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Jane's Blog Air Travel and Germs

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Since the beginning of COVID 19 airline travel is becoming frequent again. Time to protect yourself against the many germs you are exposed to while traveling in the air.

According to a study published in Microbiology Spectrum 2015, “Infectious diseases" are still among the leading causes of death worldwide due to their persistence, emergence, and reemergence. Air transportation is a major vehicle for the rapid spread of germs. A University of Alabama study found that some germs can stay up to 7 days on a plane piling up on everything you touch.

In 2014 alone, over 3.3 billion passengers and 50 million metric tons of cargo traveled by air from 41,000 airports and 50,000 routes worldwide, and significant growth is anticipated, with passenger numbers expected to reach 5.9 billion by 2030.

The Wall Street Journal cited a study that found an increased risk of catching the cold by as high as 20 percent.  A study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Research found that colds may be 113 times more likely to be transmitted on a plane due to extremely low cabin humidity caused by low humidity at high elevations.

Transmission of infection may occur between passengers who are seated in the same area of an aircraft, usually as a result of the infected individual coughing or sneezing or by touch.

An article written in March 2018 Health journal PNAS “Scientists have mapped how a virus spreads through an airplane cabin. Based on influenza models, the new study shows you have an 80 percent chance of getting the flu off someone if you're sitting in the row in front or the row behind, or within two seats to either side. Otherwise, your chance of infection drops all the way down to 3 percent.

When you move around the cabin, and you're more likely to come into contact with a passenger or a crew member suffering from a cold. The advice seems to be, if you want to stay well by the end of your trip, try and limit the amount of walking around you do while up in the air.

The study suggests you're more than twice as likely to get up if you're sat in the aisle than when you're sat by the window. The average time passengers spend away from their seats is 5 minutes.

Given that tray tables are known to carry a high volume of germs, you might want to wipe yours down with a sanitizing wipe before any meal or snack. Mist surfaces with colloidal silver. Also, in an airplane your nose and throat are on the front lines of the war so mist with silver frequently and mist the inside of protective masks.

Viruses infect a host by introducing their genetic material into the cells and hijacking the cell's internal machinery to make more virus particles.

Viruses cause familiar infectious diseases such as the common cold, flu, warts, HPV, chicken pox, shingles, norovirus, West Nile and COVID 19.

They are microscopic biological agents that reproduce inside the cells of living hosts. When infected by a virus, a host cell is forced to produce thousands of identical copies of the original virus at an extraordinary rate.

After contacting a host cell, a virus will insert genetic material into the host and take over that host's functions. The virus continues to reproduce, but it produces more viral protein and genetic material instead of the usual cellular products and is classified also as a parasite. When you get a virus, you may not always get sick from it. Your immune system may be able to fight it off and sometimes your body needs help.

There are numerous options of natural anti-viral supplements that can help prevent, diminish and limit the duration of viral infections.

Colloidal Silver (10ppm) (American Biotec) is made from pure water and silver, using electrolysis. It is microscopic-sized solid silver particles suspended in the water. The microscopic silver particles can more easily penetrate and travel throughout the body. Colloidal Silver works as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that all one celled viruses, bacteria and fungi use for their oxygen metabolism. The presence of Colloidal Silver near a virus, fungus, bacterium or any other single celled pathogen, disables its oxygen metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates and dies and is cleared out of the body by the immune system. Colloidal Silver is of no harm to human enzymes or any part of the human body chemistry. It can be taken daily internally or used externally as a disinfectant and benefits last for 2-3 hours. Safe for all ages and does not interfere with any medications. Add 2 teaspoons to 8 oz. water and sip throughout the day & then replenish as needed. Spray surfaces, sinuses and throat every 1-2 hours when traveling on a plane.

Start bolstering your immune system at least one week before traveling and continue for at least 1 month after returning home.

