Sunday, October 26, 2014

Boycott Those Who Fight Our Right to Label GMOs

Top donors to Oregon’s NO on 92 Campaign
Monsanto – $4.8 million
Dupont/Pioneer - $4.46 million
Pepsi - $1.4 million
Coke - $1.17 million
Kraft – $870,000
Land O’Lakes - $760,000
General Mills – $695,000
Kelloggs – $500,000
Dow - $368,300
Hershey - $320,000
Smuckers’ – $295,000
ConAgra - $250,000

If you want the full list along with the list go here. 

It is not enough to simply boycott the above companies. You want to boycott any company that they own also. Many of these companies own a variety of brand names. Some of those brands are organic! So, I am going to list the companies with their brand names below. Those in yellow are organic ones.  I stopped purchasing anything from these companies when they gave money in California. They are still up to no good and if you are still supporting these companies, please look for other options. They do exist.

We are making a dent in them. Many of them have noticed a lack of interest in their products. By the way, General Mills shareholders unanimously rejected a proposal to go GMO free.  So, if you want to purchase their one GMO free product, I guess that would send them a message that it is a good idea to go GMO free, but don't buy anything else from them. Myself, I would not trust a company that puts out any GMO products. I know they have no interest in my health.

Coca-Cola North America $1.17 million Dasani, Evian, Fuse Healthy Infusions, Smartwater, Dr. Pepper, Just Juice, Nestea, Monster, Vitaminenergy, Powerade, Minute Made Juices to go, Capri-Sun, Five Alive, Glaceau Smartwater, Glaceau Vitaminwater, Honest Tea, Odwalla, Simply juice   

ConAgra Foods $250,000 Chef Boyardee, Banquet, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Snack Pack, Reddi-whip, Wesson, Pam, Hebrew National, David Seeds, Kid Cuisine, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s organic, Slim Jim, Alexia Foods, Lightlife, Hunts Organic

General Mills, Inc.$695,000  Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Good Earth, HaƤgen Daz, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fiber One, Lucky Charms,  Hamburger Helper, Cascadian Farm Organic, Muir Glen, Good Earth, Larabar, Liberte Greek yogurt, Nature Valley

The Hershey Company $$320,000 Almond Joy, Reese’s, Mounds, Kit Kat, York, Twizzlers, Dagoba

Kellogg Company $500,000 Cheez-It, Famous Amos, Keebler, Special K, Pringles, Austin, Mother’s Cookies, Carr’s, Gardenburger, Worthington, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Rice Krispies, pop-tarts, Chips Deluxe Cookies, Eggo, All-Bran, Nutri-Grain, Frosted Flakes, Crunch Nut, Krave, Coco Pops, Fruit Loops, Corn Flakes, Corn Pops, TownHouse, Kashi, Bear Naked, Wholesome & Hearty (Gardenburger), Morningstar Farms / Natural Touch

Kraft Foods $870,000 A-1 Steak Sauce, Alpen Gold, Cadbury, Capri Sun, Cheeze Whiz, Chips Ahoy!, Cool Whip, Cracker Barrel, Crystal Light, Dentyne, General Foods, Gevalia, Honey Maid, Halls, Jell-O, Kraft, Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House, Miracle Whip, Nabisco, Newtons, Nilla, Nutter Butter, Oreo, Philadelphia, Planters, Ritz, Stove Top, Tang, Tolberone, Trident, Triscuit, Velveeta, Wheat Thins, Halls cough drops, Boca Burgers, Back to Nature

Land O Lakes (from what I can tell - Land O' Lakes is owned by Dean)
Dean Foods Company  $760,000Garelick, Horizon Organic, Lehigh Valley, Tuscan, Swiss, Shenandoah’s, Reiter, Meadow Gold, Robinson Dairy, Model Dairy, Alta Dena, Swiss Premium, TruMoo, Alpro,  Silk, White Wave (from what I can tell - Land O' Lakes is owned by Dean) Land O’ Lakes $59,321 Butter, Saute Express, cheese, spreads & margarine, eggs, half & half, whipping cream, cocoa & cappuccino mixes, sour cream, milk, Silk, Horizon Organic

