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I recently wrote the following article for a local publication. Hope you enjoy it!

As we welcome the falling leaves of Fall season we also see the beginning of the flu/cold season. Flu virus and colds are the leading cause of absences in the work place during this time of year. We begin to wonder if we should take advantage of the many opportunities to have a flu vaccination. Some of us are trying to take measures to avoid getting sick and trying to decide what to do if we do become ill. Hopefully, this article will help you understand the flu, how to avoid it, and what to do if you do get it.

James Balch, MD and Phyllis Balch, CNC notes that during an epidemic, from 25 to more than 50 percent of the population can become infected with with flu. More than 200 different individual strains of virus can cause cold and flu, and strains of viruses are constantly changing, so vaccinations against influenza have been only partly successful in preventing outbreaks of the disease. Balch and Balch do not recommend flu shots in general. Their usefulness is questionable, and the side effects may be worse than the flu would be.

So what can be done to help avoid these seasonal illnesses? The following are suggestion I give to the people I see in my office regarding flu and cold concerns.
Stay hydrated from the inside by drinking the appropriate amount of water for you. A good rule of thumb is to drink one half of your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weight 150 lbs., you should drink 75 oz of water per day. The total amount of water consumed per day should never be more than 100 oz total.
Stay hydrated from the outside. Keep the inside of your house humid. With the central heat on, the air in the home becomes dry and the mucous membranes of the body dry out. This makes the mucous membrane more susceptible to contact with the virus.
Use a Neti Pot. This is a proven tool to greatly reduce illness from colds, flu, and allergies by keeping the mucous membrane of the sinuses hydrated and clean.
Reduce (or eliminate) consuming sugar – except for fruit. Did you know that sugar feeds virus and bacteria? Did you ever notice that many people begin experiencing flu symptoms shortly after Thanksgiving dinner? This year, cut down on sugar and don’t overindulge on Thanksgiving treats!
Go outside. Doctors and researchers now acknowledge that Vitamin D deficiency plays a prominent role in making people susceptible to virus and possibly even cancer. Exposure to sunshine is the most natural and best way to get Vitamin D.
Get plenty of rest.
Eat fresh seasonal food. Gerard Mullin, a Johns Hopkins Hospital internist and gastroenterologist notes, “It’s interesting that in the fall, root vegetables like yams and carrots, which are all very rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants, which play a huge role in immunity, come up in our diet,” he explains. “If you focus on eating seasonal fruits and vegetables, you’ll get all of the immune-boosting vitamins and minerals you need without having to think about supplements.” He adds that a wide variety of mushrooms, including shitakes and even plain old white buttons, have also been proven to improve immune function. And since, according to Mullin, it has now been firmly established that the gut is the center of immunity, he suggests regularly eating yogurt with probiotics, which help maintain healthy gut flora.”
Look on the bright side. Optimistic people have stronger immune systems.
Get moving. Walk 30 minutes a day, preferably outside. This is a great way to build your immune system, reduce stress, and get in a little Vitamin D.
Here are a few examples of remedies and supplements that are helpful during the flu/cold season.

Ginger tea. This is a staple in my family and very helpful for stomach upsets and clearing congestion in the sinuses and chest. Simmer fresh peeled ginger root in a pan of water. Strain out the root pieces. Pour into a cup, add a squeeze of fresh lemon, mix in honey to taste. Sip all day.
Echinacea. Begin taking this herb now. It is most effective in preventing virus and not as effective when taken after contacting an illness.
Andographis. A great herb that fights virus AFTER becoming infected.
Olive Leaf Extract. Enhances the immune system and fights virus and many types of infection.
Garlic. This has been referred to as “the poor man’s antibiotic”. Has powerful antibiotic and antiviral properties.
Reishi, Shitake, and Maitake extract. These are mushroom extracts that are immune boosting and essential for fighting the flu.
Remember that a fever is one of the major defense mechanisms the body uses against the flu. Viruses cannot survive well in a warm environment. The body uses fever to create a warm environment to fight viruses and bacteria. Don’t try to suppress a fever unless it is over 103 degrees.

These are all easy, inexpensive, and very effective steps we all can take to have a healthy flu and cold season.

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As I was lying here with a pesky little gastroenteritis virus, I decided to watch the movie “Foodmatters”. When I tell you I was greatly moved, that would be an understatement. I am wondering why I let the movie sit on my desk for months before I watched it. Why did I do that? All I can say now is that I am so glad I finally watched it.

I know many of you are as health concerned or more so than I am. I know that many of you have already seen this movie. If you haven’t seen it, let me beg you to obtain this movie from netflix, online at Foodmatters.tv, or any other preferred movie rental method you have. DO IT NOW. Then, gather the whole family (even the dogs and cats) and watch this together. If you are interested in health, if you sell health related products or services, if you care about humanity – WATCH THIS.

