flu

  1. We may not be out of the woods yet

    Well, spring has finally sprung -- and typically, its arrival signals the end of flu season.

    But this year's flu season has been SO bad that public health officials are projecting that it could last all the way through mid-April!

    You see, even though new cases of this season's main flu virus have tapered off, a bunch of folks are now being infected by a secondary strain that could lead to a late-season "bump."

    So, it's no time to slack on flu prevention -- and not only because you want to avoid the miserable fever, chills, congestion, and body aches that come along with the flu.

    According to a new study, the flu may also wreak havoc on your BRAIN!

    In the study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers exposed female mice to three different strains of the flu.

    And it turned out that two of them -- H3N2 (this season's main strain) and H7N7 -- caused changes in the hippocampus, a brain region involved in storing and recalling short- and long-term memories.

    The viruses made changes to the structure AND function of the hippocampus that left the mice with memory impairments that lasted for a month after they were infected with the flu.

    What's more, the flu also activated their brains' immune systems, kicking up inflammation that actually altered certain genes.

    In fact, their brains didn't fully recover for FOUR MONTHS!

    And we know that any time your brain is consumed by the "flames" of inflammation for an extended period, you're more at risk for a host of neurological diseases.

    Previous studies have even linked the flu to everything from stroke to Guillain-Barré syndrome, in which your own immune system attacks your nerves.

    That means that if you do catch the flu, you should be on high alert for neurological symptoms like memory loss, brain fog, or severe headache... and seek medical attention immediately if you're concerned.

    But your best bet for avoiding complications in your gray matter is simply to avoid catching the flu in the first place.

    And since the flu shot only protects 1 in 3 people, try natural ways to strengthen your system against the flu instead.

    • Take good care of yourself: Get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and reduce stress to keep your immune system strong. And wash your hands frequently when you're out and about so that flu germs don't hitch a ride home with you.
    • Load up on "good" bugs: Studies have shown that probiotics can slash your risk of catching a bad bug, so take a probiotic supplement and/or eat fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut.
    • Turn to vitamins and herbs: Vitamins C and D can give your immune system an extra boost, as can the herbal trio of echinacea, andrographis, and eleutherococcus (a.k.a. Siberian ginseng).

    That way, you'll make sure that if you catch "Spring Fever," it doesn't land you in bed... or worse!

  2. Deadly flu season is still in high gear

    Turn to Mother Nature for the best protection

    Well, it's finally March. Spring is officially just three weeks away.

    But winter isn't quite behind us yet -- and it's shaping up to be one of the deadliest flu seasons EVER.

    This year's round of the flu has put more folks into the hospital than ANY other season this decade.

    And it's no surprise that those getting hit hardest by the nasty strains floating around are those whose immune systems are the most vulnerable: children and seniors.

    Folks aged 65 and over are landing in the hospital at the highest rates, and both pneumonia- and flu-related deaths have been at EPIDEMIC levels for weeks.

    Think you're off the hook if you got a flu shot this year? According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control, 2 in every 3 people who got the flu shot AREN'T adequately protected.

    I don't get flu shots myself -- and I'm pretty sure that even if I did, I still would've gotten walloped by the flu like I did. (For the full story on that, see your March issue of Nutrition & Healing, hitting inboxes soon.)

    Because there are plenty of natural ways to strengthen your system against the flu AND heal more quickly if you do catch it.

    And that means that over these next few weeks... as March comes in like a lion and (hopefully) out like a lamb... you don't have to be a sitting duck!

    You know that you've got to eat well... get plenty of sleep... and wash your hands frequently. And you probably already know that you can also boost your immune system by taking vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics.

    But you can make your flu prevention plan ironclad by adding in the herbal trio of echinacea, andrographis, and eleutherococcus (a.k.a. Siberian ginseng).

    And if the worst comes to pass... and "la grippe" gets you in its grip... turn to one of the most effective germ-fighting treatments out there: colloidal silver.

    Studies have shown that colloidal silver kills viruses and bacteria. And though you shouldn't take it every day as a preventative measure, it's a powerful weapon against the flu while you've got it.

    I have my patients use 1 tablespoonful at the first sign of illness... and then continue to take 1 teaspoonful every three to four hours until the infection is gone.

    Silver is also available in spray form, so you can mist it all over the mucous membranes of your mouth and throat every two to four hours.

    Look for "nano-particulate" silver, which has the smallest possible silver particle size, because the smaller these particles are, the greater their infection-fighting power.

    Just make sure to take silver on an empty stomach -- with no food for at least one hour before or after.

    For more on how to beat the flu blues, check out the March issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter.

  3. Civilians now getting flu-like virus common in the military

    Could this scary bug arrive in YOUR town? My hat is always off to our brave men and women in uniform. Every day, the members of our military face grave dangers over land... air... and sea. But one of those dangers can rear its head BEFORE they even leave basic training. I'm talking about a nasty strain of a flu-like...
  4. The flu shot only protects 1 in 5 people

    Can you get a flu shot... and STILL wind up with the flu? The ravages of the flu season are upon us... and the "sales pitch" for the flu shot has kicked into high gear. You've seen the endless commercials (courtesy of Big Pharma) warning you how much WORSE this year's flu season will be than last year's. And you've...
  5. Flu vaccine doesn’t work, but these 3 herbs do!

    Are you a sitting duck for the flu? Q: Do you recommend people get the flu vaccine? Do you get it yourself? GR: This cold and flu season, no matter where you live, your doc and even your friends and family will all tell you the same thing: "Get a flu shot!" But as it turns out, that's a big...
  6. CDC releases scary flu forecast

    Are you prepared for this year's fight against the flu? It's October... and "the season" has finally begun! I'm not talking about the fall foliage... or the transition from baseball to football... or even the return of your favorite TV shows. No, this month is the "season opener" for the flu, especially here in the Northeast -- and it doesn't...
  7. Ease the ravages of the flu… with berries!

    Could your breakfast boost your immunity? Happy Labor Day. I hope you're taking the opportunity to spend some time with family and friends and enjoy the unofficial "last day of summer." Saying goodbye to summer is a little sad, and not just with the days getting shorter and the skies getting darker. This is also the time of year we...
  8. Uncle Sam is spending millions chasing fictional diseases

    A stealth federal program is handing out a fortune to Big Pharma to prevent epidemics that are scientifically impossible.
  9. Government wastes billions on worthless Tamiflu stockpiles

    A shocking new study proves anti-flu medication Tamiflu can't reduce flu symptoms by even one day.
  10. Misleading Tamiflu study could cost the world billions

    Researchers are using fuzzy math to encourage governments everywhere to invest billions in a flu drug that rarely helps anybody.

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