Feeding a Fever

The pestilence has once again hit our home.  Hard.  This morning, I discovered two of the three children had fevers.  By afternoon, one was up to 104 degrees and the other two siblings then had low grade fevers.

Not high enough to keep them down.  Just enough to spark irritation with one anther.

I called Trish, my SIL, to share with her my tale of infectious disease woe.  She asked me if I’d received the e-mail sent out by our homeschool group on how best to avoid the flu.

Um, I don’t think I saw it.  Oh wait.  Did it start with:

1.  AVOID ALL SUGAR

???

Yes.

Then I deleted it when I saw #1.

Exasperated sigh.  “I’ll send it to you again.”

Okay, whatever.

In a few moments the e-mail detailing how best to avoid the flu this winter was in my in-box.

There it was:

1.  AVOID ALL SUGAR. (in red)

I deleted it again.

Thirty minutes later I noticed I had a fever.

So I ate 2 pop tarts.

And I felt much better.

Feeling guilty, I retrieved the e-mail from the trash, and I though I’d post it in case you’d like to avoid the flu as well.  Or delete it and have an Oreo.

This particular article takes the stance that the flu vaccine should be avoided.  And that natural remedies would better suit the immune system.  I haven’t done enough research to take a stance either way, although I lean more into the holistic approach, as long as no one tries to TAKE AWAY MY ONE AND ONLY VICE.

Anyhoo,  you all know what’s best for your own family.

(This article was written by Nancy Campbell, and I didn’t include all the links because I HAVE A FEVER and I could lose consciousness any moment.  Besides, there are two more pop tarts in the pantry.)

BEAT THE FLU THIS WINTER!

Dear friends, 

As we approach flu season, it is good to be reminded of ways to prevent it. There are better ways to prevent the flu than being vaccinated. Check out the following points to keep yourself and your family in good health during this winter season.

1.    AVOID ALL SUGAR
This means to not only refrain from sugar, but all foods containing sugar, which are most foods on the shelves of the supermarket. Read labels very carefully. In fact, when you read the labels first, will find that you will have to put most foods back on the shelf. 

Sugar makes a perfect environment for viruses. Sugar completely destroys your immune system. It destroys the germ-killing ability of white bloods cells to kill bacteria and viruses up to five hours after intake. It interferes with the transport of vitamin C which is needed to fight the flu and robs the body of nutrients such as zinc that are vital for the immune function. 

Sugar affects everyone, but has more serious consequences for children. Keep your children away from all sugar and especially when flu viruses are around. That means at Christmas time too!

Also, please reduce carbs as they turn to sugar in your body. Especially eliminate all whites–not only white sugar, but white flour, white pasta and white rice. Completely eradicate pop and sweet teas. I refuse to have sugar in my pantry.

(Note from Fiddledeedee: To a certain degree, we do refrain from most white sugar.  BUT C’MON, I AM ONLY HUMAN.  Okay, I’m done.  Carry on.)


2.    BUILD UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

The stronger your immune system, the less likelihood of getting the flu or any disease.

Here are some ideas for building up your immune system for you and your children. You can do what suits you best–or do them all!

My daughter, Serene, who has eight children, gives herself and the children the following once a day or more as needed.

COLD AND FLU FIGHTER

½ cup chopped onion
A whole bulb of chopped garlic
2 TBS chopped fresh ginger root
1 chopped jalapeño

Put all ingredients in a quart jar, cover with raw vinegar and let sit 4 – 6 weeks. Strain out vegetables and use 2 TBS. or more each day. If you do get a cold or the flu, take every hour. Serene gives her children 1 TBS. each day as a preventative.

VITAMIN C
1, 000 mg morning and evening

GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT
Give children three drops in water once a week. If you notice any signs of flu or colds in the family, give three drops in water once a day. Adults should take 10 – 15 drops in water at the slightest sign of a cold or flu. You can obtain this extract at a health food shop.

TODDLER MIX
To make it easier for toddlers to take these vitamins, mix the following:
1 TBS. or more of yogurt (no sugar added)
Crushed Vitamin C tablet, smaller dosage for toddler
Juice of ½ orange
2 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
Stevia for sweetening
Mix together and give to toddler as needed.

