Dr. Ben Kim, a chiropractor and acupuncturist living and working in the Toronto area in Canada writes, “The next time you experience a cold or the flu, remember this: rather than take conventional drugs to suppress uncomfortable symptoms, it’s better for your health to allow the cold or flu to run its course while you get plenty of physical and emotional rest.
Conventional medicine and the pharmaceutical industry would have you believe that there is no “cure” for the common cold, that you should protect yourself against the flu with a vaccine that is laden with toxic chemicals, and that during the midst of a cold or flu, it is favorable to ease your discomfort with a variety of medications that can suppress your symptoms.”
He also writes, “…. the common cold is nature's way of keeping you healthy over the long term. And so long as you get plenty of rest and strive to stay hydrated and properly nourished during a cold or flu, there is no need to get vaccinated or to take medications that suppress congested sinuses, a fever, or coughing. All of these uncomfortable symptoms are actually ways in which your body works to eliminate waste products and/or help your body get through a cold or flu. It's fine to use over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen if your discomfort becomes intolerable or if such meds can help you get a good night's rest. But it's best to avoid medications that aim to suppress helpful processes such as fever, coughing, and a runny nose.” www.drbenkim.com
Of course, with our schedules into full swing, who can afford to get sick? The kids can’t afford to miss out of school and you can’t afford to miss work! Here are some tips to dodging those seasonal sicknesses.
1. Make sure your family gets enough sleep! According to this article found at www.mayoclinic.com, Timothy Morgenthaler M.D notes, “Yes, lack of sleep can affect your immune system. Studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
2. Eat Natural, Shop the Perimeter! Picture your favorite grocery store. Chances are the fresh produce section, the meat and seafood departments, and the dairy case are all located around the perimeter of the store. This is where you should concentrate most of your shopping time. Why? Fresh foods are generally healthier than the ready-to-eat foods found in the middle aisles.
Check out this article, it specifies the importance of getting your nutrients from whole foods! http://www.livestrong.com/article/376827-food-based-vs-synthetic-vitamins/
3. Prayer (meditation) & Exercise regularly! A study done at UW-Madison showed that Meditation and exercise can reduce the incidence, duration and severity of colds and the flu by about 30 percent to 60 percent.