Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 8b of 10: It’s Gone Viral – The Winter Fever (part two)

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  8. TOP 10 Diseases & Condition Part 8a of 10:  Influenza (part one) 1 in 10 (57,062)

Part 8b of 10: Pneumonia: 1 in 10 (57,062)

Topic Lineup:

  • WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?
  • CONNECTION BETWEEN INFLUENZA AND PNEUMONIA?
  • WALKING PNEUMONIA
  • TYPES OF PNEUMONIA
  • DIFFERENTIATING BRONCHITIS FROM PNEUMONIA
  • IS PNEUMONIA CONTAGIOUS?
  • PNEUMONIA RECOVERY TIME
  • PNEUMONIA RISK FACTORS
  • PREVENT PNEUMONIA
  • RECIPES
  • SIMPLE INEXPENSIVE REMEDIES FROM HOME

…Pneumonia accounts for 16% of the 5.6 million under-five deaths, killing around 880,000 children in 2016. Most of its victims were less than 2 years old.

…Number of deaths: 51,811

…Deaths per 100,000 population: 16.1

…Pneumonia is easily prevented and managed illnesses with simple and effective interventions that are rarely life threatening.

WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?  

The Winter Fever, symptoms of pneumonia were first described by the Greek physician Hippocrates around 460 BC. Although it carried many names and was often identified as a sickness, it wasn’t until the 19th century that scholars were able to identify pneumonia as its own infection.

Pneumonia is an acute chest infection or inflammation of the lungs is one of the most serious infectious diseases.  You should know that there is not just one primary cause of pneumonia. This illness can actually be brought on by different types of germs, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi, that you inhale and that enter the lung. Knowing the cause of pneumonia is extremely important, as it is crucial in determining the course of treatment for this illness.  The air sacs fill with pus and other liquid and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs (double pneumonia), one lung (single pneumonia), or only certain lobes (lobar pneumonia).  Pus and liquid block oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. If there is too little oxygen in the blood, the body’s cells cannot work properly, which can lead to death.

WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN INFLUENZA AND PNEUMONIA?

Dr. Raphael Dolin in “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine,” patients with flu are often able to recount the exact time when they became sick. Pneumonia usually falls somewhere in between. Most patients with viral pneumonia notice a deterioration over the course of 12 to 36 hours, advises the American Lung Association.

In most cases, cold symptoms subside within four (4) to nine (9) days. The flu usually resolves somewhat faster–two to five days–although respiratory symptoms such as dry cough and sore throat can persist for up to two weeks.

WALKING PNEUMONIA?

Walking pneumonia is a non-medical term for a mild case of pneumonia. Technically, it’s called atypical pneumonia and is caused by bacteria or viruses.  People who have this condition do not know they have it since their daily activities are not affected and does not require you to be hospitalized compared to the other forms of pneumonia. Walking pneumonia is a form of pneumonia that involves the lower and upper respiratory system.  Walking pneumonia can take on several forms:

LET’S DIVE INTO THE TYPES OF PNEUMONIA BY THE TYPE OF GERM:

1. Bacterial Pneumonia ~ caused by—you guessed it—bacteria. The most common strain is Streptococcus pneumonia; however, it can also be caused by Chlamydophila pneumonia and Legionella pneumophila. It can occur on its own or after you’ve had a cold or the flu.  Symptoms of bacterial pneumonia can include fever, chest pain, and an increased heart rate.  This type of pneumonia generally occurs “when the body is weakened in some way, such as by illness, poor nutrition, old age, or impaired immunity.

 The 3-types of atypical pneumonia:

                a. Mycoplasma Pneumonia~occurs in crowded areas like the workplace or schools

Legionella Pneumonia ~ Bacteria is spread through water vapors flourishing in air conditioning and central heating systems. This type of pneumonia cannot be spread from one person to another unlike other forms of pneumonia. It is more severe since it can lead to your respiratory system failing and eventually causing death.

Chlamydophila Pneumonia ~ Bacteria is most common among  school-aged children. Chlamydophila  (anaerobic bacteria) pneumonia: Anaerobic means “living, active, occurring, or existing in the absence of free oxygen”

b. Viral Pneumonia is among the most common types of pneumonia, as Dr. Joseph Mercola says it accounts for approximately one-third (1/3) of all cases.  It is contagious via coughing, sneezing or touching an object that was contaminated by an infected person, and it is characterized by swollen lungs and blocked oxygen flow.

c. Mycoplasma (small typically, parasitic bacteria) Pneumonia is not a virus or a bacteria and is referred to as atypical or walking pneumonia. People with this type of pneumonia have flu and cold as signs and symptoms and patients are rarely hospitalized with this condition.  It is often quite mild but can be passed from person to person through respiratory fluids. And while symptoms of this condition can differ greatly among each individual who is infected, a dry cough is common. 

Tuberculosis is a slowly progressive pneumonia caused by the bacteria.

2. Aspiration Pneumonia results from the inhalation of food, fluids, gases or dust lead into the lungs, resulting in inflammation and infection.  Symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fever.

