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Options Available for Flu Season

November 4, 2019

 

 

There has been a lot of disagreement about whether to vaccinate or not. While I believe it’s a personal choice, the government believes differently. Not many people know that you can refuse to vaccinate your family. There are so many reasons why you should and when you choose not to, then you are ridiculed or called out in making poor parenting decisions.

 

For years, Autism has been one reason to not vaccinate your child. Now we find out that they have known for years that Guillain-Barre Syndrome is another. Unlike Autism, with GBS, your body may be able to get over it. It involves the body’s own immune system damaging its nerve cells and it can be deadly.

 

GBS is a problem with your nervous system. It can cause muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, numbness, and tingling, and even paralysis. Eighty-five percent of those affected with GBS make a full recovery within six to twelve months. The good news is, that once you get it you have a very small chance of it returning but it can.

 

While it may happen to anyone, it’s most common in those over fifty years old. No one seems to be sure if a germ or virus causes it, however, it usually shows up a few days or weeks after a cold, stomach virus or the flu. They do know that in rare cases, surgery or vaccines have been known to trigger it. Campylobacter is one type of bacteria that is associated with GBS.

 

One such patient, Shane Morgan, is now partially paralyzed, blind, unable to walk, speak or breathe on his own within thirty-six hours after receiving the flu shot.  His symptoms occurred only one day after receiving the flu vaccine. He immediately went to the hospital and was put in ICU and on a ventilator. Although western medicine has known that Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a possible side effect of the flu shot no one told the Morgan family.

 

Of course, the South Nevada Health District is downplaying the threat of side effects from vaccines but the U.S.C.D.C admits there’s a link between the influenza vaccine and GBS. Conventional medical experts will advise that it’s very rare. Only one to two cases per million vaccinations given will be a problem.

 

Then there is the Greenville Health System of South Carolina reported that an employee administered a “less than optimal dosing” of vaccines for common childhood illnesses during well-child visits. Now they are recommending those potentially affected to get re-vaccinated. 


Approximately, 1800 children from two months to teenagers have received letters to return for another dose in order to “err on the side of caution”.

 

Robin LaCroix, MD, medical director of the GHS Children’s Hospital in Spartanburg, SC explained that an internal audit as part of normal monitoring identified the vaccination dosing issue and an investigation identified it as human error. Dr. LaCroix said that vaccines are normally administered by employees with nursing certifications and that the employee in question is no longer with the practice.  

 

The CDC recommends those repeat vaccinations when initial proper dosing cannot be confirmed. Knowing that all vaccines can cause adverse reactions with a single full dose do we really want to risk adding more to our children’s system?

 

In fact, in some years the flu vaccine has gone as low as 10% effective.  This is because viruses change and evolve over time.  And, let’s not forget the many toxic ingredients inside every shot – which actually weakens the immune system. But, it gets worse. Canadian researchers identified the troubling result that getting the flu vaccine each year diminishes its effectiveness. 


When they followed 1,939 people, they found that the ones who got the flu vaccine in the 2014-2015 season, but not the year before, had a 53% vaccine effectiveness. However, the people who got it that season and also the season before had their effectiveness rate drop significantly to -32%. If they got it that year and the two years before, the effectiveness dropped to -54%. The researchers concluded that there is a negative effect of repeated vaccination.

 

Some of the worst ingredients inside include influenza viruses, “preservatives” like thimerosal (mercury – which is neurotoxic), “stabilizers” like, MSG and sucrose plus antibiotics, polysorbate 80 and formaldehyde. (truly a horrible cocktail of toxins.)

 

The truth is when it comes to things like the flu, we can protect ourselves without the use of toxic drugs. Did you know that you can keep your immune system strong just by using vitamin C as well as other healthier alternatives?

 

Here are a few healthier alternatives for protecting yourself against the flu and cold season.

 

Echinacea: Echinacea, however, do both prevent and treats colds. In the largest study ever done on echinacea, 673 healthy people were given either echinacea or a placebo for 4 months in a double-blind fashion. The people on the echinacea had significantly fewer colds and cold symptoms, showing that echinacea both prevents colds and treats them if you already have one. The echinacea group caught 149 colds that lasted a total of 672 days; the placebo group caught 188 colds that lasted 850 days. The echinacea group also had significantly less recurrence of colds: 65 compared to 100 in the placebo group.

 

If you do catch a cold, echinacea helps you get better faster: symptoms improve by day 4 instead of taking twice as long on a placebo. A double-blind study found that when echinacea is given at the first sign of a cold, the cold lasted an average of 6 days versus 9 days when they were given a placebo. Echinacea also reduces the symptoms you’ll suffer. One study found echinacea to reduce symptoms by 23.1%. Other studies have also shown that echinacea helps you get rid of your cold faster.

 

A systematic review of echinacea looked at 24 double-blind studies. It found that echinacea significantly reduces your chance of catching a cold by 17%. It also had a small beneficial effect on the severity of colds compared to a placebo. The results were mixed in studies of cold duration. The authors said that it is difficult to draw conclusions from reviews like this of echinacea because of the huge variety of forms of echinacea used in the different studies.

 

An important meta-analysis included 6 high quality, placebo-controlled, long term studies of echinacea on respiratory tract infection recurrence and complication (including pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infection, sinusitis). 


Echinacea reduced the risk of recurrence by a significant 35%. In people with higher susceptibility due to stress or weakened immunity, the reduction was an even more impressive 50%. Echinacea reduced the risk of complications by 50%, including 64.9% reduction of risk of pneumonia, ear infection, and tonsillitis.

