4 Steps to Prevent  Flu:  

The flu season always causes a great deal of fear in the eyes of the public, but building up your immune system would prevent this happening.

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But let me share 4 simple alternative herbs that will help strengthen your immune system and protect you against colds and the flu.

Each of the following herbs are medically documented and have stood the test of time:

echinaceaEchinacea:

Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs in the world.  It has the unique ability to stimulate the immune system.  Echinacea is also reported to fight against bacteria, fungi, and viruses associated with colds and the flu.

Recommended Dosage:

250 mg (standardized extract) up to 4 times a day during flu season. Some clinicians recommend a dosing cycle such as using it 3 weeks on and 1 week off or 8 weeks on and 1 week off.

Goldenseal:

It was initially used by Native Americans and gained popularity from the 1850s to the 1040s.  Most of the current use of goldenseal is for colds and influenza.Hydrastis_canadensis_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-209

Combinations of golden seal and Echinacea are one of the leading selling herbal supplements in the U.S. market today.  This herbal medicine is useful in managing symptoms associated with colds and influenza.

AstragalusGlycyphyllosBerberine:

One of the main components in berberine, has been found to increase the immune system’s ability to fight fever associated with bacteria and viruses.

Recommended Dosage:

125 mg (standardized extract), 3-4 times a day.

Elder:

It has been used traditionally in the prevention and treatment of colds, influenza, chronic nasal inflammation, and sinusitis.  The herb elder has been reported to stop several strains of flu virus from duplicating.  In one study using a liquid extract of elder berry, 90 percent of the individuals with symptoms of influenza B were asymptomatic in 2-3 days, while individuals on placebo elder-04-ldidn’t recover for at least 6 days.

Recommended Dosage:

500 mg (standardized extract), 3 times a day.

The Chinese have valued astragalus for centuries for its immune-enhancing properties.  Studies have reported that astragalus promotes healthy growth of cells in damaged in the lungs after a viral infection.  This potential benefit could help with the lingering phase of bronchial weakness as seen in some individuals with colds and influenza.

Astragalus not only has been found to improve resistance to colds but may also decrease how long you stay sick.

Recommended Dosage:

250 mg (standardized extract, 4 times a day.

Additional Tips to help prevent colds and the flu:

*       Drink at least 6-8 glasses of quality water daily (preferably ½ your body weight in ounces)

*       Avoid refined sugars.

*       Take in clear broth and soups.

*       Take steps to reduce chronic dis-stress (which can lead to disease).

*       Get adequate rest.

*       Try to eat more nutrient rich foods, especially fruits and vegetables, organic best choice.

*       Reduce sugar intake.  (No sugar substitutes)

*       Exercise regularly.

*       If an antibiotic is given, I recommend the use of probiotic acidophilus/bifidus 10-20 billion units twice a day, 2 hours apart from the antibiotic dose.  This may reduce the risk of antibiotic induced diarrhea and extreme loss of your natural intestinal flora. Quality silver creates only wellness, no detrimental effects.

*       Ensure adequate nutrition status with a high-grade multivitamin.  It’s always best to find out if and where you are nutrient deficient – using Dr. Henry’s HealthTest©) will enable you to

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*       Consider Echinacea or elder as the primary herb for recommendation.

*       Goldenseal is secondary if there is upper respiratory involvement.

*       Combination products may contain two or more of these agents or related products.

*       Diabetics may need zinc first because of already established compromised zinc status.

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Note:  When you’re body becomes nutrient sufficient, your immune system will stay strong.

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Dr. Rhonda Henry

Doctor of Nutritional Science

Certified Traditional Chinese Practitioner

Specializing in Preventive & Alternative HealthCare – NATURALLY!

 

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Childhood Diseases

sick kidAcute inflammations like colds, flus and fevers seem to be an inescapable part of life; everyone experiences them.  Why do we get them?  Many of us have noticed (if not, than our spouses have noticed) that we often come down with a cold or flue when we’re overly dis-stressed or depleted.

If you follow my online weekly radio shows (drhenry.com) you know that the word ‘stress’ has been used incorrectly – let me explain, in case you’re new to blogs.

