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Updating Perspectives on Vaccines

April 22, 2017

This month, “The Truth About Vaccines”, a series of seven videos on Youtube, continued the discussion begun in February to put the administration of vaccines in clearer perspective.

Historically, communicable disease was pretty much under control in the US following WWII for three reasons: better water with improved sanitation, better food supply, and improved living conditions. The polio epidemic was in tandem with our use of DDT and declined when DDT was banned.

The round of childhood diseases has been credited with building strong immune systems for the rest of our lives. Most of the diseases were not lethal and just meant children happily missed a few days of school while they acquired a strong immune system.

However, today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols include 46 doses of vaccine by the age of 5, 26 doses in the first 18 months, 69 doses from birth to age 18. This protocol is mandatory for entrance to schools and some forms of employment.

At issue today is the fact that the vaccines carry substances such as thymerisol (mercury), aluminum, formaldehyde, and other substances to stimulate an immune response. Many of these substances cross the blood brain barrier and result in neurogenitive diseases like autism, Lyme disease, bowel disease, ADHD, Shaken Baby Syndrome , vision and hearing problems, and more.

In 1986 congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA). Subsequently, pharmaceutical companies used scare tactics to convince the public that we were in for big epidemics if we didn’t vaccinate against potential threats. Pharmaceutical companies had been sued for years and threatened to stop making vaccines unless the government didn’t intervene. In 2011, the Supreme Court overturned that law (the only dissenters were Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor). The Pharmaceutical companies can no longer be sued for vaccine caused injury.

The CDC owns over 50 patents to vaccines – a major conflict of interest when establishing protocols. Top officials in the CDC continually move to executive positions in pharmaceutical companies and back again to work at the CDC. Sounds a lot like the fox minding the henhouse.

What can we do to inform ourselves? There will be more video presentations as more physicians come forward with the results they are seeing in their practice and more research is finding ways to be published. Unfortunately, physicians risk losing their license to practice, researchers have difficulty getting their findings published, and both groups may lose teaching positions/livelihood.

However, the tide is turning, the public is becoming more informed and actively demanding to have competent research on the safety and efficacy of every vaccine, and parental rights to decide what goes into and stays out of our bodies. We can support physicians and research that honor scientific inquiry.

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Vaccines Revisited

January 26, 2017

This month, “Vaccines Revealed”, a series of nine videos on Youtube, unravels the damage done by promoting, and even demanding as a requirement to attend school, that our children succumb to potentially life challenging or lethal vaccines.

Most researchers and physicians who presented had no problem with the vaccines themselves. The problem lies with the medium in which they are preserved. Pharmaceutical companies find it cheaper to put the vaccines in mediums containing thimerosol (mercury) and/or aluminum which cause brain damage and are responsible for the dramatic rise of autism in our children. Safer, more expensive vaccine mediums are available but one must know enough to ask for them.

General consensus was that vaccines are potentially healthy but they need to be given one at a time, they must not contain aluminum or mercury, and they must not be given too early. Researchers and physicians cited newborns receiving their first vaccine before they left the hospital. It appears that the practice of giving too many at a time and at too young an age, is what has fed autism rates.

In 1989, the schedule for administering vaccines changed. Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine MMR (3 in one) was introduced and we began to see the rise in children with autism. Physicians who questioned the schedule were categorically considered quacks. Many lost their license to practice or their teaching positions.

In the 1950s, one in 1000 children came down with autism in the U.S. By 2000, the ratio was 1:250. By 2014, the ratio was 1: 68. By 2032, if the rise continues, 1:2 children born will be autistic, including every male child born.

The presenters also drew a link between vaccines and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Parents are often blamed rather than the recently given vaccine.

Also interesting was the possible link between Chickenpox vaccine and the rising incidence of Shingles in adults. Formerly, when children contracted chickenpox naturally (a benign disease), they also provided adults around them with a natural booster of chickenpox and protection against shingles. Without the natural exposure, adults become vulnerable to Shingles, a more serious disease.

Frequently cited was the fact that in the years before vaccines were introduced, people woke up to the effects that general hygiene, water sanitation, sanitized food handling, etc., that had reduced disease before vaccines were even produced. So, there is question as to how much vaccines have eliminated and how much illness and death they have caused.

