Cold and Flu Survival Guide

Be well… prepared to deal with it before it gets worse!

Standard Process and MediHerb Immune Product Guide

There is nothing worse than feeling like you are getting sick… Sore throat, foggy thinking, coughing, achiness, and no energy… and just waiting to see if it gets better or worse.

Many times, you start to feel like you are getting a cold, take care of yourself with healthy foods, stress abetment, and good sleep, to find yourself feeling better the next day.

Other times, you get increasingly worse have a terrible night sleep and wake up even worse.

As sales reps, our group collectively talks to hundreds of chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, and nutritionists about Standard Process and MediHerb products. They tell us the inside information about what they use on their patients, family, and friends. Let’s get into some of what we are learning.


Before you start taking any old natural immune remedy, you must first decide (hopefully by testing) to see if you have a viral or bacterial infection. This is a very important distinction because it will dictate which products and dietary recommendations to follow.

This guide is for educational purposes only and the products herein are not intended to diagnose or treat a medical condition and is not to be a substitution for professional medical advice.

Viral Infections

Let’s start with viral infections. Colds are the most common infectious disease and are typically caused by coronaviruses or rhinoviruses. There are more than 200 different viruses that can mutate and cause the common cold. The human body has a tough time building up resistance to all of them which is why the average adult experiences 2 to 3 colds per year with children getting up to 12 per year (yikes), according to the CDC.

Viral infection Symptoms

Unfortunately, antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. The body’s own immune system uses white blood cells to remove the unwanted viruses.

Therefore, your only defense with this type of infection is through prevention. Once a viral infection takes hold, using antiviral herbs and solid nutrition is essential to quick recovery times.

Infections can weaken your immune system enough where common bacterial strains can infect you. This is called a “secondary infection.” Now you have both viral and bacterial infections to contend with.

Immune Campaign Office Guide


Free Promotional Bottles

Kick-off the New Year right with an immune campaign in your office. We have a special promotion for practitioners only in our territory that includes special case quantity offers.

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[STAFF PICKS] Supporting Acute Viral Infection Response

Congaplex ® Case Promotion Eligible

Congaplex has been trusted by healthcare practitioners for over 55 years and is our top pick for acute support. Congaplex is a combination of key ingredients from Cataplex® A-CThymex®Calcium Lactate®, and Ribonucleic Acid (RNA).


We are excited to have a product that contains Thuja. Viranon also contains, St John’s Wort and Licorice, herbs that have been extensively studied in both in-vitro and human trials.

Herbal Throat Spray

We love the Herbal Throat Spray because it contains herb that coat, soothe, and support the body’s ability to fight both bacterial and viral invaders: Marshmallow root, Sage, Echinacea Angustifolia root, Calendula, Myrrh, and Clove Bud.

Thymex® Case Promotion Eligible

Thymex contains calcium, magnesium and an extract from the cytoplasm of bovine thymus gland cells. Do not forget that you can find Thymex in Congaplex and in Immuplex!

Chewable Congaplex® Case Promotion Eligible

Congaplex has been around for over 50 years for a good reason. Kids will chew them and they make a great adjunct to other natural therapies for the cold and flu. Our team has a whole mess of young kids who all take this product as a preventative and then up he dose when they come down with something.

Liquid St. John’s Wort

Cold sores start with a tingling and then become painful as they blister. St. John’s Wort is a potent herb with antivirus properties. Although many use it topically, we like to take a double shot when we first experience that tingling feeling. Be sure to dilute it before shooting!

Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are opportunistic. They will invade through a weakened mucous membrane in your nose, lung, or digestive tract and multiply. They last longer than a viral infection. Practitioners become concerned if there is no improvement of symptoms after 10 days.

There are 46% higher cases of bacterial infections in the summer vs. the winter. Researchers have found, based on 7 years of data from infections in a Baltimore hospital, that serious bacterial infections went up 17% with every 10-degree increase in temperature. According to Jessina McGregor, an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University, “Gram-negative bacteria are a frequent cause of urinary tract, gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, as well as more serious things like pneumonia, wound or blood infections.”2

So, as a rule of thumb, bacterial infections like UTI’s, ear infections, and strep throat are more common as secondary bacterial infections.

