How To Survive Viruses

How To Survive Viruses

THROUGHOUT OUR EVOLUTION IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST AND THE FITTEST IN THE FUTURE WILL BE THOSE OF US WHO KNOW HOW TO LOOK AFTER OUR BODIES FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH.
In today’s world, for many of us, health can be a never ending battle at the best of times, never mind a virus pandemic.
What is it that a virus does to the human body?
A virus is a living organism that reproduces inside the cells of living hosts. Unlike most living things, viruses do not have cells that divide; instead, a virus uses the host cell to produce many thousands of identical copies of itself, at an extraordinary rate.
But because a virus contains genes, they are able to mutate and evolve. Over 5,000 species of viruses have been discovered so far!
A virus basically makes the host do what the virus wants it to do not what the host cell should be doing. This means that the host cell stops performing normal bodily functions and performs virus stuff instead. This is a disaster for the host because normal body functions stop which may result in the shutting down of body organs and then death. But don’t despair, in response to being invaded by a virus the body has several defence mechanisms which you will learn about in this book, in the chapter on the immune system.
There was never a truer saying than:
“If you have your health everything else is possible”
This book aims to teach you the basics about how your body works and how you can look after it even when surrounded by invading viruses.
A little about me:
My name is Linda Bostock. I am a qualified Medical Herbalist, having studied at the School of Phytotherapy in East Sussex, England, graduating in 1993. I have spent the last 27 years in my Clinic using plant medicines to help people to both recover from chronic illnesses and also to then maintain their own health by teaching them how to look after themselves for optimum health.
Apart from teaching people how to look after their health, my major passion in life has been walking in the countryside and identifying plants growing in the wild which have medicinal properties. Plant medicine is our most ancient form of healing, the knowledge being passed down from generation to generation. We have evolved alongside plants and share chemistry with the plants so that when our body chemistry goes wrong and we get ill, plants can help us to recover.
I will be your tutor and mentor for the duration of this book
As long as man has existed we have depended on plants for all our daily needs.
• FOOD
• HOUSING
• FUEL
• CLOTHING
• MEDICINES
So lucky us, we are surrounded by everything we need for everyday life, we just need to learn how to identify and use them.
I am going to help you with staying healthy now so you have the best chance of fighting any virus, how to fight the virus and how to stay healthy after a virus induced illness.
To be able to know what to do if you or anyone around you gets sick you need to learn how the human body is put together and how it works.
It sounds difficult and obviously if we went into it in as great detail as the medical students have to then we would all be capable of being brain surgeons, but in this book I am going to introduce you to the basics and to be honest it is a lot less complicated to me than knowing how a car is made and works.
Obviously if you get a major illness, such as cancer, you cannot treat yourself but this book is about maintaining optimum health to give yourself a fighting chance to survive any ill health, including viruses.
This is exciting
YOU are going to be in control of everything that happens to you
YOU are going to know how to get the right food
YOU are going to know how to stay healthy
YOU are going to be able to protect your family
YOU will be fit enough to fight back against the virus menace.
YOUR HEALTH IS NOW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
Your own immune system is the MOST POWERFUL defence you have against any virus. Never forget that it is the body that always does the healing and repairing so I always say to people I am helping with their health that, the most important part of healing and maintaining wellbeing is what we do for ourselves to look after this amazing structure we call the body.
Our bodies are basically just walking chemistry. There is a constant balancing act going on in there to maintain the correct balance of our internal body organs. To achieve this we have to provide ourselves with the right ingredients for all these chemical reactions to take place and that means eating and drinking a well balanced diet, exercising, and achieving mental wellbeing so that both body and mind are in a healthy condition to fight back.
OUR BODY, OUR RESPONSIBILITY!

How To Keep Your Heart Healthy

How To Keep Your Heart Healthy

This ebook describes how to keep your heart healthy through using totally practical everyday methods. Written by Linda for anybody…
Staying Healthy, Naturally!

Staying Healthy, Naturally!