Because controlled, peer reviewed studies have been suppressed; only recently have they begun to be revealed. More studies of Amish children and Home Schooled children who have not received a battery of vaccines need to be encouraged and made openly available to the public.

Sobering news. For many of us, this is a clear wake up call.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

December 16, 2015

This week, many people focused on the art of being happy and its effect on our health. At church, the whole service was on the importance of laughter, whatever the internal or external circumstances. Hymns continued the theme. We sang all four verses of, “If you’re happy and you know it,” and, “We Gather Together.” Thanksgiving is another important ingredient.

We had a “Laughing Meditation,” and the sermon drew on Norman Cousins’ 1974 recovery from a normally incurable illness by watching hilarious movies and literally laughing himself well. He spent the rest of his life writing books, including, Anatomy of an Illness, and lecturing at Medical Schools on the benefits of laughter to healing.

When the pianist played as a postlude, Mozart’s “Alleluia,” her fingers danced over the keys in a bright staccato variation that I am sure Mozart himself would have cheered and laughed right along with all of us.

Later in the day, PBS interviewed our Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy and asked him what advice he would give us to be healthy. His spontaneous reply was, “Be happy, Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and Exercise” – in that order!

In Yoga, one of the breathing practices is the Laughing Breath. It is probably one of the most robust of practices and has the effect of relaxing the whole body so that we can move into more demanding postures. In yoga, we emphasize lengthening exhalations. The laughing breath is one people usually can extend for a long time. By emptying the lungs fully, we make room for a big inhalation of oxygenated air that fully charges and relaxes our body.

I scanned through the research literature on the effects of laughter on health. It does matter whether we do it solo or with other people. Even laughing with one other person promotes relationship well being, a sense of belonging that promotes longer, healthier lives. Studies have been done that show group laughter triggers the release of endorphins (pain killers), improves sleep, enhances memory and creativity, improves cardiac health, lowers blood pressure, improves digestion, and more….

Caution: avoid unhealthy laughter that enhances self or group at the expense of others. Despite the tenuous world situation in this century of escalating greed and refusal to address climate change, perhaps the best thing we can do is continue to look for the bright angle of each moment, alert to ferret out the humor and joy that helps us to bond with and encourage each other. What innovative solutions might we then enact that enable people of the world and all life forms to share the joy of living?

Here’s to a Well Watered Year!

January 9, 2015

Water may be our best protection against the new viruses reported daily. People often avoid water and claim that it makes them pee at all the wrong times. However, the same folks drink coffee, a dehydrator, and never question the trip to the restroom, which follows the charge of energy.

Our digestive tract, the 28 foot long pipeline that runs from mouth to anus can protect us from unwelcome invaders. Like any plumbing system, it works best with a reliable supply of water.

Fully hydrated, our cells cook up enzymes to digest every type of food, and hormones to regulate the opening and closing of the tract’s valves at each junction to keep everything moving.

Digestion begins in the mouth where water dilutes the acid on any remaining foods around our teeth that might irritate gums and burrow into tooth enamel. Salivary enzymes begin breaking down starches. Enthusiastic chewing stimulates our bodies to continue to pump out more enzymes further on down the line.

We continue mixing chewed food with sips of water to ease it down the esophagus to the stomach through the finicky lower esophageal sphincter, the LES valve, the most famous of all the valves. It leads to Hiatal Hernia and GERD when it doesn’t close properly.

When well hydrated, the mucus membrane that lines the stomach secretes necessary digestive juices: hydrochloric acid and enzymes to pulverize foods in the stomach and bicarbonate of soda to keep acid from digesting the stomach lining.

The slurry moves on to the small intestine. There, the gall bladder squirts the bolus of food with detergent (bile) to break up fats, and the pancreas squirts bicarbonate of soda to neutralize acids, plus more enzymes to work on proteins and carbs. The goal is to break food down to particles that are tiny enough to pass through the wall of the intestines.

As the slurry of food moves through the rest of the small intestine, more enzymes do their best to finalize breakdown and absorption IF we swallow enough water.

The intestines look like a jumble of tubes but are structured more like a big umbrella. If you took them out, you could stretch them in a rough circle like the rim of an umbrella. A thick membrane (mesentery) forms the dome. It contains several veins (like spokes) that funnel into a big vein, represented by the umbrella handle.

