Cold and Flu – Types A, B, C
The Common Cold and Seasonal Flu
The common cold, including chest cold and head cold, and flu types A, B, C are caused by viruses.
What Types of Viruses Cause the Flu? The flu is actually very different from a cold. While more than 100 different viruses can cause a cold, only influenza virus types A, B, and C cause the flu.
Type A and B viruses are responsible for the large flu epidemics. Type C flu virus is more stable and usually causes milder respiratory symptoms. While the flu vaccine can help protect you from type A and B flu viruses, there is no immunization or flu shot for type C virus.
Type A flu virus is divided into different subtypes based on the chemical structure of the virus. Type B flu virus is not divided into subtypes. Both type A and type B flu viruses are responsible for the seasonal outbreaks of flu.
Type A flu viruses are found in many different animals, including ducks, chickens, pigs, whales, horses, and seals. Influenza B viruses circulate widely only among humans.(Web.MD)
Symptoms for the Common Cold and Flu
|Fever||Rare||Fever between 100 to 102 in most cases, can last 3-4 days|
|Chills||Not Common||Approx. half of people get them|
|Muscle or body Aches||Not Common, if they do
occur usually, mild
|Common and often severe|
|Headaches||Not Common||Most cases|
|Feelings of fatigue,
|May occur, generally mild||Moderate to severe weakness, may last up to 2-3 weeks|
|Cough||Common generally mild to moderate usually produces
|Dry cough(no phlegm) may be severe, may last several weeks|
|Sneezing and stuffy nose||Common, Stuffy nose may last about a week||Sometimes|
|Chest discomfort||Sometimes, generally mild||Common: may be severe|
|Vomiting and diarrhea||Unusual||Not usual, mostly in children|
Causes and Therapy
Most common colds and flu’s are associated with stress that weakens the immune system and corollary systems including, digestion/gut functions that are associated with the performance of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and spleen. All of these systems secrete an important biochemical production that regulates and continually restores balance to the entire system. When emotions, toxicity, poor diet, lack of sleep, hygiene and other behaviors compromise the balance, weakness develops in the intestinal tract and the immune system begins to malfunction. Over sixty five percent of the immune system and its functions reside in the gut and intestinal tract.
In order to prevent these common illnesses digestion must be working properly or nutrient deficiencies begin to weaken the body. Food and the vital nutrients that feed and support all of the systems of the body must be broken down and utilized including proteins, minerals, essential vitamins, fats and more for maintaining a strong healthy immune system. Besides digestion, the Endocrine/Glandular System plays another vital part in the regulation of the body’s ability to stay in balance. When the thyroid begins to under produce iodine it affects the adrenals, pituitary and other associated glandular parts of the system. Thus, weakness begins to compromise all of the body’s defenses that become susceptible to viral, bacterial and fungal invasion that opens the door for ill health. It is vital to eat alive, clean organic and nutrient base foods for optimal health. Daily exercise and taking time to distress will boost the immune system efficiency. During the winter months seeking sunshine is very important for the Endocrine System /Hormonal production that increases immunity and enhances moods.
The Endocrine System is a group of specialized organs and body tissues whose primary functions are to produce, store and secrete hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body; they transfer information and instructions from cell to cell. The hormones produced by the endocrine system have a great deal of influence over the body. The primary glands that make up the human endocrine system are the pituitary, parathyroid and adrenal glands.
Hormones from the endocrine organs are secreted directly into the bloodstream, where special proteins bind to them to keep the hormones intact as they travel throughout the body. The proteins also act as a reservoir, allowing only a small fraction of the hormone circulating in the blood to affect the target tissue. Specialized proteins in the target tissue, called receptors, bind with the hormones in the bloodstream, inducing chemical changes in response to the body’s needs, creating the potential for strong immunity and health.
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