Measles, Chicken pox, Mumps, Colds, Flu & more
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
When most people think of treating infections, they think of antibiotics. But antibiotics
only work against bacterial infections.
Most common infections, like colds and flu, are viral
and antibiotics have no effect on viruses. Most coughs, sinus problems, ear infections, sore
throats and other common contagious diseases are viral in nature, it's a waste of time
and money to treat them with antibiotics.
Viruses don't just cause colds and flu. Chicken pox, mumps and measles are all acute
viral infections. There are also chronic viral infections like herpes and more serious and
dangerous viral infections such as smallpox, hepatitis C. Epstein Barr, SARS, AIDS and
The reason serious viral infections raise concerns is because modern medicine has very
few effective antiviral drugs. Most drugs only relieve the symptoms of viral infections. So,
when it comes to viral infections modern medicine focuses its efforts primarily on trying
to create immunity to them through vaccines.
It is important to understand that a virus is very different than a bacteria or fungus. A
bacteria, fungus or yeast (like Candida albicans) is a single celled organism. It feeds and
grows, then divides to reproduce. However, viruses are not cells! They are pieces of DNA or
RNA wrapped in a protein coat, having none of the structures or processes that cells have.
So, there is some debate about whether viruses are alive or not.
That is because
outside of a living cell, a virus is inert. In order to replicate itself, a virus must enter a living cell and hijack cellular mechanisms that make copies of the DNA
or RNA. So, a virus has no "life" outside of another cell. It doesn't grow or metabolize
nutrients or perform other functions that cellular organisms do. This means you cannot"kill" viruses in the way one can kill a bacteria or fungal cell.
How the Body Deals with Viruses
Your body combats viruses in several ways. First, the innate immune system, found
primarily in the membranes of the digestive and respiratory system is designed to destroy
foreign material (like viruses) to prevent them from ever entering the body. So, a healthy
intestinal and respiratory system forms a protective barrier against most viral infections.
If a virus is able to get past the in innate immune system, then the adaptive immune system
takes over. It produces substances called antibodies that attach themselves to a virus and
render it inert so it cannot enter cells and disrupt their normal functions.
Natural Antiviral Remedies
Because you cannot "kill" viruses, there are no broad spectrum
antiviral drugs or herbs. Herbs that have broad acting activity
against viral infections are those that support natural immune
function. They boost production of white blood cells and antibodies, strengthen mucus membranes and increase white blood cell
activity. This helps the body fight infections of all kinds—viral,
bacterial and fungal.
This is one way herbal remedies have a huge
advantage over pharmaceutical
Preventing Viral Infections
Prevention should be your first
priority, because it's better to not get a viral infection in the first place than it
is to treat one. Basic hygiene, such as
washing your hands or covering your
mouth when coughing is the first line of defense.
added protection, Silver Shield Rescue Gel makes a good
You can also make your disinfectant soap by
adding essential oils like eucalyptus, myrrh, sandalwood and
thyme or the Essential Shield or Guardian blends to Essential Shield Multi-Purpose
Concentrated Cleaner. Diffusing these essential oils in the air can also
help to prevent the spread of airborne viruses.
second line of defense is good nutrition
lacking in certain nutrients are much more likely to develop a viral
infection than people who are well nourished. Nutrients known to
help inhibit viral infeccions include vitamin A, vitamin C,
zinc and selenium.
One of the
reasons people may be more prone to viral infections
in the winter is because tehy have lower levels of Vitamin D3. This vitamin is considered number one nutritional deficiency in
America. It has been estimated that about 90% of the population
is deficient. So, to reduce your susceptibility to viral infections try
one or two 4000 IU tablets of Vitamin D3 daily.
Many people are so deficient that three or four tablets is better.
One can also take one or two gel caps of Vitamin A&D,
which contains 10,000 IU of Vitamin A 400 IU of vitamin D.
Vitamin A strengthens the mucus membranes, the primary
route viruses enter. If the virus cannot get past the mucus membranes and
into the body, you cannot get sick.
The following may be helpful in combating viral infections by adding essential oils to Silver Shield Gel.
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