Flu Season? No Problem.

By Dr. Dena Mendes

We are deep in cold and flu season and many people are calling me with upper respiratory infections and pneumonia. This is simply the immune system’s way of attacking a virus. It’s called an inflammatory response that then produces flu symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, and body aches. The body uses what’s called Endo-cannabinoids to engage its immune response and unfortunately we are sometimes unable to fully control the inflammatory process and must go through the entire painful process(flu/cold) as we discharge and eliminate the inflammation/mucus.  

“People tend to underestimate the effects of flu (and doctors underestimate the dangers of vaccines), but it puts several hundreds of thousands of people in the hospital every year. The flu can kill up to 50,000 people every year, and there are certain groups—people with underlying medical conditions, the elderly, pregnant woman, and the very young—who are at risk for severe illness from flu,? said Dr. Michael Jhung, a flu expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If we focus on building our immunity naturally rather than trying to rid ourselves of the flu as soon as humanly possible by rushing into the arms of an anti-biotic, we would experience fewer sick days the next season or maybe none at all.  My preventative suggestion is to use the Neti pot and take Oscillococcinum for a few days when encountering infected people or kids. Stay clear of sugar during this season and I suggest no dairy or inflammatory/mucus forming foods! Take a daily dose of oregano oil and/or garlic. No raw foods or juices, as they cause dampness during the colder seasons.


Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P), Director International Medical Veritas Association offers some brilliant solutions for cold and flu alike using infrared BioMats. “There is nothing like having a BioMat under your body the entire time you have a bad cold or flu. Nothing will take away the pain and provide as much comfort as radiating the entire body with infrared light that turns to heat inside the body.” I personally use an infrared sauna. 

I suggest to my clients that they take this health awaking opportunity as just that, don’t rush to grab for the anti-biotic (anti-life), take the time you deserve to build and strengthen, rest and pamper and hack up all the toxins we’ve been accumulating that need to “express? or discharge form the body or lungs so we can move forward in a healthier stronger way like we deserve! 

Dr. Dena is licensed and certified as a Health Coach, Holistic yoga instructor, Holistic Chef and Pranic healer. She received her degree in broadcast journalism and public health from Arizona State University, has attended prestigious alternative health programs at Harvard and Northwestern Universities and holds a Doctor of Naturopathy degree.

To learn more about U contact Dena at www.DenasHealhtyU.com or call 847.909.3362