In this issue:
Colds, flu and all that stuff.
Products highlights from the Website - www.maximumwellbeing.com
Health snippets - From around the world.
There is very little difference in people,
Winter woes, so many choices, what do I do? What will work for me?
but that little difference makes a big difference!
The little difference is attitude. The big difference,
is whether it is positive or negative. - Napoleon Hill.
As I write this the wind is howling and the roof sounds as if it may cave in under the torrent of water that is hitting it, and to cap it off, its COLD!
I have decided to go into a little more depth the huge variety of options out there in Health Supplement land to point you in the right direction when it comes to making the right choice for "winter immune support" or treatment of colds and flu.
Of course it doesn't take long when you go into any store selling products that are supposed to support you and your immune system during this time of year to get very confused, very fast.
Many of you will have your favourites, and if you want to share any of these please do so - there are a lot of great products out there so let us know what you have come to trust.
So, where do we start?
First, address your stress levels.
What has stress to do with my immune system? This is more about prevention than treatment as such, we know when you are stressed out, the additional pressure on the already overburdened Adrenal glands will likely leave your body struggling and we see the combination of a nasty bug and stress will give the stress glands a double whammy, the result can be a recurrence of symptoms and this is in part due to the thymus just not being able to recover. When everything is working well and our WBC's are able to efficiently get on with the job we may not even be aware that they have overcome some nasty invader.
Conventional medicine appears to have missed the boat when it comes to the prevention of immune related illness which plague so many in autumn and winter. All that said, if you are able to take the time and give your stressed body some support, supply the adrenals with specific supporting nutrients, and one of those is Vitamin C, your system will be more prepared.
Signs and Symptoms.
One of the things to get clear, is the type of attack you are experiencing.
What is happening and where?
Is this thing happening in my head, in my sinuses, in my throat or in may chest or lungs?
Is there congestion in any or a number of these parts of my body?
Is there any heat?
Is there any pain or inflammation? If so where is it?
From this you will see there are many different things that may be going on in your body when under "attack" from some unwanted invader. Some of the products will work well in one particular area while others may work better in other areas. As an example, the Heel nasal spray will be great if there is a sinus problem, but perhaps not so helpful with a more deep seated lung issue.
Of course one approach could be to make a "hot toddy" with a good stiff brandy or whiskey and off to bed.
In fact this may sound pretty basic, but probably the most important thing is to recognise that while the different cells that make up your immune system are working diligently on their task, one of the best forms of support you can offer will be rest. Rest and regenerate, unfortunately bust lifestyles often don't allow for that.
Many of us simply don't feel that we have the time, the right, or the luxury of doing nothing, but of course this is the first thing that will allow the busy white blood cells(WBC's) to use all the energy they need and do what they need to do.
The second thing to remember is LEAVE OUT THE SUGAR!
Do you hear me? Leave out the SUGAR!
Sugar in all its processed forms is something that will work directly against the energy required by the WBC's. In fact I have seen this many times, back in the days when I was working with Live Blood Analysis, it was not uncommon to have a blood sample where there were adequate WBC's - they just weren't doing much. The body will have to use valuable energy resources to simply process the sugar and as a result your WBC's are left high and dry with little fuel available for them to get on with their job.
What can we do? What is the best product for.....?
There are many products that I use with my customers, and of course wherever possible I prefer to test specifically to match the product to the person, below are some of the common products we find helpful.
HomeoBotanicals(Hbt): The selection of homeobotanicals we use provides excellent relief and support covering the whole range of symptoms. We have over 40 Hbt combinations, for asthma or lung/respiratory, or more specific to catarrh and excess mucous and expectorant mixtures that will sooth irritation and persistent coughing, even a mix that has a variety of anti-infective herbs to help deal to the bugs.
Hbt's are often my preferred choice for children and families in general. We can make up a treatment bottle targeted for any of the areas mentioned above and the dose is several drops on the tongue several times a day. Easy for any age and very cost effective. If you have a specific need we can usually mix a tailor made solution for you.
If you are wondering why these are called homeobotanicals - we combine the various mixtures together and then succuss to effectively produce a herbal medicine with low potency homoeopathy. The best of both worlds.
Active Elements - 7.1: Here we have another very simple formula, while not a bug killer specifically is none the less an interesting combination of minerals, with both homoeopathic and non-homoeopathic ingredients. It is a mineral tablet that like the Hbt's above can be safely used by the entire family.
Here is what is said about this mineral combination ... is traditionally used to relieve the congestion & fever of minor infections such as, colds, flu, upper respiratory tract and middle ear infections, tonsillitis and hay fever and to relieve the pain, heat, irritation & swelling of localised inflammations.
Dosing is simple as well, Chew a 7.1 tablet whenever you have a runny nose or feel the onset of a sore throat or other symptom of winter chills, chew up to 7 tablets per day to minimise the effect of winter.
Vitamin D3: Here is one that in the past has been little understood and often underestimated. Loads of research, and I mean LOADS, has been carried out in relation to Vitamin D over the past 10 years. It all says one thing - Vitamin D3 deficiency leaves your immune system out to lunch!
