Friday, January 25, 2013

Natural Prevention and Treatment For Flu, CoIds, and Bacterial Infections





My last blog addressed the negatives about getting the flu shot.  I promised you I would next tell you what measures and steps you need to take to prevent the flu and the many hundreds of different kinds of colds and infections out there.  This blog is on prevention. The next blog will address herbs and alternative medicine.

The difference between health and sickness is the quality of your immune function.  

 

The first thing you need to understand is just because people are getting sick, does not mean you will get sick. It comes down to how healthy your immune system is. All of you must know people who rarely get sick and those who are sick all the time.  Those with healthy immune systems, get well rapidly as well. So if you are getting sick often, you need to work on your immune system.

Factors that impact your immune system include stress, lack of sleep, bad diet, smoking, excessive drinking, drugs, obesity and diabetes just to list a few of the most important ones. 

Genetics: If you have a healthy, genetically sound immune system, that goes a long way. I have known people who smoked and drank too much but never got sick. That is healthy family genetics in play. If you have weak genetics, then you will have to work harder to stay well. Those life style factors stated above are even more important to those with weak genetics.
  
Keys to the Prevention of Illness, Colds, and Flu

Stay away from malls, doctor's offices, and other public places if possible with any kind of outbreak. Avoid any social outing you can. Wash your hands frequently while out shopping and avoid people who look or act sick. If they are coughing, change lines. Avoid doctors offices. That is where all the sick people are. The further away you are, the better. If you must go, take a seat away other patients.  Again wash your hands on the way out. Take a break from the hugs and handshakes. Say something like," Hi Ellen, good to see you. With everybody sick, I am skipping our usual hug."  If people are polite, they will tell you themselves that they are not feeling well, so they can't do a hug today.  If you are sick or coming down sick, stay home whenever possible and do not expose others...be respectful. Remember, that a cold given to an elderly person or to someone with a compromised immune system can put them in the hospital or be fatal.  There are hundreds of seniors in rest homes who die every year from sick visitors or personal.  Pneumonia is called the 'mercy killer' is nursing homes.

Get restful, healing sleep: If you feel like you are coming down with a bug, rest. Let the house go. Say no to outside activities that are not required. Put off chores that are not important and rest. Don't feel guilty. Today with people working two jobs, over time, and worry...most people do not get enough quality sleep to keep them healthy.

Cut out all sugar, junk food and caffeine: Sugar feeds those bugs and suppresses your immune system.

Make a  Steaming Pot of Homemade Chicken soup:  

The first thing I do is make chicken soup when I feel a little sick. This means 'start from scratch'
chicken soup with lots of garlic, onions, black pepper, cayenne, celery, carrots, and other veggies. Eat  lots of it.  If you can't hold down much, sip the soup broth. Our grandmothers had it right. Chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine. This amino acid helps thin the mucus in your lungs. This helps you to expel the mucus easier.


Drink lots of pure, filtered water:  Fluids are important for the body to heal and get rid of toxins. Coke, ice tea, and other fluids do not count. What you need when you are sick is pure water without anything else added.  If you are throwing up or have a fever, it is extremely important to drink fluids so you don't become dehydrated.

Vitamins that help support your immune system and prevent illness: 


Vitamin D:   

Adults suffer from this deficiency due to lack of outdoor exercise, indoor office jobs, sedentary lifestyle, watching TV, Video games, or internet. Our children spend too many hours playing video games, Facebook, and their computer. Kids should get exercise in the sunshine on a daily basis. This lack of exercise is also why American children suffer from obesity, Diabetes, and heart disease. The other problem is winter weather which keeps people from outdoor activities.  We need as a family to take part in more walks and outside games. Softball and other sports played out side in the sunshine should be the norm. I get my Vitamin D taking care of our livestock. My chores keep me outside some two or three hours during each day. My chickens and ducks are also allowed to wander all day on the property which keeps them well. 

 

During the winter and cold season, I suggest that you take a quality Vitamin D supplement on a daily basis. Since I am not a doctor, I am including quotes from an article written by Dr. Mercola on the subject. 

 

This is a quote taken from Dr. Mercola on Vitamin D deficiency and immune function, 

 

"One reason for the widespread prevalence of colds and the flu may be that vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common in the United States, especially during the winter months when cold and flu viruses are at their peak. Research has confirmed that "catching" colds and flu may actually be a symptom of an underlying vitamin D deficiency. Less than optimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.


