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Taking your Best Shot – When & Why You Should Get the Flu Shot for Flu Prevention

Intent_1002doctorAccording to the experts who keep track of these types of figures, this year we are experiencing the flu virus in record numbers. It’s an epidemic, so much so that The Big Apple, my home town, is now known as “Flu” York. Since it is extremely contagious, that leaves the question of how to prevent getting it to begin with. I mean it kind of makes you want to wear a mask and surgical gloves in public. (Wait! That would be considered weird?)

But of course, the flu virus is not just limited to New York City — it’s all over. Aside from washing our hands well, drinking plenty of liquids, eating extremely healthfully to build up our immune systems, and staying out of rush-hour packed subways for the time being (no need to ask me twice on that one, I assure you), what else can we do? For advice, I turned to Don Smart, a specialist pharmacist in the Express Scripts Pulmonary Therapeutic Resource Center (TRC). Indeed, Don and his team play a more important role than ever in helping patients through this nasty cough and cold season.

“As someone who focuses on pulmonary conditions,” he says, “what concerns me is that many of those at the greatest risk will neglect to obtain a flu vaccine this year.” To that end, he and his colleagues counsel patients about respiratory illnesses on a daily basis to help them achieve better health outcomes. “And one simple but important step they can take to maintain good respiratory health is to get a flu vaccine.”

According to Smart, respiratory infections like influenza are more serious in patients with asthma and COPD, as such infections can often lead to pneumonia. “However, per the Centers for Disease Control, despite being at a greater risk for developing complications from the influenza virus, only one-third of all adults who have asthma, and one-fifth of those younger than age 50, get the vaccines annually.”

He feels, therefore, that this is especially troubling because children with asthma are particularly at risk for developing influenza-related acute respiratory illnesses. “From 1976 to 2007, an estimated 3,000 – 49,000 people died annually from the flu. Most healthy kids and adults are able to fight off these infections, but people already in high-risk categories are especially susceptible.”

Probably not a great idea to put this info in the hands of a confirmed hypochondriac — and a health writer, no less — but here are some of the risk factors he shared with me for acute respiratory illness:

• Anyone over 65 years.

• Anyone who resides in a long-term care facility or nursing home.

• Those aged 2-65 with a long-term lung condition (among other diseases).

• Anyone aged 19-64 who is a smoker or has asthma.

“Having asthma and COPD does not put you at a greater risk for getting the flu, but it does mean that you are at a higher one for developing complications,” Smart explains. “The influenza virus can increase inflammation and mucous secretions. This exacerbates breathing symptoms in those with illnesses who are already predisposed to swollen, inflamed and sensitive airways.”

At the end of the day, Smart insists that there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that patients who suffer from asthma and other high risk conditions would benefit greatly from the vaccination; especially since they are more susceptible to complications and hospitalizations if they contract the flu virus.

Finally, while a flu shot can be taken any time after October, “flu season generally peaks in January and February,” Smart concluded. “So if you haven’t already, get vaccinated. Now is the time. If you have questions, your specialist pharmacist can help.”

So arm yourself with the best possible anti-flu weapons this season. Just remember, as they will undoubtedly say at the Super Bowl: A good offense is the best defense.

Ginger Masala Chai Worthy of a New York Winter

chai-tea-e-liquidI recently moved to New York City from California and am (ahem) “enjoying” my first real winter here. Let the wuss jokes begin!

It’s alright. I’m laughing at myself, too. Born and raised in California, used to being fairly tan, gets cold easily, loves sunshine so much she’s basically part lizard… Yep, that’s me. Now instead of donning a windbreaker for misty San Francisco mornings or wearing a hat for fun in the 60 degree Los Angeles winter sun, I’m learning the art of boots, down coats, ear muffs, long johns and mittens. Endless mittens. See you next April, world, because I am officially 75% clothing right now, and I can barely see over my scarf.

It’s going to be a long winter.

