Preparing for cold and flu season is very important. There are many types of viruses. They all behave similarly and have similar characteristics. Many things that help with one viral strain help with others, too. You could have a cold or flu or a more serious viral infection like meningitis, Epstein Barr (mononucleosis), chickenpox, shingles, or HIV and still benefit from similar nutritional support. This article is not intended as a substitute for medical care, diagnosis, and/or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Medical Doctor for questions about a medical condition.
Viruses spread in different ways, depending on the virus. Hepatitis C, a liver disease, is spread through body fluid. Influenza can be spread by coming in contact with the virus that has been left behind on an object or through the air. Immune challenges like bacteria divide to grow. Fungi grow in the body by spreading spores. But, viruses replicate differently once they are in the body. They attach to cells and then penetrate the cell. Then, these cells are unable to function normally.
Many viruses like the liver and replicate there. They can also get stuck there as the body is going through normal detox and healing processes. Viruses also impact nerve lines. This is why people often have headaches when they have a virus. The pain with shingles is because the nerve is inflamed by the virus.
During the flu season and if you have a history of viruses keep your immune system strong with the following tools:
Keep your cells healthy with a whole food vitamin C supplement like Cyruta Plus or Cataplex C. If you keep the cell wall strong viruses can’t penetrate as easily.
Echinacea Premium is an excellent support product for the immune system. Kerry Bone, the manufacturer of it says: “it is like putting glasses on the immune system so it can work better.
Calcium Lactate helps with fever and helps mobilize white blood cells to better fight off illness.
Vitamin D helps the immune system and is good for the bones. It can also help circulation, brain, and helps with calcium absorption. Fall and winter (times when sun exposure is less) are a good time to consider Vitamin D supplementation.
L-Lysine can help suppress viral expression and also help with tissue healing.
Wash your hands frequently.
Some foods can flare viral load. The foods that are common triggers are high arginine foods: nuts and seeds, nut butter, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, brussel sprouts, oats, and onions. Avoiding these foods if you suspect a virus can help your immune system recover faster.
Hope some of these natural virus relief ideas help you on your path to wellness!
Yours in health,
Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition and Food Science
There are many foods that can flare-up or lengthen a viral immune challenge. These foods are high in an amino acid (a normal component of proteins) called Arginine, and usually low in an amino acid called Lysine.
Arginine is not harmful, but if it is consumed in larger quantities than Lysine, it is known to stimulate viral growth. Lysine is suppressive to viral growth—some people even take it in pill form to prevent outbreaks of cold sores, etc. (Our practitioners can determine if Lysine supplements would be helpful in your case, or if other immune support would be more helpful).
The Anti-Viral Diet
(The following antiviral foods list of items to avoid is a suggestion, and not all of the foods will affect all people).
FOODS TO AVOID:
Pasteurized Dairy Products
*Avoiding sugar means avoiding natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. Two exceptions are Pure Stevia and Monkfruit with no added sweetener like erythritol or other sugar alcohols. No sugar also means no sugary drinks, including fruit juices.
FOODS TO ENJOY:
All Meats, Including:
Only These Fruits:
Raw Milk Cheese
Most Vegetables, Including:
Seafood & Shellfish
You’ll see that there are a lot of nuts and seeds in the AVOID list. There are also three vegetables to avoid: onions, brussels sprouts, and corn. This is all because they’re filled with arginine.
As with any immune challenge, limiting SUGAR is essential to strengthening your immune system and speeding up recovery. Sugar feeds all the bugs: viruses, bacteria, fungus, and parasites.
The Anti-Viral Diet is very powerful, and is more important than any supplements, herbs, or drugs in your quest for improved health (although done in conjunction with anti-viral, food-based supplements, you’ll have quite a potent healing combination).
