Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Flu Watch

Check to see if influenza is running rampant in your neck of the woods with googles flu trend tracker. CLICK HERE


Influenza, more commonly called the flu, is a contagious disease that is accompanied by respiratory problems and fever. It is an uncomfortable illness that is usually not dangerous t otherwise healthy people. Two type of viruses cause influenza: B.
Each type encompasses several different strains that are named for the place where they were first indentified, for example, “Hong Kong Flu” and “Russian Flu.” These unusual characteristic about flu virus is that once one strain spreads throughout a population, the virus strain changes in structure. Therefore, it becomes a new strain carrying a new form of influenza. The antibodies, or protective substances, produced by the body to combat the virus no longer work against recurrence of that virus because the virus has taken on different qualities.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Natural Cures for the Cold and Flu

You don't have to get a cold or the flu this season. This year with the right preparation and quick intervention and natural virus fighters, there's a good chance that you can enjoy this time of the year.

If you feel like a cold is coming on change your diet. Eat light meals. For the first 24 hours drink filtered water, broths and soups with garlic, onions and spices such as turmeric and cayenne, which relieve congestion, and promote circulation and have a natural anti-inflammatory effect. Drink herbal teas, ginger, cinnamon and peppermint. Steamed vegetables are also a good choice. When you are feeling better move on to a normal diet.
Take these supplements when the people around you are sick or when you feel yourself getting sick.
Lomatium dissectum - Women who are pregnant should not take lomatium
Vitamin C 3,000 to 5,000 mg daily. Some people develop diarrhea from this amount.If this happens just cut back to 3,000mg or less.
As always check with your doctor before taking any medicines including vitamins