Better Than A Flu Shot - Vitamin C Does The Trick
The flu season is upon us another time with a vengeance. This year, we have a special propaganda bonus - the bird flu - although it has very little to do with the flu that gives us the sniffles in any normal year. There is no vaccine for the bird flu because it is a bird virus that "has not yet mutated to be transmitted between humans" but we are told to take a flu vaccine, just in case ... as if that magically protected us from anything than the virus strain it has been made of.
Last year, with vaccine maker Chiron out of commission for contamination problems and the number of available vaccine doses cut clear in half, nothing disastrous happened. In fact, the number of deaths directly related to the flu virus is miniscule - completely out of proportion to the hype and the yearly expense of vaccinating millions of people.
But people are getting wiser. More and more we rely on simple things like washing our hands, getting enough rest, eating well, and above all stocking our system with a vital substance - vitamin C - to increase resistance to all those "invading" microbes, not only last year's flu strain or a hypothetical mutated bird flu virus.
Here are a few comments by other authors on the flu and the shots. Enjoy!
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From: "WC Douglass"
Subject: Daily Dose - The mainstream C's the light
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005
November 11, 2005
The "Vitamin Vaccine"
The headline of the AP story read:
Government to Unveil Super-Flu Strategy
Well, hallelujah. We're saved. The Feds are ready for this year's flu season - they're on the case with all their needles and pinheads. Just like in years past, now we can count on inefficient distribution, obsolete vaccines, and marginal protection that breeds super-bugs and may actually do more harm than good...
But hey, we've got a "strategy," right?
I've got a better one. Steer clear of the government's flu lines altogether. You're far more likely to catch influenza from the sickies that flock to these things than you are to get any actual protection from the flu.
So, how do you protect yourself? A great start is to make sure you get enough vitamin C. I'm not talking eating an extra orange or about making sure you get the "USRDA" of vitamin C from Centrum or some other multivitamin. I mean aggressively and systematically stocking your body with a daily supplementation of immune-boosting, free-radical fighting vitamin C.
How does flooding your system with vitamin C work to defeat infections?
It isn't because of the vitamin itself - not exactly, anyway. It's because some of the substances we use to give ourselves extra vitamin C are rich in extra electrons that bind up and neutralize free radicals in the body, the source of most disease.
One of the best substances to do this with is sodium ascorbate (a form of ascorbic acid). You can buy supplements of this substance, or you can administer it intravenously, if you're comfortable with that (check with your doctor first). Evidence shows that not only is sodium ascorbate effective in helping people resist influenza and other types of infections, but that it also is astonishingly effective at eliminating flu symptoms.
Even the American Cancer Society notes that dietary vitamin C "may have a protective role" in reducing cancer risk. Heck, for them, that's a parade of an endorsement! And in even more good news on the vitamin C front...
Reliving the 70s - in a good way!
New research shows that high doses of IV vitamin C (specifically from ascorbate) can fight cancer, an effect first suggested back in the 1970s.
According to the study, published in a September issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, intravenous Vitamin C (not oral!) led to the formation of hydrogen peroxide in the blood. This process caused the destruction of many cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone...
Hmmm. I wonder where the medical establishment has heard something like this before? Could it have been from lil' ol' me?
As you probably know, I've been singing the praises of IV hydrogen peroxide therapy for decades, and have used it in my travels to Africa and other nations and eradicate much disease. It is truly miraculous treatment when administered properly. And now it turns out that this exact compound may be responsible for the eradication of cancer cells. Of course, the establishment claims that more study is needed (especially on animals) to prove these effects, but it sounds encouraging to me...
Heck, anytime the mainstream gets around to "proving" something I've been saying for years, I'm encouraged.
This IV vitamin C story's developing - I'll keep you posted.
Always C-ing years ahead of the mainstream,
William Campbell Douglass II, MD
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From the HSI Baltimore site:
Read this before your next flu vaccine
Have you ever wondered why a government agency spends so much time and energy (not to mention tax dollars) trying to convince you to get a flu vaccination every year?
