They don’t come very often, but every once in a while, I have to take a day off and nurse some kind of bug. I’m not a huge fan of dragging out an illness for a week or two, so I unleash holy hell on whatever cold, flu, stomach or other pesky little organism tries to invade my borders in an attempt to nip it inside of 48 hours. Call it a blitzkrieg, call it “shock and awe”… I just call it Tuesday March 17, 2009.

The methodology:

  1. Fluids. Lots of fluids. Mostly caffeine-free green tea.
  2. Rest. Lots of rest. 12+ hours of sleep. (Yes, I can make myself sleep that long.)
  3. Double-doses of Emergen-C “Immune Defense” every 4 hours while awake. (That stuff has enough vitamin C and zinc to kill a small rodent.)
  4. 400mg of Echinacea every 12 hours.
  5. More rest. More fluids. Ibuprofen if I am sporting a headache. (That is probably the only thing I take that treats symptoms rather than the cause, but I am just not pleasant to be around when I have a headache.)

Did I forget anything? Do you guys have any other remedies that work for you? Are you more into modern medicine or witch doctor natural remedies?

By the way, check out a few interesting bits of data regarding natural vs. pharmaceutical medicines:

More than 50 percent of the drugs made in pharmaceutical companies are actually made with plant derivatives, such as digitalis (made from foxgloves) and taxol (from the Pacific Yew). (Source: World Health Organization)

Also according to the World Health Organization, in some Asian and African countries, 80% of the population depend on traditional medicine for primary health care.

In many developed countries, 70% to 80% of the population has used some form of alternative or complementary medicine.

In the US, as more and more Americans lose their jobs and find themselves in a situation where they can no longer afford health insurance (affordable healthcare being relatively non-existent outside of the health insurance system) the natural health industry may find itself positively impacted by a growing number of disenfranchized patients looking for alternatives in health management. I am not suggesting that this is a good thing, by the way. As much as I dig the natural approach to health management, there is a lot of bulls**t out here as well, and not having a doctor or certified medical professional in your corner to advise you is NOT a good thing. Some herbal remedy companies may take advantage of this growth in demand to flood the market with questionable products… There will be horror stories.Β  But get ready: Pharmaceutical companies, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and the government are going to have to come up with some kind of plan, or they (minus the govt.) are going to be the next casualties of this economic crisis.

The last thing we need is an healthcare bailout. (We can’t afford to prop up big pharma, hospitals AND insurance companies.)

Something to think about. In the meantime, I am going back to bed.

Have a great St. Patrick’s Day. πŸ™‚