The worst part of visiting the doctor this time of year isn’t all the sniffling, sneezing, hacking, wheezing patients doing their best to make sure every surface of the waiting room is covered in disease-causing germs.
No, it’s what happens when you get inside the exam room.
The moment you walk in, your doctor is going to start pushing a flu shot on you. Doesn’t matter if you’re there for a broken bone or a headache, he’s going to push and push HARD.
And if you’ve had more birthdays than you’d care to admit, he’s going to try to sell you on a nasty little prick called the “high-dose flu shot,” a vaccine aimed at seniors with four times the antigen of the usual vaccine.
He’ll even boast that it’s 24 percent more effective than the regular shot.
But since the flu shot isn’t very effective in the first place, it’s like bragging that you can run 24 percent faster than a statue.
So let me give you the REAL scoop on this and show you how they came up with that 24 percent figure. They injected 31,803 seniors with either the high-dose shot or the regular shot.
When all was said and done, 1.4 percent of those given the high-dose shot got the flu, versus 1.9 percent of those who got the regular shot.
That may be a statistical difference of 24 percent——but it’s an absolute difference of just 0.5 percent.
I realize this makes it sound like both shots are effective, but here’s the other bit of business your doc won’t tell you: In any given year, even a “bad” one for flu, only between 2 and 3 percent of the UNVACCINATED ever get sick.
That makes the absolute protection of the shot itself is around 1 percent, give or take (and even that’s a wildly optimistic number from mainstream studies).
In other words… the shot doesn’t do squat.
Well… that’s not quite true. The shot’s pretty good at causing side effects, up to and including flu-like symptoms.
Seniors have something much more potent than a vaccine anyway. It’s called IMMUNE MEMORY. Your own immune system learns to change with the flu over the years, making you more resistant to it when it matters most.
That’s why seniors are actually less likely to get sick and less likely to die in so-called “pandemic” years——aka “bad” years for flu.
So when your doc offers you this new high-dose vaccine, tell him you’re already covered. And if you do happen to get sick, don’t worry. The flu isn’t the doomsday virus it’s been made out to be. It’s no picnic, but in most cases it’ll pass in a couple of days.
And you can ease the symptoms, speed your recovery and get back on your feet fast with my…
TOP THREE ALL-NATURAL FLU CURES
Yes, the mainstream will tell you there is no “cure” for the flu. But there are real solutions that can help have you feeling better fast (or help keep you from getting sick in the first place), and you can start with:
CURE #1: N-acetyl Cysteine
Yes, that’s a mouthful. Fortunately, you can call it NAC for short, and it can fight off all manner of respiratory infections including bronchitis, emphysema and flu.
In one major study, older folks were deliberately injected with flu and then given either NAC or a placebo. Nearly 80 percent of patients who got the placebo got sick, versus just 25 percent of those on NAC.
But it can do more than just prevent flu. If you get sick, NAC is proven to ease the symptoms and shorten the duration.
Take 600 mg twice a day on an empty stomach. If you haven’t been taking it preventively, take it the moment those telltale symptoms hit.
CURE #2: Elderberry
I know, I know. It sounds like a joke——but if you take this stuff when you’re sick, you’ll get the last laugh.
In one major study, patients with flu symptoms given 15 mL of elderberry syrup four times a day got better FOUR DAYS FASTER than flu patients given a placebo syrup.
In another study, 90 percent of flu patients given elderberry were completely better within two or three days, while 90 percent of patients on a placebo weren’t better until day 6.
CURE #3: Chicken Soup
This is no old wives’ tale——chicken soup is chock full of healthy nutrients that can boost your immune system and fight off flu.
One of them, an amino acid called carnosine, specifically has the power to fight flu in the earliest stages. In other words, when you feel those first sniffles coming on, get out the stockpot.
You don’t need to get fancy. Cook up a chicken, eat what you can and throw the rest——bones with the little bits of meat and cartilage and everything else hanging off them——into the pot and simmer (don’t boil) for 12-24 hours.
Strain it, and start sipping——because along with carnosine, homemade broth is packed with magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, calcium and gelatin.
If you’re sick, broth also goes down nice and easy——and if you’ve got stomach symptoms, it’s one of the few things that’ll stay down.
I realize having the flu is an excellent excuse to stay home, rest and catch up on your reading.
But if you have the power to get out——or have someone who can take you out——visit a naturopathic physician who can give you intravenous vitamin C and/or hydrogen peroxide treatments, both of which can help knock out flu and prevent complications such as pneumonia.
I recommend an experienced member of the American College for Advancement In Medicine. Call 1-800-532-3688 to find a doc near you, or visit them online at acam.org.