Two sick teddy bears with tissues, hot bottle, and thermometer.

Cold and Flu Protocol

This time of year, lots of patients ask me, “What do I take when I’m sick?”  Of course, the correct answer is “we test you, then tell you what your body wants, and you get better quickly.”  However, when you’re getting sick, time is of the essence.  When you first start to feel symptoms, the bacteria or virus making you sick is actually at a very low count.  However, that viral/bacterial count tends to increase quickly exponentially, and by the time people get here to get tested, they’ve got a full-blown cold or flu.  So this is what you take while you’re driving to the office to get properly tested.

These are supplements that everyone should have in abundance at home (have a big bottle of each), and take at the very first sign of illness. Do not wait until you are “sick”!  Take them when you think “I wonder if I’m coming down with something?”  By the time you think “I’m sick”, it’s too late, and it’s going to take time to get better.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! A stitch in time saves nine!  And so on…

  1. As always, stop eating sugar! Sugar is known to weaken your immune system response 50-90% for 4-6 hours after you take it!  Do not eat sugar or refined carbohydrates while you’re fighting a cold!  For that matter, considering sugar and refined carbs suppress your immune system (whilst causing other problems!), why not cut it out altogether?  And no, fruit is not a refined sugar as long as you don’t juice it, so you don’t have to avoid it (unless you’re on a very low carb diet for blood sugar/weight issues, which is a whole other topic altogether-see one of my many videos on carbs and diet).
  2. Wash your hands with soap often. Viruses and bacteria, amongst other things, like to hang out on our hands.  Wash them thoroughly and often to fight them effectively.
  3. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep raises stress hormones which suppresses your natural immune response, and makes your insulin less sensitive-a one two punch to get you sick a lot!
  4. Drink enough water. This is just good old advice from Grandma (who lived to be 105 years old, so I listened when she talked!). I’m not sure why this works, other than thatit helps to detoxify your kidneys, which can’t be bad for your immune system.
  5. Eat lots of veggies. Full of vitamins and minerals, veggies really support your immune system.
  6. Work out regularly. Regular exercises boosts your immune function.
  7. Congaplex. This is the most broad-based immune system support. It supports your body in fighting bacteria and viruses alike.  Take 3 every half hour until you feel all better, then take 6/day for 2 weeks to rebuild your immune system.  Don’t skip this step, or cut down Congaplex too quickly!  My patients often tell me that they were started to feel better, cut down their Congaplex, and then got sick again!  Don’t be that person!
  8. Antronex. This doubles your liver’s filtration rate, so that your body rapidly cleans out the debris that you make when you kill off bacteria and viruses. It basically makes you feel better faster. Take 2 every half hour until you feel all better, then take 6/day for 2 weeks to rebuild your immune system, like Congaplex.

Now I know what you’re saying:  “What about Echinacea, Andrographis, vitamin C, Zinc, Immuplex, etc.?”  Hey, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with these supplements, and often these supplements kick butt!  Often after examining a patient, I will recommend these rather than Congaplex and Antronex, but remember, I’m talking about what you can take while driving to my office.  So keep a bottle of Congaplex and Antronex at home on the shelf, take them as I described above at the first sign of cold or flu, and in the meantime make an appointment to see your holistic doctor.

Both of these supplements are water soluble, so taking little bits every ½ hour is vastly more effective than taking handfuls of them infrequently.  Keep a large bottle of each at home instead of waiting until you’re coming down with something to pick them up.

Watermelon

Wondrous Watermelon

Your acupuncturist wants you to know…that watermelon is a potent Chinese herb that will help you survive the summer heat. That may sound obvious, but honestly, if you have trouble surviving the heat of summer, I highly recommend eating a bit of watermelon daily. It’s also helpful to remember that many inflammatory issues are at heart, a heat response. So, we can
feel worse during the summer months because nature is heating our already overheated bodies. Watermelon will chill and hydrate.

