Monday, September 28, 2009

H1N1 Flu Prevention

One of the hot topics this season is of course the swine flu and what we need to do to avoid getting it. One of the things I tell my patients is that we need to look at the H1N1 virus like all other flu virus' and practise good prevention. The only real difference is the popultion it seems to hit more, which is the middle age instead of young and old (but anyone can get it). To date, symptoms have been for the most part mild, so the fear we were experiencing several months ago was probably blown out of proportion. One of the interesting facts that has come to light in a recent Canadian study is that individuals who have gotten the flu shot in previous seasons may be at higher risk for getting the H1N1 form of the flu! And of course Health Canada is now promoting the H1N1 flu vaccine as well as the basic flu shot later into the season. Again, what will studies show in the future? For generally healthy individuals, I have some basics I would suggest to protect you and your family:
1. Good hygiene - wash your hands several times a day with soap and water.
2. Moisturize! studies have shown that moisturized hands are less likely to spread germs!
3. Eat well, avoid sugars
4. Stay well hydrated - your mucus membranes are your first line of defense against virus'
5. Make sure you immune system is strong - if you get sick often, see your Naturopath to discuss the MANY options for a strong immune system
6. Vitamin D - studies are showing it may be the vitamin of choice for flu-prevention!

In addition, I highly recommend one of the many homeopathic options for flu-prevention. Children are prime candidates for this type of approach because they respond very well to homeopathic remedies, which are a gentle, safe and natural way to increase the immune response. Guna-Flu, Gripp-Heel and Engystol are just a few of the remedies we offer at the clinic for prevention and treatment of the flu. These come in a gargle, tablet or flu-shot form.
Speak to your ND about the option that would be right for you!

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director
Vitality for Life Health Center

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director
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