Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Immune Support Issue Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
November 2010


As we enter into the holiday season we are also entering into what I call "The Sugar and bad diet Season". This naturally coincides with an increase in colds, flus, childhood ear infections, weight gain, digestive problems, as well as stress. For those of you on my weight loss program, keep the phrase "doctor supervised food plan" at your ready when well meaning friends and family foist their tempting treats on you. And for your own self control... well good health does require quite a bit of self mastery to avoid unhealthy foods and lifestyle habits. There is really no way around that.

For the majority of folks who will attend holiday parties and will eat foods that you already know are not so good for you, and will drink a little too much, etc, here at the very least is some ideas for immune support. I give out similar information every year but there is no harm in repetition I believe. And enjoy the spirit of love, friendship and closeness that the holiday spirit is intended originally to cultivate, and try to avoid the consumerism, stress, sugar and for some, the real loneliness that can occur when familial relations are strained.

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in this issue
  • Immune Support Tips for the Cold/ Flu/ Holiday Season
  • Astragalus, one of my favorite immune building herbs.
  • Chinese Herbs - Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum) to Boost Immune System and Prevent Cancer
  • Daily Dose of Echinacea Lengthens Life Expectancy
  • Kale! What is left in the Colorado November Garden!
  • Homeopathy for Colds and Flus

  • Astragalus, one of my favorite immune building herbs.

    Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, often in combination with other herbs, to strengthen the body against disease. Astragaus is an adaptoge, meaning it helps protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress. Astragalus may help protect the body from diseases such as cancer and diabetes. It contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage caused by free radicals, byproducts of cellular energy. Astragalus is used to protect and support the immune system, for preventing colds and upper respiratory infections, to lower blood pressure, to treat diabetes, and to protect the liver. From the University of Maryland Medical Center

    Chinese Herbs - Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum) to Boost Immune System and Prevent Cancer

    The interest of the modern Western world on the wisdom of the ancient eastern Chinese herbal remedy as a complementary or alternative therapy is rising and gaining popularity because of its holistic approach, emphasis on quality of life and prevention of illness by strengthening and restoring the body's immune system. by Elena Leong

    Daily Dose of Echinacea Lengthens Life Expectancy

    If you give mice two milligrams of Echinacea purpurea every day from adolescence onwards, the animals reach a greater age, researchers at McGill University in Canada discovered. Especially during middle age, which is when mice and humans usually become more susceptible to cancer, this plant supplement reduces mortality From the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

    Kale! What is left in the Colorado November Garden!

    One of my friends, Penny Sands sent me this article. Since kale (and some beets, and a few and I mean few cherry tomatoes) is all that is left in my garden right now I thought that an article singing the praises of one of my favorite (and yet often unsung) vegetables. Kale is SO versatile! Pull out the middle stem and put in your morning smoothie and you have just boosted the nutritional value by several hundred percentage points! Blend it into a soup, throw into a stir fry, etc. Enjoy the article!

    Homeopathy for Colds and Flus

    I post this article every season. It is a good one. Every household should have a homeopathic "first aid" kit for acute illness and injuries:

    There are several homeopathic remedies available to combat flu effectively. At the very first sign that flu is developing, take 1/2 tube of Anas barbariae (marketed under various brand names, including Oscillococcinum) every two hours, for a total of five doses. Combination flu remedies work in majority of cases if you take one in the first 4 to 12 hours after you start having symptoms. Follow the dosage recommendations on the label of the remedy you choose. If it's going to work, you should feel relief with a single dose From Holistic Online

    Immune Support Tips for the Cold/ Flu/ Holiday Season

    Now that the holiday season is approaching, it is a good time to come up with some tips for maintaining and supporting your immune system for the coming season.

    1. Diet - avoid sugar, alcohol , tobacco caffeine and food allergens as much as possible. Identification and elimination of food allergens is also important. Get adequate amounts of good clean protein.

    2. Avoid sleep debt. Lack of adequate sleep increases cortisol levels as well as depressing the immune system. I believe a good 8-10 hours per night is a healthy amount of sleep. In our culture it is rare for many us to get enough sleep and this goes especially for parents of young children. Parents of young children need to pay extra attention to the nutritional aspects of staying well since the sleep piece is so difficult to come by.

    3. Adequate hydration - everyone should be drinking 8 8oz glasses of good clean water OR 1/2 of your body weight in oz. Whichever is the larger amount.

    4. The following nutrients also help to support the immune system - probiotics (15 billion organisms per day for most folks), Vitamin C(4-6 grams per day), Vitamin D ( most of us are deficient - I usually recommend 5-6000 i.u. per day for adults and 2000 i.u. per day for children. Checking your blood serum levels is important to know whether you should be supplementing or not), and a good multivitamin.

    5. Manage your stress well. Meditation, yoga, massage, exercise, fresh air and good clean food and water.

    6. Most importantly of all, wash your hands frequently with soap and water before eating, handling food, and after contact with large groups of people. Teaching children to wash their hands helps to prevent the spread of colds and flus. Also teaching young children to cough and sneeze into their elbow is preferable to them coughing and sneezing into their hands.

    7. Be well, blessings and enjoy the season!

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