Protecting your body

Lately there has been a lot of talk about the Swine Flu, and I am often asked about the best ways to protect the body from viral invasion.

In addition to a non-inflammatory, whole-food diet and a life style that includes sufficient rest and exercise, my immediate recommendations for added protection against the flu and H1N1 virus are Kali Mur 6X and vitamin D.

Kali Mur 6x is a homeopathic cell salt, which is gentle and highly effective. Cell salts help to reorganize the way tissues function, often lifting them out of their pattern of dysfunction. I recommend Kali Mur 6X because it helps to protect the integrity of cells against viral invasion. This includes almost every cold and flu, as well as more serious viruses. Dr. Rudolph Ballentine, master homeopath and one of the most influential doctors in the alternative health movement, discusses Kali Mur 6x in his book, Radical Healing:

“…when smallpox used to sweep India, health workers would go from village to village ahead of the epidemic, handing out Kali Mur 6X. Where this was done, it is said, the epidemic passed over or there were only mild cases.”

Vitamin D is an equally important tool in your vibrant health arsenal. In October of 2007, Epidemiology and Infection presented some very important findings concerning the epidemic levels of vitamin D insufficiency in the United States. The public health impact of this observation could be great, but more specifically:

• Over a 3-year period, taking 800 IU of vitamin D3 reduced the incidence of colds and flus by 70%.
• Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 reduced the incidence of colds and flus to nearly zero (only one person out of 104 had a cold or flu while taking 2,000 IUs of vitamin D. That one person only had ONE COLD all year out of all 104.) The people in the control group, also numbering 104 members, suffered an average of 3 colds/flu per person per year.

Additionally, a 2009 report in the journal Pediatric Research stated that infants and children appear more susceptible to viral rather than bacterial infections when deficient in vitamin D. Based on the available evidence showing a strong connection between vitamin D, infections, and immune function in children, vitamin D supplementation may therefore be a valuable therapy in pediatric medicine.

Come in today. Be tested to see which of your organ systems are in need of support, and pick up your supply of Kali Mur 6X and vitamin D. The best defense is an early defense!

Green Juice!

I can’t emphasize this enough: Drink your greens daily!

The USDA, National Cancer Institute, Surgeon General, and the secretary of Health and Human Services all agree that Americans need to increase their consumption of fresh produce to include at least 2 to 4 servings of vegetables every day. One of the easiest ways to add them to your diet is to juice.

The lack of trace minerals in the diet has quite possibly become one of the major causes of disease within Western culture today. If you look in a chart of minerals, you’ll see that the recommended source of virtually all minerals and trace minerals is green leafy vegetables. A green juice is a fast, delicious, and inexpensive way to get your daily trace mineral needs down the hatch in five minutes or less.

Green juices are alkaline and rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and chlorophyll. They help the body to stabilize blood sugar, absorb more oxygen, and flush toxins. They are good for your weight, heart, bones, circulation and can be helpful in lowering your cholesterol. Daily juicing will help you to have increased energy, ideal weight, a glowing complexion and a strengthened immune system.

It is recommended that you drink at least 16 ounces of fresh green juice each day.
One of my favorite juice recipes is: 1 small cucumber or ½ large cucumber,
2 celery stalks, a handful of parsley, 1 granny smith apple (remove seeds), and ¼ lime.

I recommend the Black & Decker Fruit & Vegetable Juice Extractor if you are looking for an inexpensive, easy –to-clean, mid-sized juicer. The Item Number is JE2050 (www.bdappliances.com)

If you don’t have time to juice, I recommend Vibrant Health Field of Greens.
This powder is mixed with water to make a great tasting, totally organic green juice.
It can be purchased at your local Vitamin Shoppe or at www.VitaminShoppe.com