Oct 142013

Flu, short for influenza, is more than just a hot topic. It is a serious problem and I think it is just the right time to address this illness that has so many parents concerned about this season.  (Republished from Jan. 2013)

The question: Is there a natural way to boost my immune system, prevent flu and even fight the virus off?

The answer: Yes.

Should I get a flu shot?  

It’s been horrendous to hear of people dying from the flu outbreak and exponentially more so when children succumb to the infection.  Parents want to know just what to do to protect their child from contracting the flu.

In fact, I have received calls from parents of my patients and also from friends and family about this situation.

 After careful study, I conclude there is not a definite assurance against contracting the virulent flu viruses.

What I can say is before you decide to get a flu shot for yourself or your child, take a few minutes to look into the research on both their safety and effectiveness. As well intentioned the vaccine programs are, there is a potential negative impact on the natural development of immunity to other viral infection types.

Case in point, new research in the Journal of Virology (Source Department of Virology, Erasmus Medical Center, Dr. Molewaterplein 50, P.O. Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands,  found that the seasonal flu vaccine may weaken children’s immune systems and increase their chances of getting sick from influenza viruses not included in the vaccine.

In other words, annual vaccination against flu virus hampers development of immunity to viruses not included in the vaccine.

Natural Ways to Fight and Prevent Flu

Therefore, the advice I give is to allow your child’s and your own immune system to develop along natural lines and flow. And here are some guidelines to consider reducing your family’s vulnerability to those infections:

  1. Reduce intake of sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. The average person is consuming about 75 grams of fructose per day, and when fructose is consumed at that level it can devastate your immune system by unbalancing your gut flora. Sugar is ‘fertilizer’ for pathogenic (unhealthy) bacteria, yeast, and fungi that can set your immune system up for an assault by a respiratory virus.
    1. Most people don’t realize that 80 percent of our immune system actually lies in our gastrointestinal tract. That’s why controlling sugar intake is CRUCIAL for optimizing your immune system. Even consuming just 75 to 100 grams of a sugar (about the same as in two 12-ounce sodas) reduces the ability of white blood cells to overpower and destroy bacteria. This effect is seen for at least a few hours after consuming a sugary drink. I believe that if the public in general knew this, from Halloween through the 1st of the New Year, consumption of sugar would have been reduced and there would be fewer reported cases of flu and related illnesses. I heard that the flu season is expected to run through May and the invitation to take the vaccine is extended. Is the season extended by Valentine’s Day and Easter candy eating trends?
  2. Fortify with Vitamin C - a very potent antioxidant. Use a natural form, which contains associated micronutrients. You can take an amount every hour till you are better. Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold and support healthy immune function.
  3. Fortify with Oregano Oil. The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil. I pour the Oregano oil into empty capsules and take. (There are many essential oils that have active antimicrobial agents, beneficial for a healthy immune system.)
  4. Fortify with Vitamin D3 with K2. Research has confirmed that “catching” colds and flu may 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.
  5. Use efficient strategies to neutralize the impact of constant stress. For example, rest, EFT, massage, soothing music, yoga etc. Short-term stress may actually boost the immune system because the body produces more cortisol to make ”fight or flight” possible. But chronic stress has the opposite effect.  It makes you more vulnerable to illness, from colds to serious diseases. Chronic stress exposes your body to a steady cascade of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which suppress the immune system.
  6. Get adequate exercise- moderate exercise. A daily 30 minute walk — increases the level of leukocytes, an immune system cell that fights infection.
  7. Get good night’s sleep. Getting a good night’s rest goes a long way in preventing a cold or flu. If your body is tired, it has a hard time fighting off any invaders that may come your way.
  8. Drink hot tea that promotes sweating. This helps drive a virus from your system: juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 cloves garlic and cayenne (to tolerance); Echinacea with golden seal; tea containing ginger etc.
  9. Drink plenty of fresh, pure water. Water is essential for the optimal function of every system in your body.
  10. Nurture strong relationships and a good social network. Several studies support the idea that feeling connected to friends is important to your physical health as well as your mental health – and specifically your immune system. Those individuals have stronger immunity than those who feel alone. It was thought the impact was on the immune system at a cellular level: the way some genes that controlled the immune system were expressed.
  11. Cover your mouth when you sneeze. Use a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze since sneezing into your hands will make you more likely to transmit germs to others. It also means any germs on your hands can transfer to your face, nose, or mouth.
  12. Vigorous hand-washing is key. Place paper towels or napkins at the sink that you can use and toss. Clean door handles, TV remote controls and faucets with inexpensive rubbing alcohol, antimicrobial herb and spice formulas.
  13. Crack a window or door to let in fresh air.

My conclusion on boosting the immune system and fighting the Flu with natural, healthy measures:

Healthy habits and natural choices go a long way towards both preventing the flu and healing viral infections. Following these simple suggestions can have a major effect on your health in this and every season.

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