Food For Thought|
Healthy Nutrition And Ways
To Prevent The Cold and Flu
September 25th, 2002
David Lawrence Dewey
"Reading provides knowledge...
knowledge leads to answers."
"Hydrogenated Oils-Silent Killers"
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The cold and flu season will soon be upon us this winter. There are things you can do to reduce and even prevent getting a cold or the flu. I would like to point out one thing first. You are as healthy as what you eat. I have said that for years when I have written about health and nutrition in my columns. I firmly believe that many diseases including immune disorders and cancer results from either poor nutrition, the inability of the body to properly absorb nutrients via the colon or by parasites we pick up from food or water.
The proper forming of the many different types of cells such as, T, B, and Natural Killer cells, just to name a few, are the building blocks of a healthy body. These cells not only perform various functions within the immune system, but play a vital role within the body between various organs such as the thyroid, liver, pancreas, kidneys and hypothalmus. Each of these organs create a myriad of hormones and acids that affect the functions of the body in more ways than you can imagine. If you are not creating enough red blood cells, (shortage of B12) you become anemic. Numb legs/feet can be a result of B12 also. If you are creating excessive myeloid cells, (produced from the bone marrow, these are mast cells from which various B cells are made from), these turn into immature and abnormal cells that can turn into cancer.
Your digestive system, colon, liver and gallladder is second to your heart as the most important organ system in your body. The third most important are the kidneys. Without the proper nutrients entering your body, your organs will become diseased. Your stomach produces four types of digestive enzymes, pepsin, papsin, papin and hydrochloric acid. These break down the various foods eaten into various things such as amino acids, and other compounds the body utilizes. Lacking in either one of these digestive enzymes, the body does not acquire the needed nutrients it needs to form healthy cells. What can get in the way is a genetic abnormally that can be triggered by environmental factors and or food allergies. Food allergies are more common than you think. And we all know what pesticides in foods, hormones and antibiotics given to cattle and chicken can do to our bodies. I have been a firm believer for years that nearly all genetic abnormalties are created by these factors. Recent research is starting to prove this. I also firmly believe most diseases can be repaired by giving the body the proper nutrients to combat disease and prevent disease. Research has shown that the body has tremendous healing and self repair capabilites. Actor Steve Reeves is an example of this. He was told he would never walk again from being paralyzed from the neck down in an accident. He is now able to move his fingers and the prognosis looks good for further improvement.
So what does this has to do with preventing the common cold and flu. Everything! Nutrients from whole foods are very important. However, what is most important is the right foods you should be eating for your blood body type.
Eating Right For Your Blood Type
Are you eating right for your blood type? There are four blood types, O,A,B and AB. Do you know there are certain foods you should be eating and some foods you should be avoiding because of your blood type?
For example, if you have type O, your risk factors for ulcers and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis increase if you eat incorrectly for your blood type. If you are type A, your risk factors for cancer and heart disease increase if your eat incorrectly. If your type B, your risk for slow-growing viruses that attack your nervous system increases if you eat incorrectly. If you are type AB, you have the friendliest immune system of all blood types and have most of the intolerances of type A and B.
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If you are eating the wrong breads or grains, you can actually be setting yourself up for colon cancer. The wrong foods can cause a weaken immune system, excessive colds and flu, not to mention allergies that you think are not food. And you lose weight also if you eat correctly. It is all in understanding the bio metabolism properties of the body and how the body digests nutrients and if your blood type and DNA can handle those certain foods or not. It perfectly makes sense because of the evolution of mankind's various blood types and the evolution of our food supply. You'll be glad you read this book. You can order it by clicking on the cook cover above. It is $19.96 in hardcover, you are saving 20% and you'll receive FREE shipping from Barnes and Noble. Do yourself a favor today.
First, I will cover in this column the important of vitamins, minerals, trace elements minerals, essential fatty acids and oils. Second, I will list the ways you can catch the flu or common cold and ways to prevent from catching then.
