Homeopathics for colds ~ my experience…

So, I had a sore throat off and on last week. I stopped in to Total Health Foods on Northline in Southgate to pick up the Cold Care tabs. Great time to experiment, I thought…..

I began my regime: 2 tabs under the tongue every 15 minutes. Wow! Talk about commitment! I set my stove timer.
The sore throat was gone after a few times. I continued to take them for the full 2 hours, then stopped. It says that after that, you can continue to take 2 tabs under the tongue every hour until symptoms subside.
I woke up the next day feeling fine, but a later than normal lunch left me with a headache, then on the couch feeling like a full blown cold was upon me. I had sinus tension, body aches and felt very tired. I began the Cold Care tabs again, along with orange juice, and a dose of Airborne. I rested that evening. I woke up the next morning and was fully recovered! NO symptoms, feeling a bit tired, but otherwise great!
I’m sold.

I went online to MotherNature.com and ordered their Oscillococcinum and Cold and Flu Away with Influenzin 200.
I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Homeopathy For Colds and Flu

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses natural substances in micro-doses. Homeopathic medicines are used to treat many conditions, such as allergies, flu-like symptoms, cough and cold, pre-menstrual syndrome, arthritic pain, etc. It is regulated by the FDA and has no drug interactions, you can use it with other medications. (Please see your doctor and check with them first before trying any new pill)

To learn more about Homeopathy:
http://www.boironusa.com/homeopathy/what-is-homeopathy.html

Oscillococcinum
Oscillococcinum has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu symptoms.

See link below for trial info:
http://www.oscillo.com/medical/default.html

Cold Calm reduces cold symptoms. Both of these have children’s dosages.

http://www.boironusa.com/products.aspx?pageid=15&pcat=56&pcat2=0&prodid=18

Your natural health food store, Whole Foods and maybe some drug stores should carry these products. Good to have on hand!

AN UPDATE:
There are MANY different types of homeopathic remedies for the different types of flu symptoms, this blog is a huge resource if you’re going shopping…..
http://www.merchantcircle.com/blogs/WellPath.Holistic.Clinic.919-960-9049/2009/5/Homeopathic-suggestions-in-time-of-swine-flu/232771

One interesting piece of info is that if you’ve had a vaccine, DON’T take Influenzinum 200C.

New Product Friday ~ Neti Mist Sinus Spray

Woohhhhh! I am SUPER excited about this new product from the Himalayan Institute! Can’t wait to get my bottle.

Their blurb:
Neti Mist™ Sinus Spray is a new 100% all-natural spray uniquely formulated with ingredients to help soothe and decongest your sinuses.

Helps relieve:

* sinus congestion & pressure
* cold & allergy symptoms
* stuffy cold symptoms
* thick mucus & phlegm
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https://www.himalayaninstitute.org/store/product/3f2832da-70ed-4474-b884-3e27f7af0501.aspx<a

Testing, Testing….

Last night, the local news station had a teaser about testing the H1N1 vaccine. “What?!?” I thought. They are already giving that out….My brain did a little loop-d-loop, and I decided to check it out a little more.

This video talks about beginning testing back in August, a mere 2 months ago. Dr. Anthony Fauci mentions that they are trying to determine if the vaccine is safe in the short term…..no mention of long term side effects.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports that a similar strain of flu vaccine backfired in 1976. 25 died. 500 people suffered severe side effects. And, there was no real outbreak. They don’t really know why it happened, and Dr. Fauci says that they can’t guarantee it won’t happen now. But, they will be watching it VERY closely. (That last sentence read with sarcasm)
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5181274n

Many sites seem to think it was rolled out so quickly, sufficient testing hasn’t been done. Certainly, not for the long term effects.

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/virus/68385237.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DUqyE5D7UiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

In the article below, discussion is about Thimerosal, a mercury preservative found in the multi-dose vial H1N1 vaccines. My personal fear is that they suggest this vaccine to people most at risk for the flu, but they are also more likely to have problems from the extra mercury, etc that is in this vaccine. Of course, I am not a doctor, but, this seems logical to me. It looks like there is a version you can get without it.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/09/h1n1.vaccine.skepticism/index.html

This last article talks about how the vaccine is made, by Dr. Mercola. Also discussed is the other ingredients, possible serious reactions, studies backing up NOT getting the flu shot, and, copied from the article below:

How to Protect Yourself Without Vaccination
Following these simple guidelines will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire flu to begin with.

