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Question  What are some home made remedies to prevent colds and the flu? Answer  As the weather changes, our bodies become more susceptible to catching colds and the flu. Some potential home made remedies to help prevent sickness include:   Good subject for the season ! My sister makes a solution using horse radish & God-knows-what-else to stay healthier in cold/flu season. Says it does perk you up during the winter as well as being a preventive for those who don't want flu shots. What I'm asking is : how many of you seniors do this also & what do you take ? I'd welcome ideas, what sites to go to for recipes, most anything ! Vitamin C in high doses. The root of all anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-histamine is Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). It's cheap and extremely effective. Dr. Andrew Saul   has an excellent presentation on this.  Do your research and look for the Chemist, LINUS PAULING (Noble Prize winner) and his discoveries about Vitamin C.   Dr. Robert Cathcart   cured thousands of people with all kinds of maladies, in a small CA town basically only with Vitamin C. I get the simple inexpensive tablets that are 1,000mg each...I take 2-4 tablets per day. I never get colds or flu. Ever.Try it. From Mayo Clinic on taking high dosage vitamin C:  ".......Possible interactions include: Aluminum. Taking vitamin C can increase your absorption of aluminum from medications containing aluminum, such as phosphate binders. This can be harmful for people with kidney problems. Chemotherapy. There is concern that use of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, during chemotherapy might reduce the drug's effect. Estrogen. Taking vitamin C with oral contraceptive or hormone replacement therapy might increase your estrogen levels. Protease inhibitors. Oral use of vitamin C might reduce the effect of these antiviral drugs.  Statins and niacin. Taking vitamin C with niacin, which might benefit people with high cholesterol, could reduce niacin's effect. Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven). High doses of vitamin C might reduce your response to this anticoagulant...".    I'm always against advice for 'taking a pill' for which this society has an obsession. Want to prevent colds? Diet, exercise, proper sleep, proper hand washing (or better, sanitizer). The stuff you should be doing every day. Elderberry in any form—tea, syrup, cough drops, tablets—a proven anti-viral.   Traditional Medicinal "breathe easy" tea. I have no health problems, this tea 3x a day for 3 days works wonder. Keeps the respiratory system clear, which I believe, helps me. This tea includes licorice root, and some people can not take that due, I think, to their blood pressure. Am not a doc, so not sure if that is the reason. Check first, but then if all systems are go, why not try it?  That’s exactly what I have done for years, and never get a cold, I also eat well, exercise, wash my hands frequently, take vitamin supplements and I am 79 years old.   Vitamin D3. It's not vitamin C that you need. It's vitamin D3 the sunshine pill. Ever since I started taking 2000 IU a day, I don't get colds. I've been doing this for many years. If I start to feel run down or I might be getting sick, I take double the dosage and the next day I'm fine again. Most people are deficit in D3, especially when the days get shorter and less sunlight. I didn't realize until I read this comment that I haven't had a cold/flu for about three years since I started taking 5,000iu's of vitamin D3 daily. My vitamin D blood results came back low and are normal now. Apple Cider Vinegar. I have gargled with Apple Cider Vinegar for years with any sign of sore throat or cold,  I also clean and wipe down surfaces when kids and I come down with anything we think may be contagious. Echinacea. Check w doctor first but whole herb echinacea and Vitamin C twice a day for 7 days immediately when you feel your first symptom. Also get more sleep and drink more fluids. Food supplements. I take daily whole food supplements that are fruit veggie grapes and berries as well as eating lots of fruits and veggies everyday. I rarely get sick and when I do which is maybe once a year it is very short lived. I also make a syrup of cut up lemons, cut up ginger root, and honey. You can take a few times a day and it will boost your immune system and heal you quickly. Chicken Noodle Soup. Homemade chicken noodle soup with onions and garlic , 600mg Motrin, orange juice, tea with honey and lemon Alcohol (For those who are interested in alternative methods).  This may not work for all, but my mother swore by it. Her daddy was a country doctor who carried a bottle of whiskey around in his buggy in East Texas - Hot toddy, lemon juice, honey, water an dark liquor - Brandy, Scotch or Whiskey. Make the first one weak, if you aren't used to the hootch, then make the second one stronger. Sip in bed and by the time you're done you don't care if you're sick or not! My grandmother also believed in a little honey, lemon and brandy for cold or flu.   
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Question Nutrition and physical activity are important parts of a healthy lifestyle when you have diabetes. Do you have some practical advice you can share with others?    Answers Move! Physical activity doesn't have to be viewed as punishment. Walk the dog, walk (don't drive) to the corner store, stroll a shopping mall. Find ways you enjoy to get yourself out and about. Its not a myth that movement helps keep blood sugar in control.       I was diagnosed as diabetic on 10/23/18. I was 65. My sugar # was over 300 and my A1C was 12.1. Today my sugar averages under 110 and my A1C is 6.1. They have cut the pills I was taking to 1 instead of 2 a day. I hadn't been to a doctor in 30 years and weighed over 220 lbs. at 5'4". I followed the doctor's advice for what to eat — I hate vegtables and love pizza. I gave up the pizza, bread, etc. (anything that tastes good) and eat string beans, pears, blueberries, unsalted peanuts, and food cooked without salt. I walk 2.3 miles every day with few exceptions. I lost 40 lbs. and went from size 44 pants and XXL shirts to size 36 and size L shirts. I could eat a frozen pizza right now because I still want it, but I don't. I feel 100x better and have 2x the energy. Again, I listened to the doctor and argued with her that I could not live without pasta...but everything she told me worked. Also, I could not have done any of this if my wife was not a saint and cooked all the right things for me and checked contents on everything we buy. I do now and then have pasta and pizza in less amounts than I used to...and they taste great.
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