How to avoid Swine Flu

How to avoid Swine Flu

Swine Flu has managed to create a major havoc in all the major cities and countries of the world. No other illness has been able to scare so many people in recent times. In spite of this, hardly anyone seems to know anything that is needed to tackle it in an effective manner. A large number of children too have been infected by Swine Flu. If you are a parent yourself and worried about what you can do to protect your young ones from Swine Flu – you can gain a lot from the info given below. Even if you don’t have kids, the following tips will easily help you to avoid Swine Flu and also guide your family members and close friends in avoiding it.

Wash your hands – although we all like to wash our hands on a regular basis, we forget to do that at times because of our hectic and stressful schedules. But this is a must to avoid getting Swine Flu or any other similar illness. Don’t forget to apply soap and wash the area beyond your wrists while washing your hands – take some time while doing this. You should use paper towels so that you can use them to turn off the tap as well as use them for drying your hands. This is handy as you will not touch any place where there might be some germs – these are the same kind of germs that were also present on your hands before washing them.

Follow etiquette and cover your mouth and nose – whenever you sneeze, you are releasing small globules of liquid. And very often these globules will contain the virus that is responsible for spreading illnesses among human beings. So don’t forget to cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing. You can use a tissue that should be discarded after you have used it. In case you use a handkerchief, put it for washing in the washing machine.

Take rest at home when not keeping well – try to take rest at home so that you can totally recover from an illness. Doing this will help you to get stronger and give you a chance to have lots of fluids in your body. But even if after this rest, there is no improvement in your condition then you definitely need to take the help of your personal medical care provider.

Don’t meet in crowded places – although you might like to socialize with other people, avoid meeting friends in crowded public places as viruses are totally active in such places.

Don’t touch your mouth, nose and eyes as much as possible – this tip is very important as germs can easily get into your system when you touch such parts of your body due to the presence of moisture.

Follow a healthy lifestyle – finally try to maintain a proper schedule in your daily life. Sleep well, try to avoid stress and have a proper diet.

All the above tips will help you in avoiding Swine Flu as well as unwanted stress caused due to the fear of contracting Swine Flu.

Alternative Medicine-Quackery or Real?

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As more focus is placed on the health of America, with obesity leading the way, it comes to mind that there are alternatives to traditional medicine. A rise in interest has given alternative medicine a place alongside Western medicine.

Alternative medicine includes a wide range of therapies from acupuncture to herbal remedies and homeopathic practices. There are even a few healers who claim to have the power of God behind them who do not adhere to any known practices in medicinal healing. One such healer calls himself John of God and practices in Brazil. He is said to be able to heal simply by thinking, touching, or performing atypical surgeries. John of God claims he heals through the spirits of doctors past and does not do the healing himself. His patients are of mixed opinions.

Some think John of God and others like him have a power to heal that is divine in nature and completely on the up and up. Others believe John of God to be heretic who is not what he appears to be and in fact, may be unstable. There is one common belief among the masses, though: they do feel changed by an encounter with John of God.

Acupuncture, an ancient healing method utilizing blunt needles at chakra  points throughout the body, is probably the most widely used and most trusted of the alternative therapies for illness. With a record dating hundreds of years and results that do lessen pain according to patient reports, it may be something to consider when one isn’t feeling up to par.

Basically, there are choices out their for taking care of your body, mind and soul. You just have to make the decisions based on facts and information to find the combination that works for you.

It should be noted that traditional, Westernized medicine should not be abandoned in lieu of the choices available. It may be beneficial though to heal more than the physical body. Alternative medicine is built on the belief that full healing comes from treating the whole individual and not just the physical manifestation of illness in the physical body. Science has already confirmed that prayer does indeed have a positive effect in patients during the healing process, but science has not yet determined that alternative measures should replace traditional methods.