Linda is a well-known and respected natural health practitioner. Her speciality is Herbal Medicine, however she is unusual in that she qualified, initially, as a microbiologist and then worked for many years for the NHS in a hospital medical laboratory.
She qualified as an Herbalist after passing her exams at The School of Phytotherapy and has practised in her clinics for thirty years. In that time she has also worked as a consultant to Potters Herbs and conducted numerous media interviews.
She has particular skills in ancient medicines and co-ordinated the collection of folk-lore remedies for the UK Ethnobotany Project.
Linda is also a qualified adult education teacher and has both trained many students of herbal medicine in her clinics and lectured in colleges.
Linda’s website address is www.herbalhealthinformation.com
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Author Biography
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CONTENTS
1. Introduction and overview
2. Digestive system
3. Circulation
4. Urinary system
5. Respiratory system
6. Lymphatic system
7. Nervous system
8. Joints and muscles
9. Skin
10. Reproductive system
11. Endocrine system (hormones)
12. Lifestyle …diet, exercise, mental wellbeing, stress control, relaxation, leisure time, sleep
Appendix1 Video Links
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CHAPTER 1
STAYING HEALTHY NATURALLY
INTRODUCTION AND BOOK OVERVIEW
Hi, my name is Linda Bostock. I am a qualified Medical Herbalist, having studied at the School of Phytotherapy in East Sussex, graduating in 1993. The course I completed was based on a scientific approach to health including learning anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, diagnosis, plant medicine as well as taking an holistic approach to health, looking at the diet, exercise and lifestyle regimes of an individual.
The different body systems are part of a complete person and an illness that affects one area of the body should not be looked at and treated in isolation from the rest of the body.
So when a person visits me in clinic I take a complete case history of current symptoms, past medical history, lifestyle and emotional state. All of this helps me build up a picture of that particular individual and I can then treat that person as a whole not just as an inflamed joint or an irritable bowel!
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I have spent the last 20 years helping people in my Clinic of Herbal Medicine to both recover from chronic illnesses and also to then maintain their own health by teaching them how to look after themselves for optimum health.
I will be your tutor and mentor for the duration of this book.
The first thing to accept is:
YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
Although there are often pre-disposing genetic factors influencing your state of health, it
need not be something that just “happens” to you.
When we are born, the human body has enormous recuperative and regenerative abilities, not only allowing us to grow, but also to repair ourselves when there is any damage in the body. We really are Bionic people!
ALL CELLS ARE GROWN AND REGENERATED IN THE BODY FROM STEM CELLS which is why there is so much research done into stem cell therapy.
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Human embryonic stem cell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_cell
Here is a link to an interactive diagram of a cell structure.
http://www.wisc-online.com/Objects/ViewObject.aspx?ID=AP11403
As we get older the regenerative abilities decrease but are still there, otherwise we would not be able to repair any damage to our bodies such as cutting fingers or colds or sore throats, and we would look like a Hammer Horror zombie with bits of us falling off!
Never forget that it is the body that always does the healing and repairing. All that any medicine, orthodox or alternative can do is to help the body heal itself. In other words, give the body a bit of time to do the repair work.
I have always said to my patients, that I can only help them to help themselves. The most important part of healing and maintaining wellbeing is what we do for ourselves. How we look after this rather fragile vessel we call the body.
Our bodies are in a constant balancing act to maintain something called homeostasis. Homoeostasis is the correct balance of our internal body chemistry. To achieve this we have to provide ourselves with the right ingredients for all these chemical reactions to take place and that means eating and drinking a very well balanced diet, exercising, resting, socialising, and achieving mental wellbeing, self fulfilment and good health. There was never a truer saying than “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything’’
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The gifts that the three kings gave to baby Jesus were Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Ok, I admit the gold was the wealth bit, but the other two were both HEALTH. Having said that, many people are given colloidal gold for arthritis and wear gold to ward off arthritis. It is however a fairly toxic treatment so definitely don’t try that at home!!
http://www.onlineholistichealth.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/
Frankincense is a resin which when burned releases oils which improve mental wellbeing. (It is what they burn in churches)
Myrrh is another resin which has very strongly anti bacterial and immune system stimulating properties.
I use Myrrh regularly in my clinic to treat persistent colds, sore throats and stomach problems.
I have put this book together from my years of experience of helping people to recover from chronic illnesses and then to maintain their health. Some of the content is “common sense” but we just need to be reminded of it! Some of the information is widely known knowledge collated into an easy to use format. Some of the information is what I have personally learnt from years of helping people with their health problems.
