Friday, October 16, 2009

Swine Flu Protection

If you think that immunization provides a safe hedge against the flu (swine or seasonal), you might want to reconsider. Today, MSNBC reported that a city nurse given the seasonal flu immunization two weeks ago has now developed paralytic Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

It appears that an outbreak of paralytic syndromes also occurred in 1976 when in response to a swine flu outbreak at Fort Dix in New Jersey, 46 million Americans got the immunization. On November 4, 1979, the CBS news program 60 Minutes aired the following video report of their investigation into the 1976 swine flu immunization, which left 4,000 people claiming injury, two-thirds of them with permanent neurological damage or dead due to paralysis that occurred after immunization.

So what do you do if you want to avoid Toxic Vaccine Syndrome and don’t take the immunization?

How to protect yourself from swine flu:

1. Vitamin D3:
a) Get your levels tested through Grassroots Health.
b) Take 2000-4000 IU daily of D3 until you get your blood test results.
c) Get as much direct sunlight as possible, without sunscreen, between 10am and 3pm, with as much skin exposed as practical.
d) Maintain levels at 50 to 70 ng/ml. Many people will need 4000 IU daily to reach and maintain this level in the winter.
e) If you feel an infection coming on, take 10,000 IU daily for 3 days or until the infection passes. Pregnant or lactating women should limit the emergency dose of D3 to 4000 IU per day.

2. Vitamin A (retinol):
a) Eat 4 ounces of liver once weekly, or take 1 teaspoon of cod liver oil daily.
b) If you feel an infection coming on, either eat liver, or take 10,000 IU of fish liver oil source vitamin A for three days in a row. Pregnant or lactating women can eat a serving of liver, but should limit the emergency dose of isolated vitamin A to 5000 IU per day.

3. Eat saturated fats, especially coconut milk or oil, or butter fat. Coconut products and dairy fats provide antiviral fatty acids (lauric, caproic, caprylic, and capric acids)

4. Avoid sugar, corn syrup, honey, fruit juices, etc. A 100 gram dose of sugar can depress your macrophage activity by 50% for more than 4 hours.

5. Reduce carbohydrate intake. Diets high in carbohydrate raise blood sugar levels, which suppresses the immune response. Eat a paleo diet of meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, as outlined in my book, The Garden of Eating.

6. Take herbs

For prevention:

If you have frequent exposure to infectious disease (e.g. schoolteacher) and history of frequent upper respiratory infections, I recommend ongoing use of Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng San) throughout the flu season. This contains a high dose of astragalus root (Huang Qi), which raises white blood cell production. I have found it very effective for such situations.

For treatment:

a) Gan Mao Ling: A very potent antiviral combination of Ilex root, Isatis root, Evodia root, Chrysanthemum flower, Vitex fruit, and Honeysuckle flower. You can take it as a preventive in case of known exposure. Indications: Sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, body aches, sinus infection, ear infection, influenza, early stage measles. Contraindicated in cases with strong chills, and used with caution by people with hemorrhagic disorders or on anti-coagulant therapy.

b) Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian: Available in prepared pills. Superior for acute sore throat and swollen glands. Contraindicated in cases with strong chills.

c) Ban Lan Gen Chong Ji: An instant herbal tea available in many Asian groceries or Chinese herb stores. Use for epidemic toxins and seasonal toxic pathogens presenting with swollen, painful, sore throat, high fever, red and swollen eyes and ears, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, abscesses, boils, carbuncles, furuncles. Contraindicated in cases of with strong chills, and use with caution in hemorrhagic disorders or with patients on anti-coagulant therapy.

d) Gan Mao Jie Du Chong Ji: An instant herbal tea available in many Asian groceries or Chinese herb stores. For upper respiratory tract infection, cold and flu, especially with fever, neck pain, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion. Contraindicated in pregnancy, diabetes, and cases of strong chills. Contains sugar.

BTW, I have no financial interests in any of these products, unless of course you get them from my office.


Sanchez A, Reeser J, Lau H, et al. Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol 26, 1180-1184

Bernstein J, Alpert S, Nauss K, Suskind R. (intr. by C.S. Davidson). DEPRESSION OF LYMPHOCYTE TRANSFORMATION FOLLOWING ORAL GLUCOSE INGESTION. Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, Apr 1977; 30: 613 (abstract only published).


