Preventing the flu may not come down to hand sanitizers and risky vaccinations. A new study has found that only half of all individuals affected with the flu virus actually get sick, highlighting the necessity of a powerful immune system that is able to respond to the flu virus appropriately.
The study comes from the University of Michigan, where researchers infected 17 healthy individuals with the flu, about half of which reported actually getting sick as a result. The other half felt completely fine.
The average American touches around 300 different surfaces every 30 minutes, demonstrating that it is virtually impossible to avoid coming in contact with a virus that may invade your body. Instead, a boosted immune system will be able to defend against potentially-harmful viruses that seek to make you ill. You cannot prevent coming in contact with bacteria and viruses, but you can certainly establish a biological defense against them.
Alfred Hero, professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and author of the study, explained the immune system connection to MSNBC:
“Many people might conclude that if you are exposed to a virus and you don’t get sick, it’s because the virus didn’t stick or it was so weak, it just passed right through your system and your system didn’t notice. That’s not a correct notion … There is an active immune response which accounts for the resistance of certain people getting sick, and that response is just as active as the response we all know and hate, which is being sick with the sniffles, fever, coughing and sneezing. It’s just that the responses are different.”
Obviously a powerful immune system is key, but how can you supercharge your immune response without horrible side effects? Not through receiving the seasonal flu shot, which comes with a host of deadly reactions. Even the preventative properties of the seasonal flu shot have been shown to be extremely exaggerated by vaccine makers. Surprisingly, seasonal flu vaccines have been found to only be 1% effective at preventing the flu, according to a new major study.
“The corresponding figures [of people showing influenza symptoms] for poor vaccine matching were 2% and 1% (RD 1, 95% CI 0% to 3%)” announced the study authors. In other words, you would have to vaccinate 100 people to reduce the number of people affected by the influenza virus by just one.
The study authors go on to reveal more amazing facts:
- “Vaccination had…no effect on hospital admissions or complication rates.”
- “Vaccine use did not affect the number of people hospitalized or working days lost.”
- “The analysis showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions…”
- “There is no evidence that [influenza vaccines] affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission.” — Meaning vaccines do not affect transmission of disease, what they are designed for.
- “In average conditions (partially matching vaccine) 100 people need to be vaccinated to avoid one set of influenza symptoms.”
Remember, the seasonal flu vaccine also carries extreme side effects, such as a killer nerve disease that even has public officials worried. So, what is the alternative? The natural alternative is supplementing with vitamin D, which is 8,000% more effective than vaccines at preventing the flu according to numeric figures from research that appears in the March, 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr (March 10, 2010). doi:10.3945/ajcn.2009.29094).
Vitamin D is an extremely potent immune enhancer, but there are also other ways to power-up your immune system:
- Exercise: In addition to cutting your chance of getting a cold by 50%, exercise improves the circulation of immune cells in your blood, leaving your body more protected against foreign invaders
- Avoiding sugar: Sugar generates an unwanted immune response, oftentimes leading to inflammation and undesirable health effects. Consuming sugar during sickness puts even more stress on your body, making it undesirable. Try and keep your sugar intake around or below 14 grams per day.
- Dealing with stress: Mediation, exercise, and social interaction are all powerful methods of dealing with disease-cultivating stress. High stress levels negatively impact the immune system, making you more susceptible to disease.
Vaccines are not effective tools in the fight against disease, as studies have shown. Hundreds of studies have directly linked inoculations with conditions ranging from cancer to brain swelling. Join the campaign dedicated to educating the public about vaccine dangers, Vaccine Information Week.
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