It is my belief that the two could work in conjunction with one another in a manner that does promote healing more thoroughly. I believe we heal better, live longer, and are happier when our spirits as well as our bodies are attended to and our needs met. I think the addition of alternative medicine to a traditional medicine approach for all illnesses could increase the number of positive results seen. However, I do not think that alternative medicine can completely replace traditional methods nor should it. It is another faction of health care and not a separate entity of health care.

Before changing your health care regime, please check with your physician. The information in this article is not meant to replace medical advice, but only to inform. Herbs can interact with medications, so check before adding any herbal remedies to your routines.

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Eating Together

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Remember when you were a child and families sat down together at the table every night at the same time for dinner? You probably weren’t allowed to inform your parents you weren’t going to eat at that time or tell them you’d just skip because it wasn’t your favorite dish. Back then, everyone in the family was expected to clear the calendar for dinner, regardless of what important thing you had to do.

I can. I remember telling my friends I had to go, dinner was on and Momma expected me for supper. I couldn’t call home with an excuse from a cell phone (no one had them back then) and even if I had, I would have been in trouble the second I walked through the door.

Supper or dinner, depending on where you lived in the country, was an important activity and one not to be missed. Families used the time to connect, relax, communicate, catch up, and enjoy each other.

Then we grew up, got jobs, went to college, had families, and got busy. Unlike our parents, we didn’t insist on eating together once the kids started school and began to have schedules of their own. We stopped sitting down at the table and instead clamored for the best seats in front of the television to  eat. We stopped talking to each other, learning about each other’s days, and enjoying the comfort that comes with being with family.

And we paid a price.

If you’re wondering about that price, look around. It’s our health. Obesity is a huge American problem along with stress, heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes, and other dietary influenced diseases.

As we stopped having the family dinner and opted for the eat on the run alternative, we began to experience change. Fast food became preferred over a meal that took hours to prepare. Calories and balance were tossed and replaced with convenience and speed.

In our quest to keep up pace with everything we wanted to do, we stopped exercising and grabbed the car keys, even for those errands less than two blocks away! There was no stopping us-we wanted to do more, be more places, experience more simultaneously. And, we found a way to do it.

At first it was just a few pounds. We disregarded these as a part of getting older. Then, when our tempers shortened and demands on our grew taller, we said it was a part of aging, to be expected, nothing to worry about.

By the time we reached our 40s, many of us began to really feel the price we’d paid. Unlike our parents, who didn’t see as many heart attacks, strokes, incidences of diabetes, ect, until closer to the golden years of 60’s and 70’s, we began to need our medical providers earlier and more often.

That’s when it finally hit home. The family dinner was much more than just a time of day we ate. It was the release, the stepping back from our lives, we needed to stay healthy. Our parents understood this and made sure we had it.

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Studies back this up. Recent studies show evidence that teens have less stress, adults less depression, anger, and heart disease when a family dinner is part of a daily routine. Part of the reason this may be true is that we tend to cook healthier at home than we eat out in restaurants. Therefore, the family dinner helped control obesity, alleviating a vast number of problems we experience today.

Perhaps as concerns raise for saving the planet and living green, we should also consider that we are a part of the animal kingdom and therefore part of the planet that needs saving as well. It would only take a few adjustments to fit in an hour each night to eat dinner with the family. It might be a hard adjustment at first, and we’d probably feel as if we weren’t being as productive as possible, but that misplaced guilt would fade with time. And, we, too, would reap the benefits in health that our parents did.

Living green doesn’t just mean living in a way our environment thrives. We can’t fix the environment if we aren’t here. And, with current health habits suffering for a vast majority of the population, that is a real possibility.

Learn to live green by first taking care of you, then transferring that knowledge to the rest of the world.

Cleaning up the Air

After spending some time in the hospital for health problems related to breathing, I decided the first thing I should write about upon returning home this morning is dust and irritants in the air. For those of us living with COPD, Asthma, Emphysema, and Bronchitis, this is a major cause of distress. Yet, to date, the complete elimination of dust from the face of the earth is not possible.

