Monday, October 19, 2009
A Common Sense Approach to Virus Infections
Received an E-mail from an unknown doctor passing on this common sense advice regarding the dreaded H1N1 virus that actually applies to most virus infections so I am adding it to my blog. If anyone has another suggestion, feel free to comment. ‘First everyone needs to remember there are only two points of entry  the mouth and  the nose. So, while you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced to follow a common sense methods of prevention:
1. Frequent hand washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. Keep your Hands-off-your-face. 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 Tami flu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Yoga asana to clean nasal cavities, but *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 and other 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 (tea, coffee, etc) 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.
I suggest you pass this on to your entire E-list. You never know 20 who might pay attention to it - and STAY ALIVE because of it.’