Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have had a severe respiratory infection or virus for about 2 months now. I’ve been on antibiotics to no avail. Is there anything else that you recommend? Thanks!” — Beth M., Rochester, MN
A. Dear Beth, Two months is a long time to suffer with a respiratory infection. I would suggest that you make an appointment to see your healthcare professional to rule out any other underlying cause(s). Once any underlying problem(s) have been ruled out, you can concentrate on rebuilding your immune system.
I would recommend taking a formula that contains elderberry, along with vitamin (A, C, and D) and mineral (zinc, calcium, and magnesium) ingredients, on a daily basis. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties that will help boost your overall health and immune system function. I would begin by taking 1 tablet every waking hour for 2-3 days. Then drop down to 2 tablets three times a day for a week, followed by 1 or 2 tablets a day thereafter.
Another great combination to battle viruses uses Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Thyme (Thymus saturoides), and Bay Leaf (Laurus nobilis) concentrated plant oils. All of these flu-fighting plant oils are exciting and work very well together. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this blend three times daily for 10 days and then 1 softgel thereafter. Just be sure to choose a formula which features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally