Avoiding the Swine Flu - Perhaps

This information was forwarded to me in an e-mail.  I don't know the doctor who offered the advice but it seems pretty sound and simple, so I'm sharing!

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years now heads Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

He offered the following regarding what is usually called swine flu:

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost
impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody
may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits).. *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.


Sandee said...

Very good advice. Most of which I didn't know. Go figure.

Have a terrific day. :)

kayerj said...

good advice, several of my kids have gotten it. I'll have the rest try this if they get it. We had two elementary schools close down last week.

Unknown said...

This is excellent news!! Thank you So much.

Patricia Rockwell said...

Wow! I had not heard many of these and they do make sense. Thanks!

Syd said...

Thanks for the information. So far so good for me regarding the flu.

Edna / HandmadeDiva said...

Great tips. Thanks for posting this info.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Great info! I need to pass this along to my kids!!!!

On one of my previous post, I wrote about how our two girls were acting Florence Nightingales to their brother for one week! Thank the Lord that he is over that mess!

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