What are we looking for in terms of symptoms? According to information at www.washingtonpost.com, the Mexican government reports seeing these symptoms: Sudden fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, runny nose and/or sore throat, headache, joint pain, general fatigue, vomiting and/or diarrhea, lack of appetite, coughing.
From the CDC site:
What should I do to keep from getting the flu?
First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
To that information I would add:
• The most important thing you can do to limit your exposure to any illness is to wash your hands regularly.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, and discard used tissues immediately.
• Flu viruses may actually enter the body through the ears and eyes, so in addition to keeping your hands away from your mouth, and nose, also be aware of protecting your ears and eyes.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• If you feel sick, stay home from work and school and go to the hospital if you experience severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing.
• Be sure you are getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of water, and eating a healthy variety of foods. Plant foods are especially full of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. Focus on fresh, whole foods and eat organic whenever possible.
• Stay away from sugar, alcohol and processed foods.
• If you know you have been exposed to swine flu, get lots of rest, drink lots of water and stay home (except to see your doctor if necessary).
• Rinse your ears with hydrogen peroxide. To do this, put several drops in one ear and lay on your side to keep it in until the bubbling stops. Drain that ear then turn over and repeat on the other side.
• Supplement with either colloidal sliver or olive leaf extract in a little water, or take some oregano oil. All three of these are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and they are available at any health food store. Choose only one.
1. Oscillococcinum or Influenzinum (homeopathic remedies) taken once a week are general influenza prefentatives. We carry Oscillococcinum in our office and it is also available at most health food stores and many “mainstream” grocery and drug stores, like Walgreens and Kroger.
2. A homeopathic remedy specific to swine flue may include Gelsemium, Bryonia, Nux vomica, or Rhus tox. If you are familiar with homeopathic remedies and have experience in self care consider these. Call your homeopath if you need more information.
3. Remember to avoid coffee, camphor, menthol, eucalyptus, tea tree oil and mint whild taking homeopathic remedies
Want a simple, quick-start method for stress reduction? When you feel any worry rising, take a moment to breathe deeply and visualize your body in perfect health. Emotional Freedom Technique is another great method for pulling your attention away from stressful thinking on any subject. It’s easy to learn and works wonders! Check it out at www.emofree.com.
Most importantly, in the words of one of Sherry's favorite authors, Douglas Adams, “Don’t Panic!” High stress levels make it more difficult for our bodies to fight illness. Do not stress about the swine flu!
Dr. Snelling & Sherry Dour
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