By Nurse Mark
It seems there is nothing that can make folks feel more miserable than the common cold.
Most folks feel so awful when they have a cold that they become convinced that they are suffering from “the flu.”
This is so common that many people tend to use the terms interchangeably – to most folks, “cold” and “flu” are one and the same.
That’s too bad, because the differences are really very important – influenza (the flu) can be a life-threatening illness. A cold is not.
That is not to minimize the suffering that accompanies the common cold – it is a truly miserable experience – but it is called the “common cold” for a good reason – it affects people frequently and commonly – old and young, rich and poor, no one is spared.
How to know the difference between a “flu” and a “cold”? Here’s a chart that will help.
|Fever||Rare||Characteristic high fever
(100-102 degrees F); lasts three to four days
|General Aches, Pains||Slight||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, Weakness||Quite mild||Can last up to two or even three weeks|
|Extreme Exhaustion||Never||Early and prominent|
|Mild to moderate;
|Common; can become severe|
Here’s another look at colds and flu, and at whether or not an antibiotic is something that you really need: Hurry – Get An Antibiotic Before You Don’t Need It!
And for those of you who just want to know “What can I do about it?” here’s the short course:
1.) Eat an Immune-Boosting Diet. The two major dietary causes of immune suppression are sugar intake and food allergies.
- Sugar suppresses the activity of white blood cells for up to 5 hours. Avoiding sugar is the most important dietary step you can take to strengthen your immune system.
- Food allergies weaken the immune system. Check out the symptoms of food allergy to see if this might be a problem for you.
2.) Practice simple home and hygiene techniques.
- Wash your hands frequently. You don’t need expensive "hand sanitizers" – simple, pure soap is fine and silver gel like ASAP 365 – 24 ppm Silver Gel is a highly effective, safe, everyday, natural healing alternative to chemical-laced hand sanitizers.
- Cover your mouth and nose — preferably with a tissue — when you sneeze or cough.
- If you are sick take the day off!
- Keep your house humid.
- Get regular exercise – it stimulates the immune system.
3.) Strengthen your immune system with supplements.
- Take an optimal potency vitamin/mineral supplement every day.
Here are the nutrients of particular immune-enhancing importance, and they should all be found in a good multiple nutrient formula:
* vitamin C
* vitamin E
* beta carotene
* vitamin A
* vitamin D
(Please Note: These nutrients and more are found in optimal amounts in Dr. Myatt’s Maxi Multi vitamins)
- Supplement with additional immune-boosting herbs including Echinacea, astragalus, medicinal mushrooms (Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi), Ligustrum, Goldenseal and Garlic. Learn more about Dr. Myatt’s Immune Support formula .
If you do catch something, start Dr. Myatt’s Acute Immune Protocol right away.
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