Have you ever had the flu? You probably have. Did you feel deathly ill? Most likely. Did you survive? If you are reading this, the answer is yes, as it would be for most people. Seasonal Flu shots were originally created to help those most at risk to die from influenzas, such as the elderly, very young children, or those with a compromised immune system. And for them, seasonal flu vaccines could still be a good idea if a particularly heavy flu season is anticipated.
But the fact of the matter is, most reasonably healthy people can very easily prevent and certainly survive a bout with seasonal flu.
Huge global pharmaceutical companies realized that there was very little profit pandering their vaccines only to kids and seniors, so they started this propaganda campaign about seasonal flu shots to boost their bottom lines, and it has spread like the pandemics it purports to protect you from. So much so, that you even have teenage store clerks now pushing flu vaccines at you at your local supermarkets!
Don’t swallow it! There is very little evidence that seasonal flu vaccines do anything to prevent the likelihood of flu in healthy adults. But there is a lot of research that shows how their risks outweigh any potential benefit in most people.
A better way, a healthier way to prevent seasonal flu and not line the pockets of Big Pharma, is to boost your immune system, by boosting your intake of these flu-fighting nutrients.
Flu Fighting Nutrients
Citrus fruits have long been known for their help in the prevention of respiratory issues such as colds and flu, and it turns out that it is not only because they are high in vitamin C. These fruits also contain compounds known as limonoids. Extracts made from limonoids found in citrus fruits have been found to protect lung tissue and reduce mucus build-up typical of sufferers of colds, flu, and other chronic respiratory or lung conditions.
The antioxidants found in many fruits and vegetables such as vitamins C, A and E, can minimize the severity of flu symptoms, can improve breathing, and can also reduce asthma symptoms and reduce damage to bronchial tissues.
Magnesium is an important nutrient that has been identified as calming the symptoms of asthma, respiratory infections, and improving lung function overall.
Selenium, a mineral similar in its effects in the body to magnesium, also has been shown to have a positive effect on breathing, especially as related to the prevention of sinus and cold infections.
Zinc has been shown to shorten how long colds last and their severity possibly.
Vitamin B6 is essential to a healthy immune system. B6 helps the body fight off all sorts of infections and therefore may be helpful in boosting the body’s resistance to colds, flu, and other respiratory infections.
Folic acid, another B vitamin (B9) also has been shown to help fight off respiratory infections. In fact, many believe it is the folic acid and not the vitamin C in orange juice that gives it its cold-fighting ability.
Quercetin, a powerful antioxidant found in onions has been linked to the prevention of lung cancer. Fresh garlic as well, may prevent many respiratory ailments.
Resveratrol and the other anti-inflammatory agents found in red wine that have been shown to lessen the risk of heart disease may have a similar effect in preventing or lowering the risk of Respiratory Infections.
Carvacrol and Thymol two oils found in thyme and oregano have been found to loosen phlegm in the lungs and relieve mucus build-up typical of flu.
What to Put in Your Shopping Cart
Vitamin A foods include citrus fruit, tomatoes, carrots, mango, red bell pepper, spinach, collard greens, sweet potato, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, Swiss chard, milk, eggs.
Vitamin B 6 foods include tuna, cod, salmon, snapper, halibut, chicken, liver, turkey, beef, banana, spinach, bell pepper turnip greens, garlic, cauliflower, mustard greens, crimini mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, celery, kale chard, collard greens.
Vitamin B9 (folic acid) foods include liver, lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, navy beans, asparagus, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, beets, romaine, parsley, papaya, string beans.
Vitamin C foods include bell peppers, parsley, broccoli, peppers, berries, citrus fruits, papaya, cauliflower, mustard greens, spinach, snow peas, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomato, zucchini, celery.
Limonoid foods include orange juice, grapefruit juice, oranges, and lemons including white part and rind.
Vitamin E foods include mustard greens, chard, turnip greens, almonds, spinach, sunflower seeds, olives, papaya, and blueberries.
Whole Grain Foods include the following non-allergic grains: barley, buckwheat, millet, rice, amaranth, kasha, quinoa, lentils.
Magnesium and folate foods include: beans, turmeric, spinach, squash, mustard greens, pumpkin, soybeans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, green beans, cucumbers, celery, kale, black and navy beans, peppermint molasses
Selenium foods include liver, Brazil nuts, snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, sardines, shrimp, barley, oats, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, eggs, turkey, lamb, tofu.
Omega 3 fatty acid foods include salmon, flaxseed, walnuts, sardines, soybeans, halibut, tofu, snapper, scallops, shrimp, and tofu.
Quercetin foods include black and green tea, capers, apples, onion, red grapes, citrus fruit, grapefruit, peas, buckwheat, tomato, broccoli, leafy greens, and honey.
Carvacrol and thymol foods include oregano, thyme.
A Final Word About Vaccines
Besides being only marginally effective against a seasonal flu outbreak, you must understand that a flu shot cannot protect you from pandemic flu. Read that again – a Flu shot CANNOT prevent or protect you from exposure to pandemic flu. A pandemic flu by definition occurs from an unknown strain new to the population, or a strain that has been dormant for many years, or a mutation to a known strain. Flu vaccines with their limited effectiveness, to be effective at all, need to have been created using the attenuated form of a known flu virus.
Right about now though you are probably saying, “but what about the vaccine for the swine flu they came up with to prevent that pandemic a few years ago?” Glad you asked; that was probably one of the greatest medical myths of the past few decades. What Big Pharma saw as a profit center with their Seasonal Flu Vaccine propaganda, they saw as a goldmine with the H1N1 Swine Flu panic.
Did you know that in 2010 the federal government was forced to incinerate 70 million doses of the Swine Flu vaccine that were created and purchased at great expense to the tax-paying public? Not only was it a monumental waste of billions of dollars worldwide to create a vaccine for a predicted pandemic that never happened – there is evidence that suggests that the H1N1 vaccine that was rushed to market was never even scientifically tested in a legitimate clinical trial. Yet that did not prevent doctors with the World Health Organization – many of whom serve on the boards of pharmaceutical companies who profited from the vaccine – from declaring H1N1 swine flu a Level 6 Pandemic.
You need to understand that flu and other pandemics are possible. However your best defense against them is to stay strong and healthy and practice good germ and infectious disease control habits — and not by pumping useless at best, and toxic at worst substances into your body.