February 18, 2016

Avoid and Cure the Common Cold

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Here we are in the midst of cold and flu season. I’ve written many articles on why you should shun the flu vaccine for good health. But, as life would have it, there are times we all succumb to the common cold virus. The old coughing, sneezing, stuffy head, sore throat and chest congestion complex is no fun at all.

If you are already taking the necessary immune building precautions, like taking extra vitamin D3 and K2, reducing sugar intake and washing your hands regularly, what else is there to do? Well, the only thing left is to boost the immune response to an even greater level.

At the first signs of a cold immediately avoid all sugars, grains, artificial sweeteners and processed foods.

Here is a list of foods you should start to eat for strengthening the immune response:

-            -fermented foods in the raw, like kimchee, pickles and sauerkraut
-            -raw organic eggs from pastured chickens are a complete food
-            -organic grass fed beef is high in vitamin A&E, omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene and zinc
-      -Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an immune enhancer, is 3-5 times higher in grass fed animals than       grain fed animals.
-           - raw organic mild is high in vitamins A and zinc. Do not drink pasteurized milk.
-            -coconut oil contains lauric acid that turns into monolaurin which destroys the protective barrier         viruses have around them.
-          -  apple cider vinegar is antifungal, antivirus, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
-           - garlic has the antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
-          - organic vegetables: the darker green the better they are.

There are many immune boosting supplements and extracts too. I surely can’t give you a comprehensive list, but here are some of the most effective and easily procured:

-            -zinc; research has shown that when 50 mg/day are taken from the start, it reduces the time of a cold by 24 hours. Which just happens to be the amount that Tamiflu advertises as its’ benefit. Who needs the shot then?
-            -olive leaf extract is a non-toxic immune builder
-           - oregano oil is high in carvocrol, which is antimicrobial
-            -peppermint oil helps ease congestion so you can sleep and feel better
-            -any teas made from elderberry, peppermint or ginger have antiviral properties
-           - curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory
-           - echinacea is a widely studied and proven herb to combat infections
-            -elderberry syrup reduced the severity of flu symptoms and shortened their duration by about four days in a recent study. Elderberry also induces sweating and relieves lung congestion.

Another trick to beating a cold is by using hydrogen peroxide. You don’t eat it, obviously. But you can gargle with it to relieve sore throats. Some people use salt water which also helps, but add some peroxide to the salt water for an extra boost.

The other way to use peroxide is to put it in your ears. Simply fill up the ear canal while lying on your side, wait for it to stop bubbling, then drain it out by lying on that side on a paper towel. Do both ears. Always finish by placing one or two drops of rubbing alcohol in each ear. This helps remove any remaining water in the ear, which can promote infection.

Forget the medicines, vaccines and expensive drug store options. There are plenty of natural remedies that work better and have none of the drugs’ side effects.