Build Your Immune System In Cold and Flu Season

Other than a vaccine, How do I change my Immune system?

Poor Sleep can affect the immune system.

Research shows that Adults who are not sleeping well or not sleeping 7-8 hours a night are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus. This happens because the cytokines produced to defeat these viruses are low if lack of sleep or poor quality sleep occur. The research also shows that kids age 3-20 need closer to 10 hours of sleep per night for the same protective effect. 

How do I train myself to sleep better? Or My Kids?

This is always a hot topic. Sleep deprivation is as dangerous if not more dangerous than driving under the influence. So how do we change your outcomes? 

  1. Start by setting an alarm on when it is time to go to bed. Regardless of what you are doing, stop, finish in less than 5 minutes and go to your bedroom to get ready and get into bed. 
  2. Stop using electronics, including a kindle or iPad to read, after 7pm. Studies show that the stimulation from the blue light on devices like computers, television, tablets, and cell phones disrupt the normal cycle of melatonin production. This disrupts the brain’s ability to shut down and calm. That lack of calm can cause difficulty sleeping. 
  3. Get up at the same time EVERYDAY. Yes, even on the weekend. This is important because you’re teaching your body a cycle. When you get up, try not to hit snooze. Around time changes, the week leading in, start adjusting your alarm setting by 10 minutes daily so that you can adjust your body to the new time. 
  4. Stop all caffeine: tea, coffee, chocolate, stimulants in supplements; by 12 noon, or 9 hours before bed time. 
  5. Drink more water. One of the major causes of poor sleep at altitude is dehydration. Drinking more water can help your body rest more fully because it has enough solution to dilute the toxins it is processing and producing while you sleep. If you have a weak bladder and find yourself needing to wake up to go to the bathroom, stop drinking sooner in the day. As people are drinking more water, I ask them to do it gradually. So take what you have now and add 8oz to the day every day for a week. Then next week add 8 oz more. Do this Every week until you are drinking enough water (80oz/day).
  6. Exercise. This helps expend some of the energy you have and can help your body rest more fully. 

Did you know that there are more heart attacks, strokes and Motor vehicle accidents in the 2 weeks after the time change in the fall AND spring? Sleep Rules!

Supplements: What you need to know for immune health. 

A lot of people have no faith in supplements. The reason is the difference in the information about supplements. Some say they do nothing, some say they are necessary. Here is what you need to know about supplements: They are not all created equal, but they are mostly all created in the same spot and sent for labeling. Test your supplements. If it can not dissolve in 4 oz of white vinegar in 4 hours, your body can not get out what it needs from the supplement. Find the parent company. If they are a traditional Pharmaceutical company, the supplement is likely more valid. For instance: Whos is the parent company of Flinstones Vitamins?

Wish supplements help for boosting my health in relation to the immune system?

Vitamin C, D3 and B6 are considered the classic trio needed to boost immune system health. 

  • B vitamins help the nervous system, creates red blood cells and helps metabolize carbohydrates and fats. 
  • C is an antioxidant and fights for the body. 
  • D Helps absorb calcium, phosphorus, and is the backbone to MOST hormones produced by the body. 

Probiotics. 

While controversial, Probiotics are needed to help restore the gut. The gut is the primary place your immune system acts. Immune system is 80% in the GI system. Like other supplements, Probiotics have become a popular place to deceive. Make sure you by doctor formulated probiotics that require refrigeration. 

Consider Pre-Biotics and digestive enzymes. They help break down the food and get enzymes present that you need to break things down before you get it into the gut. 

ZINC

This is a mineral that you need in the body to help with many processes. IT helps fight invading bacteria and viruses. Dosage is 8g for women, 11 for men daily. The problem is, you can start to taste everything as metal. This means you need to back off the dose and then start taking a binding agent like psyllium husk powder so that you don’t overdose on metals. 

 

Eat healthy!

Cold and flu season kicks up in winter months, but they are there year round. One thing that happens in the warmer months is that the opportunity for fresh fruits and vegetables is more readily available at more favorable prices. Green leafy vegetables are a daily need. You should strive to achieve 10 servings a day and 5 servings of fruits. A serving is ½ cup. 

Lower your sugar intake. 