That said, it is also important to remember that dust is not the only trigger for difficulties in breathing, It is simply one that can be easily controlled within our homes. It can’t be eliminated from all environments that might be encountered, but in our homes it is.

While I was sick, my family did the chore that created the problem: they dusted. I had always used the old cloth and can of furniture polish. My family, though, thought this was too much work. Instead, they used the Swiffer dusting system. From their results, I will be adopting this method.

The disposable dusters have an advantage over the old fashioned method in that less dust is plummeted through the air with every swipe. The heads for the duster already contain the optimal amount of polish and are treated to eliminate a larger amount of allergens. They are also safe to use on all surfaces, even computers. This is a big plus since I live my life on a keyboard.

The disadvantages of using Swiffer are, of course, the cost and the creation of additional trash for landfills, but the cost is outweighed when compared to medical bills due to the complications dust can create.

Swiffer is not the only system that uses replaceable dusting heads. Many companies now offer the same technology for the common household chore of dusting because we have become a society of convenience. No longer are feathers the preferred or even the most sanitary method of dusting quickly.

The feather duster, which is more modern than a cloth and polish, does little to control the dust in a home. In fact, these types of dusters tend to spread the dust. This is because they only remove the dust from the desired area and disperse it into the air, where it eventually settles on carpets and upholstery. Later, some of the dust left behind is vacuumed or swept up with a broom. If the vacuum does not use a hepa or hepa type filter, the remaining particles are scattered once again. With a broom, a larger amount of particles are scattered. This creates one large cycle of constant dust in the home.

The addition of an air filtration system to the home can help with the elimination of dust and other air pollutants. as well. In fact, after having researched the IQAir air purification system for the home during an earlier blog and taking into consideration my health care provider’s advice, I will be adding an IQAir purifier to my home to ensure better health.

My family will also benefit, although no other member of my family has breathing difficulties. I have learned that the lungs can be damaged easily. In addition, lung tissue cannot regenerate itself once damaged. The simple adjustments we are making as a family will help ensure that common pollutants in a home do not contribute to the damage of lung tissue in all members of the household. And, I believe that anything we can do to better the health of those we love is a worthwhile investment.

If you or your loved ones suffer from respiratory illnesses, whether chronic or acute, please spend some time investigating the options for cleaner air in your home. You can find a multitude of products available at very reasonable prices at EZ Vacuum.

Cleaning Without Breaking the Bank

As I sat around the house today after spending most of the morning cleaning up after the family, I got to thinking about how we clean. Today, we have so many options to choose from when we peruse a website or a store for cleaning supplies. There are products for just about every single job and every little cleaning task seems to require a different cleaner to get the job done right.

When I realized what the implications of this simple fact were, I comprehended just what it could do to a pocketbook in short order. This little bit of information had me longing for yesteryear when things were simpler. With the economy continuing to struggle in the middle of a slump, the last thing I usually have money for is cleaning supplies. In fact, most of the time, there isn’t money for a lot of other things either.

This is resounded in countless of American homes in a time when unemployment is rising and gaining new means of income is getting harder by the hour. Yet, we all want our homes to be clean and to reflect at least some semblance of normalcy when nothing else is stable in the world around us. How to combat the cost of living and cleaning when incomes don’t match what they once were is of utmost importance.

Therefore, instead of continuing the series I have planned on green living, I decided to take today to give some tips on how to clean economically while managing a budget as well. Some of these ideas are tried and tested by generations long gone and others are ideas I have used or that my neighbors have been kind enough to share with me.

I’ve mentioned and many readers have suggested the wonderful properties household white vinegar holds in the realm of cleaning. This is truly a standby from the past that works as well or better than commercial brands.

Plants are the best (and one of the cheapest) air fresheners around. Not only do they lend a subtle scent to the room, they also clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen for us to breathe.

Vanilla isn’t just a great spice to cook with in the kitchen. I love to place shallow dishes of vanilla under the couch and in one corner of the room out of the way to lend a touch of old fashioned charm to my home.

