2020 May 16 by Dr. Randy
Where’s the dirt?
Once upon a time, before the era of hand sanitizers and surgical masks (as long ago as 2019) doctors, and even the general public, believed that exposure to a wide range of bacteria was a good thing. There was even a name for this, the hygiene hypothesis. Exposure to dirt was seen as beneficial to create a strong immune system. Studies showed that children who lived on farms were healthier than their urban and suburban counterparts because of their exposure to farm animals and bacteria. Studies even suggested that washing dishes by hand was healthier than using an automatic dishwasher because more bacteria would persist on the dishes. Doctors discouraged the use of hand sanitizers and disinfectants. No more.
In our zeal to avoid exposure to a virus we have forgotten the protective function of the microbiome. However, it is still true that a wide ranging inner ecology of different bacteria is in fact beneficial to immune function. How can we maintain the microbiome in this disinfecting age?
Expose your family to dirt. Go outside in nature, tend a garden, go on hikes, encourage your children to play in the dirt. Since there are no organized sports, get your kids out of the house, shooting baskets, throwing a baseball, playing tennis, riding a scooter or skateboard.
Eat fermented foods: pickles, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchee.
Take probiotic supplements.
Fortify the immune system
Protection from a virus involves more than masks and social distancing. Keep your immune system strong and resilient.
Get adequate sleep.
Avoid weight gain that contributes to inflammation which in turn weakens the immune system.
There are benefits to the immune system from staying home. Many people have experienced a reduction in work stress. There is much less commuting and therefore much less pollution. The world has slowed down. Kids are actually reading books.
Of course, this is not to minimize the toll that the virus has taken. Many people are suffering from the loss of income and the uncertainty of their economic survival. And people have unfortunately died as a result of the virus with the accompanying stress of family grief. All the more reason to keep your immune system strong. Anxiety and fear has a weakening effect on immune function.
Take supplements that keep the immune system strong. Vitamin D, vitamin C, medicinal mushrooms, astragalus
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2014 December 31 by Dr. Randy
I wish you a happy and especially a healthy new year. My goal is to keep you at a level of optimal healthy throughout the year. Already the media and the pharmaceutical industry are predicting a severe flu season in a grand effort to sell flu shots. At the same time drug companies and flu vaccine experts are admitting that the flu vaccine will be relatively ineffective again this year because the predominant flu strains are not contained in the vaccines.
I encourage you to use natural methods to stay healthy and encourage a vigorous immune system for yourself and your family, rather than get ineffective and dangerous flu vaccines. Here’s a formula for success and personal health. Take a vitamin D3 supplement, preferably one that also contains vitamin K2. Your immune system needs vitamin D, and in the colder months vitamin D levels in the body drop with reduced sun exposure. Adults need 5,000-10,000 IU of vitamin D per day, and children need at least 1,000 IU per 25 pounds of body weight. Other immune system activators include astragalus, whey protein powder, medicinal mushrooms, and colostrum. A probiotic formula will also help the immune defense system fight off pathogenic bacteria and viruses.
All of these supplements are available through my website, www.cure-guide.com at the Emerson link on the home page. Click on that and register with the code word “doctor”.
Here are some brands I recommend all available through my site:
Designs for Health (DFH) Whey Cool protein powder
Immunoberry liquid for children (DFH)
Immunitone Plus for adults (DFH)
Vitamin D3 with K supplements include:
Vitamin D 10,000 capsules for adults by Metagenics
Vitamin D drops (1,000 IU /drop)by OrthoMolecular
Excellent probiotic supplementsa are:
UltraFlora Spectrum or UltraFlora Immune Support capsules by Metagenics
UltraFlora Children’s Chewable by Metagenics
Orthobiotic powder for babies and young children by OrthoMolecular
These probiotics are all formulated specifically for immune system support.
Have a healthy year and stay posted for heath updates and tips throughout the year.
2011 October 5 by Dr. Randy
With winter approaching it is time to start an immune system support program for you and your kids. For most people the most important ingredient is Vitamin D (1,000 IU for babies, 2,000 IU for kids, 5,000 IU for adults). Other supplements in the program for immune support can include whey protein concentrate or colostrum, Vitamin C, astragalus, elderberry, and medicinal mushrooms (ganoderma, reishi, shiitake, maitake, cordyceps).
This program can be taken in tandem with other antioxidant and detoxification supplements. My favorites of those are CoQ10, resveratrol, ALA, mixed tocopherol vitamin E, reduced glutathione. And don’t forget fish oil or krill oil for their antiinflammatory and brain function effects.
Have a great winter. and keep up the exercise program.
2011 March 10 by Dr. Randy
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere kids are back at school and winter weather is approaching. This means dealing with colds, coughs, and perhaps flus. Prevention is the key. The first step for parents to take during cold season is to build immune function in your children and create the highest resistance to infection possible. We can accomplish this by activating the immune system and encouraging resistance through a healthy diet, adequate sleep, maintaining exercise even in the winter, and using nutritional supplements.