Some conditions which may benefit from eating watermelon daily during the heat: Depression, Anxiety, Acne, arthritis, eczema, colitis, diverticulitis, and asthma.

 

And here’s a note from Dr. Sheehan:

“The Horrible Flu Experiment:

So a couple of weeks ago, while I was down in Florida, right after I was done teaching, I suddenly came down with the flu. Of course it was Monday, Memorial day, and I couldn’t get my supplements. Suddenly, I got a wicked fever. My whole body ached. I was dizzy. I was exhausted. At first, I didn’t even realize I had the flu. I hadn’t had it in years. During my times when I had lots of immune problems, I had gotten lots of colds, but no flus. Needless to say, it totally took me by surprise, and I felt like
complete garbage. I have new respect for my patients who say that they get the flu. Something good did come out of it though. One of the things that we learned in Nutrition Response Testing Advanced Clinical Training was that Cataplex AC was the go to supplement for the flu, both respiratory and bowel versions of the flu. As soon as we got back to Lancaster, Laura tested me, and lo and behold, I needed Cataplex AC. So I took it. I felt better in about 20 minutes. So what’s the moral of the story? Always
keep these supplements on hand, and start taking them if you feel like you’re getting sick. Take them while you call my office for an appointment, to make sure we get the exact right program to handle your immune situation.

At the first signs of a cold-3 Congaplex, and 6 Antronex per hour

At the first signs of a flu (bowel or upper respiratory)-3 Cataplex AC and 3-6 Antronex per hour.

Hope this helps next time you feel under the weather!”

 

Here is Laura’s food journal for the last couple of days:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

6:30 AM: coffee with butter, 1 PB meal bar

9:30 AM: 2 pieces of sugar free chocolate, 3 pork rind banana fritters

11:00 AM: 1/2 of a diet pepsi

1:00 PM: 1 naked burger, ok it had homemade mayo on it, baby carrots with hummus

4:00 PM: protein shake with coconut milk, whey protein, blueberries, strawberries, and carrot greens

Monday, June 6, 2016

7:30 AM: coffee with butter, pork sausage with fried onions

12:30 PM: Himalayan buffet – lettuce, cucumber, vegetable dishes, spicy chicken balls, lentils in cream sauce, 2 veggie pakoras, mint chutney, onion chutney

3:00 PM: 1/4 of a diet pepsi, black tea

 

 

Herb

Immune System Protocol

By Dr. Keith Sheehan

What is the best immune system protocol? Lately, lots of patients have been asking me, “what do I take when I’m sick?”  The correct answer, of course is “we test you, then tell you what your body wants, and you get better quickly.”  However, when you’re getting sick, time is of the essence.  When you first start to feel symptoms, the bacteria or virus that is making you sick is actually at a very low count.  However, that viral/bacterial count tends to increase exponentially, and by the time people get here to get tested, they’ve got a full blown cold or flu.  So this is what you take while you’re driving to the office to get properly tested :).

These are supplements that everyone should have in abundance at home (have a big bottle of each), and take as a general immune system protocol at the very first sign of illness. Do not wait until you are “sick”!  Take them when you think “I wonder if I’m coming down with something?”  By the time you think “I’m sick”, it’s too late.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! A stitch in time saves nine!  And so on…

Congaplex-This is the most broad based immune system support.  It supports your body in fighting bacteria and viruses alike.  Take 2 every half hour until you feel all better, then take 6/day for 2 weeks to rebuild your immune system.
Antronex-This doubles your liver’s filtration rate, so that your body rapidly cleans out the debris that you make when you kill off bacteria and viruses. It basically makes you feel better faster.  Take 2 every half hour until you feel all better, then take 6/day for 2 weeks to rebuild you immune system.

Both of these supplements are water soluble, so taking little bits every ½ hour is vastly more effective than taking handfuls of them infrequently.  Keep a large bottle of each at home instead of waiting until you’re coming down with something to pick them up.