I have written about this important "sunshine vitamin" in the past so won't go into it here - suffice to say, if you sit in an office or on your couch most of the time, you will most likely be depriving your body of this all important element, you can get some in a bottle and allow your system to work better when faced with the dreaded lurgy. And even if you do get outdoors, the statistics for Vitamin D deficiency are quite alarming. Not only acute colds and flu's but also major immune challenges(such as cancers) all need Vit D. We use a number of Vit D products, the DaVinci D3 is popular.
I even posted one of our new Vit D products on our facebook page recently, its an oral spray that makes it real easy regards dosage, If you would like some info let me know, we don't have it on our website shopping pages because it is a "practitioner only" product, you will need to contact us directly, ask about our new product from BioMedica called Phyta D.
BodyGuard™: This is a product I like alot, it has a whole selection of hard hitting herbs that will offer a powerful kick against most pathogens. As a liquid it provides immediate support for healthy immune function in the body’s front line defences, especially in the respiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts.
The herbs in the mixture include Colloidal silver, Grapefruit seed extract, Black walnut, Cat’s claw, Olive, Pau d’arco, Echinacea, Clove, Thuja, and more ............... and it has been designed for quick-acting, short-term use, Body-Guard™ is a great item to always keep handy for those times when your body needs extra immune support.
Here is a quote from Dr Wilson......“Body-Guard™ is the first thing I reach for when my patients need immediate, quick-acting immune support. I’ve found it invaluable in a wide variety of cases.” Dr. James L. Wilson.
Its also the type of product that could go with you on your travels as a helpful "toolbox" addition. Take Body-Guard™ with you wherever you go, especially when you travel, dine out or are exposed to different foods and water. Kind of like an internal sanitiser.
Sinus infection? Heel Euphorbium Nasal Spray: Sinus congestion or even sinusitis can be a real problem for some, and for many years I have recommended this product with great results. In fact for some people it is the only thing that works for them. Euphorbium Compositum S Nasal Spray is the main remedy for sinusitis from Heel. It is indicated for acute and chronic rhinitis and sinusitis. It has strong anti-inflammatory characteristics and a proven ability to inhibit viral proliferation - it can help to get rid of a number of the rhino-virus's that cause so many people a lot of grief.
Euphorbium Compositum S Nasal Spray is particularly useful in dealing with catarrh of the upper respiratory tract, for example rhinitis and sinusitis and may assist in mucosal disturbances with thick, bland and greenish yellow discharges, as well as conjunctivitis and rhinitis.
Vitamin C: Here there are once again a number of choices. We have the very popular powder known as Daily C. Our most popular Vitamin C powder product because it tastes good and has a very high component of Bio-flavonoids. Many of you will be familiar with this term - bio-flavonoids are the co-factors that go hand in hand with pure vitamin C and ensure that is used appropriately by the body. The presence of bio-flavonoids makes the Vit C even more effective in its role.
This nasal spray is very different to most standard over the counter nasal sprays which are often designed to simply dry up the sinus tissue and as a result can only be used short term - long term use of most nasal sprays would destroy the mucous membrane, This wonderful homoeopathic formula will actually help to normalise the sinus tissue, hows that for a nice side effect. It is very well tolerated and could be used with children or adults, the dose would simply be adjusted accordingly.
Medicine Tree Anas B Flu Control: While we are talking along the lines of homoeopathic remedies I will briefly mention this one. While there are many specific homoeopathic remedies that can be utilised by those in the know when the picture is right, as an example getting into Aconite at the onset of a cold, or Belladonna for anything hot and red such as fevers, this complex formula has given impressive results.
Medicine Tree Anas B Flu Control comes in an oral spray, so a quick squirt on the tongue as required and that's it, quick and easy. It has 11 components of varying potency's and really is a good alternative for the relief of the symptoms of influenza/flu and as a supportive therapy for colds and infections of the respiratory tract.
Liquid Zinc: Zinc Assay - Zinc is another one of those minerals that is so important in hundreds of different activities in the body, and in this case for the immune system to function normally. Often over looked, but in cases where people seem to be susceptible to every bug going around, like Vit D, it is another one that needs to be checked. Once zinc levels get too low, it is difficult for the body to assimilate from our food and so it becomes important to supplement for a while to get the levels back up. If you are having recurring problems it is highly likely that either zinc and/or Vit D are low. The Zinc Assay from PRL is a unique form of zinc that will restore zinc levels very well. We find that 1 bottle often does the job in restoring healthy levels and then the MRI Elemental Zinc can be used over a longer period of time to keep levels where they should be.
If you are more of a tablet person or are on the move then there are 2 other products that I prefer, one is another product from Dr James Wilson called Adrenal C, once again an excellent product with high levels of bio-flavonoids and as the name suggests is part of Dr Wilson's adrenal support quartet. As mentioned at the top of the page, addressing stress and feeding the adrenals is an important aspect of supporting your immune system.
