Rethink Your Approach to the Flu

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Flu has hit early and hard this season. I was speaking with a nurse friend last week. She said the majority of people being seen in their office were for the flu. All of these patients are being prescribed a popular flu medicine. None are being advised on foods or supplements that would help with their symptoms or even shorten their days of misery. Flu season has arrived in our schools early this year. Due to the number of flu cases schools in several states felt the need to begin their winter break early. This rage of flu cases have arrived even though millions have received the flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine is toxic to humans and ineffective in preventing the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are substances such as aluminum, egg protein, antibiotics and even dead human tissue found in the flu vaccine. This is only a partial list of substances found in the vaccine. To me this is enough to scare me away from it. I have only had one flu vaccine in my life. That was the same year I not only developed the flu once, not twice but three times. Do you see what I am saying about it not being effective in prevention? There are also dangers and side effects from the flu vaccine. Every year there are cases of paralysis and brain damage linked to the vaccine. Many researchers believe that the flu vaccine causes long term health issues. If a person receives just five flu vaccines in their life time they are 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. This is a comparison to people that received zero flu vaccines.

When a person goes into get a flu vaccine they should take a dart and throw to see which strain of the flu they are going to be vaccinated against. Maybe they will get lucky and hit the vaccine of the same flu they may develop. You have 3 out of 300 chance of receiving the vaccine for the correct flu. Remember you also have to get the flu vaccine at the correct time. If you hit the right target and get the vaccine for the flu you develop, make sure you develop it 2-3 weeks after the vaccine and not over 3 months after you get the vaccine. Maybe you will get lucky and everything will fall into place. There are safer, more effective and healthier ways to prevent and treat the flu.

During the winter months we are exposed to less sunlight. This alone weakens our natural defense against the colds and flu’s that accompany the cold weather. There are cold and flu fighting foods and supplements to help strengthen your defense system.

1. Vitamin D is know as the sunshine vitamin. The most natural and highest level of vitamin D comes from the sun. Vitamin D is known for its bone health support. It also helps with prevention of disease and illness. It helps shorten flu and cold symptoms. Scientist have found that people with the highest level of vitamin D are less likely to develop cold symptoms. People who are prone to have respiratory infections have a low level of vitamin D. I am a strong believer in vitamin D. I have seen improved health in myself as well as other family members when taking vitamin D on a daily basis. Vitamin D is not easily found in foods. The food that supplies the highest level of vitamin D are mushrooms. When eaten raw you receive a higher dose. Even when cooked you still receive a healthy dose of vitamin D. A good quality supplement is priceless in vitamin D replacement. By good quality I am referring to capsule form or liquid form.

2. Almonds, cashews, sesame seed, mustard seed, celery, cocoa powder, pumpkin and sunflower seed provide us with a high dose of zinc. Zinc is great for boosting our immune systems. Zinc helps to aid in recovery from the flu. It also shortens the duration of flu and other illnesses.

3. Echinacea is a herb that is used to relieve pain and boost the immune system. Echinacea can reduce your chance of catching a cold by 50%. If you do catch a cold, taking echinacea at the first sign of a cold can reduce the duration down to a day and half instead of maybe a week.

Remember to take care of your body and immune system daily not just when you get sick. It is always best to prevent instead of treat.

I hope you have a flu and cold free 2013. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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