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7 Natural Immune Boosters

Robyn Openshaw - Updated: March 26, 2020 - - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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 list of the 7 most powerful NATURAL immune-booster and viral-killer supplements that resulted in a great outcome for this story of when my college daughter got very sick!

I want you to have these for when you get sick. (P.S. We do not make or private label these supplements. They’re just what I found worked best, in raising 4 kids for 25 years.)

But you DON’T want to wait until you’re sick.

Then you’ll just climb in bed. You won’t want to wait till Amazon delivers, and you won’t want to drive to the health food store to shop.

Have them on hand, and all in the same place–for peace of mind, and your key to getting well, QUICKLY, and without the negative health impacts of taking pharmaceuticals.

In this post:

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. Let’s take a look at which supplements to take regularly, and which to use ONLY when you’re sick.

After all, you don’t want to constantly “stimulate” extra immune activity, any more than you want to run on a treadmill 16 hours a day.

Helping My College Kid When She Got Sick

Recently, after raising 4 kids for 25 years, with not a single dose of antibiotic taken by any of us….

… daughter Emma, a few hours away at college, 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 she sent me said:

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


Emma and her boyfriend, Arturo

College Students, Stress, And Sleep Deprivation

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!)

Quick Strep Test And Antibiotics

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

How To Talk To A Doctor About Antibiotics

Listen, those “standard of care” doctors are on the lookout for holistic weirdos, like you and me. They may think we know nothing about medicine, or the human body, and may be gearing up for an argument the minute you start asking questions. So let me give you some tips to totally defuse that potential situation:

1. Set The Stage And Give The Benefit Of The Doubt

I very politely but thoroughly explained that I’ve worked very hard to avoid antibiotics for my children and me for 25 years now. That said, I said that I would absolutely agree to antibiotics for meningitis or probably even for strep, especially 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, rather than an enemy I needed to scold and condescend to.

2. Firmly Explain Your Position On Antibiotic Risks

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

She’s also likely to 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 pharmaceutical use, and trying to rehab her gut, for years. Worst case scenario, an autoimmune condition or even cancer could result. (A great deal of evidence points to these risks from taking antibiotics.)

(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.)

3. Ask The Doctor To Back You Up On Appropriate Antibiotic Use

I told him, I consider antibiotics to be very invasive. I realize that sometimes you give them because the patient just wants something. Some folks want anything, whatever you’ve got, if there’s even a chance it might make them feel better fast. 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 scrip away from Emma, and explaining 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.

Why Natural Alternatives To Antibiotics? Gut Health And Immunity Function

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 antibiotics for 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 50’s–despite this past decade being one with a lot of life stressors in it. I have not been ill from strep since I was 27, half my life ago.

May I share this impression with you:

Your body is miraculous. It has fought off 1,000 invaders so effectively 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 four 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 (and you!) have these 7 Natural Immune-Boosters and Viral-Killers on hand. 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 in this list at the first sign of illness as directed, for 2 weeks only, but take #7 always:

  1. Vitamin C
  2. Zinc
  3. Oregano oil (in caps)
  4. Goldenseal (herb in capsules or drops)
  5. Kyolic garlic (in caps)
  6. Colloidal silver (preferably a nano formulation, which has much higher efficacy)
  7. Beta Glucan

Bookmark my 7 Natural Immune-Boosters and Viral-Killers, then stock up for you, your kids, and grandkids out of town, and please make sure they have them all in one place.

(I put them all in a gallon freezer Ziploc bag with their name and “IF YOU GET SICK” written on it, with a Sharpie.)

Buy them the whole collection of seven 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.

You could even get the Genius Guides (currently 50% off) as part of the care package–with these anti-viral supplements on a laminated wallet card, plus 9 other guides that help you get well safely and eat healthy, in 10 different, very important ways.

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.

Learn more about Beta Glucan, and you’ll want to get that product here.

