Winter wasn’t consistently cold enough this year to kill off ticks, so an average to above average tick season is expected (depending on where you live). Ticks are everywhere, and ticks carrying Lyme Disease specifically are in more than half of US counties. Other regions carry other tick diseases, some related to Lyme Disease, others there own set of problems.

Continuing to support your immune system into tick season is one step, but there are others to help reduce your risk for catching Lyme Disease or another tick borne illness.

Now’s the time to get your yard prepared. It’s getting warmer, but animals are still waking from hibernation. Yard goals include: creating a barrier between the grass in your yard and any wild, long grass; getting rid of places rodents/small animals could hide; discouraging large animals like deer from wandering in (and maybe also doing mosquito preparations like avoiding standing water—look for anywhere it could pool).

As you spend more time outside, get in the habit of preparing against and checking for ticks. Current recommendations say effective bug sprays have at least 20% DEET. Some flower scents may help with detering some bugs.

Outdoor pets can bring ticks inside, and dogs can get Lyme Disease too, so include them in your defenses. Both humans and pets should be checked for ticks after time outside. If you find a tick, don’t get fancy with removal. Fire, vaseline, and other tricks are more likely to cause ticks to transmit Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease symptoms don’t always present with a bullseye rash. If Lyme Disease is new to your area, it can be more difficult to get a diagnosis. Advocate for yourself, and don’t let up on immune support, including colloidal silver.

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Flu Season Stretches On

April 10, 2019

The CDC has extended flu season, although severity is pretty regional at this point. That means you need to keep up with flu prevention, because cold snaps and travel can still cause swells of the flu. Make sure you’re stocked up on colloidal silver, since this year’s flu season is unlikely to end in April.

Hospitalizations and other severe reactions to the flu are one way flu season is measured, but much harder to estimate are the number of sick people staying home and resting (as they should). These average cases make flu season harder to track (although Google once made a flu map that was a good effort). Pay attention to local news, which is more likely to have feedback from local doctors and businesses that are affected by spikes in the flu.

Hand washing is the number one way to stop flu transmission. Humidity can also help slow airborne transmission. Coming into contact with the flu may be unavoidable as some people will still go into work, or someone in your family can bring it home—so make sure to support your immune system. Healthy habits like making time for sleep, eating lots of veggies, and exercising encourage a healthy immune system. For extra support, take colloidal silver daily, and a little extra when you know you need it.

The worst part about a prolonged flu season is that it overlaps with seasonal allergies, ticks, mosquitoes, and other summer ailments that begin when the weather starts to be warm.

Keep up the immune support with colloidal silver and make sure you have enough for your whole household.

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Settle Disrupted Sleep

April 9, 2019

The clocks sprang forward as the days started to really lengthen, to warm, and to get busier. You might be waking from your winter hibernation to find that sleeping is harder than it was a month or two ago. Here’s how you can naturally battle insomnia and settle back to blissful slumber.

If you already know that sleep is an ongoing struggle for you, skip right to the chase and get extra help from our Sleep Support Pack.

Here are natural ways you can help your body to sleep at night. Try one or try them all:

Let’s start in the morning. When you wake up, or at first light, spend a minute in the sunshine. You’ll get a Vitamin D boost, and you’ll also help set your circadian rhythm. The trouble with disrupted sleep is that the real trouble can stsrt when your arm goes off and you’re still tired, so take steps to guide your body and the hormones it’s making in the right direction with some natural light.

Next, plot time in your day for some movement. Again, you’re helping to regulate your natural body chemicals to be healthier (which leads to other healthy things like good sleep), but you’re also tiring yourself out and likely reducing problems like restless leg syndrome.

After lunch, cut back the caffeine (you can replace it with something healthy like our Jiaogulan tea if the habit is hard to break). Limit alcohol, which can disrupt natural, beneficial sleep, and when you get closer to bedtime cut back on eating and drinking, too. Digesting while you sleep is thought to be hard on your heart.

