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  1. [Flu Shocker] Vaccine failing at ALARMING rate!

    Here’s the LEAST surprising news I’ve heard all winter…

    This year’s flu shot’s a flop.

    It’s a failure… a fiasco… a… well, I think I’ve better stop the “f” words right there.

    When it comes to this vaccine, I have to keep my language in check – because the problem isn’t just that it DOESN’T WORK in many cases.

    It’s that millions of trusting patients BELIEVE it does.

    They get the shot and think they’re protected… so they don’t take OTHER steps needed to BLOCK flu and other dangerous winter bugs.

    But today, I’ve got a plan to beat the flu in any season – one that will ARM your immune system against the virus in ways the vaccine can’t.

    And if you’ve already had the shot and THOUGHT you’d be covered… consider this the backup plan arriving just in time for the rescue.

    As you’ll see in a moment, you’re really going to need it this year!

    This year’s shot falls WAY short

    In any given year, they have to plan the vaccine months in advance by “guessing” which viruses will be out there HUNTING you down.

    And they often guess wrong.

    This year, for example, the vaccine is just a 58% match against the most dominant form of influenza B -- responsible for 98% of all B infections.

    Basically, if you’re directly exposed to the virus, the shot gives you a CHANCE of being protected from it… but only slightly better than a coin toss.

    What a swindle!

    Of course, this happens almost every year. And every year they act surprised.

    Failed again… who’da thunk it???

    That’s why I don’t waste my time with the flawed shot in the first place.

    And whether you get the shot or not, you can get MAXIMUM protection… by boosting your immune system with the basics.

    Good sleeplow sugar… and vitamin D can ALL go a long way to giving your body the power it needs to fight off ANY invader, including flu.

    Heck, D alone in one study was 8X better than a flu shot (and it prevented COLDS, too)!

    There’s something else…

    If you’re a little older, it’s almost certain that your thymus is starting to slow down. That’s the little gland that makes the immune cells you need to fight off infection – and this natural slowdown is why we tend to get sick more easily as we age.

    Thymus glandular extract can boost function and increase immune cells to give you a leg up against flu and any other bad guy out there looking to make you sick.

    Nothing is 100% effective against flu -- so if you get sick anyway, take vitamin C at the VERY FIRST SIGN of illness.

    I personally start out with several thousand milligrams at once, chased with 1,000 mg more every hour… for as long as I feel crummy (which is usually not long at all).

    Still sick?

    Take 500-1,000 mg of olive leaf extract every few hours along with grapefruit seed extract and/or echinacea.

    It can often knock out illness in a flash!

    And studies show elderberry-based natural formulas can work as well as flu drugs… but without the side effects.

  2. [Revealed] The flu-beating remedies they DON’T want you to know about

    Well, this has to be more than a little embarrassing for the mainstream…

    For YEARS, they’ve TALKED UP flu drugs as the best invention since canned beer and TV dinners.

    For AGES, they’ve insisted you need to take one of these things at the very first sign of a winter sniffle (and never mind that the side effects are often WORSE than the flu).

    But NOW, they’ve just been FORCED to admit what I’ve been telling you ALL ALONG.

    Those flu drugs work MUCH worse than they’ve let on.

    So, they’ve come up with a NEW plan for you – and of course, it’s NOT the proven natural flu-beating option I’m about to share.

    Nope – it’s MORE drugs!

    RELIEF from the flu, times two

    They’ve been pushing oseltamivir – a.k.a. Tamiflu – on sick Americans by claiming it’s the best and only way to BEAT an influenza infection.

    But now… whoops… they’ve quietly admitted…

    Well, guess it could be better.

    In fact, when combined with ANOTHER flu drug, favipiravir (a.k.a. Avigan), the results were 2-3X better.

    Sounds impressive… if you ignore the fact that the only way to improve by two or three times is if you weren’t all that good to begin with.

    But they just love it. Instead of selling you on ONE med, they’re selling you TWO – or who knows? Maybe more.

    And they make bank on every pill you swallow.

    Nothing like a little polypharmacy for the ol’ bottom line!

    The new study doesn’t get into side effects, but you know the score on that…

    Twice the meds, twice the risks!

