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17 Ways To Avoid Swine Flu and Why Not to Freak Out

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pigart1Okay, Pinkies, this may seem like a bit of a digression, but since everyone’s talking about Swine Flu and I’m a doctor, I feel like I’ve got to weigh in on this one. After all, part of Owning Pink is Owning Your Health, so let’s chat. First off, DON’T PANIC. And don't contribute to the mass hysteria being tweeted on Twitter and babbled on Facebook. PLEASE. Educate yourself and others, but get your information correct and quote reputable sources. Don't forget that swine flu is an influenza virus, not ebola. You’re not going to start hemorrhaging out of your eyeballs and keel over after someone sneezes on you. Remember that most people don’t die from the flu. They get a fever, some body aches, a cough, a bit of vomiting and diarrhea sometimes, and they’re stuck in bed feeling like crap. Sometimes they need IV fluids and some anti-viral medications. But it’s the flu. Let's keep a little perspective, Pinkies!

I know, I know. This flu virus is different. It’s carried by piggies, and because of that, we don’t have natural immunity to it, which makes us vulnerable. But even if you get it (fingers crossed for you and me both), chances are that you’ll recover just fine. The problem is that it appears to be highly infectious. Unlike HIV, which is transmitted primarily by blood and sexual body fluids, swine flu is spread via the respiratory system, meaning that the virus particles fly through the air from coughing, sneezing, licking, even breathing. But it’s still just the flu. Don’t worry. Take precautions, but don’t freak. Okay? There's a rumor out there that antiviral drugs don't work for this strain of influenza, but according to the CDC, laboratory tests prove that this is not true. Although this strain of swine flu is resistant to amantadine and rimantidine, 2 other antiviral drugs oseltimavir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are effective. There's also a rumor that you can get swine flu from eating pork. NOT! So don't listen to all the hype. Stick to what the CDC tells you.

So what’s a girl to do to Own Pink and make sure she's prepared in case swine flu shows up in her 'hood? Here are some tips:

1. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. (Say it three times over. This is your new Pink mantra, and it’s the number one way to avoid getting swine flu). Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which can introduce the virus into your receptive passageways. If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and throw the tissue away afterwards. This will help protect you and everyone else out there who is trying to avoid swine flu.

2. Give your immune system a boost by taking Echinacea. My favorite is Esberitox from Integrative Therapeutics.

3. Eat immune boosting foods, and steer clear of sugar. Here are five that can help you.

Loaded with Vitamin C, citrus fruits are a yummy, easy way to support your immune system. Grab a glass of OJ, or make some lemonade. Even better, mix lots of lemons into clean water with stevia (a natural sweetener) and cayenne pepper. Not only is it a zingy tasty treat filled with Vitamin C, it also alkalinizes your body, which helps it fight infection.

Red chili peppers (cayenne)
Cayenne pepper has long been appreciated for its medicinal properties and can help your body during states of emergency. So chili it up for good health!

Filled with immune-boosting mojo, garlic has been used to treat everything from the common cold to the Plague. So load up on garlic and give your body a fighting chance.

Bursting with beta-carotene, carrots give your body a leg up when you’re fighting infection. Drink a few carrot juices to get enough in your body. Sweet potatoes and spinach also contain lots of beta carotene, so eat up.

Fish like salmon, mackeral, and tuna are filled with omega-3 fats, which support white blood cells in fighting infection. Sushi anyone?

4. Snooze, baby, snooze! Sleep is underrated. When you’re well rested, your body fights infection more effectively. Check out these tips for naturopath Dr. Nicole Sundene.

5. Give up alcohol and caffeine for a while. Staying sober and decaffeinated helps your body mount immune responses.

6. Guzzle green juice instead. If you have a juicer stashed under your counter, now is the time to pull it out and load it with kale, celery, cucumber, swiss chard, lemon, spinach, ginger, garlic- whatever you’ve got around that can support your good health. Also, avoid processed foods and eat a whole foods diet.

7. Try not to drink after others, especially those who have recently traveled to Mexico. And avoid sick people, if you can.

8. Hydrate. Drink, drink, drink pure clean water. It keeps your mucous thin and helps you mucous membranes resist infection.

9. Try not to touch your nose, eyes, and mouth.

10. Take Vitamin C supplements. If you take extra, it gets excreted in your urine, so it won't hurt you to load up.

11. Supplement with probiotic bacteria, which alters the intestinal flora and helps your body resist infection.

12. Take Elderberry syrup: 1 tsp 3 times daily. It's a natural anti-viral and can be particularly useful if your community runs out of Tamiflu and Relenza, as is likely to happen.

13. Get your exercise. While this may not be the best time to go to a crowded gym, a long hike in nature can do wonders for your immune system, your general health, and your psyche.

14. Rethink your Mexico trip. The CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to Mexico in order to protect Americans and help contain the virus.

15. If you have access to an integrative medicine practitioner, this is a good time to make an appointment. Integrative medicine practitioners like me have many tips up their sleeves that can help you boost your immune system and fight infection. If you live in the Bay area and would like to make an appointment to learn more about how to fight swine flu, call Clear Center of Health in Mill Valley.

16. Don't panic about swine flu. Stress weakens your immune system and makes you less capable of mounting an immune response. Pandemics are understandably stressful. Manage your stress in healthy ways, by meditating, listening to guided imagery CD's, walking, deep breathing, yoga, and other healthy stress-relieving activities. You might even tap into the Zen of Swine Flu.


My daughter, Siena, kissing her babysitter's pig at the Salinas Valley Fair

My daughter, Siena, kissing her babysitter's pig at the Salinas Valley Fair

Okay, just kidding. Not to make light of it, but I couldn't resist! (tee hee)

So what should you do if you get sick? If you have fever, body aches, cough, headache, vomiting and/or diarrhea, contact your physician. To know whether your area is at risk, click here for a map of reported swine flu cases. Hope that helps, Pinkies! Since swine flu has been all the buzz in the past few days, I just wanted to put on my doctor hat and offer some helpful suggestions to help you all stay healthy and Pink.

10/1/09 Update: A New Post: My Thoughts About the Swine Flu Vaccine

Oink Oink,

For more accurate info about swine flu, read on. Here are the World Health Organization's answers to your questions, posted April 25, 2009:

What is swine influenza?

Swine influenza, or “swine flu”, is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by one of several swine influenza A viruses. Morbidity tends to be high and mortality low (1-4%). The virus is spread among pigs by aerosols and direct and indirect contact, and asymptomatic carrier pigs exist. Outbreaks in pigs occur year round, with an increased incidence in the fall and winter in temperate zones. Many countries routinely vaccinate swine populations against swine influenza. Swine influenza viruses are most commonly of the H1N1 subtype, but other subtypes are also circulating in pigs (e.g., H1N2, H3N1, H3N2). Pigs can also be infected with avian influenza viruses and human seasonal influenza viruses as well as swine influenza viruses. The H3N2 swine virus was thought to have been originally introduced into pigs by humans. Sometimes pigs can be infected with more than one virus type at a time, which can allow the genes from these viruses to mix. This can result in an influenza virus containing genes from a number of sources, called a "reassortant" virus. Although swine influenza viruses are normally species specific and only infect pigs, they do sometimes cross the species barrier to cause disease in humans.

What are the implications for human health?

Outbreaks and sporadic human infection with swine influenza have been occasionally reported. Generally clinical symptoms are similar to seasonal influenza but reported clinical presentation ranges broadly from asymptomatic infection to severe pneumonia resulting in death. Since typical clinical presentation of swine influenza infection in humans resembles seasonal influenza and other acute upper respiratory tract infections, most of the cases have been detected by chance through seasonal influenza surveillance. Mild or asymptomatic cases may have escaped from recognition, therefore the true extent of this disease among humans is unknown.

How do people become infected?

People usually get swine influenza from infected pigs, however, some human cases lack contact history with pigs or environments where pigs have been located. Human-to-human transmission hasoccurred in some instances but was limited to close contacts and closed groups of people.

Is it safe to eat pork and pork products?

Yes. Swine influenza has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and prepared pork (pig meat) or other products derived from pigs. The swine influenza virus is killed by cooking temperatures of 160¡F/70¡C, corresponding to the general guidance for the preparation of pork and other meat.

Which countries have been affected by outbreaks in pigs?

Swine influenza is not notifiable to international animal health authorities (OIE, www.oie.int),therefore its international distribution in animals is not well known. The disease is considered endemic in the United States. Outbreaks in pigs are also known to have occurred in North and South America, Europe (including the UK, Sweden, and Italy), Africa (Kenya), and in parts of eastern Asia including China and Japan.

What about the pandemic risk?

It is likely that most of people, especially those who do not have regular contact with pigs, do not have immunity to swine influenza viruses that can prevent the virus infection. If a swine virus established efficient human-to human transmission, it can cause an influenza pandemic. The impact of a pandemic caused by such a virus is difficult to predict: it depends on virulence of the virus, existing immunity among people, cross protection by antibodies acquired from seasonal influenza infection and host factors. Swine influenza viruses can give a rise to a hybrid virus by mixing with a human influenza virus and can cause pandemic.

Is there a human vaccine to protect from swine influenza?

No. Influenza viruses change very quickly and the match between the vaccine and the circulating virus is very important to give adequate protective immunity to vaccinated people. This is why WHO needs to select vaccine viruses twice a year for seasonal influenza protection, once for the northern hemisphere winter and another for the southern hemisphere. Current seasonal influenza vaccine produced based on WHO recommendation does not contain swine influenza virus. It is unknown whether the seasonal vaccines can provide any cross protection to ongoing swine influenza virus infection in the United States and Mexico. WHO is working closely with its partner institutions for further advise on the use of seasonal influenza vaccine in preventing the swine influenza infection.

What drugs are available for treatment?

Antiviral drugs for seasonal influenza are available in some countries and effectively prevent and treat the illness. There are two classes of such medicines, 1) adamantanes (amantadine and remantadine),and 2) inhibitors of influenza neuraminidase (oseltamivir and zanamivir).Most of the previously reported swine influenza cases recovered fully from the disease without requiring medical attention and without antiviral medicines. Some influenza viruses develop resistance to the antiviral medicines, limiting the effectiveness of chemoprophylaxis and treatment. The viruses obtained from the recent human cases with swine influenza in the United States were sensitive to oselatmivir and zanamivir but resistant to amantadine and remantadine. Information is insufficient to make recommendation on the use of the antivirals in prevention and treatment of swine influenza virus infection. Clinicians have to make decisions based on the clinical and epidemiological assessment and harms and benefit of the prophylaxis/treatment of the patient2.For the ongoing outbreak of the swine influenza infection in the United States and Mexico, the national and the local authorities are recommending to use oseltamivir or zanamivir for treatment and prevention of the disease based on the virus’s susceptibility profile.


james's picture

very useful advice thanx

very useful advice


ANISHA's picture

thank you, this is very

thank you, this is very helpful!

Eloise's picture

I think this is the best

I think this is the best swine flu blog for safety!!!

Lissa Rankin's picture

Thank you Paul! Glad it

Thank you Paul! Glad it helped. xoxo

Paul from Reiki Healing Light's picture

Great blog!!! Very

Great blog!!! Very informative and inciteful. Excellent!!!

Lissa Rankin's picture

Elisabeth, Oh, honey! Be

Elisabeth, Oh, honey! Be well! Thank you for reporting back from the other side of swine flu. Sending you healing energy and lots of love as you recover.

And yes, if you have the flu- STAY HOME! Let's keep this thing in check! And you're absolutely right, people die from the flu all the time. Swine flu does not appear to have a death rate any higher than the seasonal flu, but that doesn't mean it's not a serious matter.

Wishing you wellness, Lissa

Elisabeth Kuhn's picture

Well, the swine flu is

Well, the swine flu is definitely here and I'm in the middle of recovering from it.

As far as flus go (i.e., real influenza ones, not common colds), it's relatively similar, but its onset and progression was especially rapid.

One thing that was striking was a complete loss of appetite.

I wish I had found this site earlier. It has outstanding advice!

As a lifelong alternative/integrative health nut (father was a doc in Germany using a very integrative approach, and learned lots since), I've used most of the above (including elderberry).

I have to try that master tonic too. I've been making soups that are very similar -- chicken soup base with lots of freshly chopped garlic, ginger, and some cayenne (or fresh chilies) and other spices, and I'm eating horseradish separately with other stuff mostly because it's so great at clearing out the sinuses.

Also various immune supporting supplements and meditation.

Anyway, about "it's just the flu" -- yes it is, and about 36,000 people die from the "regular" flu every year. Sure, a lot have "other" health conditions, but don't many of us have those too?

I am glad that people finally take the flu (swine or otherwise) more seriously and for example students (and faculty) at colleges are required to stay home until recovered.

That was considered normal where I grew up and it really cut down on how many people got sick. It's high time it's becoming standard practice here too.

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Dear Melissa, We are still

Dear Melissa, We are still recommending elderberry syrup in my integrative medicine clinic. Can you share with me the articles you refer to? I can read them and give you my opinions. I am not aware of Master Tonic, but it certainly sounds like good stuff! Wishing you health and love, Lissa

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Hello Lissa, I have my own

Hello Lissa, I have my own elderberries growing on my farm and make my own syrup yearly. I have recently read some posts that elderberry can actually cause the flu to be worse. Is this true? Also I have found a recipe online called the Master Tonic...it consists of apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, hot pepers...will this also help...thanks...freaking out momma in NY.

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Oh good, Deepa. So glad

Oh good, Deepa. So glad you're well, darling.

Deepa Sakthivel's picture

Dear Lissa, Thank you for

Dear Lissa,

Thank you for your information and sorry for the late reply. Now, i'm fine coz i took enough rest. I wondered about your quick reply. what a sweet heart you are!

Best Regards, Deepa

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Dear Lissa, Thank you for

Dear Lissa,

Thank you for your information and sorry for the late reply. Now, i'm fine coz i took enough rest. I wondered about your quick reply. what a sweet heart your!

Best Regards, Deepa

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Dear Deepa- Chances are that

Dear Deepa- Chances are that you're just a little run down from lack of sleep and may have caught a virus. If you never go out, it's probably not swine flu. But best to take it easy, get as much rest as your baby allows, drink lots of fluids, and stay home. If you become more ill, see your doctor.

Sending you lots of healing juju and lots of love, Lissa

Deepa Sakthivel's picture

Hi Lissa, This is the such a

Hi Lissa,

This is the such a wonderful site for the women. Thank you for your service. I have a question, For the past 2 days i'm feeling tired, little feverish and also cough feeling, but not exact cough. i'm taking all precations, even i never go out. i've 16 months old girl baby also. so, how can i protect me and my baby?. (Note: Last one week, i was not sleeping well, because my baby bacame too naughty and she always wants to play, so at midnight she is getting hungry, i'm feeding her milk atleast 2 times,so sleep gone, no day time sleep also) Thanks in Advance.

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I recommend echinacea for

I recommend echinacea for swine flu prevention, not treatment. Thank you for clarifying.

Maria's picture

You recommend echinacea as a

You recommend echinacea as a way to build up your immune system.. but its an immune-suppressant.. that's not good if your body is trying to fight the swine flu. It will only mask your symptoms and make you feel better but it wont help fight the swine flu. Fyi.

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Dear Macady- Follow the tips

Dear Macady- Follow the tips listed, be good to your body, and trust. Most importantly, wash your hands. Don't be fearful. Remember, most people recover just fine. You must keep living. I've been flying all week and people have been wearing masks around me. But not me. I take care of my body, trust in my body, and let go. But that's just me. You must do what suits you.

Sorry for the delay- I took a week and was offline on vacation all week. Hope that helps! With love Lissa

macady's picture

so about 20 people in my town

so about 20 people in my town have it so how can i no get it

macady's picture

im really scared about the

im really scared about the swine flu but this really helped thanks

Lissa Rankin's picture

Dear Basel- I'm afraid I

Dear Basel- I'm afraid I don't understand your question. This link is the best way to stay updated on the current situation http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

basel's picture

hi i want to ask u if there

hi i want to ask u if there is any vaccinations will be given to any passengers to the uk or any thing else

thank u in advance

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Dear Concerned, My thoughts

Dear Concerned, My thoughts on swine flu and pregnancy have not changed. Being a mother myself, I can totally understand how it's tempting to do everything you can to eliminate all risk when you're pregnant. You carry such precious cargo, and the threat to that precious gift is frightening. But we can't live in a state of fear. And we can't eliminate all risk. Every time you get in a car when you're pregnant you assume greater risk than swine flu poses right now. Be cautious, take good care of yourself, and have faith in the path you're meant to take in life. Grace comes in surrendering to the concept that you can't control everything in life. Taking your child out of day care will disrupt your life- and your childs- and will it guarantee protection? No.

Take a deep breath, and let it go. It's not yours to choose. You and your baby will be better served by surrendering that fear and living in peace, knowing that nothing will come into your life that you cannot handle.

With love and blessings, Lissa

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Hi Lissa - I am happy to have

Hi Lissa - I am happy to have found your site and am finding much relief in reading your thoughts/advice regarding swine flu. I am 26 weeks pregnant and am suffering from swine flu anxiety along with a lot of other pregnant women. My questions to you are: 1) it seems much of what you have written is from late April, early May. Does your thoughts/advice still hold true today as more cases have come to light? 2)I have my child in a day care program one day a week that I could easily pull her out of.. should I mitigate some risks and pull her out until after I give birth?

Thanks, Concerned

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You're welcome, Mich. I have

You're welcome, Mich. I have been advised not to give specific medical recommendations over the internet, since there is much I don't know about you (you can thank the lawyers!) I would ask your doctor, your holistic health provider, or even your pharmacist at places like Pharmaca. They may be able to offer you more specific recommendations that apply to you and your individual needs. And kudos to you for Owning Your Health!

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Hi Lissa and thank you for

Hi Lissa and thank you for your reply. I'm so thankful that someone like you is here to help us understand and cope with this sad situation. I have one more question since I will probably go with the elderberry if God forbid, I come down with the flu. When is the best time to take the elderberry syrup. Can it be taken as prevention or only as soon as the symptoms appear? Can it be taken as an on-going supplement as long as the A H1N1 is still around or if taking too much of it reduce its effectiveness for when we really need it?

Thanks again, Mich

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Dear Mich- Your question is a

Dear Mich- Your question is a good one, and I'm afraid that the answer is that we just don't know with this particular strain of the virus, and viruses mutate as they evolve. There appears to be some evidence that the 1918 flu epidemic was unusual because of the hyper-immune response some otherwise healthy people experienced as a result of viral infection with that strain of flu. But the reason you're not finding out the answer to your question with regard to this flu strain is that we simply don't know. It's too early. Elderberry syrup can be a potent anti-viral and may act as a sort of natural Tamiflu, which may benefit those who do not have access to anti-viral medications. So far, this particular strain of flu does not appear to be particularly virulent. But how this particular strain of flu virus will pan out, we just don't know. If in doubt, ask your doctor.

Be well, Lissa

Mich's picture

Hi Lissa and thank you for

Hi Lissa and thank you for all that information. I have been looking all over the web to find an answer to this question: I read at many places that A H1N1 can turn your immune system against you by creating a cytokine storm. I also read that if that is the case, that elderberry syrup is NOT the thing to take as it will help the flu to hurt you. And if cytokine storm is the case, then D3 would be the thing to take. I'm just an ordinary person and reading all that, sets me up for a lot of confusion. So my question for you is: Can the A H1N1 bring on a possible cytokine storm inside your body or is it more like the ordinary flu. Thank you, I'm from Canada and the flu cases are growing fast.


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I'm so glad to know this

I'm so glad to know this helped allay concerns, Amy. That was the point. Enjoy those blackberries- they're my fave!

Amy's picture

I found this post when

I found this post when Googling for "is it safe to eat fruit from Mexico?" after realizing my haul of blackberries is Mexican produce. Thanks for putting my worries to rest! And very thorough and informative post, too. I agree, we all need to wash our hands more often, swine flu or not!

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I haven't found the answer to

I haven't found the answer to this anywhere. Can you be a carrier of swine flu but not ever get sick yourself? I teach in a district that has closed down for a week because of a confirmed case. I haven't been sick at all, but I don't want to to be around my 16 month old grandson until I know if I could expose him to this flu even if I'm not sick. Thank you!

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Dear Brooke, I know, I know.

Dear Brooke, I know, I know. It's painful to think of our wee ones getting sick. I have to couch this by saying that while I practice a lot of pediatric gynecology and take care of bunches of fetuses, I'm an OB/GYN, not a pediatrician, so this question is a little outside of my territory, and you might be better off asking your pediatrician. But I know that the most important thing you can do is wash her sweet little hands often. And if you're in an area where confirmed cases have been diagnosed, you might want to limit unnecessary exposure to places where many people congregrate.

Personally, I have a three year old, and I live in Marin County, where 2 cases have been confirmed, but I'm not doing anything different with my daughter. Today, she went to preschool, I gave her a multi-vitamin as usual, and she drank a little of my green juice. But for the most part, I think she needs to live her life, and if she happens to get sick, I will take care of her. Remember that the only child who died in the US was from Mexico, and according to the Texas Department of Health, he had underlying health issues. God forbid you daughter does get swine flu, she'll probably be just fine.

Other than that, make sure she gets enough sleep, feed her a healthy diet, and give her lots of love and snuggles. If you have specific questions, such as whether she can take certain supplements, please ask her pediatrician.

Brooke's picture

I have a 2 month old daughter

I have a 2 month old daughter is there anything I can do to help keep her from gettin swine flu?

Lissa Rankin's picture

Dearest Daniela, First off,

Dearest Daniela, First off, deep breath, honey. In.....out.....You might want to even try the post about the swine flu meditation http://www.owningpink.com/2009/04/29/a-swine-flu-meditation-to-help-you-keep-your-mojo/

I swear it helped me. I know exactly how you feel. I am a 40 year old mother of a 3 year old daughter, so we're in the same boat. And yes, swine flu has been confirmed in the Bay area, where I live. But you know what? I'm not afraid.

First, it's important to understand that almost everyone who has been diagnosed with swine flu has been to Mexico. This virus is not jumping from person to person with these communities quickly. That doesn't mean it can't happen- and we should all take precautions- but so far, there has been only one reported case of someone with swine flu who hasn't been to Mexico. So....another deep breath.

Second, remember. It's just the flu. It's not ebola virus. This strain of flu does not appear to be any more virulent than the regular old flu. There's a great YouTube clip of a kid in NY who has swine flu, riding around on his skateboard with a mask on, bored to tears because he can't go to school http://amplify.com/u/2am

Doesn't that make you feel better? Another deeeeeeep breath.

I hear you, sister. I understand that you're scared. But the best thing you can do for the health of you and your family is to let go of your fear. In light of your history of anxiety, talk to a psychiatrist or counsellor if you're having panic attacks or still can't release your anxiety. You're not alone, honey. Lots of people are scared. But you're going to be okay.

With big Pink love, Lissa

Daniela's picture

I have a problem with anxiety

I have a problem with anxiety to begin with, but am seriously freaking out over the news of the swine flu. I have a 10 month old baby and am 38 -my husband and I are older first time parents. I just want a chance to live and enjoy this little guy -am so afraid everything I waited so long for will be taken away.

I can't calm down and really need help

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Hi Anneqa- I know. It must be

Hi Anneqa- I know. It must be really scary, sweetie. We're all a little freaked out when we're pregnant, because it's not just ourselves we care about (which is part of the beauty of being pregnant, isn't it?) So I hear you, sister. But please don't worry. Deep breath. Find your center. Okay, now.

Did you read my post about Swine Flu and Pregnancy? http://owningpink.com/2009/04/27/swine-flu-and-pregnancy/ Hopefully, that will answer most of your questions. But to summarize, yes, you are at higher risk of being more ill if you get swine flu in pregnancy. So if you think you might have it, contact your doctor. But most people who get the flu in pregnancy do just fine with supportive care. And most babies weather the illness just fine. If you have more questions I didn't answer after you read the swine flu post, please feel free to ask. I'm here to help.

Be well and give your belly a pat for me. xo Lissa

aneeqa's picture

I am 8 weeks pregnant and so

I am 8 weeks pregnant and so worried about Swine Flue.Will i be safe? and i live in Ontario, Canada

Lissa Rankin's picture

Thank you Thea! And thanks

Thank you Thea! And thanks Betty, for passing it on! And yes, Mary Anne, I'm with you. And Jamie, I have heard this about manuka honey! Thanks for the addition.

Jamie's picture

I'd like to add another

I'd like to add another immune enhancer:

Monuka Honey

It's a very unusual honey only found in New Zealand and has been used by the Maori people for centuries. Sold at Rainbow Grocers, maybe at Whole Foods too. It's not cheap, but well worth it. Very intense flavor too.

Let's pray to stay well!


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On a non-swine-flu note, from

On a non-swine-flu note, from your web site: "I now strive to be authentic, in all aspects of my life, whether I’m healing or painting or writing or teaching, and I encourage others to do the same."

This is what I’m working on in my life right now. Finally figured it out, at age 56. Maybe you can help. You can be my model. ;)

Love, ma

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On a non-swine-flu

On a non-swine-flu note: <> This is what I'm working on in my life right now. Finally figured out, at age 56, that it was a good idea. Maybe you can help. You can be my model. ;) Love, ma

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I second what Thea says! I

I second what Thea says! I just posted on Facebook so all my peeps can read and be educated too! Thanks for the no nonsense - no hype - no scare tactics post!

Thea's picture

Thanks for putting all that

Thanks for putting all that in perspective, Lissa, you're the best!!

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Dear Pinkies, my email box

Dear Pinkies, my email box has been so full of questions about pregnancy that I've posted a Q&A about it, so check out http://www.owningpink.com/2009/04/27/swine-flu-and-pregnancy/ And if you have any more pregnancy related questions, post them there.

So glad I can help, my dear ones!

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I hear you, Toby! Yes, wine

I hear you, Toby! Yes, wine does indeed have some health benefits, particularly with regards to heart health. But for immunity, it's not the best. So yes, wait it out, if you do drink, drink moderately, and when this all blows over, sure. Toast to the health of the country!

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Pork - the OTHER white meat!

Pork - the OTHER white meat! Goodness, Lissa - prescribing not drinking/staying sober when we ALL know that Champagne or red wine is so yummy and good for you? (Okay, wait a few days for the hysteria to blow over and then delve back into a great Pinot!) Great forum for the Pink fans, Lissa - congratulations! Love, Toby

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You're welcome Rebecca and

You're welcome Rebecca and Kelley. To answer your question, Madeline, yes, kids can be more susceptible to the flu, but they do tend to bounce back more quickly. The most important thing you can do to help your daughter is to encourage her to wash her hands frequently. And tell her to avoid sharing drinks with other kids at school. You can give her Vitamin C and echinacea supplements, make sure she is rested and eating well. Also, for the sake of public health, make sure she covers her mouth with a tissue if she coughs or sneezes. And if she does get sick, call your pediatrician for guidance. And keep her home from school. Now is not the time to let our children go out when they're not feeling well.

Give your daughter a kiss and then surrender it to the universe. I know how tempting it is to grab our worries by the horns and shake the hell out of them, but once you've done what you can, you have to let it go.

Madeline's picture

I have a young daughter also.

I have a young daughter also. I know the flu can be harder on kids than on adults. Is there anything special I should do to help protect her from getting the flu?

Kelley's picture

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for answering all my questions!!! I am feeling relieved, well informed and ready to spread the CORRECT word!

Kelley's picture

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for answering all my questions!!! Thank you so much for answering all my questions!!! I am feeling relieved, well informed and ready to spread the CORRECT word!

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