Saturday, September 5, 2009

Putting Swine Flu into Perspective

Posted by: Dr. Mercola
September 03 2009

Even though swine flu appears to be continuing to spread, you need to know that this is typically a MILD illness. Most cases resolve with no medical care needed whatsoever.
If you are still considering taking the swine flu vaccine, please take a few minutes to get informed on the reasons why I don’t recommend it by reading these important articles:

Swine Flu is NOT the Problem -- It is the Vaccine that May Harm or Kill You
Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed
Swine Flu Vaccine Makers to Profit $50 Billion a Year!!

Next, do not buy into the ensuing paranoia and hysteria. To put this into perspective, look into the past Swine flu epidemic that NEVER materialized … or the Bird Flu Pandemic that never was either.

At the same time, take care of your health to reduce or eliminate your risk of contracting any strain of influenza.

Optimize your vitamin D levels

Optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu -- not the flu virus itself. This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take. I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng/ml and done by a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp.
In addition, there is an inexpensive at-home vitamin D test that you can order. Go to “Vitamin D Health Benefits Compilation

For those of you in the US we hope to launch a vitamin D testing service through Lab Corp that allows you to have your vitamin D levels checked at your local blood drawing facility, and relatively inexpensively, soon. It the meantime, you can also take part in the D*Action Project to have your levels tested as part of a five-year study for public health.

If you are coming down with flu-like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

However, most of Dr. Cannell's work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. The best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml.

Use Effective Tools to Address Stress

We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.

Avoid Hospitals and Vaccines

In the case of swine flu, I recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you're having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to this new bug. Vaccines, when available, will likely be

I am currently consulting with some of the leading experts on a swine flu product that I hope to have by the end of the year that will use completely natural ingredients that build your immune system.

Related Links:
Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?
Swine Flu Vaccine Makers to Profit $50 Billion a Year!!
Good Bacteria Fight the Flu

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