Is it some sort of vague "for our own good" motivation? If so, then why don't we ever hear any government officials urging everyone to take vitamin C supplements?
Why? Because it's all about selling The Shot. And 2005 is no different.
Leading the way to vaccinations
Every year we get an official flu vaccine media blitz from Department of Health and Human services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, the CDC oversees a National Immunization Program (NIP). The motto of the NIP is: "Leading the way to healthy lives."
Healthy lives? Okay, so again: Why aren't these officials urging U.S. citizens to take vitamin C and other supplements that have been shown to help reduce the risk of picking up colds and influenza?
It's simple. The folks at the NIP have millions of vaccine units to move.
According to The Detroit News, most flu vaccines are purchased and distributed by the government. So why in the world would NIP officials promote vitamin C? That job would be the responsibility of those who actually sell vitamin C. The NIP isn't in the vitamin supplement business; it's in the flu vaccine business.
We're overstocked! Everything must go!
In September, HHS and CDC officials were saying that the elderly, infants, people with chronic health problems and health workers should all get vaccinated. But when it became obvious last month that about 70 million flu shots will be available in the U.S. this season, health officials changed their recommendation to include everyone.
Everyone! Well...not quite everyone. Children under six months of age, those who are allergic to eggs and those who have had poor reactions to flu shots in the past should not be vaccinated, we're told. But for the rest of us: "There is no reason for anyone to delay or to go without their annual flu shot," HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt told WebMD Medical News at the end of October.
Well...I can think of at least one reason.
In a February 2005 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases compared flu-related mortality among older people to rates of immunization. Their finding: During the past quarter century, immunization rates for the elderly have climbed substantially while the elderly flu-related mortality rate has stayed the same.
The authors of the research wrote: "We conclude that observational studies substantially overestimate vaccination benefit."
The seasonal question
"Should I get a flu shot?" That question is a frequent one in e-mails from members this time of year. And while each person has to make the flu shot decision on his own, here are three points to consider:
Point One: Flu shots are not reliably effective (see above).
Point Two: Flu shots contain additives you may not want in your body. In
addition to strains of dead flu virus, each shot contains:
* Thimerosal (a mercury derivative added as a preservative)
* Formaldehyde (to kill viruses)
* Aluminum (to promote antibody response)
* Ethylene glycol (also known as antifreeze, used in vaccines as a disinfectant)
You can ask your doctor about the FluMist nasal spray vaccine (which avoids an injection), but it's much more expensive than a flu shot and it contains living flu virus. Squirt a living virus straight into my head? Mmmm...no thanks.
Point Three: The flu shot is designed to prepare the immune system to fight specific virus strains. But you can prepare and strengthen your immune system without an injection of antifreeze by taking these steps:
* Exercise regularly
* Eat a balanced diet of nutritious, fresh, whole foods
* Manage stress levels (See the e-Alert "Easy Does It" 11/26/03)
* Get the right amount of sleep
And you can further prepare with proven immune system enhancers, such as echinacea, vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene; all of which have been shown to help fight colds and flu. Selenium is also an effective flu fighter, as is zinc and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an amino acid that stimulates your body to produce the powerful antioxidant enzyme glutathione.
To find out about other effective ways to enhance your immune system you can read the e-Alert "Fantastic Four" (10/3/05) on our web site at hsibaltimore.com.
Jonathan Campbell: Prepare for Avian Flu! A Natural Therapy for self-protection and treating Avian Influenza
BIRD FLU: Public Health Information for The Governments of the World
Matthias Rath, M.D.
A potential bird flu pandemic poses a global threat.Since there is no vaccine available, there is an urgent need for effective, safe and affordable treatment of a bird flu pandemic. The most promising approach to immediately reach this goal is the use of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, plant polyphenols). Their effectiveness to improve the immune function is already part of every textbook of biology. At our research institute, we tested a micronutrient composition for their effectiveness, specifically in blocking influenza infection.
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posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Monday November 14 2005
updated on Thursday June 25 2009
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