COLDS & FLU

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Dr. J. Glenn Knox BA, DC
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Colds and flu are commonly viral illnesses, in fact colds are by definition viral illnesses, rhino viruses of which there are several thousand types. What is the current medical treatment for colds? Antihistamines, cough suppressants, decongestants and other treatments of the symptoms of infection are used, but very little treatment is directed toward the cause of the cold. Rest in bed, keeping warm and plenty of fluids is still recognized as important. Sometimes even antibiotics are used, even though we all know that antibiotics never work on viruses. Rhino-virus infections usually last about three or four days. The lining of the respiratory tract is affected and the surface is damaged by the virus. Then bacteria, which may be susceptible to antibiotics, move into the damaged tissue and set up secondary infections. These cause the yellow discharge of infected material from the nose that can last for weeks.

An old adage was that if you asked your doctor to help with your cold, he would say he couldn't. If you ignored it and came back a few days later with pneumonia, he could cure that with a shot of penicillin. I know. I am alive because I had such shots in the 1950's when I was dying of pneumonia. The treatment of colds changed rather radically approximately during World War II. The technical reason for this was that prior to World War II, antibiotics were not available. A frequent sequel to colds in the pre antibiotic era was cold > pneumonia> death. This made colds much more serious than they are now considered. Today I might not be so lucky. Today people do die of pneumonia even with those shots. Bacteria once completely devastated by antibiotics have adapted and new forms are becoming common. Most germs are not affected by older antibiotics, and some are not affected by any antibiotics now available. The old cycle is returning. Colds go to pneumonia which may not be cured by a shot or pill. We are seeing increased deaths from antibiotic resistant pneumonia and other bacterial diseases. So perhaps it is time to begin taking colds more seriously again. It is time to re-evaluate old proven treatments that have been used for millennia that are not dependent on antibiotics. It is time to re-evaluate current therapies. It is even more important to re-evaluate our paradigm of thinking about health and disease.

Colds are caused by viruses. Antibiotics are ineffective with colds. They were so effective with other things, many patients demand them. The paradigm set up in the minds of most people now alive by the wonderful success of antibiotics has been to seek a pill or shot for any condition. It has been to put their lives in the hands of physicians, rather than take charge of their own health. This over reliance on one model of treatment has caused the premature failure of the system. The overuse of antibiotics has greatly speeded up the development of antibiotic resistant strains of disease pathenogens. Properly used, antibiotics could have remained an effective cure of bacterial illness for a long time. Had the purchasing public and the suppliers of this medication been restrained in their over zealous use of antibiotics, they might still be effective. It is a little like a foot ball coach that finds a winning play then uses it in every game, and advertises it on bill boards in front of every competing school. A brief time later every other coach would master a defense against this play. Antibiotics, had they only been used as a back up to prevent serious consequences, might have eluded bacterial adaptation for some centuries. However they have been given like candy to the entire worlds population. They are even added to animal feed just to reduce losses from diseased food animals. This has greatly reduced their effectiveness against most the diseases.

Today if I had a cold I would try a health food store first. Even if I had pneumonia I might try a health food store first. Health food stores sell large quantities of vitamin C, Echinacea, and other herbal and homeopathic remedies for colds which often do have some effect on viral diseases. Vitamin C and A are certainly proven to be enhancers of the immune system, and many herbs and homeopathic remedies have clinical evidence of efficacy. I am not suggesting that you refuse to or do not see a medical physician for pneumonia. There are still many strains of this disease, and many others, that antibiotics cure. It is just that there are many that they do not. The belief that health and freedom of disease could come from doses of antibiotics was wrong 50 years ago. It is even more wrong today.

American medicine latched onto this thought in a fever of success with infectious illnesses. The system turned to pills and potions with such exclusivity that most other approaches were rejected out of hand. Medicine has been slow to accept vitamins and other natural treatments that have been scientifically proven to help with these common viral and other microbial attacks on the human organism. They do not fit in the paradigm of current medical practice. For years these cures have been ridiculed in established medical circles. This makes it a difficult transition for most people in the medical profession. They must completely abandon their old prejudices and start telling people the benefits of vitamins, warm water, diet and other things that they were poopooing only a few years ago. Uneducated patients of low intelligence can see these benefits with ease. Doctors often have difficulty seeing these same facts.