3. Fungal Pneumonia occurs due to exposure to certain fungi, such as those from soil or bird excrement.  It is fairly rare but most often affects those with an impaired immune system, such as those with HIV or AIDS.  Symptoms including a cough, troubles breathing, fever, fatigue, and weight loss.

4. Bronchopneumonia is when bronchitis and pneumonia may occur at the same time and means both your bronchial tubes and alveoli sacs are infected. Bronchopneumonia may be caused by either a virus or bacteria. If you are mistakenly diagnosed with pneumonia when you actually have bronchitis, and your physician recommends taking antibiotics, this will not treat the disease. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, and not viruses, and may only lead to antibiotic resistance – spelling more danger for your health.  

DIFFERENTIATING BRONCHITIS FROM PNEUMONIA

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi or the bronchial tubes, that carry air to the lungs. It can be caused by bacterial infection or a viral infection, and by exposure to irritants such as smoke.  Bronchitis is caused by infection, usually viral infections, although it is known to be bacterial at times. The viral or bacterial infections cause inflammation in the mucus membranes in the bronchial passages. These irritated membranes swell and cause coughing. 

Viruses causing bronchitis are influenza A, influenza B, coronacirus, Parainfluenza, Rhinovirus and RSV.

Bacterial infections are caused by; Bordetella pertussi, Chlamydia, H influenza, Katarrhalis, Mycoplasma, Moraxella, S. aureus or S. pneumoniae.  Bronchitis is usually a viral infection, meaning antibiotics may not be helpful in treating it.  

Pneumonia is also caused by an infection; however, it is more often the bacterial infection than viral.  It can be caused either by viruses, bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms.  The infection causes inflammation of the lungs and because of this inflammation, the lung leaks fluids and shed dead cells, clogging up air sacks. As there is a fluid build up, the body does not get enough of the Oxygen.  

The organisms that are responsible for pneumonia infections include, S. pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pnemoniae.

Generally, people with pneumonia feel much worse than those with bronchitis; and, it is also more dangerous than bronchitis, as it affects your oxygen supply, meaning all the organs and tissues in your body can be severely compromised. While bronchitis is usually viral in nature, pneumonia may be viral, fungal, or bacterial in nature, or may occur because of other harmful organisms. 

Pneumonia caused by viral and bacterial pneumonia are usually contagious. Pneumonia caused by fungi or chemicals is not contagious. Chemical pneumonia, which is caused by inhalation of toxic fumes or gases, often manifests either because of chemical injury to the lung tissue or aspiration of gastric contents (such as gastric acid) in people with altered levels of consciousness, coma patients or drunk people.

WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO RECOVER FROM PNEUMONIA?

One reason is that the waste from an infection of the lung is hard to clear. Antibiotics kill the bacteria, but all the weaponry your body produced to fight the bacteria — mucus, essentially, or sputum, as it’s called once you cough it up — is left behind.

“Your clearance mechanisms have to take all that stuff out,” says Steven Simpson, acting director of the division of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the University of Kansas. Your airways are lined with hairlike cilia that consolidate microbes and mucus and help move it toward the exit.  “It literally takes a lot of energy to keep yourself going with all that stuff in your lungs,” Simpson says.  Cough is a primary way to get that stuff out.

The infection sets off a cascade of events that ramps up inflammatory and immune response.  Your body goes into a mode where it’s diverting energy to the immune system. You have the bug, and you have the host response to the bug. The best thing you can do for your host body is to really rest. There’s no reason to confine yourself to your bed, but don’t push it like most people do. Don’t make yourself exhausted. Listen to your body.  Pneumonia can trigger a syndrome that is asthma-like. It’s not asthma. It’s a hyper-responsiveness of the airways.

FACTORS THAT INCREASE YOUR PNEUMONIA RISK

Your community or environment. Also known as community-acquired pneumonia, this refers to pneumonia cases that come from sources other than hospitals or health care facilities.

Hospital-acquired pneumonia. This refers to pneumonia that develops during a hospital stay, and may be more serious, as the bacteria may be more resistant to antibiotics. Patients who use ventilators and other breathing machines are at a high risk of this type.

Healthcare acquired pneumonia. People who live in long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes) or treated in outpatient clinics and kidney dialysis centers, are at high risk of healthcare acquired pneumonia.

 

1.  Having a weakened immune system due to medications 

2.  Having a pre-existing medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, asthma, AIDS/HIV, cancer, or damaged or removed spleens

3.  Smoking (Emphysema and Chronic bronchitis are usually caused by smoking.)

Conventional medicine, in all its years of ‘wisdom’, advise people to get a flu shot for ‘prevention’. There’s only one problem – it doesn’t work! Flu shots only weaken the immune system – especially when you consider that flu vaccines are loaded with unwanted (toxic) ingredients like, mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde. Adding insult to injury, the most deadly cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ are treated with antibiotics – which are completely ineffective against viruses.  But, if antibiotics are extremely necessary, make sure to take a high-quality probiotic supplement a few hours before or after taking the antibiotic.

For over 70 years, forward-thinking physicians have noted the association between vitamin C deficiency and pneumonia – a serious health condition that claims over 50,000 lives a year. 