Bacterial infection Symptoms:5

Conventionally, bacterial infections are currently treated with antibiotics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 antibiotics prescribed is unnecessary.6 Unfortunately, bacteria are adaptable and the overuse of antibiotics has helped create strains of bacteria that have grown resistant to antibiotics. Plus, antibiotics also can kill off healthy bacteria in your gut and may let toxic germs gain a foothold. This can lead to digestive problems ranging from dysbiosis to Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

[STAFF PICKS] Supporting Bacterial Infection Response


We chose this product for our bacterial section because it contains Licorice and Thuja. There has been a lot of research around these herbs because of their antibacterial and antiviral properties.10

Andrographis Complex Case Promotion Eligible

Our team loves this product and most are so dependent on it that they keep a few bottles on hand just in case. This product contains Andrographis, Echinacea Angustifolia root and Holy Basil.

Garlic Forte

This product made the list not only because it contains a whopping 12mg of alliin from fresh garlic, but because it is enterically coated. This means it can make it into the small intestine where it can really do some work! No bacterial protocol would be complete without this powerhouse herb!


Great for lots of coughing with thick mucus buildup. This formula contains a potent mix of herbs (Licorice, Pleurisy Root, Echinacea purpurea root, White Horehound, Ginger and Thyme essential oil) that helps break-up and clear mucus from the lungs. Thyme can help reduce the severity and amount of coughing. Thyme and licorice also help inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Endocannabinoids and Immune Prevention

They say that prevention is the best medicine for a reason. We believe in strengthening the host with solid time-tested nutrients and powerful herbs to activate the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system  – composed of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and metabolic enzymes – serves an essential function in the human body: restoring homeostasis via various physiological and regulatory mechanisms.  The ECS is comprised of receptors, lipid signaling molecules, and metabolic enzymes at play in the body that influence human health and well-being.

The ECS plays an important role in the activation of macrophages, neutrophils, and BM cells. ECS receptors have also been implicated in the proper migration of cells that produce antibodies into the marginal zone (MZ) and the regulation of healthy IgM levels.9

Endocannabinoid and Prevention Products

Hemp Oil Complex™ Case Promotion Eligible

Hemp Seed Oil is a unique formulation of ingredients, combined to provide a 3-in-1 benefit for the whole body – supporting the endocannabinoid system, inflammation response resolution pathways, and endogenous anti-oxidant pathways. It is non-GMO, gluten-free, and the Calamari oil certified sustainable from the independent nonprofit group Friend of the Sea®

Echinacea Premium Case Promotion Eligible

The alkamides from Echinacea interact with CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). They seem to inhibit anandamide reuptake. Anandamide is known as the “bliss molecule.” It is produced by our bodies, bonds with the ECS, and has a very similar structure to THC and has a variety of health benefits.11, 12, 13

Immuplex® Case Promotion Eligible

Immuplex is a combination product of vitamins A, C, and E with vitamin B12, and folic acid. It contains minerals such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron, and selenium. Immuplex also contains bovine thymus, liver, and spleen tissue extracts. Great for supporting the body to be able to defend itself during cold and flu season.


It seems that in functional nutrition, you can feed, induce, or suppress a fever. 

If a fever is accompanying your cold or flu, then your body may be starving for minerals. Many practitioners swear by providing calcium to feed a fever. Other practitioners like to “break” a fever by providing diaphoretic herbs to induce sweating with lots of fluids. Others suggest antipyretic herbs and nutrition to suppress a fever. 

Fevers can happen for a variety of reasons, so choose your path wisely.

Our Favorite Fever Products


Saligestic, from White Willow Bark, has antipyretic properties to prevent or reduce fever. The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin.

Congaplex® Case Promotion Eligible

Congaplex has been trusted by healthcare practitioners for over 55 years and is our top pick for acute support. Congaplex contains lots of bioavailable calcium.

Andrographis Complex Case Promotion Eligible

The Holy Basil (tulsi) is considered a (diaphoretic) because it can induce sweating to normalize fever. Andrographis complex is a great all-around product. Stock-up!

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper is also considered a (diaphoretic) because it can induce sweating to normalize fever. This product contains 350 mg of 35,000 Scoville Unit Capsicum annuum.

Coughing and Mucus

Coughing can be both embarrassing when its uncontrollable and uncomfortable when your throat and lungs hurt. As a protective measure, when your system feels that it is under attack (by bacterial or viruses), it creates mucus to protect sensitive tissues in your nose, throat and respiratory tract.

Different herbs can be used to reduce the amount of mucus, help break-up sticky mucus, and improve the clearing of the mucus out of the respiratory tract.

