The Flu Vaccine is Not Enough
We can be exposed to influenza (flu) virus by touching surfaces that are contaminated, or by inhaling invisible viral droplets in the air that make their way to our lungs. The virus typically comes from infected people who are coughing or sneezing around us.
Is it possible to avoid flu virus exposure?
Here’s the deal: there’s virtually no way not to get exposed to the flu virus. There are asymptomatic people who have the flu virus and don’t know it. Your job (and mine) is to maximally strengthen the immune system so that our body rids itself of the virus before it penetrates into the lungs and camps out.
Protection and immunity-boosting
Don’t just vaccinate. I’m not suggesting not to vaccinate. However, that alone will likely not protect you from the flu. Have you or someone you know had the flu vaccine, to later get the flu anyway? I know of a few. This is because it’s tough for vaccine companies to predict which strain of the virus is going to be around the year after. So they often get it wrong. Also, those with egg allergies should avoid the flu vaccine as the virus is developed in eggs during vaccine production. Here’s a CNN report on the maybe-protective benefits of the flu vaccine.
Wash your hands. A little OCD here is not a bad idea. Use hand-sanitising products – there is now an abundance of these available.
Skip midnight shows and sleep more. Record your favourite late-night show or Nighttime news if that’s your thing and get some sleep. You’ll find that those around you that sleep less are more vulnerable.
Don’t run marathons (literally) during this time. Extreme exercise weakens the immune system. Don’t make up your own stories though. I’m not saying don’t exercise. I’m saying no extreme ultra-endurance exercises until the flu season is over.
Consider foods and nutritional supplements to enhance immunity
- Eat garlic in your food. Garlic is an excellent immune-stimulant.
- Vitamin C take 1000mg three times a day.
- Vitamin D3 take between 2000 and 5000 units of vitamin D with food. Always have your health practitioner check vitamin D levels.
- Zinc 15 to 30 mg a day
Consider immune-enhancing herbs such as astragalus, andrographis, elderberry, echinacea and larch arabinogactan that have proven to be excellent immune boosters.
Research and Author: Geo Espinosa N.D. L.Ac CNS
Geo Espinosa N.D. L.Ac CNS is the Director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center. Before joining NYU Dr. Geo was a clinician-researcher and director of clinical trials at the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is a licensed naturopathic doctor licensed acupuncturist and Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Geo did his residency/fellowship in Urology at Columbia University Medical Center Department of Urology under Dr Aaron Katz. His research and practice are exclusive to prostate disorders general urology and men’s health. Dr Geo is a member of the American Herbalist Guild the American Urological Association and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr Geo is an author of the naturopathic entry in “1000 Cures for 200 Ailments” by Harper Collins; March 2007 and “Prostate cancer Nutrients that may slow its progression” Chapter 40 in Food and Nutrients in Disease Management – Maryland: Cadmus Publishing 2009. He has authored papers on prostate cancer and BPH in the journal of European Urology and Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice respectively. In addition, he has written on integrative approaches for urologic conditions in the Washington Post Body and Soul magazine NDNR Insight – Prostate Cancer Research Institute newsletter and Bottom line health.