Recent info says swine flu didn't come from pigs
School has only been is session for a couple weeks but already we are hearing of schools that have been invaded by the flu virus. As I've said before, I really believe the media is sensationalizing the virus both in severity and in how widespread it is. Case in point, earlier this week CBS ran a live feed from broadcaster Harry Smith's home because he felt sick and suspected the Swine flu. Never mind that he has biked 25 miles in the rain, gone dancing and been drinking wine the day before feeling achy and feverish. CBS could have waited until Smith had seen a doctor and determined whether he did indeed have the H1N1 virus but chose instead to sensationalize the incident. One would think that CBS and other news organizations that are blowing this out of proportion owned stock in Noravax, the makers of the Swine flu vaccine.
In my last article, I discussed the importance of eating healthy food to boost and protect your immune system. Below are two recipes that might help in our flu fighting efforts.
Flu Fighter Cookies (from Food Network Magazine)
2 ¼ c all purpose flour
1 ¼ t baking powder
¾ t baking soda
¾ t ground cinnamon (high in anti-oxidants)
½ t freshly ground nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
¼ t salt
1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 c packed brown sugar
2 large organic eggs
¼ c molasses
¼ c low fat plain Greek yogurt (balances bacteria in digestive tract and boosts ability to absorb vitamins and minerals)
1 T freshly grated ginger (anti-viral properties)
2 t lemon zest
½ c old fashioned oats (lots of selenium to fight free radicals)
1 ¼ golden raisins
1 ¼ dried cranberries
1 ¼ c chopped walnuts ( lots of zinc which has anti-viral properties)
Stir together flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. In seperate bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until light ang fluffy, beat in eggs one at a time. All molasses, yogurt, ginger, and lemon zest and beat until smooth. Slowly beat in flour mixture to make sticky batter. Fold in oats, and half of the raisins, cranberries and walnuts. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto parchment paper covered baking sheets. Mix remaining fruits and nuts and top cookies with mixture. Chill ½ hour. Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until dark golden but still soft. Cool on rack and store in airtight container up to 1 week.
Homemade Anti-Viral Hand Sanitizer
Add to 4 oz. unscented had lotion a mixture of :
10 drops Eucalyptus
10 drops Tea Tree Oil
5 drops Peppermint
This is a good anti-infection hand lotion that is cooling and pleasant smelling. Essential oils are antibacterial and anti viral!
To read my previous article go to: Swine Flu Part 1