The 7 Steps to Preventing Cold and Flu | Halloween Happenings

It’s cold and flu “season.”  You know what that means, right?  Kids go back to school, the holiday season begins,and people start stuffing themselves with candy corns.  Kids generally obliterate their immune systems by eating an entire bag of candy in one night, and next week will be the busiest week of the year in most pediatricians’ offices.  Happy Halloween!

Whether or not you choose to get the flu shot (don’t get me started), there are a few things you can do whenever you feel like you might be coming down with the cold or flu to stay healthy.  I have been following this plan for a year now and have managed to stay healthy.  No colds, no flu, no nothing.  Whenever I begin to feel a hint of the “kiddie crud,” I follow this plan to avoid getting sick.

I found this information in an excellent article written by Dr. Bill Falloon, head of Life Extension Foundation, in his article on how to avoid the influenza.  You can find further explanation and the related references in his article.  He hasn’t been sick in over 25 years, so I’m doing what he’s doing.  colds and flu 2

As soon as you feel something coming on, you can take the following steps.  As Dr. Falloon says, this is the equivalent of “unleashing a nuclear bomb” at the first sign of illness.   Timing is crucial; he recommends doing the following within 24-48 hours of the onset of symptoms:

1.  Take 800 mg of cimetedine (Tagamet) a day.  This will jack up your immune system fast by reducing your T suppressor cells.

2.  Take 9000 mg of high garlic allicin 1-2x a day.  You will smell like ass, but that’s better than feeling like ass.

3.  DHEA, 200-300 mg early in the day.  DHEA is a hormone that can strengthen the immune system and decrease cytokine response to viral infection.

*Note that I do not take DHEA because it interferes with my hormonal balance.  It makes me feel terrible.   Some 411:  DHEA generally converts to estrogen in men, but it usually converts to testosterone in women.  Not always, but usually.

4.  Lactoferrin, 1200mg because it increases killer t cell activity and helps ward off viral infections.

5.  Zinc, 48 mg every 2 hours.  Don’t do this for longer than a several days since Zinc can be toxic.  It basically stops the virus from replicating.  In other words, you can slow it down while your immune system finishes it off.

6.  Melatonin, 10-50 mg at bedtime.  Melatonin is a powerful immune booster, but it can make you drowsy.  You’ll enter the deeper stages of sleep to help your body get to work and recover.  I usually take about 15 mg for this purpose.

7.  Aged garlic, 3600mg a day.  Aged garlic has immune boosting properties which apparently work differently from the high allicin garlic.  I’m going with it.

There you have it.  I would encourage you to read the full article on these steps by Dr. Bill Falloon here.  Keep the above supplements in your cabinet for use as soon as you need them and you’re golden.  Good luck!

That’s all for today from South Florida, folks.  There are a few fun events going on around here that you should know about if you live in the area.  Lighthouse Point will have their Halloween event at Dan Witt Park on Wednesday, October 30 from 6-8PM.  If you live in Boca or Boynton Beach, you’ve received an invite from the YMCA of South Palm Beach County.  Have fun, kids.


The YMCA of South Palm Beach County would like to invite you to our Halloween celebrations! We would love for you to attend one of the events below (depending on your location):

On Friday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. please join us for Halloween at the DeVos-Blum Family YMCA in Boynton Beach. Enjoy hay rides, trick or treating, a Halloween show, and a pumpkin carving contest!

On Saturday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. please join us for Halloween at the Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca Raton. There is something for everyone at this party whether you brave your way through the Haunted House or take the kids on the Journey Through Oz Adventure.

Visit the YMCA of South Palm Beach County website for more information and registration.