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Cold? Flu? What should you do?

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Dr. April Voves, Naturopathic Primary Care Physician at West Chiropractic & Wellness.

 

Cold? Flu? What should you do?

It is that time of year again, pull out those sweaters and scarfs the air is cool and crisp, the leaves are changing…and snot, sneezes, and coughs are everywhere! Cold and flu season is among us. What can you do about it? Arm yourself with this educational information on cold and flu season so you can stay healthy this season.

The Common Cold

The common cold is well, common, the most frequent illness in the industrialized world in fact! Typically, adults will have two or three colds a year (keep reading for tips on how to stay healthy!). Most colds are spread through the hands either via shaking a contaminated hand or touching a surface with germs. Cold causing viruses can survive for about two hours on human skin. Gross! They can also be spread through droplets from coughing or sneezing. Like I tell my kids, please use your cough corner!

There are over 200 different types of viruses that are responsible for those runny and congested noses, sore throats, coughs, and fatigue. Colds usually persist for three to ten days but can last for two weeks. Since the cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not helpful and may leave you with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a serious gut infection. Yuck! Immune boosting vitamins, herbs, and teas can help you recover quicker. Talk with your local naturopathic physician (such as me!) to see if these treatment options are safe for you.

Common Myth: Green or yellow snot (nasal discharge) = bacterial cause.

The Facts: Colored discharge is a normal phase of an uncomplicated cold due to a viral infection.

You are most contagious for the first three days of illness and your co-workers will thank you if you take advantage of Oregon’s Paid Sick Leave Policy and use the time to rest and recover.

The common cold rarely causes complications but it may lead to a sinus infection, worsening asthma, lung infection, or an ear infection. If you are concerned about your health, always seek professional medical help. And, no WebMD does not count!

Influenza AKA the Flu

If you feel like you have been hit by a bus, you might have the flu! Influenza characteristically begins ABRUPTLY with fever, headache, body aches, fatigue followed by a cough, sore throat, and runny nose. Similar to the common cold, the flu is spread through droplets from coughing or sneezing.

Common Myth: Vomiting and diarrhea = flu or that a “stomach bug” is the flu.

The Facts: While vomiting and diarrhea can occur with the flu (more often in children), typically the flu causes fever, cough, body aches, runny nose, and/or congestion.

The flu, like the common cold, is a virus and therefore antibiotics will not treat the flu. However, there are antiviral medications, that may be helpful. These medications are typically reserved for populations that are at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu and work best if started within 48 hours of symptom onset.

There are many factors that go into deciding if antiviral medications are the safest and most effective treatment option for you. Often, my patients are desperate for anything to make them feel better or avoid getting sick (I get it, the flu sucks!) but these medications are not without side effects. Antivirals can cause nausea, vomiting, and headaches and may only shorten the course of the flu by a few hours. Speak with a trusted medical professional to find out what is right for you.

Most people recover from the flu in a few days to two weeks. But it is important to note that the flu can cause a whole slew of complications including possible death, but most commonly pneumonia. Therefore, it is important to see a doctor if your symptoms are not improving or worsening.

Rest is best! It is particularly important to stay home from school or work if you have the flu. You are most contagious for the first five days but can continue to spread the virus for up to ten days. You should wait at least 24 hours after your fever has resolved before returning to work or school or until you are feeling well enough to learn and be a productive employee.

Common Myth: The flu vaccine will give you the flu.

The Facts: This simply isn’t true!

The single best thing you can do to prevent the flu (aside from living in isolation for winter) is to get your flu vaccine! The flu vaccine saves lives! Last year, 80,000 people died from complications of influenza virus, most were not vaccinated. Even if you still end up getting the flu after being vaccinated it is usually less severe. Getting your flu vaccine can help keep you alive and healthy so you don’t miss work and most importantly, can attend all those holiday parties!

Prevention

Here are some tips to keep you healthy this winter season:

  • Fist bump instead of handshaking? Remember, some viruses can survive on the human skin for two hours.
  • Scrub a dub dub! Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Wash your hands after using the bathroom (duh!), blowing your nose, handling trash, touching animals, and prior to touching food.
  • Good Nutrition! Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water.
  • Sleep! Sleep is the body’s time to repair and rejuvenate itself. Aim for 7-8 hours per night, much more for children!
  • Move your body! Exercise helps with anxiety, stress, and getting a restful night’s sleep. All important for illness prevention.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way. Try wearing a motorcycle helmet if you can’t keep your hands off your face.
  • Vitamin C 1000mg once per day. If loose stools occur, decrease dosage.

Treatment

If there was a cure for the common cold, someone would be very wealthy! Until then, here are some steps you can take to recover more quickly.

  • Get plenty of rest! Seriously, stop and rest! I know, no one has time to be sick, but you will recover quicker if you allow yourself to rest. (Plus, it’s a great excuse to binge on that latest show).
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Eat light meals during illness. Give your digestive tract a break and use that energy to fight off the illness.
  • Zinc supplementation. Aim for 30-50mg once per day for no more than 10 days.
  • Elderberry Syrup 5ml (1 teaspoon) three to four times per day for 5 days.