This is a paradox. The years of education required to be a doctor, sometimes stand in the way of seeing obvious truths. Formal education is a process in which one learns a particular paradigm of thinking and as much as possible of the associated details of that way of thinking. As doctors we are well educated. Where our original paradigms are correct, we are wonderful healers. If those paradigms are wrong or change, as they have with antibiotics, our years of education, often make it impossible to see or scientifically study our errors. Those that listen to us rather than to their own body, scientific evidence or just common sense can die for that trusting of educated professional advice. The basis of science is to believe what your eyes see, rather than what your ears hear from official sources. The first paradigm of science is to clear away the cobwebs of educated thought and observe nature. Cures must be based on what statistically works, not the opinions of experts. Lest I be accused of doctor bashing here, let me ad to the attack this thought. Doctors are not at fault in this. It is the system. The years of training and information poured into all physicians heads is programming to perform certain jobs. Medical doctors push pills and surgery. Chiropractic doctors push adjustments and vitamins. The role of each type of doctor is to push some money making product or service. Some centuries ago the role of physician was to teach health. The word physician meant teacher. Physicians taught people how to stay well. That notion that the role of a physician is to teach, has been lost. Where is there a place in Western health care to push health, and hygienic living? This is the real cure for colds, flu and most other illnesses that afflict mankind? If any system of healing is to be effective, it must address the cause of disease. Current health care practices rarely consider this.

The chiropractic profession has tried to do this by adding much more education in nutrition, exercise physiology and other preventive and life style management of illness and life enhancement than traditional medical education. Naturopathy also has done this as well. Both chiropractors and naturopaths have continued to ad years to their academic education while medicine has, at least in America, been reducing theirs. Many chiropractic colleges now require a four-year university degree with a large amount of scientific training before admission. They have been adding more years to the chiropractic curriculum, making it four and one half rather than the four years of graduate degree required only a few years ago for a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Naturopathic colleges have gone the same way, requiring more pre naturopathic education before entering school and adding hours of instruction in their four years of graduate school training. Medicine has slipped the other way, often requiring less academic training than in previous generations, while adding more clinical applications to fill their four years of graduate study. More than 100 American medical colleges are admitting students directly from high school to accelerated medical school programs and reducing the total academic training of their doctors to less than 2/3 of that required by law of chiropractors. These doctors, undertrained in the science of health, and health care often do not have the necessary scientific training to be able to evaluate other paradigms of thinking and practice.

Even more important there is a problem with the underlying premise of operation in our system that affects all types of doctors. That is that success is not determined by the amount of lives saved, or the pain eased by a doctor. It is determined by the number of pills, treatments or surgeries sold and performed by the doctor, or actually the dollars earned from these procedures. Our system does not now encourage efficiency or benefit to the patient as part of the equation. The suppliers of pills, surgeries, hospital space and services in fact have direct vested interest in preventing early or complete recovery of patients. A well patient does not buy pills, surgeries or treatments. The only drives toward cost control have nothing to do with health or public benefit. The entire health industry is now profit driven, consistent with our economic system. The current drive is to make health care uniform, and to force the doctors to perform more of the same procedures in a shorter time for less money while the entrepreneurs who own and operate the facilities and sell supplies and products maximize their profits. No consideration whatever is given to seriously investigating whether treatments work, or does not work, if those treatments fall outside the profit generating realm of the medical industry. This is part explains why enemas are not in vogue. They are not profitable to the system.

For example the large warm enema has been replaced by the small chemical enema. Large warm enemas tend to clear the entire colon and have the effect of enhancing the absorption of calcium from the colon. Most patients have normal bowel movements the day following a large warm enema if they are given a wholesome diet and are mobile. Phosphates in the little chemical enemas rob calcium, other minerals and water from the body and are hard on the colon itself. It is common to have increased constipation from these enemas, so they must be repeated. As well calcium deficiency is a common problem in our meat-eating culture anyway. The patient will require more medication for aches and pains exacerbated by the calcium deficiency as well as needing calcium supplementation. A typical nursing home may buy as much as $30,000 worth of these disposable enemas in a year. The old water enemas, using the best possible equipment might cost a few thousand dollars to equip a nursing home and could be used for years without significant replacement cost. As well the increased needs for supplementation and medication to counteract the negative effects of these chemical enemas, and other treatments ads to the profitability of the operation of these facilities from the suppliers view points. The use of baking soda enemas in these institutions would reduce profits and decrease the needs for prescription and non prescription medicines and supplements. It is just good economic sense to go with the phosphate enemas, or laxatives and abandon less profitable treatments.

