Get Flu-Smart!

With winter rapidly approaching, I decided to take on the all-important topic of the flu. The following three articles will help you really understand the flu shot, learn additional ways to protect yourself from getting sick, and make a plan for what to do if you get the flu. Click over to the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine’s website to view my articles there:

Flu Shot of Not

Natural Flu Prevention

What to Do When You Get the Flu

*And since the original posting of these articles, there has been information released about the risks of the high-dose flu vaccine marketed for the first time this year to seniors. 23 seniors died after the shot in drug trials.

Wet Sock Therapy

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prevent, diagnose, or treat any disease. If you have any concern about the severity of your condition, it is important that you consult a doctor. If you are on medications or being treated for any chronic disease, you should always consult a doctor before trying any new therapies in order to monitor for interactions. That being said, let’s learn about wet socks!

Wet sock therapy is a natural therapy that has been used for centuries. It is designed to increase circulation, improve immune function, and decrease head congestion. It is especially helpful to use for headaches, upper respiratory infections, or the flu.

While it may seem strange to wear wet socks to bed, I encourage you to give it a try and see how it makes you feel. I always feel better after wet sock therapy. For the most benefit, do this therapy for three consecutive nights. It is important to follow the instructions precisely.

You will need:

  • A tub or other source of warm water
  • A towel
  • Cotton socks
  • Wool socks
  • A bed or cozy place to sleep with a blanket

What to do:

  • Fill a tub or basin with very warm water. The water should be as hot as you can handle without burning your feet.
  • Soak only the foot-part of the cotton sock in cold water from the sink. If you are using very low-cut ankle socks, you can soak the entire sock. Wring all the excess water out of the sock. This is a very important step! If the sock is too soaking wet, it will not dry properly.
  • Set aside the wet cotton socks with the dry wool socks.
  • Soak your feet for about 5 minutes until they feel warmed through.
  • Dry your feet with a towel.
  • Apply wet cotton socks.
  • Apply dry wool socks on top of the cotton socks.
  • Go to bed.

When you wake in the morning (or even in the middle of the night), your feet and socks will be dry. If you were congested, feverish, or achy when going to bed, you may feel some relief. Your feet will probably feel tingly and great!

Roasted Vegetable Soup

This soup can be entirely pureed or partly pureed with chunky vegetables. The paprika is the key ingredient to its amazing flavor. This is a recipe that I originally found in Vegetarian Times and have since modified it to fit my kitchen and my taste.

  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 lbs of tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 large bell peppers, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 1 head brocolii, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Rub papery skin off garlic, and cut off top of head to expose garlic gloves. Place on square foil, drizzle with 1 Tbsp water, and wrap the foil.
  3. Toss vegetables with oil, salt, pepper and plenty of paprika in large bowl. Spread vegetables (including the wrapped garlic) on 2 baking sheets and roast 35-45 minutes, or until vegetables are browned and tender, stirring once. Cool 10 minutes.

Squeeze roasted garlic cloves into a blender, add ½ of roasted vegetables and 1 cup water. Blend until smooth, then transfer to large bowl or saucepan with the rest of the vegetables. Warm and add vinegar.