“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
“Do you want some opioids with those antibiotics?”
–Modern Pill Pusher Medical Doctors
Many modern doctors seem to have forgotten the most basic tenants of their Hippocratic Oath: “”First do no harm” (Primum non nocere) and “I will utterly reject harm and mischief” (Noxamvero et maleficium propulsabo)
Acute respiratory infections are the leading cause of death for children in developing countries. Globally, acute respiratory infections are the third highest cause of death, responsible for more than 4.25 million deaths annually.
Chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD) was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2016, killing more than 155,000 Americans. Almost 15.7 million Americans (6.4%) report that they have been diagnosed with CLRD.
So respiratory infections are a very big deal, and increasingly so: Even though smoking has been on the decline for decades and many industrial sources of US air pollution have been diminished, CLRD jumped from the 8th leading cause of death in America to #3 over the course of the last decade. I can’t imagine why. Ohhhh wait, yes I can:
Sooooooo, long and disturbing story short it’s more important than ever before that we take care of our respiratory health. If your experience is anything like my own, you’ve probably had persistent and occasionally overwhelming respiratory infections in recent years. At times these infections have left me exhausted and bedridden with cold sweats. Often I thought I had the infection beat only to have it flare up worse than before shortly after resuming normal activities. Occasionally these infections stayed with me for MONTHS, which seemed rather odd for a relatively healthy guy in his early 30s.
This “Crud Buster” recipe has really seemed to help as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. You can tweak the recipe as you see fit, but the basic ingredients I use are:
Fresh squeezed lemon
Fresh garlic (chopped)
Fresh ginger (chopped)
Apple cider vinegar
High grade honey or maple syrup
Grapefruit seed extract
High grade hot sauce
Assorted herbs beneficial for respiratory health and controlling candida
Now when I feel a respiratory infection taking hold I get proactive and try to “nip it in the bud” before it takes control of my life. Here is what I generally try to do:
*Cut caffeine and processed sugars out of my diet until the infection has passed.
*Limit outdoor activity, especially if it looks like something is being sprayed in the atmosphere we breathe. I also fire up my air filters.
*Limit screen time and physical exertion, both of which can hinder immune system function. Destress in general, since the stress hormone Cortisol hinders immune responses.
*Stay warm and put Vicks Vaporub on my chest and bottom of my feet before bed. I’m not sure why Vicks on the feet seems to help but it does!
*Nasal/sinus flushes with salt water and assorted essential oils.
*”Hot pot” steam therapy with various essential oils.
*Increase hydration and supplements like Emergen-C and Airborne
*Hit the Oil of Oregano and Zinc capsules.
*Start sipping on shots of Crud Buster throughout the day.
Following this protocol, I can usually whip a respiratory infection within 2-4 days. If I neglect to take care of myself these infections can take over and make my life miserable for weeks or even months at a time.
Do you have any tips for us or remedies you swear by? Please share in the comments!
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