1. The FLU drug they could push on you… even if you’re NOT sick!

    Hey, remember the flu?

    I do!

    Not long ago, the flu was considered a BIG HONKIN’ DEAL – and the mainstream authorities wouldn’t shut up about vaccines and drugs for it.

    Now, it’s like a forgotten toy from last year’s Christmas.

    So the feds just delivered a shiny new present to the companies that make flu drugs, approving a med not just for the infection itself…

    But for people who THINK they MIGHT have been exposed to the virus.

    Supposedly, this drug will cut the risk of getting sick if you’ve been around someone with the flu.

    But if you’re thinking you might need this drug yourself… I’ve got the inside scoop that could cause you to think again.

    And I’ve got a BETTER way to beat this winter bug!

    Sickening FLU drug gets UGLY new push

    A coupla years ago, the feds approved the drug baloxavir – a.k.a. Xofluza – to treat people sick with flu.

    Now they wanna give it to people who AREN’T sick… but have been EXPOSED to someone who was sick…

    Just in case they might catch the flu cooties.

    In one study, they gave the drug or a placebo to hundreds of people living with someone who had the flu… and just 1% of the folks who took the drug came down with the flu.

    I’ll admit: That’s impressive, even when you consider that only 13% of placebo patients got sick.

    So, sure, it cuts the risk of flu.

    But… (You knew the “but” was coming, right?)

    First off, that’s based on ONE study and ONE study only.

    And second, I’ve shared with you before how the drug has some pretty nasty side effects… including diarrhea, bronchitis, nausea, sinusitis, and headache.

    So, you might not OFFICIALLY have the flu after taking the drug. But you sure as heck might THINK you have it!

    Then there’s this warning from the FDA about the potential for anaphylaxis, a.k.a. very serious allergic reactions:

    “Patients should not take Xofluza if they have had a known hypersensitivity reaction to Xofluza.”

    Think about that one for a sec.

    The one way to know if you have a “hypersensitivity reaction” to the drug is to take the darned thing. And once you’ve taken it, well… tough luck.

    It’s too late! 

    And if THAT’s not enough, you’re also not supposed to take it with dairy… or anything with calcium…

    Or any antacid drug… or laxatives…

    Or, what the heck, let’s throw supplements with iron, magnesium, selenium, aluminum, and/or zinc on the forbidden list, too.

    I’ve got a better way to protect against flu -- and it works if you’ve been exposed and even if you’re already showing symptoms.

    First, if you have ANY sign of illness… even if you’re not sure if it’s cold, or flu, or whatever… get yourself some vitamin C

    And get it ASAP.

    I usually take a few thousand milligrams all at once, then 1,000 every hour. But, if you’re not used to vitamin C at higher doses, that can make you gassy and may even lead to diarrhea… so you may want to start smaller (just keep taking those smaller doses, spaced out throughout the day).

    The C alone often BLOCKS respiratory infections for me.

    But if you’re not improving – or getting worse – it’s time to break out the big guns and take 500-1,000 mg of olive leaf extract every few hours.

    I also take grapefruit seed extract, and you might want to consider some probiotics too. Plus, I’ve seen some pretty promising research on elderberry extract.

    Just have these things on hand now, so they’re around if and when you need them, as they all work best when you start taking them fast.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. [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.

  3. [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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  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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