The Importance of Vitamins, Minerals, Trace Element Minerals, Essential Fatty Acids, and OilsVitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, ( more Omega3 essential fatty acids than Omega6 ), healthy oils, and especially trace element minerals, are the building blocks of the body. If you eat properly, the taking of additional supplements will enhance your overall health. Recent research indicates it can even slow down the aging process considerable, especially with probiotic formulas. Some vitamins and minerals can be toxic though. In reviewing various leading research findings, here are the latest findings.
|Nutrient||Daily Safe Dosage||
Dose At Which Significant
Harm Is Known To Occur
|Vitamin A||10,000 IU||
21,600 IU (*1)
10,000 IU (*2)
|Beta Carotene||25 mg||None Known|
|Vitamin D||800 IU||2,000 IU|
|Vitamin E||1,200 IU||None Known|
|Vitamin C||Over 1,000 mg||None Known|
|Thiamin (B1)||50 mg||None Known|
|Riboflavin (B2)||200 mg||None Known|
|Nicotonic Acid (Niacin)||500 mg (*3)||1,000 mg (*3)|
|Nicotinamide (Niacin)||1,500 mg||3,000 mg|
|Pyridoxine (B6)||200 mg||500 mg|
|Folic Acid (*4 see below )||1,000 mcg||None Known|
|Vitamin B12||3,000 mcg||None Known|
|Pantothenic Acid (B5)||10 mg||None Known|
|Thiamine (B1)||1.5 mg||Unknown|
|Calcium||1,500 mg||Over 2,500 mg|
|Magnesium||700 mg||None Known|
|Chromium||1,000 mcg||None Known|
|Iron||65 mg||100 mg|
|Phosphrous||1,000 mg||None Known|
|Selenium||200 mcg||910 mcg|
|Zinc||30 mg||60 mg|
(*1) Above - Vitamin A: Amounts over 21,600 IU can cause liver damage.
(*2) Above - Vitamin A: Amounts over 10,000 IU can cause birth defects
(*3) Above - Nicotinic Acid - if taking the slow release, take 1/2 of the amount
(*4) Above - Folic acid in amounts of 800mcg has now been shown in studies to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 67%, colon cancer by 70% and other cancers by 50%. Folic acid is one of the main acids that help form healthy immune cells.
Long term doses of Vitamin A can store up in tissue and the liver and has been linked to birth defects at over 10,000 IU daily. Vitamin D can build up in fat tissue and harm the liver. Usually though in most adults, the toxic dose is over 50,000 IU a day. In children however, it can he harmful with as little as 2,000 IU daily. Selenium can cause nervous disorders, harm, the liver, skin, nail and teeth problems. Don't take more than 200 mcg daily of Selemium. Excessive long term high doses of Vitamin B6 can cause the limbs to go numb. Many supplements contain B6 so make sure you're not taking more than you should. Zinc doses of over 60 mg can cause copper to not be properly absorbed. It can also lower your antioxidants and cause immune system problems. It can harm your arteries by increasing the bad cholesterol to good cholesterol. If your taking the regular form of Niacin to help control your cholesterol, be careful. Doses over 1,000 mg can cause liver damage, along with nausea, diarrhea and flushing of the skin. More dangerous if the slow releasing form, nicotinic acid. You should only be taking this form under the care of a physician.
There is no need to worry about Vitamin C despite what you may have read. There is no evidence that Vitamin E or Calcium has any harmful effects. Some new findings indicate that Vitamin C with Calcium may actually prevent kidney stone growth. Concerning Beta Carotene, there are some recent findings that may indicate that smokers who drink heavily may be exposing themselves to a greater risk of lung cancer. Otherwise if you don't smoke and drink heavily, then Beta Carotene along with Vitamin C and E are good antioxidants to destroy free radicals, those nasty little varmints that run around playing havoc with your immune system. However, there is an oil that is fifty times more antioxidant capability than Vitaman E. I will talk about that oil in the oils section below.
