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By now we are all well aware that there is a new flu going around. Although there is cause for concern, as usual, misinformation is rampant. Let’s start with the basics. The H1N1 virus labeled the swine flu is, like all viruses, technically nonliving. It is part of a group of pathogens that have been around and intricately involved in our lives for eons. So much so that viral coding is incorporated in our DNA. Viruses are not affected by antibacterial drugs such as antibiotics. In fact, taking an antibiotic for a viral infection is not only useless, but often weakens the very immune system you need to get rid of the virus.  This can make you more vulnerable to getting sick. On the other hand antiviral drugs are mainly designed to attenuate the virus not kill it. The best remedy is a strong immune system to overcome the infection. H1N1 is a virus that, contrary to popular belief, has been around since the mid 1970’s. It started it’s career as a flu endemic to pigs, thus the name swine flu, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your baby backs, you can’t catch it from eating pork. The new version that is currently all the rage is a new variation of the H1N1 virus, but is no different from any other flu in that your immune system is still the main defense. What has fueled the frenzy around H1N1 is that when a new strain is identified, the concern is how quickly the immune system will recognize and mount a defense against it. If our immune system was not such an expert at rapidly identifying and eradicating pathogens, we, as a race, would not have survived until now. This time is no different. One thing is for sure, if you, like most people, survived the flu in the past, this flu will most likely not kill you either. Besides, with a healthy immune system, chances are you won’t catch it at all.

So how do you protect yourself? First of all, eating a healthy diet is key. That means getting plenty of vitamin and mineral rich fruits and vegetables. Green, red and orange vegetables including cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach, carrots and beets are loaded with phytochemicals that help support your liver and immune system. Fruits rich in vitamin C and low in sugar such as berries also provide great immune support. Healthy proteins in the form of fish and chicken contain the amino acids necessary for proper immune and nervous system support. Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands regularly and avoid touching your nose and mouth. Keep your home and work areas clean to minimize your exposure to pathogens. Be careful about being too clean though, studies have shown that the immune system requires minute exposure in order to develop the necessary antibodies to fight disease. Finally avoid stressing yourself out, your adrenal glands are an integral part of your immune system and crashing them diminishes your immune capacity. 

If you should develop a runny nose and fever, seek medical advice but don’t panic, chances are that you will recover just fine. In the interim, do your friends and coworkers a favor and stay home for a couple of days. You’ll heal faster and will avoid passing the flu to others in the process for which they’ll be eternally grateful.

Dr. Nadia R. Malek, DC, DACBN 

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