The news is filled with stories of fearsome viral diseases such as Ebola, SARS, and MERS. While these diseases are frightening, right now we are more likely to be exposed to the viruses that cause Enterovirus D68 and influenza.
The Centers for Disease Control tells us that Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. The symptoms can be mild, like those of a cold or severe with wheezing and life-threatening respiratory problems. EV-D68 spreads like a cold by a cough or a sneeze from an infected person. The virus can also be found in fecal matter. Hands should be carefully washed when changing a diaper or using the restroom. Children with asthma may be at higher risk for severe respiratory symptoms.
Preventing Colds and Flu
Children, with their still developing immune systems, will catch six to eight colds per year. The average adult will get two to four colds a year. What we can do is work at preventing a viral illness, or at least shorten the duration, and reduce the intensity of cold symptoms.
WebMD tells us how doctors prevent colds and flu. The number one prevention tip is lots of thorough hand washing and regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
Sol-U-Guard Botanical Hand Wash and Sol-U-Guard Botanical Disinfectant both contain thyme oil and citric acid. Both ingredients are necessary because some germs are vulnerable to thyme oil and others are vulnerable to citric acid. Science Daily reports that when the antimicrobial power of eight essential oils was tested, thyme oil was found to be the most effective.
Made entirely of food-grade ingredients, Sol-U-Guard Botanical Disinfectant is safe to use around pets and children, and can be used on surfaces where food is prepared. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends the use of Sol-U-Guard Botanical Disinfectant on hard, non-porous surfaces including faucets, sinks, door knobs, countertops, high chairs, changing tables, toys, and any hard surface where big or little fingers repeatedly touch.
Herbs and Antioxidants
Traditionally some herbs and supplements are taken to help prevent colds and shorten their duration. Vitamin C and zinc are important for the maintenance of good health. Two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials tested a combination of 1000mg of vitamin C plus 10 mg of zinc in patients with the common cold. In both studies relief was faster with vitamin C and zinc than with the placebo.
Vitamin C, zinc with Oligo, Aronia, which is black chokeberry, and Astragalus can be found in both Activate formulas. Orange flavored Activate-C Immune Complex comes in individual powder sticks that can be mixed with hot or cold water. It does not contain Echinacea, but contains1200 mg of vitamin C.
Activate Immune Complex capsules do contain Echinacea and 550 mg of vitamin C. It is recommended to take Activate Immune Complex at the first hint of a cold or for up to three weeks at a time.
Daily exercise may reduce the risk of catching a cold. Our immune system contains special disease killing cells that can increase by as much as 50% to 300% with exercise. Some people, when they feel a cold coming on, will gently bounce on a small trampoline or rebounder for a temporary immune system boost.
If and when you come down with a cold, The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us to act quickly to shorten the duration of a cold and possibly avoid a secondary bacterial infection. Because colds are caused by viruses, most doctors no longer prescribe antibiotics for the common cold. T36-C5 is effective against viruses. You can dab one drop of T36-C5 every four hours directly under each nostril. Cool Shot Fresh Breath Spray also contains T36-C5 tea tree oil, along with bacteria inhibiting xylitol.
Health Maintaining Practices
You do not have to be at the mercy of cold and flu viruses. Practice "defensive healthy living." Wash hands thoroughly, avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose, sanitize frequently touched surfaces, eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, take your vitamins and supplements, and practice daily stress reduction, along with a bit of exercise.
~ Richard M Barry
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Flu, Colds, and Viruses Testimonials
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Last winter my husband and son-in-law got horrible colds. They were miserable! Well, I knew I did not want it so I immediately started taking Melaleuca's Activate C. I enjoy the drink version nice and cold. My husband had had this for a week already and I finally talked him into drinking a cup once a day for four days. He kicked it and was so grateful! My son-in-law didn't like it and is not great about taking pills either so his lasted much longer. I also love the Hot Shot Breath Spray and the Honey and Lemon cough drops when I feel myself getting a sore throat. Most times it stops me from getting sick! The Activate-C is on sale with a coupon during November so needless to say I ordered it to have it on hand for the upcoming season! Thanks Melaleuca!
