In Part 1 of this two-part series, we revealed what’s really going on with the Zika Virus scare. We investigated the hidden agendas behind creating fear over Zika, and the real dangers we face from the horrific pesticide being sprayed on us. In Part 2 (below) you’ll discover how to protect yourself against Zika and other viruses, how to minimize exposure from sprayed pesticides, how to detox from pesticide exposure, and how to safely and naturally eliminate disease-bearing mosquitoes.
Beat (and Avoid) Zika and Other Illness with Good Health Practices and a Strong Natural Immune System
The best way to beat Zika and virtually ever other virus, besides avoiding them in the first place, is to do the things that help protect against every kind of illness:
- Get plenty of rest
- Engage in regular physical activity
- Don’t smoke
- Eat a nutritious, mostly alkaline and mostly plant-based diet
- Supplement to make sure that you get optimum nutrition
- Eliminate and avoid toxins
- Avoid stress and unresolved emotional issues
Perhaps most important of all is to make sure that you have a strong, robust, and well modulated immune system. Your immune system is your body’s natural first line of defense against illness.
Some of the other very best immune system boosters are:
- Echinacea (Forget the flawed mainstream studies that say otherwise!)
- Pau d’arco
- Medicinal mushrooms
- Beta glucans
- Aloe vera
- Bovine colostrums
Some of the best immune modulators, which up-regulate and down-regulate the body’s immune system as needed, include:
- Vitamin D3
- Blackseed oil
- Oleander extract*
*Important Note: The raw oleander plant is quite toxic, but that is not the case when it has been properly prepared. No one should attempt to make their own oleander extract without knowing what they are doing. The safest bet would be to purchase oleander in supplement form.
Don’t Overlook Probiotics
Take probiotics daily − the human intestinal tract is normally home to millions of friendly bacteria that stand like guardians over the immune system. They defend the cells of the intestinal tract and keep unfriendly viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and molds in check.
A great way to restore yourself and your family to optimal levels of friendly bacteria is to add special fermented or cultured foods like kefir or sauerkraut to your diet. You can also take a quality probiotic supplement. Drinking kefir is the best idea, since most kids and adults find it smooth and tasty. Kefir has the power to completely recolonize your intestinal tract with friendly bacteria after they have been wiped out by antibiotic usage.
What to Do if You Come Down with Zika or Another Virus or Illness
If you do come down with a virus or other illness, colloidal silver is a must in this author’s opinion. It is a supreme pathogen destroyer. Whenever a virus comes to your area it’s a good idea to have colloidal silver on hand to help ward off the virus. It will also help beat the virus quickly and lessen its effects if you do get it. Be sure to take plenty (two to four ounces twice a day).
Colloidal silver also helps knock out secondary bacterial infections that often accompany viruses and other illnesses. Such infections often kill the infected individual once the body has been weakened by the initial virus or other illness.
Some of the other best natural pathogen destroyers include:
- Olive leaf extract
- Oil of wild mountain oregano
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Vitamin C
Digestive enzymes can also be very effective in beating viruses since they strip the protective layer off the head of the virus. This will kill it and prevent it from multiplying. Take several quality digestive enzymes three to four times daily.
How to Minimize Exposure to Aerial and Ground Spraying of Pesticides
Despite serious questions about safety and effectiveness, municipalities around the country are beginning to blanket their cities and their citizens with pesticides to cut down mosquito populations. People, pets, gardens, lawns, livestock… nothing is safe and individual citizens are not able to opt out of the widespread spraying.
While those opposed to pesticide contamination can do little to stop it, there are plenty of important measures everyone can do to limit their pesticide exposure. Such measures to reduce your exposure to pesticides include:
- Staying inside when pesticides are being applied and don’t come out until there has been plenty of time for the pesticides to settle out. If you have to go out, wear a cloth mask, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Once pesticide have been sprayed and settled, wear rubber gloves and use natural cleansers to wipe down outside surfaces such as lawn furniture, BBQ grills, automobiles, water hoses, fence gates, doors, bicycles, and toys which were not brought inside. Good, natural cleaners include baking soda, diluted lemon juice, diluted hydrogen peroxide, and diluted apple cider vinegar. Rinse and/or wipe the surfaces with water after the wipe down. Rags and cleaning cloths used to get rid of pesticide residue would best be disposed of instead of laundering. This is because laundering will ultimately result in the pesticides ending up in the municipal water supply.
- Rinse off patios, driveways, sidewalks, and other outside surfaces and water your lawns and plants to rinse off as much pesticide as possible. Use a spray nozzle to wash off your gardens and other plants where it might come into contact with your skin or clothing − or be consumed.
- If possible, keep pets and animals inside or sheltered when pesticides are being sprayed. Once the pesticides have been applied, bathe your pets frequently to minimize their contact with pesticides.
- Until your yard and other outside surfaces have been watered several times, take off your shoes when you come inside to keep from tracking pesticides into the house. Clean the soles of your shoes with one of the natural cleansers listed above.
- Wash off any produce from your garden before you consume it (a good practice to use all the time). Two excellent natural produce washes are three percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and vinegar. You can spray H2O2 on your produce with a mister bottle and rinse with water. Vinegar can be diluted 50/50 with water and placed in a bowl to rinse your produce.
- Install water filters on your faucets and shower heads. Widespread pesticide spraying inevitably results in pesticides getting into the municipal water supply. In today’s contaminated world, water filters are a good idea regardless of whether or not your area has had pesticides applied. The best filters are ones that get rid of chlorine and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Though the above steps will not completely eliminate exposure to pesticides, they will help keep exposure to a minimum.
How to Detox From Pesticide Exposure
If you live in an area which is being blanketed with aerial or ground spraying of pesticides for mosquitoes, it is virtually impossible to completely avoid exposure. However, there is plenty you can do to help get the pesticides out of your body and offset their effects:
- For example, eating an all-organic diet for only a week can remove up to 90% of pesticides in the body.
- Drinking up to 10-12 glasses of clean, filtered water daily helps flush toxins from your body.
- Skin brushing reduces the fatigue caused by pesticide exposure. It also helps the lymph drainage system flush toxins from your system.
- Exercise 30 minutes to one hour daily to bring more oxygen-rich blood to your kidneys and liver, allowing them to eliminate toxins more effectively.
- Most toxins are eliminated in bile via the liver. In addition to commercial cleansing products, a wide variety of foods, supplements, and healthy practices can help flush and eliminate pesticides and other toxins from the body.
- Glutathione is the body’s natural detoxifier which enables the liver to remove toxins from the body. N-Acetyl Cysteine helps the body produce glutathione. Likewise, coffee enemas increase glutathione production and also help keep the bile ducts open.
- One “must have” item is milk thistle, which is not only a great detoxifier but is also wonderful for overall liver health.
- Essiac Tea is a great whole body cleanser which is noted for its cancer-fighting abilities.
- About one-fourth of the toxins in your body are eliminated through the skin. Saunas and hot baths help sweat toxins out.
- Clay baths are extremely effective at pulling all kinds of toxins out of the body. The best clay for detoxification is calcium montmorillonite. You can also use Bentonite Clay, which is essentially calcium montmorillonite that is less pure.
- Pantethine can be helpful in opening up the roadblocks pesticides create which prevent the body from being able to fully utilize natural detox items.
- Activated charcoal is very potent and safe to consume. Take 20-30 grams a day of activated charcoal in divided doses mixed with water for one to two weeks.
- Citrus pectin is a very powerful detoxifying substance and, though it eliminates toxic metals, it doesn’t deplete the body of zinc, calcium, or magnesium.
- Alkaline bodies are better able to flush toxins, thus it is a good idea to eat plenty of alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables.
- Fiber helps flush toxins out of the liver and digestive system. Dietary sources of fiber include flax seed, barley, beans, and fresh or dried prunes. Eat two to three servings of fiber-rich foods daily.
- Toxins tend to collect in the fatty tissues such as those found in and around the liver. Grapefruit contains a flavonoid called naringenin that reprograms your liver to melt excess fat, instead of storing it.
- Other items which can help include: lemons, asparagus, eggs, magnesium, vitamin C, selenium, dandelion root, sarsaparilla, and burdock root.
How to Naturally Eliminate and Repel Mosquitoes
Spring, summer, and fall are all prime times for mosquitoes. The good news is that the annoying and potentially dangerous disease-carrying, blood-sucking pests can be eliminated and avoided naturally without resorting to dangerous pesticides.
Here are some of the best tips for getting rid of and avoiding mosquitoes:
Eliminate or treat standing water on your property. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, where they breed. Thus the best way to avoid attracting them is to reduce the amount of standing water on your property. Here are some suggestions on eliminating standing water:
- Regularly clean and treat swimming pools
- Frequently change the water in wading pools, birdbaths, and other water containers
- Keep ditches, drains, and culverts free of debris so water can drain properly
- Repair leaky pipes, outside faucets, and failed septic systems
- Keep your grass short
Another option for standing water is using mosquito dunks which float in water and slowly release Bacillus thuringiensis v. israelensis (BT). BT is toxic for mosquitoes but considered safe for humans. An organic nursery is almost certain to have mosquito dunks and you can also often obtain them at local regular nurseries, hardware stores, and Walmart.
Plant mosquito-repelling plants such as marigolds, pansies, Thai lemon grass, citronella grass, oregano, chives, catnip, and garlic, all of which are excellent natural mosquito repellents.
Use mosquito repelling oils. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is considered to be one of the most effective natural mosquito repellents. It provides comparable protection to low concentrations of the toxic mosquito repellent DEET.
The oil of citronella found in outdoor candles, torches, and skin products provides a natural and fragrant way to keep mosquitoes at bay. Note that there is a chance that citronella can cause skin irritations in children and people with sensitive skin, especially if applied incorrectly.
Other effective mosquito repelling oils include: soybean oil (provided that you can find an organic non-GMO source) and lavender oil.
Other Tips for Eliminating and Avoiding Mosquitoes
- Avoid being outside during the dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes, and socks that cover your skin. Tightly woven materials are best. Plus, be sure to wear light colored clothes, since mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to fragrances (other than the oils listed above), so it’s a good idea to avoid wearing perfumes and scented products while you’re outside.
- Eat plenty of garlic. Garlic is released through the pores of your skin and the scent makes it harder for mosquitoes to find you and less likely to stay on your skin. Garlic also helps fight the damage from toxins.
Make your own natural insect repellent
Herbalist Debra Nuzzi-St. Claire suggests combining these essential oils to make a natural insect repellent:
- 1/2 ounce citronella oil
- 1/4 ounce lavender oil
- 1/8 ounce pennyroyal oil
- 1/8 ounce tea tree oil
- 1/8 ounce jojoba oil
Do not use this blend on your skin without diluting it. To make an insect repellent that can be used on your body as a lotion, add 16 ounces of jojoba or almond oil to the base oil mixture and blend thoroughly.
For an insect repellent spray, add 16 ounces of vodka to the base oil mixture, pour into a spray bottle, and shake before using.
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