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7 Natural Immune Boosters

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jul 05, 2016

How I helped my daughter get well using natural immune boosters, and avoided the negative effects of antibiotics.

You’re going to want to grab my FREE wallet card for the 7 most powerful NATURAL immune-booster and viral-killer supplements that resulted in a great outcome for this story, keep reading! I want you to have these for when you get sick (p.s. we do not sell these supplements).

Supplements are a dime a dozen, aren’t they? And so many of them claim to strengthen the immune system.

Let’s look at the mechanism for how they do that, though. You don’t want to constantly “stimulate” extra immune activity, any more than you want to run on a treadmill 16 hours a day.

Recently, after raising 4 kids for 22 years, with not a single dose of antibiotic taken by any of us……..

My daughter, away at college a few hours, got very sick.

I feel confident about my ability to use my natural toolbox to knock down just about any virus or infection–if I get on it, in the first day symptoms come on.

But Emma didn’t reach out to me until Day 4. The text said:


Emma and her boyfriend, Arturo

“Mom. I’m dying. I can barely swallow. Fevers and chills.”

Emma goes hard. College student. ‘Nuff said? (Partying! All night studying! Boyfriend! Two jobs!) Emma cares a lot about academic performance, but she also never wants to miss anything fun. Consequently, sleep suffers. And that’s the #1 thing that affects our immune function, whether we’re getting enough sleep or not.

I wish I’d sent an arsenal of my natural, immune-supporting, virus- and bacteria-killing natural remedies, with her to school.

(I won’t make this mistake again. That’s why I’m writing this–for your sake. I had taken her good health for granted. Now she’s stocked up. And I’m getting my other two kids who live away from home stocked up, too. Baby Boy will have everything in his medicine cabinet, in case anything happens while I’m out of town. And by the time you’re done reading this post, I want you to know how to prepare, too. Well before flu season. Emma got sick during the summer!)

The next morning, I had her at the Instacare, after she passed out in the shower and I became seriously alarmed. I prepped her for what I knew would happen:

“Now, even if it’s viral, they’re going to try to prescribe you an antibiotic. Please know that I’ve protected you kids from antibiotics your whole lives, and there are good reasons for that. Please have the doctor call me before he writes you any prescription.”

They did that bogus “quick strep test.” I’d warned Emma that there are far too many false positives, and I don’t consider that test valid. I’ve tested positive every time I’ve taken it, sore throat or not!

But, Emma actually tested negative, even with the quick test. And negative for several other bacteria.

Sure enough, the doc gave her an antibiotic script anyway. Then he called me, per my request.

Mama Bear came out.


Tennyson, Emma and me

I very politely but thoroughly explained that I’ve worked very hard to avoid AB’s for my children for 22 years now. That I would absolutely agree to it, for meningitis or probably even for strep, since my daughter let this bug go for quite a while, before intervention.

(I wanted him to know I’m a reasonable person. Educated, rather than a doctor-hater, or someone who would let my child die rather than give her a drug. I did this to set the stage for what I would say next. This is important. Those of us committed to holism come up against the medical folks’ recommendations sometimes. It’s good not to take up arms, assuming from past experience that the “standard of care” practitioner will be arrogant or combative.)

In this case, he was friendly and pretty educated and open to what I was saying, as he would prove, the next couple of days. He also listened patiently. I’m very glad I gave him benefit of the doubt and treated him like a partner in caring for my daughter.

I then explained that if she takes the AB, it will destroy years’ worth of healthy colonization of the healthy bacteria in 30 feet of her gut–comprising 85 percent of her immune system.

And, she’ll get a yeast infection and probably repetitively get sick with whatever viral and bacterial things are going around.

Depending on her genetic expression, she might even be fighting the effects of AB use, and trying to rehab her gut, for years. Worst case scenario, an autoimmune condition could result.

(What I did here is outline precisely what the very real risks are, to my daughter, whom he is treating. I want him to know that I’m watching, and that I don’t consider what he’s telling her to do to be without risk, and I would hold him responsible for jumping the gun. At this point, I did not believe her illness was bacterial.)

I told him, I consider antibiotics to be very invasive. I realize that sometimes you give them because the patient just wants something. Anything, whatever you’ve got. Emma isn’t that kind of patient, I said–we don’t want an antibiotic unless it’s appropriate.

And, I said, you and I both know, doc, it won’t do her a bit of good if this is a viral infection. Then she gets all the devastation of the drug, without any of the benefits.

I asked him to support me by taking the script away from Emma, and explain to her why.

I said, “Please back me up and don’t make me be the bad guy here. She’s an adult, and she will do whatever she wants–so I’d really love it if you’d educate her about all the good guys that live in her gut, and why she needs them, and what the consequences are if she fills this prescription.”

Then I asked Emma to use the natural immune-supportive and natural bacterial- and viral-killing items I would buy her immediately.

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Emma and me in Switzerland – 2015

I sent her boyfriend, Arturo, to the health food store, to have the clerk call me for my credit card

Emma was furious for a minute, and raged at me.

I told her, “That’s okay, you can be mad. One day you will thank me. I wish someone had educated me, when I was your age taking antibiotics, not knowing any better.”

(Then I smiled: this is a good sign, that Emma’s still being Emma–flashing white hot! Luckily, like me, she doesn’t stay mad more than 5 minutes.)

Arturo went to find my Magic 7 Immune-Boosters and Viral-Killers, which I’m sharing with you now, for download.

The doctor had taken blood, and the tests would come back in 24 hours, showing whether there was anything bacterial going on.

