But for fun, let’s just say it’s officially flu season. Now what?
In an excellent article written by Dr. Levatin called What’s in Your Medicine Chest this Flu Season?, she shares “of all the viruses that cause colds and influenza-like illnesses, only about 10% are actual influenza viruses. That means when people say they have the flu, nearly 90% of the time the symptoms they are experiencing are not caused by an influenza virus. That means you can get the flu shot and still get an illness you would call The Flu!”
Dr. Levatin goes through a list of Medicines to avoid: Flu shots, Tamiflu and OTC drugs. She then provides a very thorough list of What’s Best for Flu Season, where she discusses Vitamin D3, Herbs, Homeopathy, Probiotics, Colloidal Silver, and more. So let’s talk about all the goodies we have to build our immune systems and protect us from the flu!
1. OILS! Holla for oils!
Thieves oil is our families “flu shot” in a bottle. I’ve written about Thieves in more detail here. We start rubbing this oil on the bottom of our children’s feet every morning starting on the first day of school. At any signs of sickness or illness, it is also taken internally and diffused around our home. In our home, my saying is “A Drop of Thieves a Day, Keeps the Sickness Away”.
Our new OIL SISTAS website has a really cool feature, in that we have a team of writers who take turns writing very educational blog posts. Over the last few weeks fellow OIL SISTA Danielle Keen, has written two great posts on using oils to build immune systems during cold/flu season. Post #1: A Shot To Your Health and Post #2: Winter Wellness. In both of these posts Danielle shares how to replace fear of contracting sickness with confidence by preparing our bodies for even the biggest of “mystery” illnesses out there. I especially love the Winter Wellness post, as the 6 oils in the Golden Touch kit are explained in detail. I highly recommend these oils during the winter months.
2. HOME REMEDIES & HERBS!
I also love this resource from Wellness Mama: Natural Illness Prevention & Treatment – Beat the Cold, Flu and Fever Faster. In this link, you will find detailed information on Cold & Flu Prevention, Natural Treatments for Cold, Flu and Illness, AND Home Remedies From Things Already In Your House: Garlic, Hydrogen Peroxide, Hot Liquids, Cinnamon, Face Steam, Removing White Foods (Grains, Sugar, & Starch), and how to get proper nutrition, hydration, & rest. All excellent information!
This resource also provides detailed information on the benefits and uses of Herbs For Natural Cold and Flu Treatment: Nettle Leaf, Elderberry, Ginger, Yarrow, Chamomile, Peppermint, Catnip, Red Clover, & Coltsfoot. It details what they do and how to use them.
Here I wrote a post on recipes we use in our family for Herbal Teas and Healing Soups. I love that we can constantly build our immune systems throughout the year. There is no need for panic during “flu season”.
At the first sign of sickness in our home, we eliminate ALL wheat, dairy, & sugar. Simple dietary changes can drastically change the severity and length of a sickness. Simple steps like colloidal silver in water, drinking kombucha, and taking probiotics can play such a safe and effective role during winter months.
3. ELDERBERRY SYRUP:
One of our family favorites is making Elderberry Syrup. Elderberry is well known for supporting the body, especially during flu season. You can find conventionally made elderberry syrups at many stores now, or you can make your own. We make our own and keep on hand all winter. It’s very easy & inexpensive to make. Here is the brief version of how to make your own Elderberry syrup, but I’m linking in depth directions (with pictures) to help (HERE).
To make: Boil 3 cups of water with 1/2 to 3/4 cup dried elderberries. We buy elderberry seeds in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. Once it has boiled, reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes. When cool, mash berries and strain to get liquid. Add 2 TBS of honey to the liquid and mix well. You can also add clove sticks, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, etc.. There are tons of variations. You can store in the fridge for up to 3 months and take 1-2 tablespoons a day (adults) or 1-2 teaspoons a day (kids) for illness prevention. Take three times that dose if suffering from illness.
“Elderberry has been shown to be very effective against at least eight strains of flu virus. It contains Sambucus nigra agglutins (SNAs) which help prevent some types of flu from infecting healthy cells. A clinical trial of elderberry found that it cured 90 percent of flu infections in three days, which was half the time needed for recovery in participants taking a placebo.”
WHAT ABOUT THE FLU SHOT?