Read Next: How To Eat Healthy if You Have More Time Than Money (or More Money Than Time)

Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie GirlRobyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

7 Natural Immune Boosters to keep on hand

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20 thoughts on “7 Natural Immune Boosters”

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  1. If you were having trouble with the “Free Shipping” option on while using Coupon Code GSG, that issue has been fixed. All domestic orders on Beta Glucan will receive Free USPS Priority Mail Shipping (if selected).

    Thank You,


  2. Pam says:

    I was wondering if you can give me the name of the non toxic finger nail polish you recommend. Thank you!


    1. Robyn says:

      just anything 5 free, 7 free, or 10 free. i’ve bought a few brands and the drs remedy or something with drs in it has lasted sooooo long! since i did that post, still looks good! i also bought adrianne k but haven’t used it yet.

  3. Carla says:

    Robyn, which potency is best for the Beta Glucan, 100 mg or 500 mg? I assume it might be according to what our needs would be, but is it best to start with a lower potency or if we have a lot of health issues go for the 500 mg? I can’t find any guidelines for this. Thanks.

    1. Robyn says:

      the people i buy it from (whom i linked to) told me that tennyson and i should take three a day, of the 500 mg, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. i believe the bottle says to take 2. so, based on that, i’d buy 500mg!

  4. Lisa says:

    I also tried downloading the card. I never got he email. Also your link for Goldenseal is a liquid
    But you say take a capsule. Thanks for the info!

  5. ashleigh says:

    curious about colloidal silver! i know on your site you talk a lot about heavy metal buildup in the body. how does the use of colloidal silver play a role in this, if at all? is it considered a heavy metal? thanks!

  6. Robyn, I read your post about the 7 Immune boosters and signed up to get the wallet card and subscribe to your site but I never received an email with the PDF for the card or confirmation about subscribing.

  7. Helen Beamer says:

    Thanks for sharing! I knew this just need reinforcement

  8. Cindy says:

    Robyn, I have RA, any suggestions. I have to take prednisone and methotrexate, they have destroyed my teeth, now pain from RA and teeth. I also have had cryptococcus in my lungs, had to have the upper right section of my lung removed last year and was on diflucan for a year. Still have a cough.

  9. Yvonne says:

    Thank you!
    I am learning about all the cons to chemicals and even though it gets overwhelming at times, I believe that with slowly but surely and constant change, I can get on track to a healthier life.
    I am sharing anything I learn with others who want better also. If I can help one person I’m good with that.
    I’m grateful to have clicked on the link to your story and look forward to receiving all your tips!

  10. Dedra Scott says:

    I signed up to receive the wallet card but have not received an email about it. Thanks for the wonderful information!

    1. jasonruona says:

      Dedra, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t receive the wallet card! I checked your record and you should have received the email titled “Your FREE 7 Immune-Boosters and Viral-Killers download”. Just in case it got buried in your inbox, I sent you a fresh copy of the PDF.

  11. Krista says:

    What about a protocol for small children? I have 6 children ranging in age from 16 to 1 year. My 4 oldest can swallow pills but what about the two little ones? Are there comparable supplements that I could give them as well? We are coming into cold and flu season & I don’t want them getting everything that comes their way. Thanks!

    1. Melissa Alegre says:

      I am also interested in knowing how to incorporate this for small children. When is a safe age/weight for them to start using these supplements as you describe?

      1. Melissa,

        The Beta Glucan product is safe for children; we have customers using the product for children as young as one (roughly 20 pounds).

        Thank You,


  12. Thank you very much for this info.I would like to know your opinion on Emergen c vitamin packs,1,000 mg. vit.c you pour into a glass of water.

  13. mayteam says:

    Hi Cindy–here’s the ingredient list–check the 2nd page. Sadly it’s full of sugar, GMO ingredients, and other toxic stuff.

    Cindy May

  14. Carla says:

    What is a good brand of goldenseal in capsules? The link is for a liquid.

  15. Nicole Moore says:

    What would be a kid safe version of this?? I have a 1 month old, a 2 year old and a 4 year old that I want to keep well.

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