Vitamin A helps in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin, hair and muscous membranes, healthy bone growth and teeth. Helps eyes to see in dim light, and is a strong antioxidant. Thiamine, Vitamin (B1) helps the body release energy from carbohydrates. Very important for the healthy formation of nerve cells. Professional athletes or people who work out daily need more. Riboflavin (B2) and Niacin helps the body release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates. Pantothenic Acid helps metabolize food used in the production of various body compounds and hormones. A hair nutrient. Vitamin (b6) uses protein to build body tissue. Need for this is directly related to protein intake. Vitamin (B12) aids in the formation of red blood cells, build genetic material, helps the nervous system to function properly and assists in the metabolism of protein into acids. Biotin breaks down fatty acids. Folic Acid is needed to form genetic material, especially during fetal formation. Too much can cause birth defects though, but it has been shown to reduce babies being born with spinal bifida defects. It also helps the body form red blood cells like B12. Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant to destroy free radicals. Free radicals cause premature aging and can cause normal cells to go amok, turning into cancer cells. Vitamin C also forms collagen, a required protein for the bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. Vitamin D, needed for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin E protects Vitamin A and other essential fatty acids from oxidation. They also help prevent breakdown of bone tissues, prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke. Calcium is the primary nutrient used in building bones, teeth and maintaining bone strength. Copper is needed for the formation of hemoglobin which keeps bones, blood vessels and nerves healthy. However, research studies show you can develope a toxic level of copper in your fat tissue which will actually make you deficient of copper in the blood stream. The trace element mineral molybdedum helps to de-toxify copper stores in at tissues. This is why you should take a mineral supplement that contains both molybdedum and copper together. This way, it is detoxing your body of stored copper, yet providing levels needed in your blood.
Iodine is a required nutrient for the thyroid gland. Without it, you will develope goiter and possibly become hypothyroid. By the way, I need to pass this information on to you about the thyroid. Recent studies indicate that 30% of people that are hypothyroid are being missed. They are either not listening to their body symptoms or their doctors are missing it. One important symptom is that if you wake up with a consistent lower temperature, ( take your temperature even before getting out of bed), a temperature between 96.4 and 97.6, you are probably hypothyroid. I am mentioning this, because without enough Free T3 and Free T4 in your body, in can cause a myriad of problems of how your body absorbs and uses vitamins, nutrients and minerals. There are several websites, including the American Thyroid Society which provides more detailed information about this.
Iron is a critical nutrient as it is the primary carrier of oxygen in the hemoglobin and myoglobin of the body. However, too much of this can cause heart conditions in men. Magnesium is used in manufacturing certain proteins and acids that body needs to release energy from muscles, aids in the regulation of body temperature and blood pressure. Phosphorous needed to build strong teeth and bones. Helps in the release of energy from fat, protein and carbohydrates. Potassium is what helps your muscles to contract properly, maintain fluid electrolytes, helps send nerve impulses throughout the body. Zinc is crucial in the formation of protein in the body, blood formation, cell formation. Helps speed up wounds and an immune system booster.
In addition, there are other minerals and acids the body needs. These are, L-Tartaric Acid, Succinic Acid, Manganese, L-Asorbic Acid, Potassium, Copper, Molybededum, Vanadium, Nickel, Boron, Fluorine, Cobalt. These are usually found in foods, but with food plant processing, many of these are lost in the processing.
Research findings have found that by taking vitamins or any supplement in tablet or capsule form that only 58% to 65% of the vitamin or supplement is absorbed. This is due to your digestive process which destroys a great percentage of the dose you have taken. And these amounts that are absorbed only stay in your system from 2 to 6 hours. However, liquid form of vitamins or minerals are absorbed 92% to 95% into the blood stream. By taking 3 smaller doses of these daily, you maintain a higher amount in your body over a continuous 18 to 20 hour period. Even the National Health Advisory Board states, "Oral liquid or spray is far superior, showing higher concentrations with lower more frequent doses. Avoidance of gastrointestinal system, ( meaning digesting tablets in the colon, not mouth and stomach ) is preferred when liquid or spray sublingual is available.
The best liquid vitamin I believe on the market is made by Innovative Natural Products, Escondido, CA. 92029. It called Liquid Vitamins. It can be found in most health foods stores selling for around $25.00 a bottle which is a month's supply. It has everything in it you need. I believe that within a few years, taking vitamins, supplement, medicines in pill form will be a thing of the past. Instead, it will be in a liquid or spray. There is already a viral nose spray available by prescription now that has been proven to kill nasal viruses that cause the common cold.
There is no better way though to obtain nutrients other than by eating correctly. However, it has to be organic grown food, and there just is not enough of organic foods being grown. Organic meaning free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and how the end food product is processed.