PepsiCo, Inc. $1.4 million Frito Lay, Tropicana, Quaker, Gatorade, Izze, Mountain Dew, AMP Energy, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Tazo iced teas, SoBe, Aquafina, Brisk, Lipton, Propel Zero, Miss Vickie’s, Sabra hummus, Sunchips, Tazo, IZZE Sparkling Juice, Naked Juice, Naked Juice Coconut Water, Mother's Cereals, Nut Harvest Nuts, Sabra Hummus, Stacy's Pita and Bagel Chips, Aquafina, Tostitos Organic, Tropicana Organic

Smucker’s Donated $ $295,000  R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic

Friday, October 17, 2014

Environmental Pollutants Linked With Obesity & Diabetes

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are compounds used by different industries. It is a name that includes plastics and agricultural products. POPs may have different chemical structures but share a common characteristic: they do not degrade naturally. All human beings are exposed to POPs to some degree. Research in 2006 found out the the people with the highest amount of POPs had an increased risk for diabetes.

The link between diabetes and POPs was not examined until more recently when a new study published in July 2014 examined  the relationship between POPs levels and glucose metabolism as well as fat tissue. The new data reveals that levels of POPs in human serum and fat tissue correlate significantly with glucose levels during an oral glucose tolerance test. The results suggest that environmental levels of POPs may cause diabetes.

The study looked at 151 obese and 44 normal-weight individuals. They examined a wide range of ubiquitously present POPs, including 28 types of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the pesticide p,p'-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (p,p'-DDE). 

 They found that individuals who were obese had higher levels of POPs than normal-weight individuals. High POPs levels were related to impaired glucose tolerance, higher HbA1c levels and higher fasting glucose levels.

These results concur with a previous study in Sweden that found that elevated levels of POPs predicted the development of type 2 diabetes.

The authors suggest that exposure to endocrine-disrupting POPs may be contributing to the pandemic of both type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity.

  • Participants also underwent serum testing for 28 different PCBs and the pesticide p,p'-DDE.
  • 53 individuals undergoing bariatric surgery agreed to have a sample of their adipose tissue tested for POPs.
  • PCB153, PCB138, and PCB180 were the most commonly isolated PCBs, and study analysis focused on these 3 compounds.
  • Mean concentrations of POPs were significantly lower in the lean vs the overweight cohorts.
  • After patients receiving medications for diabetes were excluded, all serum POPs were associated with impaired glucose tolerance, higher HbA1c levels, and higher fasting glucose levels. The relationship between serum POPs and glucose intolerance persisted after controlling for participants' BMI values.
  • POP levels from adipose tissue correlated positively with glucose intolerance.
You might share this data with your type 2 diabetic friends who eat non-organic food.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Self Contemplation & Meditation/Prayer

In our hectic and sometimes overwhelming world, we need to have a calm spot to go to for strength and awareness of what is really important.

With the tools of meditation/prayer and self contemplation we can see ourselves for who you we really are. We can see beyond the immediate to the greater part of ourself where true knowledge is available. Through self contemplation and meditation we grow closer to an understanding of ourself, others, and the nature of reality. This helps us to be calm and make good decisions in our every day lives.

Self Contemplation
Self contemplation is a constant observance of our daily activities. Simply an awareness of what we do, think and feel throughout our day. A quiet watching of what we do, how we react, what we think and feel. Through self contemplation we become more understanding, more loving, and more involved. If we want to grow as an individual, self contemplation is the best tool we have. 

Simply taking 20 minutes from our day to be quiet in meditation/prayer we become healthier, and wiser and more likely to acknowledge and understand our connection to the "bigger picture." Giving ourselves time for our inner world, helps us to connect to our outer world.

You do not have to sit in a certain way, or do anything special. Simply, retreat to your inner self and watch your thoughts, consider a higher power, or imagine yourself without physical boundaries. There are as many ways to be quiet and meditate/pray as there are people. In fact some people find certain activities to be very meditative/prayerful. Sitting and watching the sun rise or the sun set or laying beneath the stars at night quietly contemplating nature are a few examples. These activities can lead to deep states of prayer/meditation.