Well chewed food with plenty of water sends ultrafine nutrients right through the intestinal wall to the smaller veins in the mesentery and on to the big portal vein that goes to the liver. The liver then decides what nutrients to send where and our circulation takes care of that delivery system.

We must drink enough water. Otherwise, undigested food continues on to the large intestine. A well hydrated stool (feces) is a homogenized mass of fiber, easily evacuated through the last valve, the anus.

Want to give water a try? Start your day with a slow cup of hot lemon water. This acid effectively opens the valve to the intestines, clears the stomach of any leftovers, and stimulates the bowels to move. Unwanted bacteria and viruses don’t get a chance to establish themselves on stagnant sweet foods. Drink a glass of water between meals and take sips with meals. Trade sodas and juice for water and whole fruits and enjoy winter!

To a Well Watered New Year! Skol!

Healthy Happiness Needs Your Vote

October 23, 2014

For several years now, Denmark has been at the top of the World Happiness Index. Since US rates number 12 on the list, behind Scandinavia, Canada and Australia, I wondered how much happiness effects general health and found an interesting study by R. Veenhoven of Erasmus Univ. Rotterdam., “Healthy Happiness: effects of happiness on physical health and the consequences for preventive health care”. Veenhoven analyzed 30 follow-up studies on happiness and longevity (including several from US states).

Perhaps we can learn something from Denmark. Three rights that Danes choose to provide for all citizens are free education, childcare and healthcare. Preschool education is provided in daycare facilities. Education continues up through vocational education and college.

Higher education is seen as a basic right and funded with tax dollars. By comparison, college graduates in the US are often saddled with decades of college tuition debt and have difficulty finding employment in their field. Such milestones as marriage, home-ownership and child-rearing are compromised.

Veenhoven notes that while happiness has not been found to be a cure for illness, happiness appears to protect us against falling ill, in some way. We have a better immune response, lower blood pressure, make better choices in life, are motivated to keep fit, more inclined to watch our weight, are more perceptive of symptoms of illness, cope better with threatening information, and facilitate creation and maintenance of supportive social networks.

US Healthcare has become a political football, distorted by the for-profit health care industry. Denmark’s healthcare represents 11 percent of its GDP. US healthcare sucks up 18 percent.

Denmark’s $21 an hour minimum wage also guarantees that people can support their families. McDonald’s gets away with paying employees $7.50 an hour in the US, while paying $21 an hour in Denmark. When parents have to work 2 or 3 low paying jobs to support their families, they are hardly in a position to spend quality time as a family. Many single people struggle to survive here.

Carl Gibson, in “How Voting in Large Numbers Dramatically Improves Society”( Reader Supported News 10/21/14), noted that the last election in Denmark brought out 87 percent of the population, compared to 57 percent registered voter turnout in the US.

Happiest countries value basic rights for all citizens. Politicians bent on creating more money for affluent backers do threaten Denmark’s happiness. But, thus far, Danish citizens have gotten out to vote and maintained their rights to health.

It’s time to listen up to what our politicians plan to do and to vote for those who value basic rights for all citizens. When we value basic rights for everyone, we all benefit. Our general health improves along with our happiness index.

Flora, Fauna, and Flossing

July 17, 2014

While the challenge to see that the food we eat is free of mercury, pesticides, hormones, and whatever else threatens rather than supports robust health, we sometimes need reminders to be sure that we toss our food into a clean mouth bowl after going to all that trouble to check the food out.

It may help to visualize how perfectly arranged the mouth bowl is to house a variety of bacteria, not all of them friendly. Bacteria love dark, moist places and a steady diet of sugar. Any pockets in the gums surrounding our teeth are a housing bonanza for bacteria, depending on how welcome we make them. Unchecked, bacteria create gum disease, get into the blood stream, and create plaques in our arteries that lead to heart disease.

While we deplore the amount of sugar degenerating our diet, this is not really a new phenomenon. I was raised in the penny candy days and there was a regular stash at the corner store in my neighborhood. There was a sugar bowl on every kitchen table and plenty of home baked cookies and bars. Cakes had an inch of frosting on them and fruit pies were common desserts. However, carbonated drinks were only had on special occasions. They took up a minor section of an aisle in the grocery store, not the whole aisle. Orange juice was only had by squeezing oranges so it was consumed in small glasses.

