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H1N1 Survival Update

Novel H1N1 Situation Update From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
During the week of September 27-October 3, 2009, influenza activity continued to increase in the United States. Flu activity is now widespread in 37 states. Nationwide, visits to doctors for influenza-like-illness increased over last week and are higher than expected for this time of year. In addition, flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are increasing as well, and are higher than expected.

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView. During the week of September 27 – October 3, 2009, a review of the key indicators found that influenza activity increased in the United States.

The most recent indicators show that 37 states are now reporting widespread influenza activity at this time.  Also, almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far are 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses. These viruses remain similar to the virus chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir with rare exception.

Shaklee’s NutriFeron has been shown to be effective against the H1N1virus in report published in the Journal of Virology earlier this year.

Shaklee NutriFeron

Shaklee NutriFeron

Keep your immune system well and working for you by using the proper supplements and eating good food. Read the Journal of Virology’s report on the affects of Shaklee’s NutriFeron on flu in human cells! Amazing stuff.Stay Well!

Laughter is a Good Medicine!

As I sit here typing this post, I can hear the laughter of the kids as they watch something funny on TV.  They laugh among themselves after the TV joke is long past since they have a sense of what is funny.  As they laugh, I smile even though I don’t know the current joke, but just the hearing of their laughter june_glassesmakes me smile!  Infectious stuff this laughter.

Would not it be wonderful if all good things could be passed on as easily as a laugh?  Just think of all the delight that could be brought to the world if joy were spread so easily.  Your health is affected in many ways by laughter.  I think the main reason I like to laugh is that when I am laughing I cannot think of those irritating things that have happened during the day.  To laugh, you have to be in the moment, in the present, nowhere else!

So find something each day and according to WebMD, laugh, laugh several times in fact!  Keep that immune system charged, work on getting more oxygen to your body, relieve some of those aches and pains we have,  boost your heart rate, give yourself a minor workout!  Laugh.  And take someone you love on the same laugh ride with you!

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Swine Flu! What is it and What can I do to Reduce my Family’s Risk

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the Swine Influenza A (H1N1) virus causes a respiratory viral infection that seems to be very contagious to humans.  Fortunately, it is susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu) and zanamivir (brand name Relenza).

Swine Influenza A (H1N1) from CDC

Swine Influenza A (H1N1) from CDC

What Symptoms to Look for in Family Members? Fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, body aches and headaches.   Vomiting and diarrhea may also accompany this flu.

How do humans pass the Flu? Sneezing, coughing and touch are the most common ways.  The swine flu virus can live on surfaces for 2 hours or longer! So cover your nose and mouth should you sneeze or cough.  You may be infected and not know it!

How to reduce your family’s risk of catching the flu: Your family’s Good Health is essential to staying well so get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, keep your nutrition up and drink plenty of fluids such as water or fruit juices.

Washing hands, scrubbing for 15 seconds with soap or non-soap hand wash, then rinse with warm water.  Dry hands well on disposable towels.

Resist touching surfaces such as elevator buttons, door knobs, and phones and other surfaces in public areas.

When greeting friends or business associates don’t shake hands.

Avoid touching your face or eyes or mouth till you can wash again, should you have to touch any surface in a public space,

Since you are contagious about 24 hours before you begin to have symptoms and for at least 7 days or more after the symptoms appear.  This means you can pass the swine flu on to others before you know you are sick as well as during the illness. Stay at home should you begin to feel ill.  Don’t go to work and infect others. Please!

If you must sneeze or cough in public, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then discard the used tissue in the trash.  Do not reuse tissues.

When to seek medical assistance: Severe vomiting, dehydration, bluish skin color, fast breathing, trouble breathing , confusion, dizziness, fever and rash, sleeping a lot, symptoms that go away only to reappear with even worse fever or cough.

In conclusion, keep your family out of crowds, wash hands often, get plenty of rest and healthy immune boosting supplements and good food.  This will pass and you can watch it go by without having it visit!




Allergies…Just Where do they Come From and How Can we Get them to GO BACK?

peanuts-rows-2x3-72Peanut Allergies have certainly been in the news lately.  Children are being diagnosed with food allergies in growing numbers, even if the figures vary depending on the source quoted.  But the Why is not always clear.  Why are  food allergies becoming more common?   Many theories have been put forth, including the latest research from the US, Israel & the United Kingdom.

Even Popular Science Magazine has looked into this problem.  A recent article, “Why are so many kids allergic to peanuts?” has several theories:

  • An overactive Immune System. Anne Muñoz-Furlong, CEO of the US Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, suggests that we have done such a good job of eliminating the threats that the immune system is supposed to manage, it is now attacking food-based allergens instead. Wow, we are washing our hands too much!

This is the so-called Hygiene Hypothesis.  In medicine, the Hygiene Hypothesis states that a lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, symbiotic microorganisms (e.g. gut flora), and parasites increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by modulating immune system development.

  • Peanuts contain several proteins not found in other foods. These proteins have a structure that can stimulate a strong immune response as Allergy specialist Dr Robert Wood from John Hopkins University. It seems roasting may change the proteins’ shape, making them an even bigger target for the immune system. Boiling does not have the same effect.
  • Previous indirect exposure to peanuts (eg. in the womb or in breast milk). Recent research tends to downplay this theory, however.
  • Videogames. Videogames?? According to Popular Science, it seems that some scientists believe the human body needs Vitamin D to help the immune system label substances as innocuous. Children who spend less time outdoors (ie playing videogames) tend to be deficient in Vitamin D, which the body needs sunlight to make, so they are more likely to have immune systems that might mislabel peanut proteins as dangerous.

So what do Parents DO?  What is Popular Science’s advice?  Parents looking to protect their kids might consider sending them outside – and not washing their hands when they come home.  Now throw the kids in a mud puddle and let them play and have fun making mud pies.   Just like me when I was a kid!  I played in the red mud of Georgia and got really dirty, only to spend time in the tub each night trying to get clean.  My poor Mother!  But I can eat peanuts!!! Yeah.

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