Friday, June 12, 2009

Global Pandemic for Swine Flu

On June 11,2009, the World Health Organization DECLARES Global Pandemic for Swine Flu.

In response to the global spread of the virus, a Phase 6 was assigned, which means a global pandemic is underway. More than 70 countries are reporting cases and over the last weeks, the numbers are increasing. Many reports are cases linked to travel or localized breakouts within a community.

I know in my area, there are many cases reported in the schools. Several surrounding towns have been affected.

Stay informed. Health officials should provide information as it becomes available. To help protect yourself, you should cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and make sure you immediately throw away that tissue.

Wash your hands often and use soap. There are also hand sanitizers you can carry, so when soap and water is not available,you can keep your hands germ free at all times. Do not touch your face: eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. It is not always easy, but try and avoid people you know are sick.

For more information, click HERE and you can read in detail about Phase 6 and what it means.

More Links:
Explanation of Phases link

U. S. Cases Increasing

National Swine Flu Situation Page


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Your Well-Being Is Not Found in the Pharmacy

Are you feeling under the weather? Since there were alot of people who were sick all around me, no wonder I came down with a bug too.

Our well-being is not found in the pharmacy, but in the aisles of our supermarkets.
We can warm up our colds, send the viruses packing and boost our immune system with food.

Ginseng tea (hot or iced)helps kill invading viruses by increasing the body's production of key immune cells. In a Candaian study, people who took 400mg og ginseng a day had 25% less colds than the people who did not.

Drink Green Tea. EGCG,is a chemical very potent in green tea. It is known to stop the adenovrus (which is one bug responsible for colds). At the first sign of a cold, start drinking green tea. In most studies, it is found that the brand, Tetley is the most effective.

Eat alot of oranges. The zinc and vitamin C in oranges, won't prevent an oncoming cold, but it might decrease the severitiy of symptoms and the duration of your cold.
One orange provides more than 100% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

The use of olive oil or avocados will provide you with healthy fats, which can help in the aid of inflammation. In one study, the anit-inflammatory compound found in olive oil suppresses the same pain as ibuprofen.