The problem with today’s soda is that it is sipped throughout the day, along with snacks providing bacteria with a steady diet of sugar and setting off just as steady a stream of bacterial plaque and tooth decay. Hygienists patiently demonstrate flossing technique and the necessity of routing out the bacteria before they form plaques and start eroding the enamel on our teeth. It is not enough to slide the floss up and down between each tooth. We need to wrap it around the base of every side of every tooth to rout out any bacteria in residence. If you then rinse your mouth with about a tablespoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide– brace yourself– you will immediately see the spots you missed.

Food is meant to be digested standing up. Anyone who regularly takes a nap directly after a meal is in for a foul awakening as remnants of the meal shift into reverse, travel back up the esophagus, and start over again in the mouth, definitely not as tasty the second time around.

Step one is to remain in an upright position for 3-4 hours after eating to give the meal a fair chance to enter the relay race through the digestive tract, at least to make it beyond the second gate, the pyloric valve, at the entrance to the small intestine. Water we swish and swallow between meals also keeps nutrients moving easily in the right direction.

So, on any visit to a dental hygienist for a cleaning, listen up for a longer, healthier life.

PS: The most effective toothpaste I know is a tsp. of baking soda with a squirt of lemon juice. Watch it foam and load up your brush!

The Wonder of Glucose

January 18, 2013

Media hype doesn’t warn people to avoid refined sugar if they want to prevent or recover from flu. The media does promote flu vaccine and handwashing. There are even bigger production plans for vaccine to meet anticipated needs for next year. Bear in mind that vaccine production means big profits for pharmaceutical companies. Gels for handwashing also make a profit. Sugar laced drinks bring in massive profits. However, the only people who benefit financially by reducing or eliminating refined sugar to stop the flu are people like you and me. 

 It is no accident that we don’t hear about sugar research on the radio or TV. The food and pharmaceutical industries bought them out long ago. Lest anyone think that there is no difference between our bodies’ use of natural as opposed to refined sugar, read on.

 It’s not as though research has not been done. Weston Price, an Ohio dentist, was curious as to what caused dental cavities. He traveled the world in search of the healthiest people so he could learn from them. He found them in several pockets of the world. Their one common denominator was that they ate natural, unrefined food from their own locale. His book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, came out in 1939.

 William Dufty traced the history of the sugar industry in his best-selling, Sugar Blues (1967), including the industry’s suppression of any research on the harmful effects of refined sugar consumption. Significantly, as far back as 1665, the Bubonic Plague hit only the wealthiest in London. The poor could not afford sugar then and didn’t get sick, but the wealthy overindulged to their own demise.

 Our bodies do need glucose; every cell uses it. Natural sugar found in the fruits and vegetables we eat is absorbed slowly along with the vitamins and minerals also present. These are the main nutrients we need for energy, general functioning of muscles, organs, blood, etc, and repairs (robust health.) We can’t overdose on the sugar eaten this way.

 Refined sugar has been stripped of all nutrients and is so concentrated that it stresses every place it goes. Our digestive tracts were designed for natural sugar that would be slowly absorbed in the small intestine. Salivary enzymes in the mouth are there to begin breaking down complex carbohydrates. When refined sugar is taken in, by sheer quantity, it is so acidic that it eats away at tooth enamel. In the stomach, it stimulates the satiety index’ desire to eat. The pancreas senses overload and shoots  insulin into the duodenum to tone down sugar’s absorption rate, and on the sugar goes through the intestine to the liver. The liver converts an overload of sugar to fat and stores it all over the body. Sometimes the liver becomes swollen with the overload. When this onslaught happens too regularly, people develop hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Unchecked, this condition moves on to diabetes when the pancreas can no longer supply the necessary insulin. The GI tract begins to deteriorate and other diseases start manifesting themselves. We become susceptible to everything that comes down the pike. Every organ is affected. It becomes harder to concentrate. Sugar then becomes a full fledged addiction.

 The language of addiction then reflects shame, anger and blaming of others. It’s really about loss of power and control and the need for more euphoria. The fact that sugar is not identified in the news is an indicator of the sugar industry’s current hold on its consumers who will continue to claim that refined sugar’s no different than natural as far as our bodies are concerned.

 The sugar industry opposes food labeling, contributed most to defeating the bill in California. The industry continues to hide sugar in foods as dextrose, maltose, dextrin, corn syrup, maltodextrin, saccharose, sucrose, sorghum, fruit juice concentrate, barley malt syrup, and many more. The order in which ingredients are listed is important. Greatest quantities are listed first. If you have several sugars listed in a product, they add up.

