As time has passed and the scientific research has been done on the CoV2 virus, we have a better idea of how to prevent and detox from the hidden or long-term after effects in its aftermath. It no longer needs to be a scary, unknown disease.
As children go back to school and begin to exchange viral germs, we begin to see an increase in colds and flu; as well as other viruses easily transmitted in close contact. Look back over history and you will see that it has always been this way; so this year should not be a surprise.
Companies market their products during this time of year in order to take advantage of the parents who are stocking up watching out for their family's health. It is a good time to stock up, not just for when we get sick, but before we get sick. Prevention is even better.
Then there are the predictions about what kind of flu season this might be ahead of the game. How do they know, and who are 'they'? What factors do they look at to come up with those conclusions? Building immunity so that we don't get sick, or our bodies deal with sickness quickly is a better approach. We have to think ahead. In this article, we will look at items to stock up on and why?
What do I mean by intentional detox? You may or may not realize that we are bombarded by thousands of toxic substances in our air, food, and water every day. We have seen anti-biotics lose their effectiveness over time as the bacteria mutate and become resistant. We now know that 'throwing' anti-biotics at every symptom of infection is not always the best way to take care of the problem. We also know that anti-biotics do not address viruses, which have a different structure & function than bacteria. More recent research by folks like Dr. Stephen Buhner, who wrote the book, Herbal Antibiotics, have provided in depth understanding about how this takes place. Recent research by professionals in their field, especially in Europe where herbals and alternatives are more readily accepted as first line defense against disease; have revealed that there are other proven ways to address these issues with herbs, supplements and nutrition. The general consensus has been that the best defense against sickness and disease is a well maintained immune system. One of the things we need to keep in mind when we talk about intentional detox, is adopting into our lifestyle, habits that continue to strengthen the immune system and eliminate any toxic substances that may also be present. This can be different for each individual based on personal need and compromising factors; but there are still common denominators. It becomes a part of our lifestyle rather than an afterthought when symptoms overwhelm the body. It certainly takes more time than just taking an over the counter product; but the results of good energy and lack of fear when the cold & flu seasons hit is worth the peace of mind it provides.
When it comes to dealing with the flu, each year is a little different. There are many strains of flu and each year CDC and others look at trends, age and changes (mutations) in a variety of flu strains from years past to see what viruses are declining or advancing; and they make a decision as to which one(s) might be more prominent so that a vaccine can be provided for the coming season. Those decisions are worked out in the spring of each year in order to manufacture enough vaccine for the following fall season. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.
What they don't tell you is that there are minute particles of 'carrier' substances in flu vaccines intended to stimulate your immune system to react quickly to create antibodies (example: Thiomersal (INN), or thimerosal (USAN, JAN), is an organomercury compound. It is a well-established antiseptic and antifungal agent.) But for many people, these substances are too toxic and overstimulate your system which begins to attack itself or inflame areas of the body that are already compromised by poor health or poor lifestyle habits. With a weakened immune system, things get worse.
What DOES work is flexing your immunity muscles with nutrition and supplements ahead of time to maintain your health and take care of personal outlying diagnoses that compromise and weaken your general health. That means developing a lifestyle of eating healthy to give your body systems all the best nutrition available so that they can do what they were created to do. It also means adding supplements to provide vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body is lacking. Drs. Ardis, Mercola, McCullough, Littell, Kory and others all state that prevention and a healthy immune system is the best defense against sickness and disease.
How do you do this? Learn from a reliable source about an alkaline or anti-inflammatory eating style. We talk about this a lot here at Healing Leaves and have written a number of back articles for review. Another good source is www.liveenergized.com, where you can get free information, recipes and food lists. Inflammation is a major initiator of disease in your organ systems. The more you can eat anti-inflammatory foods, the more you can remove the sources of inflammation in your body. Symptoms of disease begin to give your body signals that something is wrong; pain is your body speaking to you that you should pay attention. A good functional medicine doctor can begin to help you discover where the originating source of the inflammation is so that you can begin to address it. The sooner the better. Proper testing, eating changes, and adding herbs and supplements that 'feed' the organs that are declining so that they begin to function the way they were intended can help bring your body back around. This includes those things that help your body eliminate any accumulated 'residue' in body organs caused by toxic overload from inflammatory substances. That, my friends is intentional detoxing.
Where do toxic substances come from? A few examples are hair dye, nail lacquer fumes, food additives, herbicides in soil, petroleum emissions, nano-plastics in the water. They all circle the globe continually adding layers to the environmental soup that gets deposited along the way. It's time to incorporate into our lifestyles, an intentional daily habit that helps our bodies continue to detox these substances and strengthen our own body's miraculous ability to get
well before they become resident in the tissues of our bodies.
