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Posted by: SheriBerry, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 2:10am
I just have too many irons in the fire right now!  Things will be slowing down  very soon, but right now I have this sore throat which  just lingers.  I know it's not just allergies because I also have the end of a cold sore in my nose, which is also a sign of stress.  I know I need to up my vitamine C, but is there any other thing I can do to boost my immune system?  What about some teas?
I have been very compliant of late, so I can't  blame this on cheating much.  I've been eating small portions of  good quality beef,  salads of romaine, olive oil, walnuts, dried cherries... some grapes now and then ( they break my  face out.. I know this.. too much sugar)... lots of green tea..  dried figs...
I've been getting plenty of sleep and sleeping well... it will go away for a few days, and then be back.  I do have a stainless steel  water bottle that I fill up each day, and perhaps I need to wash it in the dishwasher more often.  I was filling up plastic ones, but I felt like that harbored germs....
anyway, thoughts on this???
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 2:13am; Reply: 1
make Mike s grandma s soup!
Posted by: SheriBerry, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 2:14am; Reply: 2
where do I find the recipe for that??
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 2:18am; Reply: 3
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/6/archives/00000014.htm
Posted by: SheriBerry, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 2:36am; Reply: 4
ahh!  thanks, Lola.. you are SO wise and find everything...

But.. I just don't EVER do garlic... so, I can't do Mike's grandmother's soup... I just about pass out when I stand next to someone who has been eating garlic and they breath on me when I speak to them.. I know this is just "part of life" and natural, but I just REALLY can't stand the smell of garlic on someone's breath, and therefore I don't eat it...  I'm definitely going to up my parsley consumption, though!
Thanks for the blog
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 3:17am; Reply: 5
too bad, cause it s a powerful antibiotic!
Posted by: SheriBerry, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 11:35am; Reply: 6
I know.. it's shallow.. but I just can't do it!
Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:03pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from cybrsheri
ahh!  thanks, Lola.. you are SO wise and find everything...

But.. I just don't EVER do garlic... so, I can't do Mike's grandmother's soup... I just about pass out when I stand next to someone who has been eating garlic and they breath on me when I speak to them.. I know this is just "part of life" and natural, but I just REALLY can't stand the smell of garlic on someone's breath, and therefore I don't eat it...  I'm definitely going to up my parsley consumption, though!
Thanks for the blog


If you are eating it too...you don't smell the other person.  ;D ;D ;D ;)

Debra :)

Posted by: SheriBerry, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:21pm; Reply: 8
yep yep yep, I know, Debra...

but it's just so unattractive to me when  someone blows garlic in my face that I  prefer not to leave that impression on others.... as I said.. I know it's shallow , but it's just my preference and choice...fresh breath is just one of my "things"....
Posted by: 992 (Guest), Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 6:40pm; Reply: 9
If I recall correctly, Astraglus is what we type O folks should take for the equivalent reasons that other folks take ecchinacea.

It might just be my suggestibility at work, but I'm fairly well persuaded that a couple of hits of astragalus (capsules) when I first feel the nagging onset of ... well... darn near anything... help me to stave it off.

Similarly, when I (rarely these days) actually get a full-blown cold or sore throat, taking astragalus, some extra C, and otherwise eating properly, allows me to get over it in just a few days. Contrast that with the usual 7- to 10-day misery that was standard for most of my life.

My experience has also been that many infections (bacterial or viral) don't just smite me once then run away. They always seemed to keep coming back two or three times with diminishing force, over the weeks following the initial bout. This I've attributed to the lifecycle of the given organism - the body gets the best of it, but some of the critters are in "hibernation" and so are not touched. Then, the stragglers (or the next generation, or whatever... depends on the kind of beastie) attempt to express themselves, and are beaten down by a prepared immune system that now has some relevant experience. By the third time, the body has the trick well learned and easily defeats the latest bloom.  Thereafter, the critters are either gone or incorporated into my overall fauna and no longer can bloom out of control.  I'm guessing, of course, but it's plausible and fits with what I've read over the years.

Anyway, all that to say that I've found a judicious application of astragalus (and C) to also diminish the symptoms of those secondary and tertiary resurgences.

On the other hand, don't overdo it. If you constantly fork the so-called immune modulators into your face, they lose their effectiveness (assuming the perceived effectiveness is real... which brings me to the next point...)

On the third hand, the recent press has been tending to debunk the supposed effectiveness of ecchinacea, so my astragalus success might be all in my head.

But it's a cheap thing to try, so why not.

YMMV

Kevin
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 6:51pm; Reply: 10
same with fenugreek....helps me every time!
don t ask why, but it does.....there must be a reason.
read something about its immune enhancing properties, years ago, and it works for me!
besides the blood sugar management and all.
Posted by: Jane, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 7:07pm; Reply: 11
NAP's Proberry Capsules really help your immune system.  They've done wonders for me.
Jane
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 7:11pm; Reply: 12
I wish I could order everything from NAP, but besides taking
ages to get here, the shipping is like buying double the amount!!
it s just prohibitive!
so I need to use my imagination and local resources.
or simply migrate up north! lol
Posted by: SheriBerry, Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 9:23pm; Reply: 13
Thanks, Kevin, Lola and Jane for your great ideas.... that's  JUST what I was  looking for.. and Kevin, I think you understand about the sore throat holding on a bit and returning.. just not quite leaving... I am going  to the HFS as soon as I get  these two kids off to college and settled.  
Thanks again for your great suggestions, responses and stories of your own experiences with this.. I've always wondered....

This doesn't happen to me often... just maybe once or twice a year when I have a lot going on...
Posted by: SheriBerry, Monday, October 29, 2007, 11:43am; Reply: 14
quick questions on the Astraglus and Fenugreek...  what form to you take it in?  Capsule?  leaves like tea?   how does one  consume it?
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Monday, October 29, 2007, 3:56pm; Reply: 15
Elderberry concentrate found in most health food stores provides most of the benefits of Proberry if ordering it is impractical. About the garlic breath, if you chew fresh parsley afterward it covers up most of the odor. That was a businessmans tip from Men's Health for business lunches. Just swipe some off the salad bar.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, October 29, 2007, 4:40pm; Reply: 16
I also suggest astragalus, which can be purchased in capsules, and if you can find a standardized potency option, that's even better.  Ask at your HFS.

NAP store has a couple of great product which are worth keeping  around the house.  The first is called Redoxa, which strengthens the immune system in general, and the respiratory system particularly:  CLICK
The other one is called Rekon Pro and is helpful when the immune system just can't seem to cope as well as it needs to.  CLICK

NAP's product, called ProBerry liquid, or caps, is the best elderberry product that I have used.  If you buy one in the natural foods store, make sure that it doesn't contain sugar, which suppresses the immune system.
Posted by: Jenny, Monday, October 29, 2007, 8:16pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from gulfcoastguy
Elderberry concentrate found in most health food stores provides most of the benefits of Proberry if ordering it is impractical. About the garlic breath, if you chew fresh parsley afterward it covers up most of the odor. That was a businessmans tip from Men's Health for business lunches. Just swipe some off the salad bar.

I have a vague memory that garlic can be purchased within capsules that you swallow whole, so there is no breath problem.I use a powerful tea tree mouthwash when I am troubled by my breath.
Jenny

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