Dear friends,

As we are now in the flu season, it is good to be reminded of ways to prevent it. Check out the following points to keep yourself and your family in good health during this winter season.


Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially before eating. Wash under running water for 20 seconds or sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY while washing. It is most important to train your children to do this also.


I find myself doing this and am trying to get into the habit of not rubbing my eyes, mouth or nose. Teach your children to avoid this habit also.


This means to not only refrain from sugar, but all foods containing sugar, which are most foods on the shelves of the supermarket. Read labels very carefully. In fact, when you read the labels first, you will find that you will have to put most foods back on the shelf.

Sugar makes a perfect environment for viruses. Sugar completely destroys your immune system. It destroys the germ-killing ability of white bloods cells to kill bacteria and viruses up to five hours after intake. It interferes with the transport of vitamin C which is needed to fight the flu and robs the body of nutrients such as zinc that are vital for the immune function.

Sugar affects everyone, but has more serious consequences for children. Keep your children away from all sugar and especially when flu viruses are around. That means at Christmas time too!

Also, please reduce carbs as they turn to sugar in your body. Especially eliminate all whites—not only white sugar, but white flour, white pasta and white rice. Completely eradicate pop and sweet teas. I refuse to have sugar in my pantry.

4.    SLEEP

There is nothing like lack of sleep to run down your immune system. Sleep and a healthy diet are your best preventatives against the flu and colds. Make sure you have adequate sleep, especially during flu season. Try to get to bed early. I grew up with the old wives’ tale that the hours of sleep before midnight are the most beneficial. Science has now proved this adage, although I must admit I have broken the rule most of my life. I am now trying to go to bed earlier. The plan is to go to bed no later than 10.00 pm—9.00 pm is even better. Staying up much later than 10.00 pm causes your adrenal glands to make cortisol. This is taxing on the adrenal gland and can lead to adrenal fatigue.  Does this sound too hard to do? It is actually better for your health, and you will accomplish just as much by getting up earlier in the morning. And remember, I am preaching to myself!


The stronger your immune system, the less likelihood of getting the flu or any disease. Avoid all refined foods. Instead eat whole foods, raw foods and green foods.

Here are some extra ideas to build up your immune system for you and your children. You will not be able to do them all, but take what suits you best.

My daughter, Serene, who has eight children, gives herself and the children the following once a day or more as needed.

½ cup chopped onion
A whole bulb of chopped garlic
2 TBS chopped fresh ginger root
1 chopped jalapeño

Put all ingredients in a quart jar, cover with raw vinegar and let sit 4 – 6 weeks. Strain out vegetables and use 2 TBS. or more each day. If you do get a cold or the flu, take every hour. Serene gives her children 1 TBS. each day as a preventative.

1, 000 mg morning and evening

Give children three drops in water once a week. If you notice any signs of flu or colds in the family, give three drops in water once a day. Adults should take 10 – 15 drops in water at the slightest sign of a cold or flu. You can obtain this extract at a health food shop. I have warded off the flu many times by taking grapefruit seed extract.

To make it easier for toddlers to take these vitamins, mix the following:

1 TBS. or more of yogurt (no sugar added)
Crushed Vitamin C tablet, smaller dosage for toddler
Juice of ½ orange
2 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
Stevia for sweetening

Mix together and give to toddler as needed.

1,000 mg each morning to children

1,000 mg each morning and evening for adults. Most adults need much more than this. The consensus is that anything up to 5,000 mg a day is safe and beneficial for most people. After a hydroxyl test (blood test to check Vitamin D levels) most people find they need more. The optimum levels for the body are 60 - 90 ml.  Vitamin D builds the immune system and also fights cancer.

This is a marvelous food that builds up the body’s own natural defenses against viral and bacterial infections, disease and cancer. Take as much as you can each day. You can’t take too much.  Use the Extra Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil for medicinal use. Put 1 TBS. or more in your smoothies. Use it for all your cooking instead of other oils. You can use Expeller Pressed for cooking which is cheaper.

If there are any signs of flu in even one of the children, Serene gets her children to take a banana and dip it into coconut oil (about 2 TBS coconut oil). This is an easy way for the children to eat it.  You can also get the children to put the coconut oil behind their ears and massage it into their lymph glands and also in their nose.

Use coconut way every way you can. To try some delectable recipes with Coconut Butter (it is called butter when it is cold and goes hard, and oil when it is soft in the summer or heated) you can order COCONUT RECIPES by Serene Allison from the Above Rubies website:

This is another super oil. I only use Coconut oil or Red Palm oil for cooking in our home. Every other oil turns to Trans fat when it is heated. Not only are these safe oils to cook with, but they add many nutrients to your body. Both Coconut oil and Red Palm oil strengthen the immune system.

