Washing hands frequently and disinfecting your desk area phone, computer mouse, and work area will also help in prevention. Phones and other desk tools really are nasty with germs. So the first step is defense.
The rest of this blog deals with how my family deals with getting sick. I cannot advise you on this issue. So I am sharing with you my readers my views on dealing with sickness. Your medical doctor will not agree with this blog, I assure you. So realize that your doctor would disagree with the way our family works with health problems.He would tell you to ignore anything I talk about. I have used standard antibiotics only on rare occasions in the past 50 years, one of them being this past year. It is my belief system and I stand by that system. I use antibiotics when nothing else works for me and when I feel the infection is dangerous and not responding to my program. You must decide for yourself. So now I will go on with the rest of the blog.
After these steps, Vitamin C is important. Increase your Vitamin C according to tolerance when you are exposed to someone sick or when getting that sick-coming down with something feeling. If you take too much Vitamin C, you may get loose stools. If that happens back off some with the dose.
B-Complex and Zinc
A good B-Complex formula is also beneficial in boosting immune function. Zinc should be included into that formula. Extra Zinc in the form of a throat spray or lozenge often helps. There are also immune herbs formulas that help to boost your immune function enough to stop a cold in his early tracks.
Herbs that help to stamp out cold and flu:Goldenseal, garlic, oregano are all natural herbal antibiotics. They come in caps or liquid. The sicker you are, the more often you take the herbs. Just like standard antibiotics, you need to take herbs often enough during the day to keep the herbs in the blood stream to fight the bacteria or virus. Doctors will say that herbs to not work on viruses but after 50 years of using them, I know they do. The sooner you begin taking the herbs, the faster you will feel better. The more set in the sickness is, the harder it will be to stamp it out. If you get worse despite the herbs after several days, it maybe time to do into the doctor.
The quality of the herbs you buy determine results. The quality of the herbs depends on the integrity of the manufacturing company. There are great brands out there and poor quality brands. It is all in the quality of the herbal material and the manufacturing steps. Nature's Sunshine and New Sun are two brands I use. In my store you will only see support of brands that I feel are quality by either experience or investigation. So visit the store to see what brands I support. Poor quality herbs are throwing your money down the toilet.
Colloidal Silver and liquid Kyolic Garlic: These two healing therapies seem to work the best for mouth and throat infections. The Colloidal Silver is very effective on a range of infections. Their liquid nature soaks into mouth crevices that are harboring infection. Effective on infected teeth and gums, I hold the liquid in my mouth for as long as possible. Clove oil rubbed into a sore tooth will also stop a tooth ache.
Neem and its benefits. I had never used Neem until this past year. Neem is not familiar to many people but should be included in the arsenal of natural antibiotics. It also stimulates the immune system. There are a number of research projects confirming its antibiotic and immune benefits. You will find tooth paste and mouth wash that includes Neem for its beneficial effects on teeth and gum problems.
Visit the resources at the end of this article to learn more about Neem and its health benefits.
If you use one herb frequently, it is a good idea to switch to another herbal formulation for awhile, especially if what you are using is not working as effectively as you would like.
Know when to visit a physician:
If your sore throat rapidly progresses to the point you are having trouble swallowing, visit the ER. Just this year I got a jaw infection from a tooth that rapidly spread up my jaw, into my throat, and in less than a day got to the point I could not swallow. I did go to ER and used high powered antibiotics. There are times when herbs just don't work fast enough to stop the infection.
MRSA infections can be tougher than herbs and standard antibiotics spreading through the body, shutting down organs and systems. My jaw infection did not fully respond to drugs and got worse again, after two days of finishing three weeks of treatment.
Standard medicine threw the best they had at the infection and it did not completely snuff it out. So then I returned to using herbs, but in higher doses. They threw 1800 mg of Augmentim at the infection for three weeks without complete success. I knew then, I would need to use a much higher dosage of herbs than I had used before. I threw all three herbal antibiotics above at the infection plus Neem in massive doses and that finally stopped it after two more weeks. At least at that point I could eat and chew again. I felt better overall than I had in awhile.
Resistant jaw / MRSA infections are tough for standard medicine resulting in hospital stays and antibiotic IV's. Even after all that, it often comes back according to patient comments on drug sites. Oral surgery actually removing jaw tissue is done when nothing else works.
I found with mine that infection under two teeth, one of each side was the source of the reoccurring jaw infection. That is why it is such a stubborn problem. I am trying to avoid losing those teeth but in the end, it may result is that step. Right now, I am still fighting it off and on with herbs while trying to boost my immune system as well. Any time I notice soreness starting, I begin treatment. We will see if in the end, if I will have to have several teeth removed. We have some genetic problems with our teeth in the family. Years ago, I suffered from diagnosed Mercury poisoning from some old fillings that had deteriorated in the back of my mouth. That caused severe health problems and complications.
I hope this gives you some insight into how I deal with colds, flu, and infections. It is important to know when to visit the doctor. If you lack experience or are unsure when sick, it is then best to seek medical advice and help. If you visit the doctor getting a diagnosis, you then can treat it then herbally or with standard medicine. Do not use both at once, for they can increase side effects of the antibiotics or render the antibiotic more or less effective. You must decided for yourself.
With children, infections overwhelm their small systems rapidly. Infections can turn into a killer rapidly so don't hesitate to take them in for a diagnosis. It helps to know what infection you are dealing with since it could be either a bacteria or virus.Pay attention to your motherly senses that tell you the infection is more serious than it would seem. Always go with your intuition on that. When in doubt, call for advice by your doctor.