According to Dr. Hemila, of the University of Helsinki, 148 animal studies show that vitamin C may alleviate or prevent infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi – including tuberculosis, strep infections, diphtheria and Candida albicans. 

For this reason, integrative healthcare providers have long insisted that intake of vitamin C should be drastically raised when illness is present. In addition, the nutrient’s antioxidant properties can help curtail the oxidative stress that is created by the immune system in response to pathogens.  

 Ask any (honest) physician and they’ll tell you that antibiotics will not help you – if you suffer from a viral infection. But, even if your health troubles stem from an ‘unfriendly’ bacterial overload – vitamin C can do wonders without damaging your intestinal flora, which (eventually) compromises your immune system.

Andrew Saul, Ph.D. with DoctorYourself, says you can reverse Pneumonia in three (3) hours.  Taking 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C every six minutes you are awake.  If you should decide to take vitamin C orally in powder, capsule, or liquid form – just remember that you may experience bowel intolerance (loose stool) – once you reach your threshold. Everyone is different – depending on health history and current state of health.

Vitamin D also acts as a natural antibiotic working against all types of microbes (bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses).  It has shown, in scientific studies, to be more affective at preventing influenza than vaccines and anti-viral medications.  During the winter months the body can only store up to 60 days so extra vitamin D rich foods should be consumed.

Here are some other preventive measures that you can and should take.

PNEUMONIA PREVENTION:

Contagious pneumonia cases can spread quickly, so if someone you know has bacterial or viral pneumonia, make sure to take extra precautions to avoid becoming infected. Traditional treatment for pneumonia includes antibiotics, pain relievers, and fever reducers. Here are some alternative natural remedies and strategies to remember and consider:

Improve Immune Function – Probiotics help populate the GI tract with healthy bacteria that actually keep bad bacteria in check. They are your soldiers fighting the enemy.  Different strains of probiotic bacteria have slightly different functions and are concentrated in various places along the digestive tract, probiotic supplements that contain multiple strains tend to be more effective overall than products containing an extremely high concentration of just one or two strains.  This is because many strains work synergistically to influence our health.  Be sure to take a good probiotic with a “delivery system” that works and remains alive and healthy while on store shelves, and to reach the areas in your gut where they’ll be most effective.  A probiotic supplement full of dead bacteria—or bacteria that die in a sea of stomach acid—is a waste of money.  

  Two types of probiotic strains that target problem areas for pneumonia are:  

  1. B. longum BB-536, has been shown to boost immune function in older adults for as long as 20 weeks.  
  2. B. infantis, which helps ease inflammation.

  You can also get probiotics from your diet naturally by eating probiotic foods like cultured veggies and homemade yogurt.  (See recipes below)

TOP KILLERS OF PROBIOTICS

1)  Overuse of prescription antibiotics 2)  Sugar 3)  GMO foods 4)  Inflammatory gluten 5)  Emotional stress 6) Medications 7)  Alcohol (except for red wine) 8)  Lack of exercise 9)  Over-sanitation 10)  Smoking 11)  Poor sleep habits

  • Wash your hands frequently with water and a non-antibacterial soap.
  • Do not share eating utensils and glasses with people infected with pneumonia.
  • Avoid smoking, as tobacco can weaken your lungs and hinder its ability to fight infections.5
  • Strengthen your immune system by consuming a healthy diet composed of fresh, organic whole foods. Avoid processed foods at all costs.
  • Get enough exercise, which will not only help reduce inflammation but strengthen your immune system.
  • Avoid stress. Stress and anxiety can impair your immune system and make your body more susceptible to infections.
  • Get plenty of rest and high-quality sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours per night.
  • Should drink a lot of fluids
  • Manage fever suck on ice cubes or make homemade ice pops. Take cooling baths or showers, or wrap a damp, chilled towel around your neck.
  • Control Coughing Naturally – Breath in moist, warm air as much as possible

RECIPES: 

Homemade Yogurt

  • 6 cups of young coconut meat, 
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 drops probiotic liquid (Ascended Health ProAlive)
  • ferment in a dark cupboard overnight

Watch how to make it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=iGZpH_FJVG0

OR Choose a Coconut Milk or Cream:

  1. Organic full fat coconut milk without any additives (thickeners like guar gum are OK) Thai Kitchen and Native Forest     Thai Coconut Milk – thinner consistency
  1. Thai Coconut Cream – thicker consistency

Choose a Sweet:

    1.  Markus Sweet  Natural Sugar, Zero calories, zero glycemic! Does not raise blood sugar or insulin! Great for diabetics. Does not feed Candida or yeast! Does not cause digestive distress like xylitol, sorbitol, etc. 