VITAMIN D
3
1,000 mg each morning to children
1,000 each morning and evening for adults. Most adults need much more than this. The consensus is that anything up to 5,000 mg a day is safe and beneficial for most people. After a hydroxyl test, most people find they need more than this. The optimum levels for the body are 60 – 90 ml.  Vitamin D builds the immune system and also fights cancer.

COCONUT OIL
This is a marvelous food that builds up the body’s own natural defenses against viral infections, disease and cancer. Take as much as you can each day. You can’t take too much.  Use the Extra Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil for medicinal use. Put 1 TBS. or more in your smoothies. Use it for all your cooking instead of other oils. You can use Expeller Pressed for cooking.

If there are any signs of flu in even one of the children, Serene gets her children to take a banana and dip it into coconut oil (about 2 TBS coconut oil). This is an easy way for the children to eat it.  You can also get the children to put the coconut oil behind their ears and massage it into their lymph glands and also in their nose.

Use coconut way every way you can. Use it for all cooking instead of other oils. To try some delectable recipes with Coconut Butter.

RED PALM OIL
This is another super oil. I only use Coconut oil or Red Palm oil for cooking in our home. Every other oil turns to Trans fat when it is heated. Not only are these safe oils to cook with, but they add many nutrients to your body. Both Coconut oil and Red Palm oil strengthen the immune system.

You can put a little Red Palm oil in your smoothies. My husband spreads it on his bread, but I have to admit, I cannot take it that way. But use it as much as you can in your cooking. The following is a smoothie recipe to try:

Ginger Sunrise
2 fresh oranges
2 lemons, peeled with knife, removing yellow rind, but keeping the white pith
1 – 2 bananas (great for children, eliminate for adults as fattening)
2 TBS. Red Palm Oil
1 large handful of flax seeds or chia seeds
2 TBS. Coconut oil
2 chunks fresh raw ginger (about 1″)
Sweetening – Stevia
Ice cubes
Blend very well in Vita Mix or good blender until smooth.

3.    SLEEP
There is nothing like lack of sleep to run down your immune system. Sleep and a healthy diet are your best preventatives against the flu and colds. Make sure you have adequate sleep, especially during flu season. Try to get to bed early.

I grew up with the old wives’ tale that the hours of sleep before midnight are the most beneficial. Science has now proved this adage, although I must admit I have broken the rule most of my life. I am now trying to go to bed earlier. The plan is to go to bed no later than 10.00 pm–9.00 pm is even better.

Staying up much later than 10.00 pm causes your adrenal glands to make cortisol. This is taxing on the adrenal gland and can lead to adrenal fatigue.  Does this sound too hard? It is actually better for your health, and you will accomplish just as much by getting up earlier in the morning. And remember, I am preaching to myself!

(Note from Fiddledeedee: I’ve heard rumors that sleep is good.  I would not know this first hand, though.)

4.    OTHER PREVENTATIVES
I have a friend who uses the following for her family. The taste is wonderful.

ELDERBERRY COLD AND FLU FIGHTER SYRUP
½ cup elderberries (check the Internet for dried elderberries)
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 TBS grated fresh root ginger
2 cups water
Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Add ½ cup honey. Store in refrigerator. Take 2 TBS. each day to prevent colds and flu. If you have the flu, take every hour. This recipe only keeps two weeks in the fridge so you will need to make a fresh batch every two weeks.

CHOPPED GARLIC
Any easy fighter is to chop up 1 or 2 garlic cloves very, very finely. Pop in your mouth and swallow before you have a chance to taste the flavor or imbibe the smell. This is an easy and wonderful way to fight the flu. I find this simple and effective.

(Note from Fiddledeedee:  Garlic Pizza is a favorite of mine. Case in point, Jacoppi’s in Los Angeles.  I find it best to eat it alone.)

THIEVES OIL
Many folk use the following Natural Antibiotic Recipe using Young Living Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils. Here is the recipe from Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils, compiled by Connie and Alan Higley, 10th edition.

12 drops Thieves Oil
6 drops Oregano Oil
2 drops Frankincense Oil
Put drops in a “00” size capsule and ingest one capsule every 4 hours for 3 days, then every 8 hours for 4 days.

BURIED TREASURE – ACF (Acute Cold and Flu Formula)
This is highly effective for fighting colds. You can purchase it as your local health food store or online. Our daughter, Pearl, always has it on hand for use at the first sign of a sniffle.

