Fight back against those colds with effective weapons

It seems after the Christmas holiday with all those late nights, rich foods and probably way more sugar than usual, the flu is back!

It seems after the Christmas holiday with all those late nights, rich foods and probably way more sugar than usual, the infamous flu is back wreaking havoc on those taxed immune systems! So, I thought I would write an article on dealing with potent bacteria that are taking advantage of our neglectful ways.

There are natural compounds as close as the kitchen cupboard that are potent antidotes against biological warfare. These natural antibiotics and anti-oxidants give people who have been exposed to bacteria or viruses, the ability to treat themselves. If the cold/flu lasts more than a week, you need to seek professional care.

The Garlic Information Center in Britain indicates that deadly anthrax is most susceptible to garlic.It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that even blocks toxin production by germs. Garlic was found to be a more potent antibiotic than penicillin, ampicillin, doxycycline, streptomycin and cephalexin, some of the same antibiotic drugs used in the treatment of anthrax. Therefore, whenever you get that first inkling of a cold or flu start adding it to food and buy capsules that are high in allicin. Allicin content should be certified on the bottle. This is the active ingredient that kills the bacteria.

The anthrax bacterium’s toxicity is its ability to kill macrophage cells, which are part of the immune system. Studies have shown that sulfur-bearing antioxidants and vitamin C, which elevate levels of glutathione, a natural antioxidant within the body, counters the toxicity produced by the bacteria. Vitamin C should be a neutral form and can be combined with bioflavinoids, which prolong vitamin C’s action in the blood circulation. The powdered form of vitamin C is recommended to achieve optimal dosing.

I have people start with ¼ tsp and dose this every hour with the first symptoms of a flu, until you get gassy or loose stools and that is what your body is using up to fight the virus or bacteria. You can then decrease it by ¼ tsp the next day and continue this until no symptoms of the cold are present. Virtually all bacteria, viruses and fungi depend upon iron as a growth factor. Phytic acid (IP6), derived as an extract from rice bran, is the most potent natural iron chelator (remover of iron) and has strong antibiotic and antioxidant action.

A potent natural antibiotic, more powerful than many prescription antibiotics, is oil of oregano. You can add this to water & use it as a throat gargle before swallowing.

Natural antibiotics and anti-toxins are well documented in the medical literature, but often overlooked. So, these antidotes are readily available and should be the first thing you think of when those symptoms start!

Dr. Brenda Gill is a naturopath in Rossland. Contact her at 250-362-5035 or 352-3150