Are you a doctor or a health care provider? Do you own stocks in pill producing companies? Are you a patient? All of us become patients eventually. When we are patients, we are not usually interested in seeking out care that is the most financially rewarding to our care givers, or at least, if even remotely sane, we shouldn't be. We should be interested in what works. This fact has kept the use of some physiologic treatments alive even when the corporate structure does not want it. This is the fundamental problem with health care, it has become corporate. The days when good warm enemas were plentiful were during the era when most doctors owned their own hospitals. Every one of those doctors was a human being. They had to eat, drink and defecate just like all their patients. They used treatments with a human conscious, and most used treatments that first and foremost they knew worked. Profits were important, but in most cases were a second hand consideration. Every good doctor or businessman knows, at least as a beginning entrepreneur, that a satisfied customer is the basis of long term financial success. It is only once the system becomes incorporated and large enough to insulate the decision making from customer input that this is forgotten. The first interest of most practicing physicians was and is, what is best for my patients. Now in corporate and government health care, many physicians still want to do what is best for their patients, but a strict set of instructions and standards of practice is set up by management or government regulation dictate their behavior. If they deviate from this bureaucratic set of accepted treatments, they can lose their right to practice. Corporations and governmental agencies do not have human consciousness. They have a collective consciousness that never dies, gets sick or feels the pain of their patients. Most young doctors having huge educational loans to pay back and families depending on the substantial income they derive from playing the game. They learn early in their careers to stifle their personal opinions and emotions in order to have their place shaking the money tree. By the time they are middle age and the money is not as important, they have forgotten the youthful zeal with which they sought to practice medicine and heal the world, and continue in the paths worn well in their minds over decades of practice. When they get old, have health problems and face the terror of disease and death, they are retired, and do not contribute to the decision making process. Their fears and concerns over what would help them and their aging loved ones are effectively silenced in corporate medicine. Many effective, safe and painless cures such as the good enema have been quietly removed as unprofitable from the practice of medicine. To study what works, and has worked among the simple non-profit driven treatments, you have to look back to history.

What does work for colds and flu? There are historical treatments that have worked well in the past. There are scientific discoveries that offer new hope, as well as explaining why these old treatments worked in the first place. As brought out in the Modern Medical Counselor's treatment section on the common cold, it is physiologic support of the immune system. This book states that lifestyle prevents colds. This book stated more than half a century ago that people who live hygienically rarely had colds. Those that do not live hygienically, frequently do. Hygienically meaning good food, exercise, stress reduction etc. This certainly has not changed. We know now that the good food they were talking about, fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, etc., are rich in vitamins and nutrients that support health. They are also rich in roughage and bulk that help eliminate waste. As a milk drinker and meat eater as a child and young adult, I had constant colds. As a vegan on a large percentage of living foods, I have not had a cold in years.

So first and foremost, before we even mention treatment, let me say that colds and flu are almost universally caused by how we live, not viruses or something we catch. We are all exposed to rhino viruses many times a day. The reason we do not all have colds at all times is that our immune systems in health destroy these viruses and the cells they invade before any symptoms develop. Live right and be healthy. No doctor, pill, vitamin, treatment or system of disease care can prevent the cause of most disease. If you have colds eliminate dairy products, consider reducing meat and other animal products as well as highly processed foods and consume a large portion of your diet from the garden, fresh and unprocessed. You will find your health will improve and you will feel great, or at least better than you do now. You will have fewer colds, and reduce the chances of more serious illnesses like cancer and heart disease to mention only three of the most common illnesses that are usually brought on by incorrect lifestyle.

Now what was the treatment of choice for the common cold in the pre antibiotic era? Let me quote from the Modern Medical Counselor (1) ----
 

"Cold in the Head (Common Cold, Coryza)

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE
 

1. If any fever is present, put the patient to bed until it subsides.

2. Give hot formations to the face and chest, with a cold compress to the back of the neck and a hot foot bath, continuing the treatment until perspiration starts. (See pages 369, 370, 358, 372) Keep the patient well covered to prevent any chilling, and keep him in bed for at least twelve hours after the perspiration has ceased.

3. Give the patient all the water and fruit juices he will drink, but no other food for 24 hours. After that the diet should consist of soft of liquid foods, mainly fruit juices, until all acute symptoms have subsided.

4. Cleanse the patient's bowels with a large warm soda enema at about 100 degrees F., followed by a small cool soda enema at about 80 degrees F. (See page 362.) Do not give the warm enema without the cool enema following it.

5. Congestion in the head may be relieved by hot fomentations to the face and a cold compress to the back of the neck at the same time, three times a day. (See pages 363-370, 358.)

6. Give no drugs.

7. When the fever and other acute symptoms have subside the patient may take moderate exercise in the open air and gradually return to a normal diet.
 

Being so common, colds are not considered as seriously as they should be. Neglected colds are often the forerunners of chronic catarrh, infected sinuses, middle-ear disease, bronchitis, and even tuberculosis. No one needs to read a description of a cold in the head. He knows what it is like from his own experience and observation.

Both a virus and usually several kinds of disease germs are among the causes of colds, but they require favorable conditions in order to enter the tissues and produce their effects. Due to the virus, many colds are epidemic, affecting practically a whole community by contagion. Exposure to cold and wet, overwork, loss of sleep, and other exhausting conditions lower bodily resistance and prepare the way for the virus to begin its work. The virus, in turn, prepares the way for the disease germs already present in the nasal cavity and other respiratory passages to do theirs. Other predisposing factors are a lack of resistance from living in overheated and poorly ventilated rooms, without sufficient outdoor exercise; lowered resistance due to errors in diet, including overeating, especially of such concentrated foods as sugar, fats, meats, or nuts; and diseased tonsils and adenoids. People who live truly hygienic lives seldom have colds."
 

Frankly this is great information. In the fifty-five years since this book was published, I have found very little more succinct and to the point with the cause and treatment of colds. Of course we know about vitamins, biochemistry, the mechanisms of how viruses work etc. There are things that were unknown then, but the treatment of colds was frankly superior to what is done now. This Adventist publication, which incidently had sold more than 421,000 copies at that time and crossed well over the million mark by the 1950's was the book in many of our homes as children. It was this book that served as a guide to our mothers in our care when we were sick. And it is not alone in this approach. Even the American Medical Association home health manuals of this era recommended similar treatments. Dr. Morris Fishbein MD, secretary of the American Medical Association for decades beginning in the 1920s, the leading spokesperson for corporate medicine during the 1930s through the 1950s was famous for promoting drug care. Even he, advised the use of either enemas or laxatives with treatment of the common cold in his medical books in the 1940s. It is no accident that he recommends enemas. He did this at the same time that he began the first orchestrated attempt to eliminate enemas in the treatment of pregnant women. His position in opposing enemas during pregnancy was the first time that any physician of importance in America came out with a blanket opposition to colon health care, to my knowledge. Prior to this time and through the next ten years colonic irrigations and good enemas were a very frequent experience in hospitals throughout America, and remained part of the training of nurses. Even Dr. Fishbein could not deny the benefits of colon cleansing on common colds. The evidence and experience of the overwhelming majority of citizens and health professionals of the benefits were too much to ignore.

It took another 20 years until the use of enemas and colon cleansing in colds could be quietly dropped from the reference books and replaced by drugs. Now the only thought when sick most Americans' have is which pill or elixir to take, there is little thought of basic physiologic care like hot packs and enemas. The drug company salesmen of America did a very good job is selling their idea of a pill for every illness. However, as the drug culture is reeling under the weight of its failures to cure common problems, these successful old remedies are returning and opposition is sometimes reconsidered. Even corporate medicine has to keep its patients alive. A dead patient doesn't use pills, surgery or services. The ideal corporate patient is one that lives long and prospers; has multiple surgeries, hospitalizations, and a medicine shelf full of potions and elixirs. If it is necessary to let them have an occasional good enema, chiropractic adjustment or fresh vegetable to keep them as a customer, this must be tolerated. In accordance with the prime directive, it is better to let a little profit slide than lose it all.

