admin/ September 30, 2015/ Dr. Danielle

Every year, I try to keep a tab as far as how many times I have been sick with the flu. Optimally, I want to get sick 2-3 times a year, just to keep my immune system on the up and up. If I am getting sick more often, then I know I need to clean things up a bit. If I am getting sick less, then I just have my kids lick me when they are sick, with the hopes of catching what they have. (For those of you who don’t know me, that was a joke – sort of).

And so it goes that on sunday night, I was doing a mental tally and thought I was right on schedule. I have been sick once this year, and will likely get it one-two times more come the flu season. And what happens last night??? I get sick. Of course I do. And because I am pregnant, there’s not a whole lot I can do about it. The good news is that my absolute favourite thing to do is still a very viable option. If you are already a patient of mine, then you know exactly what I am talking about. The wet sock treatment. WET SOCK treatment, you say?? Why, yes. THE WET SOCK TREATMENT. I am about to divulge just how you do this so-called wet sock treatment. And please take note. Be aware of your reaction because initially, you will think I am out of my mind. But once you try it, you will be grateful you finished reading this blog entry. Take heed, I say.

Before bed, get yourself 2 pairs of socks. One pair needs to be plain ol’ cotton socks. The second pair needs to be thicker, work-like socks. You know, like men’s wool socks? Or thicker thermal ones. The key here is that the second pair needs to be looser fitting. So women, please do not use your fancy wool socks that you essentially need to paint on. Borrow or go buy some men’s wool socks. For those of you who are bothered by wool, then get yourselves some cotton thermal socks. Take the cotton socks and soak them under COLD water. And wring them out, they do not need to be dripping wet. Then put them on. Do I need to say that again??? Put them on. Wet. And cold. Then put the DRY wool/thermal socks on overtop and go to bed. Within 3-5 minutes, you won’t even notice the fact that your feet are wet and cold. And at some point throughout the night, your feet will be dry and toasty. If you wake up to use the washroom, and the socks are still wet, please leave them on until they are completely dry.

WHY?? Why would I subject my sorry sick self to this torture?? Because it works. Essentially what happens is that your circulation picks up speed. Your blood vessels initally constrict due to the cold, but your body (because your body is just THAT amazing) instinctively dilates those blood vessels to bring warm blood to the area. Thermogenically warming your feet. Upon the increase in circulation, your lymph system becomes less congested, and your metabolism and elimination increase. All of which allows your immune system to kill off the dreaded infection. This treatment is effective and cheap. What more can you ask for??? Is it going to cure you overnight? Bahahahaha. No. But it will lessen the severity of the illness and increase your resiliency. At first onset of any infection, do this. And continue doing it over the next few nights. An added bonus is that your feet are going to feel smooth, soft, and supple. Well alright.

Also note that this works great for kids as well. When they look at you as if you have lost your mind, feel free to blame me. I don’t mind.

And while we are on the topic of flus, let me tell you why naturopaths can be such great primary physicians. First of all, we will take a look at your diet and clean it up a little (just for the short term, no panic needed), taking out the foods that are either feeding the infection or not allowing your body to do what it can naturally. Next, we will give you some ideas as far as what you can do at home to help with healing, i.e. wet socks, steam inhalations, etc. And of course, we will advise you of what supplements and/or homeopathics to take and exactly how much. Most people self medicate with probiotics, garlic, echinacea, and a select few homeopathics. And unfortunately, majority of those people are using them improperly. So although all of these things are available over the counter, getting advice from a naturopath can really clear the confusion and help you become more effective at treating these nasty flus. And let’s not forget that naturopaths can also suggest lots of things to do preventatively so that you aren’t catching one bug after another.

Just a little funny sidenote to end this blog. I read an email this morning about the responses of 4-8 year olds when asked what love is. So obviously, I felt the need to ask my 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter what love meant to them. My son said “love is when you kiss and hug alot and when you want to spend every single day with them. And also when you walk your dog and feed them and bathe them. Well…..I guess love is also when daddy gets home from work all dirty and you still kiss and hug him.” And then my 2 year old answered by saying, “Daddy’s birthday is in October, right?” Regretfully, my firecracker Frankie wasn’t at home to give me an answer. But you can bet it would be pretty neat too ;).

Have a wonderful week! If in doubt, breathe. Thoroughly. Or completely. Not heavily. Or someone might think weird things about you.

Same as it ever was, Dr. D.