Zinc, elderberry syrup, and vitamin C are generally safe for most adults but consult your physician if you are unsure, pregnant or nursing, or considering giving to a child.

There are many other herbs and supplements that can help prevent or treat colds and the flu, but it is best to consult your local naturopathic physician and discuss the risks and benefits as they pertain to your health. There are many over the counter (OTC) medications that can ease your symptoms, but these should be used for the shortest duration possible to limit unwanted side effects.

It can be tricky to figure out exactly what is going on, if you are unsure about what to do or have questions, it is always best to seek the care of a medical professional.

Remember, stay hydrated, keep your hands clean, rest, and get your flu vaccine!

For more information on this topic, contact Dr. April of West Chiropractic & Wellness.
Phone: (503) 628-9082| email: dr.aprilvoves@nwipcare.com| website: www.mywestchiropractic.com

 

Campaign Minute with the Chamber

Welcome to “Campaign Minute with the Chamber”.  A series of 15 videos helping you be educated on who and what the Chamber is endorsing for the November election.

 

Tim Mooney – Campaign Manager

Video 1 | Yes to 103 https://video214.com/play/d4ZXAgt19KEXYVKkt7opWQ/s/dark

Video 2 | Myth Buster  https://video214.com/play/R6K3dTeBwYBapDKYIcriFQ/s/dark

Video 3 | Impact  https://video214.com/play/lPtqhJVqJ80NtFEyq57loQ/s/dark

Representative Julie Parrish, House District 37

Video 4| Transportation  https://video214.com/play/IwZZa3ccBNfWFlq2ALH0kg/s/dark

Video 5 | Workforce https://video214.com/play/lpgeT71bCxWjSdql3gPDyw/s/dark

Video 6 | Bipartisanship  https://video214.com/play/ze1tT2EH5tA48fYz0GSGnw/s/dark

John Budiao, City Council Candidate

Video 7 | Boone Bridge Congestion https://video214.com/play/JAs2780IxmcptzCXjeX4sQ/s/dark

Video 8 | Economic Vitality https://video214.com/play/OS00KVEqRBZOmwZxnHO3Mg/s/dark

Video 9 | Why John Budiao? https://video214.com/play/8PnzWbhqEzLAXmiFpucctg/s/dark

Ben West, City Council Candidate

Video 10 | Traffic & Congestion  https://video214.com/play/8Z6bnfom1gEaj7vJBhvtIQ/s/dark

Video 11 | Why Ben West  https://video214.com/play/eWQdyix46A1nNwdlNA9Qgg/s/dark

Video 12 | Workforce & Housing https://video214.com/play/ZrmP2zNf8Bkmjs10Q33RLA/s/dark

Representative A. Richard Vial, District 26

Video 13 | Boone Bridge Traffic  https://video214.com/play/fxGqh8cTdRmHN2PtiCXAkA/s/dark

Video 14 | Land use, Housing, Transportation  https://video214.com/play/M7l5ez3M0GhIq9KWVS14rw/s/dark

Video 15 | Bipartisanship  https://video214.com/play/So0DCnSnnH4wkkTpXTHLwg/s/dark

 

 

Save the Date for our 2018 Annual Meeting & Taste of Wilsonville!

Save the Date for our 2018 Annual Meeting & Taste of Wilsonville!

Wed, December 12, 2018 | 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Al Kader Shriners 25100 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville

About WACC Annual Meeting & Taste of Wilsonville 2018

This year’s Annual Meeting will encompass many of the traditional elements of the Chamber Annual Meeting, but we’re also looking to change things up this year.  We’re launching our inaugural Taste of Wilsonville where you will get to enjoy catered food from local Chamber restaurants, caterers, and bakeries. Partnering with our local eateries will bring a whole new element, plus it will shine a light on our many outstanding restaurants, caterers, and bakeries in our membership.

We’ll continue to honor the business community and look ahead to the next year as well as celebrate and thank our volunteers, committee chairs and outgoing board members.  As always, there will be time to connect with other members, be entertained and win some great prizes too!

More details to come on the agenda for the evening.  But, please, please plan to join us!

The celebration is complimentary but limited to Chamber members ONLY.

Food Vendors: If you would like to highlight your business as a food vendor, download the application Food Vendor Application. There is no cost to participate, but you must be a WACC member and provide food samplings for attendees. As a featured restaurant/bakery/caterer, you will be highlighted in the event promotional materials, on the event website page and in Taste of Wilsonville’s Annual Meeting social media promotions. Details HereFood Vendor Information

Business Vendors: Do you have a product and/or service you want to promote with the Chamber Community?  Exhibit Your Business at the 2018 WACC Annual Meeting! Exhibit space is $35 + one raffle prize valued at $25 or more. Limited spaces available. Download the application Vendor Application.

