Friday, October 16, 2009

H1N1. i know you're not worried, but now you really don't have to be

just got emailed a little chain letter of preventative measures. i am, by nature, it seems, good at preventative measures (coffee addiction, check, allergy induced frequent nose blowing, check) here is the list.

1. Frequent hand-washing

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

because i am extremely immature, i am laughing hysterically at the thought of snot clearing yoga (see #4)

and we all know that laughter is the best medicine of all.

day end postscript: all of life is good for writing, but it is the crappy bits that are best of all. (it's what i comfort myself with when i run across ridiculously difficult people ;) thankfully i know just enough of them to keep me writing, but am surrounded by many more fabulous ones who enrich my life beyond short story fodder.

1 comment :

  1. hey you! great tips. looks like h1n1 is what Ian had. Good times.

    So far, with my regimen of throwing every toy he touches into the dish water, plus lysol-ing and Clorox wiping everything to death, and washing the sheets daily, the rest of us have stayed well.

    I do, however, have a bit of a scratchy throat this afternoon.

    Dang it.


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