[NAFEX] OFF TOPIC ..H1N1 avoidance

Jwlehman at aol.com Jwlehman at aol.com
Tue Oct 20 09:42:37 EDT 2009


Hope this message doesn't upset too many:  But you never know who might pay 
attention to this - and possibly STAY ALIVE because of it.

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS, RM, NB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) 
having clinical experience of over 20 years. 

The following message given by him makes a lot of sense and is important 
for all to know:
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global 
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 communications).

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 (tea, coffee, etc) 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.

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