Chef Rachel said...

Great post, Don! I appreciate you making this info available to everyone so freely! I want more people to know about the hazards of vaccines, about their ineffectiveness, and about safe, affordable alternatives that have a long track record (thousands of years!) of use.

Monica said...

Here's a good article that came out recently. I don't agree with everything in it, but hopefully it should get lots of people thinking about whether they really want to risk an injection of toxins for a mild disease that no one but those already seriously ill are going to die from!

It's really amazing that people think these vaccines have been tested in randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials.

Zedgirl said...

What are your thoughts on cod liver oil? I’ve read so many differing opinions on it lately that I can’t make up my mind whether to take it or not. I’m in my 40s and my eyesight is starting to go downhill at a rapid rate and I would like to make sure my Vit A levels are good.

Greta said...

Thank, Don. I have been taking 5000-10,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily for a year and still struggle to get my levels to where I want them. When I started, m level was only 13. (!!!!) Then after 4 months, it was 37. 3 month later..still just at 42. I want it over 50. In my case, the little bit of gluten I was eating (that I no longer eat) was blocking my absorption. Darn gluten! So, I am gluten free now and hoping that helps. I am also following a paleo diet (more specifically the Hunter geno type diet...). good friend is 42 and pregnant for the first time. She has a history of asthma and severe allergies. Her midwife and allergist both told her she MUST get the swine flu shot. Thoughts? What, of the treatments you listed, would be ok for pregnancy? It is a tough choice for her. Thanks for any info you can provide!

Monica said...

Whoops, I am wrong. These trials do exist. my bad. Don, you may be familiar with this, but...

There has been a Cochrane Database of Systematic review of studies in children, some RCT:

This is a review of the flu vax in adults: Read More

And here is a good one on relationship between various factors in studies of flu vaccines and how it relates to the conclusions:

In short, we have a 15% efficacy of flu vax in adults since 1969. No, thanks. I'll stick with my vitamin D.

Don said...


Thanks for those study links. The third one tells the most...


For a pregnant woman I would make the following adjustments:

1) limit the emergency dose of VT-D3 to 4000 IU per day, and increase sun exposure if possible
2) limit the emergency dose of isolated vitamin A (fish liver oil source) to 5,000 each day for 3 days, or substitute a serving of liver
3) Gan Mao Jie Du Chong Ji is contraindicated in pregnancy

Don said...

That article in the Atlantic sums up the issue well. Basically, the "effectiveness" of immunizations has not been tested in proper trials, and we don't have evidence that they work. The more rigorous the trial, the less effective they appear. And no one has properly evaluated them for safety.

Aaron said...

Don, with your comment A 50 gram dose of sugar can depress your macrophage activity by 50% for more than 4 hours I have read this before too but haven't seen the referenced study -- do you have it?

Would you also assume this to be the case for starch too? Is it the fructose component of sugar that is causing the immune dysfunction?

Also, you mention that carbohydrates reduce immune response because of an increase in blood sugar levels. I specifically remember Art Ayers of the blog cooling inflammation mention that generally, increasing inflammation in the body helps fight infection -- one of the reasons he mentions that people could be illness free for years only to succumb to cancer after years of an inflammatory diet. Can you resolve this kind of statement?

Personally, I tend to notice a slight increase in minor infections on an anti-inflammatory diet.

Don said...


I posted the reference in the article.

In that study starch did not have the suppressant effect.

Not sure what you mean about resolving that statement.


Aaron said...

Resolving the idea that generally, when you increase inflammation in the body -- you also increase your resistance to some infections.

This would be "somewhat" of a blow to a heavy anti-inflammatory diet -- if in the fact that in some cases, they up the chance of some infections.

Obviously, some inflammation is beneficial -- too much is the problem.

Monica said...

This is another good one:

Badr Bakry said...

Thank you Don for this great information. I am glad to know all these natural options to prevent and treat the flu without this deadly vaccine.



Recently I got my Grassroots Health vitamin D results back and I am mildly deficient at 31ng. According to them 1000iu raises the Vitamin D levels 10ng. Needless to say I ordered a supplement ...

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Fire Cidre and chanting does wonders~!
take some oregano oil and some echinacea tincture
our bodies are wise

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