In all honesty, though, I love autumn and winter. I love the snow; I love the holidays; I love the feeling of warming up after being cold. It probably has something to do with a nesting instinct. One of the most beloved memories I have from childhood is making nests with my big sister on rainy days and sick days. When it was miserable, grey and raining outside, or when we were stuck in the house with colds and fevers, my sister would orchestrate a grand “nesting.” We’d pile tons of blankets and pillows on the ground, arranged in little cup-shaped seats like an egg carton. And then we’d hop inside the nest with a box of Nilla wafers and tea and watch a Disney movie to pass the time. Pure joy.

I still make nests of sorts, as does she, both literally and figuratively. Sans actual blankets and pillows, I just love making people feel warm, comfortable, and cared for. In any kind of weather, there’s little I love more than bringing people together around a table for delicious food and loving company. But this is a particularly important practice during the cold and dark months when our souls really need that extra swaddling. And many traditional winter recipes do the trick of warming us inside out.

Case in point, spice-infused recipes. This season you’re undoubtedly enjoying foods flavored with all kinds of spices, whether you know it or not. Butternut squash soup, gingerbread cookies, curries and stews, applesauce, etc. Winter recipes tend to incorporate many different spices, for several reasons. In Ayurveda, the winter season is associated with exacerbated Vata qualities, which are best assuaged through warming foods. This can be literally hot foods (like soup, hot cereal and warm drinks) and/or through warm-ing foods, made invigorating through the use of spice.

Even outside of Ayurveda, there’s a very practical reason to eat more spice during the winter. It’s cold, there’s a bug going around, you’re sniffly and sick…Voilà, spices curb cold and flu symptoms! Ginger, for instance, is an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It can help boost your immune system, loosen mucus, open your sinuses, and relieve sore throats. That’s a lot for one little root!

Keeping the health benefits in mind, as well as the essential need for warming and nesting that we all experience during this season, I offer you chai.

“Masala chai” is the Hindi term for a drink made with black tea, milk, and lots of spice. It is a drink that has been consumed in South Asia for centuries and is traditionally much less sweet and much more spicy than what you’d get at your local coffee shop. I can’t necessarily vouch for the total authenticity of my recipe, as I’ve never been to India, but I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ginger Masala Chai

Makes 2 servings


2 cups of milk (I like organic whole milk, but soy, almond, or oat work as well)

2 cups of water

3 tablespoons of loose leaf, unflavored black tea (the stronger the better; I like Darjeeling)

1/4 teaspoon Wakaya Perfection ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of saffron

2 whole, crushed up cardamom cloves

3 teaspoons of Turbinado sugar (or Agave, honey, etc)


Get two saucepans going on the stove on medium heat. Pour the milk in one and the water in the other. You’ll need to work in both pots simultaneously. As the milk begins to warm, add the pinch of saffron, pressing it between your fingertips gently before dropping it in the saucepan.

Once the water in the other pot begins to boil, add the loose tea leaves and reduce to a low simmer. Let steep 3-5 minutes. While you’re waiting, add the sugar to the milk and stir until it dissolves. Once the tea is ready, place a strainer over the milk and strain the tea water into the milk saucepan. Now you’re working in just one pot.

Start building the spice. Add the ginger, cinnamon and any other spices you want to the pot, saving the cardamon to the side for the end. You can try the chai to see if it has the right spice/sugar ratio, and adjust until it’s just right. Bring the pot to a boil, and as it begins to bubble up, throw the cardamon in and turn the heat off right away. The chai will stew for a second, cooling down slightly, and the cardamon will infuse the drink just enough without overpowering it.

Serve in two mugs and enjoy! Stay warm, everyone!

Stinging Nettle Tea: A Natural Remedy to Fight Spring Allergies

nettle intent imageI don’t know how you fare this time of year, but it’s usually right around now that I start to experience seasonal allergies.  For me that means itchy eyes and throat and sneezing, especially in the morning. However, seasonal allergies can be present in many ways, with symptoms that span from a mild runny nose to severe chronic headaches.

For the past few years, I’ve mostly just toughed it out (thankfully my symptoms are mild enough that this is an option), but this year I have a natural medicine plan: Stinging Nettle tea.

In the United States, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is considered a weed by many given the ease with which it grows.  It’s funny name comes from the Latin verb urere, meaning “to burn,” because of its urticate (stinging) hairs that cover the stem and underside of the leaves. So, while walking through a field of this plant is probably not a good idea, using it for its anti-allergic activity can be an effective way to manage seasonal allergy symptoms. It has a nice amount of published research demonstrating positive benefit for a host of allergic and inflammatory conditions.