The correct oils are so very important. The western diet the last 60 years has consisted more of Omega6 essential fatty acid oils, CORN. This is not healthy to the human body. To prove my point, look at the Eskimos. Before the so called western diet was introduced into the Eskimo population, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, auto-immune diseases were hardly seen. The reason? Their diet consisted of high amounts of Omega3 type oils. If you have not read my column, "Hydrogenated Oils-Silent Killers", then please do. You'll read why you must avoid foods containing hydrogenated oils, mono-diglycerides, anything on a food label that says hydrolized and fast foods like McDonald's and Burger King. Concerning McDonald's. McDonald's is now purchasing most of their beef from cattle growers in South America. South America has no bans on feeding livestock feed that is made from other animals. England banned feed made from other livestock because it causes mad cow disease. It is not allowed in the U.S. either. In addition, cattle grown in South America are shot full of hormones to grow larger. Concerning the hay and other grains they grow to feed cattle. South America has no bans on pesticide including DDT, a known cancer causing pesticide. DDT accumulates in the muscles of animals that eat grain sprayed with DDT.
Hydrogenated oils, mono-diglycerides another name used for them, cause coronary heart disease, diabetes type II and other serious health problems. Make sure you read my column, "Hydrogenated Oils-Silent Killers". The healthy oils you should be eating are olive oil, grapeseed oil, ( grapeseed oil is 50 times more anti-oxidant than vitamin E ), coconut oil and safflower oil. Safflower oil is not recommended for cooking or baking. It should only be used for salads because it has a low temperature ratio before the fatty acids are changed. I use a 50/50 combination of olive oil and grapseed oil. Coconut oil is an excellant oil to use if you crave fried foods. It has the highest temperature ratio before fatty acids are changed.
Eat a variety of foods. People require over 40 different nutrients to stay healthy. Make sure you eat fruits, vegetables, whole-grain cereals, lean meats, fish and poultry, peas, beans and low-fat dairy products. If you are sensitive to wheat/gluten products and it is estimated that 12-15% of the population is, eat Spelt bread. Spelt is a 10,000 year old Eqyptian grain that people who are wheat/gluten sensitive find they can eat this. It has been proven that if you fish at least once a week, you reduce the risk of heart disease by 1/2 half. A minimum of 30 grams of fiber a day, is recommended, 35 grams is actually better in my opinion. Presently most people only eat 11 grams of fiber a day. Maybe that is why there is a higher incidence of colon cancer in the countries where populations are consuming less fiber. People in countries that eat more fiber daily have the lower incidence of colon cancer. And don't eating low-fat or no-fat foods. Recent studies show that low-fat or no-fat foods can actually be harmful to your body. It can raise your LDL and increase your high density liproteins causing coronary heart disease. If you are trying to lose weight, just eat less at each meal, but eat three times a day with two small snacks of fruits. I do however recommend the taking additional vitamins and minerals. Although we all try to eat properly, we don't.
And You Thought Milk and Dairy Was Good For You?
In reality, cow's milk, especially processed cow's milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including: mucous production, hemoglobin loss, childhood diabetes, adult onset diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, varicose veins, kidney stones, mood swings,depression, irritability, allergies and many other health problems.
Author, Robert Cohen has written two very informative books,
Milk-The Deadly Poison and Milk A-Z.
On this page are over fifty research studies that Mr. Cohn has compiled to show the correlation of milk to health problems.
I urge you to not only read these research studies, but to order Mr. Cohen's books. You can order them on the page as well.
Mr. Cohen's website is:
WATEROne must consume plenty of "PURE" water. "PURE" water meaning it is free from many of the bacteria now entering our water supplies. I have advocated for many years that one should drink 60% of their body weight in ounces. Research is now proving this. If you weighing 175 pounds...you should drink at least 100 ounces of pure water, ( 60% of 175 ) pounds daily, not just the standard 6-8 glasses a day as recommended. This is 100 ounces of water, not juice, not soda canned drinks. Which by the way I do not recommend drinking. Soft drinks contain high fructose corn syrup which is not healthy. And if you are drinking diet drinks, make sure you read my column, Aspartame - Death or Sweetness You are poisoning yourself with a deadly chemical that turns into formaldehyde in the body causing a myriad of serious health problems. I fully believe that most of our health problems come from our bodies not being hydrated properly with water, for we are mostly water! And if we don't maintain that proper level in our tissues, diseases will set in. Make sure your water is bottled water, not tap water. This is why you should take a daily LIQUID mineral and trace element mineral to replace the lost minerals in the water filtering process. If you are drinking distilled water, it is a must that you take a liquid mineral supplement.
A HEALTHY COLON AND LIVER
Coleen, 42, wrote from Kansas City, "I am having liver problems my doctor says. He says it is sluggish and not performing properly, probably due to genetics. Is there anything you know of that might help?"