    2.  Add unsweetened fruit of choice

Homemade Sauerkraut

  • Shredded Cabbage (any other ingredients like onions, carrots) 
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Mason Jars
  • Mason Jar Lids

   Instructions:

  1. Take one cabbage leaf off and put to the side.  You will use this to cover all your ingredients later.
  2. Next, shred the cabbage and pack the shredded cabbage and other chosen ingredients into a mason jar.
  3. Dissolve 1-2 tbsp. sea salt in 2 cups of pure water and pour this over the cabbage.  Keep the cabbage under the water level of the brine, which protects the fermentation environment.  The beneficial bacteria need an anaerobic environment to ferment correctly.
  4. A correct fitting mason jar lid is important. and a the minimum time is about three days, although the sauerkraut will continue to ferment and become tastier for many days after that.  Sauerkraut is best when fermented at around 64-67 degrees, though anything in the 60-70 degree range works well.
  5. Once you’ve achieved the desired level of fermentation, it is important to move it to the refrigerator to stop the fermentation. At this point, it will store for up to 6 months if kept cool and with the sauerkraut below the brine.

Watch a sauerkraut demonstration here: CHEF MAMA ROSA


Other Simple Inexpensive Remedies from home:

 1. Garlic – a natural antibiotic

Garlic is well-known for the magic power to combat against bacteria, fungi as well as viruses thanks to its allicin. That is the reason why garlic is listed one of the best home remedies for pneumonia.  It helps to treat fever as well as facilitate expectorating phlegm from your lungs, contributing to helping you to recover from pneumonia quickly.

Try this method:

  • Firstly, pour a cup of nut milk in a pot. (Regular milk may contain pesticides.)
  • Then, add about 4 cups of fresh water to the pot.
  • Also, take ½ teaspoon of garlic which is crushed to the pot.
  • Boil the pot.
  • Remove the heat when there is ¼ of the mixture left.
  • Let the mixture cool down.
  • Consume the mixture three times every day.

2.  Sesame Seeds

Sesame seed can be your next choice to combat against pneumonia because the seeds are so effective in expectorating phlegm from your lungs and chest, easing annoying symptoms of pneumonia

  • Take a tablespoon of sesame seeds.
  • Put them in a pot.
  • Add some water to the pot.
  • Then, boil the mixture.
  • When the mixture boils, pour a tablespoon of flax seeds in the pot.
  • Boil for some few minutes.
  • Remove the heat.
  • Strain the mixture.
  • Add some raw honey and salt in the mixture.
  • Stir them well.
  • Consume the tea once every day.

3.  Cayenne Pepper

Containing a high content of capsaicin, cayenne pepper works well to expel the mucus from your respiratory air passages. Plus, it can help to encourage the healthy membranes to develop because of its beta-carotene.

Home remedies for pneumonia using cayenne pepper and lemon juice

  • Take a small amount of cayenne pepper.
  • Put it in a bowl.
  • Add a little fresh lemon juice.
  • Add some water to the bowl.
  • Stir them well.
  • Consume the mixture several times every day.

4. Turmeric

As we all know, turmeric has wonderful antiviral as well as antibacterial powers. It can work so well to expectorate the mucus from the lungs and air passages. It also helps to ease infected areas, helping to facilitate the recovery process. As a result, it restores the lungs to their normal function, thereby bringing a long-term relief.

  • Put a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass.
  • Pour some warm milk in the glass.
  • Stir them well.
  • Consume the mixture three times every day.

5.  Steam Inhalation

You can inhale steam to ease coughing, blocking or difficulty in breathing due to pneumonia. Steam is so effective in clearing up the mucus and congestion due to pneumonia. You can make use of eucalyptus oil to relieve symptoms of pneumonia because it is very valuable in dealing with respiratory disorders thanks to anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antibiotic as well as analgesic properties

  • Add some water to the pot.
  • Pour several drops of eucalyptus essential oil in the pot.
  • Take a large towel to cover your head and the pot.
  • Inhale the steam coming from the pot.
  • Take a little oil to apply to your nose.
  • Do this process three times every day.

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 8a of 10: Influenza – It’s Gone Viral (part one)

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)

1 in 10 (57,062)

Topic Lineup:

  • What is influenza?
  • Types of influenza?
  • What are viruses?
  • What are the root causes of Influenza?
  • Flu prevention
  • Natures Pharmacy – Dietary flu treatment
  • Facts about hand hygiene
  • Why Put Down the Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?
  • Recipes intermingled

We have a tie for 8th place in the TOP Ten.  Flu season is leaving its mark as one of the deadliest flu seasons in 13 years. In the U.S., 36 states are reported high flu outbreak levels, according to the CDC. In Oregon, for example, 120 people were hospitalized for flu the week ending December 23 – a big rise over the 85 flu hospitalizations the week before. Experts say one big factor in this chaos has been the flu vaccine’s poor efficacy.  In January, 14,401 people were sick. Hospitalizations went up from 22.7 per 100,000 in the first month of January to 31.5, which is the highest rate since 2010.  21 children have died so far, and at least 43 people under the age of 65 have died in California alone.  There were 40,414 deaths in the U.S. during the third week of 2018.  Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths, according to Fortune.com, posted February 10, 2018.  I will cover influenza first.

The flu is linked to between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States.

As for the stats, usually, in a normal year, some 12,000 people die from the flu each year in the US. The elderly, the very young, and those with other conditions are most at risk. But there is some risk to everyone. And that’s all in a “normal” year.

