posted on Apr, 27 2009 @ 10:58 PM
don't take echinacea if you have any auto-immune diseases, these include lupus, aids, hiv, chronic arthritis, lymes disease and gulf war syndrome.
immune system stimulants, like echinacea, will freak your system right out and if you're already sick, that's not a good thing. so proceed with
caution. out of the five people in my house, i was the only one that couldn't take it because it would make my lymph nodes swell up and burst (among
other things). but the rest of the people haven't had to go to the doctors for colds or flus in years because they take it when they get ill.
also, here's some foods that can assist.
if the virus is presenting itself in the form of swollen mucus membranes in your digestive/respiratory tracts, anything spicy hot will reduce the
swelling, which you really want to do. this includes tea made from cayenne pepper, super spicy hot salsa (the hotter the better), juice from
jalapenos, jalapenos and so on. horse radish sauce. and goldenseal is said to reduce swelling in mucus membrane but it is not suggested if you have
heart/blood pressure condition.
the secret is to keep or get your pH back into balance and keep hydrated with healthy fluids. with viruses, the system becomes highly acidic and
depleted of fluids (they are being drawn to swelling areas and sweated out of pores). so anything alkaline (within reason of course) will help to
rebalance. good sources of that are:
baking soda in water. read the box for proper dilution.
apple cider vinegar.
sea salt (the organic kind if possible, which will also help in rehydrating..be careful if you have high blood pressure or are on a salt-restricted
diet. do not use table salt.... it's not the same thing.)
vitamin c, especially fresh squeezed juices from citrus fruits.
calcium, particularly from good sources like oyster shell calcium
and the most powerful anti-oxidant known currently is alpha-lipoic acid.
to break a fever, a bowl of old-fashioned, long cooking "(5 minutes or more) oatmeal, prepared as thick as possible and eaten while hot (the hotter
the better provided you can stand it and it isn't burning your mouth). for some reason, that increased heat of the thick oatmeal causes your body's
thermostat to kick in and lower your body temp.
if you have it in your lungs, take a blanket into the bathroom with you, turn on the shower, take a nice warm shower, get out, don't towel off,
don't dab the water off you, just immediately wrap the blanket around you. go in your room, pull the blanket up over your head, (create a pocket of
space for you to breathe in of course) but keep your whole body and head covered by the blanket, while still dripping wet from the shower. stay that
way for at least 15 minutes (unless you have clostrophobia).
and not enough can be said about the wisdom of getting a box of surgical face masks from the local drug store. those things are extremely effective.
that and washing your hands regularly
[edit on 27-4-2009 by undo]