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What You Can Do To Avoid The Flu

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, May 08, 2009 12:00 PM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: Swine Flu, Influenza, H1N1, CDC, Dr. Susan Lark, Virus

Dr. Susan Lark on boosting your immunity to prevent swine flu.

Avoid Flu - Boost Immunity



IMAGE SOURCE: Dr. Lark Web site, with permission from Healthy Directions LLC


With swine flu cases in the U.S. approaching 1,900, federal health officials say that person-to-person contact is responsible for the bulk of new cases.

Dr. Richard Besser, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says now only about 10 percent of the cases have a “travel history for Mexico,” which is suspected to be the source of the outbreak. Two weeks ago, many U.S. cases emerged from recent travel to Mexico.

Two U.S. deaths occurred in people who had compromised health, according to the CDC, in a report released by the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday.

Avoiding Flu- Dr. Susan Lark

Aside from vigorous and regular hand washing, there is much more we can all be doing to improve our immunity, says Dr. Susan Lark, a well-known medical doctor who has served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University Medical School where she also taught in their Division of Family and Community Medicine. 

She is an author of 13 books including the most recent, Hormone Revolution, a lecturer, and product developer, with a line available on her Web site .  Her Women’s Wellness Today newsletter incorporates mainstream medicine with alternative and complimentary medicine, clinical nutrition and preventive medicine.    

She’s also been a consultant to major corporations such as the Kellogg Company and Weider Nutrition International.

Dr. Lark writes in a recent newsletter that there is no need to panic but there is a need to strengthen your immune system to minimize the likelihood of infection.

Some of the common sense activities such as avoiding exposure to infected people, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze, drinking plenty of water, getting fresh air, a healthy diet, exercise and sleep are the basics.

But there is more you can do she suggests:

The Acid/Alkaline Balance

Dr. Lark suggests that overacidity can cause nasal and bronchial congestion and inflammation as well as depressed immune function, making you more susceptible to the flu and other infections. A highly acidic diet along with stress, travel and a change of seasons can make you more susceptible to the flu.

How to restore alkalinity?

“If you start to feel the signs of a cold or flu coming on, immediately take 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in water (increase to one teaspoon if symptom relief does not occur). Do this three to five times per day” Dr. Lark reports.

“Because acids tend to accumulate during the night, it's a good idea to keep this solution in a closed container by your bed so that you can sip on it whenever you wake up.”

She warns that if you are unable to sleep or experience muscle spasms or tingling sensations in the extremities stop taking the baking soda and rebalance your system with a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar of half a lemon in water.  Restart the bicarb the next day but at a lower level.

Orange juice and ginger ale can actually make you more acidic.  Opt for water, which Dr. Lark says helps neutralize acidity, along with herbal tea such as ginger and peppermint and vegetable or chicken broth.


The medical community is divided on the issue of supplements. Many studies show taking vitamins do not provide the boost they claim. On the other hand, scientists and Nobel Prize Winner such as Linus Pauling supported the use of vitamin C to fight infection and inflammation.

Dr. Lark, does sell supplement on her Web site, but also recommends specific ones to support the body’s immune system as it fights infection.

The following is from her Web site and reprinted with the permission of Healthy Directions LLC:

·         Colloidal silver

“While studying regeneration of limbs, spinal cords and organs in the late 1970s, Robert O. Becker, M.D., author of The Body Electric, discovered that silver ions promote bone growth and kill surrounding bacteria. Research indicates that colloidal silver may be a natural antibiotic and preventive against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections by disabling the enzyme that these one-celled pathogens need for oxygen metabolism. It has also shown promise against sinus and ear infections.

“Take two dropperfuls of colloidal silver (5-10 parts per million potency) every two to four hours for an acute infection, decreasing to every six to eight hours as symptoms abate. Swish the solution in your mouth for 60 seconds before swallowing to enhance absorption.”

·         Colostrum

“This "first milk" produced by all mammals after delivery of their newborn is crucial to initiating the immune response in many species. A number of studies have found colostrum to be helpful in the treatment of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, endometriosis, allergies, colds, and herpes infections.

“Take 500 mg twice a day, in capsule form, on an empty stomach. Make sure it contains only colostrum or acidophilus, as other ingredients can interfere with absorption”

·         Echinacea

“This root has long been used in traditional botanical medicine for its immune-enhancing properties. It works by increasing the number of phagocytes, specialized cells that surround and engulf pathogens, and stimulates other "killer" cells, such as T and B lymphocytes. In short, echinacea can not only make colds shorter and less severe, it can sometimes stop a cold that is just starting.

“I suggest taking 10-30 drops of a 1 percent echinacoside liquid extract three times daily. (Many herbalists believe that part of the herb's benefit comes from direct contact with the tissues at the back of the throat.) Take echinacea no longer than eight weeks at a stretch, and do not use it if you have an autoimmune condition.”

·         Mineral-Buffered Vitamin C

“Over the years, I have found vitamin C very useful for shortening the course of colds and flu in many of my patients. In addition to its antiviral and antibacterial benefits, vitamin C also enhances your immune function by supporting white blood cell activity and function and increasing antibody levels.

“According to a 1994 study from the International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research, just 200 mg of vitamin C a day helped elderly patients with either severe acute bronchitis and pneumonia. Researchers also found that those patients who received vitamin C fared much better than those who simply received the placebo. Furthermore, those patients who were most severely ill received the greatest benefit from the vitamin.

“I recommend starting with moderate doses, such as 500-1,000 mg, one to three times daily. You can work up to as much as 5,000-10,000 mg (5-10 grams) a day. If you reach "bowel tolerance" (loose stools), level off and even decrease your dosage.”

·         Selenium

“In addition to promoting healthy detoxification, selenium also augments and restores immune function. Studies show that it does this by stimulating white blood cell growth and thymus function. Additionally, selenium deficiency has been shown to weaken immune function and inhibit your body's ability to resist infection. I recommend taking 200 mcg of selenium (as selenomethionine) once a day.”  #

1 Comment

Posted by Maggie Brown
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:02 AM EST

I just found this video on You Tube that really shows how germs and viruses spread. It is so cool. It's meant for kids but I even learned a lot!


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