Stinging Nettle contains a set of compounds that act on the immune system to provide anti-inflammatory action and block histamine release. Perhaps you are familiar with over-the-counter medicines called “anti-histamines”?  Well, stinging nettle works in a similar fashion, blocking the release of histamine compounds that alert our immune system and trigger inflammation, redness, and all those pesky symptoms those of us who are sensitive to pollen, etc. experience this time of year.

Because stinging nettle doesn’t contain caffeine, you can brew it as tea and exchange it for your water source throughout the day.  Here’s my recipe/plan:

  • Add 1tsp dried Stinging Nettle leaf to 16oz hot water. Steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drink right away in the morning when I experience the most symptoms.
  • Re-fill tea infuser with hot water and re-use same tea leaves a couple more times throughout day (although most of the anti-histamine activity will come from the first steep, there is a mild benefit from re-using the leaves)
  • Continue as I feel like I need symptom relief throughout day

With any treatment, you should always talk to a licensed health professional and make sure the products and medicines you are using are appropriate for you. Licensed naturopathic doctors are a great source for natural therapies like this one.


Photo credit: John Tann

5 Ways to Protect Your Kids (and Yourself!) from the Flu


The season is changing and we have finally arrived at that bittersweet time of Daylight Savings.  I always feel like this simple one-hour time change throws me into a pretty significant physiological shift.  For me, it also marks the beginning of the flu and cold season.

Ever wonder why the winter months are when we get sick the most? While many experts have their myriad reasons, the culprit is not as simple as “it’s cold outside.”

There are few steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family from what seems to be the inevitable flu. The guardian of the health of our body is the immune system.  While intangible and challenging to identify, the immune system has very specific signs and symptoms.

For a moment, put aside the traditional considerations for assessing your child’s health.  Instead, I’d like you to consider some new approaches and angles that will provide you with insight into the likelihood that your child will stay healthy or get sick this winter season.

1. Sugar and processed foods impact the immune system.

Studies have shown that through a complex system of chemical processes sugar and processed foods depress the immune system. There exists a direct link between the amount of these foods that your child consumes and his/her health.

Obvious foods such as sodas, candy, cookies, ice cream, and potato chips are the big guns that should be kept concealed.

Even more disturbing are the foods that you think are healthy for your child that hide sugar and many refined ingredients: yogurt, and yogurt drinks and “pops;”most cereals; juices; fruit roll ups and “leathers;” “healthy” cookies and treats, soy ice cream and frozen treats. While being marketed as healthy choices, these foods aren’t much better than the obvious poor choices. Work hard during flu season to keep these foods away from your children.  Read ingredient labels and watch out for:  corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup or “HFCS,” brown rice syrup, fructose, sucrose, barleymalt and the obvious, sugar.

2. Fresh foods offer the highest quality vitamins.

It’s shocking to me how often I see people turn to orange juice for vitamin C in an effort to fight off a cold or flu.

It is important to understand that the majority of vitamin C in orange juice is added after processing. Vitamin C and others like zinc, vitamin E, and magnesium help to support the immune system and are a great defense during flu season.

Choose better by having kids eat fresh whole foods such as cherries, berries, and apples, and vegetables such as spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes.

I know you probably hear this suggestion all the time, but it can’t be stressed enough. It is imperative to find creative ways to prepare vegetables so that kids will actually eat them.  Sautee, roast or grill vegetables with olive oil or real butter, add some fresh sea salt or sprinkle with organic low fat cheese and kids will be more likely to eat.

3. Sleep will boost the immune system.

At night while we rest, the body is working to rebuild the immune system.  Deep sleep allows a complex set of hormonal changes that recharge the body so that it’s resilient the next day.  Be diligent and ensure that kids get a full night sleep of 8-10 hours.

Mandate bedtime despite protests and stick to a regular schedule. These are the times that mom and dad really need to be the boss. Resist the temptation to allow your child to stay up late and watch his or her favorite show. At the end of the day when you are tired as well, it’s easy to give in to your child’s vigilant campaign.