HORSERADISH
Horseradish root is a powerful antibiotic and useful for fighting the flu, as well as urinary tract infections and even cancer. I have just harvested the roots from m y garden and am getting ready to prepare it as a sauce and to use in other recipes. Check the Internet for all kinds of wonderful recipes.

Prepare the following to use as needed. Slice or chunk the horseradish root, place in blender and grind, adding small amounts of vinegar for a good consistency, about 1 TBS vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)  to 1 cup horseradish. The vinegar preserves the horseradish and enhances the flavor. Vinegar stops the heat-building enzyme activity that grinding causes. If you want hotter horseradish, wait before adding the vinegar. Adding the vinegar right away will make the horseradish milder.

Horseradish will take your breath away, bring tears to your eyes, but at the same time clear all your sinuses, help ward off the flu and make you feel great!

You can add 1 TBS. of horseradish to your coleslaw or even to your meat loaf you are preparing.

CUT AN ONION
This is another old wives’ tale that I grew up with, but I still do it and believe it works. If someone gets a cold or flu in the house, I cut an onion in half and put it in a strategic place. Supposedly the germs go to the onion. If my husband has a sniffle, I cut an onion and put half by his side of the bed and half by my side of the bed. He complains of the smell but puts up with it!

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
A lot of germs come through the ears. As a preventative, pour a little Hydrogen Peroxide in the ear. I love to feel it bubbling in my ear. Do it once a week (perhaps on the weekend), one night in one ear and the next night in the other. I find it easier to do it this way as the peroxide doesn’t run out from one ear when pouring it in the other ear.

THYM-UVOCAL
An herb which strengthens the immune system and fights off infections. Check the Internet for purchase. Adults only.

5.    WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially before eating. Wash under running water for 20 seconds or sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY while washing. It is most important to train your children to do this.

6.    DO NOT TOUCH EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH
I find myself doing this and am having to get into the habit of not rubbing my eyes, mouth or nose. Teach your children about this also.

7.    NETI POT
Check the Internet for a Neti Pot to clear nose and sinuses.

(note from Fiddledeedee:  I DO NOT EVEN WANT TO KNOW WHAT THIS IS)

8.    AVOID FLU VACCINATIONS, ESPECIALLY THE H1N1 SWINE FLU VACCINATION
The H1N1 vaccination has many dangers. Check out more information before allowing yourself and your family to become a victim to these shots.

Squalene
The Swine Flu Vaccine, unlike other flu vaccines, contains squalene, an additive which when introduced into the bloodstream, causes crippling auto-immune diseases like Lou Gehrig’s disease, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, polyarteritis nodosa, and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Squalene in vaccines has been strongly connected to the Gulf War Syndrome. The  H1N1 vaccine contains 1 million times more squalene than the vaccine given to Gulf War soldiers (which resulted in 140,000 veterans contracting the auto-immune disease Gulf War Syndrome). The use of squalene is illegal in the USA and UK but is being allowed under the emergency pandemic decree. Dr. Russell Blaylock states, “If you receive the vaccine, there is little you can do to protect yourself–at least by conventional medicine. It will mean a lifetime of crippling illness and early death.”

The US government has given vaccine manufacturers (Novartis, Baxter, Glaxo-Smithkline, CSL) complete legal immunity from any deaths or injuries resulting from their vaccines.

(The above opinions belong to Nancy Campbell.  As I said, always check your sources and make an informed decision for your own family.)

DeeDeeSig

November 24, 2009

18 Responses to Feeding a Fever

  • Gurlfriend, will be praying for you and your family. So far we have avoided the blasted bug thing. We are doing all we can to keep it at bay. Just get lots of rest and take care of yourselves. Wish I could leave a pot of chicken noodle soup on your door step, ring the door bell and run like heck to my car and take off with squealing wheels!

  • I love how washing hands is #5. Um, that should be #1! (Not saying anything bad about Nancy though.)

    Neti pot, I’d seen it before at Walgreens but wasn’t sure what to think of it until this:
    http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/2008/09/neti-pot.html

    Pray you and your family are all well soon!!!! 🙂

  • that’s a lot of work… Wouldn’t it be easier to just the flu, and get it over with?