This year is not normal – it’s worse. They expect the death toll in 2018 to top 56,000 people. WOW, what are we doing wrong in the health care system?  We need to take our lifestyles seriously by learning what causes our ill-health and then doing what is necessary to prepare to avoid making it 56,001.  We need to change some lifestyle habits that are not benefiting our bodies.  We all know that habits are difficult to break, but a bad habit is possible to break if we have the knowledge and have some sort of support group.

There are different strains of the flu every year during flu season, and of course the CDC continues to encourage everyone to get their flu shots, which is like playing Russian Roulette. But what most people do not realize is that if you understand how you get the flu, there are other more natural and healthy means to consider being proactive in to avoid the flu and getting well without medication or flue shots. As you read further you will begin to understand the unhealthy state of life we live in and what we can do to resolve this condition.

WHAT IS INFLUENZA?

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Influenza is spread easily from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

TYPES OF INFLUENZA

There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C. The past couple of years, Influenza C has been the most prominent strain of the flu causing illness throughout the United States, but this year, it’s strain Influenza A.  When a strain is prevalent in a population of people, the flu vaccine gets tweaked to accommodate how those specific strains attack the immune system.

1.  Type A [H1N1-swine, H3N2-swine,bird,etc) viruses are capable of infecting animals.  Wild birds commonly act as the hosts for this flu virus and transmitted from bird to human.  Type A flu virus is constantly changing and is generally responsible for the large flu epidemics.

The influenza A2 virus (and other variants of influenza) is spread by people who are already infected. The most common flu hot spots are those surfaces that an infected person has touched and rooms where he has been recently, especially areas where he has been sneezing.

Here is a new name that gives a new perspective on Type A.  Zoonoses [Zoh-on-uh-sis] from zoo-of animals + Greek nosos disease are infectious diseases of animals (usually vertebrates) that can naturally be transmitted to humans.  Now you know why pig, turkey, chicken, cow farmers are susceptible and sometimes required to exterminate their entire zoo-‘of animal’ populations.  What are the causes of Bovine disease?  There are a host of environmental factors to pay attention to. I imagine this goes for the other strains as well.

1. The likelihood of BRD problems increases the more calves co-mingle, such as in auction barns.

2. Weather is another factor, with temperature and wind chill during transport having the biggest impact.

3. Transport seems to be the biggest risk factor for BRD, also called shipping fever.

4. Overcrowded, damp, or dusty places can make animals susceptible, nutritional factors such as feedlot rations, dehydration, and bodyweight play a role.

                5.  What happens when these animal’s get sick, the same thing with humans.  They are given meds/vaccines.

It looks like it all boils down to animal stress (environment), diet (including the hormone driven market), and meds/vaccine.

Things have changed since Old McDonald Had A Farm

BUT…I digress!

2.  Type B [/Victoria, /Yamagata] flu is found only in humans. Influenza Type B viruses are not classified by subtype and do not cause pandemics.  It can last about 2 or 3 days is a type of flu that is similar to influenza A. However, while A usually afflicts people in the early winter, influenza B can infect any time of the year. Another difference between the two, according to Dr. Vincent Racaniello, a professor at Columbia University, and author of “The Virology Blog,” is that type B can only pass from human to human unlike type A bird flu or swine flu.

At times, type B influenza can affect the stomach also, which is why some people refer to it as the “stomach flu.”

Type A and B cause the annual influenza epidemics that have up to 20% of the population sniffling, aching, coughing, and running high fevers.

3.  Influenza C viruses are also found in people. They are, however, are much more milder than either type A or B. People generally do not become very ill from the influenza type C viruses. Type C flu viruses do not cause epidemics.

What are viruses?

They are aggressive parasites that need a host DNA or place to replicate.

I can already hear the panic.  To deal with this fear and anxiety and take the necessary precautionary measures, we must first educate ourselves on the differences between regular flu and Swine Flu.

When we are fit and healthy we can usually defend ourselves against germs and infections.  The good news is most people will recover from the flu on their own.

The flu is also very contagious and can be spread via coughing, sneezing, or even touching infected surfaces.

Prevention is the key! Instead of taking a pill or getting a vaccine, all you have to do to achieve health is by adopting a healthy lifestyle and diet.  We need to accept what we cannot change; but, there are things that we can do so that we CAN live that best life now.

What are the root causes of Influenza?

  • Overwork
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Poor Hygiene
  • Run down immunity due to another illness
  • Lack of Sleep

If you experience any of the above, you are more susceptible to catching the flu so keep these in mind during the winter months and take care of yourself!  Some experts have identified probiotics, vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C as particularly good nutrients to focus on when trying to boost your immunity to protect against cold and flu.  Forget the flu vaccine and all its dangerous side effects.  Nature’s Pharmacy gives us what we need to stay healthy and are safer and more effective than any vaccine.

Our immune system is a powerful mediator of our health. Through specialized cell-defined lymphocytes (white blood cells in the lymphatic system), it manages to neutralize and destroy viruses and bacteria. One of its key features is to be fine-tuned in perfect balance with the surrounding environment.  Where your immunity power is strongly unbalanced, your immunity is compromised.  The increased chances of getting infections, developing autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, thyroiditis, etc.), allergies and intolerances occurs.  People who are prone to diseases are recommended to wear masks on mouth and nose so that they do not intake the virus from the environment.  Another action plan would be for those who are sick to wear masks to let people know what’s up with them.  We live in a very stressful, fast paced world that doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon and generally, people don’t slow down and rest and want to keep going continuing to press forward pushing themselves.  To keep going, we are so used to quick and convenient lifestyles that we welcome pharmaceutical drugs and continue on with our social life as usual.  We need to listen to our bodies.  When we are sick our body is saying “I need rest”.  But, that’s not all.