Stress is a motivator – a good thing

Dis-stress brings on illness, pain, disease and often early death!

We explain this by assuming that dis-stress lowers our resistance to the viruses and bacteria that, we believe, like to attack us and make us sick.  Most of the time we peacefully co-exist with these microbes which are everywhere and share our environment, and if we get sick it’s often because we’ve allowed ourselves to get out of balance.  This applies to children too, but only partially.

cough syrupIn children, studies have shown that respiratory infections increase in frequency from birth until a peak by age 6 followed by a sharp decline after age 7, irrespective of treatment.  In other words, it seems to be a normal feature of childhood to experience a variety of acute inflammation, especially respiratory, in the first 7-years of life.

Prior to the advent of 20th century improvements in sanitation and living standards, children had a high death rate in their first 7 years from these acute inflammations: measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and the common unnamed pneumonia’s and diarrheas.Boy Blowing His Nose into a Handkerchief

These have been the greatest threats to children throughout history, and still are in developing countries.

In all modern nations children’s deaths from such acute inflammations have been steeply declining ever since 1900, and over 90% of the decline occurred before the advent of antibiotics and vaccinations.  Polio is an important exception to this pattern.

Just before 1900, when all the other familiar life-threatening children’s illnesses were beginning to decline, the newcomer polio made its first appearance in medical history and continued to grow in importance until its abrupt decline with the advent of the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines in the 1950’s.

In the U.S. today what used to be the common dangerous infections of childhood only account for about 1% of children’s deaths.  In contrast to this, 7% of deaths in U.S. children aged 1-19 are from cancer, 7% are from suicide and a shocking 14% are from homicide.
AsthmaSince 1960 there has been a sharp increase in both the frequency and the severity of asthma in many developed nations.  In the U.S. asthma accounts for 1% of children’s deaths – equal to infections – and is a leading cause of childhood disability.

A growing body of medical research supports the commonsense idea that children who experience frequent infections and inflammations in early childhood will strengthen their immune systems and will be less prone to allergies and asthma then children who rarely experience such infections.

The idea is called “the hygiene hypothesis”.  Research has revealed a list of factors which correlate with a decreased risk of asthma and allergies, including the avoidance of vaccinations and antibiotics and the blessings of growing up in a large family and having farm animals.

If the hygiene hypothesis proves to be correct, it will have a revolutionary impact on medical practice.  We will realize that when children experience their cold and fevers, they’re challenging their immune systems and developing an inner strength which will be theirs throughout life.

illAs with all challenges in childhood, our job as parents and healthcare workers will be to strengthen the child to meet its challenges but not to remove the challenges altogether.  In any case, it’s not possible in the long run to eliminate challenges, but only to replace some kinds of challenges with other kinds.

The blessing of modern medicine is that it has the tools and techniques to ease suffering and save lives when we or our children are in danger of being overwhelmed by illness.

Nevertheless, thwarting or suppressing illness does not automatically create health, though it does grant us or our children the respite to return to health thanks to our body’s natural tendency to heal and to restore balance.

Health and healing are mostly about developing our inner capacities to adapt to change and to maintain balance as we move through life’s journey.

To truly foster the overall health and inner strength of our children, we need to go beyond the short-sighted view of illnesses as hostile aggressors and of children as helpless victims.  Children are individuals.  Each child gets ill in his or her own individual way, and each illness a child gets has a meaningful part to play among the challenges belonging to that child’s life.slider_childhooddiseases

Just like everything else in nature, individual illnesses exist within a larger context of a balances system.  There is an ecology of human illness.  If we attempt to eliminate a single element of am ecological system, we disturb the balance of the whole in ways which can lead to unforeseen consequences.

To these unforeseen consequences belong the dramatic increases in asthma, allergies, diabetes, autism, overweight, obesity and learning dysfunctions occurring in children today.  These result, in part, from modern medicine’s failure to appreciate where the balance lies in health and illness, and from its failure to grasp that when you push down on one side of the balance, the other side goes up!

