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H1N1...advice you should know...from Dr. Oz...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The following advice, given by Dr. Oz, makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know:

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions.. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe.)

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

note: Hope this helps as many people as I can...


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TCICHOWSKI 5/26/2010 12:20AM

    I used a Neti Pot for the first time this evening and cannot believe how much better I feel. It feels like I was in a fog and now everything in my sinuses is clear. And what a bonus if it will help keep nasty viruses away too!

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APPEALSTOME 10/30/2009 5:26AM

    Adding that Dr Oz recommended taking vitamin D not C to fight off cold, virus, flu, etc since D inhances the immune system.

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MOM2ACAT 10/29/2009 7:23PM

    Great tips. I love Dr.Oz!

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HOLLYSNOWWOMAN 10/29/2009 5:36PM

    Thank you for the info.

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SHIITAKE 10/29/2009 2:01PM


Great information.....and easy to do, too ! emoticon

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BLAZINGSWORD 10/29/2009 10:57AM

    Thanks. If it comes from Dr. Oz these are great and healthy suggestions to follow. I am going to make sure that I use my Neti-pot and gargle.

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SHUTRBUG1 10/29/2009 9:55AM

    Thanks for passing on these tips.

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SUPERSNAZZ 10/29/2009 9:50AM

    Thanks for sharing! These are easy tips that anyone can use. :-)

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