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Colds and the “flu”

Now that summer is officially over and the cold weather is upon us, let’s look at “colds” versus the “flu”. How do we know whether we have a cold or the “flu”? Following is a list of symptoms to look at:

Flu symptoms Cold symptoms
Sudden onset of illness Slow onset of illness
High fever Low or no fever
Extreme fatigue Mild fatigue
Dry cough Severe cough and runny or stuffy nose
Achy head No headache
Achy muscles No achy muscles
Chills No chills

The Bible has instructions for how to prevent illness, and if illness is present, the Bible also has instructions for how to keep it from spreading. Prevention is best, and there are proven methods to avoid these illnesses, and these methods are Biblical.

“And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any man has a discharge from his body, his discharge is unclean. And this shall be his uncleanness in regard to his discharge-whether his body runs with his discharge, or his body is stopped up by his discharge, it is his uncleanness.’” (Leviticus 15:1-3, MKJV)

This sounds like a cold or some type of virus. As we read further in Leviticus 15, we see that God has told us how to avoid spreading our illness to others. Separating ourselves from others, washing our hands regularly, bathing daily, washing clothing, bedding and dishware we use while sick are all very practical and Godly ways of protecting others and ourselves from getting ill. Remember, the Bubonic Plague happened as a result of unsanitary conditions in Europe during medieval times!

Some suggestions on self comfort as we heal from either a cold or the flu include getting plenty of rest, keeping warm, and drinking plenty of liquids. Light soups such as chicken or beef broth and herbal teas with honey work very well in soothing throat pain and opening sinuses to promote drainage. Garlic and onion are a good combination as well; add them to soups for added flavor as well as benefit from their healing qualities. Ginger teas are great for warming from the inside out, and chamomile teas are good for “comfort” and stomach upset. Over the counter remedies could be beneficial, but there is no known cure for colds and flu.

For colds, zinc lozenges work for some people, but should be used with food, due to the possibility of stomach upset. An increased intake of Vitamin C may help as well. However, when you have fever do not take any supplement containing either iron or zinc. Taking iron causes great tension in a body that is fighting infection; and zinc is not absorbed by the body when you have fever. Take cool baths; repeat as needed until the fever is down. If the fever does not exceed 102 degrees, try to let it run its course. It helps the body to fight infection and eliminate toxins. If necessary, over the counter pain reliever works well for most; be sure to follow the directions on the label.

How can we avoid becoming sick this winter? Follow God’s laws for health. This includes eating clean foods that strengthen our immune systems, as well as drinking enough clean water, getting enough sleep, bathing daily, exercising as we are able, and eliminating properly. Healthy food choices include fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. If possible, try new soup recipes this fall and winter. (Try the recipe at the end of this article!) Not only will it be a way to include healthier foods in our diet, soups warm us up from the inside and are easy to digest, which aids in elimination and keeps our bodies clean.

If we are caring for family members who are ill, we should have no fear of becoming ill ourselves, if we follow God’s health laws. Now, sometimes we do become sick even though we are trying to obey God. That is a sad reality of living in this sin filled world. Pray, ask God for healing and guidance, and He will hear. And, as we are healing, we can use that time to study God’s word. See if we are following God’s health laws as He has outlined them in His Word. Be open to any corrections, make those healthy changes in your life, and continue to “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 3:18)

Vegetable and Barley Soup
5 or 6 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 leeks cut into round slices
3 carrots, roughly chopped
5 celery sticks, cut onto chunks
1 cup of dried pearl barley
2 heads of swiss chard (or similar green leaf such as leaf beet or a couple of handfuls of spinach), chopped Enough for the water to cover
Salt and pepper to taste

Very simple to prepare this one! Place all your vegetables except the chard in a large pan with the barley. Cover well with water, boil and simmer until everything is cooked. Add the chard and salt and cook for another 5 minutes.

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