Our present effort to eradicate acute infectious diseases in children through increasing numbers of vaccines has already long overshot the healthy balance point, and is now helping to create in developed nations more chronic disease and disability in children than ever before.

kid wbearTo improve public health, health policy needs to shift it’s focus from eradicating particular diseases to improving the social conditions which breed disease, and physicians need to learn how to help  individual patients maintain balance in body, soul and spirit throughout their lives.

If we, as health care practitioners learn that, and if we apply it to ourselves as well, then the overall health of our society cannot help but improve.  I know some are reading this and saying – Dr. Henry, you are so idealistic.  I know, but I believe if each of us start to take a good look at just our own lives and that of our family, we can start to make a difference, little by little.  I see the changes every day in my practice when I start to teach my patients better shopping and cooking methods, little by little they get excited and everyone in their family benefits – how great is that?

How can you continue to feed your children chemicals, toxins, pesticides, poor water, etc. and expect them to be and stay well.  Look around today at your family health issues – perhaps it’s not too late to change things around in your home.  Your kids deserve to live a full, healthy, happy life, not become another prescription drug addict!

Dr. Rhonda

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Health Tips

BOSWELLIA:

BoswelliaResin from the Boswellia serrata tree, an anti-inflammatory staple in Ayurvedic medicine, is now showing promise as a colorectal cancer tumor inhibitor, according to research carried out by Dr. Ajay Goel, director of epigenetics and cancer prevention at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas, TX.  Dr. Goel and his team have studied boswellia and its impact on colorectal cancer for the past 3 years and recently announced they have “multiple lines of encouraging evidence suggesting that in addition to its anti-inflammatory activities, boswellia is an important modulator of epigenetics in colorectal cancer, and very likely other human cancers as well.”

There are, as you know hundreds of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, herbs, etc. available today – many sound just like what we need – but, why not find out what you may really need and how to synergistically take those added nutrients, if necessary and of course the correct balanced food program.  STOP, The Food & Vitamin Guessing Game!  Check out my individualized HealthTest© today, and if you have any questions: contact@drhenry.com

                                                                                                                                                           

LEUCINE:

In laboratory animals, supplements of the amino acid leucine (abundant in high quality proteins such as whey) LEUCINEreduced blood sugar levels and improved their ability to process fat.  In supplemental animals liver levels of fat and glucose improved.

“It had effects that improved insulin sensitivity improved their ability to metabolize sugar and fats and their overall metabolism improved.”

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MAGNESIUM:

magnesium-cells-youngerMagnesium acts with and is essential to the activity of vitamin D and yet most Americans don’t get their reference daily intake (RDI) of this important mineral.  Extensive research showing that vitamin D deficiency plays a major role in the development of many diseases, including a variety of cancers (breast, prostate and colon) as well as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, psoriasis and mental illness, has prompted many people to take vitamin D supplements.  However, their effects are greatly reduced if magnesium is deficient.

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 R-LIPOIC ACID:

R-Lipoic acid is a potent, water and lipid soluble antioxidant that, based on animal experiments, may prevent ALA_increases_metabolismcataracts caused by oxidative stress in the lens.  Since R-lipoic acid is both water-soluble and fat-soluble, it can get deep into the eye tissues and destroy free radicals that cause protein changes resulting in cataracts.  Animals given chemicals to induce cataracts had a 60% reduction in cataract formation when treated with R-lipoic acid.

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DHA:

docosahexaenoic acidThe omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is highly concentrated in the retina and supports the function of the light receptive retinal cones and rods.  The retina contains higher concentrations of DHA than any other tissue of the human body.  DHA is essential to the healthy functioning of the retina and macula.

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B VITAMINS:

Insufficient B-complex vitamins result in paralyzed eye muscles, itching, burning, light sensitivity, blood shot eyes and watering eyes.  Nearsightedness is often a result of stress.  The B vitamins are necessary for normal nervous systemvitamin-b12function and may be the single most important factor for nerve health.  Pantothenic acid (B5) in particular is an anti-stress vitamin.  Thiamin (B1) is important for intracellular eye metabolism and riboflavin (B2) deficiency has been linked to cataracts.  B-complex vitamins with extra riboflavin are recommended for hyperopia (farsightedness).

