FLU & COLD PREVENTION 101

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 Subject:  Flu prevention from this old nurse

H1N1 Swine flu Prevention methods

 With H1N1 and flu cases on the increase throughout our area. I found the
article below very interesting.
 Thought I would share with all of you.

Tamiflu does not kill but prevents H1N1 from further proliferation till
the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks (its natural cycle). H1N1, like
other Influenza A viruses, only infects the upper respiratory tract and
proliferates (only) there. The only portals of entry are the nostrils  and
mouth/ throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost  impossible
not 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 - and 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, bathe).

 3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine 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.  Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti or
"Nasal Cleanse from Walgreens for $12)  (very good Yoga asanas to clean
nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both
nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in
bringing down viral population. I recommend the netti pot from Walgreens as
it comes with the salt packages.  Use warm water and will really help your
head washed out.

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/bioflavonoids to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids 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.

All these are simple ways to prevent, within means of most households, and
certainly much less painful than to wait in long queues outside public
hospitals.

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