The third is a really nice Vitamin C in a capsule, and this is unique in that it is from a 100% pure, natural source. Its from the PRL range and is simply called Premier Vitamin C. The primary source of Vit C is from Camucamu in this formulation but it is backed up with a heap of herbs including Acerola, Rosehips, Noni, Cordyceps, Olive Leaf, Reishi, Bitter orange and the list goes on. This PRL product is a great all rounder for supporting your immune system in both a preventative and acute role, and being completely free of any synthetic or man-made component makes it all the more effective.
NucleoImmune: Here we have another one of my favourites when it comes to getting onto things straight away. If you feel something starting to get you, this is the time to hit things quick and hard.
NucleoImmune is one of those products that acts in a completely different manner when compared to the "bug killers". Swiss research over more than 15 years has shown that most people (96%) will respond to the use of this product immediately, if you get onto using NucleoImmune it has the potential to stop the pathogen in its tracks and deal to it in the same day!
That's pretty impressive, but you do need to start straight away to get these results. For some this may mean you need to take a dose of 1-4 capsules every hour to ensure you are able to overcome the pathogen, but it will do it.
Nucleotides are fundamental nutrients just like minerals and are the small building blocks of our DNA and RNA, we get nucleotides in our food from proteins but as we age the ability to utilise nucleotides becomes compromised, this is where supplementation of this type becomes invaluable.
The research shows nucleotides can help to diminish symptoms such as sinus pain, earache, headache, high temperature, swollen glands and muscle aches associated with both the common cold and the flu.
There are a whole host of other benefits from using the NucleoImmune, its good for circulation, improves energy, wound healing in general and much more, once again nature provides a product that works AND has beneficial side effects.
Oregano Oil: When it comes to bug killing this one is hard to beat. The active component in Oregano Oil is carvacrol and has very powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties. As an oil all you need is a drop, it has a "hot" taste and is again one of my preferred "killers".
This oil is also a powerful anti-histamine and even will help your liver regenerate.
The list of organisms that this oil will deal to is impressive and includes those such as staphylococcus, campylobacter, klebsiella, e.coli, giardia, salmonella, and listeria. This isn't the complete list, but you get an idea. It has also been suggested as a good one to have in your medicine cabinet as it can be used to sanitise almost anything, by putting a small amount in a spray bottle with some pure water you could use it in your kitchen or bathroom.
The only thing to remember is don't try to use it straight - it is very strong and very hot. Put a drop in a small glass of water and you will know what I mean. That said, I have often grabbed a bottle and taken a couple of doses when I have felt that tell tale tickle in the throat. Problem solved.
So there are few of our preferred products, I hope I haven't confused you. There are plenty more ranging from the Heel Biological medicines through traditional herbs like Cats-Claw and Hyssop and on to good old Garlic in a super potent form.
Obviously if you are needing help with any of this then please do contact us, if you are local we are more than happy to do a quick test for you, come on up to the clinic and let us show you how to be sure you are using the right product, or for those of you out of town, we can do some surrogate testing in the clinic on your behalf, just ask.
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Monday Meditations. We have begun a weekly meditation group. Anyone is invited to join with us on Monday evening at 7.30pm for an hour of meditation and reflection. Please let us know beforehand if you are coming - and bring a cushion to sit on.
Phone Andy or Gary on 07-3436909 to confirm a place.
I came across this video and was quite mezmerised, Helen Keller is of course well known. Struck with a childhood disease at less than 2 years of age, she was left deaf, blind and mute. And yet even with these "blocks" to success, through the dedication of her teacher and her own perseverance she learned how to read, write and speak. You think you have it tough! The possibilities for any of us are truly unlimited.
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Products Highlights from www.maximumwellbeing.com
As we have mentioned a number of products in the articles above, we will wait until next month to reveal something new
Health snippets(International News)
A new study published in Lancet confirms thousands die from ibuprofen use each year.
Here is a quote...."Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is 'equally hazardous' in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers, researchers said."
I wrote an article years ago that you will find in our archives about the dangers of anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's) and it seems the same type of results from more research can be attributed to even the most common products such as Ibuprofen.
There are many "healthy" alternatives that have only beneficial side effects, look into Ginger, Turmeric, Omega 3 essential fatty acids, MSM just to name a few.
here is the Lancet publication, CLICK HERE
Roundup Herbicide Linked To Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria
Some more research emerges that gives us more alarming indicators that these chemicals are not as safe as we have been led to believe.
We know that Roundup persists far more than the manufacturers say it does, and now we may be heading into a time where the use of Roundup could lead to a new line of deadly bacteria - is it worth the risk?
Read more here
DEALS of the MONTH:This month we are offering ALL of the products mentioned in our article above with a discount, and for our NZ customers we will send any of these items FREIGHT FREE! This means depending on the product, you could be saving up to $15. Let us know what you would like and we will do the rest.
To find out more about any of the products, to order a Hbt formula or to make an appointment, please give us a call on 07-3436909, we would love to speak to you!
Yours in good health,
Andy Pentecost, Natural Therapist/Healer and Gary Beck, Naturopath/Healer
Maximum Wellbeing Clinic