 

As for Tamiflu, the leading flu drug, a double-blind study that compared a blend of Echinacea purpurea and elderberry found that by day 5, the herbs were already slightly more effective; by day 10, 90.1% of the herb group had recovered versus 84.8% of the drug group. There were fewer complications and side effects in the herb group.

 

Elderberry: Elderberry boosts immunity and stops viruses from penetrating into your cells, preventing them from replicating. Elderberry helps you recover from the cold in only 2-3 days compared to 7-8 days on placebo. A placebo-controlled study found that elderberry relieves fever, headache, congestion, and cough in only 2 days. Elderberry was also better than a placebo for nasal congestion. The researchers concluded that elderberry was fast, effective and as good as or better than antiviral drugs for the flu. In the most recent double-blind study, airplane travelers who took elderberry suffered a significant 52% fewer days with a cold and a significant 58% milder symptoms.

 

Vitamin C: This most famous cold fighter both prevents and treats colds. When you take 500mg a day of vitamin C, you are 70% less likely to catch a cold then when you take a placebo dose of 50mg. A review of 21 studies that used 1-8g of vitamin C found that, in each of them, vitamin C reduced the length and severity of colds by 23%. Taking at least 2g a day works even better. A recent double-blind study gave 1g of vitamin C or placebo to 28 people for 8 weeks. In the vitamin C group, 7 people got colds; in the placebo group, 11 people did: that’s a 45% reduction in risk. Compared to placebo, vitamin C shortened the length of the cold by 59%.

 

The most recent evidence for vitamin C comes from a meta-analysis of 9 controlled studies that found that taking extra vitamin C on top of regular supplementation at the onset of a cold shortened the cold by a significant 56% and significantly relieve symptoms, including chest pain, fever and chills.

 

Zinc Lozenges: Several studies have shown that, when you use an effective form of zinc, zinc lozenges have a remarkable ability to kill colds. The best forms of zinc lozenge are zinc gluconate, zinc acetate, and zinc gluconate-glycine. Other forms or those flavored with citric acid, tartaric acid, sorbitol, or mannitol doesn’t work as well.

 

Several studies show that taking 13-23mg of zinc lozenges every two waking hours fights off a cold in about 4 days compared to 7-11 days with a placebo 

 

A review of the research found that when at least 75mg of zinc lozenges a day was used, people got better significantly faster in 7 out of 8 studies. A recent meta-analysis looked at three placebo-controlled studies that all used an effective form of zinc lozenge: zinc acetate. The zinc lozenges lessened the length of the cold by nearly 3 days. The average length of the cold in the 3 studies were 7 days. But taking zinc lozenges shortened the cold by 2.73-2.94 days: that’s a big improvement!

 

The most recent meta-analysis also included only studies of zinc acetate lozenges. It included 3 studies of 199 people with colds. The doses ranged from 80-92mg a day of elemental zinc. By the fifth day of the study, 70% of the zinc lozenge group had recovered from their colds compared to only 27% of the placebo group. That’s huge! That means that 2.6 times more people were cured in the zinc lozenge group. People taking zinc lozenges recovered 3.1 times faster. The researchers called this “a clinically important effect.” The zinc lozenges were equally effective regardless of the person’s age, gender or race. It also made no difference if they had allergies or were a smoker. The zinc lozenges also worked just as well on people with severe colds as it did on people whose colds were milder. Zinc lozenges not only beat the cold, but they also did so safely: there were no serious side effects.

 

Andrographis: Fast acting and effective, placebo-controlled research shows that the herb Andrographis significantly improves runny nose and sore throat in only 2 days. Cough, headache, earache, and fatigue are significantly improved in 4 days. Several other studies show that Andrographis fights colds and sinusitis better than placebo.

 

Andrographis also prevents colds. When 107 children took Andrographis or a placebo for 3 months during the winter, the ones on the herb had a 2.1 lower risk of catching a cold.

 

In the most recent double-blind study of people with colds, Andrographis reduced the cold intensity score by 11.2 points versus 6.3 points in the placebo group. Significantly more people in the Andrographis group were significantly or completely better after 5 days. After 10 days, 90.4% of the Andrographis group, but only 21.2% of the placebo group, were clinically cured.

 

The combination of Andrographis and eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) has been shown to outperform a placebo in the treatment of colds, sinusitis, laryngitis and bronchitis.

 

Probiotics: Probiotics help fight colds. Students under the stress of exams suffer fewer colds and flu when taking probiotics than students taking a placebo. Probiotics also help you recover from respiratory infections significantly faster.

 

Herbal Help for Coughs: A recent systematic review and meta-analysis looked at the evidence for herbal cough remedies. Four studies on Andrographis were included in a meta-analysis: it found strong evidence that Andrographis reduces cough symptoms. Three high-quality studies of the combination of ivy (Hedera helix), primrose and thyme were included in a meta-analysis that found strong evidence that it reduced cough symptoms.

 

Tart Cherry Juice: Rich in nutrients and antioxidants. The anthocyanins found in the cherries remain in the blood for up to twelve hours after ingestion. Dr. Gary D Stoner from the Department of Internal Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University College of Medicine,  published his study in the Cancer Letters Journal, stated that anthocyanins can reduce the impact of free radicals on various organ systems and lower oxidative stress. Free radicals can cause cellular mutation and increase your risk of various cancers, but the anthocyanins in this juice can prevent tumor formation. This is in addition to ellagic acid and limonene, two other cancer-fighting compounds found in this juice. It also boosts stamina and overall immunity. You only need to drink one cup of tart cherry juice a day to get these great benefits and more.

 

So, you have many healthier options that will aid in boosting your immune system. If you do get a cold or the flu you just take more vitamin C along with these other options until the symptoms disappear and you have no harmful side effects to worry about. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest as well.

 

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