Coleen's problem is not that unusual. Over two thirds of Americans today have a "dirty" liver and gallbladder. What I mean is that the liver and the gallbladder are the two primary organs besides the kidneys that filter out all the poisons out of the blood supply and body. Think of them as huge filters. Having a healthy immune system depends on a healthy and toxic free liver and colon. There is something that can and should be done for our livers and gallbladders at least once a year. It is called a liver and gallbladder flush. What will happen by taking this mixture is that you will cleanse, detox and eliminate liver and gallbladder stones. It has been reported that some people have passed as many as 200 liver and gallbladder stones. The mixture softens them so that it is not painful to pass them.
Dr. Tucker with the University of Natural Healing, Charlottesville, N.C. provides this formula if you are interested:
3 quarts of apple juice ( must be natural!)
1 cup of olive oil ( pure Italian extra virgin oil. NOT LITE OIL!)
1 cup( not can ), of CLASSIC ( regular not diet ! ) COKE...room temperature
1 lemon, to be used at mixing time
Ultra Phosphates Drops
Turkey Rhubarb formula
1: ) Drink one quart of apple juice per day with 90 drops of Ultra Phosphate Drops in each quart. (May be drunk at intervals during the day). Drink one quart each day for three days. Eat normally, but try to reduce excess fats, sugars.
2:) Wait for three hours after eating dinner on the third night/day of taking apple juice. Take the following mixture. Never take this mixture in the morning hours, for the liver works better in the evening hours for this.
3:) Completely mix the following: 1 lemon, juiced, 1 cup Classic (regular not diet! ) Coke, 1 cup Italian Olive Oil. Mix it by hand or in blender for 30 seconds until fairly mixed. QUICKLY drink the mixture down, don't wait or the oil will settle to the bottom and the secret is having the mixture all mixed together when you take it. You will feel very full. The oily feeling on your lips can be removed by using the lemon rind.
4:) IMMEDIATELY after drinking the mixture, lie down on your right side for 30 minutes. NO CHEATING on the time. Draw your knees in to your chest during this time, or stretch out full length, but lie on your right side.
5:) When 30 minutes have passed, move around a bit and resume normal activity. It will take approximately 8 hours for the flush to work.
6:) If you want to see what and how many stones you are passing, use a colander on your toilet to catch your bowel movements. Use tweezers to pick out the stones. There will probably be a soft stool the first time and nothing will pass. It is usually the second and third bowl movement that you will see the tones. They will be a emerald/grey green.
7:) That evening, take the Turkey Rhubarb supplements for three days to cleanse out the remaining stones from your colon and drink a combination of 100% apple juice and 100% cranberry juice for three days. In a week, check your pH value with pH litmus test paper using your saliva to make sure your pH levels have returned to normal. Normal pH values are a must for a healthy immune system.
This is where you can order the Ultra Phosphates and Turkey Rhubarb supplements:
Western Herbal Supply, P.O. Box 26815, West Valley, Utah 84126-0815, phone 801-538-0044
The Herb Finder, P.O. Box 3868, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110-3868, phone 801-575-6247
FOODS THAT PROVIDE...AND ABOUT WATER
Romaine lettuce is a source of a natural amino acid called tyrosine, it counters depression.
Tomatoes contain the amino acid phenylalanine, which slows the breakdown of endorphins of your body's feeling good chemicals. This may be why arithritics avoid tomatoes.
Chicken is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid which converts to serotonin, a calm inducing brain chemical.
Green beans are rich in folic acid which also raises serotonin. The folic acid also protects against breast cancer, colon cancer and helps to lower homosysteine. Homosysteine is a chemical that if high enough in your body has been shown in causing a heart attack.
Brown rice, ( not white rice ), is high in B-6. It helps to convert tryptophan to serotonin, which when eaten for dinner helps you sleep better. Whereas, a white potato is a starch that can elevate blood sugar and keep you up at night if you eat it too late before sleep.
