Germ Fighting Arsenal11.10.18

Wintertime is upon us and with it comes a plethora of infectious germs that seem to spread more easily due to spending more time indoors. From airborne germs to fomites (surfaces that spread germs), colds, the flu, stomach bugs, etc. seem to gain the advantage during winter months. Is there anything that can be done about it?

Absolutely!!

I have methods that I have successfully used for many years now. I’ve worked in retail, office settings, a medical office, and currently with K-12 students in the public school system. I have been exposed to plenty of germs. These methods have worked well for me.

The number one prevention method should be the most obvious one – wash your hands regularly. If you have been out and about touching things, don’t touch your face unless you have clean hands. Be aware of surfaces that are likely to be contaminated with germs, such as doorknobs, railings, grocery cart handles, gas pumps, etc. Avoid touching them if you can. If not, wash your hands! For more details, you can purchase my published book here.

Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster. Taking vitamin C or any of the many immunity-boosting supplements on the market today, especially when you know you’ve been exposed to something, is another great prevention method.

Essential oils are antimicrobial. This means that they kill both viruses and bacteria. They can be diffused into the air, used topically or, if they are medical grade, some can be taken orally. OnGuard by doTerra is a good one for either diffusing or taking orally, although the cinnamon does make it a little hot.

Colloidal silver is also antimicrobial. It can be taken orally and is also effective for eye infections if sprayed into the eye. It is not recommended to make your own colloidal silver or take excessive amounts because there is a minute possibility of it turning your skin blue. However, if used as directed, you shouldn’t have any problems. It can be purchased at your local health-food store or online.

If you know you have been exposed to something or you feel like you are coming down with something, the above methods are generally effective in either preventing illness altogether or keeping it minimal. The worst I’ve personally experienced in recent years is having a scratchy, raw throat for a day or two and I do not get flu shots. Individual results will vary to some degree.

As always, be well and stay well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Back to School Precautions08.22.18

It is back to school time! If your kids haven’t already gone back to school, they will very soon (unless you home school). It seems like no matter how many times I tell my kids to be careful about what they touch and to wash their hands regularly, the last couple of years they have brought home colds within the first week of school. Personally, I hate getting sick and I hate it when someone in the house is sick. This school year, I will also be working in the school system with kids of all ages so I have to be extra careful myself. Here are my customary precautions:

  • hand sanitizer (you can see how to make your own here)
  • colloidal silver (antimicrobial)
  • Airborne (or other supplement to boost your immune system)
  • your favorite essential oil to diffuse (antimicrobial)
  • water bottle (fountains don’t usually get cleaned)

 

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