When I was a teenager and first being “groomed” to be a physician, I heard from my parents’ physician friends that the reason winter is the “flu season” is that people are indoors more, so the flu germs are more easily transmitted. Through the years, this assertion has become almost dogma.
I didn’t buy it then, and I don’t buy it now. First, where I lived (in the Bay Area), winter and summer aren’t dramatically different (except, hopefully, we get more rain in the winter). If anything, the weather is better now, and people are outside enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Yet, flu season hits the Bay Area the same as the rest of the country. In parts of the country like the Northeast, where I’m sure people are outside less during the winter, it’s not as if people are outside eight hours a day in the summer. Maybe they’re outside 10 percent more in the summer? Somehow, I can’t believe that this explanation is the full story.
Second, we all know that microbes, like most other living things, grow best at warmer temperatures. Freezing temperatures kill many micro-organisms, so it stands to reason that colder temperatures in the winter should lessen, not increase, our exposure to microbes. Yet, it is just in the colder times of the year that people do get sick the most. There must be some other explanation.
If one stands back and observes the facts, the one glaring and obvious change from winter to summer is the length and quality of natural light. That is the same everywhere. The question, then, is how does lessened exposure to light give us the “flu?” In my series of recently published books, ending with Cancer and the New Biology of Water, I make the case that charged and structured water is the driving force of our circulation. It is the basis of the integrity of the cell, and when it deteriorates, we become susceptible to illness. The reason is that the two most important things that we use to “charge” our water are sunlight and the electromagnetic field from the earth. The two most destructive influences on this production of charged, structured water are non-native EMF radiation (i.e., wireless devices) and artificial light. During the winter, our exposure to the energy from the sun decreases, as does our connection to the energy field emanating from the earth. As a result, our cellular water deteriorates and sickness ensues.
To help protect ourselves against the flu, we can apply this new information. For example, simply getting as much sun exposure and connection with the earth as possible will help. Then, we can add vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” usually in the form of cod liver oil, a proven treatment for centuries to prevent sickness in winter. Medicinal mushrooms form a kind of network of earth energy, and they also have been used for centuries to strengthen our immune systems during the winter months.
My favorite mushroom mixture is called Immunity Matrix and is available on our DrTomCowan.com website. On the same site, you can find the organic Elderberry-Thyme Syrup I use to prevent and treat flu and colds. Elderberry has deep-black, alkaloid-rich berries that seem to be designed specifically to combat viral infections. And, finally, it is good to remember that the fever that comes with colds and the flu can be your best friend, as it activates your immune response. (As always, consult your health-care practitioner if you have concerns while sick.)
Hopefully, using these simple preventative measures will protect most of us from the usual winter illnesses. They can be seen as a kind of house-cleaning, and a call to be still and inward for a few days — not a bad thing in our crazy world.
Tom Cowan, M.D.
Are you foot-loose and fancy-free when it comes to cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Do you like to create your own masterpieces with tried and tested recipes? If so, you might relish this slightly healthier version of traditional Scotch eggs.
Scotch eggs were invented by Fortnum & Mason, an old-fashioned department store established in 1707 in the UK. This surprisingly simple yet delicious recipe has two main ingredients: eggs and pork sausage meat. It makes perfect picnic food, travels well, and can be eaten hot or cold.
Being in the garden is healing. Digging in the soil with bare hands and feet while soaking up the sunshine. Fresh water washing the toes via the hose. Where bees are buzzing, hummingbirds fluttering, buds a-blooming and beans are growing.