In the largest and most nationally representative study of its kind to date, involving about 19,000 Americans, people with the lowest vitamin D levels reported having significantly more recent colds or cases of the flu -- and the risk was even greater for those with chronic respiratory disorders like asthma. At least five additional studies also show an inverse association between lower respiratory tract infections and vitamin D levels."

Vitamin D is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. So optimizing your levels will not only help send a cold or flu virus packing … it will prevent them from invading your body in the first place.

 

For example, in one study, published last year, researchers investigated the effect of vitamin D on the incidence of seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. For over a year, they conducted a study comparing the effects of vitamin D3 with placebos. They found that influenza A occurred in just 10.8 percent of the children in the vitamin D group, compared with 18.6 percent children in the placebo group.


High Quality Vitamin Supplement:


A high quality vitamin supplement helps support your immune system and the rest of your body while it attempts to fight off the invading illness.  

It would help most people to take a good quality vitamin supplement every day. The truth is the major majority of Americans do not eat nutritionally. If this was not the fact, we would not have the high rates of obesity and diabetes we do. Junk food is more the norm for both adults and children. All you have to do is visit a 7-Eleven in the morning or at lunch. It is a tragedy how obesity and diabetes will affect our health care system and death rate over the next few years.

Vitamin C:


When I am sick I take 3,000 milligrams of Vitamin C per day in divided doses. I take 1,000 everyday. It is important to begin increasing the dosage in the beginning of the illness. The longer you wait, the longer you will be sick. When those symptoms first begin, start in immediately with the vitamins and herbs. 

Most research studies you will find on the net state Vitamin C is ineffective for preventing colds. If you look at how the research study was conducted, you will find they used low dosages of Vitamin C (200 to 500 mgs).  It takes high doses of Vitamin C to work.  

When I first got into herbal medicine at about 23 years old, I had been using allergy tablets and allergy medication for years. As a child and teen, I had suffered through allergy tests and shots for months at a time. After a few weeks of taking every allergy medicine, I would either find that it didn't work or it would cause such drowsiness that I could not function. I was working for doctors then as a medical assistant but had begun to doubt standard medicine. I had begun to explore alternative therapies. I was married  and we owned a house. A house with a huge front yard. I always ended up with the chore of mowing the lawn. Every time I would mow the lawn, my eyes would itch and swell. My mentor herbalist, Keith Smith in Escondido, Ca told me to take 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams a half hour before I mowed the grass. It worked the first time I tried it. I never again had my eyes swell shut mowing the grass. I began taking at least 1,000 milligrams a day at that point. I have never had to take allergy medications since then.  That was in the 1970's. I can mow, garden, and work with hay and straw with no problems. Low dosages do not work for allergies or colds.  You will find in those research studies, that they do admit that Vitamin C decreases the days sick. I rarely get sick with flu or colds, so I must be doing something right.  

Moringa: Considering the inadequate diet of most Americans, Moringa is a good supplement to take on a daily basis to help support your immune function and your health. Taking Moringa on a daily basis fills the gap left from our bad diets and empty food. Food that is grown with chemicals on land that is devoid of nutrients in most cases. Most of our food, is not up to what it should be. 

Moringa helps to make up for what our modern food lacks.  Several teaspoons a day as a tea or added to a food will help you stay well.  

I am going to close with this tonight. This blog is long enough. I will continue with the next blog on using herbs and alternative therapies for the prevention and treatment of colds and flu. It needs a blog all to itself so the subject is addressed fully. 


Update: We now live in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015

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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Flu Shot: Evidence Against Getting That Shot

 Did you know that your flu shot contains Mercury, Formaldehyde, and toxic ingredients...and here is the proof in this blog.

I do not get flu shots. I never have. I made the decision many years ago. The ineffectiveness of the flu shots can be backed up by various studies and you deserve to know the truth. So here in this column you get the truth backed up with evidence by such expert doctors as Dr. Mercola, who have the guts to tell the truth.You will learn about studies dispelling the value of the flu shots. You will get the truth here.

Doctors are telling patients the flu shot does not contain Mercury...but it does!

