Stay Healthy: Doctor's 10 Secrets for Optimum Health during Flu and Cold Season
By Charles Brown, D.C., Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Neurologists
For most of us, getting the flu is a moderate inconvenience. We lie around the house, miss a few days of work and catch up on a book or watch movies. For a few it does not turn out this way.
The CDC states that there are 36,000 deaths per year associated with the flu.* Actually, this 36,000 is a combined figure for both flu and pneumonia. Deaths from flu alone are 360 to 1,440 or 1-4% of this combined number. *
In the early part of the 20th Century, the death rate from flu and pneumonia dropped by almost 90 percent, before the widespread introduction of flu vaccines. These same death rates did not decline after the introduction of flu vaccines. This indicates that the mortality rate can be most effectively reduced with increases in hygiene and nutrition.
What are the consequences of getting a flu shot? In 1976, one soldier at Fort Dix died of swine flu and 30 people died after receiving the flu vaccine. Also, 565 people contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome (characterized numbness, muscle weakness and even paralysis) after getting the flu shot. Was it the virus, the formaldehyde, thermasol (mercury) or something else in the vaccination? No one is certain.
Why is it that the government, vaccine manufacturers and those who administer the flu vaccine are immune from prosecution for any form or damage or negligence?
Still want to get a flu shot? The choice is up to you after you have found out the risks and rewards. You may want to discuss this with your health care practitioner.
What if you do not want to get a flu vaccination? First, and most importantly, there are several things you can do to prevent getting the flu. Then there are a number of natural alternative that will boost your immune system so that you are less susceptible to the flu virus.
10 Tips - What can you do to boost your immune system to avoid the flu, colds or any virus?
Tip 1: Protect your mucus membranes, use a non-petroleum chap-stick on your lips and the outside of your nostrils - this is sticky and attracts viruses before they enter your body! This is particularly useful if you are on an airplane, where air recirculates, or have contact with crowds, or people all day long. It's a clear substance - no one will even notice you have it on.
Tip 2: Wash your hands frequently and after contacting possibly contaminated surfaces. For excellent protection, use the ASAP anti-microbial gel. Colorless, odorless: it repels viruses for 4 hours with only 1 application
Tip 3: Sneeze into the elbow of your bent arm and not your hand.
Tip 4: Avoid shaking hands - as an alternative, do a modified Roman Salute by putting your hand on your heart and slightly bow your head when you greet someone
Tip 5: Wear your BioElectric Shield - to boost your immune system
Tip 6: Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night
Tip 7: Exercise regularly- even walking for 30 minutes three times per week
Tip 8: Do some form of daily stress reduction - meditation, listening to calming music, women can speak with a friend
Tip 9: Eat a healthy diet - this seems obvious, but if you support your body with a variety of good protein, colorful fall veggies, some fruits and lots of liquids (non-sugar), your immune system will be stronger.
Tip 10: Take a high quality multi vitamin. Our food doesn't have the vitamins in it that it used to! Here are some specific vitamins to recommend during flu season
- Vitamin D3 , 5,000 I.U. per day
- Vitamin A 50,000 I.U. water soluble (no issues with toxicity)
- Vitamin C 1-2,000 milligrams per day, buffered is easier on the digestive system