 Bottom line is: What kind of health do you experience? Do you eat simply enough to know the difference? For most of us, it’s a matter of starting over, and over again. Hopefully, we will encourage each other for all efforts.

 

Flu Vaccine is Not the #1 Prevention

January 10, 2013

Flu vaccine is not the #1 prevention, despite media claims. Flu doesn’t mess around. Flu virus has a strong addiction to sugar. It absolutely thrives on ice cream, sodas, sweetened juices, candy, fries, and processed foods.

 Flu virus just can’t survive when people drink plenty of tap water or lemon water, and eat plenty of whole foods, intact as nature made them, from scratch. This routine is the #1 prevention.

 It’s that simple. We do not have to have a nasty bout with the flu. It’s up to us.

 Flu vaccine may be 60 percent effective. Flu vaccine may tend to make people feel protected and therefore impervious to the three strains of flu included in the vaccine. People may ignore early signals of sore throat and the general feeling of “I’m coming down with something.”

 Each of us must take responsibility not to pass the flu around. The reason flu gets a stronghold is because as a civilization, we have increased our sugar consumption to outrageous amounts in the last 70 years alone. Sugar has gradually, stealthily, been added to just about everything we put in our mouths. Even when there was a sugar bowl on every kitchen table, we did not consume the huge quantity of sugar that has spawned so many conditions, in addition to leaving us in a weakened state to fight flu viruses.

 Pharmacies are becoming the new sub-clinics. As a nation, we seem to be accepting chronic illness as a way of life instead of as a wake up call to shape up and deal with our addiction to sugar. We lead the world with poor health as a result of our addiction. Over 1600 years ago, Hippocrates advised people to “Let your food be your medicine.” Imagine how different our lives could be if we followed that sage advice.

 Massive changes begin with small steps; sugar was added in small steps; pharmacies expanded in small steps. Our bodies do need natural forms of glucose for energy. Small steps toward healthier forms of glucose might begin with including one piece of fresh fruit each day and one fresh vegetable eaten raw or cooked. Habits change by adding something new, not by taking away the old. The new makes change possible, is more inviting. With every small new step, a bit of the old sloughs off and change happens.

 Here’s to shaping up with lots of small steps!

Flu this holiday? It all depends….

December 7, 2012

Someone asked me if I believed the hype about the predicted flu epidemic. My response was, “It all depends….” In this season when we think of the sugar plum fairy and partake of all the family holiday recipes that we and others have collected over the years, December can be a challenge.

 I know I look forward to making Danish pastry and thinking about my grandmother who brought the recipe in her head when she emigrated here from Denmark.  Memories of the whole family gathering around the candlelit table on Christmas Eve and seeing my grandmother’s magical, diamond shaped pastries appear all glazed and topped with crushed walnuts, like pieces of Prasad that she offered us.

 I’m sure that each one of us has a heartwarming tale to tell. The problem comes when we celebrate each day of the season with too many of each other’s morsels of cheer. The thing to remember is that flu viruses love sugar. If we’re eating lots of sugar when  a flu virus gets into our system, we’ll have one long, lousy bout with the flu.

 I’d be a hypocrite if I suggested that anyone skip these “memorable” experiences, since I plan to enjoy the holidays. My only suggestion is that if you get a cold or think you may be coming down with something, avoid sweets, drinks, juices, ice cream, and fries. Just drink lots of water, hot lemonade, and homemade chicken or vegetable soup, and stay home. Don’t pass your whatever around. You’ll probably soon feel fine and ready to rejoin the holiday cheer. (P.S.  Remember to be generous with our friend, tap water, throughout the season!)

 Depending on whether you make the flu feel unwelcome from the get go, you’ll be free to enjoy all the gatherings with family and friends, all the celebrations, holiday music and singing that keeps us well and thriving. It really all just depends….

Be Ready to Beat the Flu

November 9, 2012

Flu season is here! Warm weather followed by COLD and back again – perfect conditions for wandering flu viruses! To be ready to beat the flu, we need to understand three scenarios: how and why the flu enters a body, what the body’s immune response is, and how we can best prevent the flu from ever settling in. 

