Flu, Shot!

Monday night I’m talking with a friend of mine and extolling all the virtues of Dr. Fuhrman’s approach to nutrition. To be honest, I was bragging about it. I told her how it helped me lose unwanted pounds, made my gastritis a none-factor, and, that I hadn’t even had the sniffles in well over a year. But irony is a funny thing. Remember, “It's a black fly in your Chardonnay.”

Tuesday morning I woke up with an unfamiliar groggy feeling, but being the ox-minded kind of guy that I am, I ignored it and headed off to the gym—yes, this was a very STUPID idea. Okay, I made it through my warm up with no problems, but when I hit the treadmill, that’s when everything went wrong. I couldn’t breathe deeply and it felt like I was dragging a rickshaw full of all my ex-girl friends behind me—so you can imagine how uncomfortable that must have been!

Depressed and defeated, I headed home. And a couple hours later it was pretty obvious, I had the flu. Sure, I was mad that I was sick, but I was more upset that my year-plus streak of not getting ill had come to an end. Nevertheless, I battened down the hatches and prepared to fight this virus head on. After all, I’m an Eat to Liver. My body is equipped and ready to smack the stuffing out of an intruder like the flu, right?

Absolutely! Tuesday and Wednesday I got the brunt of the virus; fever, chills, cough, the sweats, headache, and that horrible malaise. What did I do? Not much. I planted my well-bundled butt on the couch, turned on The Price is Right, drank lots of water, and ate bunch of water-rich fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple. In fact, at times my symptoms were so mild that I actually made a trip to the supermarket to buy more fruit. Not to mention, I didn’t miss a beat on DiseaseProof—thank you very much. So what happened next?

Thursday morning I woke up feeling a lot better! The only symptom still hanging around is a slight a cough and few sniffles, but nothing serious. Now, in our flu-phobic culture kicking the flu in two days is unheard off. For example, many online flu information sources say you expect to be out to commission for as long as a week. Here are a couple of the websites I stumbled upon:
HOW LONG DOES FLU LAST? You may feel ill and have a temperature for up to a week. You could feel weak and in low spirits for several weeks longer.

How long does a bout of Influenza last?
If you are healthy and suffer from an uncomplicated influenza attack, influenza illness starts to resolve after a limited number of days for the majority of persons, although cough and malaise can persist for more than 2 weeks.
What do I say to sites like these? “Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha, ha!” Prior to Tuesday, the last time I had the flu was back in high school—way before I started Eating to Live—and I remember it being a real nightmare. I was sick for a lot longer than two days and my symptoms were much-much worse. So what do you think was the difference-maker this time around? Maybe my diet had something to do with it? Dr. Fuhrman would think so. In fact, in a previous post about Bird Flu, Dr. Fuhrman insists diet is an important factor towards keeping the flu at bay. From Six Steps to Protect Your Family from Avian Flu:
Unfortunately the majority of Americans eat a diet style that weakens their normal resistance to simple viral infections. In spite of advances in science that reveal the critical importance of thousands of protective micronutrients in the natural plant kingdom, much of the modern world consumes a diet rich in processed grains, oils, sweets and animal products. In the United States, for example, less than five percent of total calories consumed come from fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. These are the foods that are richest in micronutrients.

As I have explained previously on DiseaseProof, the key to health is nutrition per calorie. Those of us who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) have a very low nutrient (per calorie) intake. This chronic malnourished condition is the true life-threatening epidemic in the modern world, resulting in a medical care crisis and untold tragedies. And this ubiquitous malnourishment may also eventually enable the Avian influenza viruses to spread more easily and develop into virulent forms. With the ubiquitous consumption of fake foods such as white bread, pasta, oil and sugar, nutritional incompetence is the norm.

The flu is a simple viral illness which a healthy body has scores of adequate defenses against. No flu, including the bird flu, is any match for a well-nourished immune system.
They say the proof is in the pudding. Well, getting over the flu in two days is some pretty sweet—or should I say nutrient-rich—pudding if you ask me.
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sb10 - April 9, 2007 2:36 PM

This year it will be four years since starting ETL. Last May I enrolled in an online study-at-home course and started volunteer work which really strained my schedule. Last October when my externship officially started it got really crazy. I did not have problems eating healthy ETL food during that time... but my exercise schedule suffered greatly as did the amount of sleep I was getting. Because of the less intense physical activity, I started to notice gastrointestinal upset which was probably from eating too much for my reduced activity level, so I cut down.

Anyway, to make a long story short, one day in early March, I was eating a salad at work and shortly afterwards started feeling a little sick to my stomach. Then I started feeling chilled, and the sick feeling wasn't going away. I left work early. Turns out I had a 102 degree temperature. Other than that sick feeling (which only lasted a few hours), and a general achiness and the chills, I felt fine. I did not eat for two days and took advantage of the time off to catch up on sleep.

I came out of that fever feeling terrific. In the weeks leading up to that fever, I had been noticing a blocked feeling in one ear, sinus congestion, etc. All that went away with the fever. I am convinced ETL helps a fever be far more productive when you DO get one. And I am also convinced that one reason why I got the fever because I had not been doing enough sweat-inducing high-level aerobic activity in the months leading up to it. High-intensity exercise can act like a garbage incinerator, much like a fever.

Bethany - May 22, 2007 7:45 PM

Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations to fast or eat lightly when sick does work. The few times I have been sick on ETL have been nothing compared to prior sicknesses (even when vegan) because this time I followed Dr. Fuhrman's advice and listened to my body to tell me when it wanted food again. Then, I gave it fresh fruit juices, fruits, and soft veggies. I also slept a lot as my body demanded it and was surprised how much better I felt very shortly. Dr. Fuhrman is onto something when he says that we can look at viruses as life-extending when properly handled.

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