    Oseltamivir alone packs a few doozies – it can cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, stomach pain, headaches, and more.

    And if you ALREADY have the flu, that’s not exactly making it BETTER, is it?

    If you REALLY want to get better… and of course you do… let me give you two options.

    They won’t DOUBLE your meds… or leave you DOUBLED over the toilet, puking your guts out.

    One you can get now, to have ready when you need it. The other you’ll need to get ASAP when sick from an integrative physician.

    • Echinacea: An echinacea-based remedy went head-to-head against Tamiflu in a 2015 study and matched it WITHOUT the side effects. Stock up on this stuff now so it’s ready when you need it – and take it at the very first sign of trouble. It often comes with elderberry, which is also great against flu.
    • IVC: Ordinary vitamin C is like a seek-and-destroy missile for viral invaders – but ONLY at the super-high levels you’ll get intravenously from a doctor.

    Now, the patients in that new study who got the two-drug deal were facing worst-of-the-worst-of-the-worst case scenarios to begin with.

    They were sick and getting sicker, suffering from respiratory failure and on mechanical ventilation.

    But that won’t stop them from pushing this combo on YOU when you’re suffering from a less severe case of the flu.

    When it DOES get bad, however, it’s what I call a “kitchen sink” scenario – a situation where they’ll need to throw everything in the room at it.

    But along with taking whatever they give you, ask for that intravenous C… because when it comes down to it, the C is more likely to get you back on your feet than all that other stuff combined.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. SECRET risks of flu meds – and how to STOP infection naturally

    The “flu drug” is SUPPOSED to make you feel better. Instead, you pop one pill… and you’re rushing to the toilet.  Because now… along with ALL of the nasty symptoms of flu… you’re puking your guts out. And maybe leaking out the “other” end, too. I’m not TRYING to gross you out (and sorry if you were just eating)… but...
  4. The flu med your doc is pushing on you could make you SICKER

    So many people suffer needlessly every winter… And here’s why. The TOP reason so many people suffer with the agonizing symptoms for days on end… is that we don’t recognize those first warning signs. Sure, it FEELS like something’s wrong… But early on, the flu can masquerade as something more minor. By the time we realize we’ve been bitten by...
  5. Surviving cold and flu season 101

    This week I‘ve got some more advice about arming yourself against winter‘s worst viruses and bacteria. In addition to vitamin D and probiotics, there are quite a few things you can do to protect yourself this winter. First off, make vitamin C part of your daily regimen. It‘s a powerful detoxifier that also stimulates our immune system. But here‘s what most people don‘t realize about vitamin C: It doesn‘t work a lick once you‘ve got a cold. So taking a few extra tabs once you‘ve got the sniffles isn‘t going to help you much. On the other hand, it works magnificently for the prevention of colds. So take it daily while you‘re healthy and you‘ll stay that way. Also, it‘s important to remember that vitamin C only stays in your body for a few hours at a time. So you‘ve got to take it a few times throughout the day. For basic cold prevention, take 1,000 mg two to three times a day. If you‘re under any type of stress -- physical or emotional -- you may want to go for more. Secondly, like vitamin C -- take the herb Echinacea daily to prevent catching a cold in the first place. It doesn‘t work well once you‘ve caught a cold. In fact, a few years back, scientists found that taking Echinacea and vitamin C together can reduce your risk of catching a cold by a whopping 86 percent! Thirdly, at the height of cold and flu season, for some extra immune system support add some EpiCor, Beta 1,3 Glucan, and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) to the mix. EpiCor is 100 percent natural and helps to balance your immune system. Beta 1,3 Glucan is a natural polysaccharide that activates your white blood cells. And last but not least, ALA is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body to absorb nutrients from the food you eat.

    Home remedies that work

    I‘m also a big believer in saltwater gargles. Most folks know that it can help relieve a sore throat. But did you know that rinsing with saltwater could even block you from catching a cold in the first place? A few years back, that‘s exactly what scientists discovered! They recruited 400 healthy volunteers to see if saltwater rinses could actually prevent colds. Half of the volunteers rinsed with salt water every day for 60 days during cold and flu season. The other half did nothing. Scientists found that the volunteers who gargled regularly caught 40 percent fewer upper respiratory tract infections compared to the non-garglers. Plus, when they did get sick, they got over it faster. Saltwater is effective against the common cold because it kills the bacteria in your throat, tonsils, and adenoids. I usually recommend dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in a glass full of warm water. Gargle for a minute or so before spitting it out. This will also help kill off bacteria that cause bad breath, so I gargle in the morning, after brushing and flossing my teeth.

