If you’ve sought help to get your family through flu season, or tried to tough it through on your own, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by all the information out there. Maybe you’re looking for something other than the flu vaccine or fever suppressants.
You might have tried the hot new supplement at the health food store and seen some temporary results. Enough to peak your interest and inspire you to discover other effective natural therapies.
So why does the plan to use natural medicines to treat the next cold or flu leave you wondering what to do?
Let me guess…
- As soon as you see a fever you start worrying that things will get out of hand.
- You have friends that use natural medicines but you don’t know where to begin?
- You want to do everything you can to prevent the next cold or flu from even starting.
If you’re a working woman you just don’t have time to WASTE on any therapy that doesn’t deliver what it promises. You’re wary of that ‘uh oh’ feeling you get when you first start to get sick.
If you’re like a lot of women I’ve worked with over the years there are probably 4 myths stopping you from using natural therapies for yourself and your family.
I’m going to expose these myths for the fallacies they are and help you feel confident choosing only the best that natural medicine has to offer.
MYTH vs. FACT
Myth #1: Natural medicines for colds and flu aren’t safe.
I’ve probably read or heard this statement 200 times in the last 25 years. It’s just not true.
Most of the people writing or saying this have no education or training in natural medicines. So when they are dismissing an herb, a vitamin, or homeopathic remedy it’s basically just Ignorance.
It’s true that any substance that has the power to heal, has the power to harm. That’s why it’s important to get your information from a trusted source so that you can use a medicine properly.
I’ve had parents call me in a panic because their 2 year old somehow drank all of their homeopathic medicine at one time. They’re worried because with conventional medicine that would mean a trip to the Emergency Room. They’re so relieved when I tell them that they have nothing to be worried about.
How safe are natural medicines? Every year the American Association of Poison Control Centers puts out a report. Every year there are no deaths from vitamins, minerals, supplements, or herbs. That’s right, NO DEATHS.
In comparison, the Journal of the American Medical Association stated in 2000 that PROPERLY PRESCRIBED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS kill over 100,000 people per year.
When you learn about natural medicines proven by time and experience to be safe for you and your family you become empowered to confidently face that next illness.
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Myth #2: Natural medicines for colds and flu just don’t work.
Those spouting this myth are either too lazy to educate themselves or have taken the ‘common wisdom’ at face value.
You’ve probably read the latest story practically shouting that Vitamin C doesn’t prevent the common cold. You can’t miss it. There’s a new one of these almost every year. I cringe every time I read these tabloid pronouncements passing for actual advice. And, YES, it’s true, if you don’t know what to do with Vitamin C then you won’t be able to treat that cold.
Another gem is from the skeptics who gleefully state that homeopathic medicines are just ‘placebo’. By definition a placebo is given to someone who thinks it’s a medicine. Babies and animals respond very well to homeopathic care—yet they have no concept of medicine.
It seems common sense that if homeopathics, vitamins, and herbs were so ineffective, people would just stop using them. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, herbal medicine is the most used form of medicine in the world. Homeopathic medicine is #2. Food and nutrition are #3.
It’s daunting when you’re faced with the multitude of products that promise to get you through the cold and flu season. Your natural food store has its shelves full. What works? What doesn’t? My patients have taught me what really works for them. For 22 years they’ve been my gold standard of effectiveness.
Myth #3: “You can get all the help you need from the Internet.”
There is a time and place for self care. But it can be easy to take the wrong path. Especially when it’s 2am and you’re frantically looking up what to do online. Not a great recipe for success.
There’s a big difference between theory and practice. It’s all well and good if a research study has proven that “XYZ” is 5x better absorbed than “ABC”. But if ABC has been in use for decades, is easier to find, and less expensive to buy it’s the winner as far as ease of use and practicality. This kind of knowledge is gained from clinical experience not from a laboratory.
It can be confusing because one blog tells you something like, ‘apple cider vinegar is the answer to all your winter ills.” And the next website warns you against being too acidic. Which is the right choice for you (Hint-neither is the first line of defense to stay well this season).
Then there’s the contingent that wants to bring out the ‘Big Guns’ and take an antibiotic. Problem is antibiotics kill bacteria. So they are ineffective against the cold or flu virus. Plus, taking an antibiotic disrupts the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Where 70-80% of your immune function comes from.
Myth #4: “I’ve tried everything and there’s just nothing that helps me when I get the flu.”
Kudos for being willing to give natural medicines a try. Almost always, when I hear this lament, some options have been missed.
Maybe the basic lifestyle changes haven’t been made to set the ground for healing. You don’t get well in a vacuum. Every pill or tea or remedy depends on you maintaining a level of vitality on a daily basis. If you’re eating fast food every day, mainlining coffee to stay awake, and on the computer until 1am don’t be surprised if ‘nothing helps’.
Your body and mind really are intimately connected. The health of one relies on the health of the other. All of you gets sick at one time. All of you needs to be addressed to get well. Expecting not to change the same behavior that got you sick in the first place and get well in spite of it, is just silly.
There are Tried and Tested strategies you can put in place now that, added together, will decrease the likelihood that you’ll get sick, help reduce how miserable you feel, and help you get over your symptoms faster.
Stay tuned. Now that you know the 4 most common myths, I’ve created a free Action Plan to help prepare you for the upcoming cold and flu season.
Often overlooked, these simple yet powerful steps lay the foundation for getting the best results from whichever natural therapy you decide to try.
I’ve been helping patients of all ages make it NATURALLY through cold and flu season for the last 22 years. They have taught me what does and doesn’t work for themselves and their families.
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Gregory Pais, ND, DHANP