Ebola: Where to Get Data

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been keeping track of Ebola for some time. They are a good place to check out if you want to get facts on Ebola, learn the history, find out how it spreads etc. You can do that at this link. Learning about it will help you to be less scared of it. 

The best place to get data in the United States is at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Although it is a deadly disease, you have to keep in mind that so far, more people died of the flu in the United States this year than have died from Ebola all over the world this year. I realize people are concerned as it is more deadly than the flu, but I still think if you educate yourself about the known facts that you will not feel helpless in the face of this disease.

The WHO also has updates on Ebola that you can find on their site. Additionally, Doctors Without Borders has detailed information on Ebola. We do not fully understand this disease. There are many things still unknown about it, but I think that Doctors Without Borders is probably the most well acquainted with the disease. Their site is a bit overwhelming to look through, but still worthwhile if you want to know what is going on. Here is a link to one of their Ebola pages

Please realize if you are really concerned about this, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself on Ebola, understand how it spreads, and think about what you can do to protect yourself. This is true of all disease. If you did not read my prior blog on Ebola & Viruses, read it here.

The steps to staying healthy around any communicable disease are:

Learn about it.

Keep yourself healthy by healthy living methods.

Stay away from those who have it. 

Those who have it should be isolated from those who do not have it.

Isolate yourself from those around you if it is in your community.

If you might come in contact with those who have it, use barrier methods to protect yourself. 

What about going out into the community?
When coming home from a community situation such as work, shopping, events etc, immediately wash your hands and any other body parts or clothing that you are concerned may be contaminated. Always wash your hands after being around others during flu season or other contagious outbreaks. Do not touch your face with your hands unless they have been washed.

Stop shaking hands with people. If there is a communicable disease in  your community, do not go around shaking hands, and hugging people. Keep at a distance from them. If they are sick, stay away from them. Contact with your friends and family is good, and it is wonderful to meet new people and greet them, but not if you have a communicable disease going through your area.

Regarding Barrier Methods:
Ultimately, isolating yourself from a contagion is the best step to take and usually the first step to take.

Your skin is a protective barrier. It isolates your interior world from the outside world and protects you from disease. However, you have openings into the inner parts of your body. They are your  mouth, nose, eyes, urethra, vagina, anus. It is very common for people to touch their face with their hands. So, be more aware of keeping your hands away from your face. If you touch a surface that has a living virus on it with your fingers and then rub your eyes with your fingers, you just introduced that virus into one of your body openings. Additionally, small cuts you may not even notice can allow infectious disease inside. This is why gloves are important and washing hands is important. We interact with the world with out hands a lot.

You can wear clothing to protect you, including masks, goggles, gloves if you are caring for others who have a contagious disease or simply around them. However, realize those items can get contaminated and you have to be careful when you remove them. Standard practice for people who are in isolation units or working with hazardous chemicals is to double glove. This allows them to have a clean glove under their dirty glove to use when removing gear. They also tape up the outer glove to their suit sleeve so there is no skin showing. They also put on rubber boots over the pants of their hazardous materials suit. With Ebola they are also using bleach to wash down the suits before entering an Ebola care unit and after leaving the unit. So barriers can get fairly complicated. In this case they are using a barrier that has a coating on it that kills Ebola. 

So, what is ultimately the best barrier? Your own home. If Ebola really gets to your town, simply isolate yourself in your own home. To do that you should have water and food available as well as any supplements, herbs, drugs etc that you need. This is also helpful in case of a storm or other disaster that takes down the electric grid. It will bring our economy to its knees if everyone does this, so the government would not like it and would only institute it as a last measure. However, it would be the most effective way to make sure you are protected from it. The USA should have isolated our country from people flying in from infected areas but that too would effect the worlds economy and not all countries are willing to take this step. Some of the smart countries have. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Uprising Seeds