Club soda is great for removing stains from carpets and curtains. It’s gentle and very inexpensive to use. Just rub it into the spot and blot dry. While it won’t work on really set in stains, it’s a lifesaver for fresh ones.

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set about in the refrigerator and sprinkled on cat litter boxes can do wonders for the scent of those areas. It absorbs odor and neutralizes them so no unpleasant smells linger. I also sprinkle my trash cans with this.

Salt and lemon juice make a great scouring compound that not only smells good but removes a lot of grime easily. Just use gloves as the acidic juice can be murder on the hands. Also, salt will sting any cut, no matter how small.

Newspapers make great window rags and clean stainless steel well too. The shine left behind won’t show signs of lint as some other paper products will and it gives another use to the stack of papers that lay around after reading the news.

Old t-shirts too stained or torn for wear are wonderful cloths to use for dusting. They won’t leave lint behind and they won’t scratch delicate surfaces.

Those unmated socks also have other uses. I love to use them as wash mitts for the dishes. I just turn them inside out and wash as I would with any other cloth.

If your looking to keep the heat or the cold inside your house, you can use old socks filled with rice. These effectively keep drafts from entering or escaping areas you don’t want them in. These also double as great heating pads when warmed in the microwave and placed wherever you have need of a little heat.

When vacuuming, I prefer to use generic vacuum cleaner bags rather than name brand. The performance is no different than the pricier brands and the cost difference is significant.

I also choose hepa type filters as these meet my needs just as well as true hepa filters which are more expensive This saves on my pocketbook and still gives me a clean home.

For most items, soap and water is still the best way to go. I use these simple items to clean walls and cabinets. I use only hot water with a bit of bleach added for mopping my floors and for cleaning toilets and bathtubs. Both of these are cheap and easy to use. Just remember that the bleach has to be diluted with the water and it doesn’t take much. One part bleach to 10 parts water will clean quite nicely without a strong bleach smell. Ammonia can be used the same way, but must be diluted.

It is also very important to note never to mix bleach and ammonia. The results can be deadly. Before you mix any cleaners to make a stronger one of your own, be sure to check the components. If either of these is present, do not mix it! The odorous gas mixing bleach and ammonia together is toxic and will burn your lungs.

If ever in doubt, use plain soap and water. It worked for generations past and it will work for you today. Otherwise, try some of these tips out for yourself and send your tips in on how to clean around the house without spending a fortune. I’d love to hear how you manage the best of both worlds.

Cleaning Everyday Keeps the Flus Away

With the scare of swine flu at the forefront of the news, many are left wondering just how to clean in a manner that will enhance the probability of not catching the dreaded illness throughout their homes. It is imperative to many to sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.

However, your cleaning methods really don’t have to change. Most of the eco-friendly cleaners found at EZ Vacuums are perfectly capable of providing adequate disinfectant properties while leaving your home fresh and clean.

The only surfaces you may want to really beef up your cleaning around are areas not normally cleaned on a daily basis in most homes. These include light switches, doorknobs, appliance handles, telephones, remotes and faucet fixtures. Basically, any surface touched by multiple people throughout the day. The reason these community surfaces are more at risk for bacteria and viruses is due to the high volume of touching required to use them.

Viruses, bacteria, and germs all rely on a common thread of survival. They are capable of being passed through community objects because they can all survive for several days to several weeks without a human host. This is known as the incubation period for a virus. It is the time it takes for the virus to become dormant and harmless prior to finding a human host to infect. Each virus has a different incubation period.

Then, once it has its new host, there is a short time span before symptoms of any kind are noticed. For instance, you wake up with a serious head cold one morning. Chances are, you’ve actually had the same cold for a number of days but no symptoms were apparent. Further, the probability that you contracted your cold through touching a community object either in a public place or your own home is high. The probability that you touched your eyes, nose, or mouth directly after touching the object is also high as these are favorite entry points for viruses.

