Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Jim Fain

We've had our first snowfall of the year. While winter has been hanging around for a while, the old man is no longer a wallflower. I truly enjoyed the magic and the quiet but also realized the need to write a column on colds and flu which can't be too far away.

  We all will be spending more time indoors, eating and drinking too much and not getting enough exercise or sunshine. Can you really avoid or shorten colds and flu? Yes!

  My favorite colds and flu threesome, which are all natural, is an herbal blend for tea, super potent vitamin D3 in olive oil and Ester-C.

  The threesome starts with a blend of herbals scientifically or traditionally supported for avoiding, shortening the duration and reducing the intensity of both colds and flu. The blend includes Elder flower, peppermint, nettle and Hibiscus flower. This herbal formula helps kill the virus/bacteria, lowers fever if any, loosens mucous, nourishes the body and tastes good.

  A little will make a lot, for instance, a bag of two ounces if brewed in a drip coffee maker will make up to 40 cups. You can drink this even before you get a cold or flu and as much as you wish, should you get one. It can be served iced or hot with lemon and honey.

  Directions for brewing leaves, flowers and herbs: (Rooibos, Green, Elder, Lavender etc.) make as an infusion, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of the tea. Steep 10 to 12 minutes. Strain -- or use a very clean or dedicated Mr. Coffee-type maker, place 1 oz. of herb in basket to 1 full carafe of water -- try a second batch with the same herb. Vitamin D3 in olive oil is a super potent product yielding a whopping 4,000 iu/drop.

  It is well known for boosting immune response plus helping keep mood up, benefiting bone density, has anti-cancer properties, reduces insulin resistance and is a strong antioxidant. At 4,000 iu/drop, 2 drops/day throughout cold and flu season is what I suggest. If you have elevated creatinine blood levels (kidney trouble) do not use more than 1,000 iu/day.

  Depending upon how much you use, this bottle could last four months. It used to be thought high-dose vitamin D was harmful, now people with cancer routinely use up to 100,000 iu per day, without any trouble at all.

  Ester-C is an improved delivery system for vitamin C, providing 24-hour absorption of this well-accepted nutrient. Two 500 mg tablets/day, one in the morning and one in the evening, is what I would do. Buy now to use or to keep on hand as you'll either want to use it daily to help prevent or start using it at the very first signs of illness.

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