How to Prevent the Cold & Flu

Looking to prevent the cold and flu? Have you ever wondered why some individuals come down with the cold or flu that is going around the office whereas others don’t? Or how some folks seem to recover quickly from an upper respiratory infection whereas with others it may linger on for days or weeks? Is it just a matter of washing your hands and trying to avoid contacting germs or are there other forces at work?

Check out our 3-minute clinic on preventing the cold and flu to learn how you can make sure you are prepared to get through the cold and flu season without getting sick.

“Welcome to the three-minute clinic at the Meltzer Wellness Institute, and today we are going to be talking about how to prevent the cold and the flu. You know the cold season is upon us, it’s that time of year, the beginning of November, middle of November, into the wintertime and into the winter season. So you are going to see it all over the place, you are going to see upper respiratory infections, you are going to see colds, you are going to see coughing, you are going to see ear infections, you are going to see tonsillitis, you are going to see bronchitis, so what’s up? Why is it that eight out of ten folks in the Western United States and most of the United States during this winter season will have some symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. Have you ever thought about that? How is it that some folks get bronchitis? How some folks get tonsillitis? How some folks get laryngitis, how some folks get the flu and how some folks don’t or how some folks get it and stay sick for a week or two. So there’s a wide variation here, so let’s go into it. How do you get the flu, how do you prevent the flu, that’s what I want you to know today. What you are going to find out is from this series on how to prevent the cold and flu, is what you need to know to stay well, and how to prevent the flu. So let’s look at it. You know, it’s interesting most folks think they catch the flu, that’s pretty much what goes on. In my clinic I’ll hear people say, ‘oh yea I came down with something when I was at my granddaughter’s birthday party, or I went to the movies and people in the front row were sneezing and coughing, I was at the restaurant the waiter coughed on me, I went to a play and the people in the aisle behind us had a bad cold.’ So the mindset is that people generally catch the flu. Now that’s kind of metaphorically accurate— sure you catch the flu from the point of view that you get exposed to bugs and you get exposed to viruses, there is a germ factor in catching the flu—but what people neglect to realize is that you, the individual is the most important factor in whether or not you catch the flu or not. In other words, the germ theory of disease, which alleges that germs cause disease, set medicine back, in my mind, hundreds of years. Now why is that? Because it’s not the germ, it’s how your body interacts with the germ. You see there’s an agent, a germ, and a host, the body. So the relationship between the germ and the host, in other words, the relationship between the virus and the bacteria and your immune system, will determine whether you get the flu or not. So for example, if your immune system is strong and you’re vital and you’re potent and your energy is good and your metabolism is balanced and your body chemistry is strong and balanced, when you get exposed to common viruses and bugs you don’t get the flu. But what happens when your immune system is thinned out? What happens if your self-repair mechanism is not at the highest level? Of course then when you get exposed to viruses and bugs you get the flu. So, it’s kind of like seeing policeman at the scene of the crime. You see, oh yea policeman at the scene of the crime-did they cause the crime? Well no, but they’re at the scene of the crime. Germs are present but the key thing is your immune system. So it’s interesting even if you go back in history back into the 18 and 1900’s when there were plagues that devastated Europe, not everybody got the plague. You have to understand that, not everybody gets sick. So the difference between those who stay well and those who get sick is the immune system. That’s what we’re talking about, so I want you to understand something very simply. The best way, and the most effective way to prevent the cold and prevent the flu is by establishing and developing immune power. The ability of your body to be strong, the ability of your body to defend itself against agents like viruses and bacteria. That’s the key. Now, let’s review. How do you catch the flu, how do you get the flu? Is it an accident, is it something that just happens, do you catch it? No. You get exposed to viruses and bacteria, and when your immune system is thinned out that’s how you catch a cold and you tilt, basically. So tune in and stay tuned in we’re going to have a series of little talks here, three minute clinics, of what you can do, what you need to know, what to eat, what not to eat, what measures you take, besides washing your hands, washing your hands is not enough to prevent the cold an flu. That’s a standard form of therapy, but it is not enough to prevent cold and flu. So stay tuned in to the three minute clinics, the Meltzer Wellness Institute, Make Time for Wellness and make time to prevent the cold and flu.”

  • By John Catalina, July 20, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    Hi Barnet,
    I’ve watched all the videos and read all of your articles on this site. Really well done and a very potent message and I can see the direction that this site is headed. I have forwarded it to many of my contacts. Again well done. I want you to know that I attribute the time that we spent together and all that I learned to being a major contributing force in my wellness. I have passed on much of this to many people if not in content for sure in spirit.
    Best regards John

  • By meltzer, July 25, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    Hello John, great to hear from you and thank you for your thoughtful message. I am delighted to hear that you are doing well and I know that you play an important role in spreading the cause of wellness. There’s no way to deny it, wellness and Integrative Medicine are here to stay! John, please stay active in our new wellness community and whenever I can be supportive, well, you know where to find me. Keep it light and stay well. Warm regards, Barnet Meltzer

  • By Madonna, December 1, 2011 @ 12:23 am

    It seems I always had some sort of upper respiratory thing every fall. Then, I moved out of a house that had dogs. Seems I don’t get sick as much as I used too. I wonder if there was a connection between the dogs and my chest colds?

  • By Mad Dog, December 1, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    Interesting how you say the germ theory set medicine back 100’s of years. I see it from your point of view as well and I think this society we live in only amplifies the belief about germs. We keep pushing products to kill germs around us, but keep neglecting to inform people how to stay healthy even when germs are around…because they always will be!

  • By Emma Park, December 1, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    I’m so paranoid this time of year. I hold my breath or breathe out quickly if someone around me coughs or sneezes and I leave the area. I love Christmas shopping, but I can’t stand being around all of the people at the stores. I guess I have turned into a germ-a-phobe. But with me, I try to keep the germs away from me, but in addition I need to do other things to prevent sickness such as making sure my immune system is good.

  • By Patrick, December 1, 2011 @ 2:36 am

    My wife swears by ginger tea. Fresh ginger that she grates into a cup with some honey. It’s a bit spicey, but she really believes it will wipe out any cold she gets within a day or so. She starts drinking it at the first sign.

  • By The Turtle, December 1, 2011 @ 3:09 am

    I’d like to think my kids are healthy. I feed them well and they are active. I don’t let them eat junk either. But they sure do bring home a lot of coughs and sneezing from school. I can generally take care of them, but I usually pick up at least one infection a school year. My problem is it lingers for weeks.

  • By Debbie Zois, December 1, 2011 @ 4:28 am

    Prevention is the important message here. I take a daily vitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, and I eat well. Since I have been doing this, about 2 years, I have only been sick once and I recovered very quickly. I also like to immediately rest my body if there is any sign of sickness.

  • By Rodney Hampton, December 1, 2011 @ 4:55 am

    I’m a teacher and the cold and flu season seems to be the entire school year. Kids are always sick, coughing, and sneezing. It’s amazing that I am not sick more often! I regulary wash throughout the day, eat well, and keep a positive attitude. It’s worked so far!

  • By Kevin Snow, December 1, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    So soon the season is upon us! I just go my flu shot last week, too. I’m not a big risk at getting it, but it doesn’t hurt getting the vaccine!

  • By meltzer, December 1, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    thanks for sharing your thoughts! as a follow up to this post, here is a recent article that outlines the foods you can eat and the foods to avoid to prevent the cold and flu http://www.maketimeforwellness.com/blog/5-foods-cold-flu/

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