Kyolic Immune Formula 103 (Kyolic) This combination of vitamins, mushrooms and herbs helps to support healthy immune function.* Aged Garlic Extract [220 mg]; Premium Mushroom Complex [75 mg]; Vitamin C [52.5 mg]; Astragalus Extract [50 mg]; Oregano Extract [50 mg]; Olive Leaf Extract [40 mg] (per capsule).

Beta glucan is a very potent biological response modifier that nutritionally activates the immune response through the Macrophage immune cells to yield various therapeutic effects and is safe for all ages. In its most effective form, Beta glucan is extracted from the yeast cell wall of Baker’s yeast. Studies have shown that beta glucans act as immune-modulator agents, meaning they trigger a cascade of events that help regulate the immune system, making it more efficient. Specifically, beta glucans stimulate the activity of macrophages, which are versatile immune cells that ingest and demolish invading germs and signal other immune cells to attack. Macrophages also release cytokines, chemicals that when secreted enable the immune cells to communicate with one another. In addition, beta glucans stimulate lethal white blood cells that bind to tumors or viruses, and release chemicals to destroy it.

Vira Stop ( Woodstock Herbals)  a liquid Anti-Viral formula. Proprietary extract blend: Organic St. Johns Wort Aerial Parts, Organic Astragalus Root, Organic Elderberry, Garlic Bulb, Organic Hyssop Aerial Parts, Organic Lemon Balm Leaf, Organic Licorice Root, Lomatium Root, Organic Olive Leaf, Organic Sweet Annie Aerial Parts, Thuja Leaf/Stem, Organic Echinacea Purpurea Root, Organic Echinacea Augustifolia Root, Organic Echinacea Purpurpea Flower, Organic Tea Tree Oil, Certified Organic Alcohol

 (should not be used by people with auto-immune disorders or transplants)

Anti-V with Echinamide (Natural Factors) capsules contain immune boosting and potent anti-viral herbs to help your immune system fight off viruses. Herbs include triple standardized Echinacea purpurea, Lomatium dissectum, Astragalus membranaceus, Reishi mushroom, and licorice. (should not be used by people with auto-immune disorders or transplants)

Olive Leaf Extract  has been clinically proven as an immune booster beneficial in the treatment of conditions caused by, or associated with, a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan. Studies have shown it to have a unique anti-viral mechanism. Oleuropein, the key nutrient, is most concentrated in the leaves than any other part of the plant. Olive leaf’s broad killing power includes an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses. It also has an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses, by preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane. Olive leaf extract can directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication. (should not be used by people with auto-immune disorders or transplants)

According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer website “Olive leaf extract has been shown to be effective against the following microorganisms: E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum canis, T. rubrum and Candida albicans.

Other benefits of Olive leaf extract include protection for neurodegenerative diseases. Oxidative stress occurs more gradually in neurodegenerative diseases. However, the effects add up over a lifetime, producing inflammation and other changes that result in the accumulation of abnormal proteins that interfere with brain function and kill neurons.

Esberitox (chewable) ( Enzymatic Therapy) Echinacea supports your immune system defenses by fortifying your most critical cells with natural fighting power. Esberitox® has been the top-selling remedy in Europe for over 70 years and can be used by your entire family. Only Esberitox® combines two types of Echinacea with two additional immune-supporting herbs, baptisia and thuja.* This gives Esberitox® a broader spectrum of activity than Echinacea alone.* The powerful combination promotes the body's resistive functions by stimulating the production and activity of critical immune cells.* Safe for Children and Adults use as directed on label. (should not be used by people with auto-immune disorders or transplants)

For those with autoimmune diseases who cannot take immune boosting supplements Beta Glucan, Colloidal Silver, L-Lysine, Oregano Oil and Moducare are safe.

As always consult with your Holistic or Medical Practitioner before starting any new supplements.

Call the Tree of Life Wellness Center 508-336-4242 for in-office or telephone consultation about your health concerns

Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center

Host Holistic Healthline Radio


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