In all likelihood, the illness was contracted in your own home. You children used the phone, then you did. Perhaps the virus that created your cold was one that your children brought home from school and transferred to the phone through touching it. The virus then lay in wait to claim its next host: you.

To prevent this, there are several commercial disinfectants on the market that are both eco-friendly and affordable. These compounds can be sprayed directly on the surface and then wiped with a clean, soft towel.

If you prefer, consider that a light solution of bleach will effectively eliminate these hungry little viruses quite well. Also consider that chlorine can kill entire ecosystems. So, be careful when deciding to use such a non-environmentally friendly solution to a problem that is really just a part of life.

In cases such as the swine flu and other little known viruses, fear is usually the driving factor to panic. And, this fear is usually unwarranted. As it turns out, reports are now claiming that swine flu is no more deadly than the more common variety of influenza seen every year. In fact, no one who has contracted it in the United States has died with the exception of the 2 year old Mexican boy who was visiting family members in the U.S at the time of his death. Everyone is recuperating as would be expected with any other flu.

New reports are also contradicting the early findings on the amount of antibodies that can be assumed to be within the population. It has been discovered that while the mutation which created the three strains of flu into one, every single individual strain comprising swine flu has been seen in the general population before. This indicates that recovery is quite probable and that many will not even become infected regardless of exposure since antibodies are probably already in place to prevent such infections.

I believe that the only reason this season’s swine flu created a panic is that patients were not being diagnosed and treated until after complications arose. All viruses can produce complications within susceptible individuals. This is why the common strain of influenza claims approximately 36 thousand lives each year. If we take care of our general health when no illness is present, then we should be just fine. Practicing good hygiene and managing our overall well being should be enough to keep us healthy.

This will be the last blog I write on this subject. It is important to see the true perspective this and all illness must be placed within in order to avoid panic. However, it is never a good idea to pound something into the ground. Remember, common sense is our most powerful defense and should be used when deciding our reactions to any situation.

8 Ways to Avoid Swine Flu

With the addition of more school closings and the raising of the level assigned to Swine Flu by the Who, many people are wondering just how to avoid contracting it. Fort Worth School District in Texas has closed its doors until May 11th. Dallas Independent School District closed an elementary school today for at least a week in connection with the flu. Cleburn has canceled classes in its schools, as well.

All schools closing are performing disinfecting of all surfaces in the schools in an effort to lessen the potential spread of Swine Flu. This is because the virus, like all viruses, has a period in which it can live on surfaces without a host. Then, it has a six to seven day incubation period before the illness is felt by the person who has contracted it.

Here are some ways you can help protect yourself and your family from the Swine Flu:

  1. Avoid close contact.

    Don’t get close to people who are already sick, no matter the reason they are sick. When you are sick, you should extend the same courtesy and keep your distance from others. This helps to prevent the spread of any illness.

  2. Stay home if you are sick.

    The CDC has recommended that you listen to the advice of your mother on this one. If you don’t feel well, then stay at home to rest and recuperate. Do not place importance on work or other issues. Place importance on feeling better. Rest, get plenty of fluids, and if your condition worsens, then seek medical attention.

  3. Cover your mouth and your nose.

    When you sneeze or cough, tiny droplets of moisture are released. (Ok, sometimes, not so tiny droplets). The point is that these droplets are where viruses live and how they spread from host to host. Use a little etiquette and cover your mouth and nose when performing these bodily functions with a tissue that you throw away afterward.

    If you cannot find or do not have a tissue handy, then use your shirt sleeve around the elbow instead of your hand to cover your nose and mouth. Then, make sure you launder the shirt as soon as possible.

  4. Clean your hands.

    Washing your hands will really eliminate most of the potential for spreading any virus, including Swine Flu. To wash properly, make sure you soap up past your wrists and that you wash for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. Rinse carefully and use a paper towel to turn off the water and dry your hands. This keeps you from touching surfaces that might have the same germs on them as the ones you just washed off.