Flu prevention

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

Prevention of flu takes place in the first instance while maintaining a healthy immune system through a healthy and balanced diet associated with an active lifestyle and optimum daily stress management.

You may be saying the bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding.

But you have a lot more control than you might think.  As you read on, discover how you can be proactive for yourself.

Stress – Identify It, Understand It, Shrink It

Stress wreaks havoc on our emotional and physical health.  Furthermore, stress management is not a one-size-fits-all.  Learning how to be proactive in a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun is important. That’s why it’s important to experiment and find out what works best for you.

Tip 1:  Identify the stress source:

  1. How are your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors contribute to your everyday stress levels.  Are deadlines worrying you, yet you may be procrastinating somewhere?
  2. Accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it.
  3. Start a stress journal.
  4. Incorporate a positive attitude.  It’s hard work sometimes, but it is possible.  Dream, Pray for help, think of others in a worse situation than you. Practice thinking on those things that are true, honest, good, just, pure, good reports, lovely… (Philippians 4:8)

Tip 2: Practice the 4 A’s of stress management

The four A’s – Avoid, Alter, Adapt & Accept

  1. Avoid unnecessary ~ learn to say “no” and avoid stressful places.
  2. Alter the situation ~ learn how to express your feelings.
  3. Adapt to the stress ~ adjust standards.  Avoid perfectionism.  This is a big one for me.  Reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life.
  4. Except the things you can’t change ~ learn to forgive.  Holding on to resentments and anger is negative energy.  Forgive and move on.

Tip 3: Get moving

  1. Physical activity can help burn away tension and stress
  2. Good choices include walking, running, swimming, dancing, and cycling.  Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy so you’re more likely to stick with it.

Tip 4: Connect to others and seek Godly counsel

  1. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  Matthew 7:7
  2. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
  3. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.  Proverbs 11:14
  4. Confide in a pastor, friend, or someone you trust and is a good listener and can provide encouragement, sound, and clear advice.

Tip 5: Make time for fun and relaxation

  1. Set aside leisure
  2. Do something you enjoy everyday

Tip 6: Manage your time better

  1. Prioritize tasks
  2. Break projects into small steps
  3. Delegate responsibility

Tip 7: Maintain balance with a healthy lifestyle

The basic principles of the diet for flu are varied and very important, but – depending on the specific case, stage of the disease and predominant symptoms – may be slightly different.

  1. Eat a healthy diet
  2. Reduce caffeine and sugar
  3. Avoid alcohol cigarettes and drugs
  4. Get enough sleep ~ when we get adequate amounts of sleep this inflammatory state supports the immune system by enhancing the body’s ability to form an initial immune response to invading ”bugs.”  For the brain to remove waste matter, you must be asleep.

a.  Chronic sleep deprivation can cause numerous mechanisms to go wonky inside the body (i.e. how readily your body’s cells can recognize glucose floating around in your blood and pull it into the cells of the body where it will fuel activity).

b.  When your body does not take glucose into the cell efficiently, you feel tired and hungry more often than you should, which makes you reach for more food.  Your body is already not using this energy input, calories, and glucose well.

c.  Sleep deprivation lowers leptin (an appetite-suppressing hormone produced by fat cells and increases ghrelin, (a hormone released by the stomach that stimulates hunger reaching for reach for carbohydrate-dense, sweet, and salty foods.

d.  Cortisol is a hormone your body releases when you’re under stress. It heightens alertness which helps our bodies respond to stress appropriately so that we don’t become ill, but high cortisol levels also breaks down collagen.  Stress can raise cortisol levels to unhealthy levels.

e.  Electricity suppresses melatonin (Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF’s).  Melatonin is produced in pure darkness.  So if you have any light in the room spilling in from anywhere (night lights, cell phones, television, electric clocks, window with street lights shining in, etc).  No electricity should around you, especially near your head.

f.  Don’t eat at least four hours before you go to sleep.  You are just fueling your body with energy and that energy has to be used somehow (weird dreams, restless leg syndrome,

g.  When you truly sleep, you look younger in the morning.  Hmmm, there must be some truth to the term “sleeping beauty”.

Natures Pharmacy – Dietary flu treatment:

  1. Eating Light ~ Drink soups by spoon.  Eat citrus for Vitamin C – will stimulate white blood cell production and offer good hydration.

     2.  Drink Plenty of Fluids

Every system in the human body needs water in order to function properly so it is said that drinking regular water is very beneficial.  Staying hydrated will help keep your respiratory tract from drying out and will also assist your body in detoxing during healing.