Before World War II, the human influence on medical practice and advice was much greater. During the 1940's in many if not most homes you would have a large enema, which usually turned into a session of enemas if you showed up at the breakfast table with the sniffles and were kept home from school. Few patients can hold a large enema at a single injection. The recommendation of a large or good enema means an injection of four or more quarts of water. Most patients required more than one injection to get a large enema in their colons. The idea being for the patient to take hold of as much warm water as possible at least twice during the first phase of an enema session, followed by a smaller cool fill. If you were in college and the dorm mother sent you to the college infirmary with a cold, a nurse would either fetch you and take you to a special treatment room for your enemas, or you would disappear behind a screen between yours and the next bed. There in muffled tones you would try to forcefully express to your nurse that you had really had quite enough enema, trying not to share that communication with all the other students lying quietly listening to your ordeal a few feet away. You soon discovered that the enema continued surging into your rectum until she was satisfied that your colon was indeed completely full, despite your protest. She and you would have repeated this conversation a few times that morning, and possibly each morning during your stay in the infirmary. It would always start with you sheepishly getting in position and taking the first quart or so of your enema, and end with your quivering and struggling to hold the good enema. In any case by noon your bowels would have been well cleaned and your immune system would be primed to fight off the infection.

I don't know of any of the old text that state it this way, but the real method of fighting off viral diseases is to enhance the function of the immune system. In the intervening 50 years we have indeed learned a great deal about the nature of disease. On a cellular level we have a much better understanding of the processes. During this time DNA was discovered. Before this no one could have known how viruses actually functioned and lived. AIDS arrived in the 1980s and focused research on the immune system. It was also about this time that we discovered the connection of viruses and cancer. All animal studies of cancer show onco-viruses to be the cause of cancer. However, at least one Nobel prize has been awarded for the relationship of internal genetic markers of the host to cause cancer. The interesting thing is that both are assuredly right.

The state of the host, the design of their immune system, and their internal and external environment is essential to the development of almost all disease. This predisposition coupled with the presence of a pathogenic virus or germ and you have a cold, cancer, pneumonia or any other disease caused by "a bug" or something you catch. Cancer though is a little different. I believe it is caused by a virus, however that virus may either be present in the host following some exposure, or they actually may "inherit" it and carry it with them since birth. It is then activated by a set of circumstances decades later. Colds seem to be much more immediate. A particular rhino virus is spread throughout the community today just as they were during Julius Caesar's time. The key to evaluating how effective a virus is at breaking through our defenses is just what percentage of the population develop the disease. If 100% of those exposed get the disease, the virus is playing a perfect game. No matter what we do, no matter how we live, we will get it. If its effects are bad enough, we will all die. Fortunately no such virus is apparently around. It was thought that AIDS was such a virus. We were wrong. Every person that catches aids does not die. A few live. Those that go on very strict living foods diets and practice a very healthful life style sometimes do get rid of the disease. Still, most die. Those that are exposed and develop the disease have a death sentence. Only some of those that change their life style survive. So AIDS is a good example of an onco-virus that is almost universal.

Other cancer viruses seem to be much less potent, unless we consider that if we live long enough all people do eventually succumb to some sort of cancer. If we survive all the wars, heart disease, etc., and live to near the limit of human life-- apparently about 120 years, cancer appears. I won't go into all the details here, that is a later article. What happens is that with age the immune system finally fails as do all systems with enough time, and this allows the growth of viral diseases which that particular aged individual could have destroyed a few years earlier. All other animals have termination cycles, in which they die after performing their life cycle. Various cancers may be part of our termination systems. Nature never intended any individual to live forever in our bodies. Nature removes individuals at the end of their maximally useful life cycle. So that at age 120, cancer might well be considered a normal, essential variant of living. Earlier than this, it is a disease. Since it is a disease, and clearly inappropriate in patients under 100 or more, investigating the cause is important. Cancer viruses seem to permeate the environment so avoiding contact with cancer viruses or cancer patients as a means of treatment is probably more futile than avoiding rhino-viruses. The reason some develop cancer and others don't to great age is much more a question of host susceptibility.

