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By Ma’at Seba
SUN COLUMNIST
                                    Fall and winter seem to be the seasons where people are                                          more susceptible to colds and flus (or in fluenza) are very              
                                similar  and they both are caused by viruses, but flus tend to be                                    more  serious.
                                      The natural remedies for colds and flus are also similar,                                        listed are some of the most popular remedies and their general     
                                uses:
                              Astragalus - promotes the multiplication of white blood cells for                                    fighting infection, enhances immune system (do not take if a fever                                 is present).
Echinacea – purifies the blood, promotes digestion, expels poisons and toxins, is a gargle for sore throats, and fights viral and bacterial infections.
Fenugreek – expels mucus, a gargle for sore throats, has cooling effects on the bowels, lubricates the intestines, and has laxative properties, helpful for stomach ulcers and other stomach problems.
Mullein – expels mucus, the tea is good for inducing sleep, coughs, hay fever, hoarseness and bronchitis, boil the leaves in water and breath in the vapors for nasal congestion and other respiratory problems.
Elderberry – a tonic and blood purifier, diuretic, promotes sweating, has laxative properties, enhances the immune system, and relieves coughs and congestion.
Eucalyptus – boil and inhale the vapors of the leaves or oil to break up mucus and to aid in breathing, is a decongestant and expectorant.
Cayenne (capsicum) – is a stimulant, it improves circulation, breaks up mucus, promotes the healing of the stomach lining, and is an expectorant and anti-flammatory.
Ginger – a hot ginger tea will promote a cleansing of the system through perspiration, it stimulates circulation, prevents griping or cramps, aids in clearer and easier respiratory breathing.
Wild Cherry Bark – expels mucus, loosens phlegm in the throat and chest, good for coughs, asthma, bronchitis and digestive problems.
Olive Leaf – fights viral and bacterial infections, has laxative properties, effective against fever, has a tranquilizing effect for nervous tension.
Red Clover – powerful blood purifier, expels mucus, good for coughs, bronchitis, fights infection and calms the nerves.
Hyssop – increases circulation, regulates blood pressure, expels mucus, good for fevers, and loosens phlegm in the lungs and throat.
Garlic – expels mucus, powerful germ killer, detoxifies the body, fights viruses, yeast and fungus, and strengthens the immune system.
Horehound – loosens and decreases the thickness of mucus and aids in expelling it, is a good stomach tonic, good for respiratory problems and builds the immune system.
Olive leaf - is a powerful antioxidant and is commonly used to fight colds and flu, yeast infections, and viral infections such as the hard-to-treat Epstein-Barr disease, shingles and herpes, lowers blood pressure.
Colloidal Silver - has been proven to be useful against many different infections and is used in concentrations of 10 - 30 ppm (parts per million) against all species of fungi, bacteria, protozoa, parasites and certain viruses. It can be used internally and externally for infections including eye or ear, cuts, burns, rashes etc.
Black Seed Oil - also known as Black Cumin, has been traditionally used for a variety of conditions and treatments related to respiratory health, stomach and intestinal health, kidney and liver function, circulatory and immune system support.
Apple Cider Vinegar (raw unfiltered with the “Mother” in it) – has historically been used for thousands of years as a vinegar tonic to stay healthy and fight off disease, break up mucus, relieve sinus congestion and infections, soothing sore throats, balancing pH levels, to preserve food, as a deodorant, relieve muscle pain and arthritis pain, and normalizing weight and helping to maintain levels of cholesterol and much more.
• Goldenseal - is a powerful antibiotic which fights infection and inflammation, strengthens the immune system. It relieves colds, flu’s and congestion (especially if taken upon the first symptoms of illness), fungal infections, skin aliments and increases the effectiveness of insulin, improves digestion. It should not be used by pregnant women, nursing mothers, those with high blood pressure and should not be taken for more than two weeks at a time.
  Some other helpful hints are to:
• Avoid sugar, dairy products (cheese, milk, ice cream) pop and other mucus forming foods
• Drink plenty of fluids (alkaline water, herbal teas and pure juices)
• Throw your toothbrush away every three months and especially after any colds or flus (it can prolong your illness by harboring germs and viruses)
• Wash your hands thoroughly every time you blow or wipe your nose or sneeze
• Take vitamin C (with zinc) lozenges at the first signs of a sore throat
• Boil raw apple cider vinegar with a little water and inhale the vapors to open a stuffy head or nose and to drain the sinuses. Also take 1-2 teaspoons in a glass of water daily to break up mucus in the body
• Chew crystallized ginger to aid in respiratory and mucus congestion
• Most importantly, keep your bowels open to allow the mucus and toxins to leave your body (colon cleansers, castor oil, aloe vera, coffee enemas or a herbal laxative will be helpful if needed)
  The best defense against colds and flu is to strengthen your immune system. You cannot take one kind of pill or herb and think that they will build your immune system up. The immune system is a system consisting of the complex interaction of cells, organs, and structures etc. within the body that function synergistically. It is very important to begin to learn about your body parts and how they function. Learn about and love on your body, after all, you only get one!
  For more information as well as colon cleansers and parasite formulas, call: (313) 861-1118, Mon-Fri. 10-7 pm & Sat. 10 - 6 pm. Visit Loving Life Health Store – 15224 W. 7 Mile, Detroit, MI. 48235.







Cold and flu defense
(StatePoint) Even as chronic diseases like pre-diabetes and high blood pressure touch more and more Americans, physicians are urging patients to keep in mind that early detection is key, and that chronic disease can often be managed with lifestyle changes.
     “To confront our increasing chronic disease burden, patients must be aware of their risk for type 2 diabetes and hypertension,” says Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., president of the American Medical Association (AMA). “To prevent both of these chronic diseases, awareness and action are key.”
     As part of the effort to empower Americans to confront chronic disease, the AMA offers the following guidance.
Prediabetes
     While pre-diabetes -- the precursor to type 2 diabetes -- has serious health implications, people who are at risk can take steps to reverse the condition and prevent or delay type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes like weight loss, healthy eating and increased physical activity. Unfortunately, not everyone is even aware they are at risk. Eighty-four million people in the U.S. are living with pre-diabetes, and of those that have it, 90 percent are unaware, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
     The AMA urges patients to find out their risk by taking a one-minute online test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org. In addition to the risk test, the site contains other resources and links. Developed as part of a first-of-its-kind joint national pre-diabetes awareness campaign launched in 2016 by the AMA, Ad Council, CDC and the American Diabetes Association, the campaign has helped hundreds of thousands of Americans learn their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The campaign website also features lifestyle tips and links to CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, which connects visitors to a registry of CDC-recognized programs across the country.
Hypertension
     “With nearly half of all adults in the U.S. now living with high blood pressure and at increased risk of heart attack and stroke, more Americans should be monitoring their blood pressure levels and taking quick action to get their high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, under control,” says Dr. McAneny.
     Unfortunately, there are often no signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, which is why it is often referred to as the “silent killer.” If left untreated, the condition damages the blood vessels and increases the risk for heart attack, stroke and other serious conditions.
     To help understand and manage your blood pressure numbers, visit LowerYourHBP.org, a site launched by the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, and the AMA in partnership with the Ad Council. The site helps raise awareness of the life-altering consequences of uncontrolled high blood pressure and motivates people to work with their doctors on developing and committing to a treatment plan.
     By being proactive and knowing your risks, you can take control of your health.

 

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