So what are the best supplements to take to keep your body in top shape?
First in importance is to make sure your digestive tract, bowels and elimination are functioning well. This includes good bacteria in the bowel promoted and maintained by a good variety of probiotics, eating alkaline to feed good gut flora and create good breakdown and absorption of nutrients, and a bowel maintenance supplement that cleans debris from the bowel and stimulates one to two elimination movements per day. Once your digestive tract is working well, detoxification can take place. Without a good elimination system to take toxins out of the body, any detox system you use will be a waste of money. I recommend using probiotics and digestive enzymes, especially if you are beginning to build your body back from ill health. The greater the variety of strains the better and I recommend having at least two different probiotic formulas with differing strains in order to get the most variety possible. Digestive Enzymes taken
with your meals will help break down food particles into the smallest possible size for best absorption. Too big food particles that are not broken down well will cause inflammation in the gut and help lead to leaky gut. If you are working your way back from health issues, I recommend taking these 2 things on an ongoing basis.
After that the following supplements are worth consideration to replenish and sustain your body's immune system for nutrients not easily obtained by food or the ones most deficient in the average healthy person:
Vitamins D3 4000 IU
Vitamin C w/ bioflavinoids at 2500 to 3000 mg per day taken in 3 separate doses. Quercetin, which has been
recommended for a preventative for CoV2 is part of the bioflavinoid complex of Vitamin C, or you can purchase
Magnesium citrate or maleate 500 mg per day along with good calcium containing foods and herbs
N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) 600 mg 1x per day to help your liver work efficiently as the elimination organ in your body that
takes the toxins out of your blood and sends them to the large bowel to be removed.
Selenium 200 mcg or a chelated multimineral supplement containing all the major and important minor minerals
Zinc 20-50 mg per day with food
Any medications cause deficiencies specific to the medication (example: high blood pressure medication, anti-hypertensives, may cause depletion of magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, pyridoxine, thiamine, and vitamin C). If you are on prescription medications, be sure to find out what nutrients they may deplete and supplement for them.
What's being reported right now is CoV2 virus, the flu, RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus, which is an infant virus), and various colds. All of these have a respiratory component to them so building up and being prepared for respiratory symptoms will be important. For many years I was susceptible to respiratory illness until I began to work on my respiratory immune system. If you have a weak respiratory systen you're going to want to follow the above gut clearing and then add a good Vitamin B100 or B200 complex, higher amounts of vitamin C, continue with probiotics and digestive enzymes & eat alkaline. Herbs like mullein for decongesting sinus & lungs, Eleuthero with Andrographis for colds are good to have on hand. Vitamin C at 3000 mg per day, plus echinacea - 2 half droppers & NAC 4x a day will take care of the average cold and maintain your energy without brain fog and lethargy.
As far as the flu (including CoV2) preventative doses of andrographis and eleuthero, once a day, every 3 or 4 days is good immunity strengthening. You can take these before large gatherings when you know they will take place. The research is now showing that any one of the Ivermectins, Hydroxychloriquines (taken as directed) and the herbs andrographis & eleuthero (taken at 2 half droppers 3x a day for 5 to 10 days) are still the best choices if you come down with Covid. For the general flu Elderberry syrup, bedrest, analgesics or meadowsweet for body ache. Remember if you have a fever, let it do its work unless it gets up over 102 degrees. And warm, not hot, epsom salt baths can help some of the detoxification through your skin, and can be a nice way to relax.
We also have the protocols from Dr. Bryan Ardis and Dr. Mercola for detoxing from CoV2 virus and any side effects of the jab. For example, are you still experiencing lack of taste and smell? Research shows that the substance nicotine, counteracts the effects and chewing nicotine gum, will in most cases, return these senses within a few days. If you would like a copy for yourself, feel free to email us a request. If you need more specific information regarding what to do for your compromised health issues, where to get supplements, good probiotic strains, how to begin your personal
detox, etc.; feel free to email us at Healing Leaves (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is much more to know. This information will certainly get you started in the right direction. After a break for the holidays, we will begin putting together online zoom Study Groups in 2 hour segments. This would be a good subject to pursue. There will be more information coming out on this as to cost, times and topics. In the meantime, if you would like to study something in particular, send me your requests and we will see if we can incorporate them into the Study Group curriculum list.
Meantime, I give thanks for each one of you as November is here and pray all your gatherings with families and friends will be filled with love, laughter and great health!
Over 40 years of Herbal and nutritional experience.