Included in those viruses of age is viral pneumonia, "the old man's friend" which also takes the lives of many elderly citizens. Colds are common viruses that affect a significant percentage of the population, but not all. As stated earlier, living foods practitioners and other healthful living people may never or very rarely have colds, so with a cold the state of the immune system is well prepared to defend against rhino and other viruses. It is also worth noting that these living foods practitioners also tend to live much longer and in better health in general than the rest of the population. The incidence of cancer and other viral related disease is also much less. They also suffer far less from hardening of the arteries, senility and other diseases which make old age a time of low quality living to meat eaters and others who live incorrectly.

Now once a cold or bacterium is present and secedes in invading some or all of the body how do we deal with it. The enema, historically has always been part of this treatment until antibiotics were deemed to be the only truly necessary treatment by modern medicine. The antibiotic strategy had a high percentage of success during the 40s and 50s. It was a new idea, and most dangerous bacteria had no defenses. Antibiotics are one of medicine's great success stories. In fact I survived pneumonia as a child solely due to penicillin, as did one of my sons in the 80s. So don't be misled into believing that I oppose these therapies. I recommend and refer patients on a very frequent basis to medical doctors for potentially dangerous infections. I don't refer patients with colds. Antibiotics do not work for colds, and modern American medical care for colds is less effective than that offered by almost all health food stores. In fact the treatment and cure of colds is far better dealt within the produce section of any good supermarket than it is within almost all health care practitioners' offices. The only other area you might consider stopping by in your search to buy a cure is the shelf in your local pharmacy where the hot water bottle, enema, douche combination sets are sold. Buy two.

When you get it home read the first chapter in my book, Love Thine Enemas & Heal Thyself . This is provided for you here on the web site, http:/www.lifeknox.com. All the details are there on how to give a good enema safely. Once you know how to do this, following all listed cautions etc., give the cold sufferer a few good fills along with following the directions given in the Modern Medical Counselor. You will find that some of the headaches, aches and pains will be eased. They will breathe more easily, and usually relax and go to sleep after their enema session. What you have just done to help enhance their immune response, relaxed them and cleared out some of the toxins that are always present with infectious disease. The chapter in my book is 25 pages long, quiet long enough to cover the giving of enemas. I won't go into it here, except to say that enemas should not be done unless you know what you are doing. A lot of nurses and doctors do not know how to give a good enema. Untrained people are even more in question. Please be sure you know what you are doing before you do it. You can do serious harm with an enema if you do it incorrectly.

Another possibility is using a colonic irrigation. Colonics given at a temperature of about 103-107 degrees Fahrenheit are great for boosting the immune system. As well the temperature can be dropped to 80 to give a cold fill to complete the cycle. Colon therapists usually are knowledgeable about how to do these procedures safely, and there is less risk than there would be from having an enema from a person that is unfamiliar with the process. A good colonic at the beginning of a cold is a great way to begin the treatment. A good warm colonic irrigation is a good treatment to enhance the immune response in any situation where the immune system is improperly tuned. Heating and then cooling the core of the body in this manner, help properly activate the system when it is malfunctioning. It has been my observation that patients with chronic sinus infections or other low grade infections, often do have a good immune response to these bacteria following a good warm colonic. They develop an active fever, nasal discharge and fatigue following the colonic, usually the next day, then the chronic condition disappears. One of my patients had a sinus headache and congestion for months. They had complete relief from one colonic irrigation within three days of the treatment. However, don't take this as a blanket endorsement of every colon therapist. Some are very careful and knowledgeable, others are not. Serious disease can easily be spread by colonic machines where adequate sanitation is not observed.

