swine flu

  1. Flu shot can give you more severe flu like the swine flu

    Flu shot can give you more severe flu

    For years, the government has denied it. Drug makers have denied it. Even your own doctor has denied it (unless your doctor happens to be me).

    But there's no denying it any longer, because new research of the swine flu proves that the flu shot can in fact give you the flu.

    Yes, you've heard it before. You've had friends and family members tell you how sick they got during flu season even though they got vaccinated.

    Maybe it's even happened to you.

    Doctors say it's a fluke... a coincidence... and probably not even the flu anyway.

    But the new study shows it's not just a fluke. In fact, the study shows you're lucky to be alive -- because when you get a flu shot, you don't just have a higher risk of any old flu.

    No, the seasonal flu shot can actually increase your risk of getting sick with more powerful strains of the flu -- so sick that you could develop complications such as pneumonia or even permanent lung damage.

    In the new study, pigs were given a seasonal flu shot -- in theory, protecting them from H1N2 flu -- and then exposed to the H1N1 virus.

    That's the infamous "swine flu" virus that made big headlines a couple of years back.

    The pigs that were vaccinated were more likely to get sick and more likely to suffer those complications I just mentioned -- and blood tests showed why: The antibodies created by the flu shot weren't just useless against the more powerful flu strain.

    They actually helped the virus to multiply.

    The researchers call it "fusion enhancing," and while they don't fully understand how it works, we do know that the effect isn't limited to pigs.

    We have plenty of research on humans to show it's the same in us, if not worse.

    In fact, multiple studies from the height of the swine flu pandemic found that people vaccinated against seasonal flu had roughly double the risk of swine flu than those who didn't get vaccinated at all.

    I can't help but wonder how many people got sick of swine flu -- and how many died -- not because of the flu itself... but because they followed government advice and got vaccinated.

    And for what?

    For nothing, and that's not just my opinion -- that's science, because multiple studies have all confirmed that the actual protection offered by the flu shot in any given year is minimal.

    And in seniors, the protection is even worse than minimal -- it's pretty much zero. Government data on last year's shot shows the absolute protection in seniors was just one hundredth of one percent. You can read more about that right here.

    But that doesn't mean you have to take your chances with the virus, because you already have access to something more powerful than the flu shot: your own immune system.

    I'm exposed to flu -- not to mention colds, and all kinds of other nasty viruses -- all year long, and I rarely get sick.

    The reason?

    I've turned my immune system into a fortress, and you can do that same to yours.

    I had all the secrets to beating the flu in the December 2012 edition of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations -- and if you subscribe today, you can read that and all my other back issues in my online archives.

  2. Is swine flu the ultimate immune booster?

    Forget flu shots--you might volunteer to get sick when you hear about this one: Researchers say people who got the swine flu also got an immune system boost stronger than any vaccination.

    Looks like sometimes the disease is the cure.

    When researchers examined nine patients who caught the swine flu and recovered, they found five antibodies that can only be described as Super Flu Busters.

    These antibodies were able to resist every single H1N1 flu strain that's appeared over the past decade--along with bird flu and even the deadly strain behind the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic.

    And, in case you're wondering, this generally doesn't happen to people who catch most flu strains... just the recent swine flu that had health officials pushing vaccines on everyone.

    Looks like the folks who said no to the flu shot won this round, because the ones who got sick now have antibodies that are even stronger than the "best guess" flu vaccines developed each year.

    They're called "best guess" shots because they're developed long before flu season actually begins by researchers trying to "guess" which strains will be dominant in the coming year.

    But because it's just a guess, it's often wrong.

    Naturally, the researchers aren't using their study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine to reverse years of vaccination advice and encourage people to try their luck out in the world.

    Instead, they say they hope to turn those antibodies into the so-called "universal flu shot."

    Good luck with that.

    The fact is, swine flu wasn't nearly as rampant as the authorities wanted us to believe. For most of the people who did get it, it was a mild illness that came, went--and left behind some powerful antibodies.

    Now, I know it might be tempting to try to get some of those antibodies for yourself, but don't hang around the doctor's office waiting for sick people to cough on you.

    Instead, avoid illness in the first place by getting enough of the nutrients that can transform your own immune system into a virus-fighting fortress.

    And you can start with vitamin D.

    A study of Japanese schoolchildren published last year found that those who got 1,200 mg of vitamin D3 each day were three times less likely to get colds or the flu, and 58 percent less likely to get influenza A, than those given a placebo.

    Work in vitamins A, C, and E and some fish oil, and then don't forget mom's advice: wash your hands before you eat.

    You might not win any new antibodies by staying healthy... but you might not need them, either.

  3. Fighting the superbugs

    Superbugs may be present in the places we live, work, eat and play.

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