This book aims to help you to maintain wellbeing to the best of your ability. There will always be external factors involved in maintaining wellbeing such as the quality of the food available to us, pollution, stress, and as I have already mentioned, predisposing genetic factors.
But there are many ways in which you can help yourself to achieve wellbeing and this is what I will guide you through.
It has always surprised me, and I know I shouldn’t still be surprised, that people are not willing to spend time or money on their own health.
We would not for instance buy a car and expect it to work without petrol, oil and a yearly service! Some of this has stemmed from the advent, certainly in the UK, of the National Health
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Service just after the Second World War. Health care became “free” and someone else’s responsibility in peoples psyches and that is what they expect all health care to be. Of course it isn’t free; we all pay for it through our taxes and of course it isn’t someone else’s’ responsibility, it is ours.
OUR BODY, OUR RESPONSIBILITY!
So here is how you can help yourself to look after that body.
Before you can learn how to look after your body it is essential to know about its construction and functions. This is called anatomy and physiology, apologies to those of you that already know that, but to go back to the car example, if I were trying to fix a faulty carburettor, I would need to know its structure and workings before I can take it apart to find out what’s wrong.
Prevention is so much easier than cure because if things start to go wrong in the body and are not put right fairly quickly then the “cure” is not only dealing with the symptoms but also the knock on effects that those symptoms have had in the body.
An example is Arthritis when a joint gets inflamed and painful. There is a reason for that, maybe damage, maybe wear and tear, maybe rheumatoid inflammation. Off we trot to the doctor.
Doctor gives us pain killers and anti inflammatories. Yippee! We can use the joint again and feel no pain.
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BUT the joint still has its underlying problem, wearing it away and causing inflammation. Pain is there for a reason, it tells the body to stop doing whatever it is doing otherwise even more damage may be caused.
Below is a link to a picture of an inflamed joint.
http://images.rheumatology.org/viewphoto.php?albumId=77030&imageId=2897681
Joint Pain inflammation
Increase in Pain killers
pain killers
inflammationIncreased Overuse of joint
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So the cause of the pain needs to be treated not just the symptoms. This is the principal behind all healing with herbal medicine…..help the body to heal itself. Often this is not 100% possible because by the time many people arrive at my door they have suffered a chronic medical condition for years which has caused not only the original symptoms but the degeneration of surrounding tissue in the body.
The body, however, has astounding recuperative powers if it is given the chance and if 100% is not achievable then I aim to get the body working as well as it can to improve quality of life. Much of healing is re-educating the body as to how it should be working rather than how it has been working for the past weeks/months/years and then ensuring it maintains that status of good health.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
This book is not intended to enable you to treat illness or to prepare and self medicate with herbal medicines. There will be a certain amount of information on plant medicine as this is my subject, but it will be for your own enjoyment of learning about plants and health.
You will gain knowledge of:
• Basic anatomy and physiology of your body
• How to achieve optimum health for each bio system of your body
• How to avoid ill health
• How to look after yourself in order to maintain your health
• Herbs I commonly use to treat conditions I see in my clinic
The book contains 12 Chapters (see contents on page 3)
Each chapter is divided into at least 4 units. Just take your time and go at the pace you are comfortable with.
Within each chapter:
Unit 1 is an overview of the chapter and basic anatomy and physiology of the relevant area of the body.
Unit 2 is what can go wrong with the system
Unit 3 is actions you can take to keep the system healthy and know when to go to the doctor.
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Unit 4 is looking at herbs I have used in my clinic to help the body heal itself from ill health in the system. In this unit there may also be information on other natural therapies that may be used to help look after/improve the system.
There is a simple Quiz at the end of some Chapters, just for fun! or a simple homework assignment.
Plus links to websites as appropriate
Plus links to youtube to watch videos
The final Chapter, Lifestyle, is, I think, the most important one. It brings together guidance on diet, exercise, stress control, mental well being, relaxation, leisure time and sleep.
These are what I consider to be the basic life skills to maintain good health. They are things we may often take for granted and become lackadaisical in implementing but can make a vital difference.
Appendix 1 contains links to all the health related videos that I have made in recent years.
Throughout this book I will resource pictures, diagrams and some extra information from the internet via links to those sites. There are good sites with brilliant anatomical drawings on
them, which saves me time and embarrassment! I will try to use basic diagrams and explanations without turning us all into brain surgeons.
I won’t deny it is hard work, but it is worthwhile work and the outcome is to improve your quality of life for as long as possible.
Just so that I don’t have to repeat myself in each Chapter, I will first give a description of some natural therapies which I may mention in individual Chapters.
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INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL THERAPIES