  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    Germs love moist places. By touching your nose, eyes, and mouth, you are raising the risk of introducing germs into your body. Avoiding these areas will increase the likelihood of you remaining healthy.

  6. Practice good health habits.

    Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a nutritious diet. These simple things can go a long way to preventing diseases of all types, not just Swine Flu.

  7. Avoid large crowds and gatherings.

    Viruses love large crowds and gatherings. This is because there are a multitude of potential hosts as well as many people who are not practicing courtesies that create the spread of illness-i.e. Coughing and sneezing without covering the nose or mouth.

  8. Do not share cups or food with anyone.

    Saliva is passed through any contact with surfaces such as cups for drinking and bites of food such as hamburgers. Before you put your mouth on it, perhaps you should consider that not all illness can be seen. Get your own drink and your own food-don’t share it by eating or drinking after everyone else. It’s an infection waiting to happen.

Following these simple steps can go a long way in keeping you healthy during this outbreak of Swine Flu.

Swine Flu: True Pandemic or Panic?

After spending a few days doing research, I’ve decided that putting the feared pandemic of the Swine flu into perspective is the best thing we can all do. Before I explain what I mean by that, perhaps we should discuss the flu in question.

Swine flu is a flu that is usually passed from direct contact to swine to a human host. It is a dangerous and very aggressive flu that does have the potential to cause death in a large number of those infected. The best remembered incident of this flu is the break out of it in the 1970s.

However, here’s the problem. The flu that began in Mexico and is now spreading throughout several countries is NOT swine flu. This particular strain could easily be called Avian flu or even a really strong influenza strain of the common variety.

Let’s clarify: The flu that is spreading now is a new strain. It has characteristics, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), of all three so far mentioned flus. It is a combination of swine, avian, and human flu. Therefore, it’s technical name of H1M1 is a better name for the illness. This combination has never been seen and not much is known about how it will impact us other than it is responsible for several deaths in Mexico. It is also known that this particular strain is passed human to human-not bird to human or swine to human.

Before we panic, however, let’s look as some facts:

Living in Mexico is different than living in the United States or other countries. Each country has its own method of health care, level of living conditions, altitudes, and a host of many other factors. The fact that Mexico has a high altitude suggests that there may be more people there prone to respiratory infections. As such, this is a group that is more prone to other infections as well since those with respiratory illness are already combating a weakened immune system. This is true of anyone with any type of infection or other illness already present. And, this could explain why the H1M1 virus is wreaking havoc in Mexico whereas it seems more mild in other locations.

36,000 people die each year from influenza. The fact that only a small fraction of that number has died with H1M1 should be a comfort to those who are fearful of it. This doesn’t diminish the impact of those deaths as no death is less important based on how it occurred, but it does really put things into perspective when thinking about the numbers who die each year from common strains of flu.

Yes, the age range of this flu is different. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean much. Usually the old, sick or very young are among the highest number of fatalities due to flu. This flu has a median age of 21-45. That is unusual, but not unheard of—after all, when’s the last time you panicked over cancers that affect this same age group more than others? Do you walk around in fear of developing cancer just because it CAN happen, or do you do those things which may prevent it ever happening?

Now, let’s talk about what is being done:

Travel advisories are being issued for Mexico. This is because it is the hardest hit with the most number of people sick. It isn’t because anyone actually fears going to Mexico. Viruses need hosts to survive. The less hosts available, the less likely this will be a long term threat. Basically,the travel advisory is only in place to allow the virus to run its course with the fewest number of people around to play host.

Certain countries are banning the import of U.S. beef and pork. This is an unnecessary precaution and the result of panic. No swine here or anywhere else in the world has been reported as being infected. This illness is not being transmitted from animal to human in any way. So far, it is only being passed from human to human as is the more common flu. The only thing such bans will produce is a harder economic crunch for even more countries in a domino effect. This will be due to the simple laws of supply and demand that will change with the dynamics of an unnecessary ban on U.S. pork and beef. Besides, how did cattle enter the picture as H1M1 has absolutely nothing to do with swine?

