Welcome to cold and flu season. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases each year people in the United States will get 1 billion colds. But feeling sick isn’t the only thing that happens. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 22 million school days will be lost each year due to colds. And as most parents know, when kids miss school, parents miss work.
Cold & Flu
Winter is soon approaching upon on us and with the colder weather comes the vaccine industry pushing their flu shots, again. By mid October we’re going to be bombarded with all the media hype telling us to get a flu shot! Ever wonder why, if the flu shot worked so well, people are revaccinated year after year? The CDC claims their vaccines work super well and that if vaccinated a person is immune from contracting the flu, and yet, in the same breath they let us know we need to be revaccinated. Huh?
Vitamin C is one of the most essential vitamins. According to the University of Maryland, evidence suggests that many Americans are deficient in this crucial vitamin. Vitamin C is one of the most recognized vitamins and has been for years. However today, with the most popular selling supplements being fish oil, multi vitamins, and vitamin D (according to an article in the L.A. Times,) many people are forgetting good ole’ vitamin C.
Autumn is in the air. The cool, crisp air, football games, falling leaves, pumpkins and of course the signs sprouting up everywhere advertising the ‘flu vaccine.’ And while autumn, winter, and the flu seem to go hand in hand there are steps you can take right now to protect yourself and loved ones from getting the flu this year. But beware – the flu vaccine isn’t the answer
Ever since the swine flu scare of 2009 people’s fear of bacteria and viruses has been un-necessarily increased. Anti-bacterial wipes and lotions sit by every cash register. Handy dispensers are in our schools, our workplaces and at grocery store entrances. Soaps, laundry detergents, household cleansers, anti-bacterial vacuum bags, bedding, toothbrushes, food containers and even chopsticks—people are arming themselves with the chemical equivalents of face masks and surgical gloves with frightening results.
Taking medications to treat or prevent cold and flu symptoms does just that: they only address the symptoms. The underlying cause of the illness is still present in your body. What you have done by suppressing the symptoms is ignore your body’s warning signs that something is amiss and your immune system is having to work overtime. The synthetic medications also add to the toxic burden your body already has to deal with every day.
Instead of waiting until you experience these cold and flu symptoms, your best bet is to build up and strengthen your body’s natural defense mechanism–your immune system. If you do still experience cold and flu symptoms, don’t worry. Your body always does the right thing at the right time. A cough means your body needs to rid itself of mucus. A fever means the body needs to raise its temperature to kill a virus. Learn to recognize these symptoms as natural processes of the body.