There are hundreds of flu viruses floating around, looking for factories where they can replicate (make copies/clones of themselves). The human body is one such factory. In fact, every cell in your body is a potential flu factory. Flu’s favorite mode of entry is our nose or mouth/throat. All it takes is a nearby cough from a flu infected person to get in.

 People who have flu shots get live attenuated versions of the 3 most commonly expected flues in their shot. The immune system responds to the shot by producing antibodies that will latch onto and mobilize the viruses. These antibodies give us temporary protection if any of those 3 viruses attack us. The antibodies then signal phagocyte white blood cells (the trash collectors), to glob onto the virus and get rid of it. However, if at the same time your body is making antibodies against those three viruses you are attacked by some other virulent flu, your body may have less energy to work on yet a fourth strain of antibodies and that flu virus may take over. Here’s how: 

A virus is an incomplete organism, a knobby little spiked capsule of DNA or RNA. Every human cell contains both Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), the genetic recipe for manufacture of all our body cells, and Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) for replication and repairs. In addition, our cells contain all the necessary manufacturing tools (cell structures). A virus spike pokes and invades a human cell, squirts in its own nucleic acid, and takes over the factory to endlessly replicate itself, until the cell bursts and releases thousands of viruses to invade other cells. Viruses are truly fast operators which is why they can knock the stuffing out of us so quickly. 

If, at the stage when we start to feel ‘like I’m coming down with something,’ the flu virus is met with hot lemon water, hot salt water gargles and little else, it gives up and loses its oomph. Here’s where the old adage kicks in, ‘Starve a cold or you’ll feed a fever.’ The emphasis is on clearing out the system, not clogging it up with more work. Instead, have lots of water and hourly Vitamin C. Avoid taking huge doses of Vitamin C all at once. Our bodies can only absorb about 1000 mg/hr. The rest just goes through as waste. Taken every hour we are awake, Vitamin C can help bodies fight the flu by stimulating the production of collagen, the protein fiber that gives our cells strong walls. Strengthened cells can then work to resist the virus.

 Vitamin D3 also helps as it stimulates production of acids that zing viruses, etc. 1000 iu/day is the recommended dose for winter protection when we typically get less sun.

 However – if, at the first sign, the flu virus is met with ice cream and cool, sweet, fruity drinks and hearty meals with plenty of chips and fries, the virus will thrive and continue replicating. Flu loves sugar! Look out for all those white foods: potatoes, pasta, grains, milk, sugar, cheese, dairy, sodas, sweeteners, and avoid them for the duration of the flu.

 Aside from the ongoing debate about the value of flu vaccines, my concern with flu shots is that they can give people a false sense of security. People then skip taking prudent precautions to prevent the flu from gaining entry in the first place, much less settling in.

 Here are conditions a flu virus likes:

1. a tired body, one that gets little sleep and keeps stoked with coffee, sodas and energy bars.

2. a body already weakened by a cold or some other malady.

3. a sluggish body, one that gets little exercise.

 Here are conditions the flu virus does not like:

1. a rested, well hydrated body with strong cells.

2. a well nourished body.

3. a well exercised body.

 Here’s what has worked for generations: If you sense that you’re coming down with something, give it your full attention. Everything else can wait or will be fouled up. Don’t wait until the flu raises your temperature. Beat the flu to the punch by sweating it out before it gets the chance to raise your temperature. Bundle up, have a cup of hot lemon water, and stay put while your body works up a sweat. Stay covered until the sweat passes. You may save your body the strain of developing a high temperature to deal with the flu, and you’ll be able to enjoy life again in no time.

 If you miss that window of opportunity, keep starving the virus with lemon water and salt water gargles, stay warm and work with your body to maintain enough sweat to defeat the flu. Chicken soup or mild vegetable soups also help.

 We can each do our part to keep flu viruses from spreading. Given the observation that we humans touch our hands to our mouths several times an hour, regular hand washing is a wise practice. If we have a cold or feel we are coming down with the flu, we can show consideration for others by staying home and getting well. This may mean missing a singing rehearsal or competitive sport practice, food shopping, or other activities that put us in close contact with others.

 Flues have been around for eons. Long ago, our ancestors figured out simple practices that helped them to fend off and survive flu viruses. Those who observed the practices developed strong immune systems that could deal with any flu virus. They didn’t need flu shots. It’s up to us to use their legacy wisely and spread good health around.