1) Allow your Body Work Effectively  2) Enhance the Metabolism 3) Helps Fighting Skin Disorder 4) Help you Stay Moisturized 5) Helps in Removing Toxin 6) Reduces Risk of Cancer (colon, bladder, even breast cancer prevention) 7) Helps you Elevate Mood (Dehydration can make you weak, fatigue, dizzy, but if you drink water you can build muscle tissue, prevent muscle cramps) 8) Lose weight 9) Flush Out Body Waste 10) Reduce Joint Pain [it keeps the cartilage soft] 11) Relief from a headache and even back pain 12) Maintain the neutral pH 7 in the body 13) Improve the digestive system 15) Increase blood flow & oxygen in the brain and can help in maintaining memory function

Hydration ~ In all types of flu, it is strongly advisable to ensure a high level of hydration needed to compensate for: sweating, increased renal function for endogenous (the internal cause of infection) and pharmacological catabolism’s (metabolic pathways that breaks down molecules into smaller units), vomiting and diarrhea. Body water can be maintained by drinking more and eating liquid or well-hydrated foods. However, if the flu is characterized by significant nausea and vomiting, this can become a serious problem. In that case, the increase in beverages and liquid foods becomes impractical, as the stimulus of vomiting would increase drastically.

Drink spring water, green tea, herbal teas, broth, and fresh juice.

3.  Fresh Ginger

Making a strong tea with fresh ginger is an excellent natural remedy for reducing chills, sore throat, and body aches.

Ginger and cinnamon. To counteract the flu it is useful to consume hot and liquid foods and herbal teas.

Ingredients

    • 1 bag good quality organic Echinacea tea (optional)
    • 3 or 4 thin slices of fresh organic ginger root
    • 3 tablespoons organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed
    • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
    • ½ teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon organic ground clove
    • Cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large cup of hot filtered water, steep the tea bag and the sliced ginger (you may omit the tea bag if you’d like).
  2. Add the lemon juice, honey and spices and stir well. The tea will be cloudy.
  3. Let it infuse for 4-5 minutes and filter the drink.

4.  Cinnamon – Cinnamon has anti-fungal and analgesic properties. Make some cinnamon tea by adding boiling water over the herb into a cup. Drink at least one cup twice or thrice a day.

5.  Garlic is a very important nutrient reservoir for the body’s immunity, such as allicin, sulfur and vitamin B vitamins.  Do not use it if you have stomach or gastritis.

6.  Supplements

Vitamin B Complex ~ involved in the good functioning of the immune system.

Vitamin C ~ It is a well-known antioxidant well-known for its production of interferon, natural antiviral properties.  Taking  1,000-2,000mg of Vitamin C 3-4 times a day for adults. If diarrhea occurs, lower the dose.

Homemade Elderberry Gummies: Vitamin C Treats

Ingredients

•  1/3 cup unsweetened elderberry juice (see recipe elderberry syrup below)

•  2 tbs orange juice

•  3 tbs raw honey

•  2-3 tbs grass-fed gelatin (Vegans can use sea moss gelatin.)

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients into a small sauce pan, with a whisk combine them until no lumps are visible and mixture seems even.
  2. Turn stove to the lowest setting and keep whisking until mixture is completely melted and warm to the touch.
  3. Do not let mixture get too hot to conserve all the properties in the honey.
  4. Transfer to a pan or candy mold such as this or this one.
  5. Pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Gummies will remain solid even at room temperature.

Ingredients for Elderberry Juice

  • 1/2 cup of dry elderberries
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey

Instruction

  1. In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until it is reduced to about half.
  2. Set aside and let it cool off and add the honey while it still warm enough to dissolve the honey but not too hot that it will damage its properties.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge, it will keep for a few week.

7.  Vitamin D ~ Research has confirmed that catching a cold or the flu is often a direct result of Vitamin D deficiency.  Of course, the best source of Vitamin D is from the sun, but when that isn’t doable, I recommend taking 1,000-2,000 IU daily during flu  season.

8.  Take activated charcoal to avoid vomiting.

Activated charcoal owes its usefulness to its high porosity. Through activation the charcoal is riddled with microscopic pores that increase its surface area exponentially, allowing the charcoal to bind toxins, gases, and other impurities to itself through the process of “adsorption.”  Charcoal binds with chemicals such as harmful toxins (poison, tannins that yellow teeth, etc.)

9.  Selenium at a dose of 200 micrograms per day is capable of counteracting viral    infections, stimulating the Th1 system and powerful natural killer cells of viruses and bacteria.

10.  Zinc has the same potential as selenium but has a different effect depending on the dose administered. If you want to counteract winter sickness, your daily dose should not exceed 25-35 milligrams for a period not longer than 2-3 weeks.

11.  The use of probiotics strengthens the immune system of the intestine against all those viruses and bacteria that prefer the gastrointestinal system.  If you are interested in a top of the line Probiotic please contact me faagric@yahoo.com.

Facts about hand hygiene

Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to stop infections spreading.

Many of us get so busy and are in such a hurry, and most of us don’t pay attention to how we wash our hands, but it’s important to do it the right way.  Further more, with all the traveling I do, it amazes me how many people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom or barely rinse their hands off and go.  It is always refreshing for me to see those that do the proper washing routine.

