Crisis Mode ( Article from 2005)
by: Aynne McAvoy

"If you can keep your head, when all around you are losing theirs...."  Rudyard Kipling.

This line from "IF" is the perfect prescription for calmness and sensible preparation in the face of any crisis.   At the time of this writing the bird flu still has not mutated,  however, every major news media is bleating "Killer Bird Flu Coming" at every turn.  The Internet is rife with conspiracy and hoax stories regarding this bird flu, tamiflu and flu vaccines.

I am hoping to take you away from 'the sky is falling' shouts of the media to a path that combines a practical, logical, medicinal and holistic approach to handling crisis.  I will attempt to point out some tools that you can use should you need to.

My original plan was to write about bird flu.  However, as we all know all too well this year, there are all kinds of events that can befall someone in a very short period of time and leave a path of destruction behind; a tsunami, hurricane, flood, earthquake. This has been a tough spiritual year of 7.  Lessons are meant to be learned by everyone on earth.

Let's discuss  our personal thoughts and words for a second.  Energy flows where attention flows.  Be aware of your thoughts and words.  Are they full of doom and gloom or are they hopeful?  The strange thing about this old planet is that we attract the very thing we fear.    You don't fear a race if you have prepared your body for it, or a test if you have prepared your mind for it.  So, let's look at getting you into a place of sensible preparation.

Human beings reflect so much of what we think, and now discoveries have been made regarding this very issue  by Dr Emoto's work with water and thought energy.  For those not familiar, Dr Emoto did numerous experiments with water, taping various words on bottles.  He then froze the water and examined the ice crystals from each.   Crystals examined under a microscope from bottles that had words such as  LOVE  taped on them were beautiful to behold, and likewise crystals from bottles that had words such as  I HATE YOU taped on them were ugly and gruesome.  Remember from biology class  how our bodies are made up of approximately 85% water? It would make sense then from this work that the water in our bodies would react to thoughts and words.   Here is a link to one of the web site's about the fascinating work being done on this: http://www.hado.net/index2.html.  So, now there is some documentation that  thoughts and words contain powerful energy.    Be careful of what you think and say, watch  your thoughts and words closely.

As I researched what I wanted to discuss in this article, issues about the immune system kept coming up over and over again.  Without a healthy immune system, we are in trouble.  Without a healthy mental, spiritual, emotional and physical being, we are teasing the fates.   If your system is unbalanced, illness often follows.  If your system is unbalanced, you are unable to function at your best at a time when it may be critical for you to be at your peak.

How do you get your immune system running in better proficiency?

1.   Get enough sleep each night.  If you are not getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night, strive to correct that as soon as possible.

2.   Drink your water!  How many times have you heard this in one form or another?  Drink those 8-12 glasses of water a day.  Nothing else hydrates the system as well; not coffee or tea or soda or beer.  Drink your water.

3.   Another oldie but goodie we all have heard before is to wash your hands!  Wash them often and with antibacterial soap.  I am told the best way to wash your hands is to sing happy birthday twice while soaping and rinsing. It takes that length of time to do the job right.    Make a habit of carrying the water- less hand soap in your pocket or purse.

4.   Watch what you are eating!  Concentrate on those crunchy vegetables, like cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage and broccoli.  If these have never been your favorites, I would suggest adding a lemon butter sauce or a mock hollandaise sauce to the veggies.  Make a point of adding the 70% rule to your eating habits: 60-70% of the food on your plate is vegetables..

5.   De-stress!  Stress is a killer of the immune system.  It opens the door wide open for diseases and illnesses to waltz right in.  Do what you need to do to de-stress your life.  Take breaks during the day more often.  Breathe deeply from the gut for at least five minutes a day.  Watch more comedies.  Turn off the TV and listen to music.  Dance and move!  Laugh!   Hang a worry basket next to the door, to put those troubles in when you get home from work.  Learn yoga, tai chi, meditation. Take long hot baths with an aroma therapy candle scenting the room.  Sip a glass of red wine.  Nibble a piece of dark chocolate!  (Yes, those last two things are healthy for you!)  Journal.  Take a nap.  Do whatever it takes for you to de-stress.

6.   Start your own personal stockpile of herbals and homeopathic's.  One of the top things suggested by my favorite doctor is a product called Andrographis Plus by the Metagenics company which is used to stimulate the immune system.  It is 50 X stronger than just  echinacea You may have to google the Internet for a mail order source for this or visit your holistic practitioner and talk to them about it.

Another product I strongly recommend is Elderberry syrup.  You can buy one already prepared at a health food store, or make your own.  Most of the ingredients are already in your own kitchen!

7.   Start using those herbs regularly which are probably sitting in a pretty display someplace in your kitchen. Use thyme, sage, cayenne pepper, garlic, onions, peppermint, rosemary, cinnamon, and cloves.  Make homemade oatmeal with tiny chopped pieces of apple and cinnamon, or add a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin with pumpkin pie spice to your oatmeal as it cooks! Yum!  Make butternut squash soup, or bean soup with a side of healthy multi grain bread and a crunchy salad for a light and healthy lunch or dinner.

8.   Look into getting a massage a  part of your normal routine.

9.   Consider making drinking green tea or any other number of wonderful herbal teas out there, such as nettle tea, part of your normal daily routine. Not only does it taste good  to sip a cup of hot tea whiles relaxing and reading the latest chapter in your newest novel, it is good for you!  You can mix your teas for a more palatable taste, such as green tea, nettle tea and chai tea.  Try making a pot with a mix of 2 or more teas.  You can add lemon, honey or milk to your tea for variety too.  The important thing is to get the nutrients from these healthy teas.

10.   Take high quality supplements to include Vitamin C, EPA/DHA (fish oils) and  proper flora.

11.   Learn what you can about the flu. Read and listen to reports. Study, and discern from what you read.  Make any preparations you feel is necessary for this or any flu that may come this year.  Be informed.  Have a plan.

Eileen Cady says it well, "Be at peace and see a clear pattern and plan running through all your life. Nothing is by chance."