  • According to Snopes #8 is not true. Not only is squalene not the culprit some say it is, but it’s not even in the H1N1 vaccine, so it’s a moot point. Here’s the link.

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/swineflu/vaccine.asp

  • I was willing to suspend disbelief until I got to “Cut an onion.” That sounds like superstition to me. And also smelly. 🙂

  • The neti pot is worth the try. I’ve got the three oldest ones (the youngest is only 2) and dh doing it regularly. No one really enjoys it, but they do like being able to breathe afterwards! I don’t know about onion absorbing germs, but it sure does help the coughing. Hope you all feel better soon.

  • I am sorry that you are not feeling well. Along with your fever, were your ears burning last night too? We were talking about you and how I need to catch up with you virtually and in reality. (; Hope to talk to you soon.

    PS Take care of yourself. This pestilence seems to have a relapse tendency. We had it earlier this month. Its a doosey.

  • Please note that Squalene IS in the vaccine given in Canada. There were two types (one with it, and one without). Children under 5 and pregnant women were given the one without, but two weeks ago our heath experts started saying it was safe for pregnant women to receive the vaccine with the Squalene. I have read info from a pharmacist (a friend’s cousin with 20 years experience) and he disagrees with what that article on Snopes is saying. The medical community is definitely not 100% agreed on the safety of Squalene.

    I hope your family is feeling better soon!

  • I have to say IMHO hand washing and not touching eyes, mouth and nose are the best things on this list. In a cynical moment I wonder if the other stuff “works” because you smell so bad nobody gets close enough to spread anything to you. I’m firmly in the “pass another poptart” camp. Live without sugar? Sure it’s possible but WHY IN HEAVEN WOULD YOU WANT TO????

  • I pray you’ll get well soon!

    In order to follow the “get your sleep” advice, please skip slaving over homemade brews. Instead, drink as much ginger ale (mixed with OJ to get your Vitamin C) and eat as much ice cream as necessary to stay hydrated and full 🙂

  • I’m with Momfever…..get the flu and get it over with. I wanna know how she gets her kids to take that concoction every day.. and I’m sorry – it’s not possible to put 1 to 2 cloves of garlic in your mouth without tasting or smelling it.

    Hope you’re all better soon!!

  • My theory is that there is an evil conspiracy against sugar because almost any “health” email says to avoid it. I think it was started by someone who wants to see the sugar industry fail. I do not want to see it fail. Therefore, I will continue to do my part and consume sugar.

  • Could you imagine trying to give your kids that “cold and flu fighter” stuff with all the garlic and jalepenos?!

    Fear not the Neti Pot!! I LOVE my neti pot. Like, really love it in a kind of weird and unnatural way.

  • We had H1N1 for two weeks in our house…and I had a moment of panic when I realized that we could get the seasonal flu later this year…oh my…hand me an Oreo please.

  • This is so not how I would normally introduce myself (seeing how this is my first time to your blog)… at least let me wave at you first {{{HI}}}

    Okay, I just have to comment on the sugar thing. I didn’t get it for a loooooonnnnngggg time. It wasn’t until someone spoke slowly with short words… the deal with sugar and being sick is simple.

    Colds and flus are caused by bacteria and/or viruses… both of which are LIVING organisms.

    Sugar is simply energy. If you were growing a virus or bacteria in a petri dish you would squirt sugar water into it to keep it alive.

    Avoiding sugar when you are sick starves the bacteria and/or viruses so they can’t survive.

    It’s simple and it works.

    Just sayin’…

  • Oh I forgot to add… eating lots of sugary foods when sick is like posting a large sign that says,

    “Bacteria and viruses are welcomed here. Please come and stay for a long time. I like coughing until my ribs are bruised and until I’m going to Costco for Depends.”

    I’m sorry… that last part wasn’t necessary… true, but unnecessary. I don’t know what has gotten into me tonight.

    Okay, going now…

  • About the only things I could live with on that list are the two I already do. Washing hands (frequently) and sleeping (although not frequently enough.) As for the neti pot…I use the easier version (a squeezy bottle thing), and if you have chronic sinus problems and are avoiding having surgery like I am, it’s a God-send!!
    Feel better soon!

  • That neti-pot thing – I have no idea what it is and am too lay to look it up, but – it sounds like something Barney Frank might not recognize if it was in his house. Or like something I may or may not have seen or used in college. Ahem.