The following are statements taken from the Flu Vaccine  ( Flulaval)  paperwork insert. You will never be shown this information by your doctor.  Your doctor or nurse often does not know the real truth of what is in these shots. If they do know, they are instructed to say the shots are safe and do not contain Mercury. This truth is misrepresented because they are told that the shots benefits override the risks and toxins they contain. Nurses and other employees are getting fired if they are refuse the flu shot. They will get reprimanded if they don't encourage you to get the shots. They are not allowed to tell you the truth. It is hospital policy they must adhere to, unless they want to lose their job. 
" FLULAVAL is an influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization of adults 18 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. This indication is based on immune response elicited by FLULAVAL, and there have been no controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL.”

FLULAVAL is a sterile, translucent to whitish opalescent suspension in a phosphate-buffered saline solution that may sediment slightly. The sediment resuspends upon shaking to form a homogeneous suspension. FLULAVAL has been standardized according to USPHS requirements for the 2011-2012 influenza season and is formulated to contain 45 mcg hemagglutinin (HA) per 0.5-mL dose in the recommended ratio of 15 mcg HA of each of the following 3 strains: A/California/7/2009 NYMC X-181 (H1N1), A/Victoria/210/2009 NYMC X-187 (H3N2) (an A/Perth/16/2009-like virus), and B/Brisbane/60/2008.

Thimerosal, a mercury derivative, is added as a preservative. Each dose contains 25 mcg mercury. Each dose may also contain residual amounts of egg proteins ( ≤ 1 mcg ovalbumin), formaldehyde ( ≤ 25 mcg), and sodium deoxycholate ( ≤ 50 mcg). Antibiotics are not used in the manufacture of this vaccine.

People get the flu despite the shots.  Flu shots have been shown to be ineffective.


Flu shots are not 100 percent effective. There are many strains of colds and flu.  The flu shot has not even been shown effective for the most dominant strain for that season. There are a number of studies on the issue and are shown in this blog.

Studies show that since they began  giving the flu vaccine to children under 5, more children not less are dying per year.  This is true folks.  There are more deaths now in children since getting the flu shots. It has
not decreased death rates but increased them.

 The following stats below are taken  from Dr. Mercola's article and website, make sure you visit that site.
 Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published this conclusion in the Lancet Infectious Diseases: “We conclude that frailty selection bias and use of non-specific endpoints such as all-cause mortality,have led cohort studies to greatly exaggerate vaccine benefits.”
  • A study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons.
The researchers concluded that "significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting" examined.
  • A 2008 study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people.
This supports an earlier study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the elderly, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now.

  • In 2007, researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published this conclusion in the Lancet Infectious Diseases: “We conclude that frailty selection bias and use of non-specific endpoints such as all-cause mortality,have led cohort studies to greatly exaggerate vaccine benefits.”
  • A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children under 2. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.

Even if flu shots were proven to work...the flu shot's ingredients are toxic and  not good for your long term health. 

I object to the ingredients in the flu shot and its long term impact on the body and immune system. The flu strain is made by injecting chick embryos with the flu organism for several weeks, then inactivating it with formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is known as a cancer- causing agent.

Flu shots contain Mercury despite what your doctor told you. 

Then it is preserved with Thimerosal which is 49% Mercury.    Thimerosol contains Mercury!   Doctors are telling their patients it does not contain Mercury when in does....Thimerosal.   Each dose may contain 25 mcg of Mercury. This is 250 times the limit for Mercury that the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe. 

 This Mercury is especially toxic to babies and children.  It is a neurotoxin that can affect the health of their developing brain and nerves. They are pushing the flu vaccine on pregnant women.

Flu shots contain a mix of ingredients that are all bad for your health.

The flu vaccine also contain other ingredients that are toxic such as aluminum, Triton  X too which is a detergent; Phenol or carbolic acid; Ethylene glycol which is antifreeze; Betapropiolactone a disinfectant; Nonoxynol used to kill or stop STD; Octoxinol 9 a vaginal spermicide; and sodium phosphate. None of this is good for your health and blood stream.  All this gets injected along with Mercury and bits of Formaldehyde.

You are not being told the truth! That is wrong and unethical. This is all being done because doctors feel they have the right to give you shots, that in their opinion, are good for you. The problem with that is there is evidence to the contrary but you are not told any of that. If you do try to refuse, they give you a real hard time.  Welcome to the new health care of the future.

This is my program instead of a flu shot. I take herbs and foods that support and boost my immune function.

Update: We now live in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015

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