A Doula’s Role

A Doula’s Role

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Preventing Cold & Flu

How can we prevent  a cold or the flu?

We can OPTIMIZE the resilience of the body.

Colds and flus are opportunistic pathogens. When a person’s immune system is run down it presents an “opportunity” for the pathogen to infect the body.

The immune system becomes run down from:

  •  highly refined diets
  •  refined sugar
  •  chronic stress
  •  lack of sleep
[table id=4 /] LIFESTYLE SUGGESTIONS
  • Wash hands with soap frequently during the day
  •  Ensure adequate rest – 8 hours in ideal. Restful sleep is healing and restorative
  • Do deep breathing exercises
  • Walk and do stretching exercises to boost the immune system (Note: Extreme aerobic exercises and weight training are best minimized if you have any of the above symptoms)
  • Dry skin brushing and contrast showers are useful to support...

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What is a FEVER?

A fever represents the mobilization of the body’s immune system.

It is the first reaction of our immune defense and indicates that the person is defending themselves.

In children under 7 years old, a fever indicates a building of the immune system.

The fever is a part of the non-specific immune response.

  • 37 C normal body temperature
  • 37.5 C encourages microbes (inefficient)
  • 37.5-.9 C bacteriostatic (limits bacterial growth)
  • 39 - 40.5 C kills bacteria (efficient) *except in newborns
  • above 40.5 C destroy own self (cells)

THE BENEFITS OF FEVER:

• Fever is the primary mode of immune system function in infants and young children who have not yet developed a mature immune system....

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