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swine flu prevention: should you worry?

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | May 02, 2009

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.


Posted in: Detox, Exercise, Whole Food

19 thoughts on “swine flu prevention: should you worry?”

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  1. Thanks for sharing about that! I have an unrelated question or two…I just received my OHCS and was putting the salt stones into a jar. Does it matter if I use alkaline or purified water with the stones? Have you done the salt bath crystals before? Do you really have to use the entire contents in one bath? Is this safe during pregnancy?

  2. Thank you for being a voice of reason in all this madness… I can only shake my head over the hysteria that this flu has generated.

    I’m so sorry about your cousin!

  3. Organic Consumers has some great info on this – inc. the links to the heavy use of antibiotics on factory farms (inc. the one close to the first known outbreak!) – let’s hope this helps fuel a drive to shift out of those unhealthy farming practices!

    They also share an article on how folks using homeopathy during that 1918 epedemic had much lower death rate (1.5% – with 30% death rate among folks who used alleopathy!) The remedies used by most of the folks was one of my favorites, Gelsemium! Our office also carries occilicocoxinum, which is another common flu remedy.

    The author of that article also stressed the immune boosting practices – extra anti-oxidents, exercise, rest 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    hi! i think there is no need to worry… but it can ´t be wrong to think about some prevention. found this site, informations look good. http://www.symptoms-swine-flu.com/swine-flu-prevention/

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to know how you like P90X. It looks like a good workout, but I am worried it would be too hard.

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    P90X is really hard, no doubt, and I’d recommend it for people who are very fit and want to go to the next level (lots of muscle definition). I can’t do pullups, which is frustrating. Part of my issue is that I am refusing to give up my morning workouts (tennis, yoga, running 5-6 miles 3x/week), so I’m trying to add a workout in the evening. So it’s hard to do an hour of plyometrics after running that morning. But it’s very good for what it’s designed to do–I’ve seen the results in a number of people, and they are impressive.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Not worried here and there have been some people affected in my area. To me, it’s another news hype to get people to take more drugs. Thanks to YOU, Robyn, I have learned how to store food and sprout stuff and I have enough to last me up to 8 months without leaving this house…ok…except for the organic produce Meetup that I run. But, I could survive a long time without leaving.

    On another note, In need to get back to working out. I feel like a sloth lately. : (

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry about the loss of your cousin.

    Thank you for all that you do.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I am looking forward to help with food storage in preparation for the fall. When might that be available, Robyn?

    Sorry for your loss of your cousin…what a tragedy. May healing and hope for the future be in their hearts soon.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Robyn: We are so very sorry for your loss; hugs to you and your loved ones.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Will be praying for your family at this difficult time. God doesn’t make mistakes.

  12. Anonymous says:

    We pray that the God who comforts us (II Cor 2:3) will be your family’s comfort at this time.

  13. Anonymous says:

    II Cor 1:3

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your cousin! I really like your balanced approach to all this swine flu hype!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, my sincere condolences from my family to yours, you are in my prayers and thanks for the excellent work that you do that continues to encourage and educate us. I truly appreciate it and look forward to the upcoming information on food storage.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, So sorry about your cousin, that is hard news to bear. My prayers are with you and your family.

    I am preparing to go cruising with my husband for a year or two on our sailboat in Mexico and the Caribbean, although we may g o to the Pacific instead. Your food storage book sounds promising, and I:d love to know what else you:d suggest for easy, healthy food stored and prepared in small spaces. Also, we may not have the availablilty of greens for our smoothies every day, what do you suggest? Fruit keeps fairly well, and we will have a small freezer if we can freeze greens, but the volume of greens we eat everyday is not possible to store for a few weeks. Any thoughts? Thanks, carry on! Alison

  17. I’ve heard great things about P90X. I’ve never been one to exercise every day but have the passion to do so now. Any suggestions or recommendations for beginners in the way of exercising?

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. So sad. Many blessings for strength and peace. 🙂

  18. Anonymous says:

    So Sorry to hear about you cousin. May you family be surrounded by God’s love.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Tricia–just wanted to answer on this:Have you done the salt bath crystals before? Do you really have to use the entire contents in one bath? Is this safe during pregnancy?

    maybe Robyn can chime in if I’m totally wrong–but i’d assume that mobilizing that many toxins in your body in one big wham wouldn’t be good during pregancy since it could maybe pass on?!! I know that I am waiting until I am done nursing until I use my bath salts I anxiusly want to use. until then just slowly cleanse by drinking green smoothies.

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