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Ramping Up for Flu Season

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10/01/2012 - Howdy! I hope you had a enjoyable summer. Now by the time this article comes out it will be the beginning of the flu season or if there is such a date related thing. I want to give you such interesting information. This is like the follow up article I did earlier regarding Vitamin D.

From Virology Journal, Feb. 25, 2008 (Volume 5), "On the Epidemiology of Influenza" some key points:

1. Recently epidemiological studies question vaccine effectiveness because "influenza mortality and hospitalization rates for older Americans significantly increased in the 80's and 90's, during the same time that influenza vaccination rates for elderly Americans dramatically increased."

2. A 2006 study stated " We found no evidence of reduction in influenza-related mortality in the last 15 years, despite the concomitant increase of influenza vaccination from~10% to ~60%."

3. The seasonality of influenza indicates that it is controlled by a "seasonal stimulus" This "seasonal stimulus" may be seasonal impairments of the antimicrobial peptide systems crucial to innate immunity caused by dramatic seasonal fluctuations in vitamin D3. (What is innate immunity you ask? Innate immunity is that branch of a host defense that is "hard wired" to respond rapidly to microorganisms.)

4. "The evidence that vitamin D gas a profound effects on innate immunity is rapidly growing." "Vitamin D is the `antibiotic vitamin` due primarily to its robust effects on innate immunity"

5. In 2007 study, 104 women given vitamin D were three times less likely to report cold and flu symptoms than placebo controls. A low dose (800 IU/day) not only reduced reported incidence, it abolished the seasonality of reported colds and flu. A higher dose (2000 IU/day), given during the last year of their trial, virtually eradicated all reports of colds or flu." (Interesting!)

6. During the 1918 flu pandemic, there were five attempts to transmit the flu to a well person form a sick person (I hope the well person got paid big bucks for this), and these attempts exceeded a combined total of 150 well patients. Methods of transmission included cough, spit, and breath. None of these attempts succeeded. (Very Interesting!)

7. Influenza mortality has not declined with increasing vaccination rates because influenza vaccines improve adaptive immunity, and the key is innate immunity. [The innate immunity response rules the adaptive immune response: if the innate immune response ignores an invader, one will not make antibodies (adaptive immune Flu Vaccine INCREASES Risk of Serious Pande Sompayrac, Blackwell Science, 2008]

" The innate immunity of the aged declined over the last 20 years due to medical and governmental warnings to avoid the sun. While the young usually ignore such advice, the elderly often follow it. We suggest that improvements in adaptive immunity from increased vaccination of the aged are inadequate to compensate for declines in innate immunity the aged suffered over that same time" (Wow!).

Now I was going to end this article but I received a bunch of new information as well as an email from a national organization with the following topic: "Confirmed! Flu Vaccine INCREASES Risk of Serious Pandemic Flu Illness". According to the Vancouver Sun, September 10, 2012 "Researchers, led by Vancouver's Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, noticed in the early weeks of the [2009 H1N1] pandemic that people who got a flu shot for the 2008-2009 winter seemed to be more likely to get infected with the pandemic virus than people who hadn't received a flu shot. Five studies done in several provinces showed the same unsettling results."

There were additional resources on this but I do not have the space for it so I will end this article with recommendation to protect yourself against influenza:

Optimize Vitamin D levels: 2500-5000 IU daily (children 800 IU, infants 400 IU)

Avoid Sugar, Fructose and Processed Foods (decreases immune function)

Get enough rest

Effective tools to reduce stress (reduces immune functions)

Exercise (improves circulation for the immune system to find illness)

Omega 3 supplements

Wash your hands

Use Natural Antibiotics (examples garlic and oil of oregano)

Avoid Hospitals (I laughed -- this is not directed at our hospitals but in generality. Findings are that hospitals are a breeding grounds for infections of all kinds and one of the likeliest places to catch an infection, but in case of an emergency don't delay.)

Well gotta go. Will continue next month, Stay healthy, my friends

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