Monkey business: How booze may boost your immune system
Forget vaccine shots -- and get yourself a shot of booze instead!
It's no secret that alcohol is one of the best all-natural immune-boosters around. Now, new research confirms (yet again) that a drink or two a day could help keep disease away.
In this study, monkeys vaccinated against smallpox were given either sugar water or booze in any amount they liked.
While hard-drinking monkeys had the weakest immune system response, the moderate drinkers had the best -- far better than that of the monkeys given only sugar water and no booze at all.
The conclusion from the researchers is that alcohol may help enhance the effects of vaccination by boosting the immune system.
My conclusion? Skip the vaccines and go right for the booze instead. You'll get enough of a lift to help your immune system prevent disease -- including colds and flu -- and none of the risks that come with shots.
Vaccinations, on the other hand, can actually do just the opposite. They can weaken your immune system by stripping of you of your natural protections against disease. (Case in point: The dramatic rise in adult shingles, a direct result of childhood chicken pox shots. Expect this to get even worse in the coming years.)
And of course, that's not all a moderate drinking habit will do for you. Booze can help prevent dementia, heart attack, stroke and heart disease. And while red wine usually gets the credit for these benefits, studies have shown that it really doesn't matter what you drink -- any alcohol at all will help, as long as you enjoy it in moderation.