silver - natural
antibiotic - can be used in many ways and it has helped me avoid
trips to the doctor for all kinds of infections. At times it has
worked better for me than antibiotics, from which I usually have bad side
effects. If I feel a cold or sore throat coming on, I spray colloidal
silver up my nose and on the back of my throat. It can also be taken
orally to kill viruses and bacteria, or put into a douche to help yeast
infections. CAUTION: Be careful which brand
of colloidal silver you choose, because some can
be harmful while others are not
effective. I can send you info about the colloidal silver I
use. Write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actually, I developed CFIDS in 1987 www.fms-help.com/fatigue.htm after a terrible
respiratory virus and being treated by the docs with 6 broad-spectrum
antibiotics, one after the other. I think this wrecked what was left of my
fragile immune system.
Nyquil (at bedtime) or generic Dayquil (for daytime)
- If I feel like II might be catching a cold, I don't
mess around! I am a piano teacher and sit next to sick
children frequently on a piano bench in a small room where germs and
bacteria are abundant at times. I don't get any sick leave, so I have to
stay well or don't get paid! I found that if I immediately take
either 1 tablespoon of Nyquil or Dayquil, that it often stops the development of
a cold in its tracks. Sometimes I use generic Actifed at night
instead of the generic Nyquil. (Why generic? It's cheaper at
Wal-Mart and just as effective.) If I can stop a sinus
problem before it gets a foothold, it usually goes away. I don't wait
anymore until symptoms are raging, because then I could be down
for weeks. A friend told me that 3g
of Vitamin C helps stop cold symptoms, and I
have found that to be true also. It helps me when I feel run down. I
also spray colloidal silver in my nose and throat, as mentioned
above. It's a lot easier to stay well than to try to crawl back up
the cliff once you've fallen off! I also find that if my nose is
a little drippy, taking 1 tablespoon of Nyquil at bedtime helps me sleep as well
as stops the annoying dripping. (For the past 2 years, I used Zicam nasal swabs
or spray at the first sign of a cold to keep me from catching it, but in the
news today, June 16, 2009, there are reports of people permanently losing their
sense of smell and taste from using Zicam, so it is being removed from the
sores - Due to poor immune function and poor
sleep for decades, I have battled chronic, large,
recurrent cold sores on my face....aarrgh!!!
The good news is that I have finally found things that stop this extremely
annoying problem. Please visit my cold sore page for more
information and also see #32 below.
9. Hearos foam ear
plugs - the soft small beige ones from Wal-Mart are the
absolute best I've found to block out noises comfortably while I
mask - I use a black sleep mask to block out light.
$2.97 at Wal-Mart. Wearing the mask keeps me from having to put depressing
dark shades over the windows, which my husband hates. (When I first
started wearing the mask years ago he said he felt like he was sleeping with the
packs - I put these behind my neck or on my
forehead at night to help slow my thoughts down, and they also feel good if
you have hot flashes and live in a miserably hot, humid climate like I do in
Florida. You can get these cold packs at Wal-Mart or any drug store.
I keep mine in the freezer. Be sure that you don't freeze your skin
though! I like the cold packs that feel like cloth on the outside, because
they don't stick to your skin. Another great product I found is
the Chillow -- a soft
plastic mat the size of a pillow that you fill with water, and it stays cool all
the time. You can find it at Walgreens drugstore for $19.95. Mine
sprung a leak, but the company promptly replaced it with a sturdier version.
However, be careful how you store a Chillow so it doesn't get moldy. It
must be kept wrapped in a towel.
sunglasses - I have to wear dark wrap-around sunglasses
when riding in the car or driving to avoid extreme brain tiredness
/ brain crashing from seeing all the images coming at me so
quickly. It was especially bad on sunny days, when the sun made patterns
on the road from the trees. I often put my seat back while my husband
drives. I can't travel more than about 1-1/2 hours from home due to the
neurological damage I sustained from working for a year in a mold-filled
building in 2004-2005 - see www.fms-help.com/mold.htm. The
constant shifting around in the car as you travel somehow wears out my
brain. Also, see Yuppie Flu - "Drained by the Brain" at www.fms-help.com/yuppie.htm.
flashes - I am 60 now (where has the time
gone?!) Neither plant-based or pharmaceutical estrogens help me, so I just
lived with the hot flashes. When home, I put a cool pack on my neck
from the freezer. It's a cloth thing filled with little beads or
beans. Very soothing and relieves the misery quickly.
14. Milk - Although I
am not lactose intolerant, I had to stop drinking milk many years ago. Something
about milk creates havoc in my body with allergies, inflammation, etc. I had a
complete hysterectomy at age 34 due to endometriosis, which went undiagnosed for
over 15 years, despite consulting many doctors. I have heard that stopping
intake of sugar and milk can help endometriosis. (This unfortunate condition is
often seen in women with fibromyalgia.) I use Rice Dream ORIGINAL (not flavored)
RICE MILK for cereal or for making the immune shake (listed below). Rice Dream
Original is available at Wal-Mart, with the cheapest price in town at $1.76 per
quart. Other grocery stores in our area and the local health food store charge
considerably more - even double for this product! Interestingly, many people
find that their allergies improve considerably when they stop drinking milk.
Regarding dairy products, I can eat some cheese and even occasional ice cream in
small quantities, but for some reason milk does me in.
15. Exercise - I can tell when my body
needs exercise. You have to keep your lymphatic system
moving! My preferred exercises are
walking and using 3 lb.
weights. Of course in the early days of my fibro (1980's) www.fms-help.com/fibro.htm, I was unable to move at
all without severe, long-lasting, debilitating pain, so I'm thankful to not have
pain anymore. I have been 95% pain free since 1996. See my
pain suggestions toward the bottom of this
(generic Ativan) - I take 1 mg of Lorazepam (Ativan) in
the middle of the night when I wake up and can't go back to sleep. Although this
is an anti-anxiety medication, it helps me with
sleep, maybe because of the "bed dread" I developed from 4
decades of insomnia. Prior to age 47 (big hormone shift), I had used
melatonin and herbs successfully for sleep. Now I need meds. See my
insomnia story at www.fms-help.com/insomnia.htm.