These common sense tips have been circulating via email. I thought they were worth passing along:
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1
infection, in order to prevent proliferation (GROWTH & SPREAD OF THE
VIRUS), aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections,
some very simple steps - not fully highlighted in most official
communications - can be practiced:
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
4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day
with warm salt water. 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.
5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C.
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.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.