The flu shot is now being pushed on everyone from pregnant women to newborns to my 85 year old Granny. The flu shot is also being forced on every profession from nurses to taxi cab drivers.
Does the Flu Shot Work?
-Not in babies: In a review of more than 51 studies involving more than 294,000 children it was found there was “no evidence that injecting children 6-24 months of age with a flu shot was any more effective than placebo. In children over 2 yrs, it was only effective 33% of the time in preventing the flu.
Reference: “Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2 (2008).
-Not in children with asthma: In a study of 800 children with asthma, one half were vaccinated and the other half did not receive the influenza vaccine. The two groups were compared with respect to clinic visits, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospitalizations for asthma. CONCLUSION: This study failed to provide evidence that the influenza vaccine prevents pediatric asthma exacerbations.
Reference: “Effectiveness of influenza vaccine for the prevention of asthma exacerbations.” Christly, C. et al. Arch Dis Child. 2004 Aug;89(8):734-5.
-Not in children with asthma (2): “The inactivated flu vaccine, Flumist, does not prevent influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma…In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than children who do not get the vaccine.”
Reference: The American Thoracic Society’s 105th International Conference, May 15-20, 2009, San Diego.
-Not in adults: In a review of 48 reports including more than 66,000 adults, “Vaccination of healthy adults only reduced risk of influenza by 6% and reduced the number of missed work days by less than one day (0.16) days. It did not change the number of people needing to go to hospital or take time off work.”
Reference: “Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 1 (2006).
-Not in the Elderly: In a review of 64 studies in 98 flu seasons, For elderly living in nursing homes, flu shots were non-significant for preventing the flu. For elderly living in the community, vaccines were not (significantly) effective against influenza, ILI or pneumonia.
Reference: “Vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.3 (2006).
When it comes to Flu Season, & Flu Shots, & Flu Information, all I really want is the honest to goodness truth on how to properly protect and fight this illness. When I open up a parenting magazine, I expect to read truthful articles.
The statistics given were truly disturbing. “Pregnant women who were vaccinated during the H1N1 pandemic a couple of years ago were 34 percent less likely to have a stillbirth and 28 percent less likely to deliver before 32 weeks”. Wow, I guess the flu vaccine does have superpowers. It helps women carry their baby longer? No. Of course not.
The truth is actually quite the opposite and very devastating. The truth is the H1N1 vaccine was linked to 700 percent increase in miscarriages. A lot of people tried to say these reports of miscarriages were only “anecdotal evidence” (the stories written and shared by the mothers who suffered miscarriages within hours and days after their flu shots were heartbreaking, I read them), however a study published by the Journal of Human and Experimental Toxicology, examined three flu seasons, and found that the flu vaccine did indeed cause an increase in fetal death. You can read the full story & study (HERE).
The truth is, the flu shot is very dangerous for pregnant women and does not have superpowers.
Along a laundry list of many adverse reactions caused by the flu vaccine, the flu vaccine causes narcolepsy in children, but I wouldn’t consider that a superpower. You can read more about those studies (HERE) and (HERE)
WHAT DO THE VACCINE PACKAGE INSERTS SAY?
It reads: “There have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL”
The package insert also states: “It is also not known whether influenza virus vaccine can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman”.
No testing has ever been done on the effects of these vaccines on the unborn children of pregnant women who receive them, I’m not sure about you, but if the vaccine package insert tells me the flu shot doesn’t work, I’m going to believe that a lot more that a parenting magazine that runs an article telling me that the flu shot has Super Powers.
The product package inserts are always a good place to start in your research on vaccines. These are the “regulated” documents that vaccine makers must produce for the FDA after clinical trials. Is the Flu Vaccine for You? Educate Yourself – Read the Product Inserts First.
Knowing the ingredients in the flu shot is also important. Formaldehyde ( a know carcinogenic). Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™) can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Also associated with inferility in female mice. Thimerosal (mercury) just to name a few.
According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world’s leading immunogeneticist and 13th most quoted biologist of our times (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals): If an individual has had 5 consecutive flu shots, his/her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is 10 times higher than if he/she had one, 2 or no shots. Dr. Fudenberg said it was due to mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot. The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction.
Flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury.
One microgram is considered toxic.
I’m thankful that there are ways to fight the flu naturally, but building our immune system. I don’t think it is ever God’s plan for us to fight things with ingredients that are toxic to our bodies.