    What should you take once you get a cold?

    Should you catch a cold this winter, there are a few things to do to get over it quicker. First off, here‘s the obvious: Lots of fluids and rest. Secondly, take a 13 mg zinc lozenge five or six times a day during your cold. Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a role in your immune health. And while most research is mixed as to whether or not it can prevent a cold, one fact about zinc is quite clear. It can help you get over your cold faster! In 2008 scientists found that men and women who took a zinc lozenge every few hours within the first 24 hours of developing a cold got over the bug faster. In fact, their colds only last half as long as the control group who took a placebo. Plus, their coughs lasted for two days instead of five. And their noses only ran for three days, instead of four and a half. Just be careful about which kind of lozenge you buy. Find one that contains zinc acetate. Your body will absorb this kind the best. Also, avoid lozenges that contain citric acid or other flavorings. These added flavors block zinc‘s natural ability to boost your immune system and may actually make things worse. Also, long-term use of zinc is not safe. This can lead to a copper deficiency. So just make sure to stop the lozenges after you kick your cold.
  6. These immune system boosters can protect you against winter’s worst germs

    Think your digestion has nothing to do with how well you fight off a cold? Well, think again. A new study finds that a natural digestive aid may be your ticket to a healthier winter with fewer colds. In the Guide to Good Health, I‘ve talked often about the "good bacteria" (also known as intestinal flora) in your gut. These tiny microorganisms help you digest food. They also defend against toxins and germs. In fact, your digestive tract is your first line of defense against disease and the common cold. Normally, billions of these good bacteria line your digestive tract. But a poor diet, antibiotics, and other drugs can wipe out these healthy bugs. Also, as you get older, your body‘s supply of good bacteria falls off. The good news is, you can replenish your body‘s supply of these natural immune boosters with probiotic supplements. These supplements contain billions of units of good bacteria. (As a comparison, yogurt only contains a few million active bacteria by the time you eat it. And that‘s hardly enough protection against today‘s resilient germs.)

    Boost your immunity this winter with probiotics

    Scientists recently put probiotics to the test against the common cold. They recruited 272 healthy volunteers to take part in this double-blind placebo- controlled study (the gold standard in scientific circles). They gave half of the volunteers a daily probiotic that contained billions of units of healthy bacteria. The other volunteers received a placebo. After 12 weeks, the volunteers who took probiotics had a clear edge. In fact:
    • The probiotic group got 12 percent fewer colds.
    • The probiotic group also got over their colds 30 percent FASTER than the placebo group.
    • Lastly, the probiotic group‘s symptoms were LESS SEVERE than the placebo group.
    Not bad for a digestive aid that you‘re hopefully already taking! Plus, while we‘re talking about cold and flu season, don‘t forget about vitamin D.

    Tiny vitamin packs a wallop against flu...

    In addition to probiotics, Vitamin D also helps to boost your natural defense. It kicks your T cells into action. And these cells track down and kill foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. Plus, a recent study showed that vitamin D also packs a wallop against the flu. For this study, scientists divided healthy patients into two groups. One group received 1200 IU of D3 (the most active form of D) each day for four months. The other group received a placebo. During the four-month period, 40 percent fewer participants taking D3 got the flu compared to the placebo group. Plus, the patients going into the study with the lowest levels of D got the biggest protection. These patients experienced a 74 percent reduction in the incidence of the flu. And these results only stem from a period of four months! I have a feeling that these results would have been even greater had the participants taken vitamin D supplements all year long. You see, vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that gets absorbed into your body through your intestinal tract. Plus, your body can store it for up to 60 days. So even though it‘s not quite flu and cold season, now‘s the time to kick your immune system into high gear. I recommend taking up to 5,000 IU of D3 a day, especially if you live in the northern part of the country. In addition, load up on the probiotics. Look for a capsule that contains billions of units from many different strains of bacteria.
  7. The Secret about Flu Vaccines

