Cold and Flu Prevention

The common medical flu prevention is: wash your hands, sneeze into your sleeve, and get the flu shot. Here is an individualized flu prevention program I made up for a patient. Each program is individualized, but the idea is that there is a lot more you can do.

1) Good food

Mediterranean diet

No fast food

Avoid junk, sugar

2) Stress relief


Shield yourself from bad bugs and bad people

Practice saying no

Cultivate your spirit

4) Sleep

Sleep in cycles 1.5 hours

Nap 20 minutes a day

Relax between crises

5) Immune support

Avoid deficiencies in vitamins, zinc, selenium

Take a good multivitamin based on smell and taste

Take quantities of antioxidants as possible: colored fruits and vegetables, juices

Tai Chi, Qi Gong, breathing exercises 2 to 4 minutes a day

Stretching One minute every hour of work

Speaking Up and asking for what you need: accept rejection rather than assuming it.

Feeling rather than stuffing: channel your emotions into creative solutions

6) Immune blasters

Antibiotics: Save until last resort.

Kitchen spices: all volatile oils are somewhat bacteriostatic and antiviral

Garlic: kills everything that amoxicillin kills except pseudomonas (green mucus)

Alcohol based tinctures: toxic sludge / any alcohol use requires probiotic replacement

Immune cell boosters: Echinacea, mushroom mixes

Antivirals: licorice, lemon balm for viruses

Liver support: dark green leafy vegetables

Partial fasting (only vegetable stews)

Teas (based on taste)

Probiotics (REUT3, using SBC as a backup) (Emerson codes, call 1 800 654-4432)

Gentle laxatives: magnesium (muscle ache? Possible resolution, vitamin C (flu aid)

7) Moving the body

Castor/Olive oil packs (over liver, abdomen)

Lymph drainage massage (gentle rolling down to the throat from the ears)

Inversion (put your legs above your heart one minute every hour)


Lymph gland specific massage (any sore gland should shrink with gentle massage)

Visualization of movement

8) Animal/herbal complexes to support immune function


Alternatively eating intuitively

Astragalus/Sambucol/Berberine (EHB, SAMB8 from Emerson)

9) Creative protection

Visualize flu leaving the body, immune system moving it out

Generate a family ritual for ridding the house of bad bugs

As part of the family ritual, wash and remove shoes before entering

Wash commonly used surfaces with probiotics regularly. (SBC)

10) Conventional interventions

There is a time and a place for antibiotics

Decongestants can be antivirals: eucalyptus and menthol


1. You need: a large bowl, a large towel, 1 tsp cinnamon, cloves, ginger or turmeric. 2 quarts water, 1 box tissues.

2. Boil water, pour into the bowl. Add 1 tsp of your preferred spice. (Do Not over add, because these volatile oils can cause chemical burns. My personal failed experiment involved ½ cup of cinnamon).

3. Place towel over bowl. In placing your face under the towel, make sure that you leave sufficient cold air coming in the sides to avoid any burns. DO NOT BURN YOURSELF. If a burning sensation occurs, it will usually begin with the lips.

4. The goal of the treatment is to be able to inhale deeply, bringing the steam and spice to the lungs and up into the sinuses. When this begins to work, the sinuses will be begin to run freely. Blow very gently and wipe away mucus, continuing three rounds of one minute each under the towel. Repeat multiple times during an acute episode.


Warming socks are hydrotherapy (water healing). Using this treatment will help stimulate the immune system and relieve head congestion. As such, warming socks are often recommended for use during colds, flus, sore throats, ear infections, headaches, nasal congestion, coughs, bronchitis, and sinus infections. The warming socks treatment is best if repeated for at least three nights in a row.


1. It is imperative that before you begin this treatment that your feet are warm. This is very important as the treatment will not be as effective and could be harmful (think hypothermia). Warming can be accomplished by soaking in warm water for 5-10 minutes.

2. Next, take a pair of cotton socks and wet the bottom with cold water. Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly. (At this point, I soak the socks in icy water all the way up to the ankle, but I tend to run very hot.)

3. Place the cold wet socks on your feet. Cover with thick wool socks. Go to bed. Avoid getting chilled.

You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning. Many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment. In the case of a fever, I also wear a ski hat to bed to maintain body temperature. If I am experiencing head congestion, it is better not to wear the hat.

