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tummy bug question

any body got any recommendations for a wife who is not sick (yet) with a hubbie who is down for the count?

It's a nasty tummy bug that's floating around here.  I'm fine so far, but am eagerly looking for suggestions other than:
1) wash your hands often (thanks mom)
2) "you're screwed" (my friend the GI doc)

something along the lines of "lots of vitamin Q" or whatever.

I wish i could help. I'm an emetophobic and hearing about a stomach virus going around is like hearing the plague's in town. I take alot of vitamin C, like 2-3 833mg tablets a day around the time i hear of it until it looks like it has passed. I hope everything's ok.

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Boost your immune system, my dear.  Lots of veggies and fruits (not hard, right?), echinacea (in a tincture if you can get it) and a glass of fresh lemon juice every morning (sqeeze half a lemon into half a glass of water--no sweetner allowed!  Juice must be from a fresh lemon, not bottled).  Don't forget to drink lots of water.  Good luck!  I hope hubby feels better soon.

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Double on the watter and vitamin C. Also one of my friends swears by raw garlic smashed up and swallowed with a little olive oil. This might only work by keeping the sick husband away :)
Knock on wood I haven't been sick in a few years.

Good luck.

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Seconding the above with the following addition... Zinc shortens the duration of flu-like illnesses.  They sell lozenges that are vegan at most HFS.

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Also one of my friends swears by raw garlic smashed up and swallowed with a little olive oil. This might only work by keeping the sick husband away :)

I do this for head colds, never thought about it for a stomach bug.  I'll try anything at this point; it appears to be awful.

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. Zinc shortens the duration of flu-like illnesses. 

same comment as above; does zinc work for stomach illness, too?

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oh, I get it.  it's just a good immune system booster, eh?  nothing specific to the lungs or stomach.  Sometimes it takes me a minute.

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Zinc doesn't do much for preventative, but it does work at the onset of illness (can help prevent and shorten duration).  For relief for your poor husband, I'd try a ginger tea and some ice chips. 

I am pretty sure these are vegan, unless they have changed vitamin sources since the last time I checked with the company... http://www.airbornehealth.com/

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I second the ginger tea.  It really helps settle the stomach and is soothing on the throat.  Ginger lemon tea is even better.

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I had gotten a sample of the airborne stuff in the mail and I don't remember what it was, but something unvegan was in there. . . moreover-I think it's been proven to be worthless.

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Hello Nutdragon.
Something you could try is Acidophilus. This does a range of great things, enhances immunity, supresses bad bacteria, strengthens the good stuff, helps balance the digestive system and is great for 'bowel type' bugs (hoping you dont get to that stage)LOL.
I believe you can get a dairy free version. I am in Australia so I cant help you with brand names, however maybe the web site nutrasanus.com can help.
If you get da bug.................
Myself, it helps if i try to keep my food bland and as simple as poss. I hear raw is good for tummy bugs too!
Good Luck.

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If you're talking the standard automatic-eject tummy bug, I would recommend lots of fluids, no solid food for 24 hrs to starve the little microbes. My mother cured everything with room-temp 7Up and cranberry juice for vitamins (served separately!) The less you eat that has food value the quicker the little bugs give up the ghost. Lots of rest and avoid the shopping channels, they'll make you sick without any help.  ;D

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I had gotten a sample of the airborne stuff in the mail and I don't remember what it was, but something unvegan was in there. . . moreover-I think it's been proven to be worthless.

I'd be curious to find out what is un-vegan.  Let me know if you remember. 

As for it being proven worthless, isn't that what mainstream medicine tells us about all natural remedies?  I let experience speak for itself.  For example, I recently took Umcka for a severe cough and it was the only thing that finally got rid of the chest congestion that had been hanging around for over a month.  If you look it up on the web, docs say its totally ineffective.  Now, I'm not saying that all supplements work for everyone, but... *steps down off soapbox*

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Something you could try is Acidophilus. This does a range of great things, enhances immunity, supresses bad bacteria, strengthens the good stuff, helps balance the digestive system and is great for 'bowel type' bugs (hoping you dont get to that stage)LOL.

Great idea! We usually take a pro-biotic with our afternoon meal, but I think Will gets one with the piece of toast he is currently trying to choke down.  It will probably help put back a lot of the good stuff that he lost with the bad.  The worst has passed for him; I am still hoping for a repreive... (truth be told, I'm hoping it was somehow food poisoning and I was never at risk, but since I make most of his meals...)

Thanks guys (once again) for the support!

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My apologies mdvegan, I wasn't getting down on alternative meds, but I really haven't seen any good reviews. Apparently it comes in a different form now than it did, so these little pills may be vegan, but the children's form does contain honey.

Not posting this as an advocate, but here's a bit of Mike Shermer's encounter with it. . .

Quote:
In one final lunge at product verisimilitude (dang it, that zesty taste feels like it works), I consulted Harriet Hall, a retired U.S. Air Force flight surgeon and family physician who studies alternative medicine. Hall looked up Airborne's ingredients in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and found no evidence that any of the ingredients prevents colds. Worse, vitamin A is unsafe in doses greater than 10,000 units a day, and Airborne contains 5,000 units per tablet and recommends five pills a day or more. The only positive finding was for vitamin C, for which some evidence indicates that taking high doses may shorten the duration of cold symptoms by one to one and a half days in some patients. But the large amounts needed may cause side effects. "There's more evidence for chicken soup than for Airborne," Hall told me.
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No offense, 7.  :)  Since my parents are vocal (and well-educated) advocates in the alternative health field, I get fired up a little easily.  *Kicks soapbox into corner to collect dust for another few years*.  Thanks for the info, too!

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Even though you "cared enough to share", knowing you're in Maryland, I still relate you as being the vegweb local doc (that's your official position here, just as Idioglossia is our official hemp advocate). I see the mdvegan and think back to your parents being who they are and just see you as that. (your opinion is greatly respected here). I am all for any alternative to the mainstream health field, keep at it. . . I'm sure the soapbox won't get too dusty. ;)

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I met with an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner and she recommended that I take Quercitin and Vitamin C to boost my immune system (I was getting sick at least once a month).  I bought the Quercitin at my local health food store and it's vegetarian friendly; I take 800 mg 3xday.  She recommended that I take 2000mg of Vitamin C 2 or 3xday (it's a high dosage and may "clean you out" a bit, but it's healthy to do for a short period of time).

I work at a unversity (and live on campus) and I haven't gotten sick since I started taking them (about 2 1/2 months).  Hope that helps!

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how are you feeling now, nutdragon? (husband or wife - heehee)

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Hey there,
thanks for checking up on us!  Will is eating but with some difficulty and I am (please cross fingers everyone) still holding strong.  I spoke with some friends this morning who had this bug a couple of weeks ago and they said it lasted a week for each them (omnis).  Will was, let's see, *actively* involved with the bug for only 24 hours.  I figure that says good things about our diets and overall health, eh?  He's chopping wood as we speak (but he's not happy about it).

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