Remember: Would you rather avoid the confrontation tonight? Or deal with a sick kid tomorrow?

4. Fatigue is the first sign of a distressed immune system.

As already stated, the immune system desperately needs sleep to keep the body healthy.  When the immune system is fighting to keep your child healthy, it requests that the body get extra rest to help in the fight.

If your child seems more fatigued than usual, it could be a very strong signal that your child is on the brink of getting sick.

The best way to fight off a cold or flu is to act immediately and get extra rest. Pay attention to the health of others around you such as those at work or your child’s school.  If you hear of a bug “going around” and you notice that your child is tired, there’s a good chance that extra sleep will ward off the cold or flu.  This is the time to allow extra television and require a mid-day nap.

5. Wash hands frequently, but avoid antibacterial products.

This seems counterintuitive, but the best way to kill environmental germs is to use soap and hot water and scrub hands thoroughly. Bacteria live all around us.  They are on every surface we touch and in every breath we take. Without bacteria, our immune system wouldn’t learn to be strong.

Our internal bacterial system fights off invaders and thereby gets more effective at winning the battle.  It’s just like working out:  In order to become stronger, you must work hard in the gym.  Your child’s body is a bacterial gym.  Again, this comes back to the immune system. If you foster a strong immune system, your child’s body will fight off invaders and therefore become more resilient to future battles. While it is imperative to wash hands frequently during flu season, remember that the hands are only one very small way that germs enter your child’s system. Killing off the germs on hands with antibacterial products is futile and weakens your child’s- and the world’s- future ability to confront germs.


Originally Published in 2008

The Best Natural Home Remedy for the Flu

Here in the U.S., we’ve entered an early and unexpected flu season, with most of the country experiencing high levels of flu-like illness.

Influenza is a virus, and once contracted you may experience a variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe. Common symptoms are a dry cough, fever, body aches, chills, and headache.

While the flu can often go away on its own within 7 to 10 days, there are two choices for speeding up recovery. Antiviral medicine targets the virus itself, while over the counter and complementary treatments can offer relief for the symptoms while the body’s immune system heals itself.

But the best defense to the flu is a strong immune system.

Our immune systems are a perfectly integrated network of cells and organs that together defend against disease. The human body naturally manufactures antibodies as part of our immune systems that assist in destroying abnormal or foreign cells. If your immune system is weak, however, it will not be able to fight the rapidly multiplying flu virus in your body.

Ginger (zingiber officinale) is one of many natural medicinal agents that can shore up your immune system, as well as treat the symptoms of the flu.

Used since ancient times, ginger has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

The warming, antiviral properties present in ginger stimulate circulation and help loosen mucus from the lungs and sinuses. The gingerol in ginger is an essential oil that warms the body, stimulates perspiration, reduces fever, and loosens phlegm.

The best way to treat flu symptoms is to drink several cups of hot ginger tea a day.

You can steep fresh, shredded ginger in hot water for 15 minutes and then add some honey and lemon. Or for added convenience and more consistent flavor, you can use ginger powder, following the recipe below.

Drink up for a healthy immune system and a natural way to treat the flu.

Organic Ginger Tea


1 cup hot water
¼–½ tsp. Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder
1 lemon
1 TBS honey

Mix well and drink hot.


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Photo credit: Wakaya Perfection

Oil of Oregano – Nature’s Powerful Antibiotic

When I feel a cold or infection coming on, Oil of Oregano is the first thing I reach for.  Every since I started this practice (thanks to a tip from my local Health Food Store friend!), I have fended off every ‘bug’ that has passed my way! I also now take it with me on plane flights to ward off all those germs floating around in the recycled air.  For prevention, I take one drop per day during the cold/flu season.

Don’t confuse Oil of Oregano with the spice found in your kitchen!  The common ‘cooking’ oregano is usually Origanum Marjoram, while Oil of Oregano is derived from Origanum Vulgare.

Oil of Oregano contains 2 phenols called carvacrol and thymol, which have strong antimicrobial properties.  Studies have shown that both of these compounds have significant effects on harmful microorganisms that cause many illnesses in humans. Both carvarcol and thymol act as free radical scavengers, also known as antioxidants.

