I hope you aren’t worried about the swine flu. Like you, I’ve been reading all about it. I am simply not worried. Not because I don’t understand the risk, but because by following a few simple practices, you minimize your risk, and the rest is in God’s hands anyway, where we would do well to leave the remainder. “Do your best and forget the rest,” as Tony says in P90X, the extreme workout regimen I started this week. Or, as an embroidery sampler said that my mother did, hanging on her wall as I was growing up, “God grant me the wisdom to change the things I can and accept the things I cannot.”
All that written, I got the devastating news last night that my beautiful 36-year old cousin I grew up with, who had no known health problems and was a normal weight, has passed away on the way to the hospital of cardiac arrest after contracting the flu. (Swine flu is not suspected.) My extended family is reeling and we are praying for her young family that includes three little boys.
I don’t think the answers lie in extreme precautions, running out and buying gas masks and paraphernalia. Experts I have read say that the little germ masks won’t do us a bit of good against the swine flu. Washing your hands well, not touching doorknobs and other things in public, and staying out of crowds is common sense wisdom.
Adding to your food storage some power foods and natural remedies against illness is wise. Vitamin C, colloidal silver, oregano, garlic, sproutable seeds/nuts/grains, spirulina, cacao, goji berries, cayenne, aloe vera, and ginger.
Drink lots of water (half your weight in ounces), jump on a rebounder, get enough sleep, and get out in the sun at least 15 minutes daily for your Vitamin D–these four things are paramount to keep your immune system supported and lymph fluids moving and draining. Minimize stress and maximize love in your life. Don’t exhaust your adrenal glands with eating sugar, and nourish all the organs of your body with whole plant foods, mostly raw.
Thinking that because we’re healthy and have nourished our immune system should give us lots more confidence, but of course it was the healthy/young in the population who died en masse in the flu epidemic of 1918. (Usually those with strong immune systems do well, and I see no evidence to the contrary so far with the swine flu.) So observing the simple precautionary behaviors mentioned above would be wise as well.
Indulging in fear and panic is not wise, and it’s paralytic and unhelpful anyway. My prediction is that this is not going to be a massive pandemic; it will go away soon, though we may have a Round 2 in the fall. Most who get the swine flu will find that it’s no worse than the usual influenzas that some people contract in the winter.
If I’m right, that will give you some time to focus on preparedness, including a three-month supply of food so you could stay home if you needed to.