Posts Tagged ‘Flu Vaccine’

Shape Up and Beat the Flu

January 30, 2018

Flu vaccine is not the #1 prevention, despite media claims. At best, it may offer protection from the three most prevalent strains of flu. However, with the tremendous influx of world travelers, new strains of flu are presented to us daily.

Flu doesn’t mess around. Flu virus has a strong addiction to sugar. It absolutely thrives on ice cream, sodas, sweetened juices, candy, fries, and processed foods. Flu virus just can’t survive when people drink plenty of tap water or lemon water, eat plenty of whole foods, intact as nature made them, and log in eight hours of sleep each night. This routine is the #1 prevention.

It’s that simple. We do not have to have a nasty bout with the flu. It’s up to us.

 Flu vaccine may be 60 percent effective. Flu vaccine may tend to make people feel protected and therefore impervious to the three strains of flu included in the vaccine. People may ignore early signals of sore throat and the general feeling of “I’m coming down with something.”

Each of us must take responsibility not to pass the flu around. Flu virus thrives on sugar. The reason flu gets a stronghold is because as a civilization, we have increased our sugar consumption to outrageous amounts in the last 70 years alone. Sugar has gradually, stealthily, been added to just about everything we put in our mouths. Even when there was a sugar bowl on every kitchen table, we did not consume the huge quantity of sugar that has spawned so many conditions, in addition to leaving us in a weakened state to fight flu viruses.

Pharmacies have become the new sub-clinics. As a nation, we seem to be accepting chronic illness as a way of life instead of as a wake-up call to shape up and deal with our addiction to sugar. We lead the world with poor health as a result of our addiction. Over 1600 years ago, Hippocrates advised people to “Let your food be your medicine.” Imagine how different our lives could be if we followed that sage advice.

Massive changes begin with small steps; sugar was added in small steps; pharmacies expanded in small steps. Our bodies do need natural forms of glucose for energy. Small steps toward healthier forms of glucose might begin with including one piece of fresh fruit each day and one fresh vegetable eaten raw or cooked. Habits change by adding something new, not by taking away the old. The new makes change possible, is more inviting. With every small new step, a bit of the old sloughs off and change happens.

Here’s to shaping up with lots of small steps!

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Antibody Building Beats the Flu

October 30, 2015

Whether we have chosen to have a Flu Shot or not, it’s time to fortify our immune systems for whatever comes down the pike. If you have already had a flu shot, know that it takes a couple of weeks to build the antibodies needed for the three strains included in your flu shot. If strain number 4 hits, your body may be too busy to build the antibodies needed against strain 4. Here are some general precautions we all can take to develop needed immune support for whatever comes down the pike.

Drink plenty of tap water.

Eat bright fruits and vegetables, powerful antibody builders: fresh oranges, kiwi, frozen berries, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, peppers, and the whole rainbow out there. Probiotic food builds friendly bacteria in our digestive tracts: plain yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, pickles. Whatever your cultural background, there’s a probiotic you have probably enjoyed on special occasions.

Zinc helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Turkey, crab, mushrooms and legumes are all high in zinc. Plenty of garlic helps white blood cells to reproduce and strengthens antibodies. Wild Salmon and flax seed oil are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. They bump up antibody protection by multiplying phagocytes and white blood cells, our body’s main line of protection that engulfs unwelcome invaders.

Beware the routes Flu Viruses use to enter our bodies. Watch the number of times you touch your hands to your face each minute, maybe 20+; check it out. Combine that observation with a card game in which cards are shuffled and dealt for a few hours, or a soccer ball, basket ball, or tennis ball, handled and passed through many hands, or a handshake. Suddenly, regular handwashing makes sense.

Choose some form of exercise: walking, stairs, morning bicycle pumps in bed, swimming, birdwalks, anything you can dream up that stimulates your heart to pump those antibodies freely throughout your body. Get out in the sun as often as possible and soak up free Vitamin D. Socialize, keep engaging the people you meet or work with, friends you can laugh or sing with, all essential to building a strong immune system. And get enough sleep to keep antibodies strong and prolific.

This is kitchen table talk, time to figure out what combinations work best for you, time to enjoy the magical coming winter snow season, the spellbinding mornings, and, as we move full circle, time to claim another year in robust health.

The Wonder of Glucose

January 18, 2013

Media hype doesn’t warn people to avoid refined sugar if they want to prevent or recover from flu. The media does promote flu vaccine and handwashing. There are even bigger production plans for vaccine to meet anticipated needs for next year. Bear in mind that vaccine production means big profits for pharmaceutical companies. Gels for handwashing also make a profit. Sugar laced drinks bring in massive profits. However, the only people who benefit financially by reducing or eliminating refined sugar to stop the flu are people like you and me. 

 It is no accident that we don’t hear about sugar research on the radio or TV. The food and pharmaceutical industries bought them out long ago. Lest anyone think that there is no difference between our bodies’ use of natural as opposed to refined sugar, read on.