If you don't know about Uprising  Seeds and Organic Farm you will want to take a look at their seed offerings. I am sure you will find a few gems there that you might not have found in the past. I was searching for a type of corn seed that I wanted to grow when I came upon their website. They are sold in a local store in my area, but you can also purchase their seed online. Only a few years back, it was difficult to find all the organic seeds you wanted. Now there are many farms selling organic seed. Let me know what you think of Uprising Seeds.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ebola and Other Viral Illness Preparation

Please realize there is nothing that has been shown to protect people from Ebola. However, there are people who survive it and the question is why does one person survive it and another succumb to the disease. Although, there is no data to show what protects people from Ebola, I can share with you general information on how people protect themselves from infectious viruses in general. We know that our bodies have mechanisms in place to protect us from disease.  

Two Main Areas to Be Aware of: Barrier Method & Immune System
Our skin is our first barrier that protects us. However, there are multiple entry points that allow entry of germs if they come in contact with mucous membranes of the eye, nose, mouth, vagina, urethral opening, anus and of course any cuts or micro-cuts in our skin allow entry of germs. The immune system is of course our greatest asset. Learning to be aware of entry points for viruses and making sure you use barriers for protection such as masks, gloves or even whole body suits in some situations is your first line of defense. Supporting your bodies immune system and being in good health is your second line of defense. I suggest you work with a qualified health care practitioner to decide what will work best for you. I will give some ideas below that you can discuss with them. Realize that everyone is different. Some people will react to herbs/nutrients in undesired ways. Pregnant women and others with special conditions may not want to take these supplements. It is really best to work with a health care practitioner who can guide you appropriately. This is just educational information to discuss with your practitioner. Please do not take it as medical advice. It can not substitute for your health care practitioners advise.

I am going to tell you what I do when there are viral illnesses going around in my community. 

When I have friends and family with colds or flus they all know they are not welcome at my house. I love them but I ask them to stay home and care for themselves when they are sick. If they are so sick that I need to go to their home to help them, I wear a mask and gloves. This is just standard infectious control for some fairly easy to care for conditions. However, Ebola is a bit more serious than the cold or a standard flu. Our government should tell people who have passports from countries with active Ebola that they are not allowed to come into the United States until the outbreak is over. They should also say the same for people who have been in a country with an Ebola outbreak in the last 21 days. Additionally, they should have put out talking points on how people can protect themselves from getting Ebola. This is just simple 101 infectious control on a worldwide stage. Obviously, we can’t depend on our government to protect us, so you really need to consider what you need to do to protect yourself from coming down with Ebola or other infectious diseases if it is in your community. Once again, I suggest you discuss this with your health care practitioner.

So what if Ebola ends up in my area? How would I change my protocol as far as my first line of defense (barrier method)? I  would once again tell everyone to stay home if they are ill and not visit me. I would additionally limit my interactions with people to a minimum. No hand shaking, no hugging on greeting others. I would be careful about who I let into my house. I would treat any package or other item being delivered to my home as possibly being contaminated. With Ebola I would suggest people who think they have it, go to the hospital to be isolated from the community and cared for. If someone is sick with the flu and I need to help them I would completely cover my body with protective clothing that can be either thrown away or can be decontaminated each time I go to their home. If Ebola is in the area, I can’t be sure they have the flu, so when I go to their home this is a method to protect myself in case it is really Ebola.

What about decreasing your chance of getting viral infections at the work place?

When I owned an herbal company, we gave people health days to use, but there were those who would take them as fun days and come into work sick. I was always frustrated about this, but could not seem to change their behavior. I did what I could at work to decrease other employees and myself from getting the flu or other viruses they would bring in. Here is what we would do.

• Get the sick person to go  home if you are able to.

• If they are at work at least remove them from the vicinity of others or have them wear a mask if possible. It is best for the sick person to work in their office by themselves or off away from others if possible.

• Wash your hands regularly.

• Have people cough or sneeze into their shirts. People usually cover their mouths with their hands and then they shake your hand or they use the phone etc. The best thing to do is to pull the top of your shirt out and to cough or sneeze inside of the shirt. If you can’t pull the top of your shirt out, you should cover your mouth with your upper arm as you do not touch things with your upper arm usually.