It is also antifungal and may be highly effective in fighting yeast, especially Candida albicans. It has been demonstrated to kill Aspergillus Mold, Staphylococcus  food poisoning), E. Coli, and Giardia, among other pathenogic organisms.

Oil of Oregano contains compounds called terpenes which have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits. This means it can be used topically on cuts to prevent infections, on gums to reduce pain, and on fungal infections.


(from www.candida-cure-recipes.com)

Oil of Oregano Benefits – Topical Treatment for Fungal Infections of Skin or Nails

Oil of Oregano is one of the best topical treatments for fungal infections of the skin and nails. Mix 5 – 10 drops with one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil to apply to fungal skin infections, or use it straight on toenails and fingernails. You can also apply it in full strength to warts. Remember to dilute it with olive oil or coconut oil before applying it to sensitive areas of your skin. Don’t apply it in full strength to your genital areas, it will feel like its burning. I’m not kidding when I say this stuff is strong.

Oil of Oregano Benefits – Topical Treatment for Oral Hygiene & Oral Infections

You can safely apply Oregano Oil in full strength to your teeth and gums where there is infection present. This is great for canker sores or inflamed gums.

It also kills the bacteria that cause plaque, so you might like to try adding a drop to your toothpaste before brushing your teeth.

Oil of Oregano Benefits – Decongestant and Anti-Allergy

Oregano Oil contains natural antihistamines and decongestants. I have tried this for myself and it works. I am prone to spring pollen allergies and late summer hay fever allergies. I have taken 5 or 6 drops of Oregano Oil diluted with olive oil in a small shot glass of water, followed by another glass of water and the relief is noticeable. Less sneezing, less congestion, less itchy eyes and nose.

Oil of Oregano Benefits – Anti-inflammatory, Pain Reliever

Taken internally, as well as applied topically, diluted Oregano Oil will be of great relief to people suffering from arthritis, joint pain, and tendonitis. When your joints or tendons are inflamed, diluted Oregano Oil applied topically can penetrate deeply beneath the skin’s surface to help reduce swelling and pain. Taken internally it acts as a powerful pain reliever.

I found these possible side effects (from homeremediesweb.com):

  • Oregano oil may reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron. Therefore, it is recommended that any regular use be combined with regular consumption of iron supplements. For this reason, pregnant women are advised not to take Oil of Oregano regularly.
  • People that have allergies to thyme, basil, mint, or sage may be sensitive to Oil of Oregano as well, since they are in the same family of plants. If any skin irritation, rashes, or vomiting occurs when using it, it is recommended that you discontinue use and consult your doctor.

Just a heads up – it is VERY strong!  Be sure to mix it with a little water when taking internally.

It is important to get a high quality Oil of Oregano product.  My health food store friends recommend Oreganol.  I’ve gone through many bottles of it!

As usual, do your own research and consult with your natural health professional if you are unsure as to whether you should use Oil of Oregano.

To your health,

Kim Duess
You Be Healthy




PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Ilona_68

Eight Natural Remedies For Sore Throats

Wintertime is wonderful in so many ways: the holidays, friends and family, cold weather and warm hearths. However, winter is also the time when many people catch colds. Sore throats can make you miserable but you may not be crazy about taking yet another commercial medicine. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to relieve the pain and discomfort of sore throats. Here are eight ways you can start feeling better, fast!

Slippery Elm LozengesThe inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree has been used for hundreds of years to relieve sore throat pain. NPR’s program The People’s Pharmacysays, “The colonists were familiar with the use of bark from other elm species to treat coughs and sore throats in England and as a poultice for broken bones or wounds. It was also used to treat urinary tract infections. Native Americans used slippery elm bark topically for cuts, cold sores, and boils.

Ginger Tea. Another fabulous recommendation from The People’s Pharmacywho offers this suggestion: “Grind about half an inch of fresh ginger root into a paste and place in a mug. Add boiling water and "steep" for several minutes. Strain the clear liquid into another mug, sweeten, and sip. Our symptoms start to subside within about twenty minutes.”

