Homeland Security published the following: (Quote) “During a typical year in the United States, 30,000 to 50,000 people die as a result of influenza viral infection. Frequently cited numbers are 20,000 deaths each year. About 5-10% of hospitalizations for influenza lead to fatal outcome in adult. Pandemic years are associated with many more cases of influenza and a higher case fatality rate than that seen in seasonal flu outbreaks.........It is common to encounter clinical attack rate ranges for seasonal flu of 5% to 15%. For pandemic flu, clinical attack rates are reported in the range of 25% to 50%.” (end quote).
The CDC Says, “Take 3 Steps To Fight The Flu".
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges you to take three steps to protect yourself and others from the flu: A yearly vaccination, antiviral prescription drugs and some common sense precautions like washing hands and avoiding close contact with sick people.
In its Vaccine Safety Datalink the CDC insist vaccination is a safe procedure. The statement is followed by a list of references to publications negating or downplaying possible side effects of vaccination like seizures, aseptic meningitis, anaphylaxis, inflammatory bowel disease, autism, asthma, diabetes type I, multiple sclerosis, ischemic stroke, However there are numerous publication indicating vaccination is not always without side effects and adverse reactions; A search in Google with the key words "Flu" and "side effects" produces more than 600 references on the topic and a search at the scientific information web site Scirus shows more than 100 publications warning of possible side effects of the flu vaccination.
Comments from the Longevity Institute
The short 2009 outbreak of the “swine” virus in Mexico is a reminder that we have to protect ourselves the best way we can from the next seasonal flu, now that a new mixture of two viruses has emerged that may become more virulent than what we have been exposed to previously.
Then we have a question: "Is the flu vaccination the best way to protect ourselves?"
The question arises not so much from the possible side effects of any vaccination than from the fact that the flu virus is one of the most versatile viruses because it has that inherent capacity to mutate very fast. Such property entails that the virus that may hit you has had plenty time to evolve from and become different from the virus used to produce the vaccine. With a flu shot you may become immune to the virus that was used to produce the vaccine, but perhaps not to the virus that is invading you !
The question now becomes: " How to immunize against the invading virus?"
There is a natural and inexpensive way to do it;
1 - With Vitamin D
Have you ever wondered why flu outbreaks always develop in the winter? The fact has puzzled researchers for a long time. The reason may well be winter is a time when people have less sun exposure and make less vitamin D.
The hypothesis is supported by research; There is a causal link between vitamin D deficiency and the flu and people with low vitamin D levels have more upper respiratory infections.
The hypothesis of a causal link between vitamin D deficiency and flu is also supported by clinical observations like the report by Dr J.J. Cannell MD describing what happened in his ward during a flu epidemic episode. (quote): ". ..as the epidemic progressed, I noticed something unusual. First, the ward below mine was infected, and then the ward on my right, left, and across the hall - but no patients on my ward became ill. My patients had intermingled with patients from infected wards before the quarantines. The nurses on my unit cross-covered on infected wards. Surely, my patients were exposed to the influenza A virus. How did my patients escape infection from what some think is the most infectious of all the respiratory viruses?... ... All of the patients on my ward had been taking 2,000 units of vitamin D every day for several months or longer." (end quote)
Vitamin D appears to be a potent anti-infectious agent. It is now well established that the cells of the immune system have receptors for 1,25-(OH)2D3, the end product of vitamin D intake or of sun exposure, and the role of vitamin D in immunity is beginning to be defined. Quite recently, three independent groups have reported that vitamin D triggers the release of these powerful natural antibiotics called antimicrobial peptides. It appears now vitamin D might be, in effect, a potent antibiotic.
2 - With Selenium
Back in 1978, Professor Gerhard N. Schrauzer was the first to publish that a selenium supplementation of the host inhibits virus replication. In an original experiment with a strains of mice exhibiting a normal incidence of virus induced mammary adenocarcinoma of 80-100% the tumor incidence was found to drop to 42% if animals of the same strain were kept on a diet containing 0.45 ppm of selenium. The "viral selenoprotein theory." of Prof. Schrauzer entails that certain viruses interact directly with selenium in the host cells by incorporating selenium into viral genome proteins that down regulate viral replication.
In a selenium deprived host unrestricted viral replication may overwhelm immune response. In a host with adequate selenium viral replication is much slower allowing the immune system time to build an efficient defense.
The original theory of Professor Schrauzer, never disproved, is further supported by new developments. Researchers at the University of North Carolina have recently found that mutation of the viral genome in selenium deficient mice result in (quote): "a novel virulent strain that causes severe lung pathology" and: "We observed 29 nucleotide changes in that gene. All 29 were identical in three different viral isolated fron selenium-deficient mice studied, and one viral isolate from a selenium deficient mouse showed five additional mutations." (end quote). It should be noted that mutations can occur only during replication. A greater mutation rate implies a greater replication rate, confirming the initial findings of Prof. Schrauzer.
In a selenium deprived host unrestricted viral replication creates more virulent strains. In a host with adequate selenium viral replication is much slower opposing virulence increase..
Furthermore, it is admitted today that the the spread of avian influenza over the world is related to local selenium deficiencies. In China the spread of avian flu occurs in low selenium areas. It has also been proven recently that pulmonary complications are more severe in a selenium deprived organism.
3 - With Probiotics
Probiotics improve the body's resistance to infection and stimulates the immune system and in a recent study researchers found that probiotics specifically increases the body's immune response to the flu virus.
Recommendation from the Longevity Institute
Increase your resistance by taking daily a good mix of minerals and vitamins inclusive 2,000 IU of vitamin D and add to it 100 micrograms of selenium per 60 lbs bodyweight with a maximum of 300 micrograms per day. It is recommended to start this regimen three months before the possible onset of the next seasonal flu epidemic.
Vitamin D will boost your overall immune response and, if you are hit by the flu virus, the selenium shall slow down the viral replication in such a way as to let your immune system immunize you against the invading virus.
Copyright 2009-2011: Edmond Devroey MD