To be well the immune system must be activated occasionally. Why, you are asking is a good colon cleansing so important with colds? What makes this treatment so valuable in the treatment of viral or bacterial diseases? The cleansing part is easy. The colon is a reservoir for the storage of toxic waste until it can be removed from the body. Most of the mucous from the respiratory tract is swallowed and bacteria, and other waste to be expelled from this mucous makes its way to the colon. If you examine the waste from the kidneys, urine, it has no bacteria in it in health. If you examine the stool, it is loaded with bacteria. During an illness like a cold where bacteria remains in the digestive tract, viral particles remain in quantity in the colon. The gentle washing away of the bulk of this material allows the immune system to focus on the respiratory tract rather than maintain a second larger front in the colon. The colon is lined with immune system monitoring stations. The colon is a major organ in the tuning of immune system response, in my experience. The colon lining is made up of little units of six cells surrounding a membrane that transmits proteins back to complexes of immune tissue cells in the abdominal cavity. Any protein in the colon is randomly checked by the immune system. A virus or pathogen in the colon excites these cells to begin their work, and may be a central focus of setting up an immune response. Where this is appropriate, such as a cold, the nose runs, fever goes up, you become tired and listless, and the body takes care of you. Where it is inappropriate such as a response to whey or casein, from using milk products, or an allergic response to an innocuous protein, you have congestion, listlessness, etc., without reason. This is the basis of an allergy, and is why enemas also work so well to remove part of the cause of allergies. With a cold if you have a large quantity of a rhino virus in the colon, that is where the body is going to focus its defenses. If you reduce, and I do mean reduce, there is no reason to ever try to completely clear all bacteria from the colon, the body will be able to put its immune soldiers elsewhere, like in the lungs and nose. This is one reason why almost all doctors in the pre antibiotic era recommended enemas, or at the least laxatives with colds. The use of enemas gives immediate relief of symptoms and helps to concentrate the immune response where it is needed.

Another way of enhancing the immune system is heat. A common way of avoiding colds is to take a good hot soak periodically during cold weather. Saunas are also good, but there is one problem. When you have a cold in a very early stage, you may not be responding to the virus. If you are breathing in warm air, as in summer or a warm climate, you notice that you have fewer respiratory infections. This is because a warm nose has a higher resident level of immune response than does a cold one. So if you are living in the cold, or in and out of the cold, as in winter, your nose gets cold. Your lungs get cold. If a virus wanders by and latches onto a cell of the nose while they are cold, the immune response will be less. So they may grow a bit. If then you plunge the nose into the 120 degrees plus heat of a sauna with a good colony of viral infection present, before the immune system has a chance to put the virus into its mug file of tissue to be resisted, there may be a problem. The immune system may ignore the spread of the virus for a few days. This is the way a cold develops. You have it a few days before you know it, or your body begins to respond to it. It is very possible that this delay time may be related to the swallowing of mucus. Within a few days enough virus particles are present in the colon to excite the mesenteric immune complex to activate a response to the presence of disease up stream in the nose or lungs. Having your nose super heated during this refractory period makes the cold worse rather than better. A steady warm climate in which the nose is always warm tends to keep the viral colonies from developing as easily. So as far as colds are concerned, hot soaks are better than saunas where the lining of the respiratory tract is not excessively heated. The use of internal heat is also well considered. The large warm enema is an internal heater. I use 103 degrees Fahrenheit normally. With a cold I go to 107. This is hot to the body, but not hot enough to burn delicate tissue. 107 degrees is more than enough to stimulate any heat response you want, and even this is not safe in some conditions. Please check with a chiropractor, MD or other health professional before using this heat if any other health problems are present. Never should anything be taken into the body that is over 115 degrees Fahrenheit. This is destructive to living tissue. In fact you should not be giving enemas in any case unless you have an accurate bath thermometer to set the temperature. The heating activates the immune system, particularly the reading cells in the gut, where the response to the infection, particularly respiratory and digestive system infections, is keyed in. So a good warm enema series early in a cold speed the response of the immune system by specifically warming it, activating it and purging the excess viral particles and foreign proteins (which may confuse the response) from the colon. There will always be enough rhino virus left down there to set off all the necessary fire alarms. The cool enema following is to tune this down once it is fully activated by the warm enemas, as well as to avoid over relaxing the bowel and preventing an overactive response. The immune response is one of those things that is meant to be in a specific range of operation. The warm enema helps activate it. The following cool enema brings it down to a working level.

A good warm bath with a quick cool spray has good effect as well, but lacks the removal of toxic waste and viral particles accomplished by the enema. With a cold it is important to accomplish all of this. Now what else? The enema, heating the body etc. are only part of the treatment. During the cold at least one good daily bowel movement should be obtained. Properly given enemas are in no way addictive, so that for a brief period of time, daily enemas are ok, for five or six days anyway, if needed. The rest of this treatment should take care of that with reduced reliance on enemas.