    Well, if nothing else, at least the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) is predictable. Every year at about this time (going back to at least 2002 ), the AAP goes into marketing overdrive and puts out an report urging parents to get flu shots for themselves and their kids. And this year, like previous years, they’re recommending children as young as 6 months get the vaccine. Well, there goes my dream of a more sensible world in 2009! What a bunch of phooey. First off, the flu vaccine hardly ever targets the correct virus circulating in a given year. Even the CDC basically admits they’re shooting in the dark. That’s why you’re given three different strains of viruses. They’re hoping at least one of them will hit the mark. On the CDC’s web site it states: ‘How well the flu vaccine works depends on how well the match is between the influenza (flu) vaccine and the types of flu viruses that are circulating that year. Scientists try to predict what strains (types) of flu viruses are most likely to spread and cause illness each year to put into the vaccine.’ Okay…but here’s the problem… The CDC’s ‘predictions’ hardly ever hit the mark. Case in point: last year’s flu vaccine was only 44% effective in preventing the flu. This is according to the CDC’s own numbers, folks! Why such bad results? Here’s a surprise: two of the vaccine‘s three components didn‘t match most of the flu viruses circulating. But many elderly people (those most at risk) and parents of young children got lulled into a false sense of security. As a result, millions of people who thought they were protected actually ended up getting very sick. In fact, last year, by mid-February, flu deaths peaked at 9.1% of all U.S. deaths. Annually, about 30,000 people die from the flu. And the flu vaccine hasn’t done much to cut into those numbers. In my book, the flu vaccine is a medical failure of tragic proportions. In fact, calling it a ‘vaccine’ at all is certainly irresponsible, if not criminal.
    Nevertheless, the scare-tactic marketing continues. And more people than ever have been ambushed into getting the annual flu shot.
    Last year a record 113 million doses were given out. That was up almost 10 million from the previous year. (Guess all that marketing is starting to pay off.) Plus, your local government is now starting to get in on the act. The state of New Jersey now mandates that children ages 6 months to 5 years old get a flu shot to enroll in preschool or day care. According to New Jersey state law, parents had until December 31, 2008 to get their kids ‘vaccinated’ against the flu or the kids couldn’t go to school or day care. What scares me most about this development isn’t the government gone berserk (I imagine that other states may actually follow suit), it’s that children are now required to get a risky vaccine they could do without.
    There is no question that routine vaccines cause serious problems in many children.
    But the flu vaccine is even scarier. Here’s why… Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines since the 1930s. It’s known to break down into ethyl mercury in the body. Many experts believe this mechanism triggers autism in some children. One significant study published in 2003 in the Journal of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons examined the link between vaccines and autism. Results showed that kids who receive just three vaccines containing thimerosal were 27 times more likely to develop autism compared to children who get vaccines with no thimerosal. The CDC of course denies a connection between autism and thimerosal. But, in 2001 they went ahead and eliminated from most childhood vaccines as a ‘precautionary’ measure. A lot of docs like me are now waiting for children who received this wave of ‘thimerosal-free’ vaccines to mature. Hopefully, we’ll see a drop in the cases of autism.
    But here’s the problem. The flu vaccine still contains thimerosal.
    Besides the fact that the flu shot won’t do a lick of good at protecting your child against the flu, now you’ve got autism to worry about again. For parents, this is the biggest reason to avoid the vaccine. In my book, any pediatrician who doesn’t warn you about the thimerosal in the flu shot just doesn’t have your child’s best interest in mind. There is a thimerosal-free flu vaccine, but chances are your pediatrician won’t have it.
    My advice? Skip the flu vaccine all together.
    A strong immune system is all you need to fight off the flu virus. So, keep up the healthy eating habits (discussed in last week’s GTGH) in 2009. Plus, there are loads of research linking vitamin D deficiencies and a weakened immune system. Instead of the ‘flu shot-in-the-dark,’ try upping your intake of vitamin D to at least 2000 IU per day during the winter months. That should help boost your protection against anything Mother Nature throws at you!

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