to Have the BEST Protection against
Whenever a new health crisis appears, whether real or invented, the pharmaceutical industry will usually be there ready to help. People who are aware of the nature and cause of disease have come to understand that this "help" is of no real help at all, and either deals with the management of symptoms without addressing their underlying cause, or does nothing more than increase the coffers of the pharmaceutical companies while causing some harm to you in the process. But the alternative health market will be out in force too, and will tout their better, "natural" remedies. So it was inevitable that when the swine flu scare came down upon us, natural preventatives would pop up. These may appear as herbs, herbal medicinals, homeopathic preparations, antiviral supplements, and "immune system boosters". Forgetting for the moment that there is no magic bullet that can truly boost an over-worked and under-supported immune system that is operating at a sub-optimal level, any help that these items could offer is nothing compared to the risk-reduction you can get from following some optimal health basics. Without some adherence to the basics, as with most things, it is impossible to have the best outcome.
First a word about the swine flu scare. And I call it a scare because it is deserving of that term: health authorities are using exaggerated stories to try to drum up demand for and counter the ever-increasing questioning of and backlash against the flu vaccine. It may be hard to believe, but all things considered, both the swine flu vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine are not in the public's best interest (I know, how can this be true when everybody knows that vaccines are helpful. Well, everybody knows that dairy products help build strong bones when in reality dairy products contribute to osteoporosis... there's a big difference between what one knows to be true and what one believes to be true.)
Here are some facts: While the infection rate of H1N1 is high, the fatality rate is very low; it's about the same as the regular, seasonal flu. And in cases of fatality, it's not the virus that kills; the deaths are from bacterial pneumonia, an opportunistic disease that affects those with less than robust immune systems who are susceptible to it. And let's put things in perspective: there are more deaths from incorrectly prescribed medications than from flu initiated pneumonia.
Next, there is absolutely no scientific evidence showing that the swine flu vaccine offers any real-world protection against the H1N1 virus (or the flu vaccine against the seasonal flu). Vaccines are a multi-billion dollar industry. There's nothing wrong with that if vaccines were truly helpful, but in reality they do more harm than good, and there is growing evidence that shows they don't do any good either. So why is there such a well-orchestrated effort to get a treatment that has little to no efficacy to the entire public? Re-read the second sentence of this paragraph.
And if this is not enough, there has been an effort on the part of the vaccine manufacturers and certain health organization to convince the public that the flu shot is their best defense against the flu, but in reality this is not true; there are many things you can do that will give you far better odds of not contracting the flu than the flu shot, but these preventative measures do not generate billions of dollars and do not support an industry that supports politicians and therefore influences politics and policies, so these preventative measures are not likely to be shouted from the rooftops by our public officials. So, "Let the buyer beware" applies to the flu shot.
But the truth can't be suppressed for long; public support for the swine flu vaccine is diminishing by the day as the rationale for the vaccine appears increasingly questionable to those closely following this issue. Moms, nurses, day care workers, and some members of the general public are realizing that the pharmaceutical industry's justification for swine flu vaccination just doesn't add up. In fact, legal action against the FDA's approval of the swine flu vaccine is already underway. Informed people everywhere are saying no to this vaccine (and are learning about the fallacy of the flu vaccine in general).
As anyone who has ever had the flu can tell you, they would rather not have had it. So here are the best and worst things you can do during flu season. The "best" things will give you the best odds of not being adversely affected should you come in contact with a flu virus (regardless of strain or type). The "worst" things will increase your risk of having a bad outcome if you are exposed (or if you have any cancerous cells or fatty deposits in your arteries).
BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1. Proper nutrition
2. Sufficient hydration
3. Avoidance of
antibiotics and substances with antibiotic properties such as garlic
4. Unburdened digestion
Digestion is the most energy intensive daily process that goes on in the body. And by energy I don't mean the caloric energy that you get from food; I'm talking about the body's electrical energy, called nervous system energy or nerve energy for short. The less nerve energy that is used for digestion, the more is available for everything else including disease management (It should be noted that disease management by the body is in stark contrast to the disease management provided by a health-care system; they're at opposite ends of the positive outcome scale.) You'll notice that when you run a fever of 103 you have zero appetite, and if someone convinces you to eat, you'll more than likely throw up. Why is this? A fever of 103 means there's something serious going on, and your body needs all the nerve energy it can muster to deal with whatever it's dealing with. At this point it will not tolerate unnecessary digestion (because it's so energy intensive), so if you disrespect your body's wishes by putting food in it when it didn't ask for it, out it comes. The alternative for your body is to redirect nerve energy away from fighting the pathogen (and with a high fever, a lot of nerve energy is being used), and allow it to power digestion. But as this would interfere with what the body has determined to be the highest priority at that moment, and knowing full well it can skip a few meals (or a few days of meals), it sends the food back.
So what about when you're not sick yet, and are eating, and then are exposed to an infectious pathogen? During what some call the "incubation period" if what you're eating requires a lot more nerve energy to digest than healthier meals would, this sets the stage for a very inefficient initial defense by your body, which then leads to a prolonged bout with the flu (although technically prolonged, since this is most people's experience because most people are constantly eating sub-healthy meals, prolonged is what most people consider to be a normal course of the flu). Eating easy to digest meals on a daily basis can allow you to have a 200% increase in nerve energy vs eating the meals of a typical Western diet. And while it's nice that this abundant nerve energy allows for a more effective flu battle (which, along with the other four items, usually translates into a shorter course and/or less pronounced symptoms), it also helps your body's other defense systems keep other, more serious diseases under control... and by under control I mean that you don't get a diagnosis of cancer or Alzheimer's or a stroke, to name a few.
5. Enough deep,
WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO:
3. Consuming things
that mess up your body's good bacteria
4. Overeating and
too much fat in the diet
Two more important items
Here's something very effective that you can do that specifically addresses things like colds and flu: Keep your hands away from your face! The main route that flu bugs travel is through the membranes of the nose and eyes. Unlike intestinal viruses, flu viruses don't stand a chance in your digestive tract, which is why they aren't transmitted through the mouth. So if you are vigilant, and you can keep your fingers away from your nose and eyes, you'll have much better odds of not coming down with the flu. If you have come in contact with folks who are flu contagious, just rinse your hands with 70% rubbing alcohol as soon as you can so that if you then inadvertently touch your eyes or the inside of your nose you'll be fine (assuming of course that you had picked up some viral material in your encounter).
The other thing worth mentioning about the flu is to avoid taking antacid drugs like Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that these drugs significantly increase the risk of deadly pneumonia. If you're suffering from the flu, pneumonia is the big concern, not the flu itself, because as I said earlier it is pneumonia that is the most common cause of death in folks with the flu, and the above mentioned acid-suppressing medications are linked to a 30% increase in the risk of acquired pneumonia.
Considering the potential health damaging affects from vaccines which is starting to make its way into the public consciousness, and the highly effective preventative measures people can take regarding flu viruses (that need to become more well known), hopefully the flu shot will one day soon be added to the list of nice-ideas-in-theory that turned into profit generating centers with no real health value, along with blood letting, radiation, and chemotherapy.
For a look at why the flu vaccine is ineffective at preventing the flu, click here.
To learn about the dangers of vaccines, click here.