To Do When You Are Getting Sick
Many things can contribute to sickness: not eating
a healthy diet, not getting enough exercise, not resting enough,
not drinking enough water, not keeping up with normal bowel movements,
spending too many hours at work and participating in stressful relationships.
Any combination of these will take the body to a point where it
is no longer able to have normal immune response. When the immune
system can't keep up, we feel run down, or get a cold or the flu,
or internal functions begin to falter and we become diseased. We
don't have a gauge that registers our immune potential from day
to day, so most of us are not aware of this reduced immune function.
Unfortunately, illness becomes our wake-up call. Sickness is the
body's way of telling you to pay attention, help it out, and that
it can't keep up with the pace you are setting for it. Your lifestyle,
dietary habits, emotional distress or exposure to toxic agents at
your work place have left your body vulnerable and weak. Listen
to your body and help it. Don’t stop the process by stopping
a fever or suppressing a runny nose. They are part of your cure!
Summary Points To Get You Back Up And Running Without
Using Medications or Vaccines:
1. NO GUILT: Don’t dwell
on the mistakes you might have made that allowed you to get sick.
Take a moment to realize you allowed your body to get too weak to
fight off the common germs. Now take steps to get better. Adding
guilt to the equation will only make you sicker and prolong the
illness. Take time to do something that makes you happy, something
that makes you laugh and become care free about the current situation.
2. FAST: When you start to get
sick, fast. Starve a fever, starve a cold, starve everything! The
body uses energy to digest and eliminate waste and toxins. By not
eating, you are allowing the body to direct all its energy to cleaning
up the mess that made you sick in the first place. Pure water with
fresh lemon and dark maple syrup or Grandma's molasses is an excellent
source of minerals and energy. It will supply most of what you need
to keep your body healing. Make every glass of lemon and maple syrup
fresh, don't make a bunch up ahead of time, don't use fake lemon
juice. If you must have something more, cook vegetables and drink
the broth (not chicken soup), or eat fresh, ripe fruits. For heaven's
sake, don't eat junk food, meat or dairy. These foods cost the body
a lot of precious energy. Sugar feeds infection and dairy creates
3. REST or EXERCISE:
Believe it or not, the body is sick because it is tired and waste
has backed up. Give it a break if at all possible. *Although it
may sound contradictory, some people need to exercise when they
get sick. These are people with tendencies toward lymphatic congestion.
If your lymphatic system is congested (generally because you lack
exercise on a regular basis, perhaps because of a sedentary job)
and you sit or lie around when sick, your body will take longer
to process the toxins. Movement encourages the lymphatic system
to cycle through and flush. You will know if you need exercise rather
than rest if you can go for a walk when you are feeling sick and
it does not wipe you out. If exercise makes you feel worse, rest.
If it makes you feel better, do it again as able.
4. KILL THE VIRUS: Most fevers
come from viral activity initiated by such toxins as staph, strep
and pneumonia, which is what your medical doctor will tend to find.
Most of these viruses reproduce in the ear or the throat. The first
thing to do is put 3-5 drops of regular 3% hydrogen peroxide in
one ear and lie with your head to one side, allowing the hydrogen
peroxide to bubble in the ear for about four minutes. Then flip
over and do the other ear. The 3% hydrogen peroxide you find at
the drug store is all you need. Repeat that one to three times each
day if you start to feel a cold or flu coming on, and continue each
day until you think you have it fixed. To deactivate the virus in
the throat, gargle with a tablespoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
several times each day. Although the peroxide is not toxic in small
amounts, we still recommend that you spit it out after gargling,
but don’t rinse your mouth with anything for a few minutes.
If your throat hurts, suck on zinc lozenges throughout the day.
They are available at health food stores. Make sure to do #6 below
in addition to this. If you want a supplement product, my absolute
favorite natural antibiotic is Silver Shield from Nature's Sunshine.
A teaspoon three times a day should do it although you can do a
teaspoon every hour if it looks like the virus is taking over.
5. HELP A FEVER: A fever is the
body's natural mechanism for killing what caused the fever. To stop
the fever is to stop the body’s natural immune process. People
fear fevers, but there is little to fear about the average fever.
Unless a fever starts getting above 104 degrees, there is really
nothing to worry about. It actually takes a fever of 106 degrees
to do any damage, and even at that temperature it is not harmful
if you keep the head and brain cool with cold cloths. During the
fever process, the body uses up its stores of iron. A teaspoon of
Grandma's molasses in warm water at least three times each day can
restore the iron depletion and increase your energy. Because a fever
is part of the cure, if you want to help the body heal faster, you
can create an artificial fever by increasing the body's temperature
to help it fight off the germs. To create an artificial fever, take
a hot bath with a minimum of one tablespoon of Liquid Detox in the
water. Sit in the water, keeping it as hot as you can without hurting
yourself, for 10 to 20 minutes. If you feel weak, have someone with
you so you don't pass out and hurt yourself. You may want some cold
towels handy for your head if you start getting too hot or feel
light headed. If you are feeling weak, drink warm-hot molasses water.
When you get out of the tub, stay nice and warm, dry off, and wrap
up in something that will keep you warm. Rest quietly or go to sleep.
Let your body finish the job.
6. ALKALIZE. This section was
copied from here
>>. The flu, a cold, Influenza, any and all version of
those need an acid environment to thrive or survive. That same acid
condition is what allows cancer to finally form in the body as well.
The following has shown absolute results not by fighting the flu
but by alkalizing the body. This allows the body's own miraculous
potential to kick in with full force and cure you! Works every time
- During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of
Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at
about two hour intervals. Make sure it is aluminum free soda.
- During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of
Arm and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at
the same intervals.
- During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Arm
and Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning
and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool
water each morning until cold is cured.
In order to secure the best results with Arm & Hammer Pure
Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) when taken internally, certain
simple rules must be observed. Materia Medica, pharmacology and
Therapeutics (Bastedo, Page 88) clearly outlines these rules to
- “The effect of an alkali in the stomach will vary according
to the nature of the stomach contents at the time of administration.
In the resting period (after food is digested) sodium bicarbonate
merely dissolves mucus and is absorbed as bicarbonate into the
blood, to increase its alkalinity directly.
- “In the digestive period it reduces the secretion of gastric
juice, neutralizes a portion of the hydrochloric acid, liberates
the carminative carbon dioxide gas, and is absorbed as sodium
- “In cases of fermentation or ‘sour stomach’
it may neutralize the organic acids and so result in the opening
of a spasmodically closed pylorus (the opening between the stomach
and the small intestine); while at the same time it acts to overcome
flatulency (accumulation of gas in the stomach and bowels).
- “The time of administration must, therefore, be chosen
with a definite purpose. Usually for hyperchlohydria (excess of
acid) one hour or two hours after meals will be the period of
harmful excess of acid.
- “In continuous hyperacidity and in fermentative conditions
a dose an hour before meals will tend to prepare the stomach for
the next meal; or sometimes a dose will be necessary immediately
after eating, because of abnormal acid or base having been present
at the commencement of the meal. (For the average person one-half
hour after meals is recommended).
- “A dose at bedtime tends to check the early morning acidity,
or a dose on arising cleans the stomach of acid and mucus before
- Whenever taking a bicarbonate solution internally the soda should
be dissolved on cold water.
- This is all very valuable information coming from the horses
own mouth, the Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Company, which sells
aluminum free baking soda. Clearly they knew what they had in
their hands one hundred years ago; and its long use in medicine
sustains the companies published medical views:
- “Besides doing good in respiratory affections, bicarbonate
of soda is of inestimable value in the treatment of Alimentary
Intoxication, Pyelitis (inflammation of the pelvis of the kidney),
Hyper-Acidity of Urine, Uric Acid disturbances, Rheumatism and
Burns. An occasional three-day course of Bicarbonate of Soda increases
the alkalinity of the blood, assists elimination and increases
the resisting power of the body to all Infectious Diseases.”
7. SUPPLEMENTS: There are all
kinds of supplements for "keeping the immune system healthy,"
and those are all fine, but the intestines should be the main target
of cleansing. Keeping the intestines happy and healthy is essential
to getting well and staying well no matter what your symptom or
condition is. Keep taking Super Nutrient to ensure that your body
is getting the required nutrition to heal. Use IC-1 as directed
to keep the intestines moving happily and removing waste that might
have accumulated in the intestine (add Bowel Stimulant if the IC-1
fiber is not enough to keep your bowels moving a couple times each
day.) Add a couple of IC-2 capsules and a couple of Digestive Aid
capsules three times each day if you have intestinal discomfort,
nausea, diarrhea or feel poisoned in any way.
8. SYMPTOM RELIEF: If you have
Kit, feel free to make a remedy and take it every 10 to 15 minutes
as needed. Symptom remedies or TBA remedies will help the body’s
natural ability to fight off the cause of the illness.
Helpful Tricks for Common Complaints
Clear your stuffed nose!
Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve
sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the
roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one
finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal
passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano,
D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college
of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20
seconds, you'll feel your sinuses start to drain.
Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!
Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area
between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that
this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared
with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate
an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and
Make burns disappear!
When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the
skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred
hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says,
but since the natural method brings the burned skin back to a normal
temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.
Unstitch your side!
If you're like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right
foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver
(which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm
and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home
Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the
Stanch nose bleeds with a single finger!
Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed—if
you don't mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach:
Put some cotton on your upper gums—just behind that small
dent below your nose—and press against it, hard. "Most
bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that
divides the nose," says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose,
and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa.
"Pressing here helps stop them."
Make your heart stand still!
Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus
nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing,
says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University
of Pittsburgh. It'll get your heart rate back to normal.
Thaw your brain!
Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men.
As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth,
covering as much as you can. "Since the nerves in the roof
of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is
freezing, too," says Abo. "In compensating, it overheats,
causing an ice-cream headache." The more pressure you apply
to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.
Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber,
O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. "It's usually caused
by near-point stress." In other words, staring at your computer
screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few
hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep
breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles
at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps
and glutes can trick involuntary muscles - such as the eyes - into
relaxing as well.
Wake dead limbs!
If your hand falls asleep while you're driving or sitting in an
odd position, rock your head from side to side. It'll painlessly
banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano.
A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle
of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the
pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so
don't let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.
If you're dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the
pool, take several short breaths first - essentially, hyperventilate.
When you're underwater, it's not a lack of oxygen that makes you
desperate for a breath; it's the buildup of carbon dioxide, which
makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin'
ain't right. "When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen
lowers blood acidity," says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an
associate professor of biology at Auburn University. "This
tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen." It'll
buy you up to 10 seconds.
Your own! "If you're giving a speech the next day, review
it before falling asleep," says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor
of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory
consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before
bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.
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