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...
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....
You will notice that our single herbal products have numbers & letters assigned to them corresponding to Warnings & Interactions. This paper explains what each of the numbers and/or letters implies. SAFETY CLASSES CLASS 1 Herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately. • History of safe traditional use • No case reports of significant adverse events with high probability of causality • No identified concerns for use during pregnancy or lactation • No innately toxic constituents • Toxicity associated with excessive use is not a basis for exclusion from this class • Minor or self-limiting side effects are not bases for exclusion from this class CLASS 2 Herbs for which the following use restrictions apply, unless otherwise directed by an expert qualified in the use of the described substance: 2a: for external use only • Toxicity demonstrated with crude preparation taken orally at traditional dose • Adverse event...
Ten Basic Rules For Better Living Article By Manly P. Hall (Excerpt from a book with the same title)
- Stop worrying
The popular idea that a worrier is a thoughtful and conscientious citizen is false. The Egyptians realized this when they included worry among the cardinal sins. Do not confuse thoughtfulness and worry. The thoughtful person plans solutions, but the worrier merely dissolves in his own doubt. If you think straight, you will have less cause for worrying. The worrier not only suffers the same disaster many times, but undermines his health and annoys all others with whom he comes into contact. There are many things in this world that require thoughtful consideration, but there is really nothing to fear but fear.
- Stop trying to dominate and posses your friends and relatives
Each of us likes to feel that he is running his own life....
Ketogenic Diet What is the Ketogenic Diet? The Ketogenic diet is a medical treatment that shifts the body’s primary metabolism to a fat based energy source instead of a carbohydrate or glucose energy source. This therapeutic diet involves eating high amounts of healthy fats, low to moderate amounts of high quality protein and the elimination of all sugars & carbohydrates, other than non-starchy vegetable carbohydrates. How Does the Ketogenic Diet work? The body obtains energy from three major food sources:
An average North American diet is comprised of roughly 50% to 60% carbohydrate, 20% to 30% fat and 20% to 30% protein. Carbohydrates such as breads, cereal grains, fruits, starches, sugars & vegetables are converted to glucose in the body. Glucose is then burned as fuel by the body for energy. When the supply of glucose is limited, for example during...
- Hydrastis Canadensis
- Commiphora mol-mol
- Symphytum officinalis
- Unpasteurized organic honey
Salving with honey goes way back in history in every culture that gathers honey from the bees. The herbs are powdered to 60 – 80 mesh fineness and mixed into the honey until it becomes thick but still pliable. The mix is spread on a gauze pad instead of directly into the wound so as not to disturb the healing process. Use on open cuts, wounds, pustules sores, decubitus ulcers and fistulas. Even deep wounds will heal by first intention and not by granulation and generally leave no scar. Perineal tearing can be treated with baths filled astringent, antiseptic and vulnerary herbs and with the honey salve. One case of a seriously large haemangioma that was not resorbing was treated successfully with the honey salve.
- Warm salve in a water bath to make...
There are two popular variations of using the wet sheet treatment.
- During the 1970’s I worked in a Chicago hospital emergency room. Often in the late night hours a mother would come in clutching her feverish baby. The child would be examined and a temperature taken. If the child was too hot (39 – 40 C) it would be laid down on the exam table and stripped naked. A round or three of treatments would ensue. A flannel bath blanket would be soaked in tepid (neither hot nor cold) water. The sheet is wrung out so it is damp and not dripping. Place the bath sheet one layer thick over infants & toddlers and double layer over larger children leaving the face uncovered. A cool face cloth can be applied to cheeks and forehead. In the event of febrile seizure be sure first that it is not epilepsy or...
Whenever there is trauma causing damage to soft or hard tissues e.g. haematomas or broken bones (especially in the limbs) a comfrey poultice is indicated. It is easy to make when there is fresh comfrey to be found. Roots or leaves can be used interchangeably though it is much easier to regenerate leaves, so, when using fresh plant material we will rely principally on leaves and stems.
The Comfrey Poultice
- Cut fresh leaves close to the ground to include the whole leaf and stem. Five to ten large leaves should suffice.
- 1 bed sheet cut into 10cm wide strips cut across the width of the cloth. Roll into individual bandages.
- Large cook pot filled with boiling water
- 1 Vegetable knife or food processor
- 1 Medium-size mixing bowl
- Plastic Wrap
- Bring the water to a boil in the large pot.
- Immerse the leaves until they...
- Phytolacca decandra. Infused Castor Oil
- Viola odorata. Infused Olive Oil
- Boswelia thurifera. Tincture
- Styrax benzoin. Tincture
- Monarda didyma. Essential Oil
- Lavandula officinalis. Essential Oil
The castor oil pack can be amplified in its efficacy especially when there are hardened tissues. Uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic breasts, lipomas, endometriosis, and other tumours & cysts can be softened and resorbed into adjacent tissues or the blood stream. The addition of Phytolacca to the castor oil stimulates the immune system and increases the movement of lymph through the tissues perfused by the compound oil. It was in the 13th century that Hildegard of Bingen documented the use of Viola infused olive oil for the use of softening all hardened tissues, which were all called tumours regardless of their origin or contents. She ran a busy infirmary that treated people for many miles around including providing for labour and delivery. Boswelia is strongly anti-inflammatory,...
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