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Common cold, Influenza, Bronchitis & Pneumonia.

All of these conditions are infections of the upper respiratory tract caused by viruses, which are impervious to synthetic antibiotics. The immune & digestive system plays a large role in determining whether the body will fight off such infections.

Both the common cold and the "flu" are highly contagious because they can be spread easily by coughing and sneezing. Although both a cold/flu is rarely fatal by themselves, there is a vulnerability that makes a person susceptible to bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinus trouble.

The growing population of individuals with chronic lung diseases primarily due to smoking and immuno-suppressive drugs has contributed to further increases of chronic bronchitis and serious pneumonia, which have very high mortality rates.1

It is most important therefore to boost the immune system to prevent the cold or flu from developing into something more significant. It will also reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms.

Exposure to a disease-causing microorganism does not always cause infections in the body and result in symptoms. The immune system plays a major role in determining whether the body will fight off infection.

Upon the very first sign of cold or flu symptoms (watery nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, watery red eyes, general malaise) - or if individuals in close contact exhibit such signs - the patient should begin the recommended daily dosage of Factor Twelve:Opti-cillin and continue for the full ten day period until the entire vial has been depleted. This will assist the immune system in destroying such viruses and clear the infection before the on-set of disease.

Studies have linked malnutrition to viruses. Scientists have recently found the first direct evidence that viruses can mutate and become deadly because of nutritional deficiencies in the hosts they infect.2 If the nutritional status of the infected person proves to affect other disease-causing viruses it may turn out to be a factor in the evolution of more deadly forms of influenza, hepatitis and meningitis.3

It is recommended that Factor One: Bio-Immunizer be incorporated into your nutrition program during viral exposure. Those with a compromised or depressed immune system are subject to chronic colds, sinus infections and upper respiratory infections should consider taking Factor One: Bio-Immunizer as a preventive on a consistent basis, along with Life Essentials whole food concentrate multivitamin/mineral/herbal/enzyme formulation.

If the patient is experiencing an advanced stage of a cold or flu attack, Factor Nine: Liverzyne may be incorporated into the natural antibiotic regime noting precautions along with Suprema Dophilus a multi-species pro-biotic.

Ear Infections, There are three types of earache:

  • External otitis (swimmer's ear) is an infection of the external ear canal with itching, discharge or burning pain;
  • Acute otitis media (also known as bacterial otitis media) is an infection of the middle ear and usually preceded by an upper respiratory infection or allergy; and
  • Chronic otitis media (also known as serious otitis media) refers to a constant swelling of the middle ear.

A number of studies have confirmed that there are no significant differences in the clinical course of acute otitis media when conventional treatments are compared with placebos except that children not receiving antibiotics had fewer recurrences than those who did receive antibiotics.4

In fact, subsequent studies revealed that children with chronic otitis media who took amoxicillin experienced 2 to 6 times more recurrent ear infections as compared to those on placebo.5

Upon the first signs of ear infection, begin the recommended daily dosage of Factor Twelve: Opti-cillin and continue for the full ten day cycle until the entire vial has been depleted.

For prevention of reoccurring ear infections, the vast majority of patients with recurrent ear infections improved after removing food allergens from their diets.6

Fungal Skin Infections

Candida albicans is the most common form of yeast-like fungus. When it infects the oral cavity, it is called thrush. When it infects the vagina, it results in vaginitis. Athlete's foot, ringworm and jock itch also develop as a result of a fungal infection. Moist red patches anywhere on the body often indicate an infection by fungal or, in some cases, staph bacteria.

A depressed immune function is a leading cause of most fungal infections. At the on-set of a fungal infection begin dosing with Factor Twelve: Opti-cillin for the full 10 day cycle and consider using Factor One: Bio-Immunizer as a preventive. (Women should consider Factor Ten: Femtrac)

Food Poisoning and 'Traveler's Diarrhea'

Food poisoning occurs when a person consumes food containing harmful bacteria. Each year more than two million Americans report illnesses that have been traced to foods that were eaten. And this is just the tip of the iceberg! Up to 275 million of the cases of diarrhea reported annually are directly related to foods eaten.7

Cryptosporidium bacterium in the Milwaukee water supply sickened an estimated 403,000 and sent about 4,400 to the hospital.8 Another microbe, known as cyclospora, is suspected to have made more than 1,000 people sick in 11 states.9 Not a week goes by that the media does not report an outbreak of food poisoning somewhere in the United States, usually caused by salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, or E. coli bacterium. In fact, each year hundreds of thou-sands of Americans get sick with salmonella poisoning caused by a strain that is resistant to five

Symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, and cramps. If the patient suspects food poisoning, he should begin the recommended dosage of Factor Twelve: Opti-cillin and continue for the full cycle until the vial is depleted.

For those planning to travel to a foreign country or an area of poor water quality or sanitation, the prophylactic use of Factor Twelve: Opti-cillin 5 days prior to, during, and 5 days following visiting, may be useful.

Herpes simplex HSV-1 and HSV-2

Herpes simplex is a recurrent viral infection of the skin or mucous membranes. After entering the body, the virus never leaves it can only be kept under control so it will not break out in painful fluid-filled blisters that form around the mouth and/or genitals. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) while genital herpes are caused by the type 2 virus (HSV-2).

After initial infection - via direct contact with contaminated saliva, skin discharge, or sexual fluids - the sores appear two to seven days after exposure.

Recurrent eruptions are common and usually follow minor infections, trauma, emotional stress, or poor dietary habits.11

Current estimates indicate that 20 to 40 percent of the U.S. population have recurrent herpes infections.12

Not everyone exposed to HSV develops the disease. Persistent infections are seen in immuno-suppressed individuals. The cell-mediated immune system is perhaps the major factor in determining the outcome of herpes exposure.

Immediately upon the onset of cold sores and/or genital blisters, begin Factor Twelve: Opti-cillin in the recommended dosage until vial has been depleted.

References:

  1. Rubenstein, E, et al, Scientific American Medicine, Scientific Am., p 7, 1984
  2. Beck, M, Journal of Nature Medicine, May 1, 1996
  3. Ibid
  4. vanBuchen, FL, et al, Lancet, vol ii, pp 883-87, 1981
  5. Cantekin, EL, et al, Journal of the American Med Assoc, vol 266, no 23, pp 2309-17, 1991
  6. Family Practice News, vol 21, no 5, p 14, 1991
  7. Balch, JF, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Avery Publishing Group, Garden City Park, NY, p 180, 1990
  8. Manning, a, USA Today Cover Story, June 17, 1994
  9. New York Times, Health & Medicine Section, June 30, 1996
  10. Associated Press Report, May 7, 1998
  11. Rubenstein, E, et al, Scientific American Medicine, Scientific American, NY p 7, 1988
  12. Ibid