Optimize your vitamin D levels. As I’ve previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of all kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the true culprit behind the seasonality of the flu—not the flu virus itself. This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take. I would strongly urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50–70 nanograms per milliliter, and done by a reliable vitamin D lab. If you are coming down with flu-like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection.

Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.

Get Enough Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu.

Have Effective Tools to Address Stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as meridian tapping techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.

Exercise. When you exercise, you increase circulation and blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads.

Take a Good Source of Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune response. (Carrie adds that there are also Non-animal-based Omega-3 fats available)

Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth, or to other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this—antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.

Use Natural Antibiotics. Examples include colloidal silver, oil of oregano, and garlic. These work like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body. And unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance.

Avoid Hospitals. In this particular case, I’d also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to this new bug.

http://www.chronogram.com/issue/2009/11/Whole+Living/What-the-F?page=1

I encourage you to do your own research, look into it more. This was just a selection of a few sites…..

New Product Friday

Going with the theme of sinus problems, cold, flu and allergies at this time of year….no one should be without this:

Aveda Blue Oil

Click Below to purchase it, or find it at a local shop or salon:

http://www.aveda.com/templates/products2/spp.tmpl?ngextredir=1&CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY10699&PRODUCT_ID=PROD5911

Aveda’s Blue Oil Balancing Concentrate  is a blend of peppermint and Blue Chamomile.

Apply under nostrils, like Vicks. The rollerball allows you to use it on the back of the neck and shoulders. I rollerball it on my fingers, then put it on my face, just outside the nostrils at the sinus pressure points.  Use it on the temples and jaw, too, to release tension…

(My only word of warning: avoid it too close to the eyes!) The peppermint will get ya! 🙂

Epidemic? Pandemic? Just the Flu?

Ok, I realize this post may incite people, but…. I try to look at all sides of things. I choose not to get a flu shot, never had one, in fact.
1. I hate shots.
2. I only go to the doctor in extreme situations.
3. I am skeptical about what is in them. I love my country, don’t get me wrong. I love my freedom. But, the government is not without shady behaviors. There are known experiments on soldiers of psychedelics and worse. I become nervous when it is mass hysteria and fear-based rhetoric.
4. I would rather let my bodies own natural defenses fight something off to develop it’s own immunity.

This is not to say the flu shot isn’t good for some people, maybe many people. Just not for me now. I am thankful that that is my American freedom. I hope it stays that way.

Sent by my friend Carrie, here’s an article called, “Does the Vaccine Matter?” Rather long, but very informative:
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200911/brownlee-h1n1/3

I love having choice.

How to Neti

Neti is so great for this time of the year for many reasons: preventing flu/colds, lessening the severity of said colds, and allergies, and cleansing. Some doctors are prescribing a saline wash for people who work in allergy-producing environments. In cold, dry weather, I used to get bloody noses…not any more!

What I hear most often is the fear people have of water in their nose. Believe me, I COMPLETELY understand. I don’t even like to go under water! But, given about a week, you will get used to the gentle feeling, and be clear and breathing more freely.

One contraindication for using a Neti pot is having a deviated septum; the water just won’t go through to the other side. Utilizing a saline wash bottle will be effective.

Steps:
1. Prepare the Neti pot with warm, not hot or cold, water. Add saline pack or measured sea salt.

2. Lean head to side over the sink. Open mouth and begin to breathe in and out through the mouth.

3. Insert tube of Neti pot into the most open nostril, tilt pot and let the water flow. Pour about half of the contents into one side. Turn head opposite, then pour the rest of the water through.

Gently blow nose, clearing it of all water. If your sinuses tend toward dryness, you can oil the nasal passages with a premade oil called nasya.
Try this one from Banyan Botanicals:
http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/prodinfo.asp?number=3181&variation=&aitem=1&mitem=2
If not available, you can use any natural oil like sesame or olive.

How often to Neti:
The yogis suggest once a day in the morning. If your have a cold or allergies, you can do it twice a day or more.