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VITAMIN D:

The largest study to date on the link between vitamin D and common respiratory infections, shows that people with the lowest vitamin D levels report having significantly more cases of cold and flu than those with higher levels.

VITAMIN DSince vitamin D is produced in the skin from sun exposure, that could explain why most colds and flu occur in the winter when there is less sunshine.  Vitamin D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the ‘oxidative burst’ potential of macrophages.

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OLIVE LEAF:

Olive leaf extract and its active component, oleuropein, appear to interfere with viral infection and/or spread by aceite-de-olivadirectly inactivating the virus or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane.  It’s able to directly penetrate infected host cells and irreversible inhibit viral replication.  Since this effect seems to apply to both active and latent viruses, olive leaf extracts could prove to be a major weapon against the common cold and flu, as well as many other viral and bacterial infections.

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BOVINE COLOSTRUM:

BOVINE COLOSTRUMBovine colostrum is another useful supplement for cold and flu protection.  This thick, yellow substance, emitted by the mammary glands during the first 24-48 hours after birth, is rich in nutrients and immune factors that protect against invading organism and facilitate development of strong immune system.  By boosting a weakened immune system, colostrum’s immune factors can help prevent such conditions as colds, flu, diarrhea, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, herpes, viral bronchitis, candidiasis and ear infections.

                                                                                                                                                             

RESVERATROL:

RESVERATROLResveratrol may improve how the human body responds to insulin, the hormone responsible for sugar and fat metabolism.  Hungarian researchers report for the first time that a daily 10 mg dose of resveratrol is associated with reductions in insulin resistance in type-2 diabetics.  According to the researchers:

“The present study shows for the first time that resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity in humans, which might be due to a resveratrol-induced decrease in oxidative stress that leads to a more efficient insulin signaling via the Akt pathway.”

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POMELLA:

Pomegranate extract from Verdure Sciences has been granted two new patents.  This rich source of antioxidants, POMELLAhas been linked to improved heart health, but a growing body of science indicates the fruit protects against prostate cancer.  Studies also report a role in joint health by slowing cartilage loss in arthritis.  Ellagitannin compounds like punicalagins and punicalins, account for half of the fruit’s antioxidant ability behind the reported health benefits.

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ASTAXANTHIN:

Astaxanthin, the pigment that gives krill oil its colour, can boost the body’s defense against obesity-induced ASTAXANTHINoxidative stress, according to South Korean researchers.  At a dose of only 5 mg daily, researchers saw a reduction in oxidative stress markers plus an increase in the blood’s antioxidant capacity … including a 193% increase in superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels.

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WHEY PROTEIN:

Whey protein is a “functional food” with a number of health benefits.  The biological components of whey (including lactoferrin, beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, glycomacropeptide and immuno-globulins) demonstrate a range of immune-enhancing properties.  In addition, whey has the ability to act as an antioxidant, anti-hypertensive, WHEY PROTEINanti-tumor, hypolipidemic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and chelating agent.

The primary mechanism by which whey is thought to exert its effects is by intracellular antioxidant.  A number of clinical trials have successfully been performed using whey in the treatment of cancer,  HIV, hepatitis B, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and as an antimicrobial agent.  Whey protein has also exhibited benefit in the arena of exercise performance and enhancement.

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SARCOPENIA:

Sarcopenia (skeletal muscle wasting with aging) is believed to underlie a number of serious age-related health issues.  While it may be seen as inevitable, decreasing this gradual loss of muscle is vital for healthy aging.  Elderly individuals are still able to respond to both resistance training and the anabolic signals provided by protein ingestion, provided specific amino acids, such as leucine, are present. sarcopenia

Whey protein, a rich source of these essential amino acids, rapidly elevates plasma amino acid levels, providing the foundation for muscle mass preservation.  Several studies have shown whey protein to be effective in augmenting the effects of resistance exercise, particularly when taken in the hours surrounding the exercise training.  Simple dietary and exercise strategies that may improve the maintenance of skeletal muscle mass could reduce the incidence of many age-related health issues and improve the quality of life for many aging folks.

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