The myth that you should not drink anything as you eat. Well...recent studies show that you should drink as you eat for two reasons. It provides moisture to the food to decrease constipation and the most important...it helps to maintain your weight because incorporating it into the meal will decrease appetite and in some causes will help you to lose weight. And if you are drinking distilled water which has lost nearly 100% of the minerals and trace elements, ( which is good because the body really cannot utilize the minerals in this form and in some cases can cause kidney/gallbladder stones and other health problems ), or reverse osmosis bottled water, you should be taking a liquid mineral and trace element supplement. This will insure that you are getting enough of these important minerals and trace element minerals like copper, magnenese, molydbedum, boron and others that have a huge impact on the immune system and other organs. You absorb nearly 99% in liquid form and the body is able to uses minerals and trace elements that re in liquid form. Liquids are assimilated directly into the bloodstream. However, in tablet form of vitamins and minerals, you lose nearly 40% of it in the digestion process. You're more or less literally throwing out the window about forty cents out of every dollar you spend on any tablet form of any supplement. Bottom line...get the liquids! You'll be more healthy and it will cost less in the long run.
NATURAL JUICES VERSUS STORE BOUGHT JUICES
Most store bought juices are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Read the label, if is says it, don't drink it. High frutcose corn syrup is deadly for the immune system. It lowers your overall immunity because this type of sugar causes an inbalance in your pH balance, which can lower your immune system. Here is my recommendation for a morning juice drink. It is very healthy and contains many of the natural sugars, digestive enzymes and nutrients your various organs and to give them a boost to start the day.
NATURAL JUICE DRINK
2 slices of pineapple
4 ounces of 100% carrot juice - or 1 small carrot
4 ounces of 100% pure cranberry juice
6 ounces of pure water
Blend the above in a blender at high speed until slightly frothy. This will make about two - 10 ounce servings.
PREVENTION - KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM FLU AND COLD GERMS
Many people think that colder weather brings on the flu and cold. That is not the case. The fact is people start spending more time inside in the winter which give viruses and bacteria and opportunity to grow and spread from person to person. The average adult gets two respiratory infections during the fall and spring. Children even more. This is for parents. If you are dropping your children off an day care centers. Ask the personnel there is the toys are disinfected every day after the children leave. If not, find a place that does. The germs from children putting their hands in their mouths constantly or touching their eyes spreads deadly viruses and germs. These cause 90% of the illness in children at day care centers. They are spread by toys, chairs, seats that have not been disinfected daily.
Keeping your home as bacteria and virus free is my best recommendation. During the winter and spring because we are staying indoors more, we are also bringing in more bacteria and viruses. Studies performed on paper money for example have shown over 40 different bacteria and viruses. The rhinovirus which is the virus that causes the common cold can live on inorganic surfaces up to 96 hours, that is 3 days! Other bacteria can live upwards up to 7 days. Am I recommending disinfecting your money? Well, believe it or not, some people do. But what you should do for sure is this.
After you have handled any money, wash your hands throughly before eating or touching you eyes, nose or mouth. And if you see a food worker at a food vendor that has handled money and then made your food without washing their hands, REFUSE TO PURCHASE THE FOOD! Recent studies show that the highest transmission rate is from this source. Although most states have health laws that prevent this, they are hardly enforced, so watch!
There is what is called the triangle area on your face. Imagine a triangle area that encompasses your eyes, nose and mouth. Cold viruses and bacteria find an easy route through these areas. If you have shaken hands with someone, wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards, but make sure you do not touch your triangle area until you do so. Studies show that people that did not wash their hands after hand shaking developed 3 times more colds than those that did. Funny, there have been some cultures for centuries that will not shake hands. They believe it spreads germs.
When using public bathrooms, after washing your hands, use a tissue to open the door of the bathroom to exit. Studies analyzing public bathrooms doors have found a host of flu and cold germs flourishing on them. At work, take a bottle of Lysol spray and spray your telephone before using it. You do not know who has used it before you. It has been shown in studies that the transmission of cold viruses at the workplace via the telephone is one of the highest found. I've had people email me that they take a small hand size bottle of Lysol and spray public bathrooms doors before entering and before handling the sink faucets. Washing of vegetables and fruits. It is important any time of the year to throughly wash vegetables and fruits to reduce germs, but most important at this time of the year. Wash your produce in a mixture of 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup lemon juice and 1 cup of water. You may have to double it depending on amount you have to wash. Vinegar kills most viruses and bacteria that may be on produce. Lettuce is the worst offender of spreading colds during the winter. Wash your lettuce completely.
