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(28.08.2006)
How can we protect ourselves from Bird Flu?

To date, the bird flu virus has been able to move from bird to human, but not from human to human. However, it may only be a matter of time.

Whilst this mutation has not yet happened, we can prepare ourselves NOW by strengthening our immune system. With a strong immune system we are well equipped to fight all sorts of infections.

> A healthy diet and lifestyle are of paramount importance for a strong immune system.

> Echinacea root stimulates the body to produce interferon, the body’s own anti-viral defence.

> The bee product Propolis is a powerful anti-viral medicine.

> The common garden herb Thyme helps the body get rid of excess phlegm and has a clearing effect on the lungs.

> Garlic also has antiviral and anti-bacterial properties supporting the body to overcome influenza.

> Foods rich in vitamin A, C, Zinc and antioxidants are essential for the immune system to work at its best.

In some cases, Avian flu causes the immune system to go into a kind of overdrive. Taking natural remedies, which kill off most of the flu viruses directly, can help to prevent this.

> Natural anti-virals are Lemon balm, Echinacea, Elder flowers, Elecampane, Garlic, St John’s wort and propolis, to mention the most common ones.

A good fever is a powerful healing response and must not be suppressed. It helps the body to overcome the infection and prevents it from spreading further. The key is to manage the fever but not to suppress it.

For more information, see the Herbs pages, email or call Luzia on 01258 456223.

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