Wednesday, October 28, 2009

simple measures to protect yourself from flu viruses

"Prevent Swine Flu - Good Advice"   I received this via e-mail circuits, have no knowledge of this doctor, am not a doctor myself, but I do think the advice (which is simple, easy, safe and free) cannot hurt, and may help.  See what you think and use common sense in safe guarding your health and that of your family:

"Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS, DRM, DNB (Internist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years.. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

The following message given by him makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know.

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (except to eat or bathe).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot to clean nasal cavities, but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5.. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, herbal teas, hot water, hot lemon, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm."


  1. Beautiful mosaic stones, Bonnie!!! Is it your work?? And thanks for the wonderful information!!! One of my best friends came down with H1N1, and she was really sick!!! I plan to follow these suggestions religiously!!! Thank you; thank you! ~Janine XO

  2. swine flu has hit our area hard...have seen a few of these floating around with minor changes in the wording so i was wondering how authentic it was...most sound like wise counsel. hoping it steers well clear of you!

  3. Great ideas. I always use the netipots when I am sick, but it makes so much more sense to use them before I get sick.

  4. Yes, 3 I typically think of after I have a virus. Good to know a few extra things to do to help prevent it!

  5. Hi Bonnie! Thanks for this timely info. I have a feeling it's going to get worse before it gets better. I have heard that young people especially need to take preventive measures. Older people have built up more of an immune system over the years and are therefore more resistant. I've heard college dorms have been hit pretty hard.
    The mosaic designs are so pretty! Sea glass in the blue one? xxox

  6. Sounds like very reasonable advice. I resisted using a Neti pot for years, till a phys asst recommended one when I couldn't knock out a sinus infection. He said the Neti pot and the antibiotic would work in about the same amount of time. He was right, and I did my part to avoid antibiotic resistance. I'm intrigued by the idea of gargling with salt water.

  7. All sounds like good advice to me!

  8. This is terrific advice. It really is good, old-fashioned common sense. Any excuse to drink tea sits well with me.

    Those mosaics are gorgeous! Did you make those, too? I am so impressed with all your talents, Bonnie. Truly.

  9. Another wierd thing I have found is that when you first start to feel a cold or flu beginning, it usually begins with an itching in the ears. It's all connected, ears, nose throat...I do a little cotton ball of hydrogen peroxide squeezed into each ear (lie there for a while to let it work) and it seems to kill whatever is starting up. Seriously. Not sure how it works, but it def. helps. These are great tips, esp. the gargling one. Hmm. Will try them. Thanks, Bonnie!

  10. Great information, Bonnie. I'm off to make a cup of herbal tea:)

  11. Great idea. Prevention is worth a pound of cure - or something like that.

  12. Our family was hit by this about 2 weeks ago at a family get together. One person had it and didn't know. Lots of hors d'ouvres...double dipping we call it...led to a major outbreak amongst us all. Fortunately, some were taken with just a really bad cold but others not so lucky. All these points are so valid ANY time, not just for the flu season. Me thinks common sense comes into play!

  13. Wow...this is great. I will definitely take up any/all options not already in use.

    Simple, straightforward techniques....thanks.

    Great post!

  14. Timely and excellent information, Bonnie!

    I have been using a Neti Pot for just a short time, but am happy with the results. I am close to obsessive with handwashing and the others you've listed, but I need to remember the Vitamin C and Zinc!

    Thanks for the reminder!
    ps~ Yes, the mosaics are gorgeous!

  15. Thanks for commenting Everyone - much appreciated. I have to clarify that the mosaics are photographs of plates I own, but not my handiwork - unfortunately.

  16. Thank you for posting this Bonnie...sending copies to my family!

  17. Bonnie,
    The mosaics are very beautiful and your advice is very helpful. I am also wearing my long sleeves so I can cover my hands going through doors and also when I am holding on to railings. We need to be careful not to fill our breathing passageways with too much salt, it will burn. Thank you for helping us stay healthy. =D

  18. Parts in harmony - Art and Well Being - so very much the artist, the physician. Thank you for both.


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