There was a woman who was a patient of mine back in 2008, and her stomach was very sensitive; she couldn’t take any pills. She would get dizzy often, and that dizziness would sometimes turn into vertigo (dizziness is sort of being off balance, whereas vertigo is like the earth is repeatedly flipping you upside down). I found a viral immune challenge in her stomach and in her ears with the biofeedback technique we use. She couldn’t take my supplement pills due to her poor functioning stomach. I put her on the Anti-Viral Diet, and within four months she was extremely happy—her symptoms were gone! She was well, she was better: it was fantastic. She stopped coming in for appointments, but I ran into her a few years later at the grocery store and she said she was still doing the diet (it isn’t always a requirement that you do it forever!), she was still doing well, and her symptoms had not come back.
Viruses can cause all types of weird symptoms: skin rashes, fatigue… the virus can be stuck in an organ, causing the organ to cause the symptoms that that organ causes. We use this diet all the time at the office and get people better by its use quite often, so we’re big fans of it.
So if you feel like you’re not getting to the cause of your fatigue or depression or something like that and you think it might be a virus, you can do blood tests. You can run panels for these strange viruses, viruses called retroviruses, which stay in your body for a long period of time and cause trouble the whole time, though they might lay relatively dormant or your symptoms might be less or nonexistent for periods of time. Epstein-Barr virus is an example of that. Cytomegalovirus is another.
It typically takes many months to knock the viruses out.
One of the kickers about viruses is they live in your cells, whereas bacteria and fungus and parasites live around your cells. If you’re on anti-viral supplements, drugs, or herbs, and you’re doing the Anti-Viral Diet, and let’s say the virus is in your heart or in your brain or in your liver, it may take four months or it may take six months or it may take a year—but this virus might very well have been hiding in your body for years, flaring up from time to time, making you sick, causing problems. That’s why this is important.
Have you asked yourself, or your doctor, health practitioner, holistic doctor…. How many grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat should I eat?
How many calories should I eat per day?
What should I eat?
Doesn’t “everyone” need a probiotic, fish oil, calcium, etc?
The answer to all of these questions is really the same.
We all have a body with many variables; Gender, age, body composition, etc. We are each unique.
Different environments (current and growing up), different genes, different foods and water consumed, different toxic exposures, different immune systems, different metabolism. These differences make the needs of each person variable. Meaning not everyone is deficient in the same nutrients. Not everyone burns the same amount of calories per day. There is no one size fits all diet.
Here are some things we all need.
We all need nutrition. We all need some supplementation. We can’t get everything we need for health from the food we eat. We all require healthy fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals to survive. We all require clean, healthy water. But, the needs of each person are unique.
Come and see us or talk to us on the phone. Let us help you. Let us develop a nutritional program designed for you as an individual. See how you feel. If you feel better and symptoms improve we have another success for ourselves and you. No harm can come of feeding your body well.
Our testing methods and nutrition recommendations work because we are supplying foundational needs of the body with whole food supplements. We help you correct the function of the organs by supplying vitamin and mineral needs. We help you find the cause of the problems and symptoms you might be having. And, we help you correct the reason why they are happening.
Toxins are all around us. Metals and chemicals and other hazardous compounds are in the air, our food sources, and water. With toxic overload comes many problems: nutritional deficiencies, digestive imbalance, hormone problems, headaches, weight gain, pain, fatigue, skin problems and more. The human body uses many pathways to detoxify. That’s why we decided to have a far infrared sauna here in Ann Arbor because the skin is one of those pathways. Sweating helps the body to eliminate these substances.
So now, in our new location, we will have a High Tech Health Far Infrared Sauna to help you on your path to detoxify your body and improve your health. Far infrared is a natural band of light that is not visible but can be felt as heat. Sweating in a sauna can assist in the removal of harmful waste products. This low EMF sauna could help with cardiovascular health, immune health, pain relief, relaxation, skin health, and weight loss. This sauna promotes circulation, helps with oxygenation to tissue, and promotes healing.
Far Infrared Sauna Recommend Use:
The individual infrared sauna is safe for daily use. A good start with using the sauna as a support tool to health would be 30-minute sessions (sometimes a person needs to work up to that amount of time) three to four times per week.
When it comes to your health you are your own best advocate. You know your body better than anyone else.
To guide you on that path, we would like to help you make the best choices with supplements you take. We want to be your nutrition authority.
