Don’t Be Fooled

Don’t Be Fooled

The flu season started early this year with cases reported in October but stayed at mild levels until recently.  So what is happening?

We see several things occurring.

There has been a shift in the predominant strain from H3N2 dominating in October to H1N1 starting to surge the end of December.  This shift in strains means we will likely see different symptoms and people who had the flu in the fall may be susceptible again at this time.

Currently the flu season is taking hold in the mid-Atlantic region with Maryland and North Carolina the first states to report widespread flu cases.  While it is still difficult to predict the severity of the season, the geographic trend indicates that we will see peak activity mid-to-late February into March.

So don’t be fooled, the flu season is still ahead of us.

Triple Flu Defense in the Press

news12 copyNews 12 Long Island and The Health Media Group Survey Results:

Natural Cold and Flu Fighters
Thanks to the help of the Health Media Group’s Alex Lubarsky, 50 natural health medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists and nutritionists were surveyed in person, over the phone and via the Internet. We discovered every one of them has their own tried and true way to fight cold and flu viruses. All use a combination of natural remedies along with diet and lifestyle changes. Many said they never get the flu because at the first sign of illness they change their diet, get more rest and start taking natural remedies. Here is a summation of their suggestions.

FLU FIGHTING SUPPLEMENTS OR REMEDIES

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19 VITAMIN C – the lowest dosage recommended was 500 mg…highest recommended was 12,000 mg in divided doses over the course of the day. There is no toxicity…but some people preferred buffered vitamin C and others use it to bowel tolerance. I take 1000 mg every hour until my symptoms go away.

9 ELDERBERRY SYRUP – Sambucus was the most popular brand name. Elderberry syrup tastes good and so it makes a good choice for kids.

10 HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES – There are many homeopathic remedies for the flu. The Triple Flu Defense was developed by LI’s own Dr. Steven Nenninger, a Naturopathic Doctor. It contains the homeopathic preparations of the three most common strain of flu for this flu season…but unlike the flu shot there is no aluminum, mercury, {multi dose flu shots have full dose thimerisol a form of mercury } formaldehyde or other potentially harmful ingredients.

8 OREGANO OIL – Only the oil capsules {or the dropper of oil is recommended. But be careful, this oil has a very strong taste. I use it to kill gum infections.} The oil capsules of course do not have any taste. Our experts suggest taking two …and repeating that if needed.

6 GARLIC CLOVES AND GARLIC CAPSULES: There is a bit of a dispute as to whether garlic capsules are as effective as fresh garlic cloves in fighting cold viruses. I opt for the fresh garlic. Sometimes I chew it but it can also be minced into hot water. Ginger tea was also fairly popular it got five votes.

5 VITAMIN D3: The experts recommended 10,000 – 25,000 IU per day for several days . This dose is for early onset and fighting colds and flus. For daily dosage as a preventative the experts recommended you get your blood tested to find out what your blood levels are. Fifty to Seventy nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) of serum concentration of 25-hydroxy vitamin D as an adequate level… The Vitamin D Institute publishes research on this nutrient…join their newsletter.

Others suggested matike mushrooms, probiotics, thieves oil { Young Living essential oils}, cod liver oil, Vitamin A, Beta Glucan, Echinacea, or Zand Immune which is an Echinacea product…containing other ingredients. It’s clear that there are so many ways to fight colds and flus that the experts all had their own favorites.

FLU FIGHTING DIETARY CHANGES:

19 CUT OUT SUGAR
25 CUT OUT DAIRY
18 ELIMINATE PROCESSED CARBS
16 DRINKING EXTRA WATER & HOT TEAS WITH HONEY
26 EATING SOUPS

FLU FIGHTING LIFESTYLE CHANGES:

27 MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY
19 TAKE IT EASY
HOT SHOWERS, BATHS, OR SAUNAS to stimulate sweating and temperature to burn out the virus. One immunologist says however that you should act to reduce your fever if it goes over 103 degrees.