There are many, many natural therapies around but the six I am going to describe here are those I think you will find most useful:
HERBAL MEDICINE
This is my specialist area and the one I am most passionate about. We have evolved alongside plants and plant medicine is our original form of medicine. For as long as man (and woman) has existed we have depended on plants for all our everyday needs, including:
• Food
• Clothing
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• Housing
• Warmth
• And of course, using plants for foods (when the medicinal properties would first have been noticed)
There is no quick fix with Herbal Medicine but it aims to help the body heal itself and then continue working properly through a book of medicine. In my clinic I see a wide range of health conditions such as digestive problems, stress, sleep disorders, period problems, menopause and cystitis, but the most common are those “chronic” conditions such as eczema and arthritis.
The part of the plant that has the medicinal properties is called the Active Ingredient and this may be present in the flower, leaf, root, bark or seed of the plant.
The main ways of using Herbs are as
Infusions: – Boiling water is poured on to the soft part of the plant (leaf or flower), left to stand for ten minutes, strained and drunk as a tea
Decoctions: – the hard part of the plant (root or bark) is boiled for ten minutes in water, strained and drunk as a tea.
Tinctures: – the part of the plant that has the active ingredient is mixed with an alcohol and water mixture, left to steep for three weeks then strained. The resulting liquid is used as the medicine. The advantage of a tincture is that it is ready for consumption and only small amounts need to be taken.
Creams: – many plants can be incorporated in creams for external use.
A qualified Medical Herbalist completes a four year degree during which they study Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Materia Medica (plant medicine). They will also have had to spend 500 hours in a training clinic, observing and practising Herbal Medicine under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.
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AROMATHERAPY
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils either through massage or inhalation. Oils are blended by the practitioner, in a base of cold pressed
oil and then massaged on to the patient’s skin. Inhalation is either through a steam bath or with a few drops of oil on a tissue. The essential oils cannot be used directly on the skin as they are very strong and can cause irritation.
Aromatherapy can have an effect on physical and mental well-being because smell, the most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions, and heal our bodies.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from plants and herbs to treat conditions ranging from infections and skin disorders to immune deficiencies and stress.
Some common oils and their uses include:
• Lavender: for relaxation
• Eucalyptus: for congestion/colds
• Geranium: balancing
• Lemongrass; an insect repellent
• Peppermint: for quick energy
• Tea Tree: a strong disinfectant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal (many people are allergic to tea tree oil so it is essential to have a skin test done
before using it)
MASSAGE
Massage is the manipulation of the body by a therapist who uses their hands to apply pressure on the body soft tissues to promote circulation, blood flow and improve physical and
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mental wellbeing. Massage therapy is extremely beneficial to people leading busy lifestyles suffering from any type of stress.
Therapists use various techniques to work on the body such as stroking, gliding, kneading and percussion.
The importance of having regular massage has increased in recent times as more people recognise how beneficial it is to counteract the effects of sitting in front of a computer screen daily or to ease aches and pains from heavy exercise.
Massage is used to treat a wide range of disorders, such as:
• Insomnia
• Muscular tension
• Headaches and migraines
• Work related stress
The power of healing in massage is the energy that flows through the therapist’s hands by touch to relax, regenerate and revitalise.
There are several forms of massage on offer, and it can be confusing to know what will work best for you. Some massage concentrates more on relaxing the client whilst others will work more deeply at repairing damaged muscle tissue. Ask around and try a few!
Most yoga styles are derived from Hatha yoga, a type of yoga that focuses on the body and breath and aims to develop control of the body through poses (or asanas). Hatha represents
YOGA
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the two sides of life – the yin and the yang, the dark and the light – and aims to bring these two sides into harmony and balance. All styles of yoga balance the body, mind and spirit but may differ in how they do so. Some styles focus on the poses, while others may focus on breath work, alignment or the flow of movement.
Breathing is very important in yoga as the breath signifies your vital energy. In yoga, being able to control your breath can help you to control your body and your mind.
There are many benefits of yoga including:.
• Increased flexibility
• Increased strength and vitality
• Stretching and toning of muscles
• Balance
• Improved concentration and focus
• Reduction of stress and anxiety
• Connecting our physical, mental and spiritual selves
Although there are many styles of yoga, anyone can practice it, as there is a style to suit everybody. Again, do a bit of research and try a few classes if you are interested.
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT
I better not leave this out as my son is a Chiropractor! Chiropractic treatment gently adjusts and realigns joints that are out of place. I have to say it is the most fantastic treatment for any kind of joint pain.
