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Are you well protected from viruses?

Last week I received an e-mail warning me about a virus that could be identified because it purported to contain pictures of Osama bin Laden. I checked it out on the Microsoft website, as I usually do with these kinds of dire warnings that get circulated from time to time, and for the first time ever, I discovered that it was a real threat.

I never received one of those virus e-mails but it made me think about how we protect ourselves from human viruses. Most people are pretty careful about having some kind of virus protection on their PCs (and Mac and LINUX users are proud to point out that they don’t need it because it’s built-in already), but how careful are we about protecting ourselves from human viruses?

Judging by the mass panic when any new virus breaks out (bird flu, SARS, swine flu). It looks as if we do not trust whatever we have already in place to protect ourselves.

Much of this, I believe, is  based on ignorance. There is remarkably little information available on prevention of viruses. In fact, I heard during the swine flu epidemic in UK that government ministers wanted to give compulsory vaccinations that been scientifically proven to be ineffective – just so that people would feel they were doing something.

So what can we do to protect ourselves from viruses? The main system the body uses prevention is the immune system and we all know that when the immune system is weak we are more likely to get sick, so building and maintaining a strong immune system is absolute priority.

Most people focus on diet and exercise, which are both useful, but my experience over many years has shown that it is a person’s energy that determines the strength of their immune system. When you have a strong flow of energy in your body you are able to release negative influences, such as viruses, very quickly. For example, if I get the first indication of having been attacked by a cold virus (usually it is just a slight sensation that stage). I make sure I get rid of it instantly. I use three very simple techniques:

  1. Relaxation.
    I make sure I’m feeling very relaxed and happy because it is hard for a virus to “stick” for long in that state.
  2. Mind over matter
    I do not allow myself to believe in the cold. I instantly expect it to go away and refuse to give it any time or attention whatsoever.
  3. Get warmed up
    If I’m feeling a bit cold or tense for any reason I drink a cup of boiling water with a couple of slices of ginger and some dark brown sugar (Muscovado is best). I’m warm within minutes and colds don’t seem to like it much!

I have never known this approach to fail, although it may take some practice at first.

Of course, the best is to build up your immune system over time. The key to this is:

  • daily exercise to promote energy circulation and release of negative energy
  • daily relaxation to recharge your energy
  • a positive, happy approach to life that ensures you have a constant supply of fresh energy available.

If you do this it will be a lot harder for viruses to attack you and even harder for them to stick!

Any of the relaxations on this website will help you to recharge your energy. We recommend you start with the programme, ‘So you want to learn to relax.’

Sarah McCrum

Sarah McCrum used to run Children’s Voices, a radio production company specialising in interviewing children. She founded the Energy Bank in London and is now working on a new project for children called Magicus.

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