Immune Support

  1. The tricky way that flu virus can sneak past the flu shot

    Study exposes why the flu shot fails

    If I were an “I told you so” kind of guy, I’d be losing my voice this time of year.

    Every winter, I caution my patients against the flu shot and remind them of my science-backed immune-boosting protocol.

    And every winter, I inevitably get calls from patients who don’t follow my advice and get the flu shot anyway – and come down with the flu.

    Sigh.

    So, I patiently explain…again…that the flu shot offers only LIMITED protection against SOME strains of the flu, and that studies have shown it can actually lead to WORSE cases of flu when you do get sick.

    And now, the latest research backs my advice once again, showing that the flu shot is simply no match for the wily and ever-changing flu virus.

    When the strains of flu covered by the shot match the dominant strains making people sick, mainstream medicine considers it a “perfect match.”

    But as it turns out, the match doesn’t really matter much – and it’s far from perfect.

    Because people exposed to flu aren’t always sickened by the main strain. When you’re exposed to the flu, it’s not just the dominant flu virus – it’s also several OTHER viruses that can ALSO give you the flu but are considered so “minor,” they’re not covered by any vaccine.

    Those little guys, though, are lesser in name only – they can make you feel just as miserable as the “dominant” bugs.

    Don’t bother putting your faith in the flu shot. Try instead a daily regimen of N-acetylcysteine (NAC), especially if you’re prone to getting the flu. Just 600 mg twice a day has proven to prevent illness even when you’re exposed to the virus.

    If you happen to get sick anyway, up the dose to 2,000-3,000 mg per day to ease the symptoms and help you get better quicker.

    For more on my all-natural flu-fighting protocol, check out the December 2015 edition of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations.

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  2. Tylenol for flu? Don’t even bother!

    This mainstream drug won’t help your flu

    When those first flu symptoms kick in, you reach for the Tylenol, right? After all, you probably have a headache…muscle pain…fever…and everything else this cheap over-the-counter med is supposed to “treat.”

    And in the heat of a flu infection, you can barely think straight. You’re so miserable, you just want some easy relief.

    But new research shows just how little Tylenol does for the flu. In fact, it’s just about as effective as leftover candy canes.

    In the study, 80 adults with a flu infection were given either 1,000 mg of acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol) or a placebo four times a day for five days – and judging by the results alone, you’d never know who got what.

    No difference in severity of the symptoms…no difference in duration…no difference in viral load…and not even a difference in average daily body temperatures.

    That last one is especially bad news for the folks who market Tylenol. After all, it says “fever reducer” right on the label!

    Honestly, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise if you’ve been reading my House Calls over the past couple of years.

    I’ve already told you about one study that found Tylenol can’t even beat a placebo when it comes to common run-of-the-mill low back pain.

    And yet if you were to believe what doctors – and the drug’s own label – say, you’d think that Tylenol can help you with something as simple as your everyday aches.

    But just like shirts and gloves, anything labeled “one size fits all” never really seems to fit ANYONE – and the same is true especially with meds. The ones that folks turn to first – and for nearly EVERY ailment – are often the worst!

    In other words, maybe it’s time to ditch the Tylenol for everything, and for good.

    The next time you wake up feeling crummy and suspect it might be the start of the flu, don’t reach for that ol’ standby. Instead, try N-acetylcysteine (just look for “NAC”). Between 2,000 and 3,000 mg per day will cut the duration, severity, and symptoms of the flu.

    Better yet, take it now, before you get sick – 600 mg twice a day is proven to PREVENT flu even when you’ve already been exposed to the bug.

    And that’s something that even Tylenol has never claimed to do.

  3. Statins can weaken your immune system response

    Statins can damage your immune system, with new research showing how they weaken the body’s response to the flu shot.
  4. Glutathione can double immune system power

    The immune system is your body's first line of defense against everything from the common cold to killer diseases. It's under assault all day, every day. You're constantly dodging microscopic bullets of viruses and bacteria -- and if your immune system is doing its job right, you won't even know it because you won't get sick. But every defense system can use some backup. And whether you're perfectly healthy right now or the type who catches every bug going around, there's one step you can take today to give your immune system a super boost so you stay healthy. It's a potent antioxidant called glutathione, and new research reveals that supplements can supercharge your immune system's natural killer cells, or NK cells. Continue reading →
  5. Flu shots are grown in dog kidney cells

    You could be getting a dose of Fido with your next flu shot Ever wonder just what's inside a flu shot? It's not medicine... and it's certainly not magic. Flu shots contain toxic metals and other dangerous additives. But just as unsettling is how the virus itself is grown before its put into the vaccine. In most cases, the virus is injected into fertilized chicken eggs. But because that makes the shot off-limits to people with egg allergies, they've managed to cook up something even more disturbing: flu shots grown inside the kidney cells of dogs. Continue reading →
  6. MMR vaccine again linked to autism

    CDC researcher admits to vaccine cover-up It's a shocking confession straight from a CDC researcher: The agency has been hiding the truth about vaccines. William Thompson, one of the authors of an often-cited 2004 study that claims to find no link between vaccines and autism, admits he and his fellow researchers omitted "statistically significant data" and didn't follow the study protocols. Now, a new study in Translational Neurodegeneration using the full dataset finds that African-American children given the MMR vaccine have a much higher risk of autism. Continue reading →
  7. Nasty bacteria found on human hands

    Your hands are dirtier than you think Do you wash your hands before eating? Be honest. You're hardly alone if you don't: Studies show that most of us don't wash before eating, despite the fact that we often carry dangerous germs on our hands. And maybe that's the reason -- and not food poisoning -- that some people get so-called stomach bugs, because your hands are usually dirtier than anything else around you. Continue reading →
  8. Probiotics can reduce blood pressure

    Gut bacteria can help lower your BP Want to knock a few points off your blood pressure quickly, easily and without drugs? Then follow my advice and take a probiotic. You know I'm a big fan of these friendly bacteria for digestive health, immune system support and more. Now, new research finds one more benefit: they could help reduce your blood pressure levels. Continue reading →
  9. Vitamin C boosts energy and fights the cold

    Vitamin C can give you the energy to exercise You know, one of the most common excuses I hear from people who don't exercise isn't that they don't have the time. It's that they don't have the energy. It's a vicious cycle, of course, because regular exercise will give you the energy to keep at it. And the longer you go without exercise, the harder it will be to find the strength to get started. So let me offer a little help. Continue reading →
  10. Chlorella can slash triglycerides

    An easy way to cut your triglycerides Most of what you hear from the mainstream about cholesterol is wrong or at least badly distorted. LDL isn't a "bad" cholesterol, and lower isn't always better. But there's one message they've got right when it comes to the fats in your blood, and that's the fact that triglycerides really are dangerous -- and if yours are starting to rise, you need to take action now to bring them back down. Drugs won't help you here, but natural solutions can do the job -- and new research uncovers one more weapon that can help anyone get quick results. It's an algae called chlorella, and 5 grams a day can slash your triglycerides by more than 10 percent in a single month, according to the new double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study published in Nutrition Journal. Continue reading →

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