You can put a little Red Palm oil in your smoothies. My husband spreads it on his bread, but I have to admit, I cannot take it that way. But use it as much as you can in your cooking. The following is a smoothie recipe to try:

Ginger Sunrise

2 fresh oranges
2 lemons, peeled with knife, removing yellow rind, but keeping the white pith (omit if you don’t like the sourer taste)
1 – 2 bananas (great for children, eliminate for adults as fattening)
1 large handful of flax seeds or chia seeds (leave out if you don’t have on hand)
2 TBS. Red Palm Oil
2 TBS. Coconut oil
2 chunks fresh raw ginger (about 1”)
Sweetening – Stevia is good
Ice cubes

Blend very well in Vita Mix or good blender until smooth. You can adjust the ingredients to your own liking.


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Here are some other remedies that you may like to try. You won’t need to try them all, but each one is worth looking into. Choose which suits you. You can check the Internet for more information.

I have a friend who uses the following for her family. The taste is wonderful.


½ cup elderberries (check the Internet for dried elderberries)
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 TBS grated fresh root ginger
2 cups water

Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Add ½ cup honey. Store in refrigerator. Take 2 TBS. each day to prevent colds and flu. If you have the flu, take every hour. This recipe only keeps two weeks in the fridge so you will need to make a fresh batch every two weeks.


Any easy fighter is to chop up 1 or 2 garlic cloves very, very finely. Pop in your mouth and swallow before you have a chance to taste the flavor or imbibe the smell. This is an easy and wonderful way to fight the flu. I find this simple and effective.


Many folk use the following Natural Antibiotic Recipe using Young Living Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils. Here is the recipe from Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils, compiled by Connie and Alan Higley, 10th edition.

12 drops Thieves Oil
6 drops Oregano Oil
2 drops Frankincense Oil

Put drops in a “00” size capsule and ingest one capsule every 4 hours for 3 days, then every 8 hours for 4 days.

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Or contact Jackie Thelen,

BURIED TREASURE – ACF (Acute Cold and Flu Formula)

This is highly effective for fighting colds. You can purchase it as your local health food store or online. Our daughter, Pearl, always has it on hand for use at the first sign of a sniffle.


Horseradish root is a powerful antibiotic and useful for fighting the flu, as well as urinary tract infections and even cancer. I have just harvested the roots from m y garden and am getting ready to prepare it as a sauce and to use in other recipes. Check the Internet for all kinds of wonderful recipes.

Prepare the following to use as needed. Slice or chunk the horseradish root, place in blender and grind, adding small amounts of vinegar for a good consistency, about 1 TBS vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)  to 1 cup horseradish. The vinegar preserves the horseradish and enhances the flavor. Vinegar stops the heat-building enzyme activity that grinding causes. If you want hotter horseradish, wait before adding the vinegar. Adding the vinegar right away will make the horseradish milder.

Horseradish will take your breath away, bring tears to your eyes, but at the same time clear all your sinuses, help ward off the flu and make you feel great!

You can add 1 TBS. of horseradish to your coleslaw or even to your meat loaf you are preparing.


Oil of Oregano also known as Wild oil of Oregano is a powerful antiviral, antibiotic, antibacterial, anti parasitic, antifungal, and antimicrobial and is effective in preventing and treating all strains of influenza, swine flu, bird flu, etc. We have purchased capsules and found them very effective. Don’t confuse it with your daily oregano for enhancing food.


We have also used this effectively. The olive is a special tree. They say the olive tree never dies. Well, it sure lives a long time. I love to see the old gnarled olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. They say they have been there for 2,000 years. Science has now found an active ingredient in the olive leaf called oleuropein which has the power to eliminate viruses and fight flus and colds.


An herb which strengthens the immune system and fights off infections. Check the Internet for purchase. Adults only.


A lot of germs come through the ears. As a preventative, pour a little Hydrogen Peroxide in the ear. I love to feel it bubbling in my ear. Do it once a week (perhaps on the weekend), one night in one ear and the next night in the other. I find it easier to do it this way as the peroxide doesn’t run out from one ear when pouring it in the other ear.


I take this each day.

Here’s a fun one…


Some people think this is an old wives’ tale, but my mother always did it and I still continue to do it. If someone has the flu in the home, I cut an onion in half and put it in a strategic place. Supposedly the germs go to the onion. If my husband has a sniffle, I cut an onion and put half by his side of the bed and half by my side of the bed. He complains of the smell but puts up with it!

7.    NETI POT

Check the Internet for a Neti Pot to clear nose and sinuses.


After taking these powerful, but natural flu fighters, you won’t feel the need to take the flu vaccinations. Search for information. Check the Internet and discuss with your husband before allowing yourself and your family to become a victim to these shots.

Pregnant mothers should think carefully before taking the shot. More and more testimonies are coming to light of miscarriages after taking the H1N1 vaccination. Click on the following to read of miscarriages through this vaccination.


Blessings from NANCY CAMPBELL

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