I know, I know...everyone is freaking out about the swine flu. But there is no need to grab your gas masks & run for underground bunkers just yet… According to the Center for Disease Control website: Each flu season is unique, but it is estimated that, on average, approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu, and more than 200,000 persons are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. About 36,000 Americans die on average per year from the complications of flu. So take it easy...its not nearly as bad as the media is blowin' up to be.
If you want to know how to protect yourself from swine flu…check out these 20 tips...
# 1 – First step is to relax, focus on solutions and not get sucked into the media frenzy that’s creating madness. I gotta tell ya, the mainstream American media does a great job at making people crazy.
Whether it’s the avian bird flu, terrorism or the economy, or whatever the evening news shoves into our psyche w that manic panic energy – the most important thing is to chill out and manage your mind.
Respond intelligently to the situation, do not react emotionally to it. And do the same things to avoid getting sick and stay healthy as you should already be doing!
When you are emotional, you cant make wise, focused decisions. When you are emotional, you are not in control of your life, you are controlled by your emotions.
Anger and depression also suppress the immune system (Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2001;24:537-555)
The more fear, stress or volatile your emotions are, the more cortisol your body pumps out. Cortisol, as you should know from reading my blog, is stress hormone and when its being excessively pumped out, as is the case all over the world right now, the immune system gets suppressed and your other healthy hormones are inhibited.
Cortisol weakens the immune system, makes you fat, tired and age prematurely.
In certain scientific circles I run around in, that’s called a Quadruple Whammy.
#2 – Manage your immune system – Since there is no vaccine for this new flu strain, don’t go running out to your doctor just yet. The smartest thing you can do right now is manage your mind and your immune system.
We have an immune system that fights pathogens like bacteria and virus, so don’t give it unnecessary work like stay up late, drink coffee, soda, alcohol so that it can do its job…
#3 – Take basic flu precautions and everyday steps to prevent the spread of germs.
Clean your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes
Stay away from people who are sick or people who are coughing and sneezing
Clean hands often
Keep hands away from face
If your hand is larger than your face, then you might be…oh, never mind.
Cover your coughs and sneezes to protect others – use a tissue and throw it away, but do not throw it at your co worker…the trash can is best. According to the CDC, long distance basket shots are worth 3 points. Shots made while standing by the water cooler are worth only 2.
If someone you know is coughing, immediate turn and run for your life, screaming….no, I’m kidding.
Basic stuff like washing hands and avoidance works best here — careful with public items like door knobs and public phones.
Keep distance from strangers…I know that’s kinda hard on the subway, but you get the point.
Don’t go kissing strangers when riding the 6 train to work. Very important.
# 4 – Masks – its up to you on this one. I think they look cool, actually, the full on military style gas masks look really cool, but that would def scare the bejeesus out of some people!
I’m not gonna walk around NYC with a mask. I tend to think that I will see other people donning these tomorrow though. Maybe if I was in Mexico city I would, but I’m not. Again, its up to you…
# 5 – Garlic – it’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal – it must be fresh – and crushed soon before you eat or juice it in order to be most effective. Keep it raw.
# 6 – Sugar – tastes good but it suppresses the immune system, its found in almost everything processed, and especially in the foods that are fed to children…its even in ketchup. Keep in mind that all carbs are sugars, so yes, juice is sugar, including your Blueprint juice fast thats sweeping NYC faster than the swine flu.
Yes, your Blueprint sugar-water fast you just paid $75 clams a day for instantly turned you into a sucker and no, it did not improve your health. I will cover this ‘health’ hoax (and some other funnier ones) that have fooled many a New Yorker in a few posts from now….
…and you thought New Yorkers were like gifted or extra saavy?…please.
# 7 – Sleep – get to bed on time and be careful with spending time in front of a tv or computer late at night. Now if you have trouble falling asleep, then there are proactive steps you can take. Your sleep is your battery charger for your immune system and hormonal levels. So, get to bed by 10:30 pm. Wind down and read, journal, practice something relaxing like art work, prayer, music or spend quality time with friends & loved ones. punk rock does not fall into this relaxing category. Neither does CSI.
Early to bed, early rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise!
# 8 – Vitamin D – get it from sunlight and traditionally healthy foods like liver and other
organ meats, seafood and the fats from grass-fed animals. Every day, take a break from your work and get outside!!! Unprotected, no spf crap on yor skin, sun exposure is critical for healthy immune function….and a good mood. Just don’t go out and get sunburned on the weekends!
You can also get if from a high quality Cod Liver Oil, I prefer www.drrons.com
# 9 – Exercise – don’t overdo it as the majority of trainers do with their clients like I have seen every single day for the past 15 years. Remember, the more stressed you are, the softer your exercise needs to be. Don’t exercise for more than an hour at a time, ideally 30 – 45 minutes. You only need 3-5 days week.
Your exercise should energize you, not exhaust you.