Having cleansed the system, the advice given in 1943 to fast for a day is good advice. I would change it a little. Plenty of fresh juices are a must, all the patient can drink. I would also ad all the fresh, uncooked, fresh from the garden living foods that they can eat as well. In particular I recommend dark green veggies, kale, broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, etc.---- and don't cook them! Eat them with a little lemon juice, cold processed flax seed oil from the health food store and a little seasoning, like Spike if you need it. These flavorings are my own addiction, I eat everything with flax seed oil, lemon or lime juice and spike. It doesn't have that much to do with treating colds. It is just my educated palate speaking. I am sure that just eating these things straight is just fine. In fact I would highly recommend that rather than juicing everything, just eat it. Orange juice is great-- whole oranges are better. It is the same with everything. This way you also get the bulk through your colon to naturally removes the toxic waste.

Vitamin C is important. Many natural doctors have all sorts of books out on this. They are right. Take vitamin C. If you take too much, it will give you the runs, a good thing when you have a cold anyway. If you get the runs, cut back on it until it stops. If it doesn't give you the runs, you aren't taking enough to reach saturation. The body is using all you put in and not pouring it out. A secondary way, and less traumatic to the bowel, is to eat fresh living food. On an all living food diet, you usually take in about four to five grams of vitamin C a day. This is plenty in health, maybe not disease, but in health it is a good supply. Sources---- orange juice? Well it is ok. Red bell peppers eaten raw have three times as much vitamin C as oranges. The dark-green veggies I recommended for colds also have much more vitamin C than oranges and other citrus fruits. So uncooked veggies are great. Vitamin A is also important, and if you eat your dark-green veggies you will have all you can use. Being a vegan is wonderfully simple. You eat all the healthful foods you can stand, and you just get healthier and healthier. If you are fat--you get thinner. If you are thin-- you get heavier. Vitamin C, A and almost all other things are naturally taken care of without any sort of pill, potion or plan.

Oh yes one other thing about antibiotics. They don't help colds, but they are not without effect. If you take antibiotics you will wreck your normal colonic bacteria. You will pave the way for B12 deficiency (it is made by the normal bacteria in the colon). And you will create an opportunity for the invasion of candida or other pathenogens unless you deliberately restore these normal microbes. The raw living food diet does this automatically as well. If you have had antibiotics, you may want to pour some source of these microbes from a bottle or box down your gullet as well. If you don't get your antibiotics from your doctor, you can always get them from the milk man, or butcher. Chickens, turkey, and other animals are often dripping in antibiotics when they arrive at your dinner table. Milk and eggs are also suspect, so that consuming these foods can wreck your colon's ability to function in recognizing disease proteins as they pass through. If you don't stop eating these sorts of things for your general health, at least stop eating them while you are overtly sick. If you must, you can go back to the standard American Diet once you are "well." If you want to be truly well, and stay that way, avoiding the enema sessions that so effectively treat colds and flu as well as the colds and flu, and possibly cancer, heart disease, diabetes, senility, etc., think about living a hygienic life. Think about being a vegetarian- preferably a vegan vegetarian. Other wise love thine enemas. You will need them.
 

This whole concept of treating infections will be dealt with in my next book on conditions treated by enemas and colonics. This paper is to be part of that book. It, as it is being prepared now, will be split into sections related to the immune system. The first of necessity, must be on the function of the immune system and its function in health and disease. More chapters on specific diseases or disorders will be the bulk of the rest of the book, intertwined with the real basis of health. That idea is that we live as a distinct organism in symbiosis with our environment. Our immune systems maintain our distinctness and prevent the presence of disease organisms from taking over our bodies in a state of health. The failure of the immune system to properly respond to internal disorder is very often symptomatic of lack of harmony with the environment. To be truly healthful we must live in our world with harmony, and we must take into our beings that which we need to maintain homeostasis, for self benefit. We must take out from our bodies, minds and souls that which is not beneficial to keep in. I have now references on more than 120 illnesses treated by enemas. The book will be extensively referenced with historical and scientific references. I have not included these references in this paper. They will be in later works on this subject.
 
 

1. Modern Medical Counselor, Herbert O Swarthout, MD, Dr. P.H. et al, Pacific Press Publishing Association, Mountain View, CA, 1943, pages 838-839

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