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Dr. Frank W. Jackson, MD

Fighting the Flu – Colon to the Rescue

It’s no secret that flu season has come early this year and by the looks of it, it’s not ending anytime soon. With friends, family and co-workers all coming down with the germy illness, there is no better time to focus on ways to boost your immune system.

While many will miss school and work- you don’t have to. There are aids that can help prevent a person from becoming a victim of the flu and others illnesses. Here are a few things to know about nudging those flu-causing germs and enhancing the immune system.

Food for Thought

Most of us don’t think twice before we eat that cupcake or cheeseburger but we should be. The foods we eat have a direct impact on how our body functions. While no one food can ward off illnesses like the flu, an overall healthy diet might. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in soluble prebiotic fibers will prodigiously grow good bacteria that in turn stimulates the powerful immune cells in the colon wall the strengthen. Combine with plenty of fruits and vegetables to help support a healthy immune system.

Remember to Rest

Long work days and a hectic personal life can often keep a person going and going. But unlike the Energizer Bunny®, the human body needs its rest. Don’t tax your body when trying to fight the flu or other illnesses. Get some shut-eye as a way to rejuvenate the immune system and keep a healthy body.

A few more tips:

  • Getting the flu shot is the number one way to help prevent against the virus not just in older adults and children but in teens and middle aged adults. By producing antibodies, your body will protect itself from the virus.
  • Avoid big crowds and make sure to wash your hands regularly.
  • Eat plenty of food rich in prebiotic and probiotic naturally occurring substances like garlic, soy, oats, fermented yogurt and milk or take a dietary supplement like Prebiotin.  Doing so helps support one of the biggest immune organs, the digestive tract and stimulate the immune cells to fight against illnesses.

Nothing can sideline your everyday life like a bad cold or the flu. Protect the immune system starting from the inside out. Taking care of your body properly through proper diet, exercise and rest can prevent illnesses, help enhance the immune system and promote general health and wellness.

 

Dr. Frank W. Jackson is a retired gastroenterologist with more than 40 years of research on nutrition and colon health. Today, he is the founder of Jackson GI Medical as well as Prebiotin, a premier prebiotic fiber supplement distribution in the Northeast Valley and available at Cooper’s Nutrition, The Vitamin Shoppes and Sprouts Valleywide. For more information, please visit www.jacksongi.com or www.jacksongi.com.  

 

Dr. Frank W. Jackson, MD

Fighting the Flu – Colon to the Rescue

It’s no secret that flu season has come early this year and by the looks of it, it’s not ending anytime soon. With friends, family and co-workers all coming down with the germy illness, there is no better time to focus on ways to boost your immune system.

While many will miss school and work- you don’t have to. There are aids that can help prevent a person from becoming a victim of the flu and others illnesses. Here are a few things to know about nudging those flu-causing germs and enhancing the immune system.

Food for Thought

Most of us don’t think twice before we eat that cupcake or cheeseburger but we should be. The foods we eat have a direct impact on how our body functions. While no one food can ward off illnesses like the flu, an overall healthy diet might. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in soluble prebiotic fibers will prodigiously grow good bacteria that in turn stimulates the powerful immune cells in the colon wall the strengthen. Combine with plenty of fruits and vegetables to help support a healthy immune system.

Remember to Rest

Long work days and a hectic personal life can often keep a person going and going. But unlike the Energizer Bunny®, the human body needs its rest. Don’t tax your body when trying to fight the flu or other illnesses. Get some shut-eye as a way to rejuvenate the immune system and keep a healthy body.

A few more tips:

  • Getting the flu shot is the number one way to help prevent against the virus not just in older adults and children but in teens and middle aged adults. By producing antibodies, your body will protect itself from the virus.
  • Avoid big crowds and make sure to wash your hands regularly.
  • Eat plenty of food rich in prebiotic and probiotic naturally occurring substances like garlic, soy, oats, fermented yogurt and milk or take a dietary supplement like Prebiotin.  Doing so helps support one of the biggest immune organs, the digestive tract and stimulate the immune cells to fight against illnesses.

Nothing can sideline your everyday life like a bad cold or the flu. Protect the immune system starting from the inside out. Taking care of your body properly through proper diet, exercise and rest can prevent illnesses, help enhance the immune system and promote general health and wellness.

 

Dr. Frank W. Jackson is a retired gastroenterologist with more than 40 years of research on nutrition and colon health. Today, he is the founder of Jackson GI Medical as well as Prebiotin, a premier prebiotic fiber supplement distribution in the Northeast Valley and available at Cooper’s Nutrition, The Vitamin Shoppes and Sprouts Valleywide. For more information, please visit www.jacksongi.com or www.jacksongi.com.  

 

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How can you avoid the flu?

Are you looking for the secret to avoiding the flu this year? The flu vaccine effectiveness this year is 62%. According to the CDC,  a report of 47 states have widespread flu activity. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized with a bad case of the flu and thus experiencing symptoms of fever, body aches, congestion, and fatigue. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is the best defense against the flu.

* Eat five to six servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. The antioxidant power coupled with natural vitamins improves immune function to aid your body in fighting off infections.

* Reduce stress as too much stress impairs the immune system.

* Exercise regularly by walking at least five times a week for 30 minutes which will boost your body’s immunity.

* Get plenty of sleep and allow rest to ensure your body can properly refuel. Most adults require 7-8 hours of sleep a night while children require at least 9 hours.

* Flu shots are recommended for most individuals especially children, healthcare workers, and immunocompromised adults.

Shuree K. Oldehoeft-Ohlemann operates Arizona Mobile Medicine, a medical housecall practice striving to provide healthcare in calming, caring and convenient atmosphere. Contact her at (480) 766-0550.

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Flu spreads in Arizona

Arizona health officials say flu activity is widespread in the state this week with influenza reported in 14 of its 15 counties.

State Department of Health Services officials say about 1,000 of the nearly 2,200 flu cases were reported last week. Because many people aren’t tested for the flu, officials say that number likely is just a fraction of the true number of cases.

There’s also been an increase in hospital admissions for flu cases, especially in central Arizona.

Influenza is a serious viral illness with symptoms similar to the common cold, but it comes on quickly and is more physically draining.

Arizona typically sees most of its flu cases in February or March. Officials say influenza can be unpredictable and can peak either earlier or later in the season.

Stop the Spread of the Flu

What Businesses Should Know About This New Strain Of Flu Virus

The second wave of the influenza pandemic should be upon us in earnest soon. So far, the virus remains similar in severity to regular flu (although a disproportionate share of those seriously ill are children and young adults). However, it continues to mutate and there remain unknowns.

The one near certainty we have learned from history is that many more people than usual will contract this Novel H1N1, or Swine Flu, virus. We may be faced with at least one-quarter of us falling ill within the next few months.

The decisions you make as a business leader will impact your employees, your organization and your bottom line. I recognize that the actions of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health can affect your bottom line, as well. I can assure you that with every decision I make, whether it’s closing a school to disseminating our first few doses of vaccine, I am constantly balancing the health of our community with the economic repercussions of our actions.

We have been working for years to engage our business community in developing a continuity of operations plan for events such as this pandemic. If you have created such a plan, it’s time to take it out, brush it off and make any updates necessary. If you don’t have a plan, that’s OK. But it’s time to start thinking now about how this virus may affect your business.

Your role in this pandemic is to do your part in slowing the spread of this flu in your workplace, thus slowing its effect on your business. Consider these planning tips:

Policies for staying home when ill and for sending ill employees home
This really will make a difference in slowing the spread of disease. I realize that such absenteeism may be difficult to accommodate, especially during these tough economic times. But you should have less absenteeism in the long run if you keep sick people out of the workplace and away from your other employees.

Policies for parents
In addition, please accommodate your employees who are parents and must leave work to pick up their sick child from school, or who must stay home with a child who is ill or whose school has been closed. Our ability to slow the spread of this flu in the community hinges upon limiting spread in the schools.

Promoting good hygiene
We should all get in the habit, right now, of practicing good hygiene to protect ourselves and others by washing our hands, keeping our hands away from our faces, and covering our coughs and sneezes.

Promoting employee vaccinations
The vaccine for the Novel H1N1 should start arriving by late November. This vaccine has been developed in the same manner as our seasonal flu vaccine, and early indicators show it is a good match to protect us from this new strain of the flu.

Arizona Business Magazine November 2009Because this vaccine is rolling out in small amounts at a time, we are providing it first to those who are having the most severe complications from the Novel H1N1 flu, and those who spread it most to others: pregnant women, health care workers, parents and family members of children under 6 months, children aged 6 months to 24 years and those aged 24 to 65 with chronic health conditions. Employees who fall into these high-risk categories should get vaccinated as soon as it becomes available.

As we enter November, we should also be receiving additional seasonal vaccines. Encourage employees to get themselves and their families vaccinated. The more people who are immunized, the better chance we have of keeping the virus from jumping from person-to-person-to-person. There also is good data to show that bringing a vaccine provider into the workplace can be very cost effective for many businesses. If your employees do not have access to the vaccine through their health care provider, log onto www.fluaz.org for vaccine locations.

This event is changing rapidly. You can stay informed, as well as access tools needed to educate your employees, at www.StoptheSpreadAZ.org (click on Maricopa County). Please do your part in stopping the spread.