• Clean instruments such as phones, door knobs, etc that are shared with others with some type of antimicrobial cleaner. I use a lavender spray or another antiviral essential oil spray during flu season. You can make a simple spray by starting with a base of 40% rubbing alcohol & 60% water or a Base of 20% grain alcohol and 80% water. Once you make your base put the base into a spray bottle. For each oz of base add 40-60 drops of lavender essential oil. Spray this on items you are sharing with others such as phones. Make sure you don’t spray it on anything you think will be damaged by the essential oil or the alcohol. (I spray this on most things with no problem, but it can damage wood and may damage some fabrics etc. You can test an area first to make sure it will not harm the item.)

Being Out in Public
I have worn a mask to stores when there are infectious outbreaks in my area. I can’t be ill as I have too many responsibilities, so the inconvienence of the mask is worthwhile. I don’t get sick from air born viruses this way of from someone sneezing in my face. I also make sure I wash my hands a lot. Even when there are no infectious diseases in the community, the first thing I do after entering my house from having ran errands in town, is to wash my hands. If I am at someones house with an infectious disease (only if I am assisting them) I am masked and have gloves on. I take the gloves off either at or outside of their door and I am careful of disposing of them. You can also keep wet wipes in your car. The custom of shaking hands is just crazy and really should stop. If you have any epidemic taking place shaking hands, or any other of our greetings involving body contact is an activity that will make it more likely that the virus will spread. Some viruses are spread in the air while others such as Ebola are not. However, they can still be spread in droplets that someone has sneezed onto you or other objects that you might touch. They can sneeze into their hands and then shake your hand. Most people, especially sick people do this absent-mindedly. People really should sneeze into the top of their shirt (Just open it and sneeze inside.) or use their upper arm to stop their sneeze from sending out a mist of virus onto everyone. It is important to realize that contact with a person’s body fluids who is ill with a virus such as Ebola may transmit that virus to another person.  If the sick person wipes their nose with their hand and then push an elevator button and you follow by pushing the same button, that is not good news for you. Especially, if you have a tiny cut on that finger or use your finger to rub your eye afterward. The virus needs a way to get into your body and any opening on your skin will do. Other viruses can be spread even easier if they are air borne. At this time Ebola is assumed to be non-airborne. Viruses do mutate and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

So, this is not in depth but that gives you a brief idea of how to protect yourself from viruses by using barrier methods. Now let us look at how to make our own bodies stronger and able to withstand viruses. Our immune system is responsible for protecting us from viruses, so we can decrease our chance of getting a virus and increase our body’s ability to fight off a virus once we get it if we take care of our immune system.

Please realize that there are no vaccines, herbs, nutrients or anything else that has be shown to prevent Ebola. However, we can still make our immune system as strong as possible. We should keep our immune systems in good working order as a general rule. There are some people on immunosuppressant drugs who should not do this however. An example would be those with organ transplants.  However, as long as they consult with an appropriate practitioner prior to implementing any health routine their practioner can guide them as to the safety of the following material to their health.

The following below are some educational ideas we can use to increase our likelihood of protecting ourselves from infectious disease. Let’s start by examining some of the general things we can do.

Methods to support a healthy immune system include:
•    Avoid allergens or food sensitivities.
•    Eat a nourishing diet of whole organic or biodynamic foods with healthy oils and fats, adequate   protein, high-fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Eat plenty of fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables.
•    Eliminate chemical sensitivities in your environment.
•    Nourish, tonify, and enhance organ systems that are depleted or not functioning properly.
•    Discontinue recreational drug use.
•  Decrease prescription drug use as much as possible under the guidance of your physician.
•    Get adequate exercise.
•    Rest and meditation/prayer.
•    Drink 6-8 glasses of clean water each day.
•    Drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice helps maintain the body’s internal ph.
•    Breath clean air.
•    Get sunshine.
•    Enjoy the benefits of massage and hydrotherapy.
•    Include joyful activities in your day.
   Adequate sleep is very important.
  Avoid Stress
  Sanitation is very important: Wash hands
  Support your digestive tract: 80% of your immune system is in the digestive tract. Probiotics can help.
  Eat only Organic Food. Do not eat GMOs.

