Cold and Flu Compendium
The Cause of Colds and Flu

It is often said that there is no cure for the "common" cold and that the cold needs to run its course. While it is difficult to "cure" yourself or your child of a cold once symptoms have manifested themselves, there are many preventative measures we can take, as well as many folk and natural remedies we can use to help alleviate the symptoms and shorten the stay of the cold. 

Dr. Christopher believes that a cold always signals a congestion of catarrh and faulty elimination affecting the circulatory as well as the excretory organs.  The flu is an advanced cold condition.  A body catches flu when it is full of waste matter and toxins through lowered vitality and by body exposure to cold and dampness.   This is due to mucus, or catarrh,  in a weak spot in the body - in the case of the cold the weak spot is in the respiratory tract.   Contributing factors to this weakness are shallow breathing and  lack of oxygen to that particular area. 

The kidneys, skin, lungs and colon are the excretory and eliminating organs of the body;  when one is not functioning properly, the others are called on to pick up the slack.  If the kidneys are unable to excrete waste because of lack of water, then the skin has to do its job;  when the colon is not eliminating toxins like it should, then the lungs try to do it.  And this is when the body begins to form blockages, setting the stage for illnesses and disease. 

Symptoms of catarrh:  Chronic inflammation of the mucus membrane and air passages of the nose and throat with an exudation containing mucin and epithelial cells. This is an excessive and often morbid mucus discarge from the nose, throat, larynx, bronchi, stomach, duodenum, etc.  Catarrh can go through the entire body from the head to the feet.  Catarrh in the lungs is similar to colds, flu and pneumonia.  When it becomes chronic the person has tuberculosis or consumption. 

Catarrh is caused by:  poor circulation, lack of sunshine, fresh air, and exercise; by eating primarily soft and cooked foods;  by poor elimination; and by insufficient intake of fluids between meals.  When foods are not properly digested, fermentation takes place in the digestive tract, alcohol and acetic acid are formed and various forms of catarrh clog the membranes. 

When this thickened mucoid matter is dispatched to the skin, the skin glands become obstructed, resulting in colds and fevers. Other diseases, or health crisis, that may manifest include:  arthritis, asthma, Bright's disease, bronchitis, cystitis, diptheria, dysuria, gravel, jaundice, laryngitis, pleurisy, rheumatism, tonsilitis, and a wide array of digestive disorders. 

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