There are two primary types of evidence that are generally accepted in modern medical research. A variety known as anecdotal or empirical evidence that in fact the first hand of the medical failures and successes, as interpreted by individuals and those treating them. These kinds of observations were the primary basis for selecting healing techniques in the “old world”. Simply put, healers experimented on their patients using their best educated guesses. They were using what seemed to work and stopped using what is not. Therefore, most of the data collected is subjective in nature. The state of medicines often strongly preferred scientific data that can be applied to many people simultaneously in a controlled manner. The results of studies are considered objective and reliable, because the chance influence of individual variables largely outside the mixture.
All this being said, I have an anecdotal account to share with you today. Why? Because I believe that there is still value in sharing personal experiences, provided they are presented in an appropriate context. Everything I’m writing about today has a foundation in both science and traditional healing. Most clinical studies on natural remedies (and many synthetic medications) beginning with historical documentation that the research on. This is why researchers travel to all ends of the earth to forage in the wild and a meeting with indigenous peoples. They hope the scientific reasons why old practices and medicinal plants “work” to learn. Once that data is collected, the goal is to refine and replicate in the natural substances patentable drugs that will ultimately cure / treat illness and a lot of money. But that’s another story.
My wife, let her mistress Healthy Fellow, working in a small office where two people recently contracted the H1N1 flu. The nature of her work is so great that she could not take time off from work to contact the bacteria were probably present in their shared workspace to avoid. In addition, recent weeks have been very busy and stressful during and after working hours. There was not much “down time” and she was sleeping fewer hours than normal. If you combine all these factors, the sum is a recipe for disaster. But there is another element that I must point out – this time we also had a family meeting that we needed to live in another state. An airplane flight was inevitable.
In the week prior to travel, the level of stress increased. It was at this point that Mrs H started to mention feel some pain in her throat and a bit of congestion in her chest and nasal region. This is when the panic kicked in! There were only a few days to the trip and certainly not enough time to work through a cold, much less an H1N1 crisis. Then she felt her worst, my wife looked at me and (almost) cried: “You are the Healthy Fellow this problem”. Talk about pressure!
So, here’s what we did. Firstly, I insisted that Mrs. H try to get a decent night’s sleep. I was only partially successful in this regard. I then appealed to the strength of each anti-viral, immune-boosting supplement we had in our pantry. Here is a list of what my wife kindly took a few days. I say “friendly”, because she has a hard time swallowing capsules and many of her questions I have quite a few, as part of her daily routine.
- Morning Cocktail - 3 softgels Anti-V and 1 capsule of NAC
- Mid-Morning - “Normally breakfast supplements’ + Extra Vitamin C and D
- At the end of the morning - 2 elderberry lozenges w / extra C and zinc (Sambucus Immune)
- Afternoon Cocktail - 3 softgels Anti-V and 1 capsule of NAC
- Nighttime - “Normal Dinner Supplements” + extra vitamin C and D
- Bedtime - Probiotics – Primadophilus Reuteri (1,2,3)
For intestinal immune cells (A) and after (B) L. reuteri SupplementSource: Appl Environ Microbiol. 2004 February-70 (2): 1176-1181. (A)
In total, Ms. H take about 5,000 mg of vitamin C, 10,000 IU of vitamin D, zinc 50 mg and 1,200 mg of NAC. Please note that only a short term regimen. Diet-wise, I strongly suggested that they cut down on any form of sugar, which was not too difficult, since they recently started a low carb diet. I also administered a nightly foot massage to further support her immune system and improve sleep quality. This also compensated for the annoyance of having so many extra pills and lozenges to take cake! (4,5,6,7,8)
For a longer story shorter, we took the plane trip, spent several days in a hotel (a germ incubator) and mixed with a large groups of people at various family functions – not to much shaking hands, hugging and kissing to mention. Somehow, whatever way, Mrs. H managed to fight the infection that stubbornly tried to use her body as host. And, by the way, I also managed to avoid getting sick!
Earlier I mentioned that anecdotal evidence should be presented and interpreted in a responsible manner. I’m not saying what worked for Mrs H (and I) will work for everyone. We just used some natural remedies that are scientifically validated and we had a successful outcome. It does not cost us much money, but it took some effort and patience. However, the reward of not ill and, more importantly, with the opportunity to address some cherished time with family and friends more than made up for the little inconveniences. My main reason to tell you all this is to remind you (as I was recently reminded) that staying healthy is a real possibility, even under the worst conditions. We are all stronger than we know. We just have to remember it.