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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A New Beginning06.02.18

I have spent four of the last six years working hard to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Promotion with an emphasis in Community Health, and also becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist. I also served as president of the Nontraditional Student Association, went on a study abroad to Thailand, and interned at a local health department. Unfortunately, this blog/website has been severely neglected in the process.

After graduating, I went on to spend the last two years trying to find a job within my field only to have my hopes and dreams repeatedly crushed by people who don’t even know me.  I went from feeling elated and accomplished to feeling like a complete loser. Well, no more! I am in charge of my own success and I am DONE giving others that kind of power over my life. Enough is enough. I am hiring myself because I know what I am capable of.

I chose the degree that I have because of a family experience fighting MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus). MRSA is a drug-resistant staph infection that is highly contagious and very hard to beat. I am happy to say that we did ultimately overcome it and have had no relapses in over ten years.

My main interest in health promotion has to do with preventing the spread of all infectious diseases, including MRSA. This blog/website will be rebuilt based on all aspects of prevention, such as nutrition, boosting immunity, germ avoidance, airborne illnesses, etc. Optimum health is essential in fighting off infections. When it comes to infectious diseases, for the most part, they are preventable. When prevention fails, there are ways to minimize illness. Our purpose is to educate and inform so that you can be well and stay well.

 

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