Free radicals can keep your immune system from functioning optimally. Free radicals are destructive molecules that lack electrons. They are formed as a natural result of normal metabolic processes like breathing. However, they can increase due to things like stress, infections, poor diet and environmental stressors. So antioxidant rich food can be helpful to protect your immune system and entire body from them.

A USDA study analyzed the antioxidant content of commonly consumed foods. Researchers tested over 100 foods. Here is a ranked list of the top 20 fruits, vegetables and nuts:

   1. Small red bean (dried), 1/2 cup
   2. Wild blueberry, 1 cup
   3. Red kidney bean (dried), 1/2 cup[br[
   4. Pinto bean, 1/2 cup
   5. Blueberry (cultivated), 1 cup
   6. Cranberry, 1 cup (whole)
   7. Artichoke (cooked hearts), 1 cup
   8. Blackberry, 1 cup
   9. Prune, 1/2 cup
  10. Raspberry, 1 cup
  11. Strawberry, 1 cup
  12. Red delicious apple, 1
  13. Granny Smith apple, 1
  14. Pecan, 1 ounce
  15. Sweet cherry, 1 cup
  16. Black plum, 1
  17. Russet potato, 1 cooked
  18. Black bean (dried), 1/2 cup
  19. Plum, 1
  20. Gala apple, 1

For a comprehensive list of Nutrients ingested for their antioxidant effects go to:

What about herbs that are antioxidants. Here is a list of a few from "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth" You will notice some of them are also listed in the research above.

•    Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
•    Chaparral (Larrea tridentata)
•    Fo ti (Polygonum multiflorum)
•    Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
•    Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
•    Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
•    Hawthorne (Crataegus spp.)
•    Ligustrum (Ligustrum lucidum)
•    Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
•    Propolis
•    Rhubarb (Rheum officinalis)
•    Sage root (Salvia miltiorrhiza)
•    Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)
•    Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
•    Tumeric (Curcuma longa)

Some of the more important nutrients and  herbs used to support the immune system are listed below. If you want detailed descriptions on any of these herbs you can get them at this link:

Nutrients to Support the Immune System

• Eating antioxidant rich foods (lots of bright colored fruits and vegetables), which is also a diet rich in Vitamin C, beta-carotene and essential minerals is helpful. See above.

• Increase immune system supportive nutrients such as vitamin C with bioflavonoids 500 mg in the AM and PM at minimum. If someone is sick they usually take vitamin C up to bowel tolerance. (This is the amount that causes your stools to become slightly loose.) Once they reach bowel tolerance they lower the dose slightly so they don't have loose stools. Also zinc, about 15-30 mg per day. If taking zinc for more than 3 months you should take copper in a ratio of 8 parts zinc to one part copper. So if taking 15 mg zinc per day you would take 2mg copper also unless you have Wilson’s disease or some other reason for high copper levels. (Why you consult your practitioner.) Last but not least consider vitamin D (sunshine, supplements such as cod liver oil) (need to check D3 lab levels to decide on amount to take-see below). A multiple B vitamin can be helpful in addition for general cellular energy production.

• Getting a 25-hydroxy-vitamin D test is a good idea as many people do not have adequate levels of vitamin D, and often these people find they can prevent flu with just this one change. Research shows that low levels of vitamin D predispose one to getting the flu as well as the common cold. Until recently there was not a reliable measurement of vitamin D available. The vast amount of new research has shown we need much more vitamin D than thought previously. People who test low in vitamin D usually need to use D3 supplementation to raise their levels to within normal limits. The amounts necessary are often between 3000 IUs to 8000 IUs per day. One should not take large amounts of Vitamin D without testing occasionally to check for toxicity. Although it is best to work with a professional health care worker, many cities have independent labs that will let you order this test without a physicians order.