Did I mention that I really want you to see this? The thing is, I know this stuff (and so do you). But we don’t live as if we know it.

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I finally decided to have potato soup for dinner tomorrow night.  You will be surprised to see how creamy and delicious it can be without milk or cream.  The creamy base is made by blending together a portion of the sauteed onions, cauliflower, celery, and red potatoes.  This is a well combined starch meal.  It is easy to make and a favorite at my house.  

Don’t forget we are making cultured vegetables tomorrow night.  Everyone bring your shredded carrots or bring your carrots and we will shred them when you arrive.  If you are having trouble finding a quart jar, just let me know and I will have one there for you.  Please read up on cultured vegetables in your BED book.  There are so many health benefits derived from eating these veggies – and the other cultured foods.  It is very easy to learn how to prepare them.  

See you tomorrow night.

Kevyn

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I just read this article written by Dr. Mercola.  I was very interested in his comments about how our bodies  remember a “sugar hit” for 2 weeks!  It has also been interesting for me to realize that what we eat DOES alter our genetic make up.  Our DNA can be altered positively or negatively.  Just as sugar can be a negative stimulus for DNA, broccoli can leave a positive effect on the DNA – stimulating antioxidant and cancer fighting responses!  This is amazing!  We do have alot of control over our bodies, health, spirituality, and mind.  Now, for a recovering control freak such as myself, this is good news.

Click on this link below and enjoy this article.

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Everyone that has made the commitment to yourself to stop feeding yeast, bacteria, virus in your body – and have made the decision to stop sugar in all of its forms – today is all that matters!  Just take it one day at a time.  Here are my suggestions:

– just one little step at a time

-make the decision to not eat sugar today and do not worry about tomorrow.  sometimes you have to just decided minute by minute.

-if you eat sugar, do not distress yourself.  just get up, brush yourself off, put gratitude in your  heart, and go on with the purpose of not doing it again.  to get overly discouraged will not help you.  be grateful for the times you can resist.

-the first three days are the hardest.  i promise that the cravings will stop.

-read the Body Ecology Diet book, especially about candida and resisting sugar.  read about healthy snacks you CAN have.

-plan ahead for sugar cravings and be prepared with snacks or food you can eat to help you through.  don’t forget the flavored stevias, the xylitol in tea, corn chips and salsa, xylitol gum at the health food store (just make sure xylitol is the only sweetener), air popped corn with butter, and raw veggies.

-when you get a sugar crave, drink a couple of glasses of water, it will help greatly in reducing some of the crave.

-imagine what your life will be like when you feel better and keep that as a motivation to stay on the journey.kevynpage1

-call me, e-mail me, or reach out to someone else when you feel tempted and we will help you!  remember i am on this journey too and i totally relate to sugar craving!  i may need to call you.

I hope these suggestions will help encourage you.  YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!  Just stay in the moment and don’t worry about tomorrow.

We also talked about choosing healthy fats: butter, olive oil, coconut oil.  Read about them in the book.  Be sure to get plenty of these oils a day.  It is good for you and will help with sugar craving.

Add more vegetables into your daily meals.  On BED you can eat as much as you want.  This is not about being hungry.  

yours in health and courage,

kevyn

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I am so excited to see everyone tonight.  I have been cooking and preparing for our meal since yesterday morning! You can view the menu on my last post.  Mary Ann is bringing some additional stevia flavors to try in sparkling water.  It will be a fun adventure into some new territory for all of us.  Linda has a meeting and will miss this first night, but will join us for the remaining three meetings.  We will miss you tonight, Linda.  Pat is under the weather and may not be able to join us tonight as well.  We hope she gets better fast!

Final reminders:

Meeting tonight at my office at 5:30 until 7:00.  We will eat as soon as everyone arrives.

My address is:  4813 Larissa Lane, OKC

Telephone:  664-2666

If you have not already paid, please be prepared to do so tonight.

Later…..

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e_n_k2Did I mention that my little blog may change as often as my hair color/hair style?  I have had to change blog sites due to a spelling error on my part.  I misspelled the URL on the “journey to health and healing” site.  There was no way to correct it.  Anyway, drkevyn is much easier than the other.  All you have to do now is put this URL in you bookmarks, and you will be here.  Check in regularly as I will continue to post daily (almost) between now and the end of our class.  Please leave any comments or questions you have and I will respond promptly. 

The old blog site is still up.  Refer to it for information about the class, starting time, etc.  Let me know if you want me to re-send you the link for it.

This is a picture of me, Eli (the boy), and Frankie (the cat).  I am submitting this as proof that my hair can change !

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