A Qualified Chiropractor first does soft tissue treatment to release tightness in the muscles, tendons and ligaments at which point they can gently ease the joint back into place. The training is a four year degree course including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and clinical training.
HOMEOPATHY
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Like Herbal Medicine, Homoeopathic healing assists the natural ability of the body to heal itself. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease.
These are the three principles on which homeopathy is founded:
1. Like cures like: – Any substance that can produce the symptoms of an illness in a healthy human being can cure those same symptoms in a sick human being.
2. The more dilute the remedy, the greater its potency: – Homoeopathic remedies are usually prepared through a process of diluting with pure water or alcohol and succussing (vigorous shaking) such that the more diluted a substance gets, the more potent it becomes.
3. An illness is specific to the individual (a holistic medical model): Homoeopaths consult compendiums called repertories to determine the remedy that most closely matches the patient’s symptoms
Homoeopathic medicines are extracts of plants, minerals and animals, administered in minute amounts. Remedies (usually in liquid, tablet or powder form) are prescribed in accordance with a patient’s symptoms and health conditions while individual characteristics such as emotions and physical condition are also taken into account.
Conditions benefited by homeopathy include, arthritis, skin problems, allergies, and mental or emotional disorders.
A qualified homeopath will have done a degree and clinical practice.
Your health is not something you should experiment with. So if you are interested in trying a natural health therapy, do your research in your local area and find a Qualified Practitioner.
In the first chapter we will look at the digestive system.
If you want to test your skills before you move on to the next chapter draw your own version of the digestive system without looking at any diagrams!
Try and place the following where you think they belong inside the body frame:
• Oesophagus……….. tube from mouth to stomach
• Stomach…………….food container
• Small intestine…… where most of the digestive processes take place
• Large intestine………food elimination pathway
• Liver/gall bladder……powerhouse of the digestive system
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• Pancreas …………….produces insulin to control blood sugar levels
I’ll leave you with the beginning of a speech said by Oberon, the King of the Fairies, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;”
If you have your health everything else is possible.
*IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, OR HAVE ANY ONGOING HEALTH CONDITION,
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ANY HERBAL MEDICINE WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR OR A QUALIFIED MEDICAL HERBALIST
SAFETY ADVICE
This book is for your information and enjoyment only. It is not intended to substitute for the advice of a trained medical practitioner or for you to diagnose, self medicate or administer medication to others. Many plants have poisonous constituents and plant medicine is only safe medicine in the hands of a qualified practitioner.
Linda Bostock does not accept any liability incurred as a direct or indirect result of any use or reliance upon the information contained in this book.
The Herbal Medicines mentioned in each Chapter are for your information only. If you need help with health concerns please visit a Doctor or a Qualified Medical Herbalist.
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ine and therefore supports the thyroid gland. As kelp is an endocrine stimulant, I use it to improve metabolism and reduce tiredness due to a sluggish metabolism.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng root) this is known as an adaptogen, which means it balances body functions to normal. It has an action on the adrenal glands restoring them to function normally when they are exhausted from trying to keep body functions normal under stressful conditions.
Any medical condition caused by stress such as a lowered immune system, exhaustion, fatigue, hormone imbalance with reduced sex drive and depression from overwork is therefore improved. Although Ginseng is an herb widely sold over the counter and used as a tonic by the
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Chinese people regularly, it can raise blood pressure and should only be taken under the supervision of a qualified medical herbalist. Caffeine inactivates Ginseng.
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is an herb which is very nutritious as it is high in vitamins and minerals. This is why it is grown as a food crop for cattle and why cattle thrive on it!
It contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and vitamin D, all essential for calcium absorption and use in the body. So in my clinic I give it to people to strengthen bones and avoid osteoporosis.
I hope you have enjoyed this section and found it useful. You may need to cross reference to the sections on the nervous system and hormones to keep the bigger picture in mind.
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Menopause – No Sweat!

Menopause – No Sweat!

I guess if you are reading this you are a lady of a certain age or approaching a certain age. You have also probably got to that age with everyone around you explaining any quirky behaviour or health problems by saying in a sympathetic voice “it’s your age”. Well here you are, approaching 40 something and menopause and it is about the first time it really is your age!

But we don’t need the sympathetic voice and the condescending looks because menopause is not an illness it is just a change in body chemistry just as starting your periods was a change when you were aged 12 or 13. You didn’t have hot sweats and palpitations then and you don’t need to get them now!