 

Five Necessary Behaviors for Effective Prospecting

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Brad Kleiner of Sandler Training Grounded by Cedar Root

Prospecting is the lifeblood of a successful sales career… but many salespeople overlook the basic behaviors that support a consistent prospecting routine. Here are the five necessary behaviors professional salespeople need in order to become successful at prospecting.

Have a cookbook. Prospecting by itself tends to be the last thing that we want to do… with the result that we come up with all kinds of good reasons to do other things during the selling day. Of course, we do need to have a healthy balance between all of your activities. The question is, what daily mix of activities supports our income goals? By crunching the numbers, analyzing the results, and creating a “recipe” for daily progress, also known as the cookbook, we can identify exactly how many deals we need to make, how many conversations we need to have, and so on… every single day. This will allow us to stay focused on the areas that are important to the attainment of our goals and to use the power of our daily routine to help us overcome any call reluctance we may be experiencing.

Practice.  Get a buddy and do some role playing before you actually make the calls! Cold calling is one of the things that you get better and better at the more you practice. You should devote a few minutes every day to practicing your scripts and responding to the objections that you hear on your phone calls. As you role play, remember that the goal is always to keep a prospecting call short. Even when a cold call is going well, if your goal is to set up a meeting, you want to set it and conclude the call relatively quickly. The longer the call goes, the more likely the other person is to say, “Sounds interesting – why don’t you send me something and I’ll get back to you.”

Invest some targeted time in social selling. Prospecting should be well balanced, and one of the things that you should be paying attention to is social selling. This means using today’s technology and communication platforms to help you connect with new people and get more and better conversations going with people who can buy from you or give you referrals. The key to success here is to set aside a strict daily time budget for social selling as part of your cookbook. For more information on this, see our book LinkedIn the Sandler Way.

Ask current customers for introductions. A referral is when you get a name and some contact information; an introduction (which is far better!) is when your customer calls or emails on your behalf to put you on the person’s radar screen. Get into the routine of asking for introductions whenever possible. One of the keys to success here is to use LinkedIn to identify a specific individual within your customer’s professional network that you want to be introduced to. This is much more effective than simply asking the customer to identify someone who could benefit from working with you.

Tell people exactly what they’re agreeing to. When you’re on a phone call with a prospect and you’re trying to set up an appointment, let the other person know up front how long the appointment will be and what the two of you are going to cover. The prospect is more likely to say yes if they clearly understand what the agenda is for the meeting that you’re trying to book.

For more information on this topic, contact Brad Kleiner, President of Sandler Training- Grounded by Cedar Root (503) 341-8740 or email bkleiner@sandler.com

 

CONNECT YOUR BUSINESS WITH A CAUSE

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Edge One Media

If you are passionate about a certain cause, consider connecting your business to it! Edge One Media is passionate about making an impact against cancer and has been heavily involved with organizing its local Relay for Life for 5 years! While doing our best to benefit the fight against cancer, inversely, being involved with Relay for Life has benefitted Edge One. We’re sure that we can all agree that supporting a good cause while growing your business is a pretty good deal!

Our main goal as businesses is to reach those who need our services while distinguishing ourselves from our competitors. In this ever-evolving business environment, consumers already expect great service, now they are weighing how you are making the world a better place as well. What’s a better way to do so than becoming involved with like-minded members of your community?

Connecting your business to a cause will increase your network. Whether it is communicating with those in charge of organizing, other businesses involved, or businesses communicating with you because you are organizing. Working with other socially-conscious businesses can lead to referrals or an opportunity to build strong mutually beneficial partnerships.

Being involved and working with the community will show that you are more than just a business looking out for its own. This will generate exposure for your business in good light. Getting to know the community personally will make people more comfortable in reaching out to you or easier for them to refer you to a friend.

Presenting the opportunity and encouraging your employees to volunteer can help boost employee morale and teamwork. Employees feeling fulfilled leads to higher performance and productivity. Consumers and employees alike are becoming more socially conscious, wanting to make a difference as much as they want to enjoy what they are doing. Creating a way your employees can help can give them an opportunity that they otherwise may not have known about, potentially creating or growing a passion for the cause in the process.

It is important that you share what your business is doing with pictures/video on your website and social media. Rather than coming off as a simple brag – explain the cause and who else involved while showing others how they can become involved as well.

If you aren’t quite sure how you can connect your business to a cause, there are plenty of ways! Be aware of any issues your community/city/state may be experiencing, serve on a community or event board, donate, or participate/plan/host community events.

One of the best ways to get involved with your community is to create a promotion, giveaway, or contest. From creating a promotion where all or a percentage of the profits will be donated or a contest where students can win a prize for their school, Edge One Media can work with you to develop a campaign aimed towards helping a cause that will generate business for you as well.  If you are interested, give us a call at 503-567-7343.