Gargle with Salt Water. Yep, Gramma was right. In a cup of very warm water, add about a half teaspoon of salt and gargle 3-4 times, then spit. Repeat 4-6 times per day.

Use a humidifier. Heaters in use during cold weather keep your toes toasty but dry out your mucus membranes, making a sore throat feel even worse. Try to take one to work, if you can, like this one by Vick’sand be sure to also keep one in the rooms where you spend the most time at home.

Cayenne Pepper. To me, this sounded completely counterintuitive, but it works! Here are directions for making the mixture from Health 911“Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of boiling water; stir well and gargle while mixture is very warm. This brings more circulation to the area and helps draw away the infection. To this formula you can add 4 parts echinacea, 1 part garlic bulb, and 2 parts peppermint leaves to 1 part cayenne.”

Cinnamon Tea. Cinnamon tea is another great way to alleviate sore throat pain. HomeRemedies.com suggests “One teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine in the treatment of this condition. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give immense relief.

Hard Candies. Keep hard candies in your purse or pocket. Keeping your throat moist will help you feel better when you can’t gargle or make hot tea, and you don’t want the numbing effects of commercial lozenges.

Sleep. It may be hard to slow down, but you will only prolong your cold and misery if you push yourself too hard and don’t get enough rest. Your body needs downtime to fight the infection, so allow yourself time to recover.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Frl. Schrödinger

Two Ways to Improve Your Flu Immunity: D3 and Vaccines

Earlier this month, I got a flu shot. I also took 2000IU of vitamin D3.  Some people see this as redundant.  Not me.

The recent news that pregnant women who get flu shots protect their fetuses and themselves meshes perfectly with the recent news that vitamin D3 is more of a (helpful) steroid hormone than a vitamin. Too little vitamin D means more fatal infections.

Almost two thirds of the U.S is deficient in vitamin D. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Some scholars believe Vitamin D deficiency is the "seasonal stimulus" for flu epidemics.  In fact, 2000 IU daily prevented nearly 100% of the flu in an excellent RCT study of post-menopausal women.

Epicurious asked me for a list of flu-fighting foods: I came up with six (actually six categories):

Quercetin Powerhouse Produce, Vitamin D–Rich Foods, Chicken Soup, Green Tea, Yogurt/Kefir, and Chilies.

But even these foods should be used in addition to vitamin D3, and a flu shot.

The more people learn about the relationship between what they eat and their personal health, the fewer medications and devices they are likely to need, and the less disease they are likely to have.

PHOTO (cc): Lance McCord


Natural Health From My Perspective

 I have had a basic cold for the last 7 days. Not the flu, not the H1N1, just a cold.

I just started dating a guy that is a teacher at a middle school, he is a carrier of germs that I am not resistant to as he is. So, I have a cold. No big deal. Did I wash my hands, yes…take vitamin c, d, e , a ,etc. Yes, that is my normal regimen.  How did I get better?

Lots of veggies, didn’t cook them to death, netipot was the breaker of all treatments. I took no over the counter drugs.

Kept on the vitamins (Heavy on D, C beta carotene). Rest, positive attitude, returned phone calls, spent time with people that were supportive and stress free, ate well. When the sun was out, let it shine on me.  One week thats all.

I have no proof that I had the h1n1, but I am well now. I wouldn’t go to a traditional doctor if my life depended on it. 

Natural Health From My Perspective

 I have had a basic cold for the last 7 days. Not the flu, not the H1N1, just a cold.

I just started dating a guy that is a teacher at a middle school, he is a carrier of germs that I am not resistant to as he is. So, I have a cold. No big deal. Did I wash my hands, yes…take vitamin c, d, e , a ,etc. Yes, that is my normal regimen.  How did I get better?

Lots of veggies, didn’t cook them to death, netipot was the breaker of all treatments. I took no over the counter drugs.

Kept on the vitamins (Heavy on D, C beta carotene). Rest, positive attitude, returned phone calls, spent time with people that were supportive and stress free, ate well. When the sun was out, let it shine on me.  One week thats all.

I have no proof that I had the h1n1, but I am well now. I wouldn’t go to a traditional doctor if my life depended on it. 

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