So, do not under-estimate the role of good hand hygiene.  It is good to remind ourselves frequently to wash their hands, several times a day, and keep the rooms aerated because the virus spreads by air, and avoid crowded places as much as possible.  This makes it very important to keep your hands germ-free with frequent and thorough hand washing. Encourage family members to do the same to stay well and prevent flu.

Hand Washing Works to Keep The Bad Guys Away  

I’m sure most of you already know about the importance of hand-washing especially during the cold/flu season when bacteria and viruses like to hang out the most.  Some viruses — tiny living things that cause colds — can live on surfaces for hours. Many infections, such as the common cold and the flu, are caused by spreading germs from person to person.  Regular hand washing is your best strategy to keep them from getting inside your body. And of course, if you’re the one who’s sick, washing up will keep you from spreading your germs.

When to wash your hands

You should wash your hands properly and often, especially:

  1. Before, during and after preparing food
  2. After going to the toilet or changing a nappy
  3. *After you blow your nose, sneeze or cough.
  4. When your hands are visibly dirty
  5. After smoking (smoking is not healthy lifestyle habit – take steps to be proactive and quit)
  6. After handling or patting animals
  7. Before and after taking care of someone who is sick
  8. When you enter and leave a healthcare facility.

*Here is the proper way to sneeze and cough and lessen the spreading the germs:  Watch a live sneeze test.

 

 

 

 

Here’s the drill to wash your hands:

  1. First, wet your hands with water. Then add soap.
  2. Rub them together vigorously for 20 seconds. Make sure to rub the wrists,between the fingers, and under the fingernails.
  3. When you have time, do a more thorough job using a nailbrush, as germs often hide under nails.
  4. Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry with a clean paper towel or air dryer.
  5. If you are in a public restroom, shut the faucet off with a paper towel.
  6. Try to push the door open with your shoulder, or use another paper towel to turn the knob.
  7. Watch this video: Proper Hand Washing Technique.
  8. In case there is no running water and soap, use can but Eo Hand Sanitizer Spray or make your own.
  9. Here are a couple of recipes of good hand sanitizers:

 Gentle Hand Sanitizer Recipe (Safe for Kids)

This herbal hand sanitizer gel doesn’t dry the skin and is actually nourishing because of the aloe vera. It’s also so simple that your children can help you make it. It can even be made in the container you plan to use so you don’t have to get a bowl dirty.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops Germ Destroyer Essential Oil (Kid Safe by Plant Therapy)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicone tube (like this one).
  2. Use as needed to naturally remove germs from hands.

 Alcohol-free hand sanitize

  1.   A great aloe vera gel dries quickly, is moisturizing, and isn’t sticky. Aloe vera gel is available online and in health food stores.  The many benefits of aloe vera are attributed to its anti-fungal, antivirus and antibacterial properties. Aloe vera is also an antioxidant, cell growth stimulator, astringent, coagulant, and can be used as a general antibiotic. It also has anti-inflammatory and pain inhibiting abilities.
  2. add 3-4 drops of high quality tea tree oil (antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral)
  3. 4 drops of lavender oil. Lavender oil also has antiviral and antibacterial properties of its own. If you prefer a stronger scent, add in a few more drops of lavender.

Try these other great scents to add to your hand sanitizer…

  • Orange or citrus oil: uplifting
  • Peppermint oil: refreshing
  • Rosemary: relaxing

Why Put Down the Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?

  1. They don’t work! Antibacterial soaps kill bacteria but not viruses.
  2. Even though there is an appeal of killing “99.9% of germs”, and it may be true that antibacterial products kill 99.9% of germs, there is that .1% that is the most potentially harmful (since it can resist antibacterial agents). This small percentage that survives then breeds and passes on its antibiotic resistance to its offspring, creating lines of “super bugs” that resist antibiotic use. This may be one factor in the dramatic increase in strains like MRSA.
  3. Triclosan, the chemical in most antibacterial soaps, has been shown to be a hormone disruptor and contribute to a rise in resistant strains of bacteria.
  4. Some evidence shows that kids who grow up in an overly sterile environment have higher rates of allergies and asthma.

If the bacterial exposure exceeds the body’s first immune response, this reaction begins to trigger further activation of leukocytes and Type 2 T helper cells (Th2). This is a stronger immune response the body mounts to things like parasites and physical invaders. This manifests in different ways depending on the person’s genetics and where the body perceives the invasion.

How to distinguish flu from cold, especially in children?

It is flu if a sudden high fever, chest tightness, chills, fatigue, and muscle aches occur (pain in the bones and joints).

Resting is a must! We know that everyday life is frantic and we believe it is indispensable (and in some cases, they are) but if we are sick we cannot help anyone. If we are sick it means that our body needs to regain breath.

Drink a lot and eat light and digestible things, rich in vitamins and minerals.

It is cold if the symptoms are located essentially above the neck. Nasal drip or congestion, coughing, eyes tearing, but throat, congestion and sneezing. You may also have some fever, but never high.

At the beginning you may have noticed that both Influenza and Pneumonia tied for 7th place in the TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions.  We will get a better understanding about Pneumonia as well as its Influenza connection.  Until next time…

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