The CDC and the WHO (World Health Organization) have moved H1M1 to a level 4 threat. This just means that it has potential to be highly contagious and may pose a higher risk of mortality than other illnesses if left to run rampant without treatment. That’s it.

Schools who have encountered this flu shut down for disinfecting purposes. This is a method of containment as children often spread a virus faster than any other group of people. They simply do not practice good hand washing and are often the ones not covering their mouths and noses when sneezing and coughing. That’s why children catch more colds and other illnesses.

Everyone complaining of having flu like symptoms are potential cases. These are the suspected cases that you hear so much about. However, this does not translate to confirmed cases. Cultures are taken for testing. The results of a culture are the only way of knowing if the illness is H1M1 or not conclusively. Not every sore throat, achy muscle, or cough is going to be H1M1’s fault. Keep in mind that suspected does not mean confirmed.

The border is being patrolled and the possibility of it closing is being considered. However, this does little to stop the spread of any illness as this is a human to human virus that has an incubation period of around 6 to 7 days.

What you can do:

Don’t panic. Don’t worry needlessly. This flu is like all others in that it can more easily attack a host if that host is worn down by stress, worry and other illness. These things lower your immune system’s resistance and increase your likelihood of contracting the very illness you worried about.

Do get plenty of sleep. Eat a balanced diet and exercise. These activities raise the ability of your immune system to ward off viruses and other illnesses.

Do wash your hands often. Germs can often live on our skin and be unnoticed. Frequent washing with a mild, antibacterial soap can do wonders to eliminate them.

If you really want to ensure a lessening of the germs you carry around based on what you touch throughout the day, use a hand sanitizer. These will help in between washings and give you a little peace of mind.

Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. These are favorite entry points of viruses. If you must touch any of these areas, make sure you wash your hands first.

If, despite all your efforts, you do begin to feel poorly, go see your doctor. Ask for a culture if you are concerned. Most of the time, you won’t have anything to worry about. It is still flu season and you may have only contracted the run of the mill variety.

If you do contract H1M1, it is curable. Just like any other virus, it does respond to treatment-which mainly includes the same as regular flu. Keep in mind that almost all flus kill because of dehydration and loss of important minerals and electrolytes. Just follow your doctor’s prescribed care plan and get lots of rest and fluids. Most won’t die from this illness. Or at least, not any more than would have with the more common variety by the time it is over.

Also, if you get sick, don’t entertain friends or go out in public as you will then help spread whatever virus you’ve managed to catch. Go to your doctors and take a break to care for you. That’s how you can help not only yourself, but everyone else as well.


Keep the H1M1 virus in perspective. Panic helps no one, least of all you. By practicing some common sense and basic hygiene and avoiding highly crowded places, you should be just fine. This really isn’t a flu that seems to be unstoppable. It is relatively mild in the U.S. and other countries with most recovering completely. Very few will have serious complications when you see the full scope of the problem.

Reports today say there are about 100 cases of H1M1 in the U.S. Only one toddler has perished due to it and only five have required hospitalization. Everyone else has recovered or is recovering as they would from any other flu virus and will return to their normal lives as soon as they feel better.

Take care of you and you should be fine.

Returning to Nature

Back when time began, no one knew about chemicals. If the earth didn’t produce it, it didn’t exist. Medicines were fresh and dried plants and cleaning consisted of using a plant named soaproot very occasionally in the river or whatever other water source was available. Natural means of elimination were used and areas set aside just for that use on the land.

As time went on, the human race got a little better at understanding the environment and began to work their surroundings in a way that proved beneficial. This process continued to evolve into what we do today. The problem arose with the inability to stop changing what didn’t need to be changed in our efforts to have every luxury the land could provide.

Horses became a mode of transportation and were used exclusively for many years. Then, someone figured out how to make a bicycle and a car. Horses simply couldn’t go fast enough for us anymore. With the introduction of the car came the first real explosion of pollution in the air. Factories had been the main culprit of this before we started driving.

