Friday, October 2, 2009

Pig Flu (and others) Avoidance

The following message was posted on my homeschool group page and credited to Dr. Vinay Goyal. It is a lot of common sense that is not so common. Thought it might help you all stay well this fall and winter.

The only portals of entry of the HiNi virus are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications) . This is not a joke. Make it a ritual habit...
make it part of your daily routine... DO NOT BE LAZY...!!!

2. "Hands-off-the- face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. If this method is not possible, blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.


CrossView said...

It always amazes me the way we end up back at the out-of-date remedies - that still work! LOL! My mom grew up in south Florida. Salt water was a cure (most) all. We've found that it still is.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big essential Oil person. I'm using a couple that actually are suppose to help with warding off germs. One is called Four Robbers and the other is called protect me. I get them from an affordable place called I also take Juice Plus, which helps to build up the immune system. I pray they help along with all the other precautions.

Anonymous said...

All of those ideas have a basis in sound principles. To proliferate the virus must come in contact with tissues it can invade. Those would be poorly protected tissues like the nasal passages and sinuses, throat, and eyes. Keep the virus away from those places, or wash it away before it can enter the cells, and you don't get infected.
Another area many people don't think about- bedding. Wash hands and face before going to bed and frequently wash pillowcases and bedsheets.


Tipper said...

Great post! The swine flu is rampant here-and I did not know about the gargling or the nose swabbing.