I have my own personal views about whether the H1N1 virus is really a “global epidemic” as they are saying, but we won’t go there today. It IS going around, just like the flu does every year, so it would be a good idea to avoid it. If we have the ability to avoid colds and flu without shots on our own, why don’t we? Considering that there is some speculation that getting regular flu shots can cause Alzheimer’s, and the fact that there are toxins in the flu shots such as aluminum, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, phenol, and thimerosal (which contains mercury) should be enough to make us want to avoid the flu shot. In Washington state they have actually lifted the mercury limits which they allow in their flu vaccines, in order to give pregnant women and young children under three quicker access to the shots. So, for those of you who aren’t interested in getting vaccinated this year, here are a few great ways to minimize your chance of getting the flu and other contagious illnesses.
- Wash your hands frequently. Always wash your hands before eating or touching your face. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you have visited public places such as the grocery store. I do not recommend anti-bacterial soap. Handwashing with soap and warm water while rubbing the hands and getting under the nails works best. Anti-bacterial soaps kill both good and bad bacteria, and they do not allow your body to build up immunity to bacteria that could make you sick. Building your natural immunity really is the best way to keep yourself healthy.
- Keep your hands off of your face as much as possible. These germs are spread through the mouth, eyes, and nose. Protect these portals of entry by keeping hands off of your face.
- Clean surfaces that are likely to have more hand contact, such as door knobs, phones, keyboards, counters, desks, remote controls, refrigerator handles, toilet flush handles, etc.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. 8 hours for the normal adult and 10-12 for children and teens.
- It is always wise to always have a healthy diet, exercise, and use stress management/stress relief techniques. During cold and flu season this will help to build your immune system up and help prevent illnesses.
- It is said that gargling with saltwater twice a day helps clean viruses out of the system before they have time to settle in and make you sick. It could be possible that gargling with saltwater has the same effect on a healthy person that Tamiflu has on an infected one.
- Vitamin supplements have been known to boost immunity. By optimizing your levels of vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D3.
It seems many people these days are deficient in vitamin D3 (which is acquired through sun exposure) due to using sunblock and working indoors for longer hours. Taking at least 1000 IU of this one vitamin daily or getting at least 15 minutes of sun exposure to arms and legs daily (without sunblock) will help keep you healthy this flu season.
So save yourself the price of multiple doctors visits, prescription costs, flu shots and most importantly, save your self by making the best choices for your health. Always do your research, even after talking to a doctor, and make sure you are doing what is the best and healthiest for you and your family.
Note: I failed to post this during the flu season, but I had it written up and wanted to get it posted in advance for next flu season. By the way, Not I nor my family received any type of flu shots this year. Only my husband got sick.. The kids take a multi-vitamin plus 500 IU gummy D3 and I take a multi-vitamin plus 5000 IU D3. My husband does not take vitamins, but when he got sick I gave him 5000 IU D3 2x a day, and he got over it pretty quickly…and then there’s the outcome of the swine flu, the shots causing deaths and nervous system difficulties such as Gillian Barre Syndrome, and those I know who did get the ’swine flu’ (if that’s what it really was, the doctors seemed to be calling everything swine flu for a time) are all just fine.