Many use the holidays, starting at halloween, as an excuse to eat whatever they want. Then, wonder why they get sick. The increase in sugar causes bad bacteria, like candida, to grow and overtake good bacteria in the gut. You can fight candida by taking a supplement called sacchromyces boulardi, but what if you just ate reasonably? I am not saying give up your one piece of pumpkin pie or the cranberry sauce. But do you need all the cookies, candy, half the pumpkin pie, etc? 

 

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References

https://www.nbcnews.com/know-your-value/feature/daylight-saving-time-4-surprising-health-effects-falling-back-ncna929546
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/expert-answers/lack-of-sleep/faq-20057757

What Are Collateral Damages of Pandemic 2020 Lockdowns and Shutouts?

SUICIDE and MENTAL HEALTH

I have the fortune of having clients who work in the public health sector and law enforcement sector. They have reported an increase in calls for suicide prevention. Nationally, the numbers for teen suicide and young adult suicide are elevated.

So what are the issues with an increase in Mental Health?

In my area, I have had some clients do voluntary check ins for 48hour -30 days holds due to their own struggles for mental health in the time of this pandemic. The cost of Joblessness, Isolation and anxiety is high. Studies from multiple institutions show that anxiety even in young children is higher than typical.

Our Family has been personally touched by suicide during this time.

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Domestic Violence

According to a Study in Massachusetts at a Womens hospital, Domestic violence between intimate partners is increased by 500% when compared to each of the 3 previous years. That is a fairly staggering statistic, especially when you consider that these are the reported cases. There are many more who suffer in silence because they believe it is related only to the stress of the current situation. Or, it has never happened before. The sentiment of “They said they were sorry” often prevents people from talking about violence as well.

In the case of abuse or neglect of children, some of the Law Enforcement officers have reported that they are more concerned than ever, because schools are a safe haven for many children. Locking them out has taken away their support system. They expect to see number of cases reported skyrocket with the return to the classroom. In some cases, dreading that return to the classroom, while also looking forward to helping these kids out of bad Situations.

According to a study published in the BC Medical Journal:

Previous pandemics have had children as the top victims. They report that the number one cause of childhood death is Abuse from Family or Friend. Children are more likely during quarantine to experience neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, seeing abuse against a  parent, and emotional abuse.

Long term effects of abuse on children under the age of 15 lead to behavior issues and learning issues along the continuum. These children are less likely to develop meaningful relationships. They are less likely to trust others. Less likely to talk about what is happening at home. And social workers have been advised to minimize interventions as to lessen contact with others outside their own home.

Education Suffers, But is closing schools necessary?

Last spring, millions of students suffered with a sudden and unprepared shift to online education. While a few districts across the country managed this transition well, most did not. Our 3rd grade students, who are on a special education plan,  had 90 minutes of instruction per day with no way to contact their teacher about questions. While they are supposed to get a specific number of hours per week with the Special Education Team by LAW, they had no contact. No Support, and lost ground in so many ways. Their primary teacher did not reach out to the SPED team to indicate a struggle was happening at all. We, as parents, received an email 4 weeks in that assignments were incomplete or not done at all. When I asked what needed to be done for one assignment, it took 24 hours to get a response. Unacceptable.

Risk of Transmission

We’ve been told to follow the science. Follow the Data. Follow the correct information. But shutting down schools is not supported by the science or the data. In fact, if we truly follow all the data back to the 1918 Spanish flu (H1N1); quarantine and mask wearing is a bad idea in general.

So where does that leave the kids and education?

Again following the data, The EU says we should re-open at a minimum primary education centers. That student to teacher transmission rates were less than 0.1%. That the students were more likely to contract the virus while at home than in the classroom.

The EU has also taken into account the cost to underserved children and homes with lower incomes. They have decided that the cost of not being in the classroom is high. With working parents who have “Essential Jobs” like cleaning, housekeeping, Nursing, Physician, Physical Therapy and Grocery clerks; it was too difficult for the family unit to have the children at home. The lack of social development by not interacting with same aged peers was also deemed to be too great. That being at home, isolated, could cause anxiety to occur at earlier ages. Causing more harmful mental health issues in adolescence and young adulthood.