I would like to mention something that some may take offense. I am making this statement because it is fact, not because I'm trying to be racist. On many of the produce farms where migrant workers pick produce, there are no bathrooms facilities available to them in the field. The workers work long hours out in the fields where there are no facilities to wash their hands after using the bathroom outdoors. I don't believe I need to explain further.
You may think that these suggestions are silly, but studies have shown that people that practice these methods have 80%-90% less colds, flu or respiratory infections during the year. In some studies, nearly 90% of the subjects did not catch a cold or the flu at all. Just imagine if everyone practiced just half of these suggested methods to reduce your chances of catching the flu or a cold. There would be an instant reduction over night of these illnesses. Fifty percent less people walking around with a cold or flu.
I am not an advocate of any type of vaccine. Vaccines are made from actual killed strains of whatever virus they are using to create the vaccine. I believe that vaccines do more harm to the genetic immune structure than good to the body in preventing something. Recent studies are starting to show that a myriad of diseases are showing up in children that have had vaccines. I do however think that if you suffer from bronchitis, heart problems, or chronic illness of some sort, you should think of getting the flu vaccine. I believe there are natural herb supplements that can turn up your immune system to work at its' optimum level for a healthy body.
HERBS AND NATURAL SUPPLEMENTSEveryone knows about the herb Echinacea. It is a great anti-viral, but it should not be taken regularly as an immune booster. It should only be taken for a few days when one has the cold or flu. There is a wonderful herb called Astralagus. Astralagus was first identified by the Chinese thousands of years ago. Recent research shows that it literally brings your immune cells back to life. In fact, it can even repair cells damaged by cancer, radiation or chemotherphy. And better yet, it prevents colds and flu. Unlike Echinacea, its' safe to take every day as an immune builder during the flu/cold season. Another supplement to take if you do get the flu or are fighting cancer is called MGN3. Clinical studies show this supplement increases both Natural Killer cell and T-cell production and function by 37%. The Natural Killer and T-cells are the first line of defense against infection and abnormal cancer cells.
The Importance of CQ-10
Studies shows that CQ-10 balances the immune system, but more importantly, is required for a healthy heart. As we age, after about 30, our bodies are lucky to produce just 40% of what the heart requires. Our bodies manufacture CQ-10 from other co-mnes C1-C9 that our bodies manufacture from foods, but as we age this declines. You cannot get enough of CQ-10 from food sources. Studies at the Lupus Research Institute discovered this link in studies with Lupus patients who usually develope heart disease. Other studies have shown that other people with just heart disease alone are as much as 75% deficient in this enzyme in their heart. Leading cardiologists now prescribed CQ-10 to their heart patients. And if you have gum disease, try taking 200mg of CQ-10 daily for a month. Studies show is reverses gum disease dramatically in patients. It is veyr important to have healthy gums. Recent studies show that gum disease can can heart disease because of the bacteria. Recommended daily maintenance of CQ-10 is 60MG daily. Two 30MG gel capules daily. Remember, the lower the dose of anything you take and more often the better it is for your body. It creates a more sustained balance of the supplements you are taking.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS
WINDMILL FARMS COULD PROVIDE 20% OF NATIONS ELECTRICAL NEEDS
In 2001, enough new wind turbines were erected to provide electricity to nearly 475,000 homes annually in the country. It has been shown that if wind farms were put on less than 1% of American land, they would provide nearly 20% of our electricity, about what we get from nuclear power or from oil imports. If we used 2% of American land, we could do almost do away with nearly every nuclear power plant and would not be dependent on middle-eastern arab oil or the purchasing of Russian oil. Why are we getting in bed with Russia anyway? Russia is building two nuclear plants in Iran. This would give Iran the ability to manufacture the bomb. Iran provides safe haven and supports terrorists groups including Al-Queda. In addition, Russia has clamped down again on many of their democratic processes and civil freedoms for Russian citizens. I thought our present adminstration has stated that we will not tolerate any country that permits terrorism to breed. Well...Russia is certainly creating the capabilty for one of the most terrorists nations on earth to start World War Three. Could someone tell me if I am missing something here? And thanks to the present adminstrations cancelling of wind farms funding to expand wind farms with grants, we can kiss that goodbye. So...we will continue to worry about global warming, air pollution etc. because someone wants America to purchase oil from Russia. Hello Washington...anyone listening?
Also, if you have not read my column The Facts Of 911 - Who Knew What When,
make sure you do.
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