The Natural Way: Beat the flu
Heads up folks! If you thought
you were well-protected by getting
this year’s version of the flu vaccine,
then think again and read the
warning from the powers that are
From MedScape, “Infectious disease experts from
the US National Institutes of Health and the World
Health Organization (WHO) warn that current approaches
to seasonal influenza vaccine development
have left the United States relatively defenseless
against the influenza A (H3N2) strain now making
its way over from the Southern hemisphere.” This
was from Dec. 8, 2017... that’s right, last week!
The current vaccine is estimated to be about 10
percent effective against this strain. This could be
(but who knows for sure) a very difficult winter for
flu. There are many useful things you can do but be
sure hand washing is one of them. You could also
use antiviral wipes on door knobs, phones, shopping
carts, public bathroom door pulls and anything many
people come into contact with. Don’t put your fingers
near your nose or eyes, either. Soap and water
are your good friends.
This failure to predict accurately what Mother Nature
will do could be a disaster; however, beyond
the common sense suggestion of the above as well
as eating properly, getting enough sleep and reducing
stress there are natural supplements to rely upon.
Here is my list: The most important Monolaurin in
high dose at first suspicion of onset, a mushroom
based (or herbal) immune booster starting now and
optimized vitamin D daily (you should have started
weeks ago but if not start now). Other naturals you
could use are fat based vitamin C, Elder tea, syrup
or capsules and peppermint oils (be careful) or tea.
Make and drink large amounts of the tea. There are
other choices for sure but these are known to me to
be very anti-flu. Ask your natural health practitioner
how and how much of the above to use. I know of
no major problem with these suggestions and prescribed
drugs. You may benefit from other products
to reduce symptoms if you are late starting and the
bug has the jump on you.
Ten percent benefit from the flu vaccine? Wow
... nearly worthless except perhaps for the highest at
risk people, just my opinion. Flu is already reported
throughout the South but usually hits peak in January/
February. We’ll see.