Our Favorite Coughing and Mucus Support Products

Golden Seal 500mg

Coughing with phlegm? Goldenseal reduces the formation of phlegm (anticatarrhal). It helps maintain healthy mucous membranes found in the lung, intestine, nose, etc. These membranes are our first line of defense to foreign invaders. Many report free and clear breathing after taking this product.


Uncontrollable coughing? The thyme in Broncafect helps reduce the amount or severity of coughing (antitussive) and is also considered an expectorant (by improving the cough reflex). 

Rhodiola and Schisandra

This product may also help with uncontrollable coughing because both Rhodiola and Schisandra are antitussive. Added bonus, this product also helps a person adapt to stressful situations!

Garlic Forte

Garlic can help break up sticky mucous (mucolytic) as well as improve the cough reflex (expectorant).

Herbal Throat Spray

Herbal Throat Spray has a soothing effect on mucous membranes (demulcent). It contains Marshmallow root, Sage, Echinacea Angustifolia root, Calendula, Myrrh, and Clove Bud.

Slow Cooker Bone Broth Recipe

Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon 4

Yield: 1 Gallon


Bone broths have been traditionally used for colds and flu because they contain protein and minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium), marrow (support the function of immune cells), and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). Remember, EFA’s put calcium from the stomach into the bloodstream. Tailor y0ur base with herbs based on your symptoms.


  • Leftover bones from rotisserie chicken or discarded bones (non-GMO, Organic Preferred)
  • Optional: 1 pigs foot or hock, from hogs fed non-GMO feed and/or chicken feet and heads from 2 chickens
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1 onion, cut in quarters (no peeling necessary)


Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and fill with filtered water. Cook overnight on low. In the morning, allow to cool. Use a ladle to remove the broth, ladling through a strainer into a Pyrex container.  Place the pitcher in the fridge to cool the broth. Use the broth within 3 days or transfer to containers (graded 2, 4 or 5) and freeze.

If you have ever made a bone broth, then you know that once you refrigerate it, it turns into a solid gel block. This is because of the high EFA content of the skin and connective tissue. 

Optional Add-Ins

Tailor your recipe based on your symptoms. Add the following kitchen cabinet herbs into your bone broth recipe:

To break-up mucus in the respiratory tract:

  • Horseradish
  • Garlic

To clear excess mucus from the lungs:

  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Fennel

To reduce the amount or severity of coughing:

  • Thyme
  • Wild Cherry

To help control fever:

  • Ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Lemon Balm
  • Peppermint

To inhibit the growth of bacteria.

  • Thyme

Special Immune Product Promotion

We are now offering until March 1st a special promotion on our favorite immune products. During this limited time, we are giving away promotional bottles when you buy different sized cases ranging from 12 to 72 bottles. This offer is only available through Illinois Nutrition Consultants, not affiliated with the Standard Process Home Office.

Case Offer

  • Order 12 bottles Get 1 Promo Bottle (17% savings)
  • Order 24 bottles, Get 3 Promo Bottles (25% savings)
  • Order 36 bottles, Get 5 Promo Bottles (28% savings)
  • Order 72 bottles, Get 11 Promo Bottles (31% savings)

Promotional Products Case Promotion Eligible

  • Hemp Oil Complex™
  • Immuplex®
  • Congaplex® (Including Congaplex Chewables) 
  • Andrographis 
  • Echinacea 

3 Ways To Order:

  1. Order with your local representative by Phone, Text or Email (Include your last four digits of the credit card number on file with Standard Process, a proxy order will be placed and email confirmation sent to you.
  2. Order through the Standard Process website and email your order confirmation to your local representative (some accounts do not want to have an additional shipping charge if they are going to place an SP order anyway).
  3. To receive this offer, you can also fill-out the form (below). We will place a proxy order with a credit card you have on file at Standard Process, Inc. and will confirm the last 4-digits before the order is placed. Illinois Nutrition Consultants, not Standard Process Corporate Office will be sending out the free bottles and Point of Sale Materials requested.

Rules and Regulations

This offer is exclusively for Illinois Nutrition Consultant Accounts and is not affiliated with Standard Process Corporate Office. This offer is valid for orders placed January 1st, 2019 through March 1, 2019. Free/Promo product is calculated by each order placed and is not accumulated throughout the promotional period (For example, if you make 3 separate orders for 12 qty Hemp throughout the period, you will receive 3 free bottles, not 5 free bottles offered for 36 case qty.) Promotional bottles will be delivered by your Account Representative.


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  2. Oregon State University. “Winter Brings Flu, Summer Brings Bacterial Infections.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 December 2008.
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