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"I live in the dimension of infinite love and gratitude, in the dimension of tenderness, generosity and respect, the dimension of joy, peace and abundance."

Let's Pretend now that this is a normal year, of normal colds and normal flus: What should we do to prevent/treat these commonplace illnesses? Prevention is simple: Stay out of the bugs' way! Yeah, but how do you do that? One way you can do this is to honor still what we did in the darkest days of COVID: Keep wearing your mask "out there" and keep spritzing your hands with the alcohol mixture you keep in your car after you leave a public place like McGuckins, Costco or the grocery store. Keep the 6 feet of distance if you can and then, if you like,there is always the flu shot, too, which this year is about 15-30% effective for the 2022 flu variant. Always your choice.

The New York Times Coronavirus Tracker which I get in my email daily keeps telling me that in Boulder County the rates of COVID keep going down, down, down, and that is very good, but I feel that I still have to keep my immune system on her toes and ready to do battle with whatever new COVID variant appears. Here is how I do it and how you can do it, too.

Stock Up on my yearly cold/flu combo which is Phytogen, Immuplex, Vitamin C and Gan Mao Ling. Or my new fancy stuff, called Immune Tonic which is a combination of Echinacea, Licorice and Astragalus. Mix the liquids together and take a T a day for prevention and 3T if you dare to get sick through all these good herbs. I do give you a deal, but it's still expensive. Immune tonic is a special order, I don't keep it on my shelves. Keep your vitamin D intake high to make sure that your D levels are a healthy-high such as a number between 60 and 80. This D thing is really, really important, possibly more important than the supps I recommend above that you might take to boost your immune system and to prevent this winter's colds/flus.

OK, but what should I do if I still get sick? Obviously the very first thing you do is take a home rapid COVID test to make sure it's just your run-of-the-mill cold or flu. If negative then do the recommendations in the paragraphs above and below. Although even if your test was positive for COVID, the following would still be good to do. Keep yourself hydrated and drink ½ your body weight in ounces - and if you have some electrolytes throw some of those in the water. Water helps with the delivery of oxygen and the removal of toxins from the body. It also helps the lymphatic flow which is essential to immune system function.

Drink warm liquids especially herbal teas. Warm liquids are soothing and also help to break up mucus. Some good teas are echinacea, nettle leaf, goldenseal and elderberry. Add lemon to your teas.

Gargle with salt water especially if you have a sore throat.

Take zinc lozenges every 4-6 hours. I have good ones from Perque, called Zinc & Throat Guard Lozenges. They actually taste pretty good.

Sleep More. This will increase the antibodies and also keep you out of trouble doing busy work around the house. You need to do NOTHING. Except get better. That's your job now.

Rinse your sinuses: I use a nasal rinse every day whether I am sick or not. I just feel that it keeps me well. If you are sick, then use it twice a day. I use the Neilmed Sinus Rinse which comes with an 8 oz squirt bottle into which you put a little packet of their preservative free, Ph balanced sodium chloride and bicarbonate sinus rinse along with distilled water. During COVID I also started using something called Viraldine which is an iodine based nasal spray. About $30 @ www.viraldine.com.

Exercise. I know this is counter-intuitive, but actually is good if your symptoms are above the neck. Be moderate, though, and don't tax yourself too much.

Try to breathe clean air. Use an air purifier if you have one, NOT on the ozone setting as that will irritate your lungs.

Do not indulge in sugar just because you think you deserve it because you feel so bad because sugar will tear down your immune system which is exactly what you don't need. Eat immune supportive foods. Get your natural vitamin C with oranges, grapefruit and all other fruits as well. Then in the vegetable realm there is kale, broccoli, red onions, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and legumes. They are all antioxidants.

And lastly, I am a firm believer in making a large pot of very garlicky chicken soup!

"Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion, respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign or salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home." Chief Tecumsah's prayer

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