 It’s not as though research has not been done. Weston Price, an Ohio dentist, was curious as to what caused dental cavities. He traveled the world in search of the healthiest people so he could learn from them. He found them in several pockets of the world. Their one common denominator was that they ate natural, unrefined food from their own locale. His book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, came out in 1939.

 William Dufty traced the history of the sugar industry in his best-selling, Sugar Blues (1967), including the industry’s suppression of any research on the harmful effects of refined sugar consumption. Significantly, as far back as 1665, the Bubonic Plague hit only the wealthiest in London. The poor could not afford sugar then and didn’t get sick, but the wealthy overindulged to their own demise.

 Our bodies do need glucose; every cell uses it. Natural sugar found in the fruits and vegetables we eat is absorbed slowly along with the vitamins and minerals also present. These are the main nutrients we need for energy, general functioning of muscles, organs, blood, etc, and repairs (robust health.) We can’t overdose on the sugar eaten this way.

 Refined sugar has been stripped of all nutrients and is so concentrated that it stresses every place it goes. Our digestive tracts were designed for natural sugar that would be slowly absorbed in the small intestine. Salivary enzymes in the mouth are there to begin breaking down complex carbohydrates. When refined sugar is taken in, by sheer quantity, it is so acidic that it eats away at tooth enamel. In the stomach, it stimulates the satiety index’ desire to eat. The pancreas senses overload and shoots  insulin into the duodenum to tone down sugar’s absorption rate, and on the sugar goes through the intestine to the liver. The liver converts an overload of sugar to fat and stores it all over the body. Sometimes the liver becomes swollen with the overload. When this onslaught happens too regularly, people develop hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Unchecked, this condition moves on to diabetes when the pancreas can no longer supply the necessary insulin. The GI tract begins to deteriorate and other diseases start manifesting themselves. We become susceptible to everything that comes down the pike. Every organ is affected. It becomes harder to concentrate. Sugar then becomes a full fledged addiction.

 The language of addiction then reflects shame, anger and blaming of others. It’s really about loss of power and control and the need for more euphoria. The fact that sugar is not identified in the news is an indicator of the sugar industry’s current hold on its consumers who will continue to claim that refined sugar’s no different than natural as far as our bodies are concerned.

 The sugar industry opposes food labeling, contributed most to defeating the bill in California. The industry continues to hide sugar in foods as dextrose, maltose, dextrin, corn syrup, maltodextrin, saccharose, sucrose, sorghum, fruit juice concentrate, barley malt syrup, and many more. The order in which ingredients are listed is important. Greatest quantities are listed first. If you have several sugars listed in a product, they add up.

 Bottom line is: What kind of health do you experience? Do you eat simply enough to know the difference? For most of us, it’s a matter of starting over, and over again. Hopefully, we will encourage each other for all efforts.

 

Flu Vaccine is Not the #1 Prevention

January 10, 2013

Flu vaccine is not the #1 prevention, despite media claims. Flu doesn’t mess around. Flu virus has a strong addiction to sugar. It absolutely thrives on ice cream, sodas, sweetened juices, candy, fries, and processed foods.

 Flu virus just can’t survive when people drink plenty of tap water or lemon water, and eat plenty of whole foods, intact as nature made them, from scratch. This routine is the #1 prevention.

 It’s that simple. We do not have to have a nasty bout with the flu. It’s up to us.

 Flu vaccine may be 60 percent effective. Flu vaccine may tend to make people feel protected and therefore impervious to the three strains of flu included in the vaccine. People may ignore early signals of sore throat and the general feeling of “I’m coming down with something.”

 Each of us must take responsibility not to pass the flu around. The reason flu gets a stronghold is because as a civilization, we have increased our sugar consumption to outrageous amounts in the last 70 years alone. Sugar has gradually, stealthily, been added to just about everything we put in our mouths. Even when there was a sugar bowl on every kitchen table, we did not consume the huge quantity of sugar that has spawned so many conditions, in addition to leaving us in a weakened state to fight flu viruses.

 Pharmacies are becoming the new sub-clinics. As a nation, we seem to be accepting chronic illness as a way of life instead of as a wake up call to shape up and deal with our addiction to sugar. We lead the world with poor health as a result of our addiction. Over 1600 years ago, Hippocrates advised people to “Let your food be your medicine.” Imagine how different our lives could be if we followed that sage advice.

 Massive changes begin with small steps; sugar was added in small steps; pharmacies expanded in small steps. Our bodies do need natural forms of glucose for energy. Small steps toward healthier forms of glucose might begin with including one piece of fresh fruit each day and one fresh vegetable eaten raw or cooked. Habits change by adding something new, not by taking away the old. The new makes change possible, is more inviting. With every small new step, a bit of the old sloughs off and change happens.

 Here’s to shaping up with lots of small steps!