Melaleuca is our prescription for health. For almost all of our 21 years as customers we have escaped colds, flu, and all of the illnesses going around. We have taken the vitamins: sometimes Vitality Total or Vitality 6 or 4, but always the Vitality Pack plus several other supplements. We have been toxic-free all of this time with Melaleuca cleaning and personal care items. All of this allows our immune systems to stay strong and resist viruses. We do keep Activate on hand in case we begin to feel a little sluggish but we no longer have the colds, bronchitis, sore throats, etc that we had before. Melaleuca is our major health plan!
I am writing about my mother-in-law's experience with Melaleuca supplements. For years she took supplements from the pharmacy and/or health food store and she always got a flu shot. But she always got the flu and every cold that went around. Since starting the Melaleuca supplements just over 3 years ago, and she also stopped getting the flu shot, she has not had the flu nor has she had a cold. She will be 95 in just a few months! She says that everyone remarks about her good health. Thanks again Melaleuca!!
I am happy to share how much Melaleuca products have helped me stay well in cold and flu season. First of all I take the Vitality 4 and Coldwater Omega-3s to boost my immune system, and use the Clear Defense hand sanitizer. I love how it smells and it is the only one that does not dry out my hands and uses our Melaleuca Oil instead of harmful chemicals. I wash my hands frequently with our Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap or the Sol-U-Guard Botanical Hand Soap, as they do not dry out my skin. At the first signs of the sniffles I put MelaGel in my nose and gargle with warm water with sea salt and a drop or two of our Melaleuca oil in it. This always knocks out whatever virus is trying to take hold. I use the Sol-U-Guard Botanical spray around the house, especially if someone comes in with a cold, then I spray the air, handles and surfaces liberally. I have started drinking our Melaleuca Herbal Tea regularly now that the cold and flu season is here. I cannot recall the last time I had a cold. I am so grateful for our Melaleuca products for keeping me well, and for this wonderful newsletter that teaches us so much about them. I frequently help others find solutions to their health problems by consulting the fabulous Melaleuca Wellness Guide. Thank you R.M. Barry!
Living in a northern New England area, we are susceptible to colds and flu this time of year. It seems every fall I get a cold trying to get adjusted to the temperature changes. This year at the onset of a scratchy throat and stuffy nose I started taking my Melaleuca Activate. I can take it alone or use the packet in my Melaleuca Tea, In addition to that, an occasional CounterAct Cough Drop. Within one day the scratchy throat was gone and within two days no more stuffy nose. I make sure I am taking my Vitality vitamins regularly and a cup of Melaleuca Herbal Tea a couple of times a day. My symptoms improved so quickly I never felt tired or impaired. I also feel that staying on my Vitality vitamins helped to support my health. I have to give credit to Melaleuca for providing us with healthy ways to stay fit and live life to its fullest. Thanks,
I have not had a cold for more than half a day, or the flu (no flu shots!) and no ear infection (my nemesis) since I started taking Vitality 4. I don't take any other precautions, like antibacterial soap or cleansers. My immune system is working and I just don't get sick anymore. Thank you, Melaleuca, for such an effective product!
Whenever I feel like I have the start of a sore throat or cold coming on, I make myself a hot Melaleuca Herbal Tea and add one sleeve of the Activate C and a teaspoon of natural honey. Tastes so good and is really comforting. I do this a couple of times during the day and usually feel like a million bucks the next day.
My family calls me "the healthiest family member." It's no wonder: I have been taking Melaleuca vitamins since October, 2010. I take them faithfully, twice a day. It seems like I have a great resistance to all the bugs that come along. Thanks, Melaleuca and R.M. BARRY, for all the fantastic work you do
I'm sure my story is like many others. Melaleuca products just really work. With severe thyroid disease I had a low immune system and got sick easily. After starting Activate I have not even had a cold since Jan of 2009. I recently had a test done by my Naturopathic doctor. She said the test showed my immune system is very high. I had a second test done at another office and was told considering my other health issues it is amazing my immune system is so high. I teach a Sunday school class with small children so I am frequently around sick children yet I stay healthy. After a few years friends began to approach me asking "why do you never get sick? What do you do differently?" I have introduced them to Activate and now they won't be without it. I have had friends with cancer that have their doctors recommend that they take it to keep their white blood cell counts up. So thankful for activate the Melaleuca tea and daily Vitality.