Selenium is another supplement that is helpful if you have a low selenium diet. Selenium is a mineral that can be problematic in large amounts, so I suggest eating foods with selenium or asking your practitioner for a suggested dosage.

Selenium: brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and other grain products.

Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals, and dairy products

Vitamin D: sunshine, cod liver oil, mackerel, shitake, sockeye salmon, herring, sardines, catfish, tuna, eggs (Not as much as the fish.)

Vitamin C: Raw, or consume liquids cooked in as you loose vitamin C in the cooking water. Peppers, horseradish, parsley, kale, leeks, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprounts, potatoes, onions, orange, papaya

Now, lets take a look at herbs that are used to support the immune system. I have taken out “low dose” botanicals from these lists for safety sake. Below is a list of immunomodulator herbs. Immunomodulator is a term used for herbs that enhance the body’s natural defense system to assist in infectious conditions or other situations which tax the immune system.

•    Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera)
•    Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata)
•    Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
•    Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
•    Cedar (Thuja spp.)
• Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) - see the pdf on Echinacea at
•    Elecampane (Inula helenium)
•    Garlic - fresh (Allium sativa)
•    Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
•    Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
•    Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
•    Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum) – Very useful herb but beaware it can cause problems in some folks, so should be used by trained practitioners.
•    Monarda spp. 
•    Oregon grape root (Mahonia spp.)
•    Osha (Ligusticum porteri)
•    Paracress (Spilanthes acmella)
•    Prickly ash (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis)
•    Propolis
•    Red root (Ceanothus americanus)
•    Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
•    Wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria )
•    Wu wei zi (Schisandra chinensis)

 Lymphagogues are also used when someone has an infectious condition.

Lymphagogue: Supports the lymphatic organs or stimulates activity of the lymph system.
•    Burdock (Arctium lappa)
•    Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
•    Cleavers (Galium aparine)
•    Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
•    Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)
•    Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
•    Wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)

For details on each of the above herbs, go to:  
Each herb can be looked up here under either it's common or latin name. The information is completely free. There is updated newer data in my book. Sorry, it is not online.

Your Gut & Your Immune System
Now remember, I mentioned above that 80% of your immune system is in your gut. So, take good care of your gut. 

Do not eat GMOs. If you want to know why, read these articles I wrote:

Consider gut microflora replacement. They are also called probiotics or your microbiome. Additionally consider increasing your consumption of prebiotics. Prebiotics are food for the gut bacteria.

Around 100 trillion of these beneficial bacterial cells populate your body, particularly your intestines and other parts of your digestive system. In fact, 90 percent of the genetic material in your body is not yours, but rather that of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms that compose your microflora.

The composition of this microflora has a profound impact on your health. For example, we now know that your intestinal bacteria influence your immune system as well as genetic expression, weight, brain development, memory, mental health, as well as the risk of various acute and chronic diseases.

How to Optimize Your Gut Flora

The good news is that positively influencing the bacteria growing in your body is relatively easy.

Reserve antibiotics for serious cases of bacterial infections only.

Eat a healthy diet that is low in sugars and processed foods and devoid of GMOs. Eat only organic food.

Eat fermented foods and drinks.

Feed your gut bacteria herbs that are considered probiotics (food for good gut bacteria). Those herbs with high inulin are good sources. These include dandelion root, and burdock root. Inulin is usually higher in the roots in the late autumn. These two roots are used as a food source in general. Another herb (not used as a food and only as an herbal medicine) is called elecampane. It too is high in inulin.

Most water soluble fiber is "good food" for your good gut bacteria. Examples of foods/herbs with water soluble fiber is oats, apples, marshmallow root and slippery elm.

One last thing I would say regarding infectious disease. If there is an infection such as Ebola in the United States and it appears to be spreading. (We do have one case in Dallas Texas now.) Then, I suggest you have reserve supplies on hand. Food, water, herbs, medicines and anything else you need. People will be quarantined in their own homes as the Dallas family of the man who currently has Ebola. You also might want to quarantine yourself for your own safety at some point. Having supplies on hand will allow you to do that. It is always a good thing to have supplies in case of electrical outages, storms etc anyway.