The next morning she texted, “Mom, I’ve had it. I need to get well so I can go back to work–I’m going to take the AB.” Only 12 hours since she’d gotten the supplements.

She went back to the clinic where, to my surprise, the doc refused to give her the prescription! He said, give your supplements time to work, and let’s get this blood test back first, to see if it may be bacterial.

Later that day she texted, “I’m feeling somewhat better.”


Emma and me at The Festival of Colors

I was thrilled! We’d dodged a bullet.

In my 20’s, I thought antibiotics were a wonderful silver bullet. I took them every time I got anything at all, and was so excited I didn’t have to get strep tests like I did, growing up, in military hospitals an hour away, where you wait in lines for hours.

(I was on many courses of AB’s for really serious strep infections, through my childhood.) I was so thrilled that the doc would just prescribe over the phone, with no testing. My, how times have changed!

Finally, I learned the truth about antibiotics. When I got strep for the last time when I was 27, I beat it with a Goldenseal and Echinacea combo supplement.

After having flu and other illnesses countless times in my 20’s, I rebuilt my gut and virtually never get sick anymore, in my 40’s–despite this past decade being one with a lot of life stressors in it.

In my next post, I’m going to share more about a fantastic supplement called beta glucan I’ve discovered recently, that might be the greatest immune support of all. I’m a huge fan, and Emma will have it in her apartment at college, and all my other kids too. I want to make sure they’re covered, next time.

May I share this impression with you:

Your body is miraculous. It has fought off 1,000 invaders. You never even knew you were in danger. It keeps cancer cells, strep, staph, candida, and many other bad guys in control, every day. Some experts estimate that you develop detectable cancer 4 times in a lifetime, on average–but you don’t know, because your immune system takes care of it.

Your immune system is a complex, finely balanced thing of beauty, involving many biochemical processes and organs.

No one really understands how it works, entirely. But as we learn more and more, we identify the players. Macrophages, killer T cells, gut permeability–so many factors keep you well, or make you vulnerable.

To rapidly dividing aberrant cells (cancer). Or to overgrowth of yeast (candida). Or to takeover by a viral or bacterial infection.

I love the body and worship the forces that create it.

That a baby takes root and grows, and is born perfect and healthy, millions of times every year, just blows my mind. A thousand things have to go right. The Universe is simply perfection, sometimes. Consider that, in the wake of so much man-made tragedy these days.

Love and nurture your body, okay? Make sure your kids have these 7 Natural Immune-Boosters and Viral-Killers on hand, if they live away from home, and tell them to begin taking them the moment they feel symptoms coming on, so they’re most effective:

7 Natural Immune-Boosters and Viral-Killers

Take the first 6 at the first sign of illness as directed, for 2 weeks only, but take #7 always:

Vitamin C


Oregano oil (in caps)

Goldenseal (herb in capsules)

Kyolic garlic (in caps)

Colloidal silver (preferably a nano formulation, much higher efficacy)

Beta Glucan (I’ll share more about this tomorrow-it’s really special!)

Download my 7 Natural Immune-Boosters and Viral-Killers to put in your wallet, give to your kids and grandkids out of town, and please make sure they have them.

Buy them the whole collection of 7 for a holiday or birthday gift, and write them a letter telling them how this can be their first line of defense to get healthy. Laminate the wallet card for a nice touch.

It’s such a thoughtful, health-promoting gift, and you can quote me as the expert if it serves. (You’re never a prophet in your own land, right?)

Get the supplements from Amazon (we’ve linked to the products above) or at your health food store, except tomorrow I’ll share an absolutely breakthrough supplement called Beta Glucan, and you’ll want to get that product here.

With Beta Glucan, I suggest taking it always. Please let me know if it helps you in fighting cancer, allergies, or other immune-system failures.

Posted in: Health, Parenting

64 thoughts on “7 Natural Immune Boosters”

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  1. Rachael Byington says:

    How do you feel about echinacea and using it in combo with the goldenseal?

  2. jessica smoot says:

    So when are antibiotics ok? You mention strep? My 7 year old just came down with strep and I hate to have to give her antibiotics but I cannot get her to take all the immune boosting things you recommend and i didn’t catch it soon enough. Then what? I destroy her gut with the drugs and put her at risk for lifetime issues? Please help

  3. sanmuir says:

    Robin, I bought the items listed and am wondering how much and how often to take each item. Many have a serving listed on the container for example the garlic says 2 twice a day. The zinc says 2 a day. What about the oregano oil, Golden Seal and the Colloidal silver. I have a horrible cold I should have gotten on all of this sooner, but wasn’t able to do it. I hope it will kick in quickly as it did for your daughter.

    1. Robyn says:

      sorry i’m late seeing this, but just follow the bottle’s directions because we don’t sell these items and each brand or potency may be different! it’s not like drugs, where an overdose could kill you, luckily!

  4. Kascia Lybbert says:

    Robyn, thank you so much for this. Is it safe to give these to my young children and even toddler?

    1. Naomi Beres says:

      Yes I would like to know this answer to because my son and I are both sick I’m trying to get on these vitamins as quickly as possible. please answer quickly.

  5. Connie says:

    Good group of immune boosters, but personally will have to find better supplements than some suggested here. Artificial sweeteners, vitamin c usually derived from corn..I cannot tolerate corn, gelatin capsules..intolerant to beef, or soy ingredients..intolerant to.

  6. Connie says:

    Are beta glucans advisable for one who is intolerant to glutens( wheat, barley, rye) or histamine intolerant and should avoid yeasts? Trying to understand what beta glucans are derived from.

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