Is There Really a Germ Season?

Christmas Tree I love the holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Day.

But there’s a part of it that I hate. And it started on October 31st the big candy night of the year!

That’s when the sugar overload starts and it lasts 4-5 months by the time we get through
Valentine’s Day and Easter.

Seems like the children have candy stashed everywhere because they don’t quite finish the last batch of candy before the next load comes in with the next holiday celebration.

Have Happy Holidays or succumb to the the germ season – Your Choice

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And we wonder why they get sick during this “germ season” of the year. Their faces turn from that rosy
healthy look to that pale paste appearance and it’s not just from lesser sun exposure.
As the sweet load increases immune function decreases. Sweets suppress the immune system!

Also the sweet load turns their blood to syrup causing immense stress on the glands that regulate blood sugar; the adrenals, pancreas, liver and thyroid.

The same thing happens to adults too!

Dr. David Getoff, ND and clinical nutritionist of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation agrees.

He “believes that many people sabotage their immune systems this time of year. He quotes nutritionist Shari Lieberman: “We don’t really have a cold and flu season. What we have is many months in a row of eating immune depressing foods.

Getoff explains, “Germs don’t have a season.” He feels that “over-consumption of overly-sweetened foods” depletes the immune system tremendously, and his number one recommendation for people is to “stop eating junk.”

Have you read about the way that sweets paralyze the immune system? If so, you will recall that our white blood cells (wbc) can gobble up 16 bacteria to get rid of them when we’re eating healthy food. But when we eat sweets (even fresh-squeezed orange juice, a concentrated sweet) they can only gobble up 9 bacteria to destroy them. That’s about half of the fighting power. For more details check this page:

Here’s what Dr. Getoff recommends for a healthy eating plan:

  • Good quality fats
  • Adequate protein
  • Lots of non-starchy vegetables
  • Eat small portions of healthy starchy vegetables like yams, winter squash and potatoes

Ingest plenty of Probiotics from freshly fermented (not canned) food like:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Water Kefir
  • Milk Kefir
  • Raw milk

Yes, Dr. Getoff recommends drinking clean raw milk from grass-fed, organically-raised cows because the good bacteria will help recolonize your gut with beneficial organisms. He has some precautions though, so you may want to read the whole article:

And Dr. Getoff recommends avoiding these immune-depressing, disease-inducing so-called foods:

  • All of the sugary food (candy, desserts, ice cream, soft drinks, fruit juice, etc.)
  • And the starchy food (white bread, white potatoes, anything made from white flour, etc.)

So, the Good News:

You can stay healthy during the winter and holidays by:

  • Eating healthy food
  • Exercising
  • Take extra vitamin D (under your doctor’s supervision) if you can’t get enough sun!

Grateful Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from,

Dr. Jo

About Dr. Jo

Dr. JoDr. Jo delights in sharing the message of health. She believes disease is optional if you know how to take care of yourself. And she’s a great coach to help you reverse or prevent disease.

So she writes this blog to keep you up to date with information that may undermine your health if you are not aware of it. She also provides tips on healthy living, how to reverse degenerative diseases, delicious recipes, and ways to enjoyably change your habits to healthy ones.

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