How To Diagnose, Treat And Survive The Flu

WHAT ARE THE ODDS THAT THE AVERAGE PERSON WILL COME DOWN WITH THE FLU DESPITE PREVENTION STRATEGIES?

5 – 20% of the US population gets the flu each year.

 WHAT ARE THE EARLY WARNING SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE INFLUENZA?

Early warning signs that you may have flu include sudden excessive fatigue, body aches and chills, persistent cough, sore throat and fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

 ARE FLU SYMPTOMS DIFFERENT FOR CHILDREN?

Young children have their own flu warning signs including: not drinking enough fluids, crying with no tears, not waking up or interacting, not eating or having a fever accompanied with a rash and difficulty urinating.

 IF FLU STRIKES, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO CUT DOWN THE DURATION OF THE ILLNESS?

You have to have a game plan on day one of your flu symptoms to dramatically cut the duration. The key is to recognize, respond and relax if the flu strikes, and to know when to go see your doctor if conditions get worse.

 CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH A DAY-BY-DAY STRATEGY FOR ADDRESSING FLU SYMPTOMS EFFECTIVELY?

Day 1-2: Don’t go to school or work. Do stay home and take Oscillococcinum to reduce the duration. A study found that 63 percent of patients who took Oscillococcinum within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” within 48 hours

Day 3-4: Don’t try to get an antibiotic. Do confirm the symptoms with your doctor and get complementary remedies to fight viral infection.

Day 5-7: Don’t lie down, sit up to clear your lungs. Do rest and relax, and get plenty of fluids.

 HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO GET A FLU SHOT?

Although controversial, it’s very important especially for the immune suppressed and especially after what we experienced last year.

IN YOUR NEW BOOK, “BOND” YOU DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PATIENT-DOCTOR RELATIONSHIP. HOW DOES THIS COME INTO PLAY WITH FLU SEASON? WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE YOUR DOCTOR FOR FLU SYMPTOMS AND WHEN IS IT A WASTE OF TIME/MONEY?

Ask to spend more time with your doctor if needed. Find a doctor that’s a good fit for you.  If flu conditions worsen after 3 days, seek medical attention right away.

ONCE DIAGNOSED WITH THE FLU WHAT FOODS SHOULD YOU AVOID?

Any foods with sugar that can compromise your immune system.

 SINCE FLU/COLD SYMPTOMS ARE SIMILAR HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOU HAVE THE FLU? 

According to the CDC: Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

 WHAT SHOULDN’T BE OVERLOOKED WHEN DEALING WITH THE FLU?

Getting plenty of rest. Your body is it’s best healer.

WHAT ARE SOME THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP BUILD OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM?

Supplement with vitamin D and omega-3.  Get plenty of rest. Exercise and reduce or eliminate alcohol intake.

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How to Survive a Divisive Election Cycle

It comes around every few years like clockwork, arriving like an uninvited houseguest that sets up shop and refuses to leave. Like it or not, the divisive election cycle is upon us once again, and the contentious and divisive political environment is worse now than ever before.
Partisan politics have been part of the American landscape for quite some time, but it seems this election cycle is like nothing we have ever seen. From married couples torn apart by their choice of candidates to ruined friendships both online and off, political differences have reached a breaking point, and many voters are feeling the pain. There has been a marked increase in people seeking professional counseling as a result of the current election, and if you are looking for ways to cope, you are not alone. Here are some practical tips to help you survive the current election cycle and come out whole no matter which candidate ends up on Capitol Hill.

Resist the Urge of Social Media

 

Social media, in particular, has become a partisan swamp this election cycle, and resisting its siren call is one of the best ways to cope. Avoiding political posts on Facebook and staying out of political discussions online can give you a refreshing break from the current election cycle.
Instead of focusing on politics and political discussions, delve into the things you really like to do. Whether it is going to the movies, reading a good book, or just relaxing, finding an alternative to politics will make your life better and more fulfilling.

Do Your Own Research

 

Determining what is true and false can be difficult even in the best of times, but in the heat of a contentious election cycle, the truth often gets lost in the shuffle. The fractured nature of news coverage and the Internet makes getting to the truth that much harder, but it is important to persevere.
“Seeking out independent news sources with a long track record of impartiality is the best way to sort out the facts and get the truth about what the candidates say and what is really true,” stated Walter Powell, NFL veteran, African American tech expert, and CEO of Politiscope.
If you find yourself bothered and offended by slights to your own candidate as well as the other guy (or girl), chances are you are on the right track.

Break the 24-Hour News Cycle

 

Being able to access news and information 24 hours a day is good in theory, but the reality is a lot less attractive. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the current news cycle and unduly worried about the outcome of the election, it is time to take a step back and break the 24-hour news cycle. You can be just as informed watching the evening news, and you will feel a lot better.
No matter how you feel about the current state of the mid-term elections or the quality of the candidates in contention, you can rest easy knowing that it will all soon be over. No matter who wins, life will go on, and the sun will rise the morning after election day.

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How did we actually survive without this new iPhone hack?

Minds blown.

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Food blogger and now certified genius, Krissy Brierre-Davis, discovered an iPhone hack that sent Twitter into shock.

Last Saturday, the Atlanta-based blogger stumbled upon a hack that makes moving the cursor way easier. Just click and hold the space bar instead of trying to drag it manually.

‘How come you guys never told me this iPhone trick? I feel duped,’ she tweeted with a screenshot of her discovery.

‘I thought I was an idiot for never having discovered this gem myself,’ Brierre-Davis told BuzzFeed News. ‘My mind was blown. Literally.’

The hack isn’t just limited to the space bar. You can press anywhere on the keyboard for it to work, according to one user.

And it doesn’t stop there! Pressing down while holding the cursor makes highlighting easier as well.

Apparently, we’ve been sleeping on this for three years. The 3D Touch feature was introduced in 2015 with the iPhone 6s.

It’s safe to say most of us feel pretty shocked by this monumental discovery. ‘This is LIFE CHANGING INFORMATION,’ a user tweeted. Even Mike Issac, a Technology Reporter for the New York Times, is amazed. He tweeted, ‘this just changed my entire life.’

Well, it’s safe to say this new iPhone discovery has changed the way we type forever, but how on earth did we not notice this before?

Be right back – off to look up new hacks!

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