In our homes, simple soaps and water were abandoned. We began to play around with mimicking nature and to create our own line of cleaning supplies. No one thought to check out the safety of the ingredients we were using. Some of the compounds we crafted were harsh and carcinogenic. We didn’t care, or so we thought.

As advancements were made in this area of human development, animals started disappearing. Plant life once so common vanished almost overnight. We taxed Mother Nature and she suffered the injuries as best she could.

Once it we realized the gravity of our act upon the laws of nature, we began to look seriously into the why of the whole mess. That’s where we are today. Searching for answers to reverse what we have done. And, in so doing, the cry of Jesus becomes more powerful : “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do”.

We are coming of age as a species. We are beginning to know exactly what we’ve done and realizing that we are accountable for our actions. Where we go from here is up to us. It is my belief that we should show remorse for the destruction of our natural resources and the scars we’ve emblazoned on the earth by restoring our environment to its former glory.

It isn’t that hard to do, but it does require some sacrifice on our parts. Using environmentally friendly compounds such as good old soap and water, plant cleaners that don’t harm us or the creatures we share existence with everyday. By giving our comforts up and applying a bit of elbow grease and merging that with technologies turn toward reversing the effects we have wrought upon ourselves, we can create a clean planet and a vibrantly healthy planet at the same time. Chemicals. They’re everywhere: in the air we breath, the food we eat, and the products we clean with. As a consequence, diseases such as COPD, asthma, cancer, and allergies are rampant in our society. Pollution is at such a high that no one blinks an eye anymore when it’s mentioned. And, we are the cause of the world we have so carefully created in the name of progress.

Looking back, it’s easy to see how we’ve done the deed. It simply isn’t so apparent how to get back from whence we came. We’ve become so adept at using the latest and greatest in technology for every day tasks that there is a fear of returning to a simpler time. Comfort has become more important than the cost to attain it.

You can help do your part on the journey to a healthier universe by purchasing environmentally friendly cleaning products from EZVacuum.

Asthma Directly Related to Air Quality

Asthma is a disease or disorder in the lungs that causes sufferers to experience difficulty in breathing. The condition can be mild to severe, occasional or chronic. Asthma has been the culprit of missed days of school, work, and even some deaths.

Asthma has also increased in occurrence in the past few years as pollution rises and air quality flounders. For many years, the rate at which asthma has increased was suspected to be related to the air quality in both indoor and outdoor air. However, no conclusive proof could be found for lack of controlled testing.

That changed recently when a study this month took on the challenge of proving the importance of air quality in relation to air function. Thirty seven children were moved from urban to rural environments. All of the children had asthma in a mild but persistent form. Upon the move, it was noticed that there was an almost immediate reduction in the inflammatory cells in the nose and that a significant reduction of nitric oxide levels also occurred. This is important as the exhalation of nitric oxide is thought to reflect the degree of inflammation in the airways and lungs.

To see if the air quality had a direct impact, air was tested in both the former urban environments and in the new rural environments. Pollen counts and air pollution were measured meteorologically to ensure accurate readings for the study.

Relocation to the less polluted rural environments also brought with it an improvement of airway function. This was indicated and measured by the amount of air the children could expel after the move compared to the amount of air they could expel in the urban environments. The findings suggest a marked improvement when allergens and irritants are controlled in the air.

While the study worked with outside air, it also gives credence to air quality’s relationship with asthma. If windows are opened, then air from the outside can and does enter the home. Vents and other airway passages commonly found in homes can also be sources of irritants. Given these simple facts, it is advisable for families to invest in air purification systems that enhance the quality of air breathed in an effort to reduce allergies, asthma attacks, and ultimately medical bills.

You can get a quality air purification made by IQAir, a leader in the industry of air purification at EZVacuum. The investment could save you and your family from irritants that directly affect your health and the health of your family.