Nasal Lavage Instructions

Many people have chronic infections behind the nose, which are typically known as sinusitis, hayfever, or allergies. When you have a low-grade infection, there is a tendency to use up the body’s natural cortisone. This may result in an increased susceptibility to many kinds of infections.

The goal of the nasal lavage program is to reduce the chronic infection so the body can heal itself. Frequently antibiotics are not able to resolve these infections but the long-term use of the nasal lavage may prove extremely beneficial.

It is very important to follow all the instructions very carefully. Continue the routine until all symptoms resolve. This may take 3 to 6 months. BE PATIENT. For acute problems, perform the nasal wash up to four times per day until resolved. For chronic problems, it is usual to do the wash one or more times daily, continuing for several months.

Pain or bleeding after rinsing may mean that an infection is still present and so it is important to ask your doctor if you should continue with the program. Be persistent as it takes a lot of effort to rid your body of these chronic bacteria that may be producing the low-grade infection.


* Salt - sea salt is best * Filtered or bottled water

* Container or bulb syringe * Towel or washcloth

Directions: The technique, outlined below, may seem unusual at first. However, once learned, you will quickly realize how beneficial it is for sinus problems.

1. Locate a workable container. The pot pictured is specially designed with a spout that fits comfortably in one nostril. Alternatives you can use include a bulb syringe, a small flower watering pot, a turkey baster, or just a teacup (though the latter will be messier).

2. Fill the container with lukewarm salt water. The salt-to-water ratio is 1 teaspoon sea salt to 1 pint (2 cups) water. Filtered or bottled water is best.

3. Have some tissues within reach for this next part. Over a sink, tilt your head forward so that you are looking directly down toward the sink. Insert the spout into your right nostril. It is important that you breathe through your mouth. Turn your head to the right and let water move into the right nostril and exit the left nostril. Normally, you will feel the water as it passes through your sinuses. It is fine is some of the water drains into the mouth. Simply spit it out and adjust the tilt of your head.

4. After using a cup of water, repeat the above procedure for the other nostril.

5. To finish, expel any remaining water by quickly blowing air out both open nostrils 15 times over the sink. Avoid the temptation to block off one nostril, as doing so may force water into the eustachian tube.

For starting a fever, you can’t beat:


Hot fomentations increase circulation and decrease chest congestion. They are a great treatments for a variety of acute conditions including bronchitis, coughs, chest colds, influenza, asthma, gallstones, dysmenorrhea and insomnia.

Contraindications: Do not use hot fomentations over areas of decreased/absent sensation, hemorrhage, gastric ulcers, malignancy, peripheral vascular disease, conditions aggravated by extreme cold.

Caution: Speak to your physician regarding changes in treatment for patients with asthma or other conditions that are induced or made worse by cold applications.


2 Wool Blankets (polyester if wool unavailable, but not cotton)

3 Washcloths in a bowl of ice water

1 Sheet

6 Medium hand or face towels

Hot water bottle

2 basins - one for hot (near boiling) water and the other for cold (ice) water (alternately the wet towels can be warmed in the microwave, cheating but somewhat less messy).



1. Spread 2 blankets lengthwise on a bed and cover with a sheet

2. Place the two water filled basins and the hot water bottle nearby. Put two towels in the hot basin and a washcloth in the cold.


1. The person to be treated should disrobe down to their underwear and lie on their back atop

the blanket and sheet. Place the hot water bottle at their feet. Wrap the patient tightly with the blankets leaving the chest free.

2. Wring out 2 towels in hot water and apply them to the chest/abdomen. Wrap sheet and blanket tightly around the whole body "mummy-style". DO NOT BURN THE PATIENT. It is advisable to test the towel on the patient's arm prior to placing on the chest.

3. Place a cold wash cloth on the patient's forehead and place two more towels in the hot water

4. After three minutes, remove the towels from the chest and replace them with two fresh hot ones.

5. After three more minutes, remove the second set of towels. Have the patient sit up, and briskly rub the patient's back and chest for 30 seconds with one of the cold washcloths.

6. Repeat the process one last time (for a total of three cycles). After the last round of hot towels are removed, apply the cold friction to the whole body starting with the hands and arms, chest and back, then the legs and feet. Dip the washcloth into the cold water frequently during the friction rub.

7. Dry the patient and bundle warmly. Have them rest for at least 10 minutes or go to bed. If they are fighting an acute infection, this may help them to spike a fever and start the healing process.