the flu pandemics of the 20th century salicylates (aspirin) have been linked to Reye's syndrome and their use restricted in children. But NSAIDs such as naproxin (Advil), aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer, Excedrin), and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), are still used as antipyretics in many countries,albeit less often than aspirin.

Since the use of NSAIDs were restricted in children in Japan in 2000, the case fatality of so called flu associated encephalopathy has fallen dramatically.

The potentially harmful effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatorydrugs (NSAIDs) are rarely discussed in the treatment of A/H1N1flu, which has caused high death rates in Mexico.

Severe and fatal cases, including sudden death, are characterised by severe sepsis with multi-organ failure with findings such as fever, leucocytosis, leucopenia, acute respiratory distresssyndrome (ARDS), liver impairment, renal failure, rhabdomyolysis,and hypotension.

NSAIDs may aggravate these syndromes, leading to multi-organ failure.

Since the flu pandemics of the 20th century salicylates (aspirin) have been linked to Reye's syndrome and their use restricted in children. But NSAIDs such as naproxin (Advil), aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer, Excedrin), and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), are still used as antipyretics in many countries,albeit less often than aspirin.

Since the use of NSAIDs were restricted in children in Japan in 2000,the case fatality of so called flu associated encephalopathy has fallen dramatically.
**3. Start drinking fluids ... **

The best action when you come down with flulike symptoms is to help your body fight with virus and to get rid of toxins produced by the virus. Actually toxins are the cause of all unpleasant symptoms.

Drink fluids every half an hour** **(tea with lemon, water with cranberry concentrate and lemon, water with citric acid – 1 teaspoon for every 32oz of water, take Vitamin C up to 5000 mg a day.)

Make sure you urinate enough so your kidney is working properly to help you detoxify.

4 Take Homeopathic Flu Fighters ...

Take Homeopathic Flu Fighters ... They** really wor**k but only at the beginning. So it’s a good idea to have them at home:

Oscillococcinum by BOIRON – usually carries by health stores or pharmacies. You have to start to take it ASAP with the onset of the symptoms and dissolve 1 tube in the mouth every 6 hours (even at night). 6 tubes usually enough for adult.

GrippHeel by Heel/BHI – better if you have vials and take 1 vial every 2 hours. Increase all your immune boosters 3 times its usual dosage. (i.e. begin taking WellMax by Country Life 3 tablets 3 times a day – instead of its usual dose of two tablets twice a day).

If you have never taken immune boosters before start taking:

Super Echinacea by Herb Pharm or
AntiV Formula by Natural Factor or
Echinacea Supreme by Gaia

Pick one and take 30 drops with water every 2 hours.

By the way, Echinacea – is one of the most powerful flu fighting herbs – just get the right one. Some companies make them cheaper then others, other companies extract it from the wrong flower – that's when it doesn’t work.

5 Do Not Take Antibiotics ...

Flu is a viral infection – do not try to take antibiotics for it even if you have some in the house - antibiotics are not effective against viruses.
To Conclude:
You can avoid getting the flu altogether by properly preparing yourself and your family, by working to build your natural immune defenses, especially during the flu season. Moreover it never hurts to have a good immune system, because flu is not the only worry out there.

Be well!

Written by Dr. Sofiya Takh, PhD
Certified Nutritional Consultant
PhD in Naturopathy
Dr. of Science in Natural Medicine

** Former MD from Russia with over 30 years of hands on experience, and a large private practice based out of New York City, and north eastern PA.**

** If you live in the New York tri-state area and are seeking professional nutritional advice - private consultations are available. **

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