You are likely hearing about the flu, which is hitting the U.S. hard this year. So far in Oregon, incidence is widespread but not outside the normal range. There is a big media push to get the flu shot, which looks to confer approximately 60% immunity against the current flu strains. Whether or not you choose to get the flu vaccine, it is important to know that there are things that you can do to prevent the flu from hitting you and your family.
Viruses are everywhere and spread easily through the air via our respiratory system by sneezing, coughing, and breathing, as well as through direct touch. To rid our environment of germs is virtually impossible. So then how do we protect ourselves from getting the flu this season? The solution is simple: reduce exposure and optimize the immune system.
We offer several preventative strategies available at 2bwell including:
Mucococcinum: A homeopathic preparation containing minute amounts of various strains of the worst flu epidemics of the 20th century. It is specifically formulated to help boost immune function and stimulate the body's own defenses to combat and prevent the flu and potent viruses. It may be used both preventatively and acutely. Clinical trials suggest this remedy may be up to 80% effective at preventing the flu.
Immune-stimulating herbal tincture: A botanical preparation of Echinacea, Astragalus and Glycyrrhiza, this combination has been proven effective in stimulating immune cells that fight bacterial and viral invaders. It is ideal at the beginning of any ailment to stimulate the immune system, and may be used preventatively.
Immune Nutrient IV: A new treatment offered by Dr. Ariel Mastrich at 2BWell, the Immune Nutrient IV is a 20 minute treatment that delivers deliver immune boosting nutrients directly into your bloodstream. This stimulates the immune system to increase white blood cells so they can combat foreign invaders immediately. This treatment can keep the cold or flu at bay, or hasten recovery time of a current illness. Ask your 2bwell practitioner about this treatment- many of us have tried it and are raving about it!
In addition, boost your defenses daily by following these 6 key steps: