View Full Version : 4th cold in 8 months...
05-22-2007, 01:18 AM
I've been raw for over 8 months and have had 4 colds....two of them lasting over 10 days....I had a pretty healthy diet before going raw and really feel great, energy, spirit, skin....yet these colds have got me down cuz I just can't believe someone who eats as healthy as me could get sick...
Is this detox???? This cold I've been coughing up green/yellow mucus, sore throat....
I read so much yet I can't remember where I read about how long detox can last, if this is in fact detox...
Before I went raw I had one cold a year...
...also, any suggestions in getting rid of it?????
05-22-2007, 03:00 AM
Try garlic clove, sliced.
05-22-2007, 06:34 AM
Try slices of Ginger... Hows the fiber? You wont detox as bad if you consume enough fiber, it will all be sweeped outta ya!
05-22-2007, 08:07 AM
Thanks for your replies....oh yes, I do get a lot of fiber so it's not that...and is this detox....????
05-22-2007, 08:28 AM
Not sure if it's detox but being raw doesn't always mean you will never get sick. The world we live in is way too filled with crap. It can also mean, you move through the sickness faster. So are the colds lasting a long time? When you get them load up on tons of greens, garlic, onions, ginger, up vitamin c, maybe get some camu berry powder etc cause when you feel icky the last thing you wanna do is eat tons of fruits etc, try goji berries, foods that build immunity especially during sickness.
05-22-2007, 08:29 AM
green yellow mucus usually indicates infection.....what does your doc. think? Deb
05-22-2007, 08:34 AM
Ilnesses such as the cold or flu ARE a form of detox. However you got the "cold" the symptoms are your body's way of trying to clean your system. Have you had any other detox symptoms since going raw? Maybe this is your body's way it cleanses itself while others may not experience cold symptoms, but other symptoms. What was your diet like before raw? Did you use many medications before raw or even now?
05-22-2007, 08:42 AM
I just took my dd too the Dr. (we never go to the Dr.!) She has had a reoccurring "bug" since November! I was told that there is a strong virus going round that has caused him to state that this has been the worst year for "colds" in the history of his 40 yr. career and that of his collegues. That amongst their community they are VERY worried about what is going on. :eek:
When you are sick try to eat very lightly with lots of fluids, green smoothies are great here. Stay away from the heavy and dehydrated foods.:o
I fully agree this may also be detox, and most likely!
05-22-2007, 08:45 AM
There are also some nasty viruses and bacterial infections going around that act just like you're describing. They appear, go away, and then reappear, sometimes more than once or twice.
And yes, this could very well be detox of those viruses hiding in your body. Bacteria and viruses are sometimes encapsulized by your body to protect you. But they live a long, long time, returning when you are old and your fat begins to break down, releasing the virus or bacteria, which then kills you. The raw process flushes these out now, while you're young and strong and can survive. At least that's how I understand this process to work.
So BLESS that danged virus and send it on its way. Chances are if you were NOT raw, you'd be twice as sick.
For this type of thing I would STRONGLY suggest you start drinking elderberry tea. The tea should be from the dried FRUIT, not the flowers. The best tea is from the fruit itself, and you can order a large bag from San Francisco Herb company or you can take the tincture, which to me isn't as good. In August, if there are BLACK elderberries in your area, pick a shoppingbag full and dehydrate them and keep them for next season.
Drink 2 to 3 cups of the tea each day and it will help strengthen you. Elderberry is stronger than any pharaceutical antiviral the chemists can make.
It works. Any virus you do manage to get will be wiped out in 1/3 the normal time. And if you drink it every day during flu season, you probably won't ever even get the flu.
05-22-2007, 10:23 AM
Or.... try oil of oregano. It has powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. Just a few drops under the tongue everyday. It has helped me numerous times, though it tastes NASTY.
05-22-2007, 12:49 PM
Thanks so much...if yes, this is detox, I'm prepared to do what it takes to get the toxins out of me...10 years ago I went to Optimum Health Institute and did my first major detox ...this time around my other symptoms were in week 3 or 4 when I gave up coffee I had severe leg cramps for about 3 days...
Two of the colds lasted about two days...the other two...10 days...today is day 10 and my chest is finally feeling better....
I don't take any medications, do not feel comfortable going to a doctor for most things and study nutrition and this forum for my needs.
Oil of oregano...thanks, I forgot about that...and yes, it's one of those things I take just cuz it's good for me...
I read yesterday where gargling hydrogen peroxide and baking sode cures sore throat and colds...whether it's coincidence or the cold had just run it's course I'm feeling better....it said to gargle with this and spit it out 10 times or till the sore throat is better...wish I'd read this sooner....
Elderberry tea??? I'll check on that, too!!! I'm in So. CA so I have access to most things suggested.
I know volumes have been written about detox and I have used the search button yet there's times our own needs and questions seem unique (I know they're not) and I just need to be heard as to, 'help me'...and thank you all for doing that.
Yes, I know even raw we can get sick...yet 4 colds seems like way to many...I'm a massage therapist and people are ruthless about coming in to see me sick yet over the years I've built an immunity where I seldom get sick, until now, that is.
Everything else about raw is wonderful and I'm grateful for this forum and your responses.
Thank you, Elaine
05-22-2007, 04:20 PM
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All the best!
05-22-2007, 04:36 PM
I would not gargle hydrogen proxide..that doesn't sound good. Maybe some sea salt.
I gargle wheatgrass. Feels great.
05-22-2007, 08:51 PM
I remember David Wolfe in Sunfood Diet Success System had something called The Canteloupe Cure for colds. I don't have the book with me, but this how I remember it.
Don't eat dinner.
Go to bed early.
Don't eat breakfast the next day.
Eat a whole canteloupe for lunch.
And that is supposed to cure it. (I've never tried it myself.)
05-22-2007, 09:10 PM
I've gargled it. Just don't swallow any. You can also buy food grade peroxide which is safer.
I usually put a drop or two of peroxide in my ears if I'm exposed to a cold. There are theories that the cold virus enters through the eyes and ears and I've kept colds at bay by putting the peroxide in my ears.
I've also done peroxide therapy. I didn't care for it.. .gave me heartburn.
05-22-2007, 09:15 PM
As I understand it, no one has ever isolated "the cold germ." And if you ate straight fruit for 3 days, you might get a "cold" like you've never seen.. like royally plugged. :eek: Certainly there are real virus strains. But most 'colds' are simply a healing crisis that triggers after a point of toxin accumulation.. then a little twitch & a twiddle.. and boom, a full on "cold!"
In truth, no one really knows just how it happens, or all the variables that control it.
Just doing straight smoothies last week, I suddenly had sinus issues, which was just some drainage goin on. Main thing is, keep building your immune system strong! Keep on raw, and try not to get shorted on sleep during your detox. Bon boyage and happy raw travels! :)
05-23-2007, 10:13 AM
I'm all for keeping it strong. If you can't get your hands on wheatgrass, have you tried a parasite cleanse? I just started on because of some symptoms I've had that I've never had before. I've read that parasites will compromise your immune system. They don't let your body take in good. They eat before you. Then they poop in you. THE NERVE of them. Anyway....I just picked up a bottle of parasite cleanse at the health food store. bombs away buggers...;)
05-23-2007, 10:41 AM
Ahhhh, you guys are amazing...thank you so much for the help and most of all to know I'm not alone in my quest for health...sharing and getting responses helps as much spiritually as any food may...
...and some of the things I forget about...just took a dose of oregano oil..yes, it's nasty...
...and I do have David Wolfe's book and again, I forgot about the canteloupe cure....
I feel the worst is over and will continue eating the way I'm eating...even with the cold my energy never failed me...I will do 6 hours of massage and yes I'm a bit tired at 6:00, who isn't, and I go on and do my evening activities so yes, this way of eating is for me.
I will check into the parasite cleanse...I'm open to anything there is...
This is off topic but I'd been reading the oil pull thread...gave it a try and whadaya know...my teeth are so white after ONE time...so, I'll be doing this everyday now....
Thanks to you all for adding to my raw life and I know I'm never alone.
05-23-2007, 10:49 AM
Hey, I have in-laws in Huntington Beach! Small world. I was at the pier a week and 1/2 ago and wow, what a scene! Congas, bongos, all kinds of rytham instruments going and people dancing. Crowds of young people doing interesting ceremonies and things. Did you see that? Next time I'll bring the camcorder. :)
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