General health supplements, such as Vitamin D, Calcium, and Magnesium are sometimes recommended by Primary Care Doctors or you might decide it is a good idea to take one of these. If you want to know which one is best for you – ask us. We can test you and get you on the best product and dose specific to your needs.
The product lines we carry are made from whole foods and impeccably sourced. Dr. Schmidt has visited the manufacturing facilities of almost every supplement line we carry. The product lines we carry are, in our opinion, the best.
If you ever think: “I need some Echinacea for this cold.” Or, “I think I should get some probiotics.” Think of our office as a source for you to buy those products. If you are a patient in our office – you can purchase any product we sell. It is always best to be tested by your Practitioner for a supplement. But, we carry many different products for your health needs.
We are a group of individual Practitioners who work and learn together to help you with your health problems. We help you find solutions and improve your health. We come from different backgrounds and have different degrees. We have Chiropractors, a Nutritionist, a Pharmacist, an Occupational Therapist, and more on staff to give our patients the most complete care possible. We share information and our knowledge with each other.
What we do:
We use muscle testing and computer testing (Health Express Test and Meridian) to uncover the cause of your symptoms. Muscle testing is a non-invasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs. It involves testing the body’s responses when applying a pressure to a large muscle. A muscle will be strong/locked or weak/unlocked. This can be used to test the function of organs, food sensitivities, and the body’s response to herbs, supplements, and other remedies. We can use this technique with adults and children. We can order blood tests and other diagnostic lab testing for wellness and prevention.
Where we are located:
Our office is in Ann Arbor. But, we also consult with people around the world by phone or Skype to lend our expertise to their health journey.
Patients come to our office at a variety of times. Some come when the solutions offered by their Medical Doctor are unacceptable to them. Some parents bring their children because they have seen benefits from what we do in themselves. Athletes and high achieving individuals come in to function at a more optimal state.
Our world today is filled with toxic foods, chemicals, metals and stressors that deplete your body of its nutritional stores. Coming to our office helps prevent these stressors from building up and causing problems. We can help with many health concerns. We have had success helping people with anxiety, depression, pain, headaches, allergies, general illness (colds, flu, shingles), heart problems, thyroid and hormonal imbalance, fatigue, poor sleep, digestive problems, weak immune systems, and much more. Nutritional solutions to your problems are a chemical free, natural way to help your body. Whole food supplements and herbs used effectively will repair damage and correct the problem.
Our process is intensive in the beginning. We typically see patients in the office weekly to stabilize health. We estimate most patients will feel anywhere from 20 – 50% better within three months. In the beginning, we are working on diet improvements and developing a nutritional plan using supplements and herbs to supply your body with the fuel it needs to repair. It can take months and sometimes years to heal damage to organs and tissue. Visits space out as you get better. A patient who is in a maintenance phase might expect to be seen in our office once every 3 – 4 months to re-assess their supplement needs, health changes, and re-evaluate.
Supplements (whole food vitamins/minerals, herbal products, detoxifying products, and homeopathics) are used on a case by case basis. Your nutritional program is designed specifically for you by your Practitioner for your exact needs. The supplements are the tool we use to address nutritional deficiencies that have developed in you over the years. Your diet will address anywhere from 60 – 80% of your needs. The supplements fill in where the diet doesn’t meet the needs of the body.
It is normal to have ups and downs as you are healing. There can be times that you feel somewhat worse as you are releasing toxins from the deeper tissue and cells of the body.
The finances of a nutritional health program:
Nutrition is not covered by insurance. But, nutrition is a vital part of health and vitality. We consider what we do an investment in your health for the future. If your supplements or visit costs are a concern to you, please tell us. We are on your team and we are here to help.
We are always trying to make your supplements economical for you. There may be times that you don’t use a whole bottle of a supplement. This just means your needs have changed. We may go back to that bottle later or you may be able to use it for specific health problems. But, if you didn’t need it, that is a sign that your body is doing better. It is a positive thing.
We look forward to helping you today and into the future with your health needs.
Yours in health,
Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition and Food Science