In Finland, Where school has continued without interruption, there are 1.2 million students and staff. Less than 200 have tested positive for Covid-19

Here is History on recent Pandemics and Quarantine:
  • 1918 Spanish Flu (H1N1) variation of influenza A
    • Infected approximately 500Million people (1/3 worlds population of 1.5 billion)
    • US population was 102,300,000.
    • Deaths world wide: 50 Million
    • Deaths in the US: 675,000; 564,000 in the first 8 months while states and cities quarantined.
    • Quarantine was put in place in several states and also individual cities where states did not have policies
    • masks were required in public
    • hand washing highly encouraged to be regularly completed.
    • Highest mortality was <5 yoa, 20-40 yoa and greater than 65 yoa.
  • 1957/58 Pandemic (H2N2) Variation of influenza A
    • No Quarantine
    • Hand washing encouraged
    • No Masks
    • Stay home if you feel vulnerable.
    • 2.9 billion people worldwide,
    • 174.9 Million in the US
    • Deaths Worldwide: 1.1 Million
    • Deaths in the US 116,000
  • 1968/69 (H3N2) Variation of Influenza A
    • No Quarantine
    • CDC said you should be out if you felt comfortable, as exposure would actually boost the immune system
    • 3.5 Billion people WorldWide
    • 200 Million people in the US
    • 1 million Deaths worldwide
    • 100,000 deaths in the US
    • Wood Stock Held in August 1969, right in the middle of the pandemic.

If we go by the data shown above, Pulled from the CDC website on pandemics, we are in for a lot more carnage. Currently, we have 7.59 Billion people world wide, 328 million in the United States.  IF we look at the data from the 1918 Spanish flu and extrapolate, 1.2 million US citizens will die. That means that as of writing this article, we are less than 25% of the way.

YES, medical has advanced. But we haven’t cured anything in this country since small pox.

What happened to the Flu?

Currently, the CDC says flu numbers are low. But flu testing is also around 1/100th its normal numbers. So how do we know?

If you have had the experience of having a test done, look at your results. Your test can say either Coronavirus or COVID-19 PCR test results. The Corona Virus test tests for ALL corona virus, including cold or flu. A Positive test is NOT a Positive COVID test. Yet many Point of Care Facilities are reporting these numbers as such. So our infection rate is sky high, while likely being false + for COVID and false reporting of COVID.

Which of these tests did you get?

 

Coronavirus test
+ results must be followed up with Flu Test or PCR test to rule in COVID19

 

PCR Molecular test specific to COVID-19
This + Result is the most likely indicator that COVID19 is present. You can still have false + and or False – tests.

Cancer:

Research Published in JAMA reported that since the start of the pandemic, Cancer diagnosis dropped 74%

The Breast Cancer Awareness month reported a decrease of 54% of new cases From April 2020-October 2020

Colorectal cancer diagnosis was down at least 31% in the same time frame.

Pancreatic cancer diagnosis was down by 25%

Lung cancer, and Esophageal cancer detection was also down according to the study

Cause: Routine screenings were either cancelled, could not be rescheduled this calendar year, or people were to afraid to go out and get them.

As you can see, The cost of the pandemic to health has a lot of collateral damage.

Please do your research and know the facts.

References:
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1968-pandemic.html
https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/world-population-by-year/
wsj.com/articles/despite-coronavirus-surge-european-schools-stay-open-11605349800
https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/COVID-19-schools-transmission-August%202020.pdf
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/europe-schools-covid-open/2020/12/01/4480a5c8-2e61-11eb-9dd6-2d0179981719_story.html
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMms2024920
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Return-to-School-During-COVID-19.aspx
https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/kids-school-and-covid-19-what-we-know-and-what-we-don-t
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/20201019-SchoolsSummary.pdf
https://www.statnews.com/2020/08/04/new-cancer-diagnoses-fell-sharply-after-coronavirus/
https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200818/radiology-study-suggests-horrifying-rise-in-domestic-violence-during-pandemic#1
https://bcmj.org/articles/child-abuse-and-neglect-covid-19-era-primer-front-line-physicians-british-columbia
https://abc7news.com/suicide-covid-19-mental-health-teen-coronavirus/8079510/