You don't need a study to know that clean hands can prevent the spread of diseases like the flu -- just a little common sense.
But you won't believe what a bone of contention this is with the vaccine peddlers of the mainstream, who've actually dismissed the power of good hygiene as "magical thinking."
Well, it turns out there's a little magic left in the world after all.
Five elementary schools in Pittsburgh that launched a basic hygiene program had 52 percent fewer cases of the flu than five schools that didn't try the program—the schools that relied on just the flu shot to keep their kids healthy.
Maybe they should've tried the "magic" of soap and water instead -- because in addition to fewer cases of the flu, the schools that taught hygiene had 26-percent fewer absences due to illness.
And for the record, no one was indoctrinating kids into some kind of OCD world of constant hand-washing. The kids were simply taught the basic stuff they should be learning anyway: wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, stop picking your nose, etc.
These kids were also given alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which they used an average of 2.4 times a day. But if all the kids followed the rest of the rules closely, they wouldn't even need this stuff.
Side note: If you do want your kids to use hand sanitizer, stick to the ones that use alcohol -- the rest contain hormone-blocking chemicals and even a dangerous pesticide. (Learn more here.)
Along with good hygiene, there's a single vitamin that boosts immune health year round: vitamin D.
I had all the details on the sunshine vitamin's power over influenza in The Douglass Report last flu season -- but if you sign up today, you can read all about it in my online archives right now.