FIGHTING RESPIRATORY VIRUSES (Pt 2):
SWEAT IT OUT
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: This piece describes a protocol the author’s found highly effective for fighting respiratory infections over several decades, especially when augmented by some of the other methods described in the accompanying three articles. My experience is that the protocol works across a wide range of viral and bacterial infections, including a few cases recently with symptoms matching reports of the coronavirus’ common presentations.
don’t know about you … but I’m pretty sure I’ve noticed that in my own world respiratory viruses tend to strike, not when I’m going through stressful times, but right afterwards. I get sick as soon as life returns to “normal.”
Years ago a naturopath friend planted a seed in my mind: the idea that perhaps respiratory viruses and the various colds, flus and coughs they cause are the brush fires of the body, clearing out the overgrowth and underbrush. Or better still … maybe respiratory viruses bear the same relationship to our cells that wolves have to a deer herd.
What would it mean if, in the greater scheme of things the job of respiratory viruses is to seek out and destroy the weakest cells so they can be replaced more easily and the organism strengthened?
Now … clearly there are dark implications to be drawn with respect to questions about who survives the present pandemic and who doesn’t. Frankly, there’s little to be gained from going there.
Let’s keep our focus on the matters at hand. This concept only helps us gain a bit more control over matters if we understand that healthy bodies undergo a constant process of identifying weak cells and tissues, destroying them and then rebuilding new cells to replace them. Low-grade inflammatory processes do the work.
Stress hormones slow or stop this process. They’re anti-inflammatory, at least in the short run.
But it seems that when our bodies are stressed they decide that they have more important things to do than stay young, like staying hyper-alert, ready to spring into action, and alive.
That’s why people who go through periods of intense stress can age so rapidly. Their cells are wearing out and not being replaced.
This might just explain why respiratory viruses tend to hit, not when we’re stressed … but just as soon as the stress eases up. There’s more worn out cells to be broken down, more debris to be eliminated. Maybe sometimes our bodies can use a a little help, and the respiratory viruses know it! So to speak.
Even so … respiratory viruses are dangerous and kill hundreds of thousands every year, sometimes more. Lots more. So what can we do to speed up the process and get through it quickly and safely when we do when we get sick?
How to Kick Most Flus to the Curb … in 36 Hours or Less
Well … one thing we can do is understand that, if indeed respiratory viruses are an inevitable part of the Big Picture, one way to deal with the problems they cause is to help those viruses do their jobs while make sure they don’t cause so much damage doing it that they can’t just clean up a little and go home.
Understood in this way, respiratory viruses become a kind of last-ditch detoxification. If we can speed up the rate at which our bodies eliminate the worn-out cellular debris we’re otherwise coughing up and blowing out, we’ll be done with the flu faster.
In other words: sweat it out.
Go buy a bag or box of Epsom Salt (the big one, not the little one.) Clean out your bathtub and start filling it with hot water. Grab all your old bath and beach towels, pull back your comforter or blankets, and lay a set of towels down in the bed where they’ll absorb your sweat when you lie on them. Lay another set down next to where you’ll be lying, and make sure the comforter or blankets are nearby.
Pour about 2-3 cups of Epsom Salt into the tub, and block the overflow drainpipe if necessary to be sure you can immerse yourself completely (a folded up washcloth does the job just fine.) Then … when the tub is almost full … get in.
(By the way, if you’re over 50 or you have any kind of heart condition, you probably shouldn’t do this without clearing it with your doc first. Getting overheated could be bad for you. And it’s pbly not a good idea to do this if you’re running a high fever, say … over 101.)
After soaking for ten or fifteen minutes, your body will tell you it’s time to get out. Count to 100 slowly and prepare yourself. The next few moments will be crucial:
- Leap out of the tub.
- Towel yourself off as fast as you can; don’t worry about getting every last drop because you’re going to be wet again soon enough.
- Dash into bed (don’t slip on the floor, please)
- Get on top of the first set of towels, pull the second set over you, then cover yourself with the blanket or comforter. Be sure your head is wrapped up too. The whole key here is to get all covered up before you cool off.
- Soon you’ll begin to sweat. The longer you go, the better you’ll feel afterwards. Twenty minutes minimum. When I sweat, I try to go for 45 mins to one hour.
Why does this work? Well again … from a naturopathic point of view, we’re speeding up the rate at which toxins leave the body. From a conventional medical point of view, it’s long been noticed that elevated body temperatures help the immune system kill off viruses faster. Who’s right? Maybe both.
Of course all of this works most reliably when done in combination with as many other of the secrets-of-my-trade in this four part series as possible. Especially the next one:
Next up: Linus Pauling’s Revenge!