# 10 – Food – No, this swine flu is not a Biblical pre-Armageddon warning ‘sign’ from a pissed off God…and anyone over reacting like that needs to have a shoe thrown at them…yes you can eat pork, as long as its naturally raised.
# 11 – Dont eat non food – No you should not eat genetically modified, irradiated and sprayed with neurotoxic & endocrine disrupting pesticide foods that the US government insists is safe. Check out my previous post on organic produce and hte list that tells you which ones are safer to eat by clicking HERE
# 12 – Water – check the recent post on Drugs in Our Drinking Water. Remember, the US government allows tons of chemicals and drugs into our water supplies. So go for clean spring water.
80% of your immune system is in your gut, so yes, your food choices are essential for overall health and preventing swine flu and every disease…not just fat loss.
#13 – Raw milk or raw butter. Go to www.realmilk.com to find recommendations on where you can find this amazing health food in your area. Grass-fed is best.
# 14 – Coconut oil. Every one of you should have this in their home.
# 15 – High-quality extra virgin olive oil. Ideally this should be consumed raw on your salads.
# 16 – Fresh fruits and veggies every day – organic when possible.
Supplements – the reason I don’t talk about supplements often is because most people miss the whole point. Most supplements that you can buy in stores are synthetic crap. And since most people have digestive disorders, any supplement (food based or crap) will get wasted.
The real problem is this: people use supplements to compensate for a lousy diet. Also, when your sick, its not the supplement your missing, its your diet & lifestyle that made you sick. So they abuse and misuse the little suckers…
So, follow all the guidelines I have posted about Real Food and don’t put your faith in supplements or the US government for that matter, they already screwed us on the ‘food and water’ issue…
Here are some basic supplements that will help support your immune system when your doing the right thing to begin with.
# 17 – Colostrum – I love this stuff! Its like nature’s anabolic steroids! But safe, and healthy. You can get this raw in liquid form in some states including California. If not, you can mail order it.
Funny, you can get guns at Wal Mart; alcohol at the corner deli 24 hrs a day; cigarettes all over the entire planet; all kinds of highly synthetic poisonous crap ‘food’ that triggers all sorts of brain & body dysfunction, depression, digestive problems, obesity; our foods are loaded with proven cancer causing chemicals….and you can get hard core drugs, the most widely abused drugs by today’s youth – pharmaceuticals – quite easily! All this is readily available and even marketed…but its illegal in most states to get raw milk!!! WTF!?!?!
Who the hell is in charge here????
Are the people in charge of this madness drinking tap water, eating commercially raised food and completely out of touch with reality???
I tend to think so…
# 18 – Probiotcs – These are the friendly bacteria that normally live in your gut have a number of very important functions, including:
Providing vital support to your immune system. Bacteria play a crucial role in the development and operation of your mucosal immune system in your digestive tract. They are also involved in the production of antibodies to pathogens.
Probiotics convert certain carbs into energy and nutrients.
They produce vitamins, absorb minerals and eliminate toxins. Probiotics help in the production of both vitamin K and B vitamins, and promote mineral absorption. They also aid in metabolism and the breakdown of toxins.
They keep bad bacteria in check. Your intestinal lining is about the size of a tennis court, or the basketball courts on Venice beach. Friendly bacteria compete with the bad guys for turf, and since beneficial bacteria are ‘locals’, they win most of the battles for nutrition and attachment sites within your colon.
The good bacteria are highly intelligent & tell your body how much nutrition is necessary – so that any excess bad bacteria are starved out. The helpful bacteria also help kill harmful microbes.
Probiotics prevent allergies. Friendly bacteria train your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately.
Probiotics perform a wide variety of functions, including the prevention or control of:
Food & skin allergies in children
Vaginal yeast infections & inflammation
Premature labor in pregnant women
Inflammatory bowel disease
Bladder & infections
# 19 – Fermented Foods – Historically, people used cultured or fermented foods to support their overall health, way before probiotics…
Cultured foods like yogurt, (not Danon crap that’s being advertised on TV), sauerkraut & kim chi are good sources of natural, healthy bacteria if you get real stuff from the farmers market or health food store.I get mine from Hawthorne Valley Farms in Union Square farmers market.
Fermented food such as natto or kefir can give your body the similar benefits of consuming a whole bottle of good bacteria, at a fraction of the cost.
One of the best and least expensive ways to get healthy bacteria through your diet is from raw milk and convert it to kefir, which is really easy to make at home.
# 20 – Resources
Here is a site that sells great products, including kefir starter kits and other goodies, check out www.mercola.com
I also suggest you get his natural health newsletter.
If you want to see my favorite nutritional companies of all time, check out www.gardenoflifeusa.com
If you want more info on fermented foods and kefir, check out www.bodyecologydiet.com
If you want more info on how to prevent the flu and see one of the best books on the topic, check out http://drjewilliams.com/
Ok, so do the right thing and dont panic.
This will blow over soon enough. Do everything you should already be doing to stay healthy.