Build good sleep hygiene, which means good habits like making your bed a place for sleep (not work or TV), reducing light as much as possible, and developing a bedtime routine. A warm bath, reading, meditation, or whatever calms and soothes you can make for a good transition.

Make sure there’s enough time to get a full night’s rest. Genetics and health determine how much sleep you need, so don’t try and make yourself a 7 hour person if you’re really an 8 hour a night person.

If nothing else works for you, you can guide your body in the right direction and still keep it natural with our Sleep Support Pack. Combing Cal Mag Complete, which provides the minerals your body needs for nighttime maintenance and Sleep MGR which has nutrients and herbs known for supporting real sleep, our Sleep Support Pack is a tool for a better night’s rest. (Even if you think you’re a good sleeper, our Sleep Support Pack might help you feel more rested in the morning).

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Ebola Spreading Quickly

April 8, 2019

Following cautious optimism from the WHO that the outbreak of Ebola in the Congo could be contained, Ebola spent a few weeks spreading fast and breaking records. Unfortunately, violence and disruption in the regions most heavily affected by Ebola is making it hard for doctors to contain the outbreak.

If you’ve been following along, then you already know the details. This is the second biggest outbreak of Ebola, the first being the Ebola outbreak that lasted from 2013-2016. While it’s currently nestled in the Congo where local  violence is helping to spread it (treatment centers are attacked, moving populations means tracking patients is harder, and food shortages related to transient lifestyles and violence mean the consumption of more bushmeat and possibly new sources of the virus), the Ebola outbreak is also near the border, meaning it could easily spread to other countries.

It’s already known that several of the recent cases occured outside of treatment venters and likely spread the virus to others. Recent research revealed that as many as 25% of people in the area don’t believe Ebola is real, and therefore wouldn’t take precautions against contracting it when dealing with a sick person, dead body, or other sources of contamination. It looks likely that there are many more months ahead of trying to contain Ebola.

For now, this doesn’t directly affect the rest of the world. If you travel, keep an eye on the news in case you cross paths with an infected person (reports come out when there are suspected cases in uninfected countries, the US had two suspected cases last year).

Keep your immune system support up, especially when traveling. Besides Ebola, there are plenty of other tropical disease flouroshing right now! Bring an extra bottle of colloidal silver with you when you travel.

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For the better part of a decade, antibiotic resistance has been serious news. While most people probably don’t know they’re affected by it, a trip to the hospital, a bad accident, or a small, seemingly innocuous red bump can be the beginning of a cascade of superbug related problems. Researchers are thinking outside the box looking for new lines of antibiotics, and it may have been fruitful: they may have found a MRSA fighting bacteria in fish slime.

Fish slime is a part of the fish immune system, and just like with humans, young fish are more vulnerable, leading them to produce more of the protective fish slime. Researchers have been sampling fish slime, looking for new ways to battle antibiotic resistance, and have had success. They’ve found strains that can fight MRSA, and others that can fight fungal infections—these could potentially lead to new antibiotics.

Even if you avoid unnecessary antibiotics (like for cold, flu, and sinus infections), antibiotics are a necessary part of surgeries and treating some serious infections, making sure we have something to prevent infection is essential to treatment. Unfortunately, because of their common use in hospitals, hospitals are a major breeding ground for resistance. Finding new lines of antibiotics… or alternatives… is urgent.

You can protect yourself and make a difference. Choose animal products that don’t use antibiotics as prevention (only treatment). Make sure you have a bacterial infection before taking antibiotics (unless something serious like TB is suspected). Wash and clean thoroughly to avoid making your home a breeding ground for things like MRSA (example: use a clean wash cloth rather than a loofah that can’t be cleaned).

For extra immune support, use colloidal silver. Whether used as a daily supplement for all around immune support or as direct support for the skin, research so far has shown it doesn’t contribute to antibiotic resistance.

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