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Holiday Stress Rx: Part 3

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My patients sometimes have difficulty comprehending the extent to which
chronic stress is responsible for their symptoms. Maybe it’s easier to
understand how viruses cause a cold or plant spores bring on allergies.
After all, both can be seen under a microscope.

And yet chronic stress is much worse. In The Triple Whammy Cure I explain
in detail its debilitating symptoms, including feeling anxious, headachy,
tired, and “beaten up.” Part of the solution is to get your hormones
balanced and reduce stress itself, but you also need to increase your
body’s stores of stress-protecting serotonin.

The holidays can be particularly stressful. The easiest way to give your
body the raw materials it needs to create more serotonin is to take two
supplements widely available at drug stores–and also here in our
Apothecary: fish oil and B complex.

Take two fish oil capsules and one B complex daily. This would be an
especially easy-to-keep new year’s resolution. You’ll start noticing
results almost immediately.

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DIAGNOSE-IT-YOURSELF: COVID-19

Far and away, the commonest phone call/e mail I receive asks about COVID-19 diagnosis.
Just print this out, tape it on your refrigerator door, and stay calm.

ALLERGIES

• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Red, swollen eyes
• Itchy eyes and nose
• Tickly throat
• No fever

COLD
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Sore throat
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild dry cough
• Rarely a low fever

STREP THROAT
• Painful sore throat
• Hurts to swallow
• Swollen glands in neck
• Fever

FLU (Standard seasonal flu)
• Fever
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Sudden onset over few hours
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Fatigue, sometimes quite severe
• Muscle aches, sometimes quite severe
• Rarely, diarrhea

CORONAVIRUS-COVID 19
• Shortness of breath
• Fever (usually above 100 degrees)
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Slow onset (2-14 days)
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild fatigue
• Mild sneezing

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