Friday, February 11, 2011

Flu preventive measures

Some preventive measures to take
This is good info to pass on.

Subject: H1N1 prevention

*H1N1 prevention*

    The only portals of entry are the nostrils and  mouth/throat. In a
epidemic of this nature, it's almost  impossible to avoid coming into
contact with H1N1 in spite of all  precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so
much of a problem as  proliferation is.
While you  are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1
infection, in  order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms  and
development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not  fully
highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced  (instead of
focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1.  Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official

2.  "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any  part
of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3.  *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you  don't
trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in  the throat/
nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic  symptoms. Simple
gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling  with salt water has
the same effect on a healthy individual that  Tamiflu has on an infected
one. Don't underestimate this simple,  inexpensive and powerful
preventative method.

4.  Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day  with
warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or  Sutra Neti
(very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but  *blowing the nose
hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with  cotton buds dipped in warm
salt water is very effective in bringing  down viral population.*

5.  *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin  C
(Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with  Vitamin C
tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost  absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. *Drinking
warm  liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the  reverse
direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the  throat into the
stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do  any harm..

I suggest  you pass this on to your entire e-list.  You never know  who
might pay attention to it - and STAY ALIVE because of it.