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What to Do With the Flu!

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I’m writing this post in response to a reader request.  Since this seems to be the time of year when folks encounter colds and flu, I thought it would be helpful to discuss the do’s and don’ts of dealing with viral infections.


I wonder how many of you understand that being healthy doesn’t happen by chance and getting sick isn’t just bad luck.  Cause and effect is at work in the rest of the world and it most certainly is at play in regard to your health.  With that in mind, here are a number of suggestions to best deal with cold and flus.


  1. Don’t get sick! – Live healthy enough that you avoid getting sick all together.  You’ll learn how in some of the next points but I’ve observed that those who are most aware of the state of their bodies are the healthiest.  Begin to practice observing when you are beginning to get run down.
  2. Rest – Your body only has a finite amount of energy.  When you are sick, you need to stop exercising and staying up late so your body can redirect that energy to your immune system.
  3. Drink – Fluids are important for immune function and water is typically best.  Get and stay well hydrated.
  4. Get your spine checked – I remember a mom bringing her screaming daughter to see me before she took her to her MD.  She had an ear infection that was causing her a great deal of pain.  Knowing that antibiotics are not indicated early on in an ear infection and knowing that her spine influences her immune system, I gave her an adjustment.  Mom called the next morning to report that she had slept through the night and was now doing fine.
  5. Don’t take antibiotics – If you’ve got the flu or a cold, you’ve got a viral infection for which antibiotics can do absolutely nothing about.  In your eagerness to do something to help, don’t give in to the temptation to take antibiotics.  They actually compromise your immune system in a number of significant ways.
  6. Don’t take symptom relieving over the counter drugs – If you do, you are trading questionable short term relief for a longer bout with the illness.  One study reported that these drugs prolonged the cold for twice it’s expected length.
  7. Vitamins can help – High doses of vitamin C or colliodal silver can sometimes be of value.  Take these early on to give your body the best help.


Finally, if you habitually get sick, you would be well advised to take stock of your health and your lifestyle.  Frequent illness is an obvious sign that your body is not able to successfully adapt to your environment.  Review what you’re eating (or not eating), how much rest you get, your stress levels, exercise, relationship stress, spinal health and seek to fix the deficiencies you find.  It may take a few years of slow changes, but you’ll be rewarded with winters free of colds.


People often get sick at predictable times of year like around holidays.  What times are are you most likely to get sick?



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  1. Scott McCracken says
    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    It seems I've acquired the sniffles over the weekend. Thanks for the good reminders!

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