A Natural Approach To Health
Living With SARS
I had a question the other day about SARS.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory illness first infecting people in parts of Asia, North America, and Europe in late 2002 and early 2003.
SARS is caused by a type of virus.
Experts believe SARS may have first developed in animals because the virus was found in civets—a catlike wild animal in China—and other animals.
Like most respiratory illnesses, SARS is spread mainly through contact with infected saliva or droplets from coughing.
You can’t get SARS from brief, casual exposure to an infected person, like passing someone on the street.
In general, you need to have close contact to become infected.
Close contact includes living with or caring for a person who has SARS or breathing in air an infected person exhaled.
Outbreaks of SARS don’t appear to be seasonal.
An infection may develop after:
>Sharing food or drink with an infected person.
>Hugging or kissing a person who has SARS.
>Close contact with an infected person.
>Getting the tiny droplets on your hands by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
It’s possible SARS can be transmitted in other ways, like by touching objects contaminated with feces from an infected person.
This could happen if people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom.
The disease doesn’t appear to spread from a mother to her baby at birth.
The main symptoms are a fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
A person with SARS also may experience a headache, muscle aches, a sore throat, fatigue, and diarrhea.
Older people may feel generally unwell and lose their appetite but not have a fever.
For some people the symptoms get worse quickly, making a hospital stay necessary.
The time from when a person is first exposed to SARS until symptoms appear is usually 3-7 days but may be as long as 10 days.
Experts believe a person can spread the illness to others only while he or she has symptoms.
As a precaution, though, it’s recommended people who have SARS stay home, except for doctor visits, until 10 days after their symptoms have gone away.
To deal with SARS it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
*Consider a vaporizer.
*Avoid sugar as it “turns off” your immune system.