I went to the dentist yesterday to get my teeth cleaned, and I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears.

The receptionist, whose desk faces right into the lobby, was coughing and hacking like a TB patient. Imagine my horror when I was asked to move my car from the shared parking space out front, and the same hand used to cover her mouth every 5 minutes when she went into a coughing fit, handed me my keys.   Luckily, I keep a package of antibacterial wipes in my car, which I used to wipe down my hands and keys as soon as I reached the front seat.

It was most disheartening to see a medical professional so unaware of spreading germs and the affect it has on lowering immunity.  ANY kind of infection is a risk because it lowers your resistance to other bacteria and viruses.

All my previous posts about strengthening our own inner world and avoiding fear from the outer world is important.  But part of governing your inner world means being smart about your outer actions:

washing-hands11. Wash your hands as soon as you arrive wherever you’re going.

2. Always carry hand sanitizer. There will be times when you can’t wash your hands.  Or, in my case, when you need to wipe down something that you can’t wash (my car alarm button), in which case antibacterial wipes are even more convenient.

3. If exposed to someone who is sick, immediately dose yourself with 2 packets of emergen c and Oscillococinum. Nothing zaps unwanted microorganisms like vitamin C and Oscillococinum.  And a liquid form of vitamin c means it will immediately hit your blood stream unlike a capsule, which will have to be digested and could take hours.  Plus the liquid form will also flush your system which is also a good idea if you’ve been infected. Oscillococinum is a very effective homeopathic remedy that will work against infection — including the swine flu virus — by stimulating your body’s natural immue system to produce the antibodies you need to fight the infection.  It’s a good idea to have some on hand to take at the first sign of exposure.

4. After exposure, even if you have no symptoms, choose healthy broths, whole foods and nutritious meals for the next 24 to 48 hrs. This will help confirm your health mentally as well as physically, since you will be able to rest easy knowing you are taking good care of yourself to not get sick in the first place.

5. Minimize your consumption of refined sugars, alcohol and highly processed foods, because they will make your system acidic.  Remember, bacteria and viruses thrive in an acidic environment.  Don’t help them along.

sleeper6. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep. Restoring your system with sleep is a great way to nip infection in the bud.

7. Even if you feel fine, take a good multivitamin. A basic multi like Centrum will do the trick.  Remember, we’re trying to keep your immune system strong which is the best way to avoid getting sick.  A good multivitamin will help keep your body stocked with the vitamins it needs to stay healthy.

And by all means, if you do get sick, stay home and take care of yourself until you are better!

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