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New Year Resolutions & Flu Prevention

Welcome to the D'Arcy Naturals January eNewsletter.

New Year Resolutions can be so overwhelming.... how can we manage to keep up with our inner resolve? We often want to make changes that we know would be good for us, but don't know how to follow through and implement those changes so that they stick. Recently I was asked to give a talk at the Young Presidents Organization. They asked what my 5 daily recommendations were for healthy living that were simple and doable, that could be incorporated into daily living without having to make drastic changes, yet would make a significant difference to wellbeing. This got me thinking about DAILY RESOLUTIONS for our health - and I've created a list that can help you start to build healthy habits in an easy and manageable way. Please see them listed below!

There is a lot we can doto treat and prevent Colds and Flu read below.

Very best wishes to you and your health in 07!
Geoff D'Arcy, Lic. Ac., D.O.M.


FIRST DEFENSE Supports the immune system at the first sign of attack

Supports the immune system at the first sign of attack in cold weather.*
This formula is especially effective during the first twenty-four hours of a common cold or flu. It includes herbs well-known for their ability to raise immunity and have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. fact, Chinese healthcare workers were given this during the SARS epidemic a few years ago in Southern China.

Common cold
Slight fever
Flu
Headache
Sneezing and sniffles
Slight aversion to wind

This formula is especially effective during the first twenty-four hours of a common cold or flu. The Eastern formula, Yin Chiao, is very popular in China. Echinacea and goldenseal, Western herbs well-known for their ability to raise immunity and have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. Recent studies on the inhibition of various strains of the influenza virus by elderberry extracts are also showing much promise. Colds and flu are among the most common ailments affecting our bodies, second only to headaches. However, prevention is the key to alleviating colds. A balanced diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, low in sugars and meat products helps to increase the body’s immune function. A body with a strong immune system will fight off most common viral and bacterial infections using its own defenses. Herbal medicines can help keep the immune system strong. This formula brings the most effective herbs from East and West together to help the body’s defenses fight off invading pathogens.

Ingredients
Honeysuckle flower, forsythia fruit, balloon flower root, great burdock fruit, field mint, lophatherum stem and leaf, schizonepeta stem or bud, licorice root, perilla seed, chrysanthemum flower, echinacea purpurea root, barberry bark, elderberry flower, goldenseal root.


Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

Prevention Summary
· Wash your hands.
· Improved ventilation.
· Cover your mouth, use a face mask.
· Avoid contact with someone sick during the first two to four days of infection.
· Do not share eating utensils and cups.
· Disinfect work and home

Self Help: Increase your immunity.

Physical exercise increases our immune resistance and enhances our adaptability to the environment. Eating a healthy nutritious diet and getting adequate sleep also have been proven to increase our resistance to viruses. Watch out for fatigue, overwork, and emotional stress these also are proven to make us more susceptible to illness. Our immune system is susceptible to stress. Use any stress-reduction methods (like yoga, massage or meditation) to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you drink too much or smoke consider stopping, your immune response will be greater.

Keep Warm. Keep your neck and chest protected from wind, drafts and cold. The Oriental medical perspective is that wind invasions make people more vulnerable to developing colds and flu and finally modern research may have found our why keeping your feet warm and dry may give us some protection from flu viruses progressing. According to the research of Professor Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre in Cardiff U.K., who says: "As soon as the weather turns cold, I keep my nose warm. The nose dries out in low temperatures or in dry air conditioning, and respiratory viruses become trapped and start to reproduce. We should all wear scarves around our necks and over our noses." The reason for the upsurge of illness each winter is that cold viruses are much more prevalent than we realize. For every person with a cold, there are two or three who have sub-clinical infections - that is, they have the virus is in the back of their noses but they do not develop symptoms, and may never do so. The body's normal immune response keeps them in check. During the summer, this works well and relatively few people who harbor cold viruses develop full-blown colds. In winter, however, the cold weather outdoors causes the blood vessels in the lining of the nose to constrict, a reflex mechanism to save heat. This reduces the blood supply to the nasal lining where viruses can gain a foothold and become established. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also hold this same belief. "The effect of the cold is that it reduces the flow of white blood cells, the body's immune response, cutting off the troops to fight the infection. The cold also slows the flow of mucus in the nose which is needed to trap the virus so you swallow it and destroy it in the stomach," says Professor Eccles. (4)

Use an herbal anti-viral, nasal rinse (some use a neti pot) with salt (non-iodized) or add some anti-viral herbs, would help rinse away a viral threat.

Begin an Herbal and Vitamin Supplement regime. (See below.)

Get regular Acupuncture treatments to boost your immunity and balance.

These self-help tips may sound like what your grand mother might have told you, but that doesn’t make them any less valid. Grandmothers have wisdom gained from experience.

Self-Help Summary:

· Adequate physical exercise
· Maintain a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, and get enough sleep.
· Mouth and nasal neti pot rinse.
· Watch out for fatigue, overwork, and emotional stress.
· Relax to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
· Stop smoking and drinking too much.
· Keep your neck and chest protected from wind, drafts and cold.
· Acupuncture. Get treatments to boost your immune system.
· Choosing less acidic foods raises the body's Ph and makes you less susceptible to viral infection.
· Start an herbal and vitamin supplement regime.

READ more about Flu and Bird Flu

5 Daily New Year Resolutions

Don't be overwhelmed with New Year's resolutions - break it down to what you can manage and keep track of on a daily basis.

1. Targeted Supplements: (e.g., My current program: Turmeric, Co-Q10, Multi-Vitamin, Fish Oils, Green Power) Target your regimen to your own personal goals.

2. At least 5-7 portions of (organic!) fruits and vegetables daily. Consider supplementation with Green Power, either in capsules or powder, to make sure you get at least 5. This is easier than it may seem - 1/2 banana is one portion, 1/2 medium apple is one portion, one whole medium apple is two portions! One small glass of organge juice, 4 oz. is one portion. Add salad or soup for lunch, and two side vegetables for dinner and you've reached the daily goal. Add a carrot juice, V-8 juice, for extra added insurance.

3. Exercise: make it fun! Vary your activities, walking, yoga, tennis, soccer, gym, classes, cross training. Daily exercise can add up to 4 years to your life. Getting outdoors adds an added benefit.

4. Relaxation: relaxation techniques, stress management techniques, prayer, meditation, quiet-time, wind-it-down and re-set the nervous system to calm after stress. A hot bath, reading a non-work related book, magazine, all are de-stressors.

5. Nourish your social network, call/meet/email/ a friend, family, religious community, club, political, cultural, volunteer. Strong social networks = greater health. Perhaps even pick up a hobby, or take an adult ed class. Try something new.


BUILD-UP YOUR DEFENSES with Protect Formua

Builds defenses before an attack; promotes healthy immune function during the cold season.*
This formula is for preventing and defending against repeated colds, sore throats, sinus infections, and coughs by promoting the immune response before upper respiratory infections develop.
Repeated upper-respiratory infections
Colds
Sinus infections
Chronic bronchitis, coughs
Aversion to drafts, wind
Sick-building syndrome

This formula is for preventing and defending against repeated colds, sore throats, sinus infections, and coughs. It promotes the immune response to halt pathogen invaders before they can create full-blown upper respiratory infections. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this formula serves as a screen or barrier against the invasion of pathogenic wind that disrupts lung energy and leaves us open to “attack”. The herbs in this formula boost protective energy and generate more internal energy as well. Historically considered more valuable than jade by the Chinese, the original name for this herb combination was Jade Windscreen. Some teachers in the West are now recommending this remedy to people who work in sick buildings to protect their bodies from environmental toxins. It can also provide a shield against the varied attacks to emotional well-being that can happen in any work environment that also weaken immunity. More and more studies are verifying that Astragalus root, the central herb of this formula, boosts T-cell counts and other important immune system functions.

Ingredients
Astragalus root, atractylodes rhizome, siler root.

ORDER PROTECT FORMULA HERE...

5 Daily New Year Resolutions

Don't be overwhelmed with New Year's resolutions - break it down to what you can manage and keep track of on a daily basis.

1. Targeted Supplements: (e.g., My current program: Turmeric, Co-Q10, Multi-Vitamin, Fish Oils, Green Power) Target your regimen to your own personal goals.

2. At least 5-7 portions of (organic!) fruits and vegetables daily. Consider supplementation with Green Power, either in capsules or powder, to make sure you get at least 5. This is easier than it may seem - 1/2 banana is one portion, 1/2 medium apple is one portion, one whole medium apple is two portions! One small glass of organge juice, 4 oz. is one portion. Add salad or soup for lunch, and two side vegetables for dinner and you've reached the daily goal. Add a carrot juice, V-8 juice, for extra added insurance.

3. Exercise: make it fun! Vary your activities, walking, yoga, tennis, soccer, gym, classes, cross training. Daily exercise can add up to 4 years to your life. Getting outdoors adds an added benefit.

4. Relaxation: relaxation techniques, stress management techniques, prayer, meditation, quiet-time, wind-it-down and re-set the nervous system to calm after stress. A hot bath, reading a non-work related book, magazine, all are de-stressors.

5. Nourish your social network, call/meet/email/ a friend, family, religious community, club, YPO, political, cultural, volunteer. Strong social networks = greater health. Perhaps even pick up a hobby, or take an adult ed class. Try something new.


Schedule your appointment on-line or call your practitioner directly!

In This Issue:

New Year Resolutions & Flu Prevention
FIRST DEFENSE Supports the immune system at the first sign of attack
Cold and Flu Prevention Tips
5 Daily New Year Resolutions
BUILD-UP YOUR DEFENSES with Protect Formua
5 Daily New Year Resolutions
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