It seems quite early in the season for me to be seeing so much contageous illness. The weather is still intermittenly warm in the Bay Area and although we have gotten some uncharacteristically early rain the weather in between the rain is still ranging from between the mid 70's to mid 80's.
That having been said, I'm getting a lot of reports of my patients getting sick early this season with upper respiratory infections, pneumonias and the common cold. Up at UC Berkeley there has been a Mumps outbreak which is quite unusual, as many as 44 college students up there have contracted the painful and debilitating virus. I remember when I caught the mumps when I was a kid and to this day, I can't think of any infection that was as painful and miserable as having the mumps.
Since there was so much cause for concern locally for infections of viruses and bacteria I thought I would take the time to review some good ideas to keep you healthy for the winter...or at the very least to minimize the time you are sick. Here are my major pointers:
1) Wash your hands and avoid contact with people who are sick. I can't emphasize enough the importance of hand washing with warm water and soap in the prevention of infections. I'm not a huge fan of regular use of antibacterial hand wipes because I think they breed antibiotic resistance but if you are in contact with someone sick, it is a very good idea.
2) Minimize sugar intake (and alcohol). Avoid eating sweets, drinking juice and alcohol when you feel you are fighting something and for sure when you are sick. Desserts, fruit juices (including orange juice) and alcohol lower your resistance and are food for the bacteria and viruses allowing them to overtake your system and pretty soon you have a major cold or infection.
3) Vaccine alternatives, many people catch the flu from vaccinations so in my office we do vaccine alternatives. I use NAET treatments, an effective acupressure treatment that helps strengthen your system to a particular virus or bacteria. I use the NAET treatments instead of flu vaccines every year and by doing this my patients who have had the NAET treatments for flu fare better and almost never get the flu. This also works for Mumps, Measles, Chickenpox, herpes, shingles etc. The treatment is painless and needle free.
4) Follow my cold flu protocol. Amended for this upcoming year, to strengthen your immunity to fight off what your immune system is facing. The cold/flu protocol was initially written when the H1N1 Swine flu reared it's ugly head a couple of years ago. I've sinced perfected the protocol and if you follow it you will feel much better quickly or prevent the cold/flu altogether. This works regardless of swine flu, influenza, bacterial or viral infections. For prevention of stomach bugs and stomach flues stay tunes for the stomach flu prevention protocol recently developed due to the recent prevanence of Listeriosis infections in canteloupes this September.
Obviously get rest and don't exercise if you are coming down with something and minimize contact with places that are breeding grounds for infections if you can help it. Stay healthy this season and call my office if you get sick and need extra help fighting it.