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Boomer Life 650 CISL with Dr. Zickler
Welcome to Boomer Life on CISL 650… On Boomer Life today we’re focusing on your health…
In studio with us today representing Yes Wellness is…Dr. Paul Zickler and Registered Holistic Nutritionist Patti Smyth.
Dr. Paul Zickler is the Medical Director at YesWellness.com. He has been a medical doctor for over forty years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Yes Wellness team.
As the Medical Director of Yes Wellness, Dr. Zickler takes part in:
- Reviewing the products that are available on YesWellness.com
- Answers questions for Yes Wellness customers
- Contributes to the Wellness Blog
Stirling: Dr. Zickler welcome back to the show…well summer is now behind us and the fall cold and flu season is now upon us so this will be our focus today
On the show today we are going to focus on how to Scare Away the Cold and Flu Naturally
We will talk about Supplements that help prevent the cold/flu, as well as…
- Natural ways to boost your immunity
- How to keep the flu out of your home with 5 ways to prevent the cold and flu naturally.
Stirling: What kind of flu’s should we be expecting this year?
Stirling: What are your thoughts on the Flu vaccine?
*The seasonal flu vaccine will be available for all those who would like it (usually late October ) at no charge and the new swine flu whenever it is passed by HealthCanada.
Stirling: Dr. Zickler why don’t we bring our listeners up to date on the management of the flu. The most important is PREVENTION and this starts now, correct?
Take care of your health to reduce or eliminate your risk of contracting the flu. The key is to keep your immune system strong by following these guidelines:
- Eliminate sugar and processed foods from your diet. Sugar consumption has an immediate, debilitating effect on your immune system.
- Take a high quality source of animal-based omega 3 fats like Krill Oil.
- Exercise. Your immune system needs good circulation in order to perform at its best for you. You should start with a 20 min walk for 5/7 days. You would then try to get 5 days of exercise so that you get your heart rate to 80% maximum for two hours each week.
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is the likely cause of seasonal flu viruses. Getting an optimal level of vitamin D will help you fight infections of all kinds.
- Get plenty of good quality sleep.
- Deal with stress effectively. If you feel overwhelmed by stress, your body will not have the reserves it needs to fight infection.
- Wash your hands. But not with an antibacterial soap. Use a pure, chemical-free soap
- Gargle twice a day with warm salt water. A virus takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat / nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation.
- Clean you nostrils at least once a day with warm salt water. “Simply Saline”saline irrigation is available at the pharmacy, as well as, Neti pots that make this as simple as gargling.
Dr. Zickler we all know our bodies well and we all know almost the moment that we feel something coming on…it could be waking up with a bit of a sore throat, sneezing, or just generally starting to feel like “something is coming on”……when this happens what should be the first things we do?
WHEN YOU HAVE THE FIRST SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU OR COLD:
- Make sure your wash your hands as below and don’t use other’s phone or keyboard. Cleanse your phone and keyboard daily, wipes are provided by Claudia.
- Gargle with a antibacterial mouthwash such as Scope as soon as you feel a funny throat.
- Start sucking a Zinc lozenges at this time and take the 15 mgm lozenge two of these three times a day. Recent data states that doses higher than 75 mgms a day are effective.
- Start taking Vitamin C 3000-6000 mgm a day for five days and then return to 2000 mgms a day for the whole cold season.
- Start taking Vitamin D at the first sign of symptoms take 20 x1000 mgms three times a day for three day as the therapeutic dose. This seems high but is at the lower levels suggested by the scientist who has been doing most of the vitamin D studies. He has not had a flu/cold for 27 years! After this go back to the maintenance dose of 3-5000 mgms for light colored people and 5-7000 mgms for brown colored people until you are receiving enough sunshine in your day. This is described as exposing 40% of your body to the sun for 20 minutes everyday.
- Children’s doses;
Stirling: What are some of the products available from YES Wellness and on the Yes Wellness website that would be beneficial when we feel a cold or flu coming on?
Stirling: Any other ideas to fend off cold and flu?
Drink plenty of fluids but not any with sugar such as soft drinks or juices especially those that have fructose. Green tea is a good fluid and is not a diuretic
- Use Baking soda in the dosages below
Recommended dosages from the Arm & Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
- Day 1 -- Take six doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at about two-hour intervals
- Day 2 -- Take four doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals
- Day 3 -- Take two doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter ½ teaspoon in glass of cool water each morning until cold symptoms are gone
Stirling: Let’s talk about the everyday steps we can take to protect our health…
Dr. Zickler what are some general tips?
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after your use it.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 15-20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Disinfectant commercial liquids like isopropyl alcohol ( Purell) are also good. Like the ones in our building at the front and at the bathroom
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people
- Claudia has respirator masks available if you feel that you may be coming down with the cold/flu or those near you maybe coming down with a cold/flu
- If you are sick with flu-illness it is recommended that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.(your fever should be gone without the use of Advil or Tylenol. Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.
- Employees who are well but have an ill family member at home with any of the flu’s can go to work as usual. They should monitor their symptoms and follow the recipe for prevention.
- In adults, emergency warning signsthat need urgent medical attention include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe of persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve and then return with fever and worse cough
Are there medications to treat the swine flu?
There are two medications oseltamivir (tamiflu) and zanamivir (relenza) for the treatment and/or prevention of a viral flu. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. You have to start taking the medications within the first 24- 36 hrs of the flu symptoms and they only reduce your sick time by 1-2 days. We will have some medications on hand. Please come and see Dr. Zickler about this.
CONTAMINATION AND CLEANING:
How long can influenza virus remain on objects (such as doorknobs and desktops)?
The virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for 2-8 hours after being deposited on the surface.
What kills influenza virus?
It is destroyed by heat (75-100 degrees C). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents, iodine-based antiseptics and alcohols are effective in proper concentration and exposure times.
How should waste disposal be handled to prevent the spread of influenza virus?
To prevent the spread of influenza virus, it is recommended that tissues and other disposable items used by an infected person be thrown in the trash. Additionally, persons should wash their hands with soap and water after touching used tissues and similar waste.
What household cleaning should be done to prevent the spread of influenza virus?
To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces ( especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and tots for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.
How should linens, eating utensils and dishes or persons infected with influenza virus be handled?
Linens, eating utensils and dishes belonging to those who are sick do not need to be cleaned separately, but importantly these items should not be shared without washing thoroughly first . Linens (such as bed sheets and towels) should be washed by using household laundry soap and tumbled dry on a hot setting. Individuals should avoid “hugging” laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating themselves. Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub immediately after handling dirty laundry.
Stirling: Dr. Zickler let’s talk about Naturopathic Cold/Flu Suggestions…
2. Take NAC (N-acetylcysteine) through the winter.
An amino acid and an antioxidant, NAC is sold as a nutritional supplement. NAC has also been used medically for the past 50 years to loosen mucus in patients with chronic bronchitis and to protect the liver in cases of poisoning with acetaminophen (Tylenol and other brands). NAC is needed for production of glutathione, the most important antioxidant produced by the cells of your body.
NAC was shown in an Italian study to help prevent symptoms of H1N1 flu in almost two-thirds of the people taking it, when compared to a placebo. In the Italian study, which was done with adults over the age of 65, people received either a placebo or NAC 600 milligrams twice a day for six months. During this time, a little over a quarter of all these people developed antibodies to the H1N1 flu strain in circulation, indicating that they had become infected with the virus. Among the people receiving the placebo, 79% developed symptoms of flu. Among the people taking NAC, only 25% developed symptoms. In addition, the symptoms that developed were significantly milder in the group taking NAC. And there was a significant improvement in measures of immune function in the NAC group compared to the placebo group over the 6 months of the study. In the laboratory, NAC inhibits the growth of influenza virus.
3. Use American ginseng (Panax cinquefolium) from now until spring.
American ginseng is an herb with immune stimulating effects. In a controlled study among elderly adults, taking an extract of American ginseng, 200 milligrams twice a day, for three months, decreased acquisition of influenza virus infection by 84%. Among the placebo group, 7% developed a new influenza infection (confirmed by laboratory testing); in the American ginseng group only one person out of 97 (1%) developed an influenza infection. American ginseng also decreased the development of other respiratory viral infections in the study participants. (Note: All these people had been vaccinated for influenza.) In another study, done with young and middle aged adults, American ginseng decreased the incidence and severity of colds by about 50%.
4. Take elderberry (Sambucus nigra) at the first sign of respiratory symptoms.
Elderberry is an herb with potent anti-influenza activity. It inhibits the growth of influenza virus in laboratory studies as effectively as prescription medications like Tamiflu and amantadine. Taken for five days at the onset of respiratory symptoms during flu epidemics, elderberry syrup produced a rapid improvement in symptoms when compared to placebo. Elderberry is unique in being effective against both influenza A and influenza B.
5. Make regular self-care routines.
There are also many simple things you can do to keep your immune system in check this winter. Get a good night's sleep every night. Exercise regularly, about 30 minutes a day, and don't overdo it. Intense exercise impairs the immune response rather than boosting it. Wash hands frequently, especially when returning home and before eating. Avoid sugar, limit alcohol and eat a well-balanced nutritious diet.
Here's a recipe for a delicious, nutritious soup, created by my son, Jonathan Galland, for our book, The Fat Resistance Diet. It's great for winter. We call it Immune Power Soup.
Immune Power Soup
You can make this in advance and freeze it in single-serving containers for later use. Serves five.
- 2 cups carrots, sliced
- 1 cup leeks, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, finely sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh chive, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
1. Coat a large pot with olive oil. Add onion and garlic, sauté for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add carrot and shiitake mushrooms, then sauté for 5 more minutes.
2. Add celery, leek, parsley, basil and 8 cups of water. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve in a bowl or mug and garnish with chive.
10 FLU MYTHS:
If you’ve ever had the flu, you know how sick you can be. Chances are good that some of the advice friends and family gave you about avoiding or dealing with the flu was wrong. There seems to be no shortage of misinformation and bad advice when it comes to dealing with the flu.
Here are 10 common myths about the flu.
- MYTH: You can catch the flu from the vaccine.
The vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that can’t transmit infection. So people who get sick after receiving a flu vaccination were going to get sick anyway. It takes a week or two to get protection from the vaccine. But people assume that because they got sick after getting the vaccine, the shot caused their illness.
- MYTH: Healthy people don’t need to be vaccinated.
It’s true that the flu vaccination is routinely recommended for people who have a chronic illness. But anyone — even healthy folks — can benefit from being vaccinated. Current guidelines suggest that children ages 6 months to 19 years old, pregnant women, and anyone over age 49 be vaccinated each year. In addition, the flu shot is recommended for healthy people who might spread the virus to others who are particularly susceptible. For this reason, health care workers are routinely advised to get the flu vaccination to protect their patients.
- MYTH: Getting the flu vaccination is all you need to do to protect yourself from the flu.
There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself during flu season besides vaccination. Avoid contact with people who have the flu, wash your hands frequently, and consider taking anti-viral medications if you were exposed to the flu before being vaccinated.
- MYTH: The flu is just a bad cold.
Influenza may cause bad cold symptoms. But in the United States alone, 36,000 people die and more than 200,000 are hospitalized each year because of the flu.
- MYTH: You can’t spread the flu if you’re feeling well.
Actually, 20% to 30% of people carrying the influenza virus have no symptoms.
- MYTH: You don’t need to get a flu shot every year.
The influenza virus changes (mutates) each year. So getting vaccinated each year is important to make sure you have immunity to the strains most likely to cause an outbreak.
- MYTH: You can catch the flu from going out in cold weather without a coat, with wet hair or by sitting near a drafty window.
The only way to catch the flu is by being exposed to the influenza virus. Flu season coincides with the cold weather. So people often associate the flu with a cold, drafty environment. But, they are not related.
- MYTH: Feed a cold, starve a fever.
If you have the flu (or a cold) and a fever, you need more fluids. There’s little reason to increase or decrease how much you eat. Though you may have no appetite, “starving” yourself will accomplish little. And poor nutrition will not help you get better.
- MYTH: Chicken soup will speed your recovery from the flu.
Hot liquids can soothe a sore throat and provide much needed fluids. But chicken soup has no other specific qualities that can help fight the flu.
- MYTH: If you have a high fever with the flu that lasts more than a day or two, antibiotics may be necessary.
Antibiotics work well against bacteria, but they aren’t effective for a viral infection like the flu. Then again, some people develop a bacterial infection as a complication of the flu, so it may be a good idea to get checked out if your symptoms drag on or worsen